Best Smartphones Under Rs.20,000 (January 2021)

by | Jan 15, 2021

Are you the one looking to step up your geek game a bit?

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

This smartphone buying list has been curated to provide you with an insight into the best smartphones under Rs.20,000 available for purchase in India as of now.

Whether you are an amateur photographer, an avid gamer or a selfie lover, we’ve shortlisted the ten best smartphones in India in this price range so that you can choose your pick quite easily.

Without any further ado, let’s get to know the choices we have shortlisted for you.

If you want to read reviews on other price ranges as well, please check out our articles on Best Smartphones under different budgets here.

Best Smartphones Under Rs.20,000

1. Poco X3Overall Best Pick
2. Motorola One Fusion+Runner-Up Pick
3. Poco X2Best Developer Friendly Smartphone
4. Realme 7 ProFeature Rich Smartphone
5. Redmi Note 9 Pro MaxBest Build Quality
6. Samsung Galaxy M31sBest Battery Life
7. Realme 7Value for Money Smartphone
8. Realme Narzo 20 ProBest Budget Gaming Smartphone
9. Samsung Galaxy A31Best Non-Chinese Smartphone
10. Oppo F17Honourable Mention

 

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1. Poco X3

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful and efficient SD 732G processor
  • Long-lasting 6000mAh battery
  • 120Hz FHD+ HDR display

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Robust build quality

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33W fast charging

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Dual stereo speakers

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No dedicated SD card slot

Poco is an independent sub-brand of Xiaomi that rocked the budget smartphone industry with the launch of the Poco F1.

The X3 from POCO is a third-generation smartphone from the company that retails for a budget under Rs.20,000 in the Indian market with a handful of unique features under its sleeve.

Design and Build Quality

The POCO X3 has a glass front and plastic back body with a durable aluminium frame in between.

The back panel of this smartphone has a unique glass-like design adorned by a distinctly shaped camera bump that makes this device stand out from the rest.

The fit and finish of this device is very much in the premium league and feels very durable and sturdy in hand.

The fingerprint scanner on this smartphone is located on the side power button which makes it easy to get access to.

This phone comes certified with IP53 splash proof rating which is quite reassuring when it comes to occasional water splashes and drizzle.

There is the usual set of USB type C port and the 3.5mm connectivity jack in terms of connectivity options.

There are dual stereo speakers on this device for loud and clear sound output.

The only con we found with this smartphone is that it comes with a hybrid SIM slot without a dedicated SD card slot.

You can either use the device with two SIM cards or a SIM card and an SD card.

Display

The POCO X3 features a stunning 120Hz refresh rate 6.67-inch FHD+ display.

This display has a touch sampling rate of 240Hz which makes gaming a delightful experience.

The colour accuracy is well calibrated to match natural colour tones.

The contrast levels are on par with the other smartphones in this price segment as well.

With narrow bezels all around, this panel has an impressive 84.9% screen to body ratio and a pixel density of 395ppi for sharp and clean visuals and text.

This is an HDR10 certified panel with excellent dynamic range for immersive media consumption.

Processor and Performance

What powers the POCO X3 inside is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G octa-core processor.

This is an 8nm processor with a powerful performance as well as impressive energy efficiency as well.

Be it gaming, media consumption or mobile video production, this processor delivers impressive performance without any lags or stutters.

The base variant of this smartphone comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS2.1 storage which is very much adequate for most of the everyday usage patterns.

Camera

The POCO X3 features a quad rear camera setup arranged in a unique horizontal square bump.

The primary camera is a 64MP sensor assisted by a 13MP ultrawide shooter along with a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor.

There is a dual-LED flash besides these cameras for extreme low light photography.

The pictures and videos from these cameras come out relatively clean and colour accurate.

Even the night mode photos seem usable. Since it is a Qualcomm device, expect a working port of GCam that can do wonders in terms of photos.

This smartphone can record 4K videos at 30fps and FHD videos at 120fps.

In the front, the 20MP punch hole camera does a great job in capturing detailed selfies with adequate sharpness and detail levels.

Battery Life

The POCO X3 has a relatively beefy 6000mAh battery inside powering its internals.

This will last you for a day and a half with intense heavy usage.

POCO has bundled a 33W fast charger in the box that juices up the battery within 1.30-1.45 hours.

Verdict

The POCO X3 is an all-rounder device with a gorgeous 120Hz HDR-enabled FHD+ device with a powerful processor inside.

This is one of the best choices in the sub. Rs.20,000 for entry-level gaming and media consumption.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
Camera64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear | 20MP Front
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 732G
Battery6000mAh
Display6.67-inch Full HD+ IPS 120Hz

2. Motorola One Fusion+

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Runner-Up Pick
  • HDR10 certified FHD+ display
  • Powerful Snapdragon 730G processor
  • Long-lasting 5000mAh battery
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Near stock Android 10 OS

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Water repellent coating

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Good quality loudspeaker

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No dedicated SD card slot

Motorola was lagging behind the competitors in the smartphone market when Lenovo acquired it from Google.

The all-new Motorola One Fusion+ is a sign of Motorola trying to up its ante against brands like Xiaomi and Realme to capture the lost foothold in the market.

Design and Build Quality

The Motorola One Fusion+ has a glass front and plastic back shell with a polycarbonate plastic frame in between.

The backplate has a lined pattern with glass-like subtle glossy texture which looks and feels good.

This smartphone has a dedicated button to summon Google voice assistant. The fingerprint scanner rests on the rear at a comfortable position within normal hand reach.

The USB type C port is placed in the button portion along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and the speaker grill.

Since this device features a pop-up selfie camera, the display has no notches or cutouts to obstruct a seamless UI experience.

Display

The Motorola One Fusion+ features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with HDR10. This is one of the best displays in this segment, with vivid and bright colour reproduction and inky deep blacks.

This is the only sub. Rs.20,000 smartphone with Youtube signature device certification, capable of playing HDR10 youtube content in all its glory.

Since there is no notch or cutouts in the display, the Motorola One Fusion+ delivers an immersive media consumption experience.

This device also comes with Widevine L1 certification for full HD Netflix and Amazon prime video playback.

Processor and Performance

This budget smartphone from Motorola runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset.

Along with the 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB storage, this CPU performs flawlessly.

The gaming performance is smooth with all the popular titles such as PUBG and COD which are currently in trend.

The multitasking and day to day casual usage is buttery smooth, thanks to the Android 10 OS with almost zero customization.

Camera

The Motorola One Fusion+ has a familiar quad camera setup in the rear, now common with most devices in this price point.

The primary sensor is the 64MP one with f/1.8, followed by an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro camera with autofocus and a 2MP depth-sensing unit.

This device is capable of recording 4k videos at 30fps and full HD videos at 120fps. You can even use the macro camera for video recording.

When it comes to the front, a motorized 16MP pop-up selfie camera does the job without any issues.

The images and videos appear adequately detailed and colour accurate. The post-processing is minimal, which helps the camera to retain most of the natural colours we see with our eyes.

Miscellaneous

This device comes with a dedicated audio DAC for 32-bit audio playback via wired earphones and headphones.

Battery Life

The Motorola One Fusion+ is powered by a 5000mAh battery which Motorola claims to have a standby time of 23 days.

You can get over a day and a half with heavy usage like gaming and video consumption with this device.

Motorola provides an 18W fast charger in the box which, by today’s standards is not that fast but can expedite the charging process quite a bit.

Verdict

We feel that the Motorola One Fusion+ is a winner in this price segment with all the right elements to be the best in the business.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
Camera64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP |Rear, 16MP Front
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Battery5000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+

3. Poco X2

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Best Developer Friendly Smartphone
  • Gorgeous 120Hz refresh rate FHD+ display
  • Powerful Snapdragon 730G processor
  • Long-lasting 5000mAh battery

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Hi-Fi Audio DAC

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27W charger in the box

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An efficient liquid cooling system

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No dedicated SD card slot

POCO is an independent sub-brand of Xiaomi which released the widely successful POCO F1 smartphone that is considered a legend to this day among the consumers.

The POCO F1 offered amazing hardware at an unbelievable price and the users have been asking for the next iteration for God knows how long.

Finally, the company decided to launch the POCO X2 smartphone, again at an incredible price tag costing well under Rs.20,000.

Design and Build Quality

The POCO X2 shares an uncanny resemblance with the 5G capable Redmi K30 smartphone.

The glass sandwich design looks very elegant and feels premium in hand. POCO went the notch-less way with the double punch-hole front camera setup to increase the available screen real estate.

There is a 3.5mm headphone jack for those with a wired headphone, so don’t worry about investing extra on a Bluetooth headphone.

Overall the build quality of the POCO X2 is commendable for the price and it won’t be too much to say, this device is an absolute steal for your money.

Display

As we have earlier mentioned, the all-new POCO X2 comes with a double punch-hole display, which is the new trend among smartphone manufacturers.

This is a large 6.67-inch full HD+ reality flow display with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

The scrolling and transitions feel buttery smooth on this device and it is almost sure that after using a 120Hz display, going back to a traditional 60Hz device will be hard.

The colours look very natural and vivid and the brightness levels are on par with the competitors in the same price range.

This display is protected by the latest iteration of Corning Gorilla glass. Not only the protection covers the display but also the rear as well.

Processor and Performance

The POCO X2 comes loaded with the gaming-oriented Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC clocked at 2.2GHz.

This chipset delivers exceptional graphics as well as multitasking performance coupled with the 6GB RAM and the 128GB UFS2.1 storage.

Be it day to day usage or heavy gaming, this smartphone chews through everything you throw at it in style.

Camera

This budget Android smartphone from POCO features a quad-camera rear setup with the main 64MP sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor, a dedicated 2MP macro shooter along with 2MP depth-sensing unit.

In the front, there is the 20MP main camera assisted with a 2MP depth sensor for better portrait selfie shots.

The photo and video quality that comes out of these cameras are very well balanced with natural skin tones and colours.

Battery Life

The POCO X2 is powered by a 4500mAh Li-ion battery to accommodate its powerful processor and the 120Hz display.

The phone lasts comfortably over a day and half of heavy usage. The supplied 27W fast charger juices up the device pretty fast as well.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the lack of an OLED panel, the POCO X2 is one of the best devices you can get your hands on for a budget under Rs.20,000.

The long-lasting battery, 120Hz display and the 64MP quad-camera deliver an amazing value for money prospect with this device.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Q 10.0
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Front, 20MP + 2MP Rear
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Battery4500mAh
Display6.67 inch Full HD+ IPS 120Hz

4. Realme 7 Pro

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Gorgeous FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Powerful Snapdragon 730G CPU
  • 65W super dart fast charging

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Capable quad rear camera setup

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Dual stereo speakers

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Standard 60Hz display

Realme has been closely trailing behind Redmi for a while in the smartphone market.

With the all-new Realme 7 Pro, the company has upped the ante in the budget smartphone segment with cutting edge features that were once reserved for higher-end flagship devices.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 7 pro is characterized by a single punch-hole display and a gradient coloured polycarbonate back body with a matte finish glass design.

The phone weighs just 182 grams and feels light and durable in hand. This phone is relatively light when compared to the Redmi Note 9 pro max and the Poco X2 and has a more one-hand usage friendly design.

The fingerprint sensor this time is located on the side and doubles up as a power button.

The front display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ for advanced scratch protection.

Realme has also given a splash-resistant coating on top of the glass to repel light water drops from sticking on the surface.

The standard set of features such as the USB type C port and the 3.5mm headphone jack is present and accounted for as well.

Display

The display is one of the unique features of this smartphone priced under Rs.20,000.

The dual single punch-hole display looks similar to that to certain premium Samsung smartphones.

The Realme 7 Pro features a 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels with a pixel density of 411ppi.

The display looks very sharp and the colours turn out to be natural and vivid.

Thanks to the excellent contrast levels, you’ll get to see inky deep blacks and popping colours that will deliver you a delightful media consumption experience.

Unlike the predecessor, the Pro version has to suffice with the standard 60Hz refresh rate which is a bit of a disappointment, to be honest, but not at all a deal-breaker of any sorts.

Processor and Performance

The Realme 7 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, which is custom-tuned for enhanced gaming performance.

The 6GB RAM and the super-fast 128GB UFS2.1 storage will help you experience the best of mobile computing performance in the sub. Rs.20,000 price segment.

Speaking of the thermals, the phone gets slightly warm with extended hours of gaming, but nothing serious enough to throttle the performance.

Camera

The Realme 7 Pro comes with a quad-camera setup in the rear and dual cameras in the front.

The main 64MP camera comes with a 1/1.8 aperture sensor for better low light photography.

There is also an 8MP ultra-wide sensor followed by the 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth sensor.

The images come out clean and detailed in daylight and with respectable performance in the dark.

Talking about the video, there is electronic image stabilization to keep your footage steady and smooth.

The front 32MP camera offers excellent selfies with realistic bokeh effects. Additionally, this camera also supports EIS for videos.

Miscellaneous

The Realme 7 Pro runs on the all-new Realme UI 1.0 based on Android 10. This custom skin is much more refined than the previous Color OS which realme phones shipped with in the past.

This budget Android smartphone comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner – thanks to the AMOLED display.

This newer generation scanner is fast and accurate to unlock your device just as quick as a physical scanner would do.

Battery Life

The Realme 7 Pro is powered by a 4500mAh battery that will easily last over a day with heavy usage.

To make things better, there is the 65W super dart fast charging support with the charger available in the box.

This charger will completely juice up the battery from zero to hundred per cent within 40 minutes flat.

Verdict

The Realme 7 Pro is a fantastic value for money smartphone perfect for resource-intensive tasks such as gaming.

The gorgeous AMOLED along with the powerful processor and long-lasting battery makes it a champ in its price segment.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP rear, 32MP front
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 720G
Battery4500mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

 

5. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

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Best Build Quality
  • HDR certified FHD+ display
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Excellent quality 64MP primary rear camera

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Front and back Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Superfast side-mounted fingerprint scanner

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Heavy

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is the flagship model from the Redmi’s Note series lineup with a 64MP primary camera for photography enthusiasts.

Sporting the exact design and CPU as the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the main differentiating factors on this smartphone are the difference in the primary camera, front camera and the included 33W charging adapter.

Build Quality and Design

For a premium budget smartphone priced under Rs.20,000, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has an exceptional build quality. The all-glass 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 Redmi Note 9 Pro Max looks similar to many of the expensive flagships in the market with a central quad camera set up at the back and a punch-hole display upfront.

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.

This is slowly changing with smartphone manufactures including powerful chips even inside the mid-range devices for better performance.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with the top of the line mid-range Snapdragon 720G processor for exceptional performance.

Launching with 6/8GB RAM variants, the Redmi Note 9 Pro max with its super-fast UFS2.1 storage can run apps and games with relative ease.

Display

The Redmi Note 9 Pro features a large 6.67-inch full HD+ display which 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 punch-hole cutout for the front camera. It looks much better than the notch in our opinion.

Camera

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes loaded with a rear quad camera setup. This AI quad-camera setup consists of a primary 64MP camera followed by 8MP ultra-wide sensor, 5MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro mode shooter.

The front camera is a 32MP shooter capable of delivering clear selfies even in low-light environments.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is a beast when it comes to smartphone photography.

The 12MP pixel binned image from the 64MP sensor has a lot of details and comes out with excellent colour accuracy.

Redmi has even included a pro-mode for video enabling you to tweak the camera output further.

Software

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max runs on Android 10 OS with MIUI 11 skin on top. Unfortunately, the MIUI skin comes bloated with a lot of unnecessary apps.

Most of these apps can be manually uninstalled but it remains a major hassle anyway.

Battery Life

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has 5020mAh 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 all their smartphones

This time the company has even bundled a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 certified 33W fast charger that will let you charge the device even faster.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
Camera64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP Rear, 32MP Front
ChipsetQualcomm® Snapdragon720G
Battery5020mAh
Display6.67-inch Full HD+

6. Samsung Galaxy M31s

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Best Battery Life
  • Vivid and bright AMOLED display
  • 6000mAh long-lasting battery
  • Capable cameras

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Non-Chinese smartphone

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Intuitive One UI interface

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25W fast charger in the box

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Average processor

The galaxy M31s is one of the latest mid-range online-only M series android smartphones from Samsung to take on the competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme.

The Samsung Galaxy M31s is a device like nothing else from the past, especially the previously ridiculously overpriced A series phones.

It is loaded with features which stack well against its competition for the price tag at which the phone retails.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M31s has a polycarbonate outer shell with a textured finish that looks elegant.

The phone feels very light in hand considering the battery size 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 M31s features a 6.5-inch super AMOLED display with an infinity U notch at the top.

This full HD+ display has a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and has a pixel density of about 405 ppi which renders the screen very sharp and clear output.

Samsung is the best OLED manufacturer in the world and the quality of this AMOLED display justifies that claims effortlessly.

This smartphone has an 86.1% 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 M31s is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9611 octa-core processor supplemented by the Mali-G72 GPU.

With the integrated 6GB LPDDRX RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, this device performs excellent 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 10.0 Q OS with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 on top is very well optimized for performance improvements when compared to the previous iterations.

Camera

This smartphone comes with a quad-camera setup in the rear. Yes, a quad camera under sub. Rs.20,000, that too from Samsung.

The primary camera on the rear is a 64MP shooter with an aperture size of f/1.8 for better low light performance.

The secondary sensor is a 12MP 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 followed by a 5MP macro mode sensor for closeup photography.

These cameras deliver detailed and colour accurate stills and videos in good lighting conditions.

The front camera is a 32MP sensor with HDR support for wide-angle selfie shots.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy M31s is powered by a whopping 6000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for up to two days of heavy usage.

Samsung does include a 25W fast charger in the box which will let you charge this device in under 2 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M31s is the most feature-packed Android smartphone with the best battery life, priced under Rs.20,000.

With its AMOLED display, triple camera setup and the 6000mAh battery, this smartphone is difficult to pass up in this price bracket.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
Camera64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP Rear, 32MP Front
ChipsetExynos 9611 octa-core
Battery6000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ sAMOLED

7. Realme 7

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Powerful Helio G95 processor
  • 64MP quad rear camera
  • 90Hz refresh rate FHD+ display

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Long-lasting 5000mAh battery

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30W dart charger in the box

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Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

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No secondary noise cancellation microphone

Realme 7 is the latest smartphone to launch in India from the Oppo sub-brand Realme, which comes as a successor to the widely popular and successful Realme 6.

Packed with an all-new processor and camera optics, the Realme 7 is all set to take on the likes of Poco M2 Pro and the Samsung M21 in the sub. Rs.20,000 price segment.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 7 features a modern and elegant design, which the company fondly calls the mirror design.

The polycarbonate backplate can be mistaken for glass, thanks to the glossy finish with subtle gradient pattern and adds to the overall premium feel of the device.

The fingerprint scanner on this device now rests on the right side, right where the power button is. Yes, the sensor is now integrated into the power button for easier access.

The punch hole display up front is protected by Corning gorilla glass 3, similar to its predecessor – the Realme 6.

There is a dedicated SD slot on this device along with two nano-SIM slots so that you don’t have to compromise with either the cellular connectivity or the storage space.

The lack of a secondary noise-cancelling microphone is one of the only gripes we have with this phone in the design department.

Display

As we said before, the Realme 7 features a 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS display with a punch-hole camera cutout in the top left corner.

This 20:9 aspect ratio display has a native resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and boasts of an impressive 405ppi.

As an icing on the cake, this colour accurate and bright display is a 90Hz panel which ensures smooth scrolling and visuals like in no other phones in this price segment.

Processor and Performance

The all-new MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor runs the show on the Realme 7.

This 12nm processor has a base clock of 2.05GHz and is assisted by the Mali G76 GPU for lag-free graphics performance.

With the 8GB RAM and the 128GB UFS2.1 storage onboard, this phone is one of the fastest in this price range.

Be it gaming, media consumption or everyday casual usage, this device performs like a champ.

Games such as COD mobile, PUBG and Fortnite run very well, without any dropped frames or lags. Thanks to the improved touch response rate, the in-game manoeuvres will feel very quick and precise.

Camera

The Realme 7 comes with a quad rear camera setup just like the Realme 6, but this time with an improved Sony IMX682 primary sensor.

The rear camera setup consists of a 64MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and support for PDAF, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP b&w sensor followed by a 2MP depth-sensing unit.

The photos which come out of the primary camera have ample details and close to natural colours. There is no unnecessary saturation boosting on this phone as we had seen with older Realme devices.

Realme 7 is capable of recording 4K videos at 30fps and FHD videos at 30/60fps as well.

The 16MP front shooter comes with the usual AI beauty modes and filters to make your selfies look better than ever.

Battery Life

The Realme 7 is powered by a 5000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last over a day and a half, even with heavy usage.

You can expect to get anywhere around 7-8 hours of screen on time, with a 90Hz refresh rate turned on.

Realme has also included a 30W dart charger inside the box which will help you juice up this mammoth battery within 1-1.5 hours.

Verdict

The Realme 7 is currently the best smartphone you can purchase for a budget under Rs.20,000.

Packed to the brim with cutting edge features, we’d have to admit that Realme has beaten Redmi to the punch this time around.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
ChipsetMediaTek Helio G95
Battery5000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ 90Hz

8. Realme Narzo 20 Pro

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Best Budget Gaming Smartphone
  • Powerful Helio G95 processor
  • 65W super dart fast charging
  • 90Hz FHD+ IPS display

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Stylish, sleek design

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Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Outdated plastic back design

Realme is a budget smartphone brand spun off from Oppo to compete directly with the budget Redmi range of smartphones.

The original Narzo series was launched as an ultra-affordable gaming smartphone but with disappointing internals and the all-new Narzo 20, Pro is here with some significant improvements.

Design and Build Quality

The Narzo 20 Pro has a glass front, polycarbonate plastic frame and a plastic back structure with a unique gradient design.

This smartphone weighs around 190g, but since the weight is well balanced it doesn’t feel much of an issue to use single-handed.

The front display is protected by Corning gorilla glass for preventing accidental scratches.

The Narzo 20 Pro from Realme, like the recent trend, has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for easy lock/unlock procedure.

The USB type C charging port supports USB OTG. There is the regular 3.5mm headphone jack for wired audio connectivity as well.

Display

In the original Narzo 10 smartphone, we got an HD+ display which was very disappointing, to be honest.

But with the Realme Narzo 20 Pro, what we get is a 90Hz ultra-smooth 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with a native resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This 20:9 aspect ratio display has a punch hole cut out in the front for the selfie camera. This panel covers 83.5% screen to body ratio and has a sharp ~405ppi pixel density.

The colours come out rich and punchy, the brightness levels are sufficient for both indoors as well as occasional outdoor usage.

This is a standard 60Hz panel but overall the UI and the interaction feel smooth and lag-free.

Processor and Performance

The Realme Narzo 20 Pro is powered by the gaming-oriented MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor.

With the 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage, this device performs exceptionally well with gaming as well as another day to day usage.

There are no noticeable lags or stutters while playing games, thanks to the powerful Mali G76 GPU inside.

The all-new optimized Realme UI on top of Android 10 Q further enhances the overall performance of this smartphone.

Camera

The Realme Narzo 20 Pro packs a capable quad rear camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor.

This is followed by an 8MP ultrawide sensor, 2MP depth and 2MP macro shooter.

The photos and videos from this camera unit come out very detailed and colour accurate for its asking price.

The maximum video recording resolution of this smartphone is 4K @ 30fps.

The front 13MP punch hole camera has HDR support and offers a wide-angle selfie experience.

Battery Life

This entry-level gaming smartphone from Realme is powered by a 4500mAh Li-Po battery inside.

This will last you over a day and a half, specifically 7-8 hours of screen on time on a single charge.

Surprisingly the Narzo 20 Pro is bundled with a 65W super dart charger that juices up the battery within 1.30 hours flat.

Verdict

The Realme Narzo 20 Pro is an entry-level gaming smartphone with capable internal hardware and decent camera optics for a budget under Rs.20,000.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
ChipsetMediaTek Helio G95
Battery4500mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ 90Hz

9. Samsung Galaxy A31

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Best Non-Chinese Smartphone
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Dedicated SD card slot

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Intuitive One UI

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Robust build quality

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Under display fingerprint scanner

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Fingerprint prone glossy back

Samsung A series of smartphones has been a smash hit among the consumers owing to its build quality as well as allround performance.

The Galaxy A31 is the mid-range smartphone from the A-series lineup priced around Rs.18,000 in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy A31 smartphone comes features with a plastic back which imitates glass in the rear with a geometric glossy design.

Although the fit and finish isn’t as premium as its high-priced siblings, the Galaxy A31 is a stunner in terms of the design.

The backplate being glossy, it is prone to fingerprint and smudges much easier than a device with matte finish body.
This dual SIM smartphone from Samsung has a dedicated SD card slot for memory expansion.

Talking about the buttons and their placement, the volume rockers are positioned on the right side, similar to most other smartphones in this segment.

The Samsung Galaxy A31 features an under-display fingerprint scanner, which is a welcome addition in this price point.

Weight at just 185g, this smartphone doesn’t feel that heavy. The tall form factor makes it easy to hold in the palm of your hand without any issues.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A31 features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This 20:9 aspect ratio tall form-factor panel has an 84.9% screen to body ratio that offers an immersive media consumption experience.

With an impressive pixel density of 411ppi, the Samsung Galaxy A31 has one of the best AMOLED panels in the sub. Rs.20,000 price range.

The colours look vivid and bright whereas the dynamic range remains excellent with this OLED display.

Be it browsing casually or watching movies on this display, you’re assured to have a delightful experience.

Processor and Performance

The Galaxy A31 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P65 octa-core processor based on 12nm architecture.

Assisting the processor in the graphics department is the Mali G52, which is powerful enough to run modern games at low to medium graphics settings.

The ample 6GB RAM and the 128GB storage onboard make sure that every app runs smooth and lag-free.

Even with light multitasking activities, this budget Android smartphone feels lag-free.

The Samsung Galaxy A31 runs on Android 10.0 OS with Samsung’s own One UI 2.5 on top. One UI is optimized for single-hand usage and has an intuitive interface.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy A31 has a rear quad-camera setup. The 48MP primary camera performs excellently in daylight, the photos have good colour accuracy and the dynamic range is acceptable.

The 8MP ultrawide lens is good to capture group photos, the details are on point however dynamic range is not as good as the main camera.

The 5MP macro lens is for close-range photography and the other 5MP depth sensor helps to click portrait shots.

Low light photography is not good, even with flashlight support the results aren’t good enough for the asking price.

Photos taken from the front 20MP camera deliver good quality daylight photos with ample details and colour accuracy.

Battery Life

The Galaxy A31 houses a 5000mAh big battery inside which lasts for a day and a half with heavy usage.

This device supports fast charging and the company bundles a 15W charger inside the box which takes 2-2.30 hours to completely juice up the battery.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A31 offers a lot of premium features such as under-display fingerprint scanner, high-quality AMOLED display, capable cameras and much more at just Rs.17,999.

This is an ideal choice for those who are looking for a non-Chinese smartphone packed with features under Rs.20,000.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP Rear, 20MP Front
ChipsetMediaTek helio P65
Battery5000mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

10. Oppo F17

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Honourable Mention
  • Full HD+ AMOLED display
  • Capable rear quad-camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery

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Aesthetically pleasing design

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Excellent build quality

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Average SoC

Oppo has a strong presence in both the online and offline market in the country and often releases new models much faster in India than it does in other regions outside China.

The Oppo F17 is a budget mid-range priced just Rs.20,000 following the new design strategy and respectable internals that makes it one of the best in the business in its price segment

Design and Build Quality

The Oppo F17 has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The leather finish back side makes this device stand out from the rest of the competition.

Thanks to this leather finish, you can use this device without any silicon case without the feat of fingerprint smudges.

Weighing just 163g and with a slim profile of 7.45mm, the Oppo F17 is one of the lightest smartphones available under Rs.20,000.

Display

The Oppo F17 features a tall 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. This amounts to about 408ppi and the visuals and text appear sharp and detailed.

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 F17 is powered by the powerful midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC.

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 UFS 2.1 storage and comes with a dedicated slot for memory cards.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

The Oppo F17 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 and is almost as fast as conventional fingerprint sensors.

Camera

In the rear, the Oppo F17 features a quad-camera setup consisting of a 16MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and two 2MP mono lenses for AI filters.

Numbers-wise, the 16MP sensor might sound pretty low for this price, but performance-wise the quality of pictures turned out to pleasantly good with ample details and colour accuracy.

The low light photo/video performance from this sensor can be said to be decent at best.

The front camera on this device is a 16MP sensor with an aperture size of f/2.0 and has HDR support for selfies with good dynamic range.

Both the front and the rear camera supports Full HD video recording up to 30fps.

Battery life

The Oppo F17 has a 4015mAh 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.

Additionally, Oppo supplies a 30W fast charger with the box, certified to be VOOC enabled, which is the company’s answer to Oneplus’s Dash charge feature.

This charger charges the battery up to 100% in just under 53 minutes.

Verdict

The Oppo F17 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.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
Camera16MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
ChipsetQualcomm® Snapdragon 662
Battery4015mAh
Display6.44-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED

This concludes our list of the ten best premium mid-range smartphones under Rs.20,000 available in India.

By no means, this is a completely 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.

Meanwhile, don’t hesitate to check out our best smartphones list under every possible budget category on our website.

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