10 Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs (August 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, we have written the latest ranking of 10 Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs for the month of August. Apart from the rankings, we have also mentioned which phone will be suitable for which types of users so, read it and choose the best one for you.
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So, let’s take a look at the Best Phone Under 20000 Rs:
#Please Read: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. 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. It is definitely the best phone under 20000 Rs. but it can also be a good choice if you have a budget around 25-30k. 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.
|OS||Android v5.1 Lollipop | UI - Vibe UI 3.0|
|CPU||1.8 GHz Hexa-Core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor|
|RAM||3 GB RAM|
|SCREEN||5.5 inches, IPS capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|DISPLAY||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density|
|SIM||Dual Sim (Hybrid Slot)|
|CAMERA||Rear Camera: 21 MP, Flash: Yes (Dual-LED Flash) | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No|
|STORAGE||Internal: 32 GB | Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD (Hybrid Slot)|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery | Quick Charging: Yes|
|BODY||Weight: 175 grams, Thickness: 9.3 mm|
|OTHERS||Fingerprint scanner, NFC, Infrared Blaster, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS|
2. OnePlus 2 (16 GB):
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. On the storage front, the OnePlus 2 comes in two storage variants, 16 GB and 64 GB and after the recent price cut, the 16 GB variant is priced close to 20000 Rs but, if you plan to buy it, first make sure it will be enough for you or better go with the 64 GB variant. Overall, the OnePlus 2 is a great 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. You can go with it with closed eyes but please make sure 16 GB will be enough for you.
|OS||Android v5.1 Lollipop, upgradable to Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow | UI - Oxygen OS|
|CPU||1.8 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Processor|
|RAM||4 GB RAM|
|SCREEN||5.5 inches, LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|DISPLAY||Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano SIM)|
|CAMERA||Rear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Dual-LED Flash | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No|
|STORAGE||Internal Storage: 64 GB, microsd unexpandable|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery|
|BODY||Weight: 175 grams, Thickness: 9.9 mm|
|OTHERS||Fingerprint sensor, Type-C USB, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS|
Topped this list for 5 months (Sep-15 to Jan-16)
3. 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 very good battery life & 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 good package with great user experience & minimum downsides, it is a great phone for day-to-day usage & an absolute delight for camera lovers. But still, if high performance is what you want there are better phones in this list. Those planning to buy the Moto X Play can also go with the new Moto G4 Plus at Rs. 14,999, it includes fingerprint scanner and very good specs.
4. Xiaomi Mi Max (4GB RAM):
Xiaomi, which is seeing a successful run in the Indian smartphone market, has launched a new smartphone in the new emerging segment – the segment of huge screen smartphones with sizes somewhere between phablets and tablets. The Mi Max sports a massive 6.44 inches Full HD display with 342 ppi pixel density and despite the bigger screen size the display quality and viewing angles are very good. The phone has a beautiful metallic body and comes with a slim form factor with the thickness of just 7.5 mm and because of that, it becomes a lot easier to hold the phone but, it is in no manner built for one handed usage. The phone, despite the huge screen can fit into pockets of most of your normal pants and shirts. The question coming to your minds must be, isn’t the 5.5 inches screen already big? Is there any practical use of this big smartphone? The answer is, Yes, there are many good reasons to own a phone as big as the Mi Max. The obvious benefit is the big screen itself, which provides much more room for the movies, videos, games, apps, books and even your work related documents. Basically, the bigger the screen the more you will enjoy the experience but, it has to be the balance between the advantages and the loss of comfort for the sake of it and Xiaomi claims that it has found the sweet spot at 6.44 inches. And to make the most of the big screen, Xiaomi has added some software improvements like the ‘Quick Ball’ which includes 5 customizable shortcut functions and sticks on top of every screen like the Facebook ‘Chat Heads’, one of the shortcut is the back key, which doubles up the functionality of the capacitive back key so you don’t have to move your thumb much. The Mi Max is powered by the new Octa-core Snapdragon 652 Processor paired with 4 GB RAM and delivers amazing performance and can handle everything. It runs on Android Marshmallow based MIUI. The 16 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras are also more or less the same used in Redmi Note 3, which means they are good but better cameras are available at the same price. It is dual sim phone with 4G support and includes whooping 128 GB storage onboard which can be expanded upto 128 GB but, uses the hybrid slot. The phone packs a fast fingerprint scanner and Infrared sensor. Another good thing about the phone is its huge non-removable 4850 mAh battery which provides good battery backup. Overall, the Mi Max won’t be the right choice for most of the users but those who have fallen in love with the phone’s bigger screen and its advantages and are ready to sacrifice a bit of comfort in handling the phone will not find anything better than this, it is almost perfect for its intended user type. Also, those planning to buy a 7 inches tablet can also settle with this.
|OS||Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow | UI - MIUI|
|CPU||1.8 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Processor|
|RAM||4 GB RAM|
|SCREEN||6.44 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|DISPLAY||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 342 ppi pixel density|
|CAMERA||Rear Camera: 16 MP, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No|
|SIM||Dual SIM (4G+4G)|
|STORAGE||Internal: 128 GB, Expandable: Yes, upto 128 GB via microSD card (Hybrid Slot)|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 4850 mAh battery | Fast Charging: No|
|BODY||Weight: 203 grams, Thickness: 7.5 mm|
|OTHERS||Fingerprint Scanner, Infrared, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS|
5. Creo Mark 1:
Creo, the new smartphone manufacturer based in India has launched its first smartphone the Creo Mark 1. The USP of the phone is the software on which it runs, which is the Fuel OS based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The Fuel OS is the heavily customised version of Android and includes lots of interesting features like Sense (allows you to access anything like music, contacts, etc. in two steps, right from the homescreen), Retriever (if your phone is stolen and a new sim is inserted, it sends an email to you with the no. of the inserted sim, and it works without internet and also after factory reset), Echo (in-built answering machine) and there are lot more. The company also promises to deliver new updates every month which will add new features to the phone, users can also suggest a feature to the company and if their idea is approved, it will be included in the upcoming updates and the user will get credit for that feature. If the UI is concerned, it resembles the stock Android UI. The phone has got a metal body and glass back, it is well built, looks good and feels premium. The company is also allowing users to have their custom engraving on the phone. If we talk about the hardware, it packs some strength here as well. It sports a 5.5 inches 2k display (2560 X 1440 pixels) which has very good quality. The Creo Mark 1 runs on the 1.95 GHz Octa Core MediaTek Helio X10 Processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and performs well for heavy usage also. It comes with a 21 MP rear camera with Sony’s IMX230 sensor and clicks good quality images, on the front, it comes with an 8 MP selfie camera with 86 degree wide-angle lens which also produces good images. It is dual sim smartphone with 4G support and comes with 32 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB with the help of a microSD card but uses a hybrid slot. It is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery. Few things, which go against of the Creo Mark 1 is the unavailability of the Fingerprint scanner and at 190 grams it feels heavy. Overall, the Creo Mark 1 adds some very unique features to Android and improves the user experience to a great extent, it also involves you in the development of its ever evolving software and keeps you at centre of it. It can be a good choice.
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