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10 Best Phones under 20000 Rs (January 2017)

10 Best Phones under 20000 Rs (January 2017)

by Rahul DubeyJanuary 9, 2017

Looking for the best phone under 20000 Rs? Then you have a difficult task at hand, as, the competition in this price range is steadily growing in India and now you are getting many great quality smartphones with excellent features for every type of users at this price. But then, as every phone has some pros and cons or a speciality for certain type of users, finding the best smartphone under 20000 Rs. according to your needs is a tough job. So, to help you out in buying your next smartphone, we have written the list of 10 Best Phones under 20000 Rs. in India.

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

This list includes the rankings of the best mobiles under 20000 Rs. The list includes short reviews for all the phones and suggests readers, which phone will be suitable for which types of buyers/requirements. We also suggest the alternatives at the same price and also recommend our readers to increase their budget a little if better deals are available at little higher prices. We update this list every month and it is serving as the perfect solution for buyers in India since years.

So relax! Choosing the best mobile under 20000 Rs. will be very easy for you now. If you still have any question, feel free to ask it in the comments section at the end. 🙂

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Best Smartphone under 20000 since Dec-16

1. Motorola Moto M:

Motorola has finally launched its new Moto M smartphone in India in the under Rs. 20,000 price segment. Earlier, Motorola’s successful Moto X Play was available in this price segment but, after the launch of the Moto G4 Plus at a lesser price, it lost its charm and since then all eyes were on the upcoming Moto phone in this price. So, here it is – the new Moto M, let’s see how it is. Starting with the design, it packs a full metal unibody design which is the first for a Moto phone, it looks very good and is very premium and well-built. A 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass sits on the front while the back has nice curved edges which gives a comfortable grip. Overall, the design is very good but, Motorola devices always had a stand out design from the crowd, this time it is actually a design which is very familiar in these day’s budget smartphones, however it is really good for its price. The 5.5 inch Full HD display is pretty good, it has good color temperatures and nice viewing angles, the display in the Indian variant is not a Super AMOLED display however. Coming to the performance front, Motorola phones are never meant for high performance but with the Qualcomm processors they usually come with, they deliver a stable lag-free experience but with the Moto M, the company has gone with the 2.2 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P15 processor, fortunately it delivers decent lag free experience which performs very well for day-to-day operations, the Mali T860mp2 GPU handles games well also but, when it comes to heavy gaming, this is not the phone to go for, better performances are available at lower prices. The phone comes in two variants, one with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage and the other with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, going with the later is recommended. It also supports a microSD card upto 128 GB via the hybrid slot. The Moto M runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow which will be soon updated to the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, the UI is the same stock Android with no bloatwares or unnecessary customisations. Pure Android experience and fast Android updates are the strength of the Moto M like all the other Motorola phones. It sports a 16 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.0um pixel, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and dual LED flash, however it misses the Laser Autofocus present in the Moto G4 Plus. The picture quality is very good most of the times however, images can come with evident noise in low light conditions sometimes. The 8 MP front camera with 1.12um pixel size clicks good selfies and comes with many Beautification modes. Motorola’s camera app is simple but also offers a PRO mode. It packs a good fingerprint scanner situated on the back below the camera module, which is again the first for a Moto phone as all the earlier Moto phones had the fingerprint scanner on the front. A very good thing, the phone comes with Water repellent nano-coating so you can go a little careless with water when the phone is around. It is a dual sim phone with 4G and VoLTE support. It is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery which delivers good battery backup and supports Motorola’s fast charging via USB Type-C port. Its Dolby Atmos speakers deliver rich and loud audio. Overall, the Moto M comes with an excellent premium/beautiful full metal unibody design, which is by far one of the best at this price. The phone also comes with balanced performance, stock and stable fast updating UI, decent cameras, good sound and all the required features. It hardly misses out on anything important and delivers a very good and balanced experience. It is the best phone under 20000 Rs. in India at present.

motorola-moto-m - Best Phones under 20000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

32 GB - Rs. 15,999 @ Flipkart                        64 GB - Rs. 17,999 @ Flipkart
OSAndroid v6.0 Marshmallow (Nougat 7.0 update coming soon) | UI - Stock Android
CPU2.2 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P15 Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with 2.5D Curved Corning Gorilla Glass
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 16 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No
SIMDual SIM (nana+nano) (Hybrid slot)
STORAGEInternal: 32/64 GB, Expandable: up to 128 GB via microSD
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery | Fast Charging: Yes
BODYWeight: 163 grams, Thickness: 7.9 mm
OTHERSFingerprint Scanner, 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, USB Type-C, Water repellent nano-coating


(Also Read: 21 Most Popular Smartphones of 2016)

Topped this list for 2 months (Oct-16 to Nov-16)

2. Lenovo Z2 Plus:

Lenovo has recently launched the Lenovo Z2 Plus in India, however, it is actually the Lenovo Zuk Z2 that was launched in China a little earlier. They have just ditched the Zuk branding here in India and launched the phone with only Lenovo branding. Starting with the build and design of the phone, it comes with a fibre-glass frame unlike metal used in most high-end phones these day. The company says that, using the fibre-glass frame helps in reducing the weight and rightly so, despite having a 3500 mAh battery, it weighs at 149 grams only. The front and back of the phone are covered with 2.5D curved glass. The phone comes in white and black colors, it looks good and feels premium. It comes with a compact 5 inches screen with Full HD display which has good quality. The Z2 Plus is powered by a 2.15 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU and as expected the performance is absolutely excellent, it plays heaviest of the games smoothly but heats up a bit during heavy gaming although it is acceptable. It comes in two variants, one with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage and other with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, however the phone doesn’t support expandable storage and doesn’t include the microSD slot. It runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with ZUI 2.0 running on top. The ZUI comes with stock Android like UI with Google Now launcher, however there are many tweaks and added features in the UI. The most interesting and unique thing in the phone is the physical home button below the screen, which Lenovo calls as U-Touch 2.0. The U-Touch 2.0, firstly acts as a fingerprint scanner but, it also acknowledges a touch, a press, double press and end to end swipe. You can customise this button and select which actions should be performed for double press, long press, long touch and left to right swipe, like a touch can be used for back, a press to open home screen, double press can open camera, long touch for recent apps, long press for Google Now and changing apps by swiping left to right on the button. The concept of this button is a real good idea and improves user experience, however, it will take some time to learn it but at the same time, the company is also allowing on-screen navigation buttons. The Z2 Plus packs a 13 MP rear camera with 4K video recording support, it has decent picture quality, it’s not the best but it is not bad also. However, the 8 MP front camera is very good. It also includes various health related sensors and a U-Health app, which tracks your steps, walking, running, etc. It is a dual sim phone with 4G and VoLTE support. It features a USB Type-C v2.0 port for fast charging and data syncing. It is backed by a non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery which delivers very good battery life. It also comes with Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging support. Overall, the Lenovo Z2 Plus is a compact, well designed and a very balanced smartphone. Innovative feature like the U-Touch home button is a nice addition. At the same time, it is a performance powerhouse and is the cheapest phone in India to come with the powerful Snapdragon 820 processor. It ticks almost all the boxes right and is the best phone under 20000 Rs. in India if you require high performance or a small 5-inches phone.

lenovo-z2-plus - Best Phones under 20000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

32 GB - Rs. 17,999 @ Amazon                        64 GB - Rs. 19,999 @ Amazon
OSAndroid v6.0.1 Marshmallow | UI - ZUI 2.0
CPU2.15 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor
SCREEN5.0 inches, LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2.5D Curved Glass
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 441 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No
SIMDual SIM (nano sim) (dedicated slot)
STORAGEInternal: 32/64 GB, Expandable: No
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery | Fast Charging: Yes (Quick Charge 3.0)
BODYWeight: 149 grams, Thickness: 8.5 mm
OTHERSFingerprint Scanner, USB Type-C 2.0, 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


3. LeEco Le Max2:

LeEco has launched the successor to its older flagship Le Max as the Le Max2. Like the name, there are not many differences between the old and the new phones but it certainly packs great set of hardware specifications. The Le Max2 comes with a very well-built premium metallic design, which looks beautiful and at the same time feels good in the hands. It packs a big 5.7 inches Quad HD display with whooping 515 ppi pixel density. The display quality is amazing and specially when you play the 2k videos you will notice the difference but, at the same time, one should know that 2k videos/content is still not very popular in India, neither the internet speed/costs are good to allow you streaming it online so, don’t just pick the phone because it has the 2k display. It is powered by the latest and very powerful Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4 GB of RAM. The performance is excellent for every type of usage, be it heavy gaming, multitasking or other graphics intensive usage, it handles everything well without any severe heating issue. The 21 MP rear and the 8 MP front camera of the Le Max2 are very good performers, the rear camera comes with OIS and can record 4K videos. The phone runs on the Android Marshmallow based company’s EUI, which is beautiful, customisable and easy to use although, it will take some time to get used to it. Another USP of the phone is, it uses the new CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) technology using the Type-C USB port for headphones ditching the traditional 3.5 mm jack. The audio quality is good. The phone includes fingerprint scanner, Infrared sensor and supports NFC. Like every LeEco phone, it also comes with the company’s ‘Supertainment’ package free for one year. It is a dual sim phone with 4G support and comes with 32 GB of internal storage but there is no memory expansion slot. The Le Max2 is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery which has average battery backup although, it supports fast charging but, with the 2K display, a bigger battery would have been great. If we talk about the downsides, the lack of microSD slot can be a disappointment for some, while the missing 3.5 mm headphone jack can be seen in both ways, early adopters will like it while, traditional users will find it a little annoying at stages. Also, beware that you won’t be able to charge the phone and use the headphones simultaneously as, there is only one port for both the jobs. The phone with the weight of 185 grams also feels a little bulky. Overall, the LeEco Le Max2 is premium beautiful smartphone which performs like a beast and also has great display and cameras. Also, recently it has got a big price cut, after which it is now the best phone under 20000 Rs. with excellent performance and bigger screen but, one of the phone’s USP (USB Type-C headphones) is also its biggest downside so make sure you can live with it before buying, apart from it, it is a great smartphone.

LeEco-Le-Max2 - Best Phones under 20000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

Rs 17,999 @ Flipkart Rs 17,999 @ Amazon Rs 17,999  @ Snapdeal
OSAndroid v6 Marshmallow | UI - EUI
CPU2.15 GHz 64-bit Quad Core Snapdragon 820 Processor
SCREEN5.7 inches, LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
DISPLAYQuad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels), 515 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 21 MP, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No
SIMDual SIM (4G+4G)
STORAGEInternal: 32 GB, Expandable: No
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery | Fast Charging: Yes
BODYWeight: 185 grams, Thickness: 7.9 mm
OTHERSType-C USB Headphones, OIS, Fingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, Infrared, NFC

Buy-from-Flipkart               Buy-from-Amazon               Buy-from-Snapdeal

Topped this list for 8 months (Feb-16 to Sep-16)

4. Lenovo Vibe X3:

Lenovo is on a roll in India, it was ruling the 7k & 10k smartphone segments for quite long and lately it also gained a solid presence in the 15k & 25k smartphone segments, 20k was the only segment where an amazing Lenovo phone was missing and with the launch of the new Lenovo Vibe X3 in India this gap is also filled now. The Vibe X3 features a very premium beautiful design, it has got high quality aluminium frame and chamfered edges. The back of the phone is built from a very soft high quality polycarbonate which feels really good in hands. It sports a 5.5 inches Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) display with 401 ppi pixel density, the display quality is really very good. The Vibe X3 is powered by the powerful and popular Snapdragon 808 Hexa-Core Processor which is usually seen in high-end phones, it is paired with 3 GB RAM and Adreno 418 GPU and delivers excellent performance, it is lag free for everyday usage and also plays heavy games smoothly, also there is no heating issue. It also includes a 21 MP rear camera with Sony’s IMX230 sensor with 6 piece lens and f2.0 aperture, it is supported by Dual-LED flash. The picture quality of the rear camera is very good, the camera app also includes lots of options and also the pro mode. It is also capable of 4K Video recording. The 8 MP front camera is also very good. It has a very fast and accurate fingerprint scanner situated on the back. The Vibe X3 features two front facing Dolby Atmos speakers (placed above & below the screen) which have very good sound quality. It comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with Lenovo’s new Vibe UI 3.0 running on top. In the version 3.0, Lenovo has quite improved its Vibe UI, it now comes with more features and also includes the option to arrange your icons in an App drawer like Stock Android. It supports dual sim but has hybrid slots so at a time you can either use second sim or the microSD card. It has 32 GB internal storage and supports microSD cards upto 128 GB. The phone also has additional connectivity options like NFC and Infrared Blaster. The phone is backed by a big 3500 mAh battery which supports quick charging. Overall, the Lenovo Vibe X3 delivers all the excellent features of a flagship phone, be it the premium design, powerful performance, great cameras or great multimedia experience. So, if you are after a bigger 5.5 inches screen and better multimedia plus good camera experience, the Lenovo Vibe X3 can be a very good choice. If you want professional level camera in a smartphone, you can also go with the Lenovo Vibe Shot which comes with 16 MP camera with infrared autofocus, 6P lens, OIS, 16:9 BSI sensor, tricolor LED flash, dedicated shutter button and all the Pro settings. If you need a very large battery backup, you can also go with the Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo, which also comes with good specs & good design.

Lenovo-Vibe-X3 - Best Phones under 20000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

Rs 19,999 @ Amazon
OSAndroid v5.1 Lollipop | UI - Vibe UI 3.0
CPU1.8 GHz Hexa-Core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, IPS capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim (Hybrid Slot)
CAMERARear Camera: 21 MP, Flash: Yes (Dual-LED Flash) | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal: 32 GB | Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD (Hybrid Slot)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery | Quick Charging: Yes
BODYWeight: 175 grams, Thickness: 9.3 mm
OTHERSFingerprint scanner, NFC, Infrared Blaster, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


5. OnePlus 2:

OnePlus is a company which got millions of fans all over the world with its first only phone – the Flagship Killer OnePlus One. And now we have got the second phone from the company – the 2016 Flagship Killer OnePlus 2. Let’s start with its design. The OnePlus 2 is made up with a high quality alloy of aluminium and magnesium, the phone is excellently well-built, it’s very sturdy and very premium. Not to forget, it comes with beautiful back panels in different designs from Sandstone to Bamboo and more. The phone sports a 5.5 inches Full HD screen protected by latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the display quality is very good. The phone is powered by extremely powerful hardware, it has got the 1.8 GHz Octa Core Snapdragon 810 Processor which is coupled with 4 GB RAM, you yourself can understand that it will have exceptional performance. The phone has got a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Laser Autofocus, OIS, & Dual-LED Flash, in-short the camera is really excellent! The 5 MP front camera is good as well. The phone comes with Fingerprint sensor that allows you to quickly unlock your device, it also comes with future-proof reversible Type-C USB Cable for charging and data transfer. The phone has a physical button on the side which allows you to toggle the phone into silent mode, just like the iPhones. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with the company’s own Oxygen UI running on top of it, the Oxygen UI looks almost similar to the stock Android UI but it comes with extra features and added capabilities. The phone is backed by 3300 mAh battery. Overall, the OnePlus 2 is still a very good smartphone, it is not only powerful but, every aspect of the phone is thought in details so, it gives a great user experience as well. It is still a good value for money and you can go with it.

OnePlus-2 - Best Phones under 20000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

Rs. 19,999 @ Amazon
OSAndroid v5.1 Lollipop, upgradable to Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow | UI - Oxygen OS
CPU1.8 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
DISPLAYFull HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density
SIMDual SIM (Nano SIM)
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Dual-LED Flash | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal Storage: 64 GB, microsd unexpandable
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 175 grams, Thickness: 9.9 mm
OTHERSFingerprint sensor, Type-C USB, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


Before you checkout the Page 2 which includes the next 5 best phones under 20000 Rs, here is the quick summary of the 5 best mobiles under 20000 Rs:

Best Phone under 20000

Rank Phone Price
1 Motorola Moto M Rs. 17,999
2 Lenovo Z2 Plus Rs. 17,999
3 LeEco Le Max2 Rs. 17,999
4 Lenovo Vibe X3 Rs. 19,999
5 OnePlus 2 Rs. 19,999

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Rahul is a Professional Blogger and the Founder of 'Best Tech Guru'. 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.

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