In the world of smartphones, we’ve reached a point where it’s no longer necessary to spend absurd amounts of money to get some pretty cool features in phones. Even in the mainstream segment, one can find some good deals if you know where to look.
If you have a budget of around Rs. 20,000, then you can find a pretty diverse set of good smartphones on offer. It was just last year that the in-display fingerprint sensor became all the rage in flagship phones, and today, you can actually get that in a phone under Rs. 20,000. Not only that, but due to stiff competition and recent price cuts, you can actually get a phone with a flagship-level Qualcomm SoC from 2018 in this price range too.
Like all our curated lists, the phones we’ve picked under Rs. 20,000 have all been well-received in our reviews and have a minimum rating of 8 out of 10. All our picks have individual strengths such as triple cameras, the allure of stock Android, bezel-less displays and even the raw power or the one of the best SoCs around, so you can pick the one that suits your usage the best.
Here the best phones you can buy under Rs. 20,000 in India right now.
The Redmi Note series has always been about great features and specifications for less than Rs. 20,000, but the new Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G's price starts above that level. It has a 108-megapixel primary rear camera, 67W fast charging, Snapdragon 695 SoC, 5G, and 120Hz Super AMOLED panel. However, competition is tough and this balance at this price isn't really for everyone. The design is somewhat basic but there's a Mirage Blue option with a unique rear pattern that looks like waves of water. The display is sharp and punchy, but doesn't have HDR. General performance is great, and the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G ships with Android 11 at launch time. MIUI features lots of customisations. Gamers might find that other options at this price are more powerful. Photography was also just about average, with decent performance in the daytime but weak low-light results and no 4K video recording. Charging is super quick too.
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.
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.
The iQoo Z5’s starting price is higher than that of the Z3 (which it will soon replace) but competing smartphones in the mid-range are generally more competitive in terms of features. Its design has been slightly improved and it offers better grip, but is still made of plastic.
There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor that’s on par with the mid-range competition and performed well when gaming and even in our benchmark tests. There is a 6.67-inch LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, which works well while playing games, but becomes a smudgy mess very easily. The Z5 finally gets stereo speakers, which worked well both while watching movies or playing games.
Camera performance is decent in daylight but not great in low light. This does not make the Z5 look good, since it has to compete with mid-range smartphones that offer better photo quality as well as performance.
Battery life is excellent, though you do lose out a bit in terms of charging speed. The Z5 certainly does not feel like a solid step up over its predecessor. It does offer minor improvements, but not enough to make it easy to recommend given that competition offers much better at only slightly higher prices.
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.
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.
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