Best phones under 20,000 (INR) for India


While there used to be a very clear divide between mid-range smartphones and high-end flagships, the lines have increasingly blurred over the past few years. Nowadays, phones offer similar metal constructions, high-resolution displays, solid cameras, and as much RAM and built-in storage as their flagship counterparts, but at less than half the price.

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Granted, these phones may not be as powerful and feature packed, but given the price point, they certainly don’t fail to impress. Here is a roundup of some of the best smartphones available in India priced at under 20,000 Rs!

Editor’s note: This list includes phones that essentially fall in the price range between Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000. There will be separate lists to showcase devices priced below Rs 30,000 and below Rs 10,000 as well. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro

Xiaomi’s latest smartphones have proven to be extremely popular in India — the Pro model sold out in a few seconds during its first sale. They are the successors to the Redmi Note 4, which was the most sold handset in India in 2017.

Starting with the Redmi Note 5, the smartphone sports a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset and has 4 GB of RAM. A version with 3 GB of RAM is also available but retails for less than Rs 10,000, so it didn’t make this list. The mid-ranger also comes with a single camera on the back, a 5 MP selfie snapper, and a large 4,000 mAh battery. It ships with the older Android Nougat on board but should be upgraded to Oreo somewhere down the line.

Compared to the Redmi Note 5, the Pro model offers a newer Snapdragon 636 chipset that’s backed by either 4 or 6 GB of RAM. It’s equipped with a dual-camera setup featuring 12 and 5 MP sensors for capturing those popular bokeh images. The handset also features a selfie snapper with a higher resolution at 20 MP. All other specs including the display, battery, and OS are the same as those of the Redmi Note 5.

The Redmi Note 5 retails for Rs 11,999, while the Pro model can be yours for Rs 13,999 (4 GB/64 GB) or Rs 16,999 (6 GB/64 GB).

Specs

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution
  • 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera with LED flash
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05 mm, 180 grams

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.8 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
  • Adreno 509 GPU
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256 GB
  • 12 and 5 MP rear cameras, 20 MP front-facing camera with LED flash
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm, 181 grams

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Honor 7X

The Honor 7X offers a great price-performance ratio. The mid-range smartphone features a 5.93-inch Full HD+ display, which means it has an aspect ratio of 18:9. You’ll find the Kirin 659 chipset and 4 GB of RAM under the hood along with 32 or 64 GB of storage.

The device has a gorgeous metal body and sports thin bezels around the display. It’s equipped with a dual-camera setup on the back, allowing you to add the bokeh effect to images. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the back, but you can also unlock the device via facial recognition — although the scanner is a more secure option.

The dual-SIM handset packs a 3,340 mAh battery and is IP67 rated for protection against water and dust. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat with the EMUI skin on top and comes in black, blue, or gold. You can get it on Amazon for Rs 12,999 (32 GB) or Rs 15,999 (64 GB).

Specs

  • 5.93-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.36 GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor
  • Mali-T830 MP2
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256 GB
  • 16 and 2 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,340 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm, 165 grams

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Buy on Amazon

Nokia 6

This is the new version of the handset with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, which launched in India this month (February). The original Nokia 6 that went on sale in August 2017 had 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.

Aside from the RAM and storage, the two variants of the smartphone are identical in terms of specs. The Nokia 6 sports a 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio and rather thick bezels, which make it look dated compared to a few other devices on this list.

The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 430 chipset and features a 16 MP rear camera with PDAF, dual-tone LED flash, and f/2.0 aperture. The selfie snapper features an 8 MP sensor. Other specs and features include a 3,000 mAh battery, Android Nougat, and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. The smartphone is listed at Rs 16,999 on Flipkart.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.4 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430  processor
  • Adreno 505
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 128 GB
  • 16 MP rear camera, 8 MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 154 x 75.8 x 7.9 mm, 169 grams

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Buy from Flipkart

Infinix Zero 5 Pro

The Infinix Zero 5 Pro is a great smartphone, even though it isn’t as known as similar devices from Samsung, Sony, and other large manufacturers.

The handset impresses with a large 5.98-inch Full HD display as well as a 12 and 13 MP dual-camera setup on the back offering 2x optical zoom. It also packs a massive 4,350 mAh battery and comes with 6 GB of RAM. The metal device is powered by the MediaTek Helio P25 chipset and offer 128 GB of storage, which should be more than enough for most users. But in case you need more, you can expand it via a microSD card for an additional 128 GB.

The smartphone also sports a fingerprint scanner on the back, has dual-SIM support, and runs Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s the most expensive model on this list with its price tag of Rs 19,999.

Specs

  • 5.98-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.6 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 MT6757 processor
  • Mali-T880 MP2
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 128 GB
  • 12 and 13 MP rear cameras, 16 MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,350 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 166.3 x 82.3 x 7.9 mm, 197 grams
Buy from Flipkart

Oppo F5

This is a great smartphone for all you selfie lovers out there. It sports a 20 MP front-facing camera with Oppo’s ‘A.I. Beauty’ technology that’s said to improve your selfies. It identifies shapes and facial structures based on a global database and was developed in consultation with professional photographers and make-up artists during the R&D process.

The F5 is equipped with a fingerprint scanner on the back but can also be unlocked with facial recognition. It’s Oppo’s first smartphone with a full-screen 18:9 display, which comes in at 6 inches and offers Full HD+ resolution. Other specs and features include the MediaTek MT6763T chipset, 4 GB of RAM, and a 16 MP primary camera. The device packs a 3,200 mAh battery and runs Android 7.1 Nougat with ColorOS 3.2 on top.

Oppo’s F5 smartphone comes in black or gold and can be yours for Rs 19,990 — get it from Flipkart via the button below.

Specs

  • 6-inch LTPS TFT display with 2160 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.5 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6763T processor
  • Mali G71 MP2
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256 GB
  • 16 MP rear camera, 20 MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 156.5 x 76 x 7.5 mm, 152 grams

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Buy from Flipkart

Moto G5s Plus

Lenovo and Motorola can be credited with revolutionizing the budget-friendly smartphone space with their Moto G series, and it’s no surprise that these phones have proven to be their biggest sellers. Things have only gotten better year after year, but this time, Motorola didn’t wait as long to release the latest edition. While the 5th generation of the phone was released only earlier in 2017, it has already been upended by its own “S” iteration with the Moto G5s Plus.

The Moto G5s Plus brings significant improvements over the Moto G5 Plus across the board, including a full metal construction as opposed to the composite build of the latter, and a display that has been bumped up to 5.5-inches from 5.2-inches. While the processing package, RAM, and battery stay the same, the internal storage has been doubled to 64 GB.

However, the big change here is in the camera setup, with the Moto G5s Plus featuring dual 13 MP + 13 MP rear cameras, that looks similar to what is available Motorola’s high-end offerings. The front camera has also seen a bump up to 8 MP from 5 MP and packs in a front-facing flash as well. Available in blush gold and lunar grey, the Moto G5s Plus is currently priced at Rs 13,999, making it well deserving of a spot on our best phones under 20,000 list.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP + 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera with front flash
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 153.5 x 76.2 x 8 mm, 168 grams

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Buy on Amazon

Samsung Galaxy On Max/Galaxy J7 Max

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The Samsung Galaxy On Max is a phone that is exclusive to India but is essentially a re-branded Galaxy J7 Max, with the latter also being available in the country. The only real difference between the two is that the Galaxy J7 Max comes with Samsung’s Smart Glow Ring that is placed around the rear camera.

The LED ring glows different colors based on your settings, and can be used to let you know about priority notifications and low battery status, and can also help you take the perfect selfie or tell you when a person who you’ve handed your phone to navigates away from the page that was being shown to them.

It is an interesting feature, but if it doesn’t pique your interest, the Samsung Galaxy On Max comes without the Smart Glow ring and is priced Rs 1,000 cheaper. Everything else remains the same between the two, including the 5.7-inch Full HD display, impressive rear shooter with a f/1.7 aperture to allow for good photos in low light conditions, and support for Samsung Pay Mini. The Samsung Galaxy One Max and Galaxy J7 Max are priced at Rs 15,900 and Rs 16,900 respectively.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch PLS LCD display with a Full HD resolution
  • 2.4 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor
  • Mali-T880MP2 GPU
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD card up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera (f/1.7 aperture), 13 MP front-facing camera (f/1.9 aperture)
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.7 x 78.8 x 8.1 mm, 179 grams
Buy from Flipkart (Samsung Galaxy On Max)
Buy from Flipkart (Samsung Galaxy J7 Max)

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

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As was the case with its predecessor, if you are looking for a smartphone with a huge display an affordable price tag, it doesn’t get any better than the Xiaomi Mi Max 2. The device retains the 6.44-inch display size and the beautiful metal construction from the previous iteration, but comes with a new processing package, different camera setup, and larger battery.

The phone offers decent performance and good features, but the standout here is the battery life, with the device comfortably lasting for two days even with quite heavy usage. Xiaomi claims that the device offers up to 11 hours of nonstop gameplay, and that is a claim that is not overstated. When you do have to charge the phone, it comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support, so the large battery only takes a couple of hours to fully charge.

Without a doubt, this is one of our favorite phones under 20,000 Rs. You can get it on Amazon for Rs 13,950.

Specs

  • 6.44-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby, hybrid slot)
  • 5,300  mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6 mm, 211 grams

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Buy on Amazon

Lenovo K8 Note

Lenovo launched three generations of their K Note series last year but there has been quite a long break for the latest iteration to make it to the market in India. It has definitely been worth the wait though, with the Lenovo K8 Note being the first affordable smartphone from the company to feature a dual camera setup.

The device retains the premium full metal construction and general design language of its predecessors, but the highlight here is the 13 MP + 5 MP dual camera setup with the latter used to capture depth information. Lenovo also decided to do away with their Vibe UI in favor of stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which certainly helps keep the overall experience smooth and lag free. The device also packs a large battery that keeps the phone running for a good amount of time.

There are two versions of the phone available, one with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage and the other with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, priced at Rs 10,999 and Rs 11,999.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD resolution
  • 2.3 GHz deca-core Helio X23 processor
  • Mali-T880MP4 GPU
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of internal storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP + 5 MP rear camera (f/1.7 aperture), 13 MP front-facing camera with front flash
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 154.5 x 75.9 x 8.5 mm, 180 grams

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Buy on Amazon (3 GB)
Buy on Amazon (4 GB)

Xiaomi Mi A1

It’s a testament to Xiaomi’s dominance in the affordable segment of the Indian market that this is their third smartphone to be featured on this list, and it’s certainly a special one. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is the first Android One smartphone from the company, combining Xiaomi’s hardware prowess with Google’s software expertise.

As far as specifications and features are concerned, the Mi A1 is basically the Mi 5X that was released recently, but with stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat on-board. With this phone being a part of the Android One program, we can also expect it to be one of the first phones to receive the official update to Android 8.0 Oreo.

Apart from the software, another highlight of the Mi A1 is its dual camera setup on the back, with the phone coming with a 12 MP + 12 MP wide angle lens and telephoto lens combo. And by being an Android One device, users also get to take advantage unlimited storage for photos at the highest quality for free. Xiaomi is once again utilizing a flash sale model with the Mi A1, with the sale expected to be every Tuesday at 12 PM. The Mi A1 is priced at Rs 13,999.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a Full HD resolution
  • 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 12 MP + 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • dual SIM (dual standby, hybrid slot)
  • 3,080 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat (planned upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo)
  • 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm, 165 grams

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Buy from Xiaomi
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We’re just scratching the surface! Whether you’re looking specifically for Indian phone brands, phones under RS 10,000, under RS 30,000, and anything in between — we have a guide for you.

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