BEST 5G MOBILE PHONES UNDER 20000 IN INDIA

With 5G smartphones the newest craze in the market, many buyers are looking for the best models money can buy. If you have a budget of Rs. 20,000 and want to invest in a 5G smartphone, this list is for you. Each smartphone on this list has received an overall rating of 8 or above from Gadgets 360, which means each device here will deliver on all fronts, from battery life, camera, design, display, performance, and software to value for money.

Smartphones on this list are currently available to buy in India, and have been launched recently (within the last 18 months). Each smartphone is listed with its overall rating and key specifications, alongside links to its full specifications, full review, and other models by the same manufacturer. You can also check out our other 5G smartphone lists – Best 5G Phones Under Rs. 15,000, Best 5G Phones Under Rs. 25,000, and 5G Mobile Phones. If you did not find what you were looking for, you can also visit our Mobile Phone Finder, and the Mobile Compare tool.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Specifications
Display 6.59-inch, 1080x2412 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

Realme 9 5G SE Specifications
Display 6.60-inch, 1080x2412 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Moto G71 5G sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a hole punch. The display has good viewing angles and was bright enough when outdoors. Motorola has managed to keep the weight in check and the relatively compact dimensions make the phone comfortable to use. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner while most of its competition offers a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. 

The Moto G71 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC and is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It also gives you the option to use about 1.5GB of storage as RAM. The phone offered good performance and will suit casual as well as heavy users. The 5,000mAh battery also delivered very good battery life and easily lasted beyond a day of use. Motorola also bundles a 33W charger in the box.

The Moto G71 5G sports a triple camera setup consisting of a 50-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide angle and a macro camera. The phone managed good shots during the day with the primary and the ultra-wide-angle camera. It managed good closeups, selfies, and portraits. Lowlight camera performance was average and Night mode was aggressive.

Motorola Moto G71 Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

Redmi Note 11T 5G Specifications
Display 6.60-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 810
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 50MP + 8MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Vivo T1 is the first smartphone in the T series. It is focused on Gen Z buyers who look for good specifications at attractive prices.  Ther Vivo T1 5G sports a 6.58-inch full-HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate and panda glass for protection. However, it does have a dewdrop notch that looks dated.

Powering the Vivo T1 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, and the phone is offered in 4GB RAM, 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM options. All these variants offer 128GB of storage. You also have the option to expand storage further using a microSD card. The phone runs Android 12 with Vivo's Funtouch OS skin on top. It also has a few bloatware apps preinstalled. The Vivo T1 5G has a 5,000mAh battery which offered good battery life. It has support for 18W fast charging which is slower than the competition.

The triple camera system on the T1 5G consisted of a 50-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Daylight photos were good and close-up shots in favourable light looked good. Low light camera performance was strictly average and video wasn't stabilised either.  

Vivo T1 Specifications
Display 6.58-inch, 1080x2408 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 50MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Realme 8s 5G looks nearly identical to the Realme 8 5G. It has a  6.5-inch display with thin bezels on the sides but a slightly thicker chin. The Realme 8s 5G has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Realme 8s 5G has a triple camera module which protrudes enough to cause the device to rock when kept on a table.

 

Powering the Realme 8s 5G is the MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G processor, and is paired with  either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Both variants have 128GB of storage which is expandable using the dedicated microSD card slot. Realme also has a Virtual RAM feature which lets you use 5GB of storage to extend RAM. You get a 5,000mAh battery and a 33W charger in the box. Battery life on the Realme 8s 5G was good, and it can last beyond a day quite easily. Charging the 5,000mAh battery with the supplied 33W Dart Charger got the phone to 94 percent in an hour.

 

Realme 8s 5G has a triple camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture, a 2-megapixel B&W portrait camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. It managed good photos in daylight but the lack of an ultra-wide angle camera makes it less versatile than some of the competition. Lowlight camera performance was average though Night mode helped improve the output.

Realme 8s 5G Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 810
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion sports a 6.7-inch OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate and a centred camera hole punch. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner,a dedicated Google Assistant button and is IP52 rated. You get a triple camera module at the back which protrudes significantly.

Powering the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is the MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor and it’s paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Both variants get 128GB of storage. Motorola ships the Edge 20 Fusion with Android 11 and its lightly skinned MyUX interface on top. The UI feels like stock Android and is further customisable.

The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion sports a triple camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, this phone has a 32-megapixel front camera. Camera performance on the Moto Edge 20 Fusion was good for daylight and closeups. Lowlight camera performance appeared smoothened. The Edge 20 Fusion offer clean Stock Android and will appeal to purists on a budget.

Motorola Edge 20 Fusion Specifications
Display 6.70-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 800U
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 108MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

While the iQoo Z3 does not follow in the footsteps of the gamer-centric iQoo 3, it succeeds as an affordable smartphone that not only looks good, but also offers a good processor considering its price. The iQoo Z3 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G, a mid-range SoC that surprisingly makes it to this affordable smartphone. While the performance of this new SoC is noticeable, it’s not a gigantic leap over the competition. This is where the other interesting hardware bits of the iQoo Z3 come in. There’s a triple-camera setup that performs well in daylight but suffers in low light. The 4,400mAh battery charges to 100 percent in just 60 minutes using the included 55W charging adapter. The 120Hz LCD panel is useful for gamers thanks to its 180Hz touch sampling rate. Factor in that attractive price tag, and iQoo seems to have a solid contender.

iQOO Z3 Specifications
Display 6.58-inch, 1080x2408 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4400mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G is currently the least expensive 5G phone in India with a starting price of Rs. 16,999. The all-plastic body has held up well so far, ergonomics are good, and it doesn't feel very heavy even though it weighs about 194g. The side-mounted fingerprint sensor works very well. All that's needed is a quick tap to unlock the phone. The display is a 6.5-inch full-HD+ LCD panel with good levels of brightness and colour saturation.

The Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, which has a built-in 5G modem, and is quite powerful and power efficient. Software on the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G is a bit of a letdown since it's still Android 10 and not 11, which is what many others are offering. Performance of the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G has been pretty solid as the SoC handles multitasking or demanding tasks such as gaming, pretty easily. Battery life is equaly good. 

The cameras on the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G are your run-of-the-mill setup. There's a primary 48-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The cameras perform decently but low-light performance is weak. 

The bottom line is, if you're considering the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G, I'd recommend sticking to the base variant.

Realme Narzo 30 Pro Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 800U
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

Best 5G Mobile Phones Under 20000 in India (28 May 2022)

Best 5G Mobile Phones Under 20000 in India Price in India
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Rs. 19,744
Realme 9 5G SE Rs. 19,999
Motorola Moto G71 Rs. 17,999
Redmi Note 11T 5G Rs. 15,698
Vivo T1 Rs. 15,990
Realme 8s 5G Rs. 16,799
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion Rs. 18,999
iQOO Z3 Rs. 17,990
Realme Narzo 30 Pro Rs. 15,999
List of Best 5G Mobile Phones Under 20000 in India, last updated on 28 May 2022
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