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10 Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs (March 2016)

10 Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs (March 2016)

by Rahul DubeyMarch 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, we have written the latest ranking of 10 Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs for the month of March. 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.

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 us which phone they should choose from the crowded market. Which has enabled us to better understand the requirements and view-point of the buyers. So with this experience, we have tried to make this list even more helpful for you but, if you still have any question, please feel free to ask it 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. 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 plays heaviest of the 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 great choice if you have a budget around 25-30k.

Lenovo-Vibe-X3 - Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs

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


2. 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 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.

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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

3. 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.
OnePlus-X_4 - Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs

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


4. 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. If you want a 6 inches phone, the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE601KL at Rs. 17,999 can be a good choice.

asus_zenfone_2_ze551ml_4gb_ram - Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs

PRICERs 19,999 @  Rs @  Rs 11,499  @ 
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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5. 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 around Rs. 17,000 can also be a good choice.

Xperia-c4---best-tech-guru- Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs

PRICERs.   @  Rs. @  Rs. 20,990  @ 
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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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.
  • Ankit Poddar
    April 1, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    i want to buy a mobile for range of approx 12000-15000 for myself. basic mobile use with some good camera & small game play like inotia, clash of clan, & mainly video viewing. please suggest me best available mobile in india. i thought xiaomi note 3 was best but its not currently available and it seems long waiting period. so please guide me.

  • April 1, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Plz suggest me which one is best for me under 25000

  • April 1, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Sir i want a phn undr 25000 which on is best suggestions plz

  • Tarique Azam
    March 23, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I have heard that in low light camera of lenovo does nt work properly. Even experienced the same in k4 note. So should i go with vibe x3 or not. If no please suggest me another option in 20k. I am freak of playing games and photography. So the phone must not heat up. I am open to all brands accept samsung.

  • sushil sahu
    March 22, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Rahul, i like vive x3 but it is not available in amazon for long time. So suggest me a phone btwen 20-22k,

  • Angel
    March 22, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    sir i want to buy best bugged phone so i m confused Redmi note 3 nd moto x play …both of which betters phone

  • anuj
    March 21, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    i want to buy a phone with a good front and back camera and a good speed. i am a little confused between htc desire 828 Mi4 and 1 plus X. I have a budget of Rs 18000 or max 20000. can u plz suggest smtng

  • Neha
    March 21, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Hi Rahul.. i am really confused when it comes to buy a new phone. i saw ur blog and i hope now i can really buy a new one. plz help me with Lenovo vibe 3 /Sony C4 / HTC 828 or MI5… Looking for best camera,selfies/sound/battery life and offcourse shud not hang after a while.. Thanks..

  • Yash
    March 20, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Hi ???? , I have not mobile phone. But I want to buy new mobile under 20,000.₹. Please I want to give suggestion for which mobile I have to buy.

  • ashish
    March 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I want to buy a phone under 20k.
    pls suggest in samsung.

  • Anup
    March 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Frnds kuch order karo kahi se bhai order karo except snapdeal

  • Umang
    March 15, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Which phone is best redmi note 3 or moto x play or htc e9 plus??

  • Shikha
    March 13, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Which phone is best between moto x play & lenovo vibe x3? Plz help confused between these two

  • Shikha
    March 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Which phone is bestest between these two- Moto x play or Lenovo vibe x3 ??

  • March 13, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Hi I want to buy new smart phone, gionee s6 , vibe x3, mi3 pro. which is best mobile? budget 20k. tell about as….

  • Rahul
    March 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    what about lenova vibe k3 note

  • Samson
    March 10, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Hai…Can anyone suggest me about Nextbit robin ? shall I take that ?

  • March 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Hi. I m using Moto g first generation at present.i m totally confused which phone to buy under 20 j5,Samsung a series or Moto x play

  • yadu
    March 7, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    i found that zenfone 2 is available for 13000 . S which 1 is better redmi note3 or zenfone 2(4gb ram)?

  • Ravi Raj
    March 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Sir, I want to buy a mobile my budget is 20000 and I am confused between Gionee S6 and HTC desire 826. Plz guide me for which I have to go? Is there any service issue after purchasing the device online?

    • March 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Hi, don’t go with any of these two, there are much better phones available at this price. The top 3 phones in this list are excellent you can go with any of them with closed eyes or you can also choose one among the Top 6.

  • Shivraj Nagare
    March 7, 2016 at 8:20 am

    should I go for Lenovo vibe x3 or should I wait for mi5?

  • yash
    March 5, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    hey.. which is better lenovo vibe x3 or MI 5 ??

  • rajiv
    March 4, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Plz suggest the best buy below 20 k other than moto x play…good touch and camera required…

  • yadu
    March 2, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    which is better galaxy j7 or zenfone 2(3gb RAM) or gionee s plus or the honor 6?

    March 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    suggest me a smartphone with good value for money and lag free interface. I have a budget of 16000. how about lumia 640xl since i read a lot of e books Im looking for a bigger display.

    • March 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Hi, go with the Moto X Play instead.

        March 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm

        i have used motorola but not satisfied with the performance so any other?

        • March 3, 2016 at 11:01 am

          Moto X Play has much better performance compared to Lumia 640 XL. But if you don’t wan’t to go with Motorola, OnePlus X can be a good choice at your budget but it’s 5 inches. Alternatively, you can also consider the Lenovo Vibe P1 or the K4 Note or best will be if you can increase your budget upto 20000 and buy the Vibe X3, its the best of them all.

  • ambar
    March 2, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Which is d best phone under 20000 plz tell……totally confused

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