The smartphone industry has become more competitive over the past few years as customers are opting for smartphones that offer more value for money instead of blind brand loyalty. While some smartphone makers have been able to capitalize on this trend with their aggressive pricing strategies, some are still trying to catch up.
Between companies like Xiaomi, Motorola, Samsung and Lenovo battling it out in the Indian smartphone segment trying to win over the mid-range consumer, there’s never a shortage of features in these phones.
That said, selecting a phone can still be a challenging task despite the plethora of options. While some companies may have the best specs on paper in a given price range, the lack of software optimisation can make those phones a poor option when compared to others.
In this post, we look at some of the best value for money options under Rs 20,000.
The best budget phone in the market
Weight: 182g | Dimensions: 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.18-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2246pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP
The Poco F1, the only launch so far from Xiaomi’s first sub-brand Poco is a feature packed mid-range device. It is the cheapest Snapdragon 845 powered device in India and with the recent price cuts, it offers even more value for your money. While the device’s design is something that the company has compromised on, the Poco F1 is durable with a sturdy plastic build.
If you prefer performance over looks, the Poco F1 is the device for you. It is priced starting at Rs 17,999 in India.
Read the full review: POCO F1 Review
Xiaomi Mi A2
Weight: 166g | Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 5.99-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 4GB / 6GB | Storage: 64GB / 128GB | Battery: 3,010mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 20MP | Front camera: 20MP
No 3.5mm audio jack
Xiaomi offers great value for money with its hardware, but its MIUI skin has its share of critics. For such users, the company has a line-up of Android One smartphones that offer the stock Android experience coupled with the value for money factor that Xiaomi smartphones are known for. The second-generation Android One device is worth considering if you are looking for a new budget device.
The Mi A2 might seem a little old at this point, but if you are looking for that smooth, stock Android experience under Rs 10,000, the Mi A2 is what you need.
Weight: 176g | Dimensions: 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Kirin 970 | RAM: 4GB / 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,750mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP
Kirin 970 SoC with GPU Turbo
The Honor Play, as the name suggests was launched keeping in mind the gamers. The device’s powerful internals coupled with a huge screen and a premium look makes for an all-round impressive device. The smartphone was launched with Huawei’s flagship Kirin 970 chipset and a new GPU Turbo feature.
If you are looking for a gaming phone or a secondary phone, the Honor Play with its affordable price is worth looking into. The device is priced starting at Rs 12,999 in India.
Redmi Note 7 Pro
Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 675 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48+5 MP | Front camera: 13MP
Hybrid SIM slow
Ads in UI
Xiaomi has dominated the budget and entry-level smartphone segments for a long time now. This is no different this year either – the launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro changed the market dynamics yet again. Offering a high-resolution, premium grade 48MP camera at budget prices was the primary clincher for the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Apart from its imaging capabilities, the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers a great bang for your buck thanks to the great display, a well-balanced chipset and battery life that we’ve all grown to expect from Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series.
Topping it all off is the glass design which gives it a premium look.
It has a great value for money quotient which is why the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the phone to buy.
Read the full review: Redmi Note 7 Pro review
OS: Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 | Display: 6.53-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC | RAM: 4/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 3765mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP
Runs Android 9 Pie
Great battery life
No ultra-wide camera
If you are looking for a smartphone that will stand out, the Realme X is another device worth considering. It offers excellent value for money in and is packed with features. The device features a pop-up selfie camera and comes with a gradient back design. The company has offered a near bezel less display with the device, giving it a premium look.
Along with the pop-up selfie camera, the device also sports an in-display fingerprint sensor, making it one of the most affordable devices to feature these two technologies. It has a starting price tag of Rs 16,999 and is available in three color options.
Vivo Z1 Pro
OS: Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch OS 9 | Display: 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD panel | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP
Hole punch notch display
Decent daylight camera
LCD panel instead of AMOLED
Poor low light camera
Software optimizations needed
Vivo has upped its game in the budget and mid-range segments over the last few months in India. While a few other smartphones are aimed specifically at a slightly younger audience, Vivo has tried to offer a slightly more rounded package with the recently announced Z1 Pro.
The Z1 Pro is also one of the few smartphones in this price range to sport a punch hole notch. If you are looking for a smartphone that offers really long battery life, the Z1 Pro won’t let you down with its massive 5,000mAh battery. The display, camera and the glossy design round off the remaining important aspects.
Samsung Galaxy M40
Display: 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) PLS TFT panel | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB internal | Rear camera: 32MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery: 3500mAh
Decent camera performance
Ample memory and storage
15W fast battery charging
PLS TFT display
The Samsung Galaxy M40 was launched in June as part of the company’s new Galaxy M series. The device features the company’s new Infinity-O display design and sports a triple camera setup at the back. In addition to the Infinity-O display, Samsung has also opted screen sound technology, allowing it to free up space required by traditional speakers.
With the Galaxy M40, the company is offering a premium design to users, taking inspiration from some of its more premium smartphones. If you are looking for a smartphone from Samsung under Rs 20,000, the Samsung Galaxy M40 is the best option for you.