10 Best Phones under 20000 Rs (May 2018)

Best smartphones between 15000 Rs to 20000 Rs

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.

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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 to understand what all options they have got and what will be the best choice for them.

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 Rs. since Feb-18

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (6 GB):

Xiaomi, after a long wait, has launched the successors to its popular Redmi Note 4, as the Redmi Note 5 and the more powerful Redmi Note 5 Pro. When compared to the Redmi Note 5, the Redmi Note 5 Pro packs in dual rear cameras, big selfie camera and a better processor. Let’s get into the details of the smartphone starting with its design. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes in a very well-built premium metal unibody design having narrow bezels and rounded edges on the display, due to which the front of the phone looks beautiful. On the rear, there is tapered metal finish with curved edges, which makes it comfortable to hold and use. However, the highlight of… Read More »

Should you buy?
Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is a great all-round smartphone. It comes with the big modern 18:9 display, premium design, excellent rear camera, great front camera, excellent performance, great big battery, good software, lots of features and suits to the needs of all types of users. It is really a great package, something like this was never seen at this price. It deserves to be called as the budget flagship smartphone and is the best mobile under 20000 Rs. in India.


Heavy users  Normal day to day users  Heavy gamers  Moderate gamers Camera lovers  Selfie lovers  Multimedia consumption
ProsCons
  • Excellent dual rear cameras
  • Excellent front camera with flash
  • Good bokeh effects
  • Premium narrow-bezel design
  • Good big display with 18:9 ratio
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent big battery
  • Face recognition unlock
  • MIUI 9 is best in class
  • Great user experience
  • Great value for money
  • Should have shipped with Android Oreo

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro - Best Phones under 20000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

PRICE
4 GB - Rs 13,999 @ Flipkart                6 GB - Rs 16,999 @ Flipkart
OSAndroid 7.1.2 Nougat | UI - MIUI 9
CPU1.8 GHz Kyro Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Processor
RAM/GPU4/6 GB LPDDR4X RAM, Adreno 509 GPU
SCREEN5.99 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2.5D Curved Corning Gorilla Glass
DISPLAYFull-screen display, FHD+ (1080 x 2160), 18:9 aspect ratio, 403 ppi density
CAMERARear Camera: 12 MP + 5 MP Dual cameras, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 20 MP, Flash: Yes
SIMDual SIM (hybrid slot)
STORAGEInternal: 64 GB, Expandable: Yes, up to 128 GB via microSD card
BATTERYNon-removable 4000 mAh Li-Ion Battery | Fast Charging: No, 5V/2A charger
BODYWeight: 181 grams, Thickness: 8.05 mm
OTHERSFace Recognition Unlock, Fingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, GPS, Infrared

Buy-from-Flipkart

Newly launched

2. Huawei P20 Lite:

Huawei, after launching some good & popular phones under its Honor branding, has now launched a new mid-budget smartphone under its own name, known as the Huawei P20 Lite. As evident from its name, the Huawei P20 Lite is a lighter variant of Huawei’s new flagship Huawei P20, which is also launched alongside it in India. The Huawei P20 Lite looks stunningly beautiful with its bezel-less design with glass back and has got a very premium build quality and feels like a flagship phone. However, it has also got an iPhone X like ‘notch’ on top… Read More »

Should you buy?
Overall, the Huawei P20 Lite, with its very beautiful design is a very good all-round smartphone. It packs in very good cameras, modern & beautiful 19:9 display with bezel-less design and latest software. One area where it should have done better at this price is the performance part. And when compared to two of its biggest rivals, Oppo F7 & Vivo V9, it is better than both, also it is more compact. So, it is a good package, worth putting your money in.


Heavy users  Normal day to day users  Heavy gamers  Moderate gamers Camera lovers  Selfie lovers  Multimedia consumption
ProsCons
  • Very beautiful, premium bezel-less design
  • Excellent front camera
  • Good rear cameras
  • Very good 19:9 display
  • Compact size compared to competitors
  • Good performance for daily usage
  • Latest Android Oreo
  • Facial unlock + Fingerprint scanner
  • Lags a little with heavy games
  • More powerful processor expected at this price
  • Price should have been 2-3k lower

Huawei P20 Lite - Best Phones under 20000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

PRICE
Rs 19,999 @ Amazon
OSAndroid v8.0 Oreo | UI - EMUI 8.0
CPU2.36 GHz Octa Core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659 Processor
RAM/GPU4 GB RAM, Mali-T830 MP2 GPU
SCREEN5.84 inches, LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2.5D curved toughened glass protection
DISPLAYFullView FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels), 19:9 aspect ratio, 432 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear: 16 MP + 2 MP dual cameras, Flash: Yes | Front: 24 MP, Flash: No
SIMDual SIM (hybrid slot)
STORAGEInternal: 64 GB, Expandable: Yes, up to 256 GB via microSD card
BATTERYNon-removable 3000 mAh Li-Po battery | Fast Charging: Yes, 9V/2A
BODYWeight: 145 grams, Thickness: 7.4 mm
OTHERSFace Unlock, Fingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C

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Was the Best Smartphone under 20000 Rs. from Nov-17 to Feb-18

3. Moto X4 (3 GB):

After a long wait, Motorola has launched its highly anticipated phone in the popular ‘Moto X’ series – the Moto X4. Currently, Motorola has its Moto Z series as flagship and the Moto G series as a budget offering and the company has introduced the Moto X series to sit between the two. The Moto X4 is meant to be a premium offering than the Moto G5s Plus and it very successfully achieves that with its premium glass and metal design, with Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and back and a metal frame in-between. The glasses blend perfectly into the frame and the phone looks very beautiful and gets full marks in the design… Read More »

Should you buy?
Overall, the Moto X4 is a well-thought premium smartphone with all round features. It packs in excellent cameras, excellent design, good performance, stock Android and a lot more. More importantly, the phone successfully delivers a premium experience and one can enjoy it for a long time. It is one of the best phones under 20000 Rs. in India.


Heavy users  Normal day to day users  Heavy gamers  Moderate gamers Camera lovers  Selfie lovers  Multimedia consumption
ProsCons
  • Excellent dual rear cameras
  • Excellent front camera with flash
  • Excellent metal glass design
  • Good performance
  • Good battery backup + Fast charging
  • Latest Stock Android + fast updates
  • IP68 Water Proof & USB Type-C
  • Great premium user experience
  • Reliable phone with good value for money
No real cons at its price.

Moto-X4 - Best Phones under 20000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

PRICE
3 GB RAM - Rs 20,999 @ Flipkart                4 GB RAM - Rs 22,999 @ Flipkart
6 GB RAM - Rs 24,999 @ Flipkart
OSAndroid v7.1 Nougat | UI - Stock Android
CPU2.2 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Processor
RAM/GPU3/4/6 GB RAM, Adreno 508 GPU
SCREEN5.2 inches, LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 424 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 12 MP + 8 MP dual cameras, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 16 MP, Flash: Yes
SIMDual SIM (hybrid slot)
STORAGEInternal: 32/64 GB, Expandable: Yes, up to 2 TB via microSD card
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery | Fast Charging: Yes, Turbo Charging (15W fast charger)
BODYWeight: 163 grams, Thickness: 8.0 mm
OTHERSIP68 certified dust & water proof, USB Type-C, Moto Actions, Fingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, NFC, Bluetooth v5.0, WiFi, GPS

Buy-from-Flipkart

Was the Best Smartphone under 20000 Rs. for Oct-17

4. Honor 9i:

After introducing it with a different name in China, Huawei has launched its much-anticipated phone Honor 9i in India. The Honor 9i packs some remarkable features, it is the first phone in India to come with four cameras, it also comes with very narrow bezel 18:9 display. It shows us a glimpse of where the competition will be heading to in the future of budget smartphones. The Honor 9i comes in a premium metallic unibody design, it is very well built and comfortable to hold with its rounded edges. It comes with very less bezels and due to which it accommodates a huge 5.9 inches screen in the size of a typical 5.5 inches phone, which is a great thing!… Read More »

Should you buy?
Overall, the Honor 9i is a unique smartphone offering some big highlighting features like a narrow bezel 18:9 aspect ratio display and four cameras. The phone is very well designed, has very good quality cameras, good display and good overall features which make it a well-balanced smartphone. However, performance is the area where it won’t be a right choice for heavy gamers otherwise, it is a great package. And if you wanted to buy an 18:9 aspect ratio phone, the Honor 9i is the best choice in the budget segment, and is one of the best phones under 20000 Rs.


Heavy users  Normal day to day users  Heavy gamers  Moderate gamers Camera lovers  Selfie lovers  Multimedia consumption
ProsCons
  • 18:9 aspect ratio with good display quality
  • Accommodates 5.9 inches screen in the size of typical 5.5 inches phone
  • Excellent rear camera quality
  • Excellent front cameras with flash
  • Very good design
  • Good performance for daily usage
  • Good value for money
  • Lags a little with heavy games
  • No fast charging

Honor-9i - Best Phones under 20000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

PRICE
Rs 17,999 @ Flipkart
OSAndroid v7.0 Nougat | UI - EMUI 5.1
CPU2.36 GHz Octa Core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659 Processor
RAM4 GB RAM
SCREEN5.9 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2.5D curved glass
DISPLAYFullView FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels), 18:9 aspect ratio, 407 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 16 MP + 2 MP dual cameras, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 13 MP + 2 MP dual cameras, Flash: Yes (Soft flash)
SIMDual SIM (hybrid slot)
STORAGEInternal: 64 GB, Expandable: Yes, up to 128 GB via microSD card
BATTERYNon-removable 3340 mAh battery | Fast Charging: No
BODYWeight: 164 grams, Thickness: 7.5 mm
OTHERSFingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

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Newly launched

5. Nokia 6 (2018):

Nokia recently launched a 4 GB RAM variant of its last year’s Nokia 6,  and within no time they have launched its successor in India, known as the Nokia 6 (2018). The new Nokia 6 (2018) brings some significant improvements over the last gen Nokia 6, most importantly in terms of performance. It now runs on a more powerful 2.2 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor paired with 3 GB RAM and Adreno 508 GPU, and delivers very good performance for gaming, multitasking and day to day usage. However, one area where the new Nokia 6 should have been upgraded, is the display… Read More »

Should you buy?
Overall, the new Nokia 6 (2018) is a good smartphone with balanced all-round features, umm, which are still not enough! It comes in a very beautiful premium design with excellent build quality. It also delivers very good performance and decent cameras. However, the best thing about the Nokia 6 (2018) is that it comes under Android One program with latest Android and guaranteed updates. The Nokia 6 (2018), despite being good, misses out on an 18:9 display & dual cameras, which are the trending features now coming with every good budget smartphone, and their absence is strongly felt! So, only if you want a clean, stock Android experience or the brand value of Nokia, it can be a good buy.


Heavy users  Normal day to day users  Heavy gamers  Moderate gamers Camera lovers  Selfie lovers  Multimedia consumption
ProsCons
  • Android One with Stock Android and fast updates
  • Excellent, beautiful premium design
  • Good display quality
  • Good performance
  • Good front & rear cameras
  • Good battery backup + Fast charging
  • Reliable phone with good user experience
  • Brand value of Nokia
  • Overpriced, should have costed 2-3K less
  • No narrow bezel 18:9 display
  • No dual cameras
  • Average low light camera performance

Nokia-6-(2018) - Best Phones under 20000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

PRICE
Rs 16,999 @ Nokia
OSAndroid v8.0 Oreo | UI - Stock Android (comes under 'Android One' program with promised updates for 2 years)
CPU2.2 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Processor
RAM/GPU3 GB LPDDR 4 RAM, Adreno 508 GPU
SCREEN5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 403 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 16 MP with ZEISS optics, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No
SIMDual SIM (hybrid slots)
STORAGEInternal: 32 GB, Expandable: Yes, up to 128 GB via microSD card
BATTERYNon-removable 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery | Fast Charging: Yes
BODYWeight: -, Thickness: 8.15 mm
OTHERSFingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C

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Before you check out 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

RankPhonePrice
1Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 ProRs. 16,999
2Huawei P20 LiteRs. 19,999
3Moto X4 (3 GB)Rs. 20,999
4Honor 9iRs. 17,999
5Nokia 6 (2018)Rs. 16,999
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99 thoughts on “10 Best Phones under 20000 Rs (May 2018)”

  1. Hello mr rahul,
    Till the end i am little bit confused for buy a new phone.
    Can u suggest me the best android and features ,fast charging and branded phone for me.its status matters

  2. Which is better phone to buy honor 9i or j7 pro or asus Zenfone 3.
    Better camera quality with android updates is required. I am a moderate user. so pls suggest me which is better to buy…

  3. Hi Rahul I need a phone under 20k which is good in camera, battery back up, good display and no hanging issues… Moto m. Moto g5 plus.,moto g5 s plus, Samsung j7 Pro, le max 2 or any other please suggest

    1. How about leeco brand? Are they good in performance are they sturdy?? Is any models of vivo and oppo excellent in 20k or slightly higher than this budget I need an excellent phone which is good in all areas please suggest.

  4. HI Rahul,

    I have little confusion in choosing between NOKIA 6 , Moto G5 plus and Lenovo K8 note as all three has STOCK Andriod and nearly same specification.Please suggest me good one to buy

  5. Hi Rahul,
    Planning to buy a mobile approx. or under 20K and don’t want to go with any China brands. I can go with Samsung, LG, Nokia, HTC etc. Can you please suggest a better option? I have searched for few latest released and confused n/w them. These phone are Samsung J7 Pro, J7 Max, Nokia 6, LG Q6 etc. Please suggest or suggest for any other latest brand mentioned above.

  6. Hello sir mai Honor 8 pro lena chahta hu lekin mere area me service centre nhi hai To kya liya jaye ya nhi mere area se lgbhag 120 KLM PAr hai service centre To purchase kar skte hai ki nhi sir samsung ka hai lekin samsung brand pe hi paisa marti hai huwai best deta hai mobile….

  7. Rahul Sir,

    Please help me out in purchasing an android cellphone up to 20000…

    1) 4gb ram 64 gb internal
    2) fast processor snapdragon 650 or any other
    3) 5.5 inch
    4) good camra
    5) fluent touch nd gorilla glass protection..

  8. Hi , I want ur suggestion I want to buy two phones ,the first phone should be under budget of under20000,and second one should be under 30000 please suggest me best for both quickly and no Samsung

  9. Hi , I want ur suggestion I want to buy two phones ,the first phone should be under budget of under20000,and second one should be under 30000 please suggest me best for both quickly

  10. I am looking for excellent camera phones both rear nd front..Under 20k..Which is better samsung j7max or J7 pro..Is there any other phones in this price range of 20k..

  11. rahul i came through this article randomly, and liked it very much with all details explanations, reply to each and everyone. seems like i am gona be a fan of this site as well as your blogs. thankyou

  12. Sir I want to buy a smartphone. Which one is best among Samsung on nxt 64gb, moto g5+, redmi note 4, vivo v5+, oppo f3,

  13. Heii rahul,
    I m a bit confused for moto g 5+ and lenovo z2
    both are of same price range . i was basically looking for 5′ mobile so moto g5 also fits in the bill.
    i juz play clash of clans in games, few utility softwares, hardly use camera at all, a decent battery, display n good performance is all i need
    so which should i choose between those two. and plzz specify the reason too.
    thanks.

  14. I am very confused to select phone under 20k
    What about mi note 4 64gb?
    I need minimum 4 gb ram and 64gb internal
    I am using only for calls watch movie listing music and some playing normal games like Coc and mini games pls tell me which phone i can buy?

    1. Hi, the iPhone SE packs some great hardware and is a very good phone, the only problem is its small 4 inches screen size. I would recommend you to first try the 4 inches screen for some time and see if it suits you as it is very small for multimedia, gaming and even day to day operations. So, going with the Moto G5 Plus will be a better option.

  15. which phone i should buy vivo , xioami , oppo,lenovo,samsung,moto,assus,panasonic,gionee,huiae , range-15000 to 20000

  16. Looking for the Best Camera Phone with good features and performance.
    Primary aim is Camera and Storage with great display.
    Also Selfies and Music is an option as well.
    Confused which Phone is the Best?

  17. Hi Rahul,
    I have been using moto g 2nd gen since its launch. There has been minor problems. Now I want a 4G supported phone, I guess MOTO G5 plus could be a good option. But the 3000mAh battery is not much appreciable. Now Honor 6X and Lenovo P2 seem quite interesting too.

    So, will you suggest me the best among three with their cons and pros?

    1. Hi, because of the battery efficient Snapdragon 625 processor the Moto G5 Plus delivers good battery backup. But if you need a serious battery backup, the Lenovo P2 can be a great choice.

  18. Hi,

    I am looking to buy a phone under 20k. I am looking for the following:

    – better camera
    – atleast 4GB RAM
    – better internal memory (>32GB)

    I am confused between nubio z11 mini s and Moto G5 plus and Moto M. While I love Moto due to unadultrated Android, Moto G5 has just 12 MP camera as against 23 MP of nubio.

    Please can you clarify?

    1. Hi, Moto G5 Plus is the best. The image quality of the rear camera of both the Moto G5 Plus and Nubia Z11 Mini S is very good, it’s only the front camera where the Z11 Mini S is a clear winner. So, it depends on your usage which one you should pick. However, according to me, Moto G5 Plus as a complete package is a much better smartphone.

  19. Hi, which mobile phone should be purchased below 20000?
    . Fast and Perfomance
    . good battery
    . fast operating system and processor
    . Dual Sim

  20. Hi .Im in an urgent need of a phone with price under 20k. I need some thing with a good camera storage and high performance …. pls suggest me… which should i go for vivo v5 plus or moto m or some other phone

  21. Hi RAHUL , which phone should I buy around at15000price range??I need very good CAMERA , DISPLAY , SPEAKER,and I am a heavy gamer,And Moto g5 plus if available in offline market in future ???? Please tell me . THANKS

    1. Hi, go with the Moto G5 Plus, it has great cameras, good performance and good display, its speakers are not the loudest but will do the job. The Moto G5 Plus may come to the offline markets but there are no more details on it.

  22. Hey Rahul,

    I am a great of Moto one of reason could be stock android. But when it comes performance I could see Lenovo Z2 Plus is better then Moto M. Now Moto G5 is also on release. Please help me choose between Moto G5 Plus and Moto M and Lenovo Z2 Plus. Also I would also be grateful if you can tell me if any other better phones are coming to market in the upcoming months then I could probably wait for it.

    1. Hi, go with the Moto G5 Plus, it is the best and most balanced out of the three. It has good performance as well but if you are a heavy user then you should go with the Lenovo Z2 Plus. Talking about the upcoming phones, the most exciting phone to launch soon is the Xiaomi Mi 6, it is expected to release in April and might come in two variants, the low end variant would cost somewhere around 20k-25k. It will be an amazing phone for sure but its India launch could see a bit more delay. Now, considering the current options you have, all the phones are pretty good value for money so, settling with probably the Moto G5 Plus would be a better choice than waiting for months in my opinion.

      Read more about Mi 6: https://www.besttechguru.com/xiaomi-mi-6-leaks-rumours-round-up-an-exciting-phone-to-set-your-eyes-on/

  23. I need in these things in my phone
    1) great display
    2) Good audio output through earphones
    3)5.5inch display
    4) good battery

  24. Hi, which mobile phone should be purchased below 20000?
    . good camera
    . good battery
    . good sound quality
    . fast operating system and processor
    . 4G with dual SIM

  25. Hi Rahul
    Greetings!
    Can u suggest me best performance phone with 5inch screen (no iPhone please). Range u can suggest upto 20-25 k

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