10 Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs (September 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 September. 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. Oppo F1s:
After the Oppo F1 Plus, Oppo has launched another phone under its famous ‘Selfie Expert’ tag, the Oppo F1s. The biggest highlight of the phone is its 16 MP front camera which comes with a 1/3.1-inch sensor and f/2.0 aperture lens. It can click some really amazing selfies with great depth both in normal and low light conditions, although it misses out the front flash but to compensate, it turns the screen white and uses ‘Screen Flash’ which does the job to some extent. The Oppo F1 Plus also allows to take Selfie Panorama and comes with ‘Beautify 4.0’ which makes your selfies even more beautiful. It also includes lots of filters and selfie customisation options which lets you play with your selfies and have fun. The Oppo F1s comes with a smaller than the front, 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and PDAF, it also captures good quality images. Talking about the design, the Oppo F1s looks almost similar to the Oppo F1 Plus, which means it looks very beautiful and feels very premium with its metallic unibody design, also it feels strong and sturdy at the same time. The 2.5D curved glass which is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 also adds to the phone’s beauty on the front side. It sports a 5.5 inches HD display, which feels a little less as we expect a Full HD display at this price, still the quality of display is very good and can be accepted. It runs on the 1.5 GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6750 Processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and delivers good performance. Gaming and multitasking experience is also good although, phones with better processor are available around the same price or even at lower prices. The Oppo F1s runs on the older Android 5.1 Lollipop based Color OS 3.0 on top. The Color OS is heavily inspired with the iOS, it has very similar icons and UI and whether you like this fact or not, it isn’t bad and looks beautiful. It packs a very fast and good quality fingerprint scanner situated on the physical home button on the front below the screen. It is a dual sim phone with 4G support on both the sim slots. It packs 32 GB of internal storage which is further expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card, good thing is that, there is a dedicated slot for the microSD card. The phone is backed by a non-removable Li-Po 3075 mAh battery which gives a good battery backup. Overall, the Oppo F1s is a very good smartphone, it packs a great selfie camera, very good premium design, decent performance and delivers a good complete experience and can be a good choice without doubts.
3. Vivo V3 Max:
The Vivo V3 Max is the recently launched flagship phone from the company in the Indian market. Before we get into the details of the phone, it is worth noting that Vivo is currently the no. 5 smartphone manufacturer in the world and it is trying to position itself like a premium brand in India so, the expectations with this phone are high. Starting with the design, the Vivo V3 Max comes with a full metallic body and 2.5 D curved glass on the front, which looks good and gives a good feel. The build quality is good, the phone looks decent in terms of design but isn’t very beautiful. The phone has a thickness of 7.6 mm and it weighs 168 grams and feels bulky at times. It packs a 5.5 inches Full HD display which has good quality. The Vivo V3 Max is powered by the powerful 1.8 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Processor coupled with 4 GB RAM. Although, the Snapdragon 652 is not the top of the line processor from Qualcomm but still it delivers a very good performance, fast and smooth enough to play all the heavy/ graphics intensive games easily. It runs on the older Android 5.1 Lollipop with company’s own Funtouch OS 2.5 running on top of it. The Funtouch OS 2.5 is very heavily customised and is designed to look and work very close to Apple’s iOS. The phone features a 13 MP rear camera with single LED flash and an 8 MP front facing camera. The rear camera has decent picture quality but much better camera phones are available at around the same price or even lower price. Although the front camera is good. The music experience on the phone through Vivo’s Hi-Fi chip is very good, the speaker is loud and clear and the audio output via the headphones is impressive. The fingerprint scanner positioned at the back of the smartphone is fast and accurate, it can store up to 5 fingerprints. It is a dual sim phone with 4G support. It comes with 32 GB internal storage which is expandable via microSD but has the hybrid slot. It is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery which has good battery backup, it also supports fast charging and charges quickly. Overall, the Vivo V3 Max is a good overall phone which packs all the latest features supported by good performance but, it is the pricing of this smartphone which is very critical is determining whether you should buy it or not. Phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the LeEco Le 2 are delivering almost same features at around Rs. 12,000 and if you increase your budget a little you get the much better Xiaomi Mi 5. So, the Vivo V3 Max which was earlier priced around Rs. 23,000 is still an overpriced deal after the price cut.
|OS||Android v5.1 Lollipop | UI - Funtouch OS 2.5|
|CPU||1.8 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Processor|
|RAM||4 GB RAM|
|SCREEN||5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen|
|DISPLAY||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density|
|CAMERA||Rear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No|
|STORAGE||Internal: 32 GB, Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD (hybrid slot)|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery | Fast Charging: Yes|
|BODY||Weight: 168 grams, Thickness: 7.6 mm|
|OTHERS||Fingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS|
4. 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)
5. 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.
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