Top 10 Best Phones Under 20000 in India (Updated 2019) – Reviews & Comparison

Smartphones these days have become so good that it’s getting harder and harder to pick one that’s perfect for you.

As of August 2018, Google's Android operating system accounts for 76% of the mobile operating system market share worldwide.

This makes choosing the perfect smartphone a daunting and challenging task.

 We have gone through some of the best smartphones that companies have to offer and selected our Top 10 Best Smartphones under the Rs. 20,000 price point. 

This article should make it a whole lot easier for you to buy the best possible smartphone at a certain price point. Let’s take a look.

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We Highly recommend you to read the Phone Buying Guide at the end of this article to get in-depth knowledge about latest phone technologies and  tips on making an informed decision about which product to buy for your needs 🙂

Top 10 Best Phones Under 20000 in India

Although my favorite among all is Redmi Note 5 Pro but you must check all of them to make your buying decision.

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro is a beautifully designed smartphone that is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor that is 40% more powerful than its predecessor, the Redmi Note 4.

With the dual rear-camera setup featuring high-quality Samsung and Sony sensors, this smartphone offers 12 MP + 5 MP cameras and a large pixel size of 1.25 micrometre.

The front-facing 20-MP camera also comes with a 4500K selfie light and a Sony sensor that provide sharp images and bright colours.

Beautify 4.0 is an equally stunning AI-based technology that helps the phone to instantly identify your facial features and provides numerous enhancements such as toning and shaping.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is Xiaomi’s first device to feature an FHD+ 5.99-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, which allows you to watch movies and game on a wider and bigger screen.

This beautiful screen is protected by 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass, and the display looks incredible while still being extremely resistant to general wear and tear.

This whole thing comes packaged with a high-capacity 4000 milliampere hour battery that offers up to an incredible 8.5 hours of screen on time.

14 hours of video playback, or 19 days of standby time.

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Features:

  • 5.99-inch FHD+ display.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor.
  • 4 GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
  • 4000 mAh high-capacity battery.
  • 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Beautifully vivid and bright display.
  • Superb build quality.
  • Excellent front-facing camera.
  • Available in six beautiful color options (Lake Blue, Black, Gold, Rose Gold, and Red).
  • Fast charge adapter not included.
  • USB Type-C not available.
  • No 4k video recording.

The Honor 9N is one of the latest offerings from Huawei for the Indian market in its affordable range of smartphones.

This beautiful phone comes with an FHD+ (2280 x 1080) FullView Display, features a widescreen aspect ratio of 19:9 and an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 79% for a seamless viewing experience.

Honor is quite proud of its adaptive display, which allows you to effortlessly switch between the notch or the FullView display.

This enables you to have all your notifications near the notch. If you’re not a fan of the notch, you can simply hide it with the options provided in the settings menu.

The Honor 9N comes with a 2.5D Glass Design with the much-advertised "mirror-like effort" which is supposedly a 12-layer mirrored rear design that makes the Honor 9N stand out from the rest of its competition.

 The rear dual-camera setup of Honor 9N sports 13 MP + 2 MP twin cameras, which can shoot stunning photos and also allow you to apply professional hardware-level Bokeh effect to your pictures. 

At the front, we have a 16MP ISO-enhanced front camera with 4-in-1 Light Fusion technology, which enables you to take great selfies with incredible details even in the dark. 

This whole package is powered with the latest Octa-core processor and Honor’s very own EMUI 8.0, which provides a completely lag-free smartphone experience.

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Features:

  • Octa-Core Kirin 659 processor.
  • 2.5D curved glass display.
  • Smart Face Unlock.
  • Party Mode.
  • Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the box.
  • 19:9 aspect ratio.
  • Excellent camera performance.
  • No fast charging capabilities.
  • 3000 mAh battery.
  • Notched Display.
  • No USB Type-C support.

The Oppo F7 is your gateway to amazing selfies like you’ve never seen before.

Its 25MP front-facing camera captures your very essence by using Sensor HDR and AI Beauty technologies.

Along with it being a Sony sensor, it has an aperture of f/2.0, which enables you to capture your flawless best.

This smartphone has a stunning 6.23-inch FHD+ all-encompassing display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 and comes with Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

With its notch, the Oppo F7 falls under the category of phones with a 19:9 aspect ratio.

Honor has used this place quite effectively and allows you to take advantage of the screen around the notch by implementing some nifty shortcuts such as Quick Apps and Quick Function.

The Oppo F7’s got the new Helio P60 chip under the hood, which is an octa-core chip clocked at 2.0 GHz.

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Features:

  • 25MP AI-Powered Selfie Camera.
  • Best-in-class 19:9 aspect ratio display with an 88% screen-to-body ratio.
  • Glossy Unique Design.
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM.
  • 3400 mAh battery.
  • 6.23-inch FHD+ in-cell iPS Display.
  • 25-megapixel front-facing camera.
  • MicroSD plus 2 nano-sim tray.
  • Android Oreo 8.1 out-of-the-box.
  • Single camera setup at the back.
  • Missing LED notification light.
  • No 4k video recording.

Vivo is touting the Vivo V9 phone as one of their flagship selfie-centric phones.

It has a world-leading 24-megapixel front camera, which turns every one of your selfies into a work of art.

You get to experience superb colour vibrancy, greater brightness, excellent clarity, and a dynamic range even in low-light conditions.

It captures fantastic photos with crystal-clear precision. The dual rear camera setup creates amazing pictorial masterpieces with the AI Bokeh effect built-in.

The Vivo V9 has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ All-New FullView Display 2.0 sporting a 19:9 aspect ratio and a staggeringly high 90% screen-to-body ratio. It has much sleeker and narrow bezels of only 1.75 mm.

This smartphone is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor and comes equipped with 64GB ROM and 4GB of RAM.

All of this is juiced by a 3260 mAh Li-Ion battery.

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Features:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SOC (system-on-chip) processor.
  • 19:9 FullView Display 2.0.
  • 90% screen-to-body ratio.
  • AI Face Access technology.
  • Updated Game Mode.
  • 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio.
  • An excellent 24-megapixel front-facing camera.
  • Rear dual-camera setup of 16 MP + 5 MP.
  • Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.
  • Dual Nano Sim with dedicated Micro-SD card support.
  • Only 3260 mAh battery.
  • Notched display.

The Samsung Galaxy J8 is a great-looking smartphone from the Korean smartphone maker.

Under the hood, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, which is clocked at 1.8GHz.

It sports Samsung’s gorgeous Super AMOLED display with HD+ resolution and provides deep contrasts and stunning colour reproduction.

This phone has a massive viewing area thanks to its narrow bezels and a screen-to-body ratio of 75.8%.

The Galaxy J8 has more than enough power to deliver smooth operation using its 3500 milliampere hour battery.

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Features:

  • Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 18.5:9 display ratio.
  • Dual Rear Cameras (16 MP + 5MP) with f/1.7 aperture.
  • Face Recognition software (Look to Unlock).
  • Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor.
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM.
  • 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display.
  • Thin and narrow bezels.
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Dedicated MicroSD card slot.
  • 3500 mAh Li-Ion battery.
  • Low screen resolution of 720 x 1480 pixels and a low PPI density of just 274.
  • Missing ambient light sensor.

Nokia 6.1 Plus was launched in India by HMD Global, the licensee of the Nokia brand, on 21st August 2018.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a premium all-glass design and is the first Nokia smartphone to incorporate a notch, a concept popularized by Apple's iPhone X.

One of the biggest features of the Nokia 6.1 Plus is its 2.5D curved glass display. The smartphone comes with a 5.8-inch Full HD+ edge-to-edge display and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels, which gives it a 19:9 aspect ratio and its slimmer bezels give it a screen-to-body ratio of over 81%.

This smartphone is powered by a state-of-the-art octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC (system on chip) and is coupled with 4GB of RAM.

 The smartphone showcases a dual rear-camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor featuring a f/2.0 aperture while the secondary 5-megapixel monochrome sensor sports a f/2.4 aperture. 

On the front, the smartphone bears a 16-megapixel sensor coupled with an f2.0 aperture

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Features:

  • State-of-the-art octa-core Snapdragon 636 SoC processor.
  • 2.5D curved glass display.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
  • 19:9 aspect ratio.
  • 5.8-inch Full HD+ edge-to-edge display.
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
  • USB Type-C support.
  • Part of the Android One programme.
  • Slimmer bezels with a screen-to-body ratio of over 81%.
  • 3060 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery.
  • Notch design.

Xiaomi’s Mi A2 smartphone is a selfie-centric phone which sports a Picture Perfect 20MP Camera.

The dual-camera setup at the rear has 20MP + 12MP with AI and dual-LED flash. This camera setup relies heavily on Sony IMX 376 light sensors and has a large f/1.75 aperture to choose from.

You can take superb daytime photos with the 12MP lens and the large 1.25μm pixels.

The 20MP lens and the 4-in-1 Super Pixel immensely help with low-light photos and makes them much brighter.

The Mi A2’s display provides a wider field of view with a 5.99-inch FHD+ display that has an 18:9 aspect ratio and boasts a screen-to-body ratio of 77.4%.

This beautiful screen is protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

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Features:

  • 5.99-inch FHD+ large display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
  • Ultra-thin design.
  • 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM.
  • AI-featured cameras with large 1.25μm pixels.
  • 4-in-1 Super Pixel in low light with 2μm ultra-large pixels.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE (artificial intelligence engine).
  • Stock Android with Android One.
  • 20MP Front Camera.
  • Dual rear-camera setup of 20MP + 12MP.
  • USB Type-C support.
  • 3010 mAh lithium-polymer battery.
  • Missing 3.5-mm headphone jack.

The Huawei P20 Lite is being advertised as A New Superstar of selfie-centric smartphones in India.

Despite sharing its name with the Huawei P20 Pro, it has little in common with its "big brother."

With an aluminum frame and premium glass back, this smartphone has a clean and sleek design along with curved edges and rounded corners.

This beautiful smartphone sports a sleek, compact frame and houses a gorgeous 5.84-inch FullView Display with 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 aspect ratio, and a screen-to-body ratio of 80.5%.

The front camera has a wider aperture of f/2.0 and a 3D retouching feature that utilizes intelligent facial recognition and mapping that lead to terrific portrait and close-up shots.

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Features:

  • 5.84-inch FHD+ screen with NTSC super high colour gamut of 96%.
  • Huawei’s cutting-edge GPU Turbo technology.
  • Real-time Face Unlock.
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM.
  • 24MP Selfie Camera with 3D Portrait Lighting Effect.
  • 2.5D Glass with Glitter Cover Film.
  • New Huawei Notch Screen.
  • EMUI 8.0.
  • Primary dual-lens rear camera with 16MP + 2MP.
  • 24MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 wide aperture.
  • Dual Bluetooth support.
  • USB Type-C port.
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • 3000 milliampere hour lithium-polymer battery.
  • Notched display.

ASUS is one of Taiwan’s most valued brands, and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is their comeback in the budget smartphone market of India.

This phone was launched in April 2018 and sports a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080, which gives it an 18:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 76.2%.

You can take super-sharp selfies with the 16MP front selfie camera and capture stunning photos with the rear dual-camera setup of a 16MP PDAF camera and a 5MP Dedicated Depth Camera.

It also features hardware BOKEH mode with a softlight LED flash.

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 boasts a massive battery of 5000 milliampere-hour, which provides unbeatable power that lasts for two days.

This phone also has a sim tray with triple slots that simultaneously supports Two SIM cards and a MicroSD card, which is expandable up to 512 GB.

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Features:

  • Snapdragon 636 processor with Adreno 509 Graphics.
  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display.
  • Softlight LED flash Bokeh Mode.
  • Pure Android experience (Android Oreo 8.1).
  • 10w Fast Charger.
  • Fast face unlock.
  • Fingerprint unlock at 0.3 seconds.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Kryo Octa-Core processor.
  • Dual Rear Camera (16MP + 5MP).
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Massive 5000 mAh Li-Po battery.
  • Triple Slots (Two SIM card slots and a dedicated MicroSD card).
  • No Gorilla Glass protection.
  • Missing Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0.

#10. LG Q6+

The LG Q6+ comes with a 5.5-inch IPS Full HD+ FullVision touchscreen display with a max resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, that gives it a PPI density of 442 pixels per inch.

This provides it an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 78.0%. This smartphone allows for one-hand operation with its slimmer body and 69.3-mm width.

The optimized bezels and flat display surface reduce any accidental touches.

The whole phone is encased in a solidified lightweight metal body, which has an 'H Beam' aluminum frame.

 The LG Q6+ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor and comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. 

As far as cameras go, the LG Q6+ sports a 13-megapixel primary camera at the rear and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies.

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Features:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • 18:9 IPS Full HD+ FullVision Display.
  • 810G Certified (US Military Standard).
  • Secure Face Unlock.
  • Square Camera Mode with 100° Wide Angle Selfies.
  • Sleek, seamless body.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
  • Slimmer phone with one-hand operation (69.3-mm width).
  • Dedicated microSD card slot.
  • Face Recognition.
  • Wide selfie camera angle (100 °)
  • Android 7 Nougat (out of the box).
  • 3000 mAH lithium-ion battery.

Buyer's Guide - Phone Buying Guide in India

This year so many great devices have been released that it’s sort of difficult to decide which one to get. Hence, we’ve made this guide to help you choose the perfect smartphone.

Our guide covers everything you need to know before you decide to buy your perfect smartphone including the operating system, phone size, screen size, display quality, camera, battery life, storage, durability, chipset, RAM, and processor.  Let’s dig in.

Factors in Buying

  • Budget: We know it’s not the fun place to start, but it’s really important. Make a budget and stick to it.You’ll find some excellent devices for around Rs. 20,000. If you have about that much to spend, you’re looking at this year’s midrangers.While the flagships offer faster chipsets and better cameras but less battery efficiency, the midrangers offer better battery efficiency, newer software, and sometimes features like waterproofing.When deciding your budget, make sure to isolate your needs from wants.A lot of manufacturers push the best screen, the best camera, etc., but while that’s great for innovation in the industry, that might not be what’s best for you, especially when it means spending thousands more on a device.Okay, so now that you’ve got your budget and an open mind, get ready to dive into the specifics.
  • Size! - Compact or Phablet: First, choose the size of your phone. Do you want the biggest screen possible for YouTube and your morning coffee or do you want something that’s usable with one hand?  Even if the phone is comfortable to hold in one hand, you still might have to shimmy your hand up to access notifications.You do not need the fanciest and biggest displays, something that’s functional and fits your hand is definitely one of the primary factors to consider.
  • Display: When you’re looking for the best display possible, you want good contrast, good colours, great brightness, but not necessarily amazing pixel density.You will notice if your phone is not bright enough to read outside, most phone users do not notice a significant difference between 1080p and 4k. With that in mind, you should generally strive for a pixel density of around 400 PPI.
  • Camera: Cameras are some of the biggest deciding factors for phone shoppers nowadays, but nowadays megapixels don’t really matter.Photo and video quality depend on the phone’s sensors, chipset, software processing, and aperture way more than megapixels and actual image size. So if you want to find the best camera in your budget, you have to compare photos and videos, not specs.
  • Battery: Make sure that you’re going to be getting the battery life that you need.Some people don’t mind charging their phone more often, but others have higher expectations.If that’s you, remember that a bigger battery doesn’t always mean better endurance.If an android phone has a 4000 mAh power battery, it’ll probably last you ages, but since batteries are bulky, phones usually have less than that. There are two numbers that you really need to care about.The first is screen-on-time. 
  • Regular Charging vs. Quick Charging: Very few phones in the Rs. 20,000 category will come with Quick Charging, but more and more companies are trying to include this very important feature in their budget phones.Some Quick Chargers are really awesome, and they can charge your phone up to 50% in half an hour or sometimes even more. This is definitely better than regular charging where you have to wait for 2 to 3 hours to get to 50%.
  • Storage: If you get a phone that has less than 32GB of storage, you’re going to have a bad time no matter if you have an iOS or Android device.Many phones don’t come with expandable storage, and even if they do, that’s not a guarantee that you’ll be able to use that SD card for apps. Also, remember that the operating system also takes up some space.As a rule of thumb, SD cards are great for photos, videos, and maybe music if you download it, but as far as apps go, they’re only good for Android 6.0 and up. Hence, it’s always better to try to get a phone which has more than 32GB of storage.
  • Durability: Make sure that your phone can survive your environment. Even if you’re a very careful person, a phone is always on you and accidents do happen.Check out drop tests, scratch tests, underwater tests, and generally, make sure that your phone can survive the bulk of what you’ll throw at it.
  • Chipset and RAM: The latest iterations from Qualcomm, Exynos, Kirin, and A10/A11 are all flagship level.They include the Snapdragon 845 and 660. As for RAM, 3 to 4 gigabytes is a great place to start. More RAM equals better multitasking and more apps that you can have open all at once.

Final Thoughts and Recommendations

Now that you’ve compared specs and found a list of devices that you like, find a store, any store. You’re not necessarily going to be buying from there, but you have to meet your phone in person.

What you love on paper might annoy you in the hand. Maybe it’s too slippery. Maybe it has a weird edge.

Maybe it’s really really bulky. Maybe something just doesn’t feel right. You won’t know until you actually feel the device in your hands. Also, while you’re there, make sure that you like the phone’s unlocking method.

There are generally a few really common biometric unlocking methods including face recognition, touch ID, etc.

Play around with user interface and make sure that you like it because there is a limit to how much you can change it, and every single manufacturer seems to have their own version of android nowadays.

Speaking of which, if you are into Android phones, make sure to get a phone with the latest operating system or at least a last year’s update.

For right now, that means Android Oreo (8.0/8.1). Don’t count on getting major updates from most manufacturers, still, make sure to be happy with the package that you’re going to get on day one (out of the box).

While you’re there, open a bunch of apps, type, play a game, take a selfie, use the camera app, make sure that everything is the way that you want it to be.

If everything checks out, you might have found your perfect match. Happy Hunting!

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