Narrowing down to the best value for money phone under Rs. 20,000 has never been as tough. With so many smartphone launches, price cuts, and ongoing festival sales affordable phone buyers indeed have been spoilt for choice this year with numerous options to choose between. At the same time, since there are no perfect phones, reaching a conclusion is also tougher than ever.
In order to make the task simpler, we have compiled a list of pertinent phones in the segment that we loved. Let’s recap the best mobile phones under Rs. 20K from 2017.
10 Best Phones Under Rs. 20,000 of 2017
Xiaomi Mi A1
Everything Xiaomi touched this year turned into gold. One such move was partnering with Google to be part of its Android One program. Under this initiative, Xiaomi launched its first stock android phone the Mi A1 (review) which has been a chart-buster phone under Rs. 15,000 bucks.
Apart from stock Android, the phone boasts pretty impressive hardware with Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM packed under the hood. In optics too Mi A1(faq) is one of the best dual camera phones under 15,000.
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Display: 5.5-inch full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.1.2 | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm |Battery: 3080mAh
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
Samsung also makes its presence felt on this list of best phones under 20,000 INR with its Galaxy J7 Pro (review). It is part of extended J7 2017 family and become first J-series phone to come with Samsung Pay out-of-the-box.
The biggest strengths of the J7 Pro (faq) were its sold built quality, impressive full HD AMOLED display, decent cameras and dedicated microSD card slot.
Display: 5.5-inch full HD; Super AMOLED | Processor: Exynos 7870 SoC | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.1 | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 13MP | Dimensions: 152.4 x 74.7 x 7.9 mm |Battery: 3600mAh
The next smartphone to make the cut is the Vivo V7 (review). The most blistering thing about this phone is its 18:9 aspect ratio full Vision display. It packs a 5.7-inch IPS display with 720 x 1440 pixels, lined by extremely narrow bezels.
Just like the V7+, it too rocks on 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 chipset with 4GB and 32GB inbuilt. It too comes with a dedicated microSD card slot. Other highlights include fingerprint sensor, face unlock, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, HiFi audio, and 3.5mm audio jack.
Display: 5.7-inch HD+; IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 450 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Software: Android 7.1.2 | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 24MP | Dimensions: 72.8 x 149.3 x 7.9 mm | Weight: 139g |Battery: 3000mAh
Moto G5S Plus
Moto G5S Plus (FAQ) is a close competitor of Xiaomi Mi A1 and matches it almost toe to toe. The phone continues to follow the same design philosophy as its predecessor. The only difference between Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5S Plus is s bigger display and a new dual rear camera setup at the rear end.
The Moto G5S Plus is another phone which is powered by successful Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone boasts a full metal exterior, non-removable battery with turbocharging support. It runs on a stock version of Android Nougat.
Display: 5.5-inch full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.1 | Rear camera: 13MP + 13MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 168g | Dimensions: 153.5 x 76.2 x 8 mm |Battery: 3000mAh
LG Q6 Plus
In its bid to revive its fortune in mobile industry, LG came up with budget offerings Q6 (review) and Q6 Plus. Both these devices were the first one to bring full Vision display- a marquee feature – under Rs. 20,000 budget. Both devices feature sizzling displays with 2160×1080 pixel resolution and ridiculously slim bezels.
Though the Q6 family does not possess hardware as powerful as Mi A1 or Moto G5S Plus, still there is enough muscle to meet most of your day to day requirements. The software is also feature rich which is another positive of the phone.
Display: 5.5-inch full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 435 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.1 | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 149g | Dimensions: 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm |Battery: 3000mAh
Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPhone SE should be preferred option for anyone who wishes to be a part of the iOS ecosystem without spending too much. The special edition of iPhone has become even more affordable after Apple decided to set up its manufacturing plant in India.
Talking about the phone itself, though it doesn’t have the big numbers likes some other phones in this bracket do, it does excellent user experience thanks to iOS and Apple ecosystem.
Display: 4-inch HD; IPS | Processor: Apple A9 SoC | RAM: 2GB | Storage: up to 128GB | Software: iOS 11.2 | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 1.2MP | Weight: 113g | Dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm |Battery: 1624mAh
Oppo is finally looking beyond its “selfie expert” marketing headlines and it all started with the F5. It is the first phone from Oppo’s portfolio to debut with trendy 18:9 full HD+ display with extremely slim bezels. It employs an economical MediaTek Helio P23 chipset which is good enough to handle all your everyday tasks.
Only if the VOOC fast charging had made the cut as well. The phone comes with a 5V charger which will take a decent time to tank up 3,420mAh battery.
Display: 6-inch Full HD+; IPS | Processor: MediaTek MT6763T Helio P23 SoC | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Software: Android 7.1.1 | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 152g | Dimensions: 156.5 x 76 x 7.5 mm |Battery: 3420mAh
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
If you are a fan of bid displays and big battery phones that Xioami Mi Max 2 should fit your requirements. It comes with a massive 6.44-inch display and 5300mAh battery. However, its display has 16:9 aspect ratio and it’s not a full vision display phone.
In terms of performance, the phablet employs the successful budget chipset – Snapdragon 625 – along with 4GB RAM. This big battery phone can easily last two days on a single charge and it supports Quick Charge 3.0 which takes two hours to refill it.
Display: 6.44-inch full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64/128GB | Software: MIUI 8.5| Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 221g | Dimensions: 174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6 mm |Battery: 5300mAh
Huawei’s recently launched Honor 9i boast of a dual camera on either side of the phone. Apart from 4 cameras on board, the primary highlight is futuristic 18:9 displays which put it in the same league as LG Q6 and Vivo V7. Overall, The Honor 9i relys more on its aesthetics over performance.
Display: 5.9-inch full HD+ LTPS | Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android, v7.1| Rear camera: 16MP+2MP | Front camera: 13MP+2MP | Weight: 164g | Dimensions: 156.19 x 75 x 7.5 mm |Battery: 3340mAh
Infinix Zero 5 Pro
The Infinix Zero 5 Pro (review) earned its right to feature in this list best smartphones under Rs. 20,000 with is sold built and a massive battery. This mid-segment smartphone from Transsion Holding comes with a large 5.98-inch FHD display that offers punchy colors and good sunlight legibility.
In terms of hardware, it packs a 2.6GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 MT6757 chipset along with 6GB of RAM.The dual rear cameras at the back are also decent enough especially when shooting in favorable conditions.
Display: 5.98-inch full HD IPS | Processor: Mediatek Helio P25 MT6757 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android v7.0 | Rear camera: 12MP+13MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 197g | Dimensions: 166.38 x 82.38 x 7.95 mm |Battery: 4350mAh