Updated on 05/Jan/2019 – Howdy, so you are planning to ditch that old phone and get something new and shiny. I have chosen some of the best phones, that you can buy depending on your needs. Besides, these have relevant features like Great Camera, Performance, 4G, and long battery life, etc…
Also, the Dual /selfie camera phones are in Vogue. Let’s even talk about them too.
So Let’s begin our Quest to find the perfect mobile for you. Let’s start with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 PRO.
1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 PRO (All Rounder)
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 PRO is launched in March 2018 and is the new crowd favorite in the sub 20k price range. It is available on Flipkart or Mi.com (ahem…. ahem) in 2 variants.
- 64 GB + 4 GB RAM – Price Rs. 14,999.
- 64 GB + 6 GB RAM – Price Rs. 16,999.
The highlight feature of the Redmi Note 5 PRO is the 5.99 Inch Full HD+ Display (2180*1080) pixels with 18:9 aspect ratio. Further, the bezel-less display is excellent for reading and watching videos.
Powering the REdmi Note 5 PRO is latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and Adreno 509 GPU. There is 4 GB /6 GB of Ram. In fact, the Snapdragon 636 is really powerful as well as energy efficient and can prolong the battery life even further. It is almost 70% faster in comparison to the Snapdragon 625 used in the Redmi Note 5.
For imaging, it has a 12 Megapixel + 5 Megapixel Dual rear camera and, there is even an impressive 20 Megapixel front selfie camera.
Most of all, it comes with excellent battery life and has a 4000 mAH battery capacity. There is Quick Charge 2.0 support and you can charge the phone quickly.
Storage and Connectivity
The Dual Sim, Note 5 PRO, runs on Android Oreo 7.1 along with the MIUI 9.5. It even has 4G VOLTE support. The OS is upgradable to Android Oreo and offers a smooth user experience without any lags.
Recommendation – If you need great performance, decent rear and front camera with a beautiful display, the Xiaomi phone is an ideal choice.
2. Xiaomi Mi A2 (Incredible Dual Rear Camera)
Xiaomi has recently launched the Xiaomi Mi A2(read full review) in the Indian market, and the device comes with Dual rear cameras, and stock Android experience.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is available to purchase from Amazon India for a Price tag of Rs. 16,999.
The key highlight of the Xiaomi Mi A2 is it’s Dual rear camera setup that offers flagship camera quality. The Dual camera uses two lenses with 20 MP + 12 MP resolution with a f/1.75 aperture which offers very natural looking photos.
Notably, the camera can take fantastic Bokeh shots, and can even record 4K Videos.
The front camera is also stunning as it comes with a 20 MP selfie shooter.
The second important highlight of Mi A2 is that it runs on the Stock Android Oreo OS, without the Xiaomi MIUI. It will also get the Android Pie update this year and will get future updates as it part of Android One program.
Further, powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, Adreno 512 GPU, that ensures a lag-free experience.
There is 64 GB of internal storage which is not expandable. Additionally, there is 4 GB of ram to ensure it works flawlessly while multi-tasking.
Display, Build and Design
The mobile comes with a 5.99 Inch IPS LCD display panel and has an 18:9 aspect ratio. In fact, it is an FHD+ panel and comes with 2160×1080 FHD+, 403 PPI.
The sleek Mi A2 comes with a metallic design and weighs 168 grams; the thickness is 7.3 mm.
Also, it has a decent 3000 mAH capacity battery that is actually not sufficient to last all day on heavy usage. The phone supports fast charging but the bundled charger is not very fast.
The Xiaomi phone comes with the modern USB Type C port and also has support for 4G Volte and other standard connectivity options. However, it does not have support for a micro-sd card and even doesn’t have a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Recommendation – Buy it for the camera, they are crazy good, and you will love it. The major issue is lack of headphone jack and sub-optimal battery life.
3. Motorola One Power (Long Battery Mobile)
The Motorola One Power is the latest Moto phone that is available to purchase for a price of Rs. 15,999 and comes with a massive 5000 mAH Battery capacity and Stock Android Experience.
Design and Display
The Motorola One Power comes with a robust build quality and metallic design. The mobile weighs 205 grams and comes with a large 6.2 Inches notch display with IPS LCD panel.
Moreover, there is Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio (1080 x 2246) pixels resolution that is great for watching movies and videos.
Also, there is a fingerprint scanner embedded at the back and it even comes with face unlock support.
The mobile comes with Dual 16MP+5 megapixel camera at the back, with f/2.0 aperture, and even has autofocus, and Dual led flash.
Also, the One Power has an excellent 12 Megapixel front selfie camera to click decent selfies.
OS and Storage
Furthermore, it offers the latest Android Nougat 8.1 OS (stock Android) and comes with 64 GB of internal storage space. The mobile will even get the Android Pie 9.0 update.
The storage is expandable to 256 GB using the micro-sd card. Additionally, there is 4 GB of ram to make sure experience is smooth.
Performance & Battery
Next, powering the mobile is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Processor, and the Adreno 509 GPU, which is great for gaming.
The key highlight of the Motorola One Power is its enormous 5000 mAH capacity battery that can easily last 1.5 days.
Also, we get a 15 Watts turbocharger that can charge the device quickly.
PROS – Stock Android Experience, Great Battery Life and Performance Cons – Camera Quality could have been better.
Recommendation – Moto brand name, good after sales service, robust build are few reasons to be interested in Motorola One Power.
4. Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Large Display Phone)
Best Large Display 6.4 Inch, 5300 mAH capacity battery, Price Rs. 16,999
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is the latest large display phone from Xiaomi, launched in India in Mid July 2017. The Mi Max 2 is the successor to the Mi Max and comes with many refinements. The mobile is available for Rs. 15,999 or $250.
For starters, there is Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor clocked at 2.0 GHz, and Adreno 506 GPU powering the device. Also, it has 64 GB of internal storage expandable up to 128 GB using the Micro-sd card. There is 4 GB of Ram to ensure fast multi-tasking.
Display and Design
The metallic phone has a massive 6.44 Inch display and comes with Full HD (1920*1080) resolution. Also, it has 2.5D Curved glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The enormous phablet weighs 212 grams and has a thickness of 7.6 mm. Notably, the fingerprint scanner is present at the back of the device.
Another key highlight of the Mi phone is it’s massive 5300 mAH capacity battery that can easily last two days. Moreover, it has Quick Charge 3.0 support to make sure it charges quickly.
For photography, it has an improved 12MP camera with Sony IMX 386 sensor and f/2.2 aperture. The front camera is also passable with 5 MP lens.
Connectivity & OS
Lastly, the phone comes with the USB Type C port and even has the Dual Sim, 4G VOLTE connectivity, and an IR blaster.
Recommendation – It is an excellent choice if you need a huge display phone with incredible battery life.
5. Xiaomi POCO F1
Xiaomi POCO F1 is the most powerful phone that you can buy in the budget of Rs. 20,000.
The phone comes with a price tag of Rs. 20,999 for the 64 GB storage and 6 GB Ram version. The key highlight of the POCO F1 (Read Full Review) is the Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor that you get in phones like Pixel 3 or the OnePlus 6.
There are higher variants available for the POCO F1 on Flipkart but the 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant looks more practical and offers decent storage and is value for money offering.
Powering the mobile is the blazingly fast Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core Processor with 2.8 GHz clock speed, and comes with Adreno 630 GPU which can easily handle PUBG, Asphalt 9 or Fortnite.
Dual Rear Camera
It is not only a performance beast but also packs great optics. The Dual rear camera has 12 MP+ 5 MP lens that comes with f/1.9 aperture and can click decent portrait shots and is a very good option for outdoor photography.
The camera offers decent dynamic range and color profile and even comes with some AI features to enhance images.
The front camera is a 20 Megapixel shooter for clicking selfies and can click selfies worth sharing on Instagram.
Design and Display
Further, it offers a polyplastic design, which is just okay and nothing much to speak home about.
There is a Fingerprint scanner at the back and it carries an infrared face unlock sensor up front.
Further, it has a (2246 x 1080) FHD+ display that comes with a wide notch and has 403 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
The phone has an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and comes with 500 nits maximum brightness.
For connectivity, there is USB Type C Port, and even has 3.5 mm Audio Jack, WIFI, Bluetooth and 4G Volte support.
Battery Life & OS
The phone runs on the Android Oreo 8.1 OS with a new POCO launcher and MIUI 9.5. Also, it will get the Android Pie update soon.
Lastly, it comes with a massive 4000 mAH battery with fast charging support (Q.C 3.0) which is sufficient to last all day with moderate usage.
Pros 1. Great improved Dual Rear camera. 2. Super fast Performance 3. Great Battery Life. Cons 1. The design could have been better.
Recommendation – The POCO F1 is a killer phone for the price and easily dwarf the rival phones. Buying it is a no-brainer.
6. Huawei Nova 3i
Price Rs. 20,999
Huawei Honor 3i was launched in India in August 2018 and is undoubtedly the best looking phone that you can buy in the sub 30K price range.
Especially the Iris Purple color as shown in the image below looks a lot like the Huawei P20 Pro (Flagship).
For shutterbugs, it comes with a dual 16 MP + 2 MP Dual rear camera and offers great features, such as Portrait Mode, HDR, Panorama, Slo-mo video, phase detection auto-focus (PDAF), and AI Scene Detection.
Surprisingly, it has a dual-camera module for front camera setup too. There is 24 MP + 2 MP dual selfie camera capable of recording full HD videos and can click selfies in the portrait mode.
Powering the mobile is Huawei Kirin 710 Octa-Core processor and has 4 GB RAM. The Kirin 710 is a capable processor and rivals the Snapdragon 636 but is no match for the Kirin 970 or SD 845.
Display and Design
Huawei Nova 3i offers a6.3-inch) FHD+ IPS display with 1080×2340 pixels and 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a notch design.
The phone comes with a glass back design which looks way more premium than the Honor Play and the POCO F1.
Further, there is a fingerprint scanner and face unlocking feature which works flawlessly.
OS And Storage
The mobile comes with Android Oreo 8.1 (upgradable to Android Pie) with Huawei’s custom EMUI 8.2 skin on top of it.
Talking about its storage, it has 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. Also, it comes with the Micro-USB port in place of the modern USB Type C port.
Furthermore, the Nova 3i promises a decent battery life and comes with a 3340 mAH capacity battery, sufficient to last all day and even comes with 5V/2A charger for speedy charging.
Pros: Stunning design and display, Good Camera Quality.
Cons: Processor is not as Good as Rival Phones.
Recommendation – Nova 3i is a head turner as far as the design goes, camera and battery life are above average.
7. Oppo F9: (Stunning Design and Display)
The Oppo F9 is the successor to the Oppo F7 and is available for Rs. 18,990. The Oppo f9 comes with a stunning water drop display and has a premium looking dual tone back cover.
The phone looks same and has many common features of the Oppo F9 Pro that I reviewed a few days back.
The mobile comes with a single Front selfie camera with 16 Megapixel lens, to click detailed selfies. The selfie camera has a f/2.0 aperture and comes with the ability to click selfies with a bokeh effect using the AI features.
Also, there are beautify option to correct the skin tone and adjust the details in your selfies.
The Rear camera is also praiseworthy and comes with a Dual 16 MP + 2 MP resolution lens with f/1.85 aperture, to click some great landscape shots.
Also, there is portrait mode you can use to click shots with background blur.
Design and Display
The Oppo F9 offers gorgeous sleek design and comes with dual tone back cover.
It comes with a 6.3 Inch Waterdrop Notch Display with Full HD+ (2340*1080) resolution, and also has the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. Like most modern phones it sports an 18.7:9 aspect ratio.
The mobile has 91% screen to body ratio and measures 7.99 mm thickness and weighs 169 grams.
Powering the mobile is the 8 Cores Mediatek Helio P60 processor with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz, and even has the Mali G72 MP3 GPU.
Additionally, the phone comes with 4 GB of Ram and also has 64 GB of internal storage expandable up to 256 GB using the micro-sd card.
OS and Connectivity
Furthermore, it comes with the Android Oreo 8.1 along with the Color OS 5.2. Additionally, the phone also has the face-unlocking feature and a fingerprint scanner at the back.
The phone has all the necessary connectivity options like 4G, Dual hybrid Sim, WIFI, 3G, and 2G.
Lastly, it comes with a 3500 mAH capacity battery which is decent for all day working and even has fast charging support.
Recommendation – Great bezel-free display and decent battery life, above average camera quality is what Oppo F9 offers.
8. Vivo V9
Price Rs. 18,990
Vivo V9 is the latest phone from Vivo, which was launched in April 2018. Key Highlight of the device is, it comes with a 19:9 FHD+ FullView Display and a notch.
The metallic device is made out of aluminum and comes with a whopping 6.3 Inch Full HD+ (1080 x 2280 pixels) display with 19:9 ratio and offers 401 PPI.
Further, it has an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Processor / Adreno 506 GPU, and comes with 4 GB of RAM.
The camera quality is above average, as it has a 16 MP + 5 MP dual-camera setup at the rear, with PDAF and dual-LED flash. Whereas, it offers a 24-Megapixel (f/2.0) front selfie camera with AI Face beauty and portrait mode.
Tech Specs for Vivo V9
- Processor – Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Processor
- GPU – Adreno 506
- OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with Fun Touch OS.
- Battery: 3260 mAH.
- Internal Storage – 64 GB expandable to 256 GB using microSD card.
- Display: 6.3 inches with Full HD+ FullView Display (1080*2280) resolution, 401 PPI.
- Dual Sim 4G LTE and VOLTE support.
- Camera: 16 MP + 5 MP Rear Camera with PDAF and LED Flash. 24 MP Front selfie camera.
- Fingerprint Scanner – Yes, on the rear side.
- Thickness – 7.9 mm
- Weight – 150 grams
- Price Rs. 18,990
Pros – Dual main cameras, Huge 6.3-inch screen.
Cons – Weak processor. OS is not that great.
9. Nokia 6.1 Plus
Nokia 6.1 Plus is the smartphone from Nokia, which was released in September 2018.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a premium glass back design which is protected by the Corning Gorilla glass and has a notch display.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 5.8- full HD+ display with 2280 x 1080 pixels and has 19:9 aspect ratio.
Powering the mobile is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz along with Adreno 509 GPU.
The phone comes with 64 GB of internal storage and even has 4 GB of ram. You can buy the Nokia 6.1 Plus from Flipkart for a price of Rs. 15,999.
Its storage can be expanded up to 256 GB using a microSD card.
For Photography, it has a Dual Rear camera with 16 MP + 5 MP, f/2.0, rear camera with PDAF, and dual-LED dual-tone flash.
The front side has a 16 MP, f/2.0 aperture selfie shooter.
Powering the phone is 3060 mAh battery pack, a modest battery capacity.
Further, the phone ships with the latest Android 8.1 (Oreo) and is even part of the Android One Program which means it will get the future updates faster.
There is a fingerprint sensor, at the back and you can even unlock the device using the face unlock feature.
Key Specifications For Nokia 6.1 Plus
- Screen- 5.8 inches Full HD+ display with 2280 x 1080 Pixels resolution, with 19:9 aspect ratio, 401 PPI
- Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-Core processor, 1.8 GHz clock speed
- GPU – Adreno 509
- RAM- 4 GB LPDDR4
- Storage- 64 GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB.
- Rear Camera- 16 MP + 5 MP (f/2.0) rear camera.
- Front Camera- 16 MP front selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture
- Battery- 3060 mAh
- Connectivity- 4G/VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS.
- OS- Android Oreo v8.0.
- Fingerprint sensor- Yes, at back
- Price- Rs. 15,999
- Available on Flipkart.
10. Huawei Honor Play
For starters, the Honor Play is a fantastic phone from the Chinese company and is a top-selling device from Huawei.
It comes with a beautiful metallic design, a bezel-less display, and excellent performance.
It runs on the blazing fast processor Kirin 970 processor that is slightly slower in comparison to the Snapdragon 845 of the POCO F1.
Also, it comes with the GPU Turbo technology from Huawei making it ideal for gaming.
There is 4 GB of LPDDR4 Ram and 64 GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 256 GB, using a Micro-sd card.
The Honor Play (read review) has Dual 16+ 2 Megapixel rear cameras that come with f/2.2 aperture, Dual LED Flash. The front selfie camera is also exciting, offers a 16 Megapixel lens with f/2.0 aperture.
It has one of the richest camera apps, I have used on any phone with several options including portrait mode, lighting, AI scene optimization, and several other features.
Also, the mobile comes with a near bezel-less display with 6.3 Inches FHD+ IPS LCD Display with2340x1080 pixels.
OS and Connectivity
The mobile runs on the Android Oreo 8.1 along with the EMUI 8.2 OS will get the Android Pie update soon.
Further, there is a Dual sim, 4G Volte support along with USB Type C Port.
Notably, it offers a decent battery back up with its 3750 mAH capacity battery. Also, the Honor Play comes with an 18 Watts fast charge that offers super-fast charging speeds.
It is available for Rs. 19,999 or $300 from Amazon.
Recommendation – The Huawei Honor Play is an ideal mobile for those looking for an excellent display, Fast performance, battery life within a budget of Rs. 20,000.
11. Oppo RealME 2 PRO
The new Oppo RealME 2 Pro is a very well balanced device in the sub 20K price range and comes with almost everything you can expect from a high-end phone.
The phone comes with great specs, an affordable starting price of Rs. 13,999 and a modern design.
The RealMe 2 Pro is available in 3 variants:
- 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage for Rs. 13,999.
- 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage for Rs. 15,999.
- 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage for Rs. 17,999.
The 8 GB ram and 128 GB storage look insanely good in the price range and we have not seen any phone in Sub 20k price come with this combination.
Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Processor along with the Adreno 512 GPU that offers good gaming performance. Aforementioned, you can buy it in different Ram and storage variants and it even comes with a dedicated micro-sd card slot to expand the storage.
The mobile comes with Dual 16 MP + 5 MP rear camera, f/1.7 aperture, using the same Sony lens as the Oneplus 5T. You can record 4K videos and even click images in the Portrait mode.
Also, it has a great 16 MP front-facing camera for clicking selfies and doing video calls.
OS & Battery
Additionally, the Oppo Realme 2 Pro comes with the Android Oreo 8.1 along with Color OS 5.2. The mobile comes with a 3500 mAH battery, not too large or small, yet can help you sail through the day without the need for a second recharge.
Also, you get a 10 Watts Charger to charge the device rapidly.
Display and Design
The key highlight feature for the RealME 2 Pro is its 6.3 Inches, Full HD+ waterdrop notch Display (2340*1080 pixels) and offers a 402 PPi. It comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back and even has a fast facial unlock mechanism.
The overall design is aesthetic, but it is made from polycarbonate and is not as sturdy as some of the rival phones.
Overall – Oppo RealMe 2 Pro is a powerhouse with a speedy processor, Dual camera setup, a top seller in the sub 20k price range from Oppo.
So That’s All from my side on the great phones you can buy currently. I would suggest picking up the phone that best serves your needs, don’t go with the crowd favorite…..
Best Selling Mobiles Under Rs 20000
- Xiaomi POCO F1 (Performance Beast With Good Cameras).
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 PRO ( All Rounder)
- Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Best Large Display)
- Oppo F9 (Great Design and Display)
- Huawei Nova 3i (Dual Rear and Front Cameras)
- Nokia 6.1 Plus (Pure Android Experience)
- Oppo RealMe 2 Pro (Great design, Performance, and Camera)
- Huawei Honor Play (Metallic Build & Fast Performance)
Also, Can check out 15 Best Mobiles With Exceptional Battery Life Worth Buying.