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Looking for the best smartphone under Rs 20,000? Here’s our list of best phones under Rs 20,000 in India for this month. We’ve excluded some really outdated models or the ones that are extremely overpriced.

You can also check the lists of best smartphones around Rs 15,000 and best smartphones around Rs 25,000 in case you decide to change your budget a little. At this price, at least Snapdragon 8xx series on an Android device is desirable since it is the best processor series in this budget. As for gaming, these phones should be able to handle your moderate gaming needs well. We also expect many of these models to get updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Lastly, we’ve covered all of the best 4G LTE phones in this budget in the list as well that are compatible with Airtel and other upcoming 4G networks such as those from Vodafone and Reliance. Of course, you can expect good camera performance from these handsets.

To compare the CPU+ GPU in these phones, check out this post. We’ve also provided links for Amazon and Flipkart for these handsets, since they’re the best sites for buying mobiles when it comes to reliability and prices. So, here are the best mobile phones under 20k.

 

Best 4G mobile phones under Rs 20,000 in India | 2016

 

Lenovo Vibe X3

Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 in India |lenovo vibe x3

  • OS: Android 5.1
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch IPS
  • Memory: 32GB expandable, 3GB RAM
  • Processor: Snapdragon 808 quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57
  • GPU: Adreno 418
  • Camera: 21MP, 8MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Connectivity: 4G, dual SIM
  • Weight: 175g

Pros

  • Processor
  • Cameras
  • Battery
  • RAM
  • Internal memory

Cons

 

 

Nexus 6

Best phones under Rs 20,000 - nexus 6

  • OS: Android 6.0
  • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 6 inch AMOLED
  • Memory: 32GB non expandable, 3GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 2.7GHz Quad Core
  • GPU: Adreno 420
  • Camera: 13MP, 2MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,220mAh
  • Connectivity: Single SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 184g

Pros

  • Display
  • RAM
  • Internal memory
  • Processor

Cons

  • Non expandable memory

 

 

OnePlus 2

best phones under 20000 rs - oneplus 2

  • OS: Android 5.1 (Android 6.0 incoming)
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch IPS
  • Memory: 16GB non expandable, 4GB RAM
  • Processor: Octa-core Snapdragon 810
  • GPU: Adreno 430
  • Camera: 13MP, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 175g

Pros

  • Every feature for this price

Cons

  • Non expandable memory

 

 

Moto X Play

Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 in India |moto x play

  • OS: Android 5.1.1 (Android 6 confirmed)
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch – IPS
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Snapdragon 615 – quad-core 1.7GHz & quad-core 1GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 405
  • Camera: 21MP, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,630mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 169g

Pros

  • Cameras
  • Battery

Cons

 

 

Moto X (2014)

best phones under rs 20,000 - moto x

  • OS: Android 6.0
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inches AMOLED
  • Memory: 16GB non expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz Quad Core
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Camera: 13MP, 2MP secondary
  • Battery: 2,300mAh
  • Connectivity: 4G
  • Weight: 144g

Pros

  • Processor
  • Android 6.0

Cons

  • Battery
  • Non expandable memory

 

 

OnePlus X

Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 in India |oneplus x

  • OS: Android 5.1 (Android 6 confirmed)
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5 inches (AMOLED)
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 3GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz Quad Core
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Camera: 13MP, 8MP secondary
  • Battery: 2,525mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 138g

Pros

  • Processor
  • RAM
  • Front camera

Cons

 

 

HTC Desire 828

desire 828 - best phones under 20k

  • OS: Android 5.1 (Android 6 confirmed)
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 Mediatek MT6753
  • GPU: Mali-T720MP3
  • Camera: 13MP, 4MP Ultrapixel secondary
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 148g

Pros

  • Processor is better than the Snapdragon 615

Cons

 

 

HTC Desire 826

best phones under rs 20,000 - desire 826

  • OS: Android 5.0 (Android 6 confirmed)
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch Super LCD3
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Snapdragon 615 – quad-core 1.7GHz & quad-core 1GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 405
  • Camera: 13MP, 13MP secondary
  • Battery: 2,600mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 183g

Pros

  • Camera

Cons

 

 

ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 in India |zenfone 2

  • OS: Android 5.0 (Android 6 confirmed)
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch – IPS
  • Memory: 32GB expandable, 4GB RAM
  • Processor: Quad-core 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580
  • GPU: PowerVR G6430
  • Camera: 13MP, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 170g

Pros

  • RAM
  • Internal memory

Cons

 

 

ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (different processor)

Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 in India | zenfone 2

  • OS: Android 5.0 (Android 6 confirmed)
  • Body: 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm
  • Weight: 170g
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch – IPS
  • Memory: 32GB expandable, 4GB RAM
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560
  • GPU: PowerVR G6430
  • Camera: 13MP, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G

Pros

  • RAM
  • Internal memory

Cons

 

 

ASUS Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL

best phones under rs 20,000 - zenfone selfie
Features:

  • OS: Android 5.0 (Android 6 confirmed)
  • Processor: Snapdragon 615 1.7GHz octa core
  • GPU: Adreno 405
  • RAM: 3GB RAM
  • Camera: 13MP camera, 13MP secondary with flash
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch – IPS
  • Storage: 32GB internal, expandable
  • Battery: 3,000mAh battery
  • Body: 156.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 mm, 170g
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G

Pros:

  • RAM
  • Cameras

Cons:

 

 

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser ZE601KL

Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 in India | zenfone 2

  • OS: Android 5.0 (Android 6 confirmed)
  • Body: 164.6 x 84 x 10.6 mm
  • Weight: 190g
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 6 inch – IPS
  • Memory: 32GB expandable, 3GB RAM
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 616
  • GPU: Adreno 405
  • Camera: 13MP, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM: 4G

Pros

  • RAM
  • Internal storage

Cons

 

 

Sony Xperia C4

best phones under rs 20,000 - xperia c4

  • OS: Android 5.0 (Android 6.0 incoming)
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch IPS
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Mediatek MT6752 Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-T760MP2
  • Camera: 13MP , 5MP secondary with flash
  • Battery: 2,600mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 147g

Pros

  • Flash on the front camera

Cons

 

 

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 in India | m4 aqua dual

  • OS: Android 5.0 (Android 6 confirmed)
  • Display: 1280 x 720 pixels, 5 inch – IPS
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz + 1 GHz + Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Quad Core 64bit
  • GPU: Adreno 405
  • Camera: 13MP, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 2,400mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G LTE
  • Weight: 136g

Pros

  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Battery
  • Display

 

Features to expect in the best phones under Rs 20,000:

At this budget, you should be looking at at least a full HD display (1080p), along with 1080p video recording capabilities on the phone. Megapixels on the camera don’t really matter as much as you’d think they do. Also, the best phones under Rs 20,000 come with Snapdragon 8xx series of processors. Snapdragon 808 is, of course, at the top of the list. Also, 2GB RAM is bare minimum in the smartphones around this price, while 3GB is preferable. In terms of battery size, anything over 2,600-2,700mAh should be good enough. As for the software, get something with at least Android 5.0. Lastly, go for 4G phones. That leaves out the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S5 from the list. Good luck shopping.

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