Finding the best value for money phones under Rs. 20,000 has never been so easy and yet difficult at the same time. There are plenty of options out there from several manufacturers, providing you with some of the best specs at mid-range prices. With companies like Xiaomi, Motorola, Lenovo and now even Samsung trying to win the mid-range, customers could have never asked for more.
That said, selecting a phone can still be a challenging task despite the plethora of options. Several aspects like the hardware, software, optimisations and after-sales support still matter. While some companies can have the best specs on paper in a given price range, the lack of software optimisation can make those phones a poor option compared to others.
In this post, we look at some of the best value for money options under Rs. 20,000.
Moto G5 Plus
Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 150.2 x 74 x 7.7mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP
The first phone to make it to this list is the Moto G5 Plus. It comes with a 5.5-inch display and offers a stock Android experience. What this means for an end user is that you can expect faster updates and a fast, smooth experience. Coupled with Motorola’s software optimizations, the Moto G5 Plus can be a joy to use.
Xiaomi Mi A1
Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 7.1.2 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3080mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 5MP
Best dual camera system on a budget
Google’s software with timely updates
The result of Xiaomi’s partnership with Google, supported by the search giant’s Android One program is aimed at users who want a premium smartphone experience in low price. The Mi A1 reboots Google’s Android One program which was at first created for budget OEM’s so that they could give a great experience to users with the help of stock Android. With its reboot, Google has tweaked that a bit and will not focus on smartphone manufacturers that can give a good overall experience to consumers, both with hardware and software.
The A1 features a full HD 5.5-inch IPS display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor backed by 4GB of RAM and an onboard storage of 64GB which can further be expanded with the help of a microSD card. Mi A1 comes with dual camera setup and houses twin 12-megapixel camera modules, one wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture and the other one being a telephoto f/2.6 aperture lens. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera as well. As the smartphone is a product associated with Android One, it runs on stock Android 7.1.2 with promised update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Mi A1 draws power from a 3,080 mAh battery which supports fast charging.
Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 153 x 76 x 8.3mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 5100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Phenomenal battery life
Attractive metal build
Heavy and large
Another entry from Lenovo in this list, the Lenovo P2 offers staggeringly high battery life and runs on stock Android 7.0 Nougat. If you want a smartphone that lasts long on a single charge, the Lenovo P2 could be an option for you. This is achieved in part due to the massive 5100mAh battery and in part due to the power efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset.
Redmi Note 4
Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 151 x 76 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 2/3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Good battery life
Limited to Android Marshmallow
Rear camera struggles in low light
Termed India’s No. 1 selling smartphone, the Redmi Note 4 has been a very successful launch for Xiaomi in India. With the Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi has continued to offer excellent value for money to its customers. While it had focused on specs with its previous phones, the company has started aiming for improved design and build quality. This shows in the Redmi Note 4 – the phone looks good and feels good in hands.
Samsung Galaxy On Max
Weight: 179g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 78.8 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 2/3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Design and build quality
Samsung has continued to expand its mid-range portfolio with the Galaxy On series. Continuing to focus on premium design and build quality, Samsung has also added support for Samsung Pay Mini in the Galaxy On Max. A big display and a decent pair of cameras make the Galaxy On Max a good option overall.
Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Kirin 655 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3340mAh | Rear camera: 12+2MP | Front camera: 8MP
No USB Type-C
Limited storage options
Launched earlier this year, Honor 6X has proven to be a good option in the mid-range. Featuring a dual camera setup on the back, the Honor 6X features a good set of specs overall. The display and camera performance are both good in this price range. The design is one of things that hold this phone back, but overall it is a good option.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Weight: 211g | Dimensions: 174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat | Screen size: 6.44-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 5300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP
Long lasting battery
Mediocre front camera
How big can a phone get for it to be called a tablet? We leave that to you, but if you’re looking for a phone with a massive display, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a very good option. Launched recently, it comes with a 6.44-inch display and a big 5300mAh battery. Not just that, Xiaomi has also worked on its design which has helped the Mi Max 2 look like a premium smartphone.
Moto G5S Plus
Weight: 168g | Dimensions: 153.5 x 76.2 x 8mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: Dual 13MP | Front camera: 8MP
Upgraded full metal shell
Very good value
Significant camera shutter lag
Occasional app crashes
Rounding off the list is another device from Motorola, the recently launched Moto G5S Plus. While almost all other features of the Moto G5S Plus are same as the Moto G5 Plus, it comes with a slightly bigger screen, a dual camera setup and an improved front camera. You still get the smooth stock Android experience coupled with Motorola’s software optimisations.
Honor 8 Lite
Weight: 147g | Dimensions: 147.2 x 72.9 x 7.6mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 655 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Good battery life
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has seen an expansion in its portfolio over the last few months. With the Honor 8 Lite, Huawei has tried to bring down some of the good elements of the Honor 8 to the mid-range. It offers a premium design and build and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. Powering the phone is a Kirin 655 processor which is also made by Huawei.
Weight: 153g | Dimensions: 153.3 x 75.2 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: MT6750T | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: Dual 16MP
Good front camera
Outdated version of Android
One of OPPO’s biggest selling points has been its camera experience. The OPPO F3 is no different in this regard. It comes with a minimalist design and offers rich camera experience in the mid-range. It is also one of the very few smartphones to feature a dual camera setup on the front. If you are looking for a mid-range smartphone that can click great selfies, the OPPO F3 is a good option.