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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 February 2018. We’ve excluded some really outdated models or the ones that are extremely overpriced.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 8.0 Oreo. 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 mobile phones under Rs 20,000 in India for February 2018:

  • 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
    • 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
    • Dual camera
    Cons
  • Honor 7X

    honor 7x
    32GB memory

    64GB memory

    • OS: Android 7.0
    • Display: 1080 x 2160 pixels, 5.9 inch
    • Memory: 32/64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Kirin 659 Cortex-A53 Octa Core 2.4GHz
    • GPU: Mali-T830MP2
    • Camera: 16MP+2MP dual camera, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,340mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 165g
    Pros
    • Internal memory
    • 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
    • Dual cameras
    • 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
    Cons
    • Non expandable memory
    • Screen resolution
    • Front camera
  • 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
    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
    • Internal memory
    Cons
    • Size
  • Mi A1

    Best phone in India under 15000 - Mi A1

    • OS: Android 8.0
    • 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 8.0
    • 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
    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
    Cons

 

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/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, 4GB RAM has become the norm in the smartphones around Rs 20,000. In terms of battery size, anything over 3,000mAh should be good enough. As for the software, get something with at least Android 7.0 if not Android 8.0.