It’s been a few months of action in the Indian smartphone space and now we have some really good new phones released under Rs. 20,000. Realme introduced new phones in its series with primary numbers, as well as in its X series, two of which made this list. Xiaomi recently came with a solid one-to-two hit with the Redmi Note 10 series, which essentially set a new band for the kind of features that can be expected in this segment. We had to make some cuts from our previous list, but we kept a few slightly older models that we think still deserve attention.
If you have a budget of Rs. 20,000, here are some of the best smartphones you should consider for your next purchase.
The best phones under 20,000
|Phones under Rs. 20,000||Rating of widgets 360 (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Realme 8 Pro||8||Rs. 17 999|
|Redmi Note 10 Pro Max||8||Rs. 18 999|
|Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G||8||Rs. 16 999|
|Realme X7 5G||8||Rs. 19 999|
|Infinix Zero 8i||8||Rs. 15 999|
|Realme 7 Pro||8||Rs. 19 999|
|Samsung Galaxy M31||8||Rs. 15 320|
|The little X3||8||Rs. 16 999|
Realme 8 Pro
The Realme 8 Pro I had a few big shoes to stuff, considering Realme 7 Pro it was a pretty solid proposition and continues to find a place on that list. The lower starting price of Rs. The 17,999 definitely works in its favor, along with other positives like a very good battery life, fast charging, a sharp and lively AMOLED display and a pretty decent selfie camera.
However, although it is supposed to be the successor to the Realme 7 Pro, the company has gone in a different direction and therefore lacks several features. You lose the stereo speakers, which we think is a big drawback. There is no high refresh rate on the display and despite the presence of a 108-megapixel camera, its performance is still astounding. Not to mention the spam nature of some of the pre-installed applications in Realme UI 2.0, which can be quite annoying. It’s still a good proposal overall, just not what we expected.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
The Redmi Note series has always been valuable, offering features that are a step or two more than the Redmi series, while remaining accessible enough to most people. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max raises the bar by offering segment-leading features such as a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, 108-megapixel main camera, massive battery and stereo speakers. It is also a powerful smartphone thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC. In our review, we found that the display is excellent. The surprisingly useful macro camera, stylish design and IP53 rating for dust and water resistance are also great selling points.
A few areas that we think could be improved with future software updates are the camera’s performance in low light and the annoying inflation and promotional content in the software we experienced at launch. We also need to give a quick shout to Redmi Note 10 Pro, which is essentially identical to the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, except for its main rear camera with a lower resolution and has lower prices than the Rs. 3,000.
Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G
One of the goals of Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G it was supposed to be the most affordable 5G smartphone in India and it is. With a starting price of Rs. 16,999, it has a MediaTek SoC Dimensity 700U, which we usually see on phones that cost well above Rs. 20,000. Other things working in its favor include very good battery life and fast charging, 120Hz display and fast overall performance.
Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G has a known problem to subject you to unwanted notifications from its product applications, which can become annoying quickly. We also found that the camera’s performance in low light is a bit lacking, and the overall design is too boring for our taste, given Realme’s tendency to offer models on the backs of its phones.
Realme X7 5G
The Realme X7 5G was the company’s most affordable 5G phone until the Narzo 30 Pro 5G. The X7 5G is designed to offer a first-class experience without costing much, almost a “lead killer” if you will. Powered by MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC and with the option of an elegant color color that is sure to notice you, it offers strong overall performance, great battery life with fast charging and most importantly – good value for money. It’s also a lightweight and compact smartphone, which isn’t something we see a lot these days.
The Realme user interface can receive spam very quickly if you have not yet unchecked the required fields in product applications. We also found that the performance of the camera in low light is slightly lower.
Infinix Zero 8i
Infinix launches new smartphones this year at a much faster rate than we can handle. However, we managed to test a more unique one – Zero 8i – which is worth considering in this budget segment. Some of its strengths include a fast MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, a 90 Hz display refresh rate and a range of cameras that work well in good light. It also boasts a rather unique design on the back, which helps it stand out from the competition. This is one of the few phones in this segment that offers an ultra-wide-angle selfie camera, which we hope to see as others.
A few things worth noting are that it’s a bit big and cumbersome, there’s a lot of pre-installed swelling software, and the camera’s focus was sometimes a bit unstable with close-ups. If you’re looking for something other than Xiaomi or Realme, we think it’s worth a look.
Realme 7 Pro
The Realme 7 Pro has some captivating features like AMOLED display, 65W fast charge and stereo speakers and continues to be a good choice in this segment. The phone is also quite thin and light, which is a nice bonus. It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, so the performance is more than good enough for everyday use.
The primary rear camera is also quite decent. While the Realme 8 Pro has already been released, this model still offers great value for money.
Samsung Galaxy M31
The Samsung Galaxy M31 it is still a compelling option in this segment and is now available at a slightly reduced price. This model has a 6.4-inch Full-HD + AMOLED display that provides vivid colors and very good viewing angles. On the back there is a setting with four cameras with a 64-megapixel main camera. It also has a large 6000 mAh battery and a capable Exynos 9611 SoC.
The large battery offers a fantastic battery life and this phone can easily last two days with our use. The cameras are good in daylight, the wide angle offers a wider field of view, but loses detail compared to the main camera. With Night Mode enabled, the Galaxy M31 delivers better low light shots. The Exynos 9611 SoC is not as powerful as what the competition offers, but it is able to handle everyday tasks with ease. Battery life is the main focus of the Galaxy M31, as it can overtake several devices from this list.
The little X3
The middle class The little X3 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC and boasts a 6,000 mAh battery as well as a 6.67-inch Full-HD + display. This phone is relatively bulky and heavy, but the design is relatively fresh, with a very remarkable camera module on the back. You get IP53 water and dust resistance.
The efficiency is generally good, as is the battery life. This is a good option for games and entertainment. The cameras are also suitable for everyday use. If you don’t mind a slightly bulky smartphone, the Poco X3 still offers a great value for money.
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