The smartphone segment between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000 is one of the hotly contested in India. For smartphone makers, it is also the most lucrative segment, with a mass audience purchase to cater to. You can get smartphones with triple cameras, in-display fingerprint scanner, a massive 5,000mAh battery and even a pop-up selfie camera. All these features are now available on phones under Rs 20,000 price point. We recently talked about the best smartphones under Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 range. Now, here’s a look at the options that are available under Rs 20,000 in this mobile phone segment.
Huawei Y9 Prime (2019)
Huawei has launched its first smartphone with pop-up selfie camera in India. Called Huawei Y9 Prime (2019), the smartphone debuts as the successor to Huawei Y9 (2019). It not only features a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, there is also a triple rear camera setup. One of the highlight is the dual tone finish on the back that reminds of original Pixel smartphone. It uses Huawei’s Kirin 710 SoC and comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. The smartphone is priced at Rs 15,990 and will be available for purchase from August 7. We will have our review out soon but it seems like a formidable opponent to Realme X and Oppo K3.
Oppo launched the K1 as one of the cheapest smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor. Now, the Chinese smartphone maker is back with K3, one of the cheapest with in-display fingerprint sensor and pop-up selfie camera. It is not much different from Realme X in terms of specifications. However, it has a gradient back that will appeal to a lot of consumers. Powered by Snapdragon 710, the smartphone comes with 6GB or 8GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage. The 6GB RAM variant is priced at Rs 16,990 while the 8GB RAM variant is available for Rs 19,990.
Realme X is the newest smartphone to debut in India in the sub-Rs 20,000 price segment. It is the first smartphone from Oppo’s former sub-brand to feature a pop-up selfie camera. The smartphone is a more premium addition to Realme’s lineup already dominated by Realme 3 Pro. It features a 6.53-inch Full HD+ display, Snapdragon 710 SoC, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. It also has dual 48-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup. For selfies, Realme X has a 16-megapixel elevating camera. It runs Android Pie and is backed by a 3,765mAh battery. Realme X is available starting at Rs 16,999.
Vivo Z1 Pro
Vivo Z1 Pro is among the cheapest smartphone in the market right now with a punch hole display design. It is also among the most affordable gaming smartphone. The Vivo Z1 Pro is available starting from Rs 14,990 in India. The Z1 Pro features a 6.53-inch display, 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage. There is a triple rear camera setup and a 32-megapixel selfie shooter. It runs Funtouch OS 9 based on Android Pie and packs a 5,000mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy M40
The Galaxy M40 is the fourth smartphone in the M-series. It comes with a punch-hole selfie camera and a Snapdragon 675 SoC. You get a triple camera setup at the back. The setup includes a 32-megapixel primary camera. Then you have an 8-megapixel ultra wide camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Galaxy M40 is available for Rs 19,990 via Amazon India.
Honor launched three smartphones in the new 20-series. The Honor 20i is the most affordable model available for Rs 14,999. The highlight of the Honor 20i is the triple rear camera setup. You get a primary 24-megapixel lens, and a secondary 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. The third is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Up front is a 32-megapixel selfie snapper.
Huawei P30 Lite
Huawei launched the P30 Pro and P30 Lite smartphones in India, and while the pro variant is priced upwards of Rs 60,000, the Lite model is available for Rs 19,990 on Amazon India. For the price, the smartphone includes a Kirin 710 SoC, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. It also comes with a triple rear camera setup which includes a 24-megapixel main sensor, paired with an 8-megapixel secondary sensor and 2-megapixel depth sensor. Up front, you get a 32-megapixel snapper with AI mode.
Xiaomi Poco F1
Poco F1 is the flagship smartphone from Xiaomi which features top of the line hardware, which includes Snapdragon 845 SoC, up to 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, dual rear cameras and a notched display with IR face unlock. The base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 19,999, whereas the top model with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM is priced at Rs 25,999.
Realme 3 Pro
Chinese smartphone maker Realme recently launched two new smartphones – the entry-level Realme C2 and the more powerful Realme 3 Pro. Some of the highlights of the Realme 3 Pro include Snapdragon 710 SoC, up to 128GB storage, dual rear cameras, 25-megapixel selfie snapper, and Android Pie OS. The base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 13,999, whereas the top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 16,999.
Samsung Galaxy A50
The Galaxy A50 from Samsung comes with a laminated plastic body that appears like glass. It features a triple rear camera setup, a notched display, 4,000mAh battery with fast charging feature and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The smartphone runs Android Pie OS with One UI skin on top. The smartphone is available to purchase from both online and offline stores. The base model is priced at Rs 19,990, whereas the top end model is priced at Rs 22,990.
Samsung Galaxy M30
Samsung has made a huge splash this year by making a grand return to this segment with two new device lineups, one of which is the Samsung Galaxy M series. The base model of Galaxy M30 with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage starts at Rs 14,990, and is currently available as part of limited flash sales on Amazon. There is also 6GB RAM with 128GB storage model, which is priced at Rs 17,990.
Taking a look at the specs, the device sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with Exynos 7904 SoC and up to 6GB RAM. Samsung has added a triple camera set up on the device with a primary 13-megapixel sensor, a secondary 5-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide lens and a third 5-megapixel sensor for depth mapping. It is powered by a 5,000mAh battery out-of-the-box.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Redmi Note 7 Pro is part of the latest Redmi 7 lineup from Xiaomi. The device comes with an updated design with a notch and near bezel-less design with a 6.3-inch display. The device is powered by Snapdragon 675 chipset with up to 6GB RAM while running on a 4,000mAh battery. The highlight of the device is the 48-megapixel primary camera sensor on the back of the device with a secondary 5-megapixel sensor for depth mapping. Xiaomi has priced the device starting from Rs 13,999 for base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The higher model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 16,999.
The Nokia 7.1 is available to purchase via Flipkart for as low as Rs 16,799. The phone comes with a Snapdragon 636 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, dual rear cameras and an 8-megapixel front camera. It also comes with a 3,060mAh battery.
Honor 10 Lite
Honor 10 Lite is the first device from Honor, the sub-brand from Chinese electronics and telecommunications giant Huawei. The company has priced the base model of the device with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage at Rs 11,999. The 10 Lite comes with a 6.21-inch display. It is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC. There is up to 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The smartphone comes with a 3,400mAh battery. It sports a dual camera setup at the back. The setup includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Up front, a 24-megapixel sensor for selfies is present.
|Features||Realme X||Oppo K3||Huawei Y9 Prime 2019|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 ||Snapdragon 710 SoC|
|OS||Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6||Android 9 Pie|
|Display||6.53-inch -FHD+, 19.5:9 aspect ratio||AMOLED- 6.5-inch full HD+|
|Internal Memory||4GB RAM + 128GB storage||6GB RAM + 64GB storage|
|Rear Camera||Dual 48MP + 5MP||16MP + 2MP|