2020 is turning out to be quite a year for the mid-range SmartPhones under Rs 20,000. With smartphone SoCs from Qualcomm and MediaTek getting more powerful, camera phones under Rs 20,000 are quite capable of taking on high-end smartphones. Today, it is easy to find a phone with a great camera, excellent build quality, and powerful hardware at a fraction of the cost of a flagship.
Mobile phones include features like high refresh rate displays, high-resolution multi-camera setups, new designs, and long battery life. Fast charging is now a staple in this segment along with multi-functional camera setups that include ultrawide lenses, macro lenses, and more.
With a budget of Rs 20,000, you don’t have to skimp on the trending features. Here is a list of the top 5 SmartPhones under Rs 20,000.
Top 5 SmartPhones under Rs 20,000
1. Xiaomi Poco X2
One of the newest additions to the list and the Poco family, the Poco X2 checks most of our boxes. This device is tall and has a big 6.67-inch display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The display also boasts of a 120Hz refresh rate which is a bonus. The Poco X2 has a dual-camera punch-hole on the front, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, both of which aren’t common features. The Poco X2 feels large and bulky. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G which is a powerful chip that can handle gaming quite well.
The Poco X2 has multiple variants: 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage. All three were priced under Rs. 20,000 when first launched, but the recent GST hike has caused each variant of the Poco X2 to go up in price by Rs. 1,000. The base variant is now priced at 16,999, the middle one at Rs. 17,999, and the top variant is at 20,999,
Poco has packed in a 4,500mAh battery and you get a 27W charger in the box. This is one of the best phones under rs 20,000.
2. Realme 6 Pro
The latest device to launch in this price segment also managed to do quite well in our review. This device is powered by the new Snapdragon 720G SoC and has a dual-camera hole at the front. The device is well designed but is a little slippery as it has a glass back. This phone is also a little heavy at 202g. The Realme 6 Pro has a 6.6-inch display and the top corners are a bit too high to reach when using this phone single-handedly. Realme has used a 90Hz LCD display and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The Realme 6 Pro is offered in three variants: 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Even following a price hike due to GST, all variants are available under Rs. 20,000. This is one of the best phones under rs 20,000.
3. Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung’s M series has gained a lot of popularity since these models offer good value for money and are backed by a big brand. The Galaxy M31 uses the same blueprint as the Galaxy M30 and the Galaxy M30s. It sports a 6.4-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display and has a quad-camera setup at the back. It also packs a big 6,000mAh battery and a capable Exynos 9611 SoC.
Samsung offers the Galaxy M31 with 6GB of RAM and two storage options, 64GB and 128GB. The big battery offers fantastic battery life and this phone could go on for 2 days easily. The cameras are good in daylight, the wide-angle one offers a wider field of view but misses out on details. We did notice that the camera AI can go overboard in terms of saturating colors. The primary camera is a little slow while focusing and you can see the minor grain in the output. With Night mode enabled, the Galaxy M31 delivers better low-light shots. We found video stabilization to be average as well.
While it is not as powerful as the Realme 6 Pro or the Poco X2, the Galaxy M31 does deliver excellent battery life. This is one of the best phones under rs 20,000.
The Realme X2 brought a slew of noteworthy features to the sub Rs. 20,000 segment when it was first launched. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with an embedded fingerprint scanner. It is also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor. The Realme X2 has a quad-camera setup at the back and comes in a variety of colors.
Realme has packed a 4000mAh battery into the Realme X2 and also ships a 30W fast charger in the box which makes charging quick. Realme X2 could handle day-to-day tasks and gaming very easily, and the battery lasted us over a day and a half. Realme sells three variants of the X2 in India, but due to the recent GST price hike of Rs. 1,000 each, only the two lower ones are available in this price range.
The quad-camera setup lets you take good photos in daylight. We liked our portrait shots, as the dedicated depth camera does a very good job of separating a subject from the background. Low-light camera performance is also good but there is some noise in the output. The Nightscape mode does help improve low-light photography. This is one of the best phones under rs 20,000.
5. Samsung Galaxy A50
The Samsung Galaxy A50 was launched at a price higher than Rs. 20,000, but over time it has fallen below Rs. 18,000 even accounting for GST. The Galaxy A50 is well designed and does look like a premium smartphone. This model has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch. The Galaxy A50 does not feel heavy or bulky and is easily manageable.
The Galaxy A50 is powered by the Exynos 9610 SoC, and while it is capable, it isn’t as powerful as some of the other smartphones on this list. Samsung offers two variants of the Galaxy A50, with 4GB RAM and 6GB of RAM. Storage remains unchanged at 64GB for both. It also has a 4,000mAh battery and comes with a 15W charger in the box. This is one of the best phones under rs 20,000.
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