Best Mobile Phones under 20000 Rs: February 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 P2  32GB (Dual Sim) – Rs 18000

Lenovo P2

 

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PROS:

  • Lenovo P2 looks smashingly premium with its looks, the metal back and  bezels makes it very comfortable to hold and even with 5100 mAh battery the phone feels very light.
  • Lenovo this time has opted for a Super AMOLED display which is usually seen in high end phones. The quality of the display is exceptionally good, it is as good as any of the Samsung phones or an high end phone. The colours are vibrant and the sunlight legibility is good. A great display for Rs 18000 phone. The display also comes with Corning Gorilla glass protection
  • The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor that also acts as the home button. You can custom it to the way you want. It also acts as the back button and the app tray button, this might be a bit irritating to use initially, but once you get hold of it its a bit easy to use.
  • The snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB RAM is blazingly fast and efficient for a smooth performance. There is absolutely no lagginess in terms of performance. The phone also comes with Adreno 506 GPU that can play any game you throw at it. Performs well.
  • Supports Dual Sim and VolTe (Jio sim )however you need to put the Jio sim  in the first sim slot to use the 4G. Second sim only works with 2G and 3G. Also the sim slots are  hybrid type. So that means incase you plan to upgrade your Micro SD card you will have remove one sim card.
  • Comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0 and Vibe UI, can use google launcher as well.
  • The speakers are placed at the bottom and they produce decent music
  • Coming to the battery life, the phone features 5100 mAh battery that can last for at least 3 days with minimum usage and upto 1 and half days for heavy users. The phone also comes with Ultra power mode that can additionally save upto 48 hours of your battery life. The phone includes a fast charging as well that can charge the battery within 2 hours.
  • 32GB internal storage with expandable memory upto 128 GB
  • The cellular call quality is very good.
  • The best part of this phone is that it also acts as the power bank, this means you can charge your other devices through this phone via OTG cable that is provided in the box.

CONS:

  • Takes average pictures in outdoor as well as artificial lighting. The selfie camera is also average. it also doesn’t come with optical image stabilisation. so the videos taken might come a bit shaky.
  • 32GB internal storage although is sufficient, but with this price tag we expected Lenovo to give us atleast 64GB of internal storage as most of the phones at this range give us about 64GB space. This is a huge drawback.

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

lenovo-z2-plus

PROS:

CONS:

  • 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.

 3. Moto M 64GB (Dual Sim)- Rs 18000

Moto M

PROS:

  • 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

CONS:

  • 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)

4. Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 32GB (Dual Sim) – Rs 16000

Samsung Galaxy On Nxt

PROS:

  • 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.

CONS:

  • 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.

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

Lenovo VIBE X3

PROS:

  • 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.

CONS:

  • 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

 Lenovo P2Lenovo Z2 PlusMoto MSamsung Galaxy On NxtVIBE X3
Display Size5.5 inch5 inch5.5 inch5.5 inch5.5 inch
Display Resolution1080 x 19201080 x 19201080 x 19201080 x 19201080 x 1920
PanelSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLEDIPS LCDHDIPS
Protection___2.5D Gorilla GlassGorilla Glass 3
Dimensions153 x 76 x 8.3 mm141.6 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 mm
Weight177 grams149 grams163 grams167 grams175 grams
OSAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid Marshmallow 6Android 5.1 Lollipop
CPUSnapdragon 625Snapdragon 820Mediatek Helio P15Exynos 7870Snapdragon 808
GPUAdreno 506Adreno 530Mali-T860MP2ARM Mali T830 MP1Adreno 418
RAM4 GB4 GB4 GB3 GB3 GB
Storage32 GB64 GB64 GB32 GB32 GB
FingerprintYesYesYesYesYes
MicroSD cardup to 128 GBNoup to 128 GBNoup to 128 GB
Back Camera13 MP13 MP16 MP13 MP21 MP
Front Camera5 MP8 MP8 MP8 MP8 MP
Dual SIMYesYesYesNoYes
GPSYesYesYesYesYes
InfraredNoNoNoNoYes
NFCYesNoNoYesYes
USBmicroUSBmicroUSBUSB-CmicroUSBmicroUSB
Battery5100 mAh3500 mAh3050 mAh3300 mAh3500 mAh

12 Comments
  1. Reply Aniket Kumat January 23, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    i have reqd phone under 20000
    I want to purchase moto m and samsung on nxt have better phone or not or give option

    • Reply Buying Tips January 24, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      @ Aniket : Have a look at Lenovo P2, good phone with 5100 mAh battery. Only downside is the camera.

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

    I requireed a phone under 30000 r having best camera and dual sim.it 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.

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

    best phones under 20000 for heavy gaming users

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

    hw is one plus 2

  5. 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
    1.no hang problem (no lag)
    2. Smooth multifunctioning without hang
    3. Good battery life
    4.fast charging
    5.no heating issues
    6. A quality camera
    My budget is 20 k
    Plz suggest me a best one

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

    lenovo z2 plus or one plus , which is best ?

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

    How is oppo f1s ?
    Is it better ?

  8. 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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