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 17000
Looks: 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.
Display: 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
Fingerprint Sensor: 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.
Processor: 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.
Sim Type: 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.
Software: Comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0 and Vibe UI, can use google launcher as well.
Speakers: The speakers are placed at the bottom and they produce decent music
Battery: 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.
Storage: 32GB internal storage with expandable memory upto 128 GB
Call Quality: The cellular call quality is very good.
Feature: 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.
Camera: 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.
Storage: 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.
Looks: The Moto G5 Plus looks very good with metallic build, It feels light and easy to hold.
Display: Comes in a 5.2 inch Full HD display with auto brightness, the colours are accurate and the screen quality is good.
Fingerprint Scanner: The fingerprint is placed at the front on the home button, it is quick and responsive.
Sim Type: It is a proper dual sim phone that has a separate slot for Micro SD card.
Processor and Performance: Comes with Snapdragon 625 chipset with 4GB RAM, Performance wise it is mostly lag free. The gaming performance is also good with no heating issue.
Camera: The camera is very good too, the rear facing camera is the best amongst Android devices that we have tested under this price bracket. the front facing camera is good as well. The indoor pictures come out good as well.
Software: Runs on Android Nougat 7.0 with stock android.
Battery: Good battery life (3000 mAh) and supports fast charging technology, Can charge the phone within 90 mins.
Storage: 32 GB Internal memory with 128 Expandable storage
Feature: Supports NFC and USB On to go to transfer files.
Pricing: At Rs 19999, This phone is worth every penny.
Sensor: Doesn’t come with compass sensor.
Speaker: Average speakers,The audio is not that loud enough.
Overheating: The phone heats up while charging
LED light: The phone doesn’t come with physical LED notification light.
Display: Comes in a 5 inch full HD display with 441 ppi, The sunlight legibility is good and the colours are excellent. However the phone’s screen size is comparatively smaller than other phones.
Build Quality: The phone’s build is made up of plastic and the back comes with glass. Lenovo has included a mobile cover with the phone which makes it easier to hold.
Fingerprint Sensor: The finger print sensor is placed on the front of the phone which also acts as the home button. With this U-touch button you can switch Apps, swipe from left – right and can access google now.
Processor: The phone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with Adreno 530 GPU. This is one of the best high end chipset that is available in the market under Rs 20000. The device also comes with 4GB RAM. Performance wise, it is fast and efficient. It can play any game without any issues.
Software: Comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0 version with ZUI 2.o. The phone comes with google launcher as well.
Sim Type: Phone supports 4G and 4G plus which is a great thing.
Camera: Comes in a 13MP back camera with 4K video recording , 8MP front camera with Full HD recording. The pictures shot through this are very sharp and good.
Storage: The phone comes with 64 GB internal storage that is more than sufficient to store all the apps and files.
Battery: Battery (3500 mAh) lasts for an entire day and it also supports quick charing which can charge the batteries less than 2 hours. The quick charging adaptor is not included in the box.
Feature: Supports USB on to go.
Call Quality: Good call quality and reception, the speakers are loud enough as well.
Size: The screen size is smaller compared to others.
Slippery: The back of the phone attracts finger prints and is a bit slippery to hold. However the phone comes with the cover.
Overheating: Does heat up after intensive gaming.
Micro SD Card: Doesn’t come with Micro SD card.
Optical Image Stabilisation: The phone doesn’t support optical image stabilisation.
Protection: No Corning gorilla glass protection.
Availability : Only available on Amazon.
Charging: Although it supports quick charging technology, the phone doesn’t come with the quick charger . you will have to buy separately.
Design: Moto M is made up of metal build which looks very stylish and feels much more premium that other handsets priced at this range.
Display: Vibrant 5.5 inch Full HD screen with Corning Gorilla glass protection, the display is sharp and clear.
Fingerprint sensor: The fingerprint sensor is quick and responsive that is placed at the back
Software: 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.
Speakers: The speakers are loud and clear
Battery: Good battery backup with 3050 mAh battery.
Storage: 64GB internal storage with 128GB expandable storage
Camera: Pictures taken in artificial lighting are average
Sim Type: Dual stand by sim (one nano sim slot and other one can be used for nano sim or micro SD card)
Display: 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.
Design: 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.
Fingerprint Sensor: The phone does come with finger print sensor that is placed at the front and it is very quick and responsive.
Processor: 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.
Battery: 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.
Software: On software front we have Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Touchwiz User interface, easy to operate.
Sim Type: It is a proper dual sim device which is great as most of them come with Hybrid technology.
Storage: 32GB internal storage with expandable storage upto 256GB.
Feature: Supports USB on to go and FM radio.
Sensor: Doesn’t come with gyroscope sensor which is a disappointment
Display: The display is not an AMOLED display so it doesn’t have the sharp colours and saturation that all the Samsung phones have got.
Brightness: Doesn’t come auto brightness
Speakers: The speakers are average
Camera: The pictures taken from the camera are average, Samsung could have improves its camera
Pricing: For RS 19000, the phone is bit expensive.