Updated on 04/April/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.
11. Samsung 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.
10. 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. 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.
9. Xiaomi 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.
8. Motorola 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.
7. 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.
6. Motorola 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.
5. Asus Zenfone 3: (Beautiful Design and Looks)
Asus Zenphone 3 is the most premium looking mobile you can purchase if you have a budget close to Rs. 15K. The Zenfone 3 is available for Rs. 15,000, at a discount of Rs 7000, from the original launch price of Rs. 21,999.
For shutterbugs, it comes with a 16 MP rear camera and offers great photography experience. The rear camera has a Hybrid Laser auto-focus system for faster capturing of images. Also, the front camera is decent comes with an 8 MP resolution.
Powering the mobile is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 clocked at 2.0 GHz, and has 3 GB RAM. There is Adreno 506 GPU to take care of gaming.
Display and Design
It offers gorgeous Full HD Display with 5.5 Inch screen with 401 PPI. The mobile was launched in September 2016 and is exclusive to Flipkart. The phone is sleek and has 7.7 mm thickness. Additionally, there is a glass back cover and even comes with a with a back-mounted, rectangular shaped, fingerprint scanner.
OS And Storage
The mobile comes with Android Nougat 7.0 along with the Zen UI. It will also get the Android Oreo update, as shared by Asus. Besides, there is 32 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 128 GB using the micro-sd card.
Furthermore, the Zenfone 3 promises a decent battery life and comes with a 3000 mAH capacity battery, sufficient to last all day.
Pros 1. Full HD 1920*1080 IPS display, Excellent outdoor visibility. 2. Sleek Gorgeous Design. 3. Good Rear camera, 4K Video recording.
Recommendation – Smartphone is a head turner as far as the design goes, camera and battery life are above average.
4. Oppo 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.
3. Samsung J7 Prime (32 GB)
Price Rs. 16,790
Samsung Galaxy J7 prime is the latest phone from Samsung launched in September 2016. It comes with all the modern features that Samsung has introduced like S-Bike mode, ultra power saving mode, and decent hardware.
The metallic smartphone comes with 5.5 Inch Full HD TFT display with 2.5D curved glass and offers 401 Ppi. The Samsung Galaxy J7 prime has Octa-Core Processor Exynos 7870 and comes with 3 GB of Ram. The camera quality is decent with 13 Megapixel rear camera and an 8 Megapixel front selfie camera.
Tech Specs for Samsung J7 Prime
- Processor – Octa-Core Processor Exynos 7870 Clocked @ 1.6 GHz.
- Adreno – ARM Mali T830 MP1
- OS: Android Marshmallow 6.0 with Touch Wiz UI.
- Battery: 3300 mAH.
- Internal Storage – 32 GB expandable to 128 GB using micro-sd card.
- Display: 5.5 inches with Full HD Display (1920*1080) resolution, 401 PPI.
- Dual Sim 4G LTE and VOLTE support.
- Camera: 13 MP Rear Camera with Autofocus LED Flash. 8 MP Front selfie camera.
- Fingerprint Scanner – Yes in front home button.
- Thickness – 7.8 mm
- Weight – 165 grams
- Price Rs. 15,999 or $245
Pros – Good Processor and GPU. 2.5 D Curve Glass FHD Display, 13 MP Rear + 8 MP Front Camera. Cons – The display is not Super AMOLED or IPS LCD.
2. Sony Xperia XA1
Sony Xperia XA1 is the latest smartphone from Sony, released in April 2017. The XA1 comes with the signature Sony design language, a little boxy, that is easy to identify in a pack of phones.
The XA 1 sports a 5 inch 720p HD display, flanked by the dual front-facing speakers. Powering the mobile is a MediaTek Helio P20 SOC along with Mali-T880MP2 GPU.
It comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Since it’s a Sony phone, it’s a no-brainer that it features a micro SD card slot to expand the storage up to 256GB.
Sony has always focused on the Camera and the Sound experience, and the XA1 is no exception. It delivers a great set of optics, with a 23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, rear camera with Laser autofocus, PDAF and LED flash.
The front side has an 8 MP, f/2.0 aperture selfie shooter.
Powering the phone is 2300mAh battery pack, a modest battery capacity. Further, the phone ships with the latest Android 7.0 (Nougat).
Inconceivably, the phone doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor, a rarity in 2017.
Key Specifications For Sony Xperia XA1
- Screen- 5 inches HD display with 1280*720 Pixels resolution.
- Processor- MediaTek Helio P20 Processor clocked at 2.3 GHz.
- GPU – Mali-T880MP2 GPU.
- RAM- 3 GB RAM.
- Storage- 32GB internal storage, expandable upto 256GB.
- Rear Camera- 23 MP rear camera with Sony Exmor RS lens and f/2.0 aperture.
- Front Camera- 8 MP front selfie camera with wide angle lens.
- Battery- 2300 mAh
- Connectivity- 4G/VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS.
- OS- Android Nougat v7.0.
- Fingerprint sensor- NO
- Price- Rs 17,800 or $270
1. ZTE 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 Mobiles Under 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)
- 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.