November 2018: Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 20,000

November 2018: Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 20,000

There has never been a better time to buy a smartphone in the sub-Rs. 20,000 price range. Whether you want a phone with premium specifications, a selfie-focused smartphone, one that runs a pure build of Android, or a solid all-rounder, this segment is rife with choices. We’ve gone ahead and shortlisted our picks for top phones under Rs. 20,000.

Here are our picks for the best phones under Rs. 20,000:

Nokia 6.1 Plus

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The Nokia 6.1 Plus ₹ 15,999 offers a premium glass-backed design, a punchy and vibrant display, and solid battery life, as well as a place in under list of best phones under Rs. 20,000. The efficient Snapdragon 636 SoC is more than powerful enough to handle day-to-day tasks and the software package is clean and devoid of bloat.

The rear camera struggles in low light though and the front camera is also underwhelming. That said, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a capable, well-rounded smartphone that will appeal to fans of stock Android. The smartphone is offered in a single variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which retails for Rs. 15,999.

Motorola One Power

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Motorola’s first Android One smartphone in India offers stellar battery life, a clean software package devoid of bloat, snappy performance courtesy the Snapdragon 636 SoC, and a premium glass design. The smartphone has also ensured a minimum of two years of software updates. 

The Motorola One Power (Review) keeps things simple with a single 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant which carries a price tag of Rs. 15,999, making it one our top picks under Rs. 20,000.

Honor 8X 

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The Honor 8X (Review) performs great for its price thanks to EMUI 8.2, which has improved a lot over the past few years and the new HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC. The smartphone also has a sharp and vibrant display, good battery life, and fast biometric security features. However, the rear camera is mediocre and the phone is bulky and difficult to handle.

The smartphone is available in three variants — one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage priced at Rs. 14,999, one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage priced at Rs. 16,999, and one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage which retails for Rs. 18,999. 

Xiaomi Mi A2

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The Xiaomi Mi A2 ₹ 14,521 (Review) ships with a stock build of Android 8.1 Oreo and is scheduled to get minimum two years of software updates. The Snapdragon 660 processor ensures great performance and the cameras are among the best in class, giving the Mi A2 a place in our list of best phones under Rs. 20,000.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 is available in two variants — one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage priced at Rs. 15,999 and one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage which retails for Rs. 18,999.

Honor Play

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The Honor Play (Review) is yet another solid choice in the under Rs. 20,000 price point. It has a sleek and elegant design, a vibrant display, great performance, and a Neural Processing unit that enables on-device AI computations. The device is quite bulky though and low-light camera performance is underwhelming.

Priced at Rs. 19,999, the base variant offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and is the one to buy.

Realme 2 Pro

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The cheapest smartphone in India with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC has a sharp and vivid display with a well-integrated waterdrop-style notch, solid app and gaming performance, good build quality, and fast face unlock capabilities. The low-light camera performance is slightly disappointing but the Realme 2 Pro ₹ 13,990 (Review) overall is a solid all-rounder.

The base variant retails for Rs. 13,990 and has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is priced at Rs. 15,990 and the top-end model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage are priced at Rs. 17,990.

Best phones under Rs. 20,000 

Phones under Rs. 20,000 Rating
Nokia 6.1 Plus 8/ 10
Motorola One Power 8/ 10
Honor 8X 8/ 10
Xiaomi Mi A2 8/ 10
Honor Play 8/ 10
Realme 2 Pro 8/ 10


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