Updated on 07/06/2018 – 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 Samsung J7 Pro.
11Samsung J7 PRO
For starters, the Samsung J7 Pro is a fantastic phone from the Korean company. It comes with a beautiful design, fabulous AMOLED display, and excellent rear and front camera.
Notably, the J7 Pro weighs 178 grams and has a thickness of 7.8 mm. Overall the design and build quality of the J7 Pro is exquisite. The front side has a Home Button with a fingerprint scanner.
It runs on the power-efficient Samsung Exynos 7870 processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz. Also, has the Mali 830 GPU for an enjoyable gaming experience. There is 3 GB of LPDDR3 Ram and 64 GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 256 GB, using a Micro-sd card.
The Samsung J7 Pro has a 13 Megapixel rear camera that comes with f/1.7 aperture, Dual LED Flash. The front selfie camera is also exciting, offers a 13 Megapixel lens with f/1.9 aperture.
Also, it comes with curved metallic design and has a large 5.5 Inches FHD Super AMOLED Display.
OS and Connectivity
The mobile runs on the Android Nougat and even has the Samsung UI. There is Dual sim, 4G Volte support and it also has Samsung Pay integration.
Notably, it offers a decent battery back up with its 3600 mAH capacity battery.
It is available for Rs. 20,490 or $300 from Flipkart.
Recommendation – J7 Pro is an ideal mobile for those looking for an excellent display, camera, battery life device within a budget of Rs. 20,000.
10Xiaomi 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. 13,999.
- 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 Nougat 7.1 along with the MIUI 9.2. 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.
9Xiaomi Mi A1 (Incredible Dual Rear Camera)
Xiaomi has recently launched the Xiaomi Mi A1 in the Indian market, and the device comes with Dual rear cameras, and stock Android experience.
The key highlight of the Xiaomi Mi A1 is it’s Dual rear camera setup that offers flagship camera quality. The Dual camera uses two lenses with each having 12 Megapixel resolution.
Moreover, the camera comes with a f/2.2 aperture lens and the second lens uses a f/2.6 aperture. Also, the camera can take fantastic Bokeh shots, and can even record 4K Videos.
The front camera is also good and comes with a 5 MP selfie shooter.
The important second highlight of Mi A1 is that it runs on the Stock Android Nougat OS, without the Xiaomi MIUI. It will also get the Android Oreo update this year, and the Android P update next year.
Further, powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, Adreno 506 GPU, that ensures a lag-free experience.
There is 64 GB of internal storage expandable up to 256 GB using the hybrid sim card slot. Additionally, there is 4GB of ram to ensure it works flawlessly while multi-tasking.
Build and Design
The sleek Mi A1 comes with a metallic design and weighs 163 grams; the thickness is 7.3 mm.
Also, it has a decent 3080 mAH capacity battery that can work all day.
The Xiaomi phone comes with the modern USB Type C port and also has support for 4G Volte and other standard connectivity options.
Lastly, it is available to purchase from Flipkart from 12th September onwards, priced at Rs. 12,999 or $200.
Recommendation – Buy it for the portrait mode, they are crazy good, and you will love it.
8Motorola Moto X4 (Best Looking Mobile)
The Motorola Moto X4 is available for Rs. 22,990 and is one of the most premium looking mobiles that you can buy in this price range. It even comes with IP 68 rating making it dust and waterproof.
Design and Display
The Moto X4 comes with a robust build quality and premium glass finish. The mobile weighs 163 grams and comes with a compact 5.2 Inches display with IPS LCD panel. Moreover, there is Full HD (1920*1080) pixels resolution that is great for watching movies and videos.
Also, there is a fingerprint scanner embedded in the front home button.
The mobile comes with Dual 12MP+8 megapixel camera at the back, with f/2.0 aperture, and even has autofocus, and Dual led flash.
Also, the X4 has an excellent 16 Megapixel front selfie camera along with a dedicated front flash that can click decent selfies.
OS and Storage
Furthermore, it offers latest Android Nougat 7.1 OS and comes with 64GB of internal storage space. The mobile will even get the Android Oreo 8.0 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.
Next, powering the mobile is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Processor, and the Adreno 508 GPU, which is more powerful in comparison to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.
The mobile comes in sterling Blue and Super Black colors and costs Rs. 22,900 or $400.
PROS – Great Dual Rear Camera, Decent Build Quality, Stock Android. IP 68 Rating (Dust and Water Proof). Cons – A bit expensive.
Recommendation – Moto brand name, good after sales service, robust build are few reasons to be interested in Moto X4.
7Xiaomi 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.
6Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Motorola Moto G5s Plus is one of the best camera smartphones if you want to capture portrait shots. The phone comes with a price tag of Rs. 14,299 for the 64 GB storage and 4 GB Ram version. The Moto G5s Plus competes with the Xiaomi Mi A1 and the newly launched Honor 7X in the 15k price range.
The 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant looks more practical and offers decent storage and multitasking ability. Powering the mobile is the energy efficient Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core Processor with 2.0 GHz clock speed, and comes with Adreno 506 GPU which is decent for gaming.
Dual Rear Camera
The Dual rear camera has 13 MP+ 13 MP lens that comes with f/2.0 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.
The front camera is an 8 Megapixel shooter for clicking selfies and even comes with a dedicated front flash.
Design and Display
Further, it offers a metallic design, superior to the last Gen Moto G4 or even the Moto G5. There is a Fingerprint scanner at the front embedded in the home button. Besides, it has a 5.5 Inch Full HD Display (1920*1080 pixels with 401 PPI) and even has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
However, it still comes with the 16:9 aspect ratio and misses on the bezel-free display found in Redmi Note 5 PRO.
For connectivity, there is micro-USB port, and even has NFC, WIFI, Bluetooth and 4G Volte support.
Battery Life & OS
Moreover, the phone runs on the Android Nougat 7.1 OS with stock Android experience with least bloatware. The G5s Plus will also get the Android Oreo 8.0 update.
Lastly, it comes with 3000 mAH battery with fast charging support which is sufficient to last all day with moderate usage.
Pros 1. Great improved Dual Rear camera. 2. Premium Metallic Build. 3. Stock Android UI – Nougat/Oreo. Cons 1. Camera performance on MiA1 is slightly better 2. The design could have been better.
Recommendation – It is slightly cheaper than the Moto G5s Plus. Moto G5 Plus comes with a f/1.7 aperture camera, that is great for low light imaging, in comparison to both Mi A1 and Moto G5s Plus.
5Huawei Honor 9i
Approx Rs. 16,999
Huawei Honor 9i was launched in India in October 2018. For Huawei, it sold like hot-cakes and quickly became one of the best selling smartphones in the 20k price bracket.
For shutterbugs, it comes with a dual 16 MP + 2 MP Dual rear camera and offers great features, such as HDR, Panorama, Slo-mo video, phase detection auto-focus (PDAF), and contrast detection auto-focus (CDAF) along with a single LED flash.
Surprisingly, has a dual-camera module for front camera setup too. Its secondary camera has a 13 MP + 2 MP dual sensor system capable of recording full HD videos, but its focus remains fixed.
Powering the mobile is Huawei Kirin 659 Octa-Core processor and has 4 GB RAM.
Display and Design
Huawei Honor 9i offers a huge 5.9-inch full HD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels) IPS panel, with slim bezels all around. It comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone is made out of metal and has a unibody design.
The device feels very solid and comfortable to hold as well. There is a fingerprint scanner too, which is located on the back.
OS And Storage
The mobile comes with Android Nougat 7.1 (upgradable to Android Oreo) with Huawei’s custom EMUI 5.1 skin on top of it. Talking about its storage, it has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128 GB using a microSD card.
Furthermore, the Honor 9i promises a decent battery life and comes with a 3340 mAH capacity battery, sufficient to last all day.
Pros: Full HD+ (1080*2160) Display, Dual front and rear camera setup, 4 GB RAM
Cons: Camera bump, Not so good for single-handed usage
Recommendation – Smartphone is a head turner as far as the design goes, camera and battery life are above average.
4Oppo F5: (Best Selfie Phone, 20K)
The Oppo F5 is the successor to the Oppo F3 and is available for Rs. 19,990. Like most Oppo phones, the key highlight of the Oppo F5 is its front selfie camera. It is one of the best selfie smartphones to buy under Rs 20,000.
20MP Front Camera
The mobile comes with a single Front selfie camera with 20 Megapixel lens, to click detailed selfies. The selfie camera has 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 amount of details in your selfies.
The Rear camera is also praiseworthy and comes with a 16 MP resolution lens with f/1.8 aperture, to click some great low light shots. It even has a fast Auto-focus and LED flash.
Design and Display
The Oppo F5 offers gorgeous sleek design, and the 2.5D curved glass on the screen makes it look stunning. It comes with a 6.0 Inch Display with Full HD+ (2180*1080) resolution, and also has the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. Like most modern phones it sports an 18:9 aspect ratio.
The mobile has 7.5 mm thickness and weighs 155 grams.
Powering the mobile is the 8 Cores Mediatek MT6763T processor (Helio P23) with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz, and even has the Mali G71 MP2 GPU. Additionally, the phone comes with 4 GB of Ram and also has 32 GB of internal storage expandable up to 256 GB using the micro-sd card.
OS and Connectivity
Furthermore, it comes with the Android Nougat 7.0 along with the Color OS 3.2. Additionally, the phone also has the face-unlocking feature similar to the OnePlus 5T or the iPhone X.
The phone has all the necessary connectivity options like 4G, Dual hybrid Sim, WIFI, 3G, and 2G.
Lastly, it comes with a 3200 mAH capacity battery which is decent for all day working.
Recommendation – Good Selfie cameras, bezel-free display and decent battery life, is what Oppo F5 offers.
3Vivo V9 Youth
Price Rs. 18,990
Vivo V9 Youth 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.
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 450 Processor and comes with 4 GB of RAM.
The camera quality is very good, since it has a 16 MP + 2 MP dual-camera setup at the rear, with PDAF and dual-LED flash. Whereas, it offers a 16-Megapixel (f/2.0) front selfie camera.
Tech Specs for Vivo V9 Youth
- Processor – Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Processor
- GPU – Adreno 506
- OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
- Battery: 3260 mAH.
- Internal Storage – 32 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 + 2 MP Rear Camera with PDAF and LED Flash. 16 MP Front selfie camera.
- Fingerprint Scanner – Yes, on rear side
- Thickness – 7.9 mm
- Weight – 150 grams
- Price Rs. 18,990
Pros – Dual main camera, Huge 6.3-inch screen
Cons – Weak processor, seems overpriced
Nokia 6.1 is the smartphone from Nokia, which was released in April 2018. It follows the design language of its predecessor, Nokia 6, as it is made of aluminimum (6000 series) which was much hyped-up at the time of its launch.
The Nokia 6.1 sports a 5.5- full HD display, whereas, powering the mobile is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor along with Adreno 508 GPU
It comes in two variants: 3GB of RAM + 32 GB storage, and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage. Its storage can be expanded up to 256 GB using a microSD card.
For Photography, it has a 16 MP, f/2.0, rear camera with PDAF, Zeiss optics and dual-LED dual-tone flash.
The front side has an 8 MP, f/2.0 aperture selfie shooter.
Powering the phone is 3000 mAh battery pack, a modest battery capacity. Further, the phone ships with the latest Android 8.0 (Oreo).
There is a fingerprint sensor, at the back.
Key Specifications For Nokia 6.1
- Screen- 5.5 inches full HD display with 1080 x 1920 Pixels resolution, with 16:9 aspect ratio, 401 PPI
- Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa-Core processor, 2.2 GHz clock speed
- GPU – Adreno 508
- RAM- 3 GB/ 4GB
- Storage- 32/64 GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB.
- Rear Camera- 16 MP (f/2.0) rear camera with Zeiss optics
- Front Camera- 8 MP front selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture
- Battery- 3000 mAh
- Connectivity- 4G/VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS.
- OS- Android Nougat v8.0 Oreo
- Fingerprint sensor- Yes, at back
- Price- Rs. 18,999
1ZTE Z17 Mini Price Rs. 15,999
ZTE Z17 Mini 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 ZTE Z17 Mini is one of the latest entrants to this list. It is not number 1 in all aspects but promises to offer a good deal for the money.
It is more potent in comparison to Xiaomi Mi Max 2. Powering the mobile is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core Processor and comes with 4 GB of Ram. There is Adreno 510 GPU which can easily handle all the modern Android Games.
The phone has 4 GB of Ram and comes with 64 GB of internal storage expandable up to 200 GB using a micro-sd card.
The mobile comes with Dual 13 MP + 13 MP rear camera, f/2.2 aperture, using Sony IMX 258 lens. The camera uses one monochrome and one RGB Lens to capture images. It also has a good 16 MP front-facing camera for clicking selfies and doing video calls.
OS & Battery
Additionally, the Nubia Z17 Mini comes with the Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with Nubia UI 4.0. The mobile comes with a 2950 mAH battery, not too large or small, yet can help you sail through the day without the need for a second recharge.
Display and Design
Further, it comes with a 5.2 Inches Full HD Display (1920*1080 pixels) and offers a 422 Ppi. It comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back and looks a lot like the Huawei Honor 8 Pro. The Z17 Mini weighs 155 grams and has a thickness of 7.3 mm (a sleek phone).
Higher Version – Also, the ZTE phone comes with the Dual Stereo speakers, and also has a 3.5 mm audio jack. ZTE has also launched a new version of the Z17 Mini with 6 GB Ram, Snapdragon 653, and 128 GB storage. The higher model comes with a price tag of Rs 21,990.
Overall – The ZTE Z17 Mini is a powerhouse with a speedy processor, Dual camera setup, a good deal for the 20k budget.
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 With Great Camera
- Moto X4 (Great Design and WaterProof).
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 PRO ( All Rounder)
- Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Best Large Display)
- Oppo F5 ( Ultimate Selfie Camera)
- Huawei Honor 9i (Dual Rear and Front Cameras)
- Nokia 6.1 (Pure Android Experience)
- Samsung J7 PRO (Super AMOLED Display)
- Moto G5s Plus (Metallic Build and Dual Cameras)
I almost forgot if you wish can also see 10 best phones under 15K or 10 top phones for Rs 25000, which also has some fantastic suggestions. Also, Can check out 15 Best Mobiles With Exceptional Battery Life Worth Buying.