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Best Smartphone Under 20,000 in India (Good Battery Backup, Best Camera and More)

Whether you are looking for good battery life or a top-notch camera, you do not have to pay the big bucks (unless you can actually afford it). Did you know you can have a smartphone with those features for less than 20000?

Brands like Mi, Vivo etc. have taken huge strides in the Indian mobile sector and here are some of the best smartphones under 20000 in India that are downright value for money.

Best Smartphone Under 20,000 in India

Mi A2 (Best Camera): The Mi A2 doesn’t just feature one of the best cameras in this price range. The powerful Snapdragon Processor and GPU, 128GB Storage and 6GB RAM make it the perfect all-in-one mobile.

Redmi Note 6 Pro (Best Battery): However, if you wanted a mobile that can last you an entire day on a single charge even with all gaming, movies etc. the Note Pro is the ultimate choice and features a 4000 mAH battery. Plus, when needed, it quick charges.

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#1: Mi A2 (Best Camera Smartphone Under 20000)

Mi A2 is one of those mobile where you come for the camera but ultimately fall in love with the entire package and here’s why.

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Mi A2 (Red, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)
  • Camera: 12MP+20MP dual rear camera | 20MP front camera
  • Display: 15.21 centimeters (5.99-inch) full HD+ capacitive touchscreen with 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution, 403 ppi pixel density | 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Memory, Storage & SIM: 6GB RAM | 128GB storage | Dual nano SIM with dual-standby (4G+4G)

What we like

Speaking of the cameras, most of the cheaper mobiles have cameras that work well in daylight but fail in lowlight conditions. Well, that’s where Mi A2 excels.

It’s 12MP + 20MP rear camera is equipped with the Super Pixel technology that enables capture of more details. And, team that up with the f/1.75 aperture and dual LED flashes, and you will have people wowing over your low light images as well. Oh, and before I forget, you can also shoot all your videos in 4K.

Mi has also taken the selfie game up a notch with their 20MP front camera that features a soft LED flash for low lights. There is also an AI-based beautification, HDR and Portrait Mode for the perfect photos, always.

To keep up with the growing PUBG craze, the phone has been armed with 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core processor and a 6GB RAM. But what’s really the ace in the pack is the Adreno 512 GPU that which makes it a truly seamless experience.

And further adding to that is the 6-inch Full-HD LCD screen which is well-protected by the corning gorilla glass 5 (because nobody likes walking around with a broken mobile screen).

You can add in two 4G Sims. Plus, giving access to all your favorite movies and games in mere seconds are the excellent face unlock and fingerprint scanner.

Lastly, with 128GB of storage space, you do not have to worry about backing stuff up every 4-5 days (Speed + Space, now that is really a complete package).

Drawbacks

Our only issue with the Mi A2 is the relatively low battery life due to the 3010 mAH battery but the fast charging helps.

Also, it does not come with a separate audio jack (guess it’s time to finally get those wireless earphones).

Pros

  • It is equipped with one of the best cameras in the price range
  • The 12MP + 20MP dual rear camera and 20MP front camera give perfect images even in low light
  • You can also shoot 4K videos
  • The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core processor and a 6GB RAM make it a gaming-friendly mobile
  • Further, leveling that up is the Adreno 512 GPU
  • The 6-inch Full-HD screen is ideal for movies and games
  • Preventing it from shattering is the corning gorilla glass 5
  • Comes with a 128GB storage
  • Supports fast charging
  • There slots for two 4G Sims
  • Unlocking is easy and quick with the face unlock and fingerprint scanner

Cons

  • Low battery life
  • Does not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack

#2: Honor 8X

From price to specs, going toe to toe with the Mi A2 is the Honor 8X. Here is what makes it one of the most popular buys in within 20,000.

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Honor 8X (Blue, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)
  • 20MP+2MP dual rear camera | 16MP front facing camera. The theoretical standby time is 662 hours and the theoretical talk time is 21 hours
  • 16.51 centimeters (6.5-inch) with 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • Memory, Storage & SIM: 6GB RAM | 128GB storage expandable up to 400GB | Dual SIM (nano+nano) with dual standby (4G+4G)

What we like

What sets the Honor 8X out from the Mi A2 is the 128GB storage which can be expanded to a stunning 400GB with a Micro SD (you’ll never run out space with this one).

Secondly, it also features a powerful 2.2GHz Kirin 710 Octa-Core processor and 6GB RAM allowing you to browse, chat and listen to your favorite music simultaneously (a true multi-tasker).

And add to that the GPU unit that boosts graphics and overall performance by 65%, the Honor 8X is sure to give you an edge over others (and it won’t take up extra battery power)

For all that gaming, movies and browsing, only a top-notch large display will do, right? Well, it hardly gets any bigger than this 6.5-inch Full-HD display.

The 20MP+2MP dual rear camera and 16MP front camera are ideal for your daily Instagram and Snapchat stories and pic uploads during the day.

Also, so you don’t have to be running around looking for your charger, the Honor 8X has a 3750 mAH battery that has a runtime for 5-6 hours on a single charge with heavy usage.

Lastly, get instant access to all your apps and games with the face unlock feature and fingerprint scanner. Plus, it also supports dual 4G Sims so you have super fast internet at all times.

Drawbacks

When the battery does run out, charging the Honor 8X can be a pain as it takes longer due to the absence of fast charging.

While the cameras a good for daylight photographs the results can be disappointing during the night.

Pros

  • Storage can be expanded to 400GB with a Micro SD
  • GPU unit increases graphics and performance by 60% without hogging on battery
  • On a single charge, the runtime is 5-6 hours with heavy usage
  • The 6.5-inch Full-HD display is both large and clear
  • Powerful processor and 6GB RAM enable multi-tasking
  • The 20MP+2MPdual rear camera and 16MP front camera shoot good daylight pics
  • Unlocks via both fingerprint scanner and face lock
  • It has room for two 4G Sims

Cons

  • No fast charging
  • Camera performance is average is low light

#3: Redmi Note 6 Pro (Best Smartphone Under 20000 with Good Battery Backup)

Where the Mi and Honor 8X lacked, the Redmi Note 6 Pro well and truly makes up with one of the longest battery backups in this price range but that is not all.

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Me Redmi Note 6 Pro (Black, 64 GB, 4 GB RAM)
  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 256 GB| 15.9 cm (6.26 inch) FHD+ Display with Resolution 2280 x 1080 pixels
  • 12MP + 5MP | 20MP + 2MP Dual Front Camera with 12MP - f/1.9, 1.4micrometer, Dual PD, 5MP - f/1.9 Aperture, Dual Pixel Auto Focus|4000 mAh Li-polymer Battery|Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Processor
  • Android Oreo 8.1 | Hybrid Sim Slot with OTG Compatible | Quick Charging Available | Speaker - Single (Bottom Opening), 2 x Microphones (Noise Cancellation) | Network Type - 4G VOLTE, 4G, 3G, 2G Supported Networks 4G VoLTE, 4G LTE, UMTS, WCDMA, GSM

What we like

To kick things off, as we told you above, it’s the battery we are most impressed with as it can comfortably last 8-10 hours with even with all those hours of gaming, movies etc.

How? Well, that is because it is armed with a 4000 mAh battery. But batteries do run out and waiting for them to charge can super annoying. Thankfully, the Note 6 Pro quick charges (so your not missing out on game night).

Another standout feature of the 6Pro was its 12MP+5MP rear camera. Even to our surprise, it not only delivered high-quality images during the day but in low light as well which is mainly credited to the f/1.9 aperture. And for all your selfies, there is also a 12MPfront camera that is quite reasonable.

While the smartphone comes with only a 64GB internal storage, with a micro SD, it can be boosted to 256GB (and that’s plenty of space in a mobile).

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Processor and 4GB RAM create a smooth environment for multi-tasking and keep the mobile cool even during heavy usage.

Unlocking the mobile takes no more than a second (or less) with the face unlock or the fingerprint scanner. Plus, it has room for two 4G Sims so you are never too far from your loved ones and can connect with them at high internet speeds

Drawbacks

While the mobile supports quick charging, Redmi doesn’t provide the right wire which needs to be bought separately.

The front camera doesn’t match up to the rear camera and thus leaves significant room for improvement.

Pros

  • Comes with one of the highest battery backups on the list
  • The 4000 mAH battery runs for 8-10 hours with heavy usage and quick charges
  • 64GB storage is upgradable to 256GB in case you run out of space
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Processor and 4GB RAMensure smooth function even when multi-tasking
  • The 12MP+5MP rear camera delivers quality images even in low light
  • Mobile can be unlocked in seconds with face lock and fingerprint scanner
  • Allows two 4G Sims for high-speed data

Cons

  • Quick charge wire needs to be purchased separately
  • The front camera is average

#4: Samsung Galaxy J8

Samsung doesn’t just deliver excellent premium mobiles that leave us speechless, this under 20k mobile has plenty to be cheerful about especially if you prefer Samsung mobiles.

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Samsung Galaxy J8 (Gold, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage) with Offers
  • Camera: 16+5 MP Dual rear camera with Auto focus and 4x Digital zoom | 16 MP front camera with F1.9 LED flash
  • Display: 15.24 centimeters (6-inch) HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1480x720 pixels
  • Memory, Storage & SIM: 4GB RAM | 64GB storage expandable up to 256GB | Dual nano SIM with dual standby (4G+4G)

What we like

The J8 is another phone with an excellent camera at the forefront. The 16MP+5MP rear camera has 4X zoom so you can capture the farthest of objects without losing much clarity.

And what is a phone if it isn’t selfie-friendly, right? With a 16MP front camera that features a LED flash and f/1.9 aperture, you can get the best of clicks with minimal lights in the background.

The 4GB RAM and 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM450 Octa-core processor mean you can be chatting over WhatsApp while watching your favorite movie or playing mini militia  (multi-tasking made easy).

Plus, if you don’t find the 64GB internal storage to be enough, the J8 allows for a Micro SD which means you can amp up the storage to 256GB.

Samsung displays are praiseworthy and that remains true even for the J8. The 6-inch Full-HD Super AMOLED display is perfect for movies and Netflix (those long metro or bus rides became so much more relaxing).

And to ensure all the streaming is quick and you stay connected to the internet at all times, there are dual 4G slots.

Furthermore, you do not have to worry about the battery draining out because the 3500 mAH should easily last you for 5-6 hours (yes, with the movies, WhatsApp video calls, social media statuses etc.)

Drawbacks

The J8 comes with a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM450 Octa-core processor which isn’t powerful enough for advanced games like Pubg. Not that you can’t install and play it, but it will lower battery backup or heat up the mobile.

Also, charging the mobile can take up a lot of your time as it does not support fast charging.

And lastly, its plastic build does not match up the looks and design of the metallic bodies but its slightly lower cost, good camera, and long battery life make it a good buy.

Pros

  • The 20MP front camera is ideal for taking selfies even in low light as it features an LED flash
  • While the 16MP+5MP rear camera allows a 4x zoom without compromising much on quality
  • Storage can be extended to 256GB with a Micro SD
  • The 6-inch Full-HD Super AMOLED display gives a bright and clear display
  • With a 3500 mAH battery, the mobile lasts for 5-6 hours on a single charge
  • Dual 4G Sims ensure great data speeds
  • Comes with face unlock and fingerprint scanner for unlocking

Cons

  • The processor lacks the power for high-end gaming like Pubg and can lead to heat up or quicker battery drain
  • The mobile does not support fast charging
  • Plastic build does not match up to metallic design

#5: Motorola Moto X4 (Best 5-inch Smartphone Under 20000)

If you find a 6-inch or more screen to be bulky and need something smaller yet capable of delivering a quality display, the Moto X4 check all price range.

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Motorola Moto X4 Smartphones (6GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, Super Black)
  • Memory: 6 GB ram | 64 GB rom | expandable upto 2 TB
  • Screen: 5.2 inch Full HD Display
  • Camera: 12MP + 8MP Dual Rear Camera | 16MP Front Camera

What we like

Even with a compact and smaller build, the Moto X4 can pack a punch. The 6GB RAM and 1.3 GHz QuadCore Processor give you the perfect blender of speed and power for smooth multi-tasking without any heat up.

And then there is the 64GB of storage for all the movies, music and games. But do you think 64GB will be enough? If not, then with a simple MicroSD you can expand it to 2TB, yes, you read that right (that is as big as storage as you can get).

The 5.2-inch display is only lesser is size. In term of brightness, colors, sharpness etc. its just as good as any other display in this price range.

Both the front camera (12MP) and rear (12MP + 8MP) dual camera are a mixed bag. The clicks made in daylight came out to be crisp and detail-rich but it is only the front camera that performs well in low light, thanks mainly to the flash.

Also, making the Moto X4 a highly durable buy is the metallic build the corning gorilla glass 3 which keeps the screen intact. Lastly, you can easily unlock the mobile with the fingerprint scanner

Drawbacks

For unlocking, the Moto X4 only has a fingerprint scanner and no face recognition which is quite disappointing as other mobiles on the list do.

Secondly,  it has a hybrid sim slot. This means that you can either have two 4G Sims or one sim along with a Micro SD card.

Also, the 3000 mAH battery means it will need to be charged regularly especially when used more extensively but it turbo charges (50% in just 30 minutes).

Lastly, focusing with the rear camera needs more precision and does not click the best quality images in low light. Plus, the processor could have been of a slightly higher configuration but performs decently.

Pros

  • Metallic body and corning gorilla glass 3 keep the screen protected for cracks
  • Comes with 6GB RAM and 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor allow multi-tasking without heat ups
  • The 64GB storage can be expanded to 2TB with a Micro SD
  • The 5.2-inch display is bright, sharp and clear and thus ideal for movies and games
  • The 12MP Front camera is suited for low light conditions and comes with a flash
  • It can be unlocked using the fingerprint scanner on the back.
  • Turbo-charge means it reaches 50% in just 30 minutes

Cons

  • Hybrid sim slot only allows for two 4G Sims or one sim + micro SD card
  • Does not come with a face unlock
  • Low battery life
  • Focusing using the rear camera takes time
  • Could have had a better processor like the previous models
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