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10 Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs (January 2016)

10 Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs (January 2016)

by Rahul DubeyJanuary 1, 2016

Looking for the best smartphone under 20000 Rs? Then you have chosen a difficult task as there are number of great phones in this range which are equally good and thus, choosing the one which will be best for you is confusing. So to ease out your confusion, I have written the latest ranking of 10 Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs for the month of January. Apart from the rankings, I have also mentioned which phone will be suitable for which types of users so, read it and choose the best one for you.

Checkout best phones in other price ranges and many other gadgets in our Buyer’s Guide.

From the last 2 years, every month hundreds of readers of ‘Best Tech Guru’ comment and ask me which phone they should choose from the crowded market. Which has enabled me to better understand the requirements and view-point of the buyers. So with this experience, I have tried to make this list even more helpful for you but, if you still have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments section at the end. 🙂

So, let’s take a look at the Best Phone Under 20000 Rs:

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We believe that specifications of the phones just tell the half story, a great user experience matters more than great specifications. So, while preparing this list we have considered everything, the specifications, hardware, software (UI), real-world performance, user experience, brand value, after sales service and more. We see a phone as a complete package which should at the end deliver great satisfaction to the user and our rankings are based on the same principles. We consider hundreds of phones, from biggest to the smallest brands and come with our honest rankings every month.

1. Moto X Play:

Motorola has understood the Indian market really well, it knows how to produce great phones without stuffing them too much. The new Moto X Play sports a 5.5 inches 1080p Full HD display which turns out the pixel density of 403 ppi, the screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the display quality is very good. Design wise, the phone looks beautiful & has got a good build quality. It also comes with water-repellent nano coating. It runs on the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 615 Octa-core CPU coupled with Adreno 405 GPU & 2 GB RAM & delivers decent performance but if you need a phone for gaming, it will be better to go with Zenfone 2. The phone has got a whooping 21 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detect Auto-Focus (PDAF) and Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash. The camera app comes with features like 4X digital zoom, auto HDR, burst mode, night mode, panorama, and Drag to focus & exposure. It can record 1080p HD videos at 30fps, it can also record slow motion videos and supports video stabilisation. All these features make Moto X Play the best camera smartphone under 20000 Rs. The phone also sports a 5MP front camera. It runs on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with stock Android UI, a good thing about Moto phones is that they continue to get latest Android updates faster than most flagship phones. Another great thing about the phone is its 3630 mAh battery which offers mixed usage up to 30 hours (claims the company) & supports quick charging. It comes in two storage variants with 16 GB & 32 GB internal storage, it is also expandable upto 128 GB. The phone supports dual sim and 4G. Overall, the Moto X Play is a complete package with great user experience & minimum downsides, it is the best phone under 20000 Rs for day-to-day usage & an absolute delight for camera lovers. But still, if high performance is what you want the Zenfone 2 or OnePlus X are better choices.

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PRICE16 GB - Rs 15,499 @             32 GB - Rs 17,499 @
OSAndroid v5.1.1 (Lollipop) | UI - Stock Android
CPU1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAY1920 x 1080 pixels, 403 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 21 MP, Flash: Yes (Dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
MEMORYInternal Storage 16/32 GB, microSD Expandable upto 128 GB
BATTERYNon-removable 3630 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 169 grams, Thickness: 10.9 mm
OTHERS4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, NFC

2. OnePlus X:

After killing the Flagship phones & writing history, OnePlus has now entered the budget segment with its OnePlus X. The new phone comes with a beautiful design and solid build quality. The phone has got a metallic body and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back which feels really good and premium. It comes in two build options Onyx black glass back and fire-baked Ceramic. It comes with a dedicated physical key for Notification toggle, just like the OnePlus 2. It weighs at 138 grams and has a thickness of just 6.9mm. It comes with a 5 inches Full HD AMOLED display which is very good and at the same time, due to its smaller form factor it feels comfortable to use, even with one hand. The OnePlus X runs on the powerful and popular Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor clocked at 2.3 GHz and coupled with 3 GB RAM. It has great performance and you can use it for everything. It comes with Android v5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box with OnePlus’s own Oxygen OS running on top. The OnePlus OS which was designed after the company’s breakup with Cyanogen has near stock Android UI but comes with added features and customization options. It features a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and clicks good images, it can record Full HD videos. It has got an 8 MP front facing camera with f/2.4 aperture which also clicks good selfies. Great thing is, the phone clicks images very quickly without shutter lags, the built-in camera app comes with necessary features and is easy to use. The phone supports Dual Sim and 4G and comes with 16 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB with the help of a microSD card but sadly, it eats up the second sim slot. It is backed by a non-removable 2525 mAh battery. The phone is great but a fingerprint sensor would have made it an irresistible deal. OnePlus X is available with the company’s annoying invite system currently but the invite system is expected to end soon. Overall, with great design, display and power, the OnePlus X is a one hard phone to ignore. Specially at the price of Rs. 16,999 it can be a great buy. The older Flagship Killer OnePlus One can still be a good choice.
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PRICERs 14,999 @ 
OSAndroid v5.1.1 Lollipop | UI - Oxygen OS
CPUQuad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor
SCREEN5.0 inches, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 441 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim (Nano-Sim)
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal: 16 GB | Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD (Hybrid slot)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 2525 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 138 grams, Thickness: 6.9 mm
OTHERS4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


3. Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (4GB RAM):

Wow! 4 GB RAM!! In India, still a large population hasn’t got 4 GB RAM even on their computers but this budget device from Asus let’s you carry the enormous power of 4 GB RAM in your pockets. It runs on 2.3 GHz 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 Quad Core Processor which is just amazing and with 4 GB of RAM, it’s needless to say the phone is performance powerhouse and can handle every bit of heavy gaming and multitasking pretty smoothly. It sports a 5.5 inches Full HD display which is very good and it is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone has a 13 MP rear & 5 MP front camera, the picture quality of both the cameras is very impressive. They are bright & colourful. It allows FHD video recording & produces good quality videos. It also has Dual-LED Flash and many other features. It runs on the Android v5.0 Lollipop with Asus’s ZenUI running on top of it. It supports Dual Sim & 4G (LTE). It comes with good 32 GB internal memory which is also expandable upto 64 GB, well that’s great! It also has a good 3000 mAh battery, with fast charging feature (60% in 39 minutes of charging). When it comes to design, the phone looks very good and more importantly it’s different from other phones in the market. Overall, the Zenfone 2 is a beast with its 4 GB RAM, it also offers a complete value for money package and can be a great choice without any doubts. At 17,999 Rs. the Asus Zenfone Selfie (3GB RAM) with 13 MP front camera and dual-LED front flash is also available, it also comes with laser auto-focus for the 13 MP rear camera. So, if camera, specially the front camera is your primary concern, the Zenfone Selfie is the best selfie focused smartphone under 20000 Rs. but if you are looking for better performance, Zenfone 2 with 4 GB RAM should be your choice.

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PRICERs 19,999 @  Rs @  Rs 21,499  @ 
OSAndroid OS, v5.0(Lollipop)
CPU2.3 GHz 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 Quad Core Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, IPS capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAY1920 x 1080 pixels, 403 ppi pixel density
CAMERAPrimary Camera: 13 MP, Secondary Camera: 5 MP, Flash: Dual-LED Flash
MEMORYInternal Storage 32 GB, microSD Expandable upto 64 GB
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
OTHERS3G, 4G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, NFC

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4. Sony Xperia C4 Dual:

The recently launched Sony Xperia C4 looks quite impressive. It houses the typically awesome design language of Sony but the USP of the phone is its 5 MP selfie camera which comes with soft LED flash. The flash can automatically adjust according to the lighting conditions whereas the front camera has a 25 mm wide-angle lens and Exmor R sensor which helps in reducing noise in the image. The front camera lets you click “PROselfies” with HDR and you can also shoot good selfie videos even in the night. The 13 MP rear camera also comes with Exmor RS sensor and is capable of taking high quality images. When it comes to performance, the Xperia C4 is powered by 1.7 GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6752 Processor coupled with 2 GB RAM. The performance is quite good. The phone sports a 5.5 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels Full HD display with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and it is protected by Scratch-resistant glass. The display quality is very impressive with the 401 ppi pixel density. The phone runs on Android v5.0 (Lollipop) with Sony’s customised skin which is very beautiful. The phone supports 4G and dual sim. It comes with 16 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB. The 2600 mAh battery gives decent battery life to the phone. Overall, the Xperia C4 can be another good choice for those looking for premium design, good performance and good camera experience from a reputed international brand. If you want a Sony phone and are little low on budget then, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Dual at Rs. 16,999 can also be a good choice.

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PRICERs.   @  Rs.    21,236 @  Rs. 17,800  @ 
OSAndroid OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
CPU1.7 GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6752 Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 display with Scratch-resistant glass
DISPLAY1080 x 1920 pixels, 401 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim
CAMERAPrimary Camera: 13 MP, Secondary Camera: 5 MP, Flash: LED flash for both front and rear cameras
MEMORYInternal Storage 16 GB, microSD expandable upto 128
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
OTHERS3G, 4G, NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

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5. Xiaomi Mi4 (64 GB):

“Power” & “Simplicity” are the two words which describe the Mi4 entirely. It runs on the very popular and very powerful Snapdragon 801 Processor which was used in almost all the last generation flagship phones. To make the performance even greater it has got 3 GB RAM. So, there is no need to describe the performance, you yourself can imagine how fast and fabulously it will perform. It sports a 5 inches Full HD display which is also pretty good and bright. The things we should discuss in details is the camera performance of the phone. It has got the Sony IMX 214 CMOS sensor which is quite advanced. The camera quality is pretty good, it is capable of recording 4K videos, the Autofocus of the phone is pretty fast (0.3 Seconds) and decent and works quite well. The camera works quite well at night also, it has High Dynamic Flash which takes two photos one with flash and one without flash and then mixes the colors in both the photos so, the image gets natural colors. The 8 MP front camera is equally good. The battery life of the phone is good. Its design is simple but the metallic bezels gives it a premium and stylish touch. It runs on the custom Android skin of Xiaomi which is the MIUI V6 and is quite beautiful. The Infrared blaster in the phone might be quite useful to control TV, AC, etc. Sadly, it is a single sim phone & doesn’t come with 4G so, make sure you are okay with it if you decide to go with it. Overall, it’s an amazing phone with very good design and build quality and can be a good buying choice at this price.

Xiaomi Mi4 - Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs

PRICE16 GB - Rs. 14,999 @             64 GB - Rs. 17,999 @

16 GB - Rs. 14,999 @             16 GB - Rs. 14,999 @ 
OSAndroid v4.4.4 (KitKat), Planned upgrade to Android v5.0 Lollipop
CPUQuad-core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Processor
SCREEN5.0 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
DISPLAY1080 x 1920 pixels, 441 ppi pixel density
SIMSingle Sim (Micro-SIM)
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Front Camera: 8 MP, LED Flash: Yes
MEMORYInternal Storage 16/64 GB, microsd unexpandable
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3080 mAh battery
OTHERS3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

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Rahul is a Professional Blogger and the Founder of 'Best Tech Guru' which is now a leading Tech Blog in India. He is a Computer Science & Engineering graduate and the passion for Technology & Entrepreneurship kept him away from a regular job, now he spends all his time with latest technology and loves to help people. He is a Tech enthusiast and has written hundreds of articles over the years on this blog.
  • chetana jena
    April 20, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I want a great camera experience.. Like taking pictures of moon or night sky or any scenery.. Which one will be good under 20k..? Thank you in advance

  • Abhigyan Ghosh
    February 4, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    How is Meizu MX5, It has better specs than all of the above and is just 17 grand!!!????

  • Soham kulkarni
    February 4, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Go with moto x play a super battery performance and runs almost all games..

  • Devesh
    February 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I want to buy a phone which have excellent battery life in which I can play all big games like nova 3 so which phone should i buy

  • Prasanth
    February 2, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I want to buy a mobile from a well named brand and with good specification below 20k,So please suggest me a good ……

  • ʀɨtաɨҡ
    January 31, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Moto x play doesn’t notification led plzz tell it have or not……

  • m k rana
    January 29, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Commentmoto x play ka cemra quality kaisa h

  • harsh goyal
    January 21, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    pls suggest me abt dis phone moto x play bec i am planning to buy dis…..any one knws abt dis phn

  • Nishi
    January 21, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Can u plz suggest me best ph under 20000??

  • kapil
    January 19, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    can u please tell me how is the quality of sony xperia c4 front cemra plsss

  • siddhant pagare
    January 19, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Comment hii frnds i want a best cell phone for apps and for great camera plzz help ….:(

  • Elai
    January 17, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Hey guyz can you please suggest a phone for gaming (very very heavy) and minimum heating issue look i am confused from all the above products under 20k and 15k

  • monika
    January 15, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    suggest some phone in 15000 range with good camera, music and dual sim,

  • Ritik
    January 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Is gionee elife s7 a good phone… Was it ever on this list…my cousin uses it…seems OK to me…u tell me if its worth it or not.

  • chetan
    January 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    why not oppo r7 lite??

  • krunalparmar
    January 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    which phone is best in htc 820 and moto x play? still confused…
    zenfone 2 is also good. give me the right suggestions…

    • Midhun
      January 15, 2016 at 12:02 am

      i dont prefer htc because the brand is collapsing day by day …..

      if u are a hardcore user who plays high performance games back to back, then asus zenfone 2 with 4gb ram is the phone for you and it comes with turbo charger in box

      Moto x play is better in battery life,camera,display,brand value,low price,looks and it comes with pure android experience which means u will get the latest android updates. Perfomance is equally good for playing games and all but not as good as asus zenfone. it supports turbo charging but doesnt include a turbo charger in the which cost 2.5k .

  • anand
    January 13, 2016 at 12:22 am

    I would like to buy htc desire 826 or sony Xperia c4. cld u pls sugst me wch s good

  • shubham
    January 12, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    i want phone having superb camera clearity plz suggest me

  • tariq sarvar
    January 10, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Comment hi Rahul I suggest that asus zenfone max and asus zenfone 2 which is best for me . pls suggest me because I m too confused.

  • Amol
    January 5, 2016 at 11:29 pm


    I want to buy smartphone which have best camera & music experience. I don’t want to but to buy sami bcoz of bad experience. I am awaiting for XIOMI MI5, will this a good choice? Please suggest

  • Kaarthick
    January 4, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    I want to buy a mobile from a well named brand and with good specification below 20k,So please suggest me a good ……

  • raghu
    January 4, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Hai Rahul.. In your list your considered VIBE S1 PHONE . Its also very good phone under with great looking with also performance phone. can you explain

  • Sarthak Sinha
    January 3, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Hii Rahul , I want to buy a phone with enormous storage so that i can have maximum of apps and quite good in looks along with that i have a secondary requirement of great camera quality . Till now, which all phones i have dealt with had a hanging problem after 3 or 4 month of usage that makes me to think over this area . So can u suggest best of options for me in lowest of rates

  • Sakshi shukla
    January 3, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Please suggest be best phn over all the help me in my personal as well as professional life I am dam confuse in one plus x or moto x play I am photo click lover just help me out to suggest best phn wid overall performance

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