Best Smartphones Under Rs.20,000 (January 2020)

by | Jan 11, 2020

Are you the one looking for stepping up your geek game a bit?

With a bunch of choices lying around, you’re sure to sweat it out but don’t worry we will walk you through the toughest part.

This list has been curated to provide you with an insight into the best phones under Rs.20,000.

Whether you are an amateur photographer, an avid gamer or a selfie lover, we’ve tossed the best smartphones with these features in this price range so that you can take your pick quite easily.

Without any further ado, here are the choices we have shortlisted for you.

Best Smartphones Under Rs.20,000

1. Realme X2Overall Best Pick
2. Redmi K20Runner-Up Pick
3. Poco F1Best all Rounder Smartphone
4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProBest Budget Gaming Smartphone
5. Oppo K3Best Selfie Centric Smartphone
6. Vivo S1 ProBest Value for Money Smartphone
7. Samsung Galaxy M40Best Branded Smartphone
8. Nokia 7.2Best Build Quality
9. Motorola Moto One visionHonorable Mention

1. Realme X2

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful Snapdragon 730G processor
  • 64MP AI Quad camera
  • Full HD+ AMOLED display

 

Realme is fighting tooth and nails with the Redmi lineup it seems. Whenever Redmi comes up with a smartphone that awws the market, Realme quickly follows the same.

This time the Realme comes with the Realme X2 which is a direct competitor to the much-hyped Redmi K20.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme X2 features a refreshing design which differs from the recent glass-backed design trend plagued in certain aspects.

Yes, the Realme X2 also features the gradient coloured glass back, but subtle changes like the camera placement make the device much more pleasing to look at.

The fit and finish of this mid-range Android smartphone are excellent for its price.

The overall construction seems to be of good quality, which Realme phones are famed for, starting from the original Realme 1.

Display

The Realme X2 features a large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This display, thanks to the pop-up camera extends almost all across the front.

The 3D curved bezels make the display blend with the chassis seamlessly.

The quality of the display is excellent. With deep blacks and high contrast ratio, the visuals look stunning with this smartphone.

The pop up front camera helps this display to achieve an impressive screen to body ratio of 84.3% resulting in immersive media viewing and gaming experience.

Processor and Performance

This mid-range Android smartphone packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor clocked at a respectable 2.2GHz.

With 6GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, the performance is blazing fast and smooth.

UFS 2.1 storage is a faster storage technology which considerably improves the read/write speeds resulting in faster performance.

Be it games or resource-hungry apps, the Realme X2 cuts through them effortlessly.

Camera

The Realme X2 has a quadruple rear camera setup mounted in the centre vertically.

The primary sensor is a 64MP sensor with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor for photos with an enhanced field of view.

There is a 2MP macro sensor for close up shots and the regular 2MP depth-sensing unit for accurate bokeh shots.

The main sensor captures four images of 16MP each and stitches them together to deliver a crisp and clean final image output.

The macro shots from this unit deliver greatly detailed photos with excellent colour accuracy.

The front camera is a 32MP sensor with a 70-degree field of view to capture more subject in the frame.

This camera pops-up when required from the top portion of the chassis.

Battery Life

What powers the Realme XT is 4000mAh Li-ion battery which is advertised to last for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage.

Realme has also included a VOOC enabled fast charger in the box to juice up the device as quick as it can.

Verdict

The Realme X2 delivers one of the best premium smartphone ownership experiences under a budget of just Rs.16,999.

With an excellent screen and processor, this is one of the best devices you can grab at this price point.

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Robust build quality

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Dolby Atmos audio

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In-display fingerprint sensor

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No stock Android UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP , 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.4 inch Full HD+ AMOLED

2. Redmi K20

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Super AMOLED display
  • 960 fps slo-mo capture
  • Long-lasting battery life

Redmi K20 is the latest offering from the Xiaomi budget smartphone stable priced slightly higher than its predecessors.

This android smartphone is a lighter version with less powerful hardware compared with its bigger brother, the flagship Redmi K20 Pro.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi K20 has a glass sandwich design which follows the current trend in the budget smartphone segment.

The interesting gradient two-tone colour scheme lends this smartphone a unique personality on its own.

The front and rear glass are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for avoiding accidental scratches and marks.

The Redmi K20 is a very well built phone with a sturdy chassis and good overall fit and finish.

Display

The Redmi K20 features a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an approximate pixel density of about 410ppi.

With a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, this display is sharp and vibrant. With a contrast ratio of 60000:1, the blacks are deep and the saturation levels are on par with the competing device.

The fingerprint scanner is tucked beneath the display and unlocks the device in an instant without any noticeable delay.

Processor and Performance

The all-new Redmi K20 packs a newer and more powerful budget Qualcomm snapdragon 730 processor clocked at 2.2GHz.

With the ample 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, this device performs the way it should be without any lags or stutters.

Games and apps run buttery smooth and the larger RAM considerably helps in executing multitasking operations.

Camera

The Redmi K20 from Xiaomi features a triple rear camera setup and a pop-up motorized front camera.

The rear camera system consists of a 48MP primary sensor accompanied with a 13MP wide-angle and an 8MP telephoto lens capable of 2x zoom.
The quality of the photos and videos are quite good and on par with other devices in the same price range.

The front camera is a 20MP sensor with AI beauty modes to make your selfie shots look more professional.

Battery Life

Battery life is one of the most crucial aspects people look for while buying a smartphone. Redmi phones are famed for packing high capacity batteries in the past and the same is the case with K20.

The 4000mAh battery can hold the phone to live up to one and a half days on a single charge comfortably.

Verdict

Packed with features to the brim, Redmi K20 is one of the best mid-range Android devices in the Indian market priced under Rs.20,000.

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Elegant design

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Build quality

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18W fast charge

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Skinned MIUI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP Front, 20MP Rear
Battery4000mAh
Display6.39-inch AMOLED Full HD+

3. POCO F1

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Best all-Rounder Smartphone
  • Powerful Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Gorgeous full HD+ display
  • Excellent battery life

As you might have already known, Pocofone is a new subsidiary of Xiaomi that was recently unveiled in the country.

The company’s first launch in the market, the Poco F1 is already the new talk of the town even before the device is being released to the hands of the public.

Build Quality and Design

For a premium budget smartphone priced under Rs.20,000, the Poco F1 has a decent build quality, to say the least. The plastic body feels firm and easy to hold in hand.

The curved edges help this comparatively large device easy to hold and operate with a single hand.

The Poco F1 looks similar to many of the expensive flagships in the market with a vertical dual camera set up at the back and a notched display up front.

What makes this device stand out from the pack is the inclusion of a liquid cooling technology that will avoid the device from getting hot while gaming or any other intense resource-hungry operations.

Processor and Performance

Most of the mid-range smartphones today feature perfectly capable, but not necessarily high-end processors.

The last greatest SoC to be used in a premium budget smartphone was the Snapdragon 660 which is powerful and efficient.

The absolute beasts like Snapdragon 845 were only reserved for the elite flagship smartphones that cost a fortune.

But not anymore.

The Poco F1 comes with the top of the line Snapdragon 845 processor for under Rs.20,000.

This beast is supported by a fast LPDDRX 8GB RAM to chew through whatever apps or games you throw at it.

This device also comes with a 256GB storage and gives the option to increase the storage capacity by a hybrid SIM slot.

Display

The Poco F1 features a large 6.18-inch full HD+ display that reproduces stunning lifelike images with true to life colours.

This IPS display has excellent viewing angles and gives a sharp and crisp output, thanks to the 403 ppi pixel density even with this large size.

The display has a notch up top, which is fairly big.

If you don’t like the intrusion of a notch, you can technically turn it off in the settings but with a slight reduction in screen real estate.

Camera

The Poco F1 comes loaded with a rear dual camera setup that has a 12MP+5MP setup of which a second lens is a depth-sensing unit.

Along with the physical depth calculations, the AI integration that the company has built-in will give you possibly one of the best image output in the segment.

The front camera is a 20MP shooter assisted with infrared sensors to give clear selfies even in low-light environments.

The only gripe we had with the camera department is that there is no Optical Image Stabilization available.

Battery Life

The Poco F1 has 4000mAh Li-ion battery inside which will easily last over a day even with heavy use.

Xiaomi is already known for including higher capacity batteries on their certain models such as the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

This time the company has even bundled a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 certified fast charger that will let you charge the device even faster.

Verdict

If you can get a hold of a unit while the lottery-like flash sales in Flipkart, this might be the best mobile money can buy in recent times.

The absolute beast of a performer, the Snapdragon 845 is the centrepiece of all attractions and definitely won’t fail your expectations – be it multitasking or gaming.

With the slightly modified, less cartoony MIUI interface, you are going to get a plethora of customization options as well.

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IR assisted front camera

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OTG support

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Regular MIUI updates

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.18 inch Full HD+ IPS

4. Redmi Note 8 Pro

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 Budget Gaming Smartphone
  • Powerful MediaTek G90T processor
  • Capable quad-camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery life

Redmi Note 8 Pro is the latest Redmi Note 8 flagship out there in the market.

The Redmi Note series is one of the best selling device lineups in the country with superior performance and value for money proposition, so this phone had a lot going for it and boy, it delivers.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has significantly improved the build quality and aesthetics this time to rival not only the other phones in the same price segment but also other higher-priced devices currently on sale in the market.

The glass sandwich design with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back with the gradient colour finish makes this device look premium.

The curved edges make holding this phone in the palm a bit less of a hassle considering it’s larger sized display.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro this time comes with a dedicated SD card slot along with two nano-SIM slots.

The downward-firing speaker is quite loud and clear and has no distortions even at higher volume levels.

Display

This device features a large 6.53-inch full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a pixel density of 397ppi.

The screen is very bright and can reach up to 500 nits of peak brightness for easy sunlight readability.

The colours look vivid and rich and the contrast levels are on par with other LCDs in the segment.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the world’s first smartphone launched with the gaming-centric MediaTek G90T chipset.

This processor is custom made for performance in gaming and multitasking. Along with the 8GB LPDDRX RAM, this phone performs lightening fast – be it in gaming or handling resource-intensive apps.

There is a high speed UFS2.1 128GB internal storage with this phone for industry-leading read/write speeds in this price segment.

Camera

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a quad-camera set up in the rear consisting of a primary 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor, 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro shooter and a 2MP depth sensor for bokeh shots.

The front camera is a 20MP shooter which delivers selfies with rich details and natural colours.

The pictures and videos from the rear camera look very sharp and clean with a lot of details preserved, even in low light.

There are reports of working Gcam ports available for this device that might result in even better clicks in the future.

Battery Life

This budget Android smartphone features a 4500mAh Li-ion battery to power its internals. Redmi phones are known for their incredible battery life and the Note 8 Pro is no different.

You can get a screen on times of at least 7 hours, even with heavy usage.

It also comes with an 18W fast charger in the box to speed up the juicing process.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 8 Pro combines the best in many worlds and brings you a true flagship-grade experience under an affordable budget of Rs.15,000.

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Premium build quality

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Bright and vivid display

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18W fast charger in the box

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No OLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediaTek G90T
Camera64MP+8MP+2NP+2MP Rear, 20MP
Battery4500mAh
Display6.53 inch Full HD+ IPS

5. Oppo K3

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Best Selfie-Centric Smartphone
  • Motorized pop-up selfie camera
  • AMOLED display
  • In-display fingerprint scanner

Oppo stunned the smartphone world with the release of the Oppo Find X which featured an industry first motorized sliding camera.

The Oppo K3 is a budget mid-range priced just under Rs.20,000 following the new design strategy and has respectable internals that makes it one of the best in the business in its class.

Design and Build Quality

The Oppo K3 has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The back is made of polycarbonate but has a gradient glossy colour design with a gradient back which looks similar to those in the budget Realme devices.

The back is susceptible to scratches so do remember to use a transparent case if you want to conserve the style and that pristine look on your smartphone.

Display

The Oppo K3 features a tall 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. This amounts to about 394ppi and the visuals and text appear sharp and detailed.

Since the display is of 19.5:9 aspect ratio, the phone doesn’t feel too much oversized to use with a single hand.

This display offers great contrast levels and deep blacks. The colours are much more natural and vivid as well.

This panel also gets sufficiently bright up to 430 nits which are enough for good sunlight legibility.

Performance

The Oppo K3 is powered by the powerful midrange SoC, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710.

With 8GB of RAM, multitasking is great and the device breaks no sweat processing two resource-intensive apps side by side.

The device comes with 128GB of inbuilt memory and doesn’t have an expansion slot for memory cards.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

The Oppo K3 is perhaps one of the cheapest smartphones which come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Even though this technology is in the nascent stage, it works relatively well but not as fast as conventional fingerprint sensors.

Camera

In the rear, the Oppo K3 features a 16MP + 2MP dual-camera setup of which the secondary 2MP is a depth sensor.

The pictures taken using this rear camera comes out nice in daylight and has very good details and less noise.

The front camera is a motorized 16MP pop-up camera which can take amazing quality portrait selfies and the edge detection works just fine.

Battery life

The Oppo K3 has 3765mAh Li-ion battery inside which delivers excellent battery life.

Under heavy usage, this phone will last over a day comfortably with enough juice to spare for a couple of hours.

Not only that, Oppo supplies a fast charger with the box, certified to be VOOC enabled, which is the companies answer to Oneplus’s Dash charge feature.

This charger charges the battery up to 56% in just under 30 minutes.

Verdict

The Oppo K3 is a premium mid-range smartphone with capable internals that justifies its price point.

What makes this device stand out from the rest is the design. The phone is a stunner when it comes to the looks and is sure to turn some heads in the crowd.

Value-added features such as bundling the fast charger with the device make this a much more compelling option worth purchasing.

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Bundled fast charger

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Stunning design

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Excellent battery life

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No memory expansion options

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Camera16MP+2MP Rear, 16MP Front camera
Battery3765mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

6. Vivo S1 Pro

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Full HD+ AMOLED display
  • AI Quad camera
  • Decent processor

The Vivo S1 Pro is a flagship-grade smartphone from Vivo that comes as an upgrade to the V15 Pro, aimed at the premium mid-tier market priced under a budget of Rs.20,000.

Loaded with cutting edge features onboard, the Vivo S1 Pro is a complete package which you can get your hands on, right now in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo S1 Pro features a front glass and back plastic construction with an exciting and colourful gradient colour scheme.

This phone features an improved in-display fingerprint scanner to lock and unlock the device securely.

The materials used for the construction of this mid-range premium smartphone is of good quality and feels durable.

Display

The Vivo S1 Pro features a large 6.38-inch full HD+ AMOLED LCD with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This accounts for a pixel density of about 404 pixels which is quite sharp and clear.

The 19:9 aspect ratio means you will have minimal troubles when using this device single-handedly.

The extremely thin bezels on this display make it a suitable candidate for immersive media consumption experience.

The colour and brightness levels on this display are excellent, both indoors as well as outdoors.

Processor and Performance

The Vivo S1 Pro packs a slightly outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor to power the OS.

The apps run faster and open up quick even with multiple apps running parallel.

With the 8GB LPDDR4 RAM, there is enough memory for apps to run simultaneously.

Even gaming with this smartphone is smooth. Resource intensive games like PUBG runs smooth and in full HD resolution.

There is 128GB on onboard memory for storing your files offline. If you need more, fret not. There is a dedicated micro SD card slot which can accommodate up to 256GB.

Camera

The Vivo S1 Pro comes equipped with a triple rear camera setup which comprises of a 48MP main shooter, 8MP wide-angle sensor and a 2MP depth-sensing unit and a 2MP macro camera.

The photos and videos look crisp and clear with enough details and less noise in them.

Vivo has coupled their AI algorithm with the camera by which it detects the scene and adjusts the settings according to it.

The front camera is a whopping 32MP motorized selfie unit which pops up when needed and delivers excellent quality selfies and has portrait mode support as well.

Battery Life

The Vivo S1 Pro is powered by a comparatively larger 4500 Li-ion battery.

With moderate to heavy usage, the Vivo S1Pro lasts for a day and a half quite comfortably.

Vivo bundles a fast charger along with this phone that charges the battery quite quickly at 18W.

Verdict

The Vivo S1 Pro is one of the best looking mid-range smartphones. With the gorgeous AMOLED display and a capable processor, this smartphone is undoubtedly one of the best in its class.

If you want a smartphone with a large display, and performs very smooth, the Vivo S1 Pro is a great choice, to begin with.

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18W fast charging

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Elegant, stylish design

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32MP front camera

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Bloated UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP, 32MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

7. Samsung Galaxy M40

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Best Branded Smartphone
  • Punch hole cutout full HD+ display
  • Fast charging support
  • Intuitive One UI

The galaxy M40 is the latest mid-range Android smartphone from Samsung which comes as a slight upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy M30 smartphone a while ago.

Featuring a glossy polycarbonate design, this smartphone looks and feels premium for the price at which retails.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M40 has a polycarbonate outer shell with a glossy textured finish which looks elegant.

The phone feels very light in hand and thanks to its rounded corners, it feels very lightweight and easy to hold in one hand.

This phone comes with minimal bezels on all four sides and offers an immersive visual experience with its notch display.

Overall the quality of construction is very good and is on par with its competitors.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M40 features a 6.3-inch LCD with a punch-hole cutout for the front camera.

This full HD+ display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and has a pixel density of about 409 ppi which renders the screen very sharp and clear output.

Samsung has been seen using OLED display in a lot of its M series smartphones priced even lower than the M40 and we honestly would have loved to see a similar AMOLED panel on this device as well.

This smartphone has greater than 84.9% screen to body ratio and supports L1 wide wine certification which lets you watch online streaming services in full HD resolution.

Processor and Performance

The Galaxy M40 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor supplemented by the Adreno 612 GPU.

With the integrated 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, this device performs excellently when it comes to multitasking and gaming.

Whether it be PUBG or Fortnite, this budget Android smartphone from Samsung will let you play it in full HD resolution without any dropped frames or lags.

The latest Android 9.0 Pie OS is very well optimized for performance improvements when compared to the Oreo 8.1 version.

Camera

This smartphone comes with a triple camera setup in the rear similar to its predecessor.

The primary camera on the rear is a 32MP shooter with an aperture size of f/1.7 for better low light performance.

The secondary sensor is an 8MP ultrawide shooter, which is one of a kind in this price bracket.

The third one is a 5MP depth sensor for high-quality portrait and bokeh mode photos.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor with HDR support for high dynamic selfie shots.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy M40 is powered by a 3500mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for up to two days of heavy usage.

Samsung does include a fast charger in the box which will let you charge this device in under 2.30 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M40 is one of the most feature-packed Android smartphones priced under Rs.20,000.

With its punch-hole cutout display, triple camera setup and the 4000mAh battery, this smartphone is difficult to pass up in this price bracket.

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Robust design

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Brand reliability
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4K video recording

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No OLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675
Camera32MP + 8MP +5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+

 

8. Nokia 7.2

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Best Build Quality
  • Android One device
  • HDR10 certified full HD+ display
  • Capable camera

Nokia 7.2 is the new refreshed version of the Nokia premium budget smartphone, the Nokia 7.1.

The Nokia 7.2 brings in a completely revamped design preserving all the stock Android goodness for a budget of Rs.20,000.

Design and Build Quality

As always, Nokia has reinforced its stature as a manufacturer producing smartphones with the best build quality.

This device has a glass front and back design with aluminium frame running around the chassis.

The buttons are also made of aluminium and feel and tactile. Nokia has even given an aluminium ring around the otherwise plush fingerprint sensor in the back.

The Nokia 7.2 comes with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the storage if you doing so.

The phone looks very sleek in hand but the glass back has to be taken care of from accidental falls.

Display

Nokia 7.2 features a 6.3-inch FHD+ drop notch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels.

The colour accuracy and brightness levels of this screen are excellent. Being an IPS LCD, there is no noticeable colour shift when viewed from extreme angles.

With a pixel density above 400ppi, the texts and visuals look sharp and vibrant even from close quarters.

The minimal bezels on the sides and the top portion contributes to the almost 82% screen to body ratio display.

Processor and Performance

The Nokia 7.2 is one of the first smartphones in the Indian market powered by the latest Snapdragon 665 SoC from Qualcomm.

The SD 665 is an incremental upgrade over the 660 and is made using a 14 nm process for better performance and battery efficiency.

This processor clocked at 2.2GHz is perfectly OK for intense multitasking and gaming without any lags in between.

The 6GB RAM coupled with the 64GB storage makes apps usage and data storage a breeze with this device.

Camera

Nokia has been cooperating with Zeiss optics for their camera lenses since time immemorial.

With the Nokia 7.2, the company has thrown in a triple 48MP+8MP+5MP sensor setup with Zeiss optics and a 20MP selfie shooter in the front.

The primary 48MP camera has an aperture size of f/1.8 and comes with PDAF support.

The 8MP sensor is a wide-angle shooter and the third 5MP camera captures depth information for bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The 20MP front camera takes detailed photos with good colours and saturation levels as well.

Battery Life

Nokia has included a 3500mAh Li-ion battery with the Nokia 8.1 which makes this device last comfortable over a day of medium to heavy usage.

With the bundled 9V/2A fast charger, you will be able to refill the juice from empty to full in just under 90 minutes.

Verdict

If you are looking for a well-built device with all the basic features loaded, the Nokia 7.2 is a solid choice for a budget under Rs.20,000.

Being an Android One device, you are assured to receive Android updates for the next two years and won’t be missing the upcoming features in this regard.

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Aesthetically pleasing design

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Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Slightly outdated processor

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Camera48MP + 5MP + 8MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery3500 mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+ Pure Display

9. Motorola One Vision

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Honorable Mention
  • Android one device
  • Turbocharger included in the package
  • Robust build quality

Motorola has been receiving a lot of flake for its pricing strategy as well the choice of the processor on their latest G7 series phones.

The company, it seems has understood the mistake and is back in business with an Android One powered device, the all-new Motorola One vision.

Design and build quality

The Motorola One Vision has a metallic unibody design with a curved glass back.

The backside of the device resembles the Redmi Note 5 Pro from Xiaomi due to the vertical dual camera placement.

Even though the bezels are thin around the display, there is a considerable lower chin on the front which houses the Motorola brand name.

The rear-mounted fingerprint has the famous Motorola logo embossed on it.

Overall the build quality feels very premium and the device doesn’t feel too heavy.

Display

The display on this device is a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels.

The display is sharp and vivid with accurate colours. The brightness and contrast levels are excellent as well.

The 21:9 aspect ratio display has a centre-punch camera hole similar to the ones found on expensive Samsung devices.

Performance

Motorola has been notorious for including outdated SoC in their newer gen smartphones and selling at exorbitant prices.

This time around, the Motorola One Vision comes with a Samsung Exynos 9609 octa-core processor which is a budget powerhouse.

Accompanied with 4GB of RAM, this device can handle multitasking very well. Games like PUBG plays smoothly and notably, without any overheating.

Camera

This device has a dual rear camera setup which constitutes of a 48MP main unit and a supplementary 5MP depth sensor for that accurate portrait mode clicks.

The front 12MP shooter lets you take good quality selfies even under low lighting conditions.

The rear camera supports 4K recording and even supports 1080p recording at 60 fps.

Miscellaneous

One of the main USP of this device is that it comes under the Android One programme.

This means that you get the stock Android experience just as on Google’s hardware, the Pixel phones and assured software updates up to two years.

Battery

Powered by a 3500mAh battery, the Motorola One vision will last easily over a day of moderate to heavy usage, especially with the pure stock Android OS.

The company bundles the fast charger with the box always and this will let you charge the device faster than from a normal charger or a power bank.

Verdict

It seems Motorola has got it right this time around.

With a great display on a well-built chassis, powered by a powerful processor, the Motorola One vision ticks all the right boxes for a phone priced under Rs.20,000.

The long-lasting battery makes this a media consumption device without having to worry about the device getting turned off amidst your favourite show.

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Minimal centre-punch camera cutout

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Ample 128GB internal memory

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3.5mm headphone jack

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Average low light photos

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 9609
Camera48MP + 8MP+5MP+2MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display 6.3-inch Full HD+ Display

This concludes our list of the best upper mid range smartphones under Rs.20,000.

By no means, this is a complete exhaustive guide, but we believe this would help you to start making up your mind by providing some cues.

Don’t worry, the pain is real and we all know it.

Take your time and make your mind.

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