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Which are the top phones under Rs 20,000?

Here’s our list of best phones under Rs 20,000 in India for December 2016. We’ve excluded some really outdated models or the ones that are extremely overpriced.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 gaming needs well and some of these should be running the latest games at max settings. We also expect many of these models to get updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Expect camera performance to be top notch too. 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 4G networks such as those from Vodafone and Reliance Jio. Of course, you can expect good overall performance from these mobiles.

To compare the CPU+ GPU in these phones, check out this post. So, here are the best mobile phones under 20k in India.

 

Best 4G mobile phones under Rs 20,000 in India for December 2016:

  • LeEco Le Max 2

    best phone under 20000 rs - leeco-le-2

    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.7 inches
    • Memory: 32GB  non expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 820 Dual-core 2.1GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6GHz Kryo, Adreno 530
    • Camera: 21MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,100mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 185g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • Display
    • RAM
    Cons
    • Non expandable memory
    • New entrant in the Indian market so limited service in small cities
  • Lenovo Z2 Plus

    best smartphones under 20000 in india - z2-plus

    Rs 19,999 (64GB/4GB RAM)

    Rs 17,999 (32GB/3GB RAM)

    • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5 inch IPS
    • Memory: 32GB/64GB non-expandable, 3GB/4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 820 Quad-core (2×2.15GHz Kryo & 2×1.6GHz Kryo)
    • GPU: Adreno 530
    • Camera: 13MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,500mAh
    • Connectivity: 4G, dual SIM
    • Weight: 149g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • Battery
    • RAM
    • Internal memory
    Cons
  • Xiaomi Mi Max Prime

    best phones under Rs 20000 - mi max

    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.44 inch – IPS
    • Memory: 128GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 652 quad-core 1.4 GHz (A53) & Dual-core 1.8GHz (A72)
    • GPU: Adreno 405
    • Camera: 16MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 4,850mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 203g
    Pros
    • Battery
    • RAM
    • Internal memory
    Cons
    • Size
  • 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
    • Cameras
    • Battery
    Cons
  • 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
    • Internal memory
  • Samsung Galaxy On Nxt

    Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 in India | galaxy-j7-prime

    • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch IPS
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Exynos 7870 Octa 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Mali-T830MP1
    • Camera: 13MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,300mAh
    • Connectivity: 4G, dual SIM
    • Weight: 167g
    Pros
    • Android 6.0
    Cons
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

    best mobile phones under 20000 in india - galaxy-j7-prime

    • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch IPS
    • Memory: 16GB expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Exynos 7870 Octa 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Mali-T830MP2
    • Camera: 13MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,300mAh
    • Connectivity: 4G, dual SIM
    • Weight: 167g
    Pros
    • Android 6.0
    Cons
    • Internal memory
  • Moto G4 Plus

    Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 in India |moto g4

    • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches
    • Memory: 32GB  expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 617  quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Adreno 405
    • Camera: 16MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 155g
    Pros
    Cons
  • Moto X Play

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

    (16GB with Turbo charger)

    (32GB with Turbo charger)

    • 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
    • Battery
    Cons
    • Android 5.1
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot

    best phones under 20000 in India vibe shot

    • OS: Android 5.1
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5 inch IPS
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 615 – quad-core 1.7GHz & quad-core 1GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Adreno 405
    • Camera: 16MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: 4G, dual SIM
    • Weight: 145g
    Pros
    Cons
    • Android 5.1
  • Xiaomi Mi Max

    best phones under Rs 18,000 - mi max

    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.44 inch – IPS
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 650 quad-core 1.4 GHz (A53) & Dual-core 1.8GHz (A72)
    • GPU: Adreno 405
    • Camera: 16MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 4,850mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 203g
    Pros
    • Battery
    Cons
    • Size
  • Asus Zenfone 3

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    • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches
    • Memory: 32GB  expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 430 octa-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Adreno 505
    • Camera: 13MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 150g
    Pros
    • RAM
    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: 64GB 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 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
    • Internal storage
    Cons
    • Android 5.0

 

Features to expect in the best phone 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 820 is, of course, at the top of the list.

Also, 3GB RAM is bare minimum in the smartphones around Rs 20,000, while the best phones in this budget come with 3GB/4GB RAM. In terms of battery size, anything over 2,700-2,800mAh should be good enough. As for the software, get something with at least Android 6.0. Lastly, go for 4G phones. That leaves out the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S5 from the list. Good luck shopping and we hope you choose the best device that meets all your needs.