Best Mobile Phones under 20000 Rs: January 2017

As you increase your budget to somewhere around Rs 16000 – 20000, there are tons of different phones available in this price range. Unfortunately, a lot of them have similar specifications and features, which makes your buying decision difficult. Upcoming Chinese brands like Xiaomi and Huawei have packed their phones with powerful processors and excellent cameras, which is great value for money. However, a lot of people are brand conscious and prefer to pick phones from popular and established brands like Samsung, Sony, LG or even Motorola.

So the decision is pretty simple. If you’re not brand conscious and want value for the money that you spend, you should go with Chinese brands. Else, if after-sale support (i.e nearby service centres, repairs, warranty etc) and brand is extremely important to you, then you should pick a phone like the Moto X Play.

Below is our list of best mobile phones under 20000 rupees.

 1. Lenovo Z2 Plus 64GB (Dual Sim) – Rs 17500




  • The screen size is smaller compared to others.
  • The back of the phone attracts finger prints and is a bit slippery to hold. However the phone comes with the cover.
  • Does heat up after intensive gaming.
  • Doesn’t come with Micro SD card.
  • The phone doesn’t support optical image stabilisation.
  • No Corning gorilla glass protection.
  • Only available on Amazon.
  • Although it supports quick charging technology, the phone doesn’t come with the quick charger . you will have to buy separately.

 2. Moto M 64GB (Dual Sim)- Rs 18000

Moto M


  • Moto M is made up of metal build which looks very stylish and feels much more premium that other handsets priced at this range.
  • Vibrant 5.5 inch Full HD screen with Corning Gorilla glass  protection, the display is sharp and clear.
  • The fingerprint sensor is quick and responsive that is placed at the back
  • Comes with Helio P15 chipset with 4 GB RAM, performance wise its fast and lag free. Even mid end to high end games can be played without any issues.
  • The phone runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 version.
  • The speakers are loud and clear
  • Excellen
  • Good battery backup with 3050 mAh battery.
  • 64GB internal storage with 128GB expandable storage


  • Pictures taken in artificial lighting are average
  • Dual stand by sim (one nano sim slot and other one can be used for nano sim or micro SD card)

3. Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 32GB (Dual Sim) – Rs 17000

Samsung Galaxy On Nxt


  • Huge 5.5 inch display that fits perfectly in one hand. But the downside is that it is not a AMOLED screen and hence it affects the quality of the display.
  • Samsung has finally moved on to metal body for their mid range phone, The phone comes in a fully metal unibody design that feels premium while holding. It looks very stylish and sleek. The curved edges in the front looks really good although the phone does look similar to Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime.
  • The phone does come with finger print sensor that is placed at the front and it is very quick and responsive.
  • It is powered by Exynos 7870 chipset with 3GB RAM and on graphics department we have ARM Mali T830 GPU. Both ways it performs well, absolutely smooth performance without any lag and more over there is no heating issue.
  • The 3300 mAh battery can easily last for a day with normal usage, and it also comes with features like power saving that can save battery.
  • On software front we have Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Touchwiz User interface, easy to operate.
  • It is a proper dual sim device which is great as most of them come with Hybrid technology.
  • 32GB internal storage with expandable storage upto 256GB.
  • Supports USB on to go and FM radio.


  • Doesn’t come with gyroscope sensor which is a disappointment
  • The display is not an AMOLED display so it doesn’t have the sharp colours and saturation that all the Samsung phones have got.
  • Doesn’t come auto brightness
  • The speakers are average
  • The pictures taken from the camera are average, Samsung could have improves its camera
  • For RS 19000, the phone is bit expensive.

4. Lenovo Vibe X3 32GB (Dual Sim) – Rs 20000

Lenovo VIBE X3


  • Quality of display is good and clearly visible under direct sunlight
  • Good built quality (Metallic). Looks and feels premium
  • The camera is very good too, front facing best amongst Android devices that we have tested
  • The dual front speakers with amplifiers are crisp and clear. Lenovo has really improved on the speakers and it’s a delight to the ears.
  • Good battery life (3500 mAh) and supports fast charging technology, however the phone doesn’t come with the quick charger
  • Phone charges fast – 10% to 100% in 2 hours
  • Fast and responsive finger print sensor.
  • Lag free User Interface (Vibe UI)
  • Features like quick snap to open the camera app and Flip to lock the phone works very well
  • Phone powered by Snapdragon 808 hexa-core 1.8GHz processor with 3GB RAM doesn’t slow down while multi-tasking
  • No heating issue after heavy usage and intensive gaming ( Max 40 degree Celsius)
  • Good for gaming: Games like Mortal Kombat, Dead trigger 2 can be played without any lag.
  • 32 GB Internal memory with 128 Expandable storage
  • Both sim Support 4G
  • Comes with corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Supports IR blaster and USB OTG
  • At Rs 19999, This phone is worth every penny.


  • At 175 grams, the phone is slightly on the heavier side for a 5.5 inch device
  • Android Lollipop 5.1 out of the box
  • Hybrid Dual sim Standby this means you have to either use a micro sim or micro SD card in the slot, you cannot use both at the same time
  • No fast charger provided with the phone, you need to purchase one.
  • No back lit for capacitive keys
  • It’s a non removable battery
  • The pictures taken in artificial lighting is average
  • Only available in Amazon

5. Moto X Play 32GB (Single Sim) – Rs 18500

Moto X PlayBuy from Flipkart


  • Motorola has still maintained the same rubber build, the phone looks and feels good to hold.
  • The 5.5 inch large display appears to be slightly half white, which makes the screen look a little dull. Nevertheless the display quality is good.
  • Comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Comes with Water Repellent coating which helps you save your phone from those accidental rain drops.
  • The snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM is fast and efficient enough for a smooth performance
  • Comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0
  •  The speakers are placed in the front which produces decent music
  • 21MP rear camera takes good daylight pictures
  • The battery lasts for about a day with medium to heavy usage (3680 mAh)
  • 32GB internal storage with expandable memory upto 128 GB
  • Mid end games and some high end games like Mortal Kombat and N.O.V.A 3 can be played without any lag and heating issue
  • Supports fast charging, you can charge your phone from 0 – 100% in less than an 2 hours.


  • Quick charger adapter not included in the box
  • Takes average pictures in artificial lighting
  • No physical LED notification light
  • Doesn’t come with fingerprint scanner

 Lenovo Z2 PlusMoto MSamsung Galaxy On NxtVIBE X3Moto X Play
Display Size5 inch5.5 inch5.5 inch5.5 inch5.5 inch
Display Resolution1080 x 19201080 x 19201080 x 19201080 x 19201080 x 1920
Protection__2.5D Gorilla GlassGorilla Glass 3Gorilla Glass 3
Dimensions141.6 x 68.8 x 8.4 mm151.4 x 75.4 x 7.9 mm151.7 x 75.0 x 8.0 mm154 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm148 x 75 x 10.9 mm
Weight149 grams163 grams167 grams175 grams169 grams
OSAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid Marshmallow 6Android 5.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop
CPUSnapdragon 820Mediatek Helio P15Exynos 7870Snapdragon 808Snapdragon 615
GPUAdreno 530Mali-T860MP2ARM Mali T830 MP1Adreno 418Adreno 405
Storage64 GB64 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB
MicroSD cardNoup to 128 GBNoup to 128 GBup to 128 GB
Back Camera13 MP16 MP13 MP21 MP21 MP
Front Camera8 MP8 MP8 MP8 MP5 MP
Dual SIMYesYesNoYesYes
Battery3500 mAh3050 mAh3300 mAh3500 mAh3630 mAh

  1. Reply Bharat January 11, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I requireed a phone under 30000 r having best camera and dual should have some bigger ram and expendable memory.

    • Reply Buying Tips January 11, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      @ Bharat : You can go for OnePlus 3T priced at Rs 30000. It is a dual sim phone with 6GB RAM and good camera. The only drawback is that it doesnt come with expandable memory but 64GB is more than sufficient to store files.

  2. Reply sasi December 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    best phones under 20000 for heavy gaming users

  3. Reply sasi December 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    hw is one plus 2

  4. Reply Biplob December 4, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I want to buy a smartphone. But I m bit of confuse which one to choose. Because there is so much of brands, different dealer suggest different phones that makes me confused. My expectations r hang problem (no lag)
    2. Smooth multifunctioning without hang
    3. Good battery life charging heating issues
    6. A quality camera
    My budget is 20 k
    Plz suggest me a best one

  5. Reply vaishu October 27, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    lenovo z2 plus or one plus , which is best ?

  6. Reply jyotiranjan dixit September 18, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    How is oppo f1s ?
    Is it better ?

  7. Reply Abir @ Budget Smartphone April 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    if i get one Plus 2 under 20k than i must buy it 🙁

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