TOP 10 Best Phones Under 20000 in India 2018 with Reviews

Updated on 2018-06-05 by Geetansh Arora

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Are looking for a mid-range smartphone around Rs.15000 or 20000? You are at the right place. We have compiled a list of top 10 best phones under 20000 (20k) available in India as of June 2018. Latest phones like Oppo F7 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have been included in this list.

We have included phones from all major brands like Samsung, LG, Redmi, Honor, Asus, Moto, and Lenovo. Oppo F7 which was launched recently is probably the best phone you can buy under 20000. So if you don't want to waste your time, jump directly to Oppo F7 review and ratings and buy it. Moto X4 is another phone that we love so take a look at that as well. Others who want to explore can go through the complete list. The list is long because 10 phones have been listed with a brief review, features, and ratings. If you don't have much time then just take a look at the features and ratings of every mobile phone. 

The criteria for choosing these top mobile phones under 20000 was that the phone should be latest(launched in 2017 or 2018), should look great and perform well.

Most of these smartphones have a metal unibody design. Inside you will see 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage so you can run multiple apps and play heavy games with ease. Some of the phones have a dual camera so if you like to take a lot of pictures, go for dual camera phones as you can take portrait mode pictures with blur/bokeh effect. Some bezel-less full view/infinity display phones with notch have also been added to the list.

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

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1. Vivo Y83

Y83

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.2 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3260mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹14990



Brief Review:

Vivo, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is on a streak of launching some great smartphones, painting the full display screen and notch over the world. Vivo Y83, launched recently in India is not exactly a budget device but falls slightly above the mark in sub ₹ 15k range, which is a pretty fiery segment to be competing in with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro and many more, Could Vivo Y83 best them all? Let’s find out.

If you have been around the Vivo camp for a while, you know about the company’s conspicuous ‘inspirations’ from Cupertino boys. It’s time to face the truth that abhor it, love It, notches are the new cool and Vivo knows how to play with brand value and style status. Ergo, we find the full view, notched, 6.22 inch IPS LCD display on the Vivo Y83 with a super tall aspect ratio of 19:9. The display as goes full stretch to the ends with a noticeable chin at the bottom.

The display has a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels which clocks in a pixel density of 270 PPI. We expected better but nonetheless, the display is bright and gives a satisfactory viewing experience, with decent viewing angles and nothing marvellous. The sunlight readability is not quite legit, though. The metal back with matte finish looks not so flashy but feels good in hands. The design is not very striking, with curved edges but It is quite comfortable to hold. The shiny metal finish rim encloses volume controls, sleep/wake button on the sides and to our satisfaction, a 3.5mm jack on the bottom with standard MicroUSB port for charging. If you’ve seen Vivo V9, X21 then Y83 feels quite similar. At just 7.7mm thick, Y83 is quite sleek and weighs just 150 grams which is quite appreciable for a smartphone over 6-inches.

Vivo Y83 is powered by the latest MediaTek processor: Helio P22 which is built on 12nm process and provides good performance and power efficiency. Vivo Y83 scores around 70000 on Antutu benchmarks which is similar to the phones powered by Snapdragon 625 or 630. Vivo Y83 performs well and just rolls over all the workloads we could through at It. No lags, no stutters. The system performance is smooth and fluid at all times even with a plethora of apps running at tandem, thanks to 4GB of RAM.

The smartphone comes with 32GB of onboard storage which can be easily expanded to 256GB via MicroSD. In our first impressions, we found casual gaming to be quite smooth and free-flowing, we are not too confident about heavy gaming yet. Stay tuned for the full review. In all, the smartphone seems like a stunner in performance with some clouds over gaming performance but Its quite above the danger mark though.

The primary camera on the Vivo Y83 is a 13 MP (f/2.2) sensor with LED Flash and It is like every budget mediocre camera out there, nothing out of the line, satisfactory shots with some good detail but plenty of noise. Low-light photos are full of grains, It is practically just surviving in harsh lighting conditions. The front sensor is in the same tune with 8 MP (f/2.2) sensor which does a pretty decent selfie job and again, in low-lights its just shooting out in the wild with superb noise levels. Vivo has something called AI beautification mode, which is supposedly meant to enhance selfies, we didn’t find a whole lot ‘AI’ involved in the process, It was more a softening and adding beauty filters process much like most camera apps in Play Store do.

Let's talk about software now. Vivo software skin called FunTouch OS on top of Android Oreo 8.1 run the show on this smartphone. FunTouch OS is another element of Vivo ideology that is inspired heavily from iOS, even to elemental things like the app icons. It just takes it so much towards iOS and so far from Android that the user feels in a limbo. It is heavily bloated and it is not an amazing feeling swiping through the screens and using gestures as they are not very smooth and kinda stick sometimes which is really annoying. There are a host of minor nagging issues here and there in the skin which sums up resulting in quite a struggling experience. Vivo can love iOS and Apple all they want but they need to refine. It has been long since FunTouch received a meaningful upgrade, Vivo folks really need to up their game in software to craft a utopian experience around their devices.

Vivo Y83 comes with a non-removable 3260mAH battery which is decent enough for a day on medium use, If you are a pusher, carrying a charger would be the best policy as this device won’t last an entire day on heavy use. There’s a MicroUSB port on the bottom of the device for charging, what’s sad is that there is no fast charging, which makes charging this device a long process occupying nearly 2.5-3 hours. The single downward firing speaker on the bottom beside the charging port gets loud enough. It pumps well-balanced sound with decent clarity. Vivo Y83 also Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, so the in-call noise is reduced and It works nicely.

In your interest, you are hereby informed that there is no IP rating for the smartphone, so It would be nice to keep it way far from liquids and dust to ensure Its life and working capacity. Since there’s is all the notch and full-screen display, you might have been missing some FaceID ripoff and Vivo doesn’t disappoint. There is face unlock feature going by the name of Face Access and It works perfectly in most scenarios except low-lighting conditions.

Vivo Y83 is priced at ₹ 14,990 and Customers can get the smartphone from any offline retail store or from Amazon, or the company's official website. At this price, we think it is a good option for those who are looking for a big display phone with a notch. The phone performs well in multitasking and casual gaming as well but it is not the best in this range for those use-cases. The camera performance is also decent in daylight conditions but low light images can be disappointing. 

Beautiful Design, Nice Display, Good Performance, Dedicated MicroSD makes it one of the best phones under 20000.

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2. Huawei P20 Lite

P20 Lite

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.8 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Colors

Best Price ₹17999



Brief Review:

Huawei P20 Lite amazes with the beautiful display and looks. It features a 5.84-inch full view display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and FHD+ resolution. The display has sharp colours and you will not find any issue viewing it even in the bright outdoor light. It has a metal frame in between front and back and a 2.5D curved glass back with glittery textures that make it look superior to any other phone in this price segment. You would like to use a back cover as the glass is a fingerprint magnet.

On the Performance front, it is powered by a Kirin 659 processor and 4GB of RAM. Kirin 659 is the processor seen on Honor 7x, Honor 9 Lite and Honor 9i. It is a powerful processor which coupled with 4GB of RAM can handle all the multitasking and gaming you do with it, but lags way behind the Redmi Note 5 Pro which has a Snapdragon 636 scoring around 110000 on the Antutu while the Huawei P20 lite just manages to score a little above 75000. So definitely, Redmi Note 5 Pro will offer better performance.

Coming to the most talked about feature, the camera. It has a dual rear camera with 12 MP and 2MP sensor which clicks fantastic images and the camera app has various modes panorama, HDR, pro, beauty, slow motion and a few more. It has bokeh effect works perfectly fine and in the daylight, the camera has decent performance in the price range. You will see some noise when you zoom into the images but that should not affect you much.The rear camera supports 1080p video recording and we believe it should be extended to 4K through software updates to make it stand out. The low light shots are also good with no major shortcoming.

For the selfie, we have a 16MP sensor that clicks beautiful and sharp images in all lighting conditions. The camera quality and performance is not outstanding but reasonably good for the price. It has software features and beauty algorithms that very well recognizes and modifies the colour temperature, skin tone to make the photo look perfect. The software algorithms are also used to provide bokeh effects in the image.

P20 Lite comes with a 64 GB onboard storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB using a hybrid sim slot. It runs of EMUI 8.0 which is a custom skin build over Android 8.1 Oreo. There is some bloatware and overall the software experience is decent and Huawei has added some new features to its EMUI layer. 

It houses a 3000 mAH battery but weighs just 145 gm and only 7.4 mm thick. The battery can power the phone for around one complete day. There is no IP rating on this phone so you would have to keep it protected from water and dust damage. It comes with a fast charger and can charge the battery from 0 to 100 percent in just 90 minutes.

It has a fingerprint sensor on the back and also supports face unlocking via the front camera. It comes with dual Bluetooth that allows you to connect to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. Overall, a decent and complete phone for the price but faces crisp competition from the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro and Nokia 7 Plus.

Superb Looks and Design, Camera Performance, Dual Bluetooth, Face and Fingerprint Unlocking makes it one of the best phones under 20000.

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3. Nokia 6 2018

6 2018

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 5.5 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP f/2.0
  • Front Camera: 8MP f/2.0
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black , Blue, Silver Colors

Best Price ₹15820



Brief Review:

HMD Global, the force behind the ‘Nokia’ brand, is not dropping ball. HMD Global went on to regain the Nokia glory with Nokia 6 back at the start of 2017, here we are in 2018 and people now expect more than just branding, great cameras and mediocre SoCs. And thankfully, Nokia 6 is back with Its 2018 Iteration, which is not all underpowered and maintains the same finesse you expect from a Nokia.

The design of the smartphone hasn’t moved much from 2017, It still has some bezels up top and bottom, but the side bezels are minimal to say at best. The smartphone has the same solid build quality from Nokia 6 (2017), Its probably the most durable and sturdy smartphone at the price. Nokia 6 (2018) maintains the same, old 16:9 aspect ratio with a full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, packing 403 PPI. The display is an IPS LCD and with a density of over 400, It looks gorgeous. HMD Global says Nokia 6 is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, which adds something, If not a lot of protection.

Nokia 6 (2017) was a poor performer at Its price, HMD understood that and hence we see a much deserved Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 onboard. Along with Adreno 508 as Its graphics partner. Snapdragon 630 houses 8 Cortex-A53 cores, all clocked at 2.2GHz. There’s 3GB of RAM, alongside 32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded via MicroSD. Now, that’s not enough so here are the numbers you need - The new Nokia 6 scores 88,886 in AnTuTu and on GeekBench we observe scores of 879 and 4,931 in single and multi-core tests respectively.

Everyone loves Nokia ‘Zeiss’ cameras, and HMD knows that all too well, thanks to the renewed bond with Zeiss optics, seen in Nokia 8, It seems like the technology is trickling down to mid-range offerings as well. Nokia 6 (2018) features a 16MP, f/2.0 rear sensor with 1micron pixels. For selfies, Nokia 6 has an 8MP, f/2.0 sensor with fixed focus. The cameras are impressive as always but don’t expect to be blown away by Nokia 6’s low-light performance. The front camera is still impressive though, and also has a new face-unlock feature, which does fair in good lighting but fails in dim or poorly lit conditions.

The all new Nokia 6 is powered by Android 8.0 Oreo, inside the Android One program by Google. What it means is stock Android and timely updates, which is a luxury in the Android space. HMD has thankfully included a USB-C replacing the micro USB for charging. The average 3000mAH battery is still there, but with better charging - Nokia 6 now supports fast charging besides other connectivity features including VoLTE and Bluetooth 5.0. The smartphone is very robust in build and would hardly take a dent but It doesn’t carry any IP rating to give us the same confidence with water.

The Nokia 6 (2018) is an iterative update over last year’s Nokia 6, ergo to say that Its just an iteration would be an understatement. HMD has improved upon nearly all complaints people had with Nokia 6 from last year. Nokia 6 (2018) is priced at ₹ 16,999 in India and is costlier than Its rivals, which might be offering a lot more but that’s Nokia, right?

Terrific Build Quality, Lag Free Performance, Good Camera, Powerful Chipset makes it one of the best phones under 20000.

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4. 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 ₹17611



Brief Review:

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.

Large Bezelless Display, Powerful Chipset, Good Camera Perormance, Dedicated MicroSD makes it one of the best phones under 20000.

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5. 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 ₹16999



Brief Review:

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

6 inch Bezel-less Display, Decent Design, Great Camera Performance, 2 Day Battery Backup makes it one of the best phones under 20000.

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6. Honor 7X

7X

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.9 inch 2160x1080p FHD+
  • Back Camera: 16MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3340mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Aurora Blue, Gold and Black Colors

Best Price ₹13999



Brief Review:

Honor 7X is the successor to the Honor 6X which was first dual camera phone in mid range. Honor 6X sales were good because of the fact that it was one of the first dual camera phones in this range plus the overall performance of the device was good as well. Huawei would like to replicate the success with Honor 7X.

Honor 7X is actually a lot like Honor 9i which was launched recently in India. The internals are same with the same chipset, same RAM. The camera setup at the back is same. The display is also same. Only things that have changed from 9i to 7X is that front camera on 7X is a single 8MP sensor while it was a dual camera setup on 9i and the camera placement on the back has changed. In Honor 9i the dual camera setup is placed vertically in the middle and on Honor 7X the dual camera setup is placed horizontally on the top corner of the device. Because a lot of things are similar, the review is also similar. You can take a look at Honor 9i review here.

Honor 7X has a metal unibody design with a 2.5D glass covering the display on the front which is 5.93-inch display with Full HD Plus resolution. The aspect ratio of the display is 18:9 which we are seeing a lot in latest phones and trend is expected to continue for next few years. In a couple of years, all phones might come with these full view 18:9 displays. 

The hardware inside the Honor 7X is decent as well. We have a Kirin 659 SOC which is an octa-core chipset with 2 clusters of 4 A53 cores. One cluster is power efficient and runs at a lower frequency. The other cluster runs at higher frequencies and is able to handle heavy workloads like heavy games and apps. For storage we have 3 variants: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. There is a hybrid sim slot as well which can be used to increase the storage by up to 256GB. We do not like the concept of hybrid sim slot but companies are still going for. We hope it changes in future.

In the camera department, we have a dual camera setup on the back. There is a 16MP+2MP dual camera setup. The higher resolution sensor is a color sensor and lower resolution is a black and white sensor. Details from both sensors are combined to improve image quality. It also helps in giving a depth/bokeh effect to your pictures which are also known as portrait shots. In the camera app, you can actually change the object that you want in focus which is quite useful sometimes. The camera performance is good for a device in this range. The Mi A1 back camera is slightly better than this but it does not have a large 5.9 bezel-less display. On the front, there is a single 8MP camera which is capable of taking some nice detailed shots in daylight. The camera performance is decent. The front camera on Honor 9i is better because it has a dual camera setup on the front as well. So selfie lovers should go for Honor 9i.

The Honor 7X runs on EMUI 5.1 which is based on Android 7.0. EMUI has some useful customization with very little bloatware. Overall performance is good. Everyday usage is smooth with no lag.

The battery inside the Honor 7X is 3340 mAH battery which will last for a day on single charge. The charger in the box is a 10W charger with 2A 5V. Charging time of Honor 7X is around 2 hours.

The prices mentioned above on this page are expected prices as the device has not been launched in India. Pricing of Honor 7X in China is 1399, 1699 and 1999 for 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB variant respectively. Honor has priced the Honor 7X at 12999 for 32GB variant and 15999 for the 64GB variant. We think 15999 is little overpriced. There shouldn't have been a difference of 3000 just for 32GB extra storage. Plus, we are disappointed that Honor didn't launch the 128GB variant.

Overall we think pricing is decent and Huawei will be able to compete with Xiaomi which is expected to launch Redmi Note 5 in December with a similar configuration of dual cameras and bezel-less display. 

Honor 7X is an Amazon exclusive device and is available in flash sales only.

Honor 9i is another great option if you take a lot of selfies as it has a dual front camera setup. Buy Honor 9i from Flipkart.

Premium Build, Full View Display, Dual Back Camera, Lag Free Performance makes it one of the best phones under 20000.

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7. Vivo V7 Plus

V7 Plus

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch HD Plus 720p
  • Back Camera: 16MP
  • Front Camera: 24MP
  • 3225mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Gold, Matte Black and Blue Colors

Best Price ₹19990



Brief Review:

Say whatever, Vivo is one of the fast players in the mobile space and since 2017 was the genesis year for bezel-less smartphones, Vivo couldn’t be kept out of the circuit for long. So here’s Vivo V7+ launched in September, 2017. The V7+ builds upon the Vivo V7, in many ways.

Starting with a big 5.99 inch display at a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels, at 18:9 ratio that gives a mundane density of ~269 PPI. Vivo says that the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 4, with nearly no side bezels but some at the top and bottom, housing the camera and speakers. Vivo V7+ is quite thin at just 7.7mm and weighs around 160 grams. Not so heavy for such a large smartphone.

Looking at the smartphone, you won’t get the ultimate premium appeal, credits to plastic unibody build. The 2.5D curved screen glass gives it some premium touch though. The IPS LCD is not that impressive considering the price of the smartphone and that’s probably the elephant in all our disappointments with this smartphone. What’s no less hurting is that the smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC, featuring 8 Cortex A53s clocked at 1.8GHz. To handle graphics, there’s an Adreno 506 onboard which is definitely not a gamer’s delight, but yeah Its quite okay for casual gaming on Android.

One thing about which we don’t know to be happy or perplexed about is the RAM. Vivo has packed 4GB of RAM in this device, which is quite not equalling to the Snapdragon 450 chipset. (Why Vivo?) Vivo V7+ has 64GB of onboard storage and is expandable via MicroSD. The smartphone is running on Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box - with no sight of Oreo update. And to lower us this smartphone more into Its grave, Vivo’s iOS-Ripoff Android skin called the FunTouch 3.2 is all over the place.

Let’s talk numbers, On GeekBench 4.1, Vivo V7+ scores 767 on single core drives and 3912 on multi-core tests. On AnTuTu, Vivo V7+ scores 57791, which is well below Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 and Note 5’s score 61616. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is on a different level with a score of above 100000.

Coming to cameras, because Vivo calls Itself market ‘leaders’ in camera, the Vivo V7+ boasts a 16MP, f/2.0 rear sensor with 1-micron pixels. On the front, we have a gigantic 24MP, f/2.0 sensor with LED flash. The rear camera performs well is daylight conditions and takes pictures with plenty of details. The performance under low-light is decent as well.  The selfie camera takes excellent pictures. There's beautify mode as always which makes you look better.

Apart from that, we have rear-mounted fingerprint scanner above the Vivo branding. The smartphone has a 3225mAh juice pack which is okay-ish but not impressive as the smartphone runs a 6-inch IPS LCD display which is bound to burn the fuel pretty fast. Thank the lord, we have a 3.5mm jack. There’s no fast charging, as Snapdragon 450 isn’t enabled for that, so embrace the USB2.0. There’s no IP rating, so if you buy V7+ please keep it safe away from liquids.

Priced at around Rs. 20000, we think it is a bit overpriced. With Xiaomi spoiling the crowd with dirt cheap smartphones with superb features and internals, it is difficult to justify this pricing. Still, if you are a selfie lover and need a bezel-less display phone then this is a decent option.

Good Camera Quality, Premium design, Bezel-less Display, Dedicated MicroSD makes it one of the best phones under 20000.

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8. Moto X4 32GB

X4 32GB

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 2048 GB
  • 5.2 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 8MP Dual setup
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Super Black, Sterling Blue Colors

Best Price ₹20999



Brief Review:

Moto X4 was released today on 13th November in an event by Motorola. With Moto X4, Motorola makes a comeback with its X series phones in the mid-range segment. The phone looks stunning, has a powerful hardware inside and many new features.

Though we call Moto X4 as a mid-range phone its looks and design are extremely premium. The smartphone features a 5.2 inch IPS LCD display and has glass on both front and back and a metal frame in between but lacks a bezel-less display.  The front of the Moto X4 which is protected by a Corning Gorilla glass on both front and back and it comes with a fingerprint sensor at the bottom and a front camera of 16 MP at the top. The back of the phone hosts a dual camera setup of 12 MP + 8 MP which protrudes little out from the back panel. 

Moto X4 comes with an IP68 certified tag, which can keep in Dust and waterproof for up to 1.5 Meters and 30 minutes. Ohh, and one other great news about Moto X4 is the Stock Android experience, currently working with Android 7.1(Nougat) and a planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo).

In terms of the performance factor, Moto X4 comes powered by 2.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Chipset, with an Antutu benchmark score of 70,000, a 10% increase over the Snapdragon 625 seen in many smartphones like Mi A1, Moto G5S Plus and Honor 9i.

Moto X4 has 2 variants. The lower variant comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and higher variant comes with 4GB of RAM and internal storage of 64 GB which is expandable up to 2TB, so memory and RAM are never going to be an issue. The performance is top notch and no lag experience whatsoever could be seen in our initial reviews. We recommend going for the 4GB 64GB variant as the price difference is just 2k.

Moto X4 had a lot of rumor on the camera specifications which Motorola calls Advanced Dual Rear Camera System, capable of clicking Stunning Portraits and Wide Angle landscapes. The rear camera is a dual camera setup of 12MP + 8 MP, the 12MP sensor uses Dual Autofocus Pixel technology to deliver crisp results in any lighting conditions, and the 8 MP gives a 120 Degree field of view. The rear camera setup has a Dual LED flash and can shoot videos at 4K resolution. The camera is slow and takes time to process the images. Maybe this will be fixed by Motorola with a software update.

The front camera setup of Moto X4 has a wide-angle 16 MP sensor with a LED flash with an adaptive low light mode for perfect selfie even in low light conditions. 

The camera software comes with various features named as Selective Focus(Bokeh) which adds a blur to background or foreground of images while keeping the main subject in clear focus and Selective black and white which allows changing the background or foreground to black and white with the main subject in full color.

Moto X4 packs a 3,000 mAH battery, with turbocharging capability. The battery would last for around a day with normal usage. Also, the phone is sensor-rich and comes with all needed sensors like Compass, Gyroscope etc. 

Apart from the regular specifications, Motorola has added some new taste to Moto X4, which comes with Bluetooth 5.0. With this upgrade, Moto X4 can stream music wirelessly to up to 4 Bluetooth speakers and headphones, whose volumes can be controlled independently.

Moto X4 is a Flipkart exclusive smartphone and will be available from midnight of November 14.

One small disappointment that Moto X4 has that it does not have Radio in it. So you cannot tune in to FM with Moto X4.

Final Verdict, With all these features under its hood, Moto X4 looks like a very promising Mid-range phone, capable of redefining the market as Motorola did with its budget phones.

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Dual Camera Setup, Stock Android, Powerful chipset, Perfect Front Camera makes it one of the best phones under 20000.

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9. Honor 9i

9i

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.9 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 13MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • 3340mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹14999



Brief Review:

Honor 9i is the latest smartphone in India from Huawei/Honor. This device has already been launched in other countries with following names: Huawei Maimang 6, Huawei Nova 2i, Huawei Mate 10 Lite. So Honor 9i is the 4th name of this device. We have no idea what Honor is trying to do here.

At first look Honor 9i looks like a premium device. The build of the phone is solid and it feels good in the hand. We have a 5.9-inch full view display with Full HD+ resolution. Even with large 5.9-inch display the size of the device is similar to other 5.5 inch devices because of the small bezels.

The aspect ratio of the display is 18:9 which we have seen earlier in flagships like LG G6, LG V30 and midrange phones like LG Q6 and Vivo V7+. The display is sharp with good viewing angles and it looks beautiful overall. The display is covered with 2.5D glass. 

The Honor 9i comes powered by 2.36 GHz Octa-Core Kirin 659 processor, which is a powerful processor capable of handling all the normal multitasking swiftly. The Kirin 659 scores around 63800 in Antutu benchmarks which is equivalent to the score of Snapdragon 625 which scores around 63100.

The multitasking Honor 9i assisted by 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64 GB of internal memory. Plus there is a MicroSD card slot which can be used to increase the storage by up to 256GB. The slot is hybrid so you can either use 2 sims cards or 1 sim card and a MicroSD card. We hate the concept of hybrid slot because it limits the functionality of the device.

The USP of the device is the camera setup. Honor 9i is a first-ever phone that supports both dual rear camera and dual front camera, The rear camera is a 16MP + 2MP dual camera while the front camera is a 13MP + 2MP dual camera. the dual camera setup allows additional effects to be added to the photos clicked. Both camera setups have an RGB camera sensor and a monochrome camera sensor. Details are captured from both cameras to make images sharper. Plus, they help to give a bokeh/depth effect to your pictures. In our initial tests, the camera performance of both front and back cameras looked impressive. Portrait shots had sharp edges of the object in focus with blurred background. With initial impressions, we can say that it looks like the best camera experience in this price segment. We will test it out under outdoor and indoor conditions and post a full review on our blog soon. 

Honor 9i also supports the feature as seen in Honor 8 where the image background can be blurred even after clicking the image. This feature is really good as you can blur the background to your liking after taking the picture. 

For security, the back of the phone supports an active fingerprint sensor just below the vertical rear camera setup while LED flash in integrated into the Antenna band. The fingerprint sensor is fast and responsive and you are not going to face any issues with it.

The Honor 9i runs EMUI 5.1 which is a skin based on Android 7.0 Nougat. EMUI has some useful customizations like drawing an S for a long screenshot to capture an entire web page, tap twice with one finger for a screenshot, and tap twice with two fingers for screen recording. These small features can be very useful.

The handset supports 3340mAH battery which should be sufficient for more than a day for normal usage. 

Overall, Honor 9i looks like a very balanced device with nice dual cameras on both sides. If you like to take selfies then you should consider this device. Even if you do not click selfies, the premium build, beautiful display, lag-free performance makes it a great option in this price range.

Honor 9i in black colour looks great. It wasn't available before but it is available now. Buy Honor 9i Black from Flipkart.

Other options in this range include Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus. We think Honor 9i is a better option because of better processor, better and larger display and dual front camera which is not there in other devices. You can take a look at the review of Mi A1 here and Moto G5S Plus here

Premium Build Quality, Beautiful Display, Dual Back Camera, Dual Front Camera makes it one of the best phones under 20000.

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10. Honor 8 32GB

8 32GB

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 5.2 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP+12MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Single Sim Device
  • Available in Blue, White, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹16400



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Honor 8 is a premium looking device from Honor in the midrange segment. The 2.5D glass on the front and back gives it a stylish look. The device is just 7.5mm thick which adds to its overall feel. The display on the front is 5.2 Full HD display. Above the display, we have an 8MP front camera which performs well under well-lit conditions. It struggles sometimes in low light.

On the back, we have a dual 12MP camera setup which helps to give bokeh effect to your pictures. The overall performance of the camera is great for a phone in this segment.

Inside we have a Kirin 950 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The Kirin 950 chipset is powerful and performs really well. Users will not face any problems with multitasking or heavy gaming. To increase storage we have a dedicated MicroSD slot which can expand storage up to 128GB.  

The only thing we did not like about the Honor 8 is that it is a single sim device. There is a dual sim variant but it was not launched in India.

Overall the Honor 8 performs really well and we can say it is one of the best phones available in India under Rs. 20000.

Gorgeous Design, Great Camera, Vibrant Display, Dedicated MicroSD Slot makes it one of the best phones under 20000.

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So this was our list of best phones under 20000 in India. We hope the list was helpful for our users.

Our Favorite Under 20000

Confused after seeing a lot of options? Go for Oppo F7 which we think is the best smartphone around 20000 as of now. It will cost you little above 20000 but it is worth it. Click here to buy it from Flipkart.


If you are tight on budget then take a look at our other articles where we have covered best phones under 12000 and 15000. We also have an article on best camera phones under 15000 for those who take a lot of pictures.

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