10 Best Phones Under 20000 in India 2019 | Choice of Experts

Updated on 2019-04-25 by Geetansh Arora

Indian smartphone market is getting more and more competitive and we have seen plenty of great launches this year from top brands like Redmi, Realme, Samsung, Nokia. In this article we take a look at the 10 best phones under 20000 in India 2019. We have listed phones which were launched in last 6 months or so. All these phones come with latest features like notch displays, glass sandwich design, dual or triple rear cameras. These phones have very capable hardware so you can play games, multitask between social media apps and take selfies/pictures from the dual front and rear cameras.

1. Realme 3 Pro

3 Pro

Specs:

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 4045mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Carbon Grey, Nitro Blue Colors

Realme 3 Pro gets everything right and offers great value for money. The phone performs really well and there is no lag thanks to the powerful Snapdragon 710 chipset. The camera setup comes with a flagship sensor and takes beautiful pictures. The battery is big and the phone comes with a 20W fast charger inside the box. Overall, Realme 3 Pro offers great value for money and is the best phone you can get under 15000.

Things like Nice Display and Design, Powerful 710 Chipset, Great Cameras, Excellent Battery and Fast Charging make it one of the best phones under 20000.

Pros: What's great?

  • Snapdragon 710 is a powerful chipset and performs really well on Realme 3 Pro.
  • The rear dual camera and 25MP front selfie camera is capable of taking beautiful pictures.
  • The 4045 mAh battery would last for around 1.5 days with normal usage.
  • VOOC fast charging and included fast charger in the box is something new and exciting for a budget phone.
  • The performance of the phone is excellent. There's no lag while multitasking and gaming.

Cons: What's bad?

  • Type C charging port would have been a better choice.

Realme 3 Pro Ratings

Performance Rating of 3 Pro is 9/10

Performance

Design Rating of 3 Pro is 8/10

Design

Battery Rating of 3 Pro is 9/10

Battery

Camera Rating of 3 Pro is 9/10

Camera

Software Rating of 3 Pro is 8/10

Software

Value for money rating of 3 Pro is 10/10

Value For Money

2. Samsung Galaxy A50

Galaxy A50

Specs:

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 512 GB
  • 6.4 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 25MP + 5MP + 5MP Triple rear camera
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Samsung Galaxy A50 is a great value for money product and is a complete practical smartphone. The Super AMOLED display in top notch clubbed with a powerful processor, great camera, fast charging support makes it one of the top phones under 20k.

Super AMOLED Display, Great Camera Shots, Powerful Exynos Processor, Good Battery Backup with Fast Charging make it one of our favorites.

Pros: What's great?

  • Super AMOLED display with Full HD Plus resolution.
  • Exynos 9610 is a powerful chipset capable of supporting multitasking and high end gaming
  • Great camera image quality with crisp shots full of details.
  • Battery offers a backup of more than a day. A50 support fast charging via USB Type C port
  • Dedicated SD card slot to expand the memory and proper dual sim usage.

Cons: What's bad?

  • Build quality could have been better.

Samsung Galaxy A50 Ratings

Performance Rating of Galaxy A50 is 9/10

Performance

Design Rating of Galaxy A50 is 9/10

Design

Battery Rating of Galaxy A50 is 9/10

Battery

Camera Rating of Galaxy A50 is 9/10

Camera

Software Rating of Galaxy A50 is 9/10

Software

Value for money rating of Galaxy A50 is 9/10

Value For Money

3. Oppo K1

K1

Specs:

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.4 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Oppo K1 is a feature packed phone and provides excellent value for money. There's nothing wrong with this phone except the UI and some bloatware. The AMOLED display panel is beautiful, in-display fingerprint works well, cameras take excellent pictures and battery backup is decent as well. This is the best phone under 15000 to 20000 as of Feb 2019.

Gorgeous AMOLED Display, Indisplay Fingerprint Sensor, Good Camera Performance, Smooth Multitasking make it a great smartphone under 20k.

Pros: What's great?

  • The AMOLED display panel looks beautiful and the bezels are very thin all around.
  • Snapdragon 600 handles multiple apps and games without any lag.
  • Both rear and front camera take really good pictures indoors and outdoors.
  • Triple sim slot means you can increase storage while using 2 sim cards.
  • In-display fingerprint sensor works well.

Cons: What's bad?

  • The UI is clunky and Color OS is bloated with a lot of customization and preloaded apps.

Oppo K1 Ratings

Performance Rating of K1 is 9/10

Performance

Design Rating of K1 is 8/10

Design

Battery Rating of K1 is 8/10

Battery

Camera Rating of K1 is 9/10

Camera

Software Rating of K1 is 7/10

Software

Value for money rating of K1 is 10/10

Value For Money

4. Honor 10 Lite 6GB

10 Lite 6GB

Specs:

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 512 GB
  • 6.21 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP
  • 3400mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Sky Blue Colors

Honor 10 Lite is a decent midrange smartphone but does not offer anything stand out in the price range. It has a powerful processor and a beautiful design which makes it an attractive bet compared other dull looking smartphone in this price range but if you look for a high battery backup then this will not fit the requirement.

Pros like Beautiful Design, Octa Core Kirin 710, AI Powered Camera, Full HD Plus Display make it a good option in this price range.

Pros: What's great?

  • The waterdrop notch design with Full HD Plus display is a great combination.
  • Kirin 710 is a powerful Octa Core processor that handles multitasking without lag.
  • EMUI though has bloatware but comes with great useful features

Cons: What's bad?

  • No TypeC port available. No fast charging supported.
  • 4K video recording is not supported. There is also no video stabilisation available.

Honor 10 Lite 6GB Ratings

Performance Rating of 10 Lite 6GB is 9/10

Performance

Design Rating of 10 Lite 6GB is 9/10

Design

Battery Rating of 10 Lite 6GB is 8/10

Battery

Camera Rating of 10 Lite 6GB is 8/10

Camera

Software Rating of 10 Lite 6GB is 8/10

Software

Value for money rating of 10 Lite 6GB is 9/10

Value For Money

5. Huawei Y9

Y9

Specs:

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 400 GB
  • 6.5 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Sapphire Blue Colors

Huawei Y9 does a overall decent job but is not a value for money smartphone. It offers a powerful processor, decent camera, impressive looks, good battery life and but the price tag of 17k certainly demands everything parameter above average given the competitive landscape.

Good Looks, Quad AI Camera Setup, Powerful Chipset, Dedicated SD card Slot make it one of the best midrange phones under 20000 in India.

Pros: What's great?

  • Big display suitable for watching videos. Notch display with thin bezels adds to the beauty.
  • Kirin 710 offers powerful performance and good multitasking.
  • Y9 2019 offers decent battery backup of around 1.5 days with medium usage.
  • Camera comes with many features and acceptable performance for the price range.
  • Dedicated SD card slot available to expand the memory.

Cons: What's bad?

  • No 4K recording supported. No EIS is video recording with any resolution.
  • Micro USB instead of Type C port is also a disappointment.

Huawei Y9 Ratings

Performance Rating of Y9 is 9/10

Performance

Design Rating of Y9 is 8/10

Design

Battery Rating of Y9 is 9/10

Battery

Camera Rating of Y9 is 8/10

Camera

Software Rating of Y9 is 7/10

Software

Value for money rating of Y9 is 8/10

Value For Money

6. Moto One Power

One Power

Specs:

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.2 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 12MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Colors

If you need a phone with notch display, stock android and a big 5000 mAh battery then Moto One Power should be your choice. The camera performance is above average only so avoid it if camera performance is a priority for you.

Positives like Sharp Display, Stock Android, Powerful Processor, Excellent Battery make it one of the best phones under 20000.

Pros: What's great?

  • The build quality is good and phone feels nice in hand. It is a bit bulky though.
  • The battery backup is excellent. With medium usage you can expect 2 days of backup.
  • The 6.2 inch display is sharp, bright and colorful with good viewing angles.
  • Snapdragon 636 is a powerful processor and handles multitasking and gaming with ease.
  • It is an Android One phone so you will get software updates quickly

Cons: What's bad?

  • Camera performance is average in low light conditions.

Moto One Power Ratings

Performance Rating of One Power is 9/10

Performance

Design Rating of One Power is 8/10

Design

Battery Rating of One Power is 10/10

Battery

Camera Rating of One Power is 8/10

Camera

Software Rating of One Power is 9/10

Software

Value for money rating of One Power is 10/10

Value For Money

7. Xiaomi Poco F1

Poco F1

Specs:

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.18 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Graphite Black, Steel Blue Colors

Poco F1 from Xiaomi has a perfect recipe for success. It bundles the best processor, features best camera in the pricing on 20k which is close enough to the OnePlus 6, best battery life and a small compromise with the looks and the polycarbonate body. At the budget of 20k, you cannot get anything better the Poco F1.

Things like Powerful Snapdragon 845, Outstanding Camera Performance, Liquid Cooling, Huge Battery Life make it one of our favorites.

Pros: What's great?

  • Poco F1 is a true powerhouse and offers super smooth performance and multitasking with Snapdragon 845
  • The camera performance is amazing and outstanding from both rear and front camera. Best Camera under 25000.
  • Supports Liquid cooling that allows the processor to work at full efficiency by maintaining the temperature.
  • IR based face unlock to unlock the phone even in dark. Gesture recognition support in the software
  • Huge battery life of at least 1.5 days with medium usage. Supports Quick Charge 3.0 and bundles fast charger.

Cons: What's bad?

  • There is bezel above the notch and a huge chin as well.
  • No Optical Image Stabilization in the camera.

Xiaomi Poco F1 Ratings

Performance Rating of Poco F1 is 10/10

Performance

Design Rating of Poco F1 is 7/10

Design

Battery Rating of Poco F1 is 10/10

Battery

Camera Rating of Poco F1 is 10/10

Camera

Software Rating of Poco F1 is 8/10

Software

Value for money rating of Poco F1 is 10/10

Value For Money

8. Nokia 6.1 Plus

6.1 Plus

Specs:

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 400 GB
  • 5.8 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3060mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue, White Colors

Nokia 6.1 Plus is the most beautiful smartphone priced around Rs. 15000. The device looks beautiful and is very well built. The performance of the phone is excellent and it handles everything without any lag. It is one of the best you can get at this price.

Beautiful Glass Design, Excellent Build, Great Performance, Good Camera make it a great smartphone under 20k.

Pros: What's great?

  • Nokia 6.1 Plus has a gorgeous glass design. The phone is well build and feels comfortable in hand.
  • The display is beautiful and has good color reproduction and viewing angles.
  • The camera performance of both front and rear camera is good.
  • The phone comes with stock Android and there is zero bloatware.
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 is supported.

Cons: What's bad?

  • Average battery life. You can expect a day of backup with medium usage.
  • Fast charger is not included in box. Comes with normal 5V 2A charger.

Nokia 6.1 Plus Ratings

Performance Rating of 6.1 Plus is 9/10

Performance

Design Rating of 6.1 Plus is 9/10

Design

Battery Rating of 6.1 Plus is 8/10

Battery

Camera Rating of 6.1 Plus is 9/10

Camera

Software Rating of 6.1 Plus is 9/10

Software

Value for money rating of 6.1 Plus is 10/10

Value For Money

9. OPPO F9 Pro

F9 Pro

Specs:

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Red, Silver Colors

Oppo F9 Pro is a good phone is you need a fresh design with waterdrop notch, great cameras and powerful chipset. The phone performs well in every department. Plus, it comes with ultra fast VOOC charging.

Waterdrop Notch Display, Powerful Chipset, Camera Performance, Dedicated MicroSD Slot make it a good option in this price range.

Pros: What's great?

  • The reflective design is a bit flashy but does look cool and different from the boring plain black and white backs.
  • The display with waterdrop notch is beautiful with rich colors and good contrast.
  • Both front and rear camera perform well in both well lit and low light conditions.
  • The phone comes with VOOOC fast charging and fast charger is included in box.
  • The device is able to handle multitasking and gaming without any lag.

Cons: What's bad?

  • ColorOS is heavily customized and not easy to use.

OPPO F9 Pro Ratings

Performance Rating of F9 Pro is 9/10

Performance

Design Rating of F9 Pro is 9/10

Design

Battery Rating of F9 Pro is 9/10

Battery

Camera Rating of F9 Pro is 9/10

Camera

Software Rating of F9 Pro is 7/10

Software

Value for money rating of F9 Pro is 10/10

Value For Money

10. Mi A2

A2

Specs:

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 20MP+12MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • 3010mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Gold, Blue Colors

Mi A2 is a nice smartphone but you have to compromise with a lot of things as well. Go for it if you are looking for a phone with powerful chipset, stock android and great cameras. Avoid it if you want good battery backup, a headphone jack or a MicroSD slot.

Pros like Solid Build, Excellent Camera Performance, Stock Android, Powerful Chipset make it one of the best midrange phones under 20000 in India.

Pros: What's great?

  • The build quality of the device is excellent and it feels solid.
  • Both front and rear camera take excellent pictures.
  • It comes with stock android and almost no bloatware.
  • Snapdragon 660 is a powerful chipset and handles multitasking and gaming without any lag.

Cons: What's bad?

  • The battery backup is average. You can expect a day of backup with medium usage.
  • There's is no headphone jack which is disappointing.
  • No MicroSD is there so you cannot increase the storage.

Mi A2 Ratings

Performance Rating of A2 is 9/10

Performance

Design Rating of A2 is 8/10

Design

Battery Rating of A2 is 7/10

Battery

Camera Rating of A2 is 9/10

Camera

Software Rating of A2 is 9/10

Software

Value for money rating of A2 is 10/10

Value For Money

Here is the summary list of 10 Best Phones Under 20000 in India 2019 | Choice of Experts

Realme 3 Pro: 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 16MP Camera, 4045mAh Battery
Samsung Galaxy A50: 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 13MP Camera, 4000mAh Battery
Oppo K1: 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 16MP Camera, 3500mAh Battery
Honor 10 Lite 6GB: 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 13MP Camera, 3400mAh Battery
Huawei Y9: 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 13MP Camera, 4000mAh Battery
Moto One Power: 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 16MP Camera, 5000mAh Battery
Xiaomi Poco F1: 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 12MP Camera, 4000mAh Battery
Nokia 6.1 Plus: 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 16MP Camera, 3060mAh Battery
OPPO F9 Pro: 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 16MP Camera, 3500mAh Battery
Mi A2: 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 20MP Camera, 3010mAh Battery