TOP 10 Best Camera Phones Under 20000 in India 2018

Updated on 2018-09-06 by Geetansh Arora

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Do you like to click a lot of pictures? If yes, then this list is useful for you. We have compiled a list of top 10 best camera phones under 20000 in India. The list is updated with smartphones launched in or before September 2018 so you will all the latest phones here. 

We have chosen phones based on their camera quality. Some of them have a single camera and some of them have a dual camera. Sometimes a single camera phone is better than a dual camera on other phone so you should not think that dual cameras are always better. Oppo F7 is one example where the camera is single but the quality of pictures is great and better than a lot of other dual camera phones. 

You will see that the latest phones like the Oppo F7, Vivo V9 have a large bezel-less notch display of 18:9 or 19:9 aspect ratio which is a good option for those who watch a lot of videos or play games. Honor 9i is special because it has a dual front camera, a dual back camera, and a 6-inch bezel-less display. Some of the phones also have a manual mode in the camera app, so if you like to have more control over camera settings go for them.

All these phones have great front cameras as well to take excellent selfies. Plus, they support face unlock as well which is a trending feature these days. The phones on this list are priced between Rs. 14000 and 21000. If you have a lower budget then take a look at best camera phones under 15k.

These phones don't only have good cameras but a decent hardware as well. You will see that most phones have Snapdragon 625/636 or similar chipsets with 32 or 64GB of storage and 3 or 4GB of RAM which is sufficient for multi-tasking and gaming. 

Let's take a look at the best camera phones under 20000.

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1. Mi A2

A2

Features

  • 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

Best Price ₹16999



Brief Review:

Mi A2 is the successor of Mi A1 which was the first Android One smartphone from Xiaomi. Mi A2 is also an Android One phone and is priced little above 15000 in India. While there have been significant improvements in terms of chipset and camera performance, a lot of compromises have been made. Let's take a look at the brief review and find out whether you should buy it or not.

Mi A2 back design is similar to that of Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone has a metal unibody design. Metal feels great in hand but it is slippery so having a case would be a good option. The dual camera setup is placed vertically at the corner and the fingerprint sensor is at the center. The antenna bands have moved closer to the top and bottom edges of the phone. The phone comes in 3 colors: Black, Blue, and Gold. If you are wondering which one is the best color of Mi A2 then our answer would be Black. 

The display on the front is also similar to Redmi Note 5 Pro's display. The size is 5.99 inches with Full HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The display is sharp and bright with good colors and viewing angles. Overall, the phones look good and feel comfortable in hand.

Let's talk about the camera which is the USP of this device. There is a 20MP+12MP dual camera setup on the back. Both 20MP and 12MP cameras are color sensors. We would have preferred a wide angle lens or a telephoto lens. The pixels are large and the aperture is f/1.75 which helps in low light photos. The camera performance of the rear camera is great. The pictures look great with plenty of details, natural colors and good dynamic range.

The front camera has a 20MP sensor and the performance is again excellent. The selfies look great with plenty of details. You can use the beautify mode to make your pictures look better. Plus, it supports portrait mode which detects edges properly and adds a natural looking blur. Excellent camera performance makes it one of the best camera phones under 20000. 

The Mi A2 is powered by the powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset which coupled with 4GB of RAM can handle any task you throw at it. Whether you like to switch between tens of apps or you like to play heavy games like PUBG of Asphalt 9, this phone is going to handle it with ease. You won't notice any frame drop or lag. It is a great option for gamers as well.

On benchmarks side, you will see a stellar performance. On Antutu benchmarks, the Mi A2 scores around 135000 which is a great score for a phone priced in this range. On Geekbench, you will see a score of around 1600 on single core and 4600 on multicore. 

The phone has 64GB of inbuilt storage and there is no MicroSD slot to increase the storage. Yes, no MicroSD slot. They could have easily put a hybird sim tray in there but they decided to go against it. So if you need extra space, you don't have any option to expand it.

Plus, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack as well. Why? Maybe Xiaomi was unable to find space for it or maybe they just want to follow the stupid trend of removing the headphone jack for no reason at all. When IP68 rated smartphones like LG G7 can have the headphone jack then why can't Mi A2? Removal of the headphone jack and MicroSD slot from Mi A2 are couple of the things that we hate most. 

Inside the Mi A2, there is a 3010mAh battery. The device would last for a day on medium usage. With heavy usage, you might need to charge it in the evening. Battery performance is just average here. The phone does support Quick Charge 4.0 which should charge your device very quickly but the fast charging brick is not included in the box and you need to buy it separately. It comes with the normal 5V 2A charge in the box.

The device is running on stock Android Oreo. It is an Android One device so you will get software updates very quickly. The latest Android P should arrive in a couple of months. There is very little bloatware on the device which makes multitasking a breeze. RAM management is good as well. 

So should you buy Mi A2? Depends on what you want and what you can live without. If you need excellent camera performance, powerful chipset and stock android and you can live without a headphone jack, a MicroSD slot and average battery backup, then go for it. 

If you need a good battery backup, a headphone jack and MicroSD slot with little lower camera performance then Redmi Note 5 Pro or Asus Zenfone Max Pro 6GB are better options.

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2. Honor Play

Play

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.29 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3750mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Blue, Black Colors

Best Price ₹19999



Brief Review:

Honor is on a roll in India and they are launching phones at a crazy rate. Till August, we have seen more than 10 launches from Honor. Honor Play is the latest one which is priced under Rs. 20000 and specifications are going to surprise you. Let's take a look at the brief review of Honor Play.

Honor Play is a nice looking phone. The phone has a metal unibody design and has a matte finish on the back which gives it a nice look. Both Black and Blue color looks great. The dua camera setup is placed vertically at the corner and the fingerprint sensor is placed at the center. The fingerprint sensor is quick and responsive.

On the front, we have a notch display of 6.3 inches. The resolution is Full HD+ and the aspect ratio is 19:9. Notch was more of a compromise when it showed up on iPhone X and after that, every OEM copied it like it was some kind of feature. We are not really a fan of the notch but some people do like it. Overall, the phone looks really good and is comfortable to hold.

Honor Play is powered by Huawei's own Kirin 970 chipset which is there on their other flagship phones like P20 Pro, Honor 10, View 10 etc. The Kirin 970 is an octa-core SoC with 4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 cores. It is similar to Snapdragon 835 in performance.  For handling the graphics workloads, Kirin 970 packs an impressive Mali G72 MP 12 as GPU, and It has serious power. Honor has made things even better with GPU turbo which provides better performance and more efficiency. With 4GB of RAM and Kirin 970, you are going to see flagship like performance on the Honor Play. Whether it is switching between multiple apps or playing heavy games, this phone is going to handle it with ease. 

The performance is visible in Antutu benchmark as well. You can expect an Antutu score of around 200000 which is 30-50% more than other phones in this price range.On Geekbench, you will see a single core benchmark score of around 1800 and multi-core score of around 6800.

Honor Play comes in just 1 variant which packs 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage. You can expand the storage via MicroSD up to 256GB. But it is a hybrid sim slot so you cannot use 2 sim cards with a MicroSD. The RAM and storage are again flagship grade which is something you don't usually see in this price range.

Honor Play comes with a dual 16MP+2MP camera setup on the back and 16MP single camera on the front. The dual camera setup on the back has a 16MP color sensor and the 2MP sensor helps to give a bokeh effect to the pictures also known as portrait mode. The camera can record 4K videos and has EIS-AIS stabilization as well. The camera performance is good in outdoor natural light conditions. The pictures have a good amount of details with natural looking colors. The portrait mode works well.

Honor Play is also using AI in the camera which detects the category and surrounding to optimize the pictures. If you are taking a picture in a park in daylight, it will tweak settings according to it and if you are taking pictures inside a room in low light conditions then settings will be tweaked according to that. It all happens in real time and you don't have to do anything. 

The front 16MP camera also takes decent shots indoors and outdoors. It also uses AI to enhance/beautify your face. Plenty of options are provided to make your selfies look better. Selfie camera is also used for Face unlock which works well and unlocks your phone in less than a second.

Honor is pitching Honor Play as gaming smartphone. In addition to GPU Turbo, there's one other interesting feature which is 4D gaming mode. It takes the gaming experience to next level by providing feedback like vibrations while you are shooting in a game. It is going to drain the battery faster but it is a cool feature.

Honor Play comes with EMUI 8.2 which is a custom skin based on Android 8 Oreo. EMUI has some bloatware but it is not laggy. It has some useful features like dual apps which can come in handy if you want to use multiple accounts on apps like WhatsApp. Overall, the UI looks good and it is responsive as well. You won't face any lag during the day to day usage.

Honor Play comes with a 3750mAh battery which is a good capacity. You can expect a backup of around 1 day on medium to heavy usage with a screen on time of around 6 hours. With low usage, it would last for 1.5 days on a single charge. The phones come with a 9V 2A fast charge in the box which is another plus point.

Honor Play is not water or dust proof and there is no IP rating so keeping it away from the water will be a good option.

So what are we getting at a price of 20000? A good looking phone with a nice large display on the front, a powerful chipset, 4GB of RAM, dual camera, large battery and excellent performance. We think Honor Play is the best phone under 20000 as of now. The only negative point is the availability. It is available via flash sales and the stock is very limited so getting hands on a device is going to be difficult. 

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3. Huawei Nova 3i

Nova 3i

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • 3340mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Colors

Best Price ₹20999



Brief Review:

Huawei and Honor have been looking to acquire a good share of the market with the introduction of their smartphone in all the price range. Huawei Nova 3i seems to be a good bet which offers a notch display beautiful design, good camera with a plethora of AI features and dual camera as both rear and front. Nova 3i has a good value for money score with a premium feel for a budget of under 20000. Let us look at the reviews, features, specifications and every minute details of the Huawei Nova 3i.

Huawei Nova 3i comes with a big 6.3-inch notch type full view display with a glass design at back and a metal frame in between front and back. the display has perfect viewing angles, colour reproduction and we have no complaints of this great Full HD plus resolution display on the Nova 3i. With the notch design, the aspect ratio in 19.5:9 and we just cannot think of anything beautiful than this in an under 20k budget. The glass back design looks amazing which produces different blue and purple colour shades at different angles.

The design looks pretty amazing and eye-catchy and is a total premium option to consider. But the back glass, as in all the phones is a fingerprint magnet, so keep a cover handy (maybe transparent one). The smartphone weighs around 169 gm and a 7.6 mm in width which enables easy hold and usage.

With Nova 3i, Huawei seems to have finally moved over the Kirin 659 as seen in almost all the budget range phones. Nova 3i comes powered with a Kirin 710 processor clubbed with 4 GB of RAM. Kirin 710 is much powerful than the Kirin 659 and Nova 3i scores around 1,38,000 on the Antutu giving a good challenge to the likes of Mi A2 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the performance. The gaming and multitasking experience is super smooth and no lags or hiccups could be observed.

Let us talk about the camera where the nova 3i comes with the dual camera on both front and back as was seen in the Honor 9i and the Honor 9 lite. The rear camera is vertically placed with dual sensors of 16MP and 2MP where the 2 MP is a depth sensor to take the portrait shots for bokeh effects. Here the shots are good in the daylight which crisp shots. The camera has AI features, where if you are clicking in the AI mode, it detects the objects and beautifies the image based on the algorithms. You also have the option to select the non-AI image if you like that for certain scenarios. you also get Qmoji support to animate your expression and voice. For the rear camera,  it struggles a bit on the low light shots and there is no 4K video support which is a bit of disappointment. If you are into shooting a lot of videos from the rear camera, we will not suggest you go for this as there a lot of better options available.

The front camera has a 24MP and 2MP dual sensors are located inside the notch and does not fail to impress us anytime. The front camera of Nova 3i clicks some exceptional photos and with a dedicated depth sensor for the bokeh effect, and the portrait clicks are also just amazing and spot on. We also get the AI support for the front camera as well on the 3i and helps to beautify the scenes with its AI recognition. 

This smartphone supports some other features like AI shopping and AI to directly buy by clicking any object in the image. It also supports AI gallery that allows you to search for similar images based on the sample images.

Nova 3i comes with a 128 GB of internal storage which can be expanded using the hybrid micro SD card slot up to 256 GB. The smartphone runs on EMUI 8.2 built on Android 8.1 Oreo and has a smooth usage. It supports both face (throught the front camera) and fingerprint unlock and both are quick and accurate. 

The battery on Huawei Nova 3i is rated at 3340 mAh and runs through the day with a normal day to day usage like messaging, listening to songs and browsing over the internet. Nova 3i has a micro USB slot and not a Type C  and neither does the screen has scratch protection which are some of the disappointments. Also, there is no IP rating on this phone so keep it safe from the water and dust.

So what you get in this 20k budget smartphone are beautiful looks, decent camera and good performance. But before you make a decision and have a knack of powerful performance over the looks, then look at the Honor play review which was launched a few days after the Huawei Nova 3i and comes with Kirin 970 and offers much better performance, better battery but harder to grab as it comes in flash sale.

 

 

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4. Honor 9N 4GB

9N 4GB

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.8 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Sapphire Blue, Robin Egg Blue, Midnight Black,Lavender Purple Colors

Best Price ₹17999



Brief Review:

Honor has been very aggressive in the under 20000 smartphone range. They have launched Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X, Honor 9i which have received great response from the users. Honor is now launching Honor 9N, which is a rebranded Honor 9i(2018) launched in China. It comes with a notch display and beautiful design and is a good smartphone under 15000. Let us look at the reviews, specifications and features of this beautiful phone. 

Honor 9N comes with a 5.84-inch notch display with a Full HD Plus resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display is a full view display having an aspect ratio of 19:9. In terms of design, it has a glass design and looks similar to the one seen Honor 9 Lite. The front has a notch and the back has a horizontal dual camera setup with a LED flash at the top and a fingerprint sensor. Honor has launched Honor 9N with a tagline of #ExtraOrdinaryBeauty and the design and looks truly upholds the statement. It is lightweight and easy to hold and operate with one hand.

On the performance side, Honor has once again used the in-house Kirin 659 processor which we have seen in all the midrange phones starting from Honor 9 Lite, Honor 9i (2017) and the Honor 7X. This smartphone has 4 GB of RAM with 128 GB of internal storage. We have seen the similar configuration in all the Honor phones in this price range and though Kirin 659 is not a powerhouse as Snapdragon 636 seen in Redmi Note 5 Pro but does handle multitasking with ease and one can easily go through all the daily tasks without any difficulty. But that Kirin 659 at the pricing of under 15000 does not raise the bar in the performance side when compared to the likes to Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max or the Mi A2 which has just launched. Honor 9N scores around 75000 on the Antutu Benchmark.

Coming to the camera, Honor 9N supports a dual rear camera setup with 13MP as the primary sensor and 2MP sensor as the secondary sensor with Dual tone LED flash and autofocus. The camera works fine with clear and crisp shots and good colour reproduction. The camera also supports face detection, portrait (bokeh) mode and HDR mode. The front camera is a 16MP shooter which is located inside the front notch and as expected clicks beautiful pictures and also supports portrait shots via software processing.

Honor 9N runs on EMUI 8.1 which is a custom skin based on the Android 8.1 Oreo and works smooth. They are some bloatware but Honor has well refined the EMUI over the years. There is a hybrid micro SD card slot to expand the memory up to 256 GB. Honor 9N supports both fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism and both of the methods work accurately and swiftly. Honor 9N does not carry any IP rating so keep it safe from the dust and water.  It has a battery rated at 3000 mAh which can keep the phone powered up for a day. You would need to charge it after a full day usage. 

Honor 9N though has been launched as the rebranded version Honor 9i (2018) but in actual it is a more beautiful version of all the Honor midrange phones. It has a stunning looking notch and is Honor's first phone under 15000 with a notch. The dazzling looks are very attractive and if you are looking to buy a phone under 15000 with a notch display, Honor 9N has to be your top choice. If you are not much concerned with the high-end gaming or heavy usage, this phone would work through easily.

The 3GB 32GB variant is priced at Rs. 11999 and the 4GB 64GB variant is priced at Rs. 13999. Honor has added a 4GB 128GB variant as well which will cost you 17999. We think the middle variant 4GB 64B provides the best value for money.

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5. Samsung Galaxy J8

Galaxy J8

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch HD Plus Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Colors

Best Price ₹18999



Brief Review:

Samsung Galaxy J8 is the next smartphone under 20000 to hold an infinity display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. As seen in almost all the Samsung smartphones of above 15000 range, they come with an AMOLED display. This Galaxy J8 has a screen size of 6 inches with HD Plus resolution. The screen is bright and has a good colour reproduction but it is only the Samsung phones that provide HD Plus display in this price range while other smartphones offer Full HD Display. But on the other hand, Samsung uses Super AMOLED display in all its smartphones, which is one of the best in the smartphone. So you will have no issues watching movies or videos on the phone as the colours on the screen are sharp and bright.

Talking about the build quality, this phone is build of polycarbonate(plastic body) and the frame in between is of metal. The quality is decent and feels good to hold in hand. Samsung Galaxy A6 priced at 22000 offers metal build quality but the camera performance is much better in Galaxy J8 as discussed below, J8 also has a bigger display and is priced around 3000 less than the A6.

Galaxy J8 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with 4 GB of RAM and scores around 57000 on the AnTuTu Benchmark. The processor is same as seen in the Redmi 5 and the Antutu score is much lower when compared to the powerful Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.  But with Samsung optimizations, the phone works fine for day to day usage with no lags observed, though playing very high-end games will not be feasible and is not suggested. Using multiple applications at a time are smooth but not top notch. 4GB of RAM has a good role to play here for the multitasking so normal day to day browsing, using the camera, YouTube and low to mid-end games will go on smoothly.

Samsung has put a special focus on camera in all the latest phone launch, and this Galaxy J8 follows the same trend. It gets a dual rear camera of 16 MP(f/1.9) and 5MP(f/1.7) with a single LED flash placed vertically in the middle on the back. The front camera has a 16MP sensor with a LED flash. Both the front and rear camera click brilliant images with perfect colour contrast and saturation. The bokeh effect from the rear camera just looks amazing and overall the camera is one of the best in this price range and surely going to give a tough competition. The low light shots are also perfect with very little or no noise.

With the rear camera, Samsung J8 has introduced three new features to allow click and create the different type of images and they are Portrait Dolly, Background Blur Shape and Portrait Backdrop. In the Background Blur Shape,  it allows the user to add a soft touch to the blur and applies different shapes like heart, butterflies, stars etc. In the Portrait Dolly feature, which creates a GIF of the image where the main person or object zooms out of the background adding a cinematic feel. In the last Portrait Backdrop feature, which allows you to change the focus of the image after clicking it (LIVE FOCUS), and blurs the rest of the image and also adds some cool funky effects in the background.

This smartphone also a new feature of "Chat Over Video" which allows you to chat while watching the video on the phone. The chatting background box is transparent and a pop up comes on one corner that allows you to chat simultaneously while watching the video in the background.

It comes with an internal storage of 64 GB and can be expanded up to 256 GB using a dedicated MicroSD card slot and can be used as a proper dual sim smartphone. Galaxy J8 supports a fingerprint unlocking and the sensor is placed just below the rear camera setup. It also supports face unlocking and both methods are accurate and work smoothly. Samsung Galaxy J8 runs on Android Oreo 8.0 and has very little bloatware. The skin is smooth and easy to use.

Galaxy J8 is powered by a battery rated at 3500 mAh and easily works throughout the day, there is no fast charging available with this smartphone, which only a few smartphones support in this price range. The handset comes with a Samsung branded earphone is the box which no company offers these days and there is also a one-time screen replacement free of cost if you buy this phone before 31st July 2018.  There is no IP rating on this phone so keep it protected from dust and water. 

The Samsung J series like the Samsung Galaxy J6 and this Galaxy J8 have better value for money compared to the other smartphones and one of our top picks if you are looking for a Samsung phone under 20k.

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6. Samsung Galaxy A6

Galaxy A6

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.6 inch HD Plus Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 16MP
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹15490



Brief Review:

Samsung Galaxy A6 in the latest smartphone launched in the last week of May 2018. With this smartphone, Samsung has aligned some of the features with the latest trends and a few still to be achieved. Samsung has one of the best industrial design and manufacturing processes in the world and you can be assured of that by the looks of this smartphone. Built primarily of metal, the smartphone feels totally premium without any two ways about It. The metal construction makes the smartphone solid and well-gripping in hand.

On the front, is the iconic Infinity Display at an aspect ratio of 18.5: 9 with a resolution of 720 x 1480 pixels with a pixel density of 294PPI on a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED Panel, the resolution isn’t what we were expecting. It had to be at least a 1080p panel but Samsung has invested into an infinity display which has some borders on the sides and very significant ones at top and bottom. The display feels a lot better than a 720 x  1480 display and is super bright, super saturated and the colours just feel so crisp and punchy.

At the back, we find a refreshing approach to Antenna bands by flaunting them. In the center, is the vertically oriented camera housing with rounded corners. The fingerprint sensor sits right below the camera, followed by Samsung logo embellishing the smartphone. We are not satisfied with the size and placement of fingerprint sensor as It is quite difficult to reach and It still has quite a small surface area. We admire the design of Galaxy A6, It carries the surplus amount of premium and finesse, It is somewhat heavy but doesn’t compromise on build quality and construction materials. 

The hardware side of things isn’t a whole lot sweet with Exynos 7870 powering the smartphone. For those who don’t know, Exynos 7780 is an octa-core CPU with Cortex-A53s all lined up and working at 1.6GHz. The device is grossly under-equipped for Its price as the devices coming in at half the price pack equal or better performance. Performance is one of the most crucial aspects of a smartphone and while the normal, everyday tasks are just fine. The deficiency in power starts to show up as you push the device further by opening several apps and switching between games.

Galaxy A6 comes in a single variant with 4GB RAM and 32GB of onboard memory. 4GB of RAM is enough for most cases and makes multitasking bearable on this smartphone. There is a dedicated MicroSD slot to expand the storage up to 256GB. The general performance is no doubt fluid and snappy but the struggle this phone faces on facing multiple apps is quite conspicuous. We recently reviewed Honor 7C which is a budget device and shockingly the performance here is quite similar. Samsung has just thrown the value for money parameter out of the window and for a smartphone priced above Rs 20k, you don’t expect that.

MALI T830 GPU is capable but is still not up to Adreno’s standards on other Qualcomm Snapdragon-based smartphones so the smartphone does fair in casual games but starts to struggle with heavy titles. On the GeekBench, the smartphone scores 723, 3605 on single core and multi-core tests respectively. On the Antutu Benchmark, the Samsung Galaxy A6 scores around 46000.

Let us talk about the camera now, As with most Samsung smartphones, the camera performance sways us away. The smartphone has a single, 16 MP (f/1.7) sensor with LED flash and while you might be complaining about dual cameras, hold on because this smartphone camera does a lot better than other smartphones which have dual sensors. Yes, the smartphone is missing the portrait tricks but It takes absolutely stunning shots whether It be bright daylight or some low-light situations, thanks to the wide aperture. In some shots, we observed excessive sharpening which is software based as Samsung has to compensate for putting a wide aperture lens. The colour reproduction is great and noise levels are fairly low, even in low-light conditions. There is a whole lot of detail and yeah, Samsung cameras do have the tendency to make the scene appear more cinematic and picturesque than It usually is so you can’t escape that. 

The front sensor is equally delightful with 16MP, (f/1.9) with soft LED flash for night time selfies. The front sensor also captures some really amazing photos with tons of details and less noise even in low-light situations, It is not as good as the rear sensor in night time but It sure makes a great selfie camera. Again, the selfie camera does some softening on Its own with some added processing to make the photos appear more ‘good looking’ and that’s again a Samsung thing you can’t do anything about.  Overall, we are quite pleased with the camera performance of Samsung Galaxy A6, It does equally well on all front and rear shots with good details and dynamic range on spot.

On the software side,  Samsung Galaxy A6 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, with Samsung’s own software overlay on top. The skin is called Experience 9.0 and Its a grown-up version of TouchWiz we’d say, but a lot better. We like the overall look and feel of the skin. On top, there are some Microsoft apps which can’t be uninstalled. Experience is fast on Its way to become TouchWiz and Samsung is not much concerned. There are a lot of features, well packed in the UI and a lot of them are quite useful as well, but we feel the Samsung Experience is getting more and more bloated by each iteration.

Samsung Galaxy A6 gets Its power from a non-removable Li-ion, 3000mAh battery which is well enough for a day. Credits to this can be attributed to the OLED panel and the low-power chip which powers the device. Talking of charging, things get a little out of colour here as there is no fast charging support, on top of that there’s a MicroUSB port instead of a USB-C. There is a single downward firing speaker beside the charging port and yes, It is not outrageously loud but It is not any bad either. The device doesn’t carry any IP ratings with It, so don’t get it close to water or dust, for its longevity. The panel is an OLED panel, has Samsung’s always-on features where you don’t have to wake the smartphone to see time, notifications and other basic stuff. It makes life easy. 

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7. Redmi Y2

Y2

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 12MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3080mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Grey, Gold, Rose Gold Colors

Best Price ₹9999



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Xiaomi has come up with another phone in the under 10000-15000 segment. The Redmi Y1 which was launched last year as a selfie smartphone has received some significant upgrades in terms of internal hardware, cameras, and display. Let's take a look at the brief review of Redmi Y2.

Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch display of 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution. The display is bright and vivid with good color reproduction and viewing angles. The resolution is not Full HD so that's a bit disappointing but it is not a deal breaker. The bezel-less on the top and bottom have reduced so the overall size of the phone is similar to other 5.5 inches phones. The build quality of Redmi Y1 wasn't that great but Xiaomi has done a good job with Redmi Y2. The device feels good in the hand. The back is metal so it is a bit slippery but you do get a free transparent case in the box. It comes in 3 colors: Grey, Gold and Rose Gold. Our favorite color is Rose gold. 

Inside the Redmi Y2, we have the same Snapdragon 625 chipset which we have seen on Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 5. Snapdragon 625 is a decent performer and very power efficient chipset so we don't have any complaints. The phone is available in 2 variants: 3GB RAM-32GB Storage and 4GB RAM-64GB Storage. If you are a heavy user and use a lot of apps and games then go for the 4GB-64GB variant. If your use only camera, social media apps etc then 3GB variant should be fine. The overall performance of the device is good and you won't face any lag during the day to day usage. Redmi Y2 scores around 70000 on Antutu benchmarks which is similar to Antutu score of other Snapdragon 625 devices like Redmi Note 5 and Mi A1.

Let's talk about camera now. Redmi Y2 is a camera-centric smartphone and have received a good upgrade in the camera department. There is a 12MP+5MP dual camera on the back. The camera is placed vertically just like it was on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The 12MP camera is a color sensor and 5MP camera is a depth sensor which helps to take portrait mode shots with depth effect. The rear camera performance is good in both daylight and low light conditions. The pixel size is 1.25um which helps to improve the low light performance. Edge detection in portrait mode is good as well.

The selfie camera on the Redmi Y2 is a 16MP sensor with a front flash. The front flash is very useful in low light conditions. The front camera also has portrait mode and can take pictures with depth effect. In our initial tests, the front camera performance was good. Edge detection wasn't that great and you might see your hair getting blurred in some of the shots. The front camera has features like AI beauty which removes blemishes and makes you look beautiful. The front camera is also used for face unlock which is not that quick but still, performance is decent. If you don't like face unlock then there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. It is safe to say that Redmi Y2 is the best budget camera smartphone available in India under Rs. 10000.

Redmi Y2 comes with MIUI 9.5 out of the box which is a custom skin based on Android 8.1. We don't really like MIUI because it comes with a lot of bloatware and the UI isn't great either but you can change that with a launcher. If you like to use dual apps, second space etc then MIUI is great for you.

The battery inside the Redmi Y2 is 3080 mAh and would last for a day on single charge. It would have been great if Xiaomi has gone with a 4000 mAh battery like on Note 5 and Note 5 Pro. The charger inside the box is 5V, 2 Amps charger which will charge the device in around 2 hours. 

It is a dual sim device and Xiaomi has added a dedicated MicroSD slot this time which is great. If 32GB or 64GB is not enough for you, you can slide in a MicroSD card to increase the storage by up to 128GB. Redmi Y2 is not waterproof or dustproof and doesn't have any IP rating so keep it away from water and mud. 

The Redmi Y2 has been priced at 9999 for the 3GB-32GB variant and 12999 for 4GB-64GB variant. It is an Amazon India exclusive device. We think pricing is decent and you are getting good value for money. The price of the lower variant is same as Redmi Note 5. Redmi Y2 has better cameras and Redmi Note 5 has better battery and display. So go for Y2 is you are going to use the camera a lot. If you don't use the camera much then Note 5 or Realme 1 is a better option.

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8. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB

Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Grey Colors

Best Price ₹14999



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Asus has partnered with Flipkart to launch exclusive smartphones for next 3 years. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the first smartphone to be launched under the partnership. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 has specs similar to Redmi Note 5 Pro which has been doing very well in the Indian market. Let's take a look at the brief review of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

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The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a 5.99-inch display with Full HD+ resolution. The display has 450 nits brightness and is very colourful and vivid. The viewing angles are good as well. The display is covered with a 2.5D glass which gives it a premium look. Asus has reduced the bezels on the top and bottom so the overall size of the phone is still same as a 5.5-inch device. The design is bit boring though. You get metal unibody design so nothing special or new here. The phone weighs 180 grams which is surprising considering the massive 5000 mah battery it carries. Overall, the phone feels good in the hand. 

Let's talk about the battery which is the USP of this device. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a large 5000 mah battery which will provide a battery backup of 2 to 3 days on a single charge. If you hate charging your phone every day then you are going to love Max Pro M1. Asus claims that it can run Youtube for 20 hours. The phone comes with a 10-watt charger and it charging time is expected to be little less than 3 hours. The charging time is decent considering the large battery size.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a dual 16MP + 5MP rear camera with a 1.12-micron pixel size for better low light performance. The camera performance is good under daylight outdoor conditions. The pictures look colorful with a good amount of details. The camera can take portrait mode pictures as well. In our initial tests, the bokeh effect looked good with proper edge detection. The rear camera can also record 4K videos. Asus claims that this is the best camera in class. 

The selfie camera on the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a 16MP shooter with a LED flash. The front camera is a great performer in both indoor and outdoor lighting. 

The chipset inside the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is Snapdragon 636 which was launched globally with Redmi Note 5 Pro. The SD636 chipset is very powerful and can handle any task you throw at it. Using multiple apps and games is going to be a breeze. Thanks to the powerful chipset, Zenfone Max Pro M1 scores around 116000 on the Antutu Benchmarks which is a bit higher than the score of Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Asus is taking audio quality very seriously as well. There is a Maxxbox which amplifies the sound by 2X. For audio via 3.5 mm jack, Asus has added an NXP audio chipset which improves the sound quality. Sound quality is usually not given importance in the mid-range devices so it is good to see Asus doing something different here to improve the user experience.

On Software side, you get pure Android Oreo on Zenfone Max Pro M1. This is a great step from Asus. There is almost no bloatware on the device. Asus promises to provide next 2 big Android updates as well. So you will get Android P and Android Q

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes in 2 variants: 32GB storage and 3GB RAM variant would cost your Rs. 10999 and 64GB - 4GB variant will cost you 12999 only. This is excellent pricing from Asus. Asus has used LPDDR4X RAM which should improve the overall experience. If you are a heavy user then go for the 4GB RAM variant as the extra 1 gig of RAM should help a lot in multi-tasking. The MicroSD slot is dedicated so you can use 2 sim cards with a MicroSD card. The 6GB RAM variant comes with better front and back camera setup and is priced at 14999.

Overall, we think Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is an impressive device. It comes with the latest display, powerful chipset, decent cameras, pure Android. Multitasking is great and the battery lasts for 2 days. It is clearly one of the best phones in this price range.

 

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9. OPPO F7

F7

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.2 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3400mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Red, Silver Colors

Best Price ₹19990



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Its 2018 and Notch-iness is all over the mobile world, thanks to Apple for being such a force. (Phew.) Oppo launched F7 in March 2018 and added one more device to the list of Androids sporting the infamous iPhone X notch design. The smartphone is all about modern design with bezels pushed to the ends and that cute little notch up top, guess what, Its looks very much like the iPhone X. The smartphone has a giant 6.2- inch, LTPS IPS LCD display with a 1080 x 2280 pixels resolution, packing a pixel density of ~405 PPI, we don’t need to say now that the display is just gorgeous. Even with that giant display the smartphone is just 7.8mm thick and weighs 158 grams, and fits comfortably in hands. There are some bezels up top and bottom. The display is protected by a Gorilla Glass 5. The build is fairly solid, a plastic unibody design. The notch houses the selfie camera and a bunch of other sensors.

Under the hood, Oppo F7 has a MediaTek Helio P60 running the cause. Helio P60 appears to be a very capable SoC on paper with 8 cores out of which 4 are high-performance Cortex A73s while the other 4 are high-efficiency Cortex A53s, all clocked at 2.0GHz. To serve all your gaming needs there’s a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, which is not as good as Adreno on Snapdragons but gets the job done. Oppo F7 comes in two variants with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage and the other one having 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. The specifications are really impressive and give good vibes about this smartphone.

The smartphone runs on Android Oreo out of the box with Oppo’s age-old ColorOS skin on top, which just doesn’t make the cut. When put under tests, the Oppo F7 scored as follows - On GeekBench 4, 1533 in single core drives and 5845 in multi-core. On AnTuTu, the Oppo F7 scores around 137000. The smartphone overpowers Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro in both GeekBench and Antutu. The smartphone has power and responsiveness, It works smoothly in everyday tasks and gaming isn’t a problem as well.

Talking about cameras, as Oppo calls Itself a camera ‘expert’, the device features a single 16MP, a f/1.8 sensor with LED flash at the back and a large 25MP,f/2.0 sensor at the front for selfies. Oppo seems to have really shown some confidence in single sensor setup this time as the results show, the camera outperforms Vivo V9, another notch-featuring contemporary. The low-light shots are great thanks to the wider aperture on the Oppo F7. The story continues with the selfie camera as well. The shots are rich, vibrant and well balanced. As there’s no secondary rear sensor, Oppo uses software tricks for the much-touted bokeh effect, which as you would have guessed doesn’t hit the spot.

The smartphone packs a 3400mAh battery, which is pretty average now-days, we are devastated that this neo-modern smartphone from Oppo shows no signs of fast charging, hell there’s MicroUSB 2.0 instead of USB-C. Thankfully, there’s a headphone jack. And to your caution, there’s no IP rating on this one so keep it as far from liquids as possible. Thanks to the power efficient chipset, Oppo F7 battery backup is great. With medium usage, you can expect 1.5 days of backup on a single charge. With light usage, it will last for even 2 days.

The smartphone is priced at ₹ 21,990 and It is not the best deal around but It is certainly one of the satisfying ones at the price. Oppo is giving a gorgeous smartphone with latest features at the decent price. Go for it if you need a gorgeous looking smartphone with good cameras, a powerful processor at around 20k.

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10. Redmi Note 5 Pro 6GB

Note 5 Pro 6GB

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Grey, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹13999



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Xiaomi has grown tremendously over last 2 years and disrupted the Smartphone Market to become the leader. This is credited to the success of Redmi 4, Redmi 4A. Redmi Note 4 which were bestsellers last year.  Today, on 14th Feb, Xiaomi has launched Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro in India and is set to break and shake the industry again. Check out Redmi Note 5 here.

Redmi Note 5 comes with a 5.99-inch Bezelless(18:9) display which looks beautiful and marks the entry of Xiaomi in bezel-less phones in the budget segment. The infinity display has a resolution of 1080p Full HD Plus which good viewing angles and vibrant and punchier colors. Note 5 Pro has a metal unibody design and a very strong build quality, something inspired by the Redmi Note 4.

The display size, though, has increased to 5.99 inches, the size of the device is almost same as other 5.5 inch devices as Xiaomi has reduced the bezels. So if you are using a 5.5-inch device, you won't find any difficulty operating with Redmi 5 Pro. With no bezels, the navigation buttons move to On-Screen buttons.

On the Camera side, the smartphone does a wonderful job, it comes with a Dual Rear Camera with a Sony12MP sensor with f2.2 aperture and a Samsung 5MP sensor with f2.0 aperture. These 2 lenses on the back are stacked vertically, similar to something seen in iPhone X. The dual camera can take excellent portrait mode pictures with bokeh effect. Performance is similar to what we saw on Mi A1.

On the Front Camera, we have a special selfie-focused Sony IMX376 sensor, with a resolution of 20MP and f2.0 aperture. It is a great camera for selfies lovers. There is flash on the front side so low light selfies also look decent. Do note that the front camera is capable of taking portrait mode selfies as well with bokeh effect. During our initial test, the selfies came out sharp. The portrait mode worked well with good edge detection and blur effect. We think Redmi 5 Pro is probably the best selfie phone from Xiaomi.

Let's talk about video recording now. Redmi Note series has been weak with video recording as there was no stabilization available. But things have changed now and Redmi Note 5 Pro has EIS(Electronic Stabilization) so the videos won't be shaky and will look much better than other Redmi Series smartphones. In our initial tests, the videos looked good and stabilization also worked well. There's no option to record 4K videos so that a negative.

The camera on both front and rear does a brilliant job overall and you won't have any complaints given the price point at which Xiaomi offers all these features. This Camera performance of Redmi Note 5 Pro has a lot of improvements compared to Redmi Note 4(2017 Best Selling Smartphone) or the Redmi Note 5. Camera lovers won't be disappointed with Redmi Note 5's performance.

This budget beast gets a big boost in the processor department and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 which has an Antutu Score of around 1,10,000. Redmi Note 4 comes with Snapdragon 625 which scores around 65000 on Antutu benchmark. So by this comparison, the Note 5 Pro has 70-80% more processing power. 

It comes in two variants, one with 4GB RAM and other with 6GB of RAM clubbed with 64 GB of internal memory in both the variants, assuring of a power-packed performance with Smooth Multitasking and no lag or delay even with the higher end games. Xiaomi has used DDR4 RAM here which is a great thing because we don't really see DDR4 in budget phones. Only the flagship phones are using DDR4 as of now.

The back of Redmi Note 5 Pro has a curved back making it easier to hold and grip. There is a 2.5D gorilla glass on the display. With a strong build quality, great looks, this Note 5 Pro certainly feels nice in hand. Xiaomi has added a translucent silicon case in the box which fits the phone very nicely. Thumbs up to Xiaomi for adding a free case.

Redmi Note 5 Pro, comes with a fingerprint sensor that is quick in unlocking your phone. Xiaomi has added the face unlock feature in the first update. In our initial tests, the face unlock has been working great. It is quick and unlocks the phone in less than a second. Plus, it works even when your phone is about at waist height and you are looking at it. So, you can just take your phone out of pocket and look at it, it will unlock. You don't need to lift the phone to face height to unlock it. We liked the speed and accuracy of the Xiaomi's face lock. Also, it didn't work when eyes were closed so you don't have to worry about someone unlocking your phone when you are sleeping.

The Redmi Note 5 is not water resistant or dust proof as it does not have any IP rating.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is running on latest MIUI 9 which is based on Android Nougat 7.1.2,  which will surely be upgraded to Android Oreo in the near future. Those who love stock android won't like the MIUI interface so just go for Nova Launcher.

Still not able to hold what all this smartphone offer. Hold Tight. Apart from raking in the best features in all the departments, This Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a big 4000mAH which can easily last of 1.5 - 2 days in case of normal usage, given it comes with a power efficient processor. In first few days of use, we got 7 to 8 hours of screen on time which is excellent for a large 6 inch display phone with a powerful processor.

Our charging tests are still in progress and we will add results here soon. 

With ranking high in this department as well, Redmi Note 5 Pro, does not leave any point that can be strictly negative towards it.

Overall, Redmi Note 5 Pro is a great value for money smartphone which looks decent and performs well. It is a great phone under 20000.

Note: The was a brief review. If you want to take a look at benchmarks, battery test, camera samples then take a look at >> In-depth Review of Redmi Note 5 Pro

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