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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 November 2017. We’ve excluded some really outdated models or the ones that are extremely overpriced.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 November 2017:

  • Honor 8

    best phone under 25000 - honor-8

    • OS: Android 7.0
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inch
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Kirin 950 Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
    • GPU: Mali-T880 MP4
    • Camera: 12MP dual camera, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 153g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • RAM
    • Dual camera
    Cons
  • Honor 9i

    best phones under 20000 - Honor 9i

    • OS: Android 7.0
    • Display: 1080 x 2160 pixels, 5.9 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Kirin 659 Cortex-A53 Octa Core 2.4GHz
    • GPU: Mali-T830MP2
    • Camera: 16MP+2MP dual camera, 13MP+2MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,340mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 165g
    Pros
    • Internal memory
    • RAM
    • Dual camera
    Cons
  • Moto G5s Plus

    moto g5s plus

    • OS: Android 7.1
    • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.5 inches
    • Memory: 64GB  expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 506
    • Camera: 13+13MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 185g
    Pros
    • Android 7.1
    • RAM
    • Internal memory
    Cons
  • Apple iPhone SE

    best phones under 30000 - iphone-se

    • OS: iOS 11
    • Display: 640 x 1136 pixels, 4.0 inch
    • Memory: 32GB non expandable, 2GB RAM
    • Processor: Apple A9 Dual-core 1.84 GHz
    • GPU: PowerVR GT7600
    • Camera: 12MP, 1.2MP secondary
    • Battery: 1,624mAh
    • Connectivity: Single SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 113g
    Pros
    • Brand value
    • Ecosystem
    Cons
    • Non expandable memory
    • Screen resolution
    • Front camera
  • Lenovo Z2 Plus

    best phone under 20000 rs - lenovo-z2-plus
    (64GB/4GB RAM)

    (32GB/3GB RAM)

    • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
    • 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
  • Moto G5 Plus

    best phone under 18000 - moto g5 plus

    • OS: Android 7.0
    • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.2 inches
    • Memory: 32GB  expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 506
    • Camera: 12MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 185g
    Pros
    • RAM
    Cons
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2

    Mi Max 2

    • OS: Android 7.1.1
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.44 inch – IPS
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Adreno 506
    • Camera: 12MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 5,300mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 211g
    Pros
    • Battery
    • RAM
    • Android 7.1
    • Internal memory
    Cons
    • Size
  • Mi A1

    Best phone in India under 15000 - Mi A1

    • OS: Android 7.1
    • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.5 inches
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 506
    • Camera: 12MP+12MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,080mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 165g
    Pros
    • Android 7.0
    • RAM
    • Internal memory
    • Dual camera
    • Android One – timely updates
    Cons
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

    Samsung J7 Max

    • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.7 inch IPS
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 Octacore 2.4GHz A53
    • GPU: Mali-T880MP2
    • Camera: 13MP, 13MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,300mAh
    • Connectivity: 4G, dual SIM
    • Weight: 179g
    Pros
    • RAM
    Cons
  • Samsung Galaxy On Max

    Samsung J7 Max

    • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.7 inch TFT
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Mediatek MT P25 Lite octa core 1.6GHz
    • GPU: ?
    • Camera: 13MP, 13MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,300mAh
    • Connectivity: 4G, dual SIM
    • Weight: 179g
    Pros
    • RAM
    Cons
  • Samsung Galaxy On Nxt

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

    • OS: Android 7.0
    • 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
    Cons
  • HTC Desire 10 Pro

    htc desire 10 pro

    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) Mediatek MT6755
    • GPU: Mali-T860MP2
    • Camera: 20MP, 13MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 165g
    Pros
    • RAM
    • Front camera
    • Internal memory
    Cons
    • Android 6.0
  • Lenovo P2

    best phones under 20000
    (4GB RAM)

    (3GB RAM)

    • OS: Android 7.0
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5 inch IPS
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 3GB/4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Adreno 506
    • Camera: 13MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 5,100mAh
    • Connectivity: 4G, dual SIM
    • Weight: 177g
    Pros
    • Battery
    • RAM
    • Internal memory
    Cons
    • Processor
  • Honor 8 Lite

    best phone under 25000 - honor-8

    • OS: Android 7.0
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Kirin 655 octa core 1.7GHz
    • GPU: Mali-T830 MP2
    • Camera: 12MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 147g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • RAM
    • Dual camera
    Cons

 

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/4K 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 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 if not Android 7.0. 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.