The Best Smartphones Under Rs. 20,000 You Can Buy In India


The Realme 8s 5G joins our list of best phones under Rs. 20,000 apart from this and some minor adjustments in the prices of the existing phones, not much has changed from last month. The mighty Poco X3 Pro, Moto G60, and iQoo Z3 continue to maintain a comfortable spot on our list, all offering impressive performance as well as features.

Overall, it has been an action-packed year in the Indian smartphone space. my true form Introduced new phones in its primary number series as well as its X series, two of which have made it to the list. Xiaomi’s The Redmi Note 10 series has also set a new bar for the kind of features one can expect in this segment. We have also retained some older models which we think are still worth your attention.

If you have a budget of Rs. 20,000, here are some of the best smartphones you should consider for your next purchase.

Best Phones Under 20,000

Phones under Rs. 20,000 Gadgets 360 Rating (out of 10) Price in India (as recommended)
realme 8s 5g 8 Rupee. 17,999
infinix note 10 pro 8 Rupee. 16,999
Poco X3 Pro 8 Rupee. 18,999
moto g60 8 Rupee. 17,999
realme 8 pro 8 Rupee. 17,999
redmi note 10 pro max 8 Rupee. 19,999
realme narzo 30 pro 5g 8 Rupee. 16,999
realme x7 5g 8 Rupee. 19,999
Infinix Zero 8i 8 Rupee. 15,999
realme 7 pro 8 Rupee. 19,999
iQoo Z3 8 Rupee. 19,990
Poco X3 8 Rupee. 16,999

realme 8s 5g

NS realme 8s 5g Looks almost identical to the Realme 8 5G, except for a slightly thicker chin. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G SoC, and has 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the variant you choose. Battery life is one of this phone’s strong suits, and the 5,000mAh battery easily lasts for more than a day. The 64-megapixel main camera manages to take decent photos in daylight but the lack of an ultra-wide-angle camera makes the 8s 5G less versatile than some of its competitors. Low-light camera performance was average, though Night Mode helped improve output. Overall, the 8s 5G is only a minor improvement over the 8 5G, but an improvement nonetheless.

infinix note 10 pro

The Infinix Note 10 Pro is a heavy and cumbersome smartphone, but if you can make your peace with it, you will get a 6.95-inch display which is very beneficial for content consumption. Stereo speakers add to the experience, though they sound a bit loud. We found the overall system and gaming performance to be very good and there is a selfie flash that works well when shooting in low light. Overall the cameras were average and have a lot of bloatware preinstalled which has a tendency to generate spammy notifications. If you are looking for something other than the usual offerings, the Infinix Note 10 Pro can be a good option.

Poco X3 Pro

said poco X3 Pro as the spiritual successor of Poco F1, a phone that delivered a flagship SoC for its time at an unheard of price. The X3 Pro has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC, which is a slightly modified version of the Snapdragon 855, but without the 5G modem. That’s still a lot of CPU and GPU power for a phone under Rs. 20,000, which makes it a good choice for gaming in this segment.

Unlike Poco F1, Poco X3 Pro has a bold and eye-catching design with colours, clearly targeting today’s youth. It’s also packed with great features like IP53 rating, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on top of the display, stereo speakers, 120Hz refresh rate screen, and a large battery that can charge up to 33W fast. For a gaming phone, the rear and front cameras aren’t too bad, provided you use them in enough light. The only downside is that the Poco X3 Pro is bulky and bulky, and dealing with promotional material in MIUI can be a chore.

moto g60

NS Motorola One Fusion+ There was a solid offering under Rs. 20,000, and now moto g60 Replaces it for the same price but with even more features. Some of the highlights include a 108-megapixel main camera, 120Hz display, 6,000mAh battery, and the faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC. It is one of the few phones that has a dedicated Google Assistant button.

One thing we really liked about the Motorola Moto G60 was its clean software, with no bloatware or ads. General performance was very good, and performance with HDR10 certification meant that media consumption was also very enjoyable. Despite having such a large sensor, the cameras came out a bit average. The G60 is also a bit heavy, and charging such a large battery is relatively slow.

realme 8 pro

NS realme 8 pro had some big shoes to fill realme 7 pro Was a very solid offering and continues to find a spot on this list. Low starting price of Rs. 17,999 definitely works in its favour, along with other positives such as very good battery life, fast charging, a sharp and vivid AMOLED display, and a very good selfie camera.

However, although it is believed to be the successor to the Realme 7 Pro, the company has gone in a different direction and hence is missing some features. You lose the stereo speakers, which we think is a major drawback. There’s no high refresh rate for the display, and despite having a 108-megapixel camera, its performance is still underwhelming. Not to mention the spammy nature of some of the pre-installed apps in Realme UI 2.0, which can be quite annoying. It’s still a good offering overall, which we didn’t expect.

redmi note 10 pro max

The Redmi Note series has always stood for value, offering features that are a step or two above the Redmi series, while still being affordable enough for most people. NS redmi note 10 pro max Raises the bar by offering segment-leading features like 120Hz Super AMOLED display, 108-megapixel main camera, a massive battery and stereo speakers. It is a powerful smartphone thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC. We found the display to be the best in our review. The surprisingly useful macro camera, stylish design, and IP53 rating for dust and water resistance are also big selling points.

Some areas that we think could improve with a future software update are low-light camera performance, and the annoying bloat in the software and promotional material that we experienced at launch. We also need to give a quick shout out redmi note 10 pro, which is basically the same as the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max except for its lower-resolution main rear camera, and is priced under Rs. 3,000.

realme narzo 30 pro 5g

one of the goals of realme narzo 30 pro 5g Had to be the most affordable 5G smartphone in India, and it is. With a starting price of Rs. 16,999, it has MediaTek’s Dimensity 700U SoC which we usually see in phones priced above Rs. 20,000 working in its favor include very good battery life and fast charging, 120Hz display and snappy overall display.

The Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G has the known issue of subjecting you to unwanted notifications from its stock apps, which can quickly become annoying. We found the low-light camera performance to be a bit lackluster, and the overall design is a bit too bland for our taste considering Realme’s tendency to feature patterns on the back of its phones.

realme x7 5g

NS realme x7 5g The Narzo 30 Pro was the most affordable 5G phone from the company until 5G came along. The X7 5G is designed to deliver a premium experience without spending a lot, almost a “key killer” if you want. Powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC and with an attractive colorway option that will surely grab you attention, it offers strong overall performance, great battery life with fast charging and most importantly, good value for money. It is also a lightweight and compact smartphone which is not something we see a lot these days.

If you haven’t already unchecked the required box in stock apps, the Realme UI can get real spammy. We also found the performance of the low-light camera to be on the weak side.

Infinix Zero 8i

Infinix Recently many interesting new phones have been launched. Its another unique, the zero 8i, deserves consideration in this budget segment. Some of its strong points include a fast MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, a 90Hz display refresh rate, and a set of cameras that work well provided the lighting is good. It also has a unique design at the back, which helps it stand out from the competition. It is one of the few phones in this segment to offer an ultra-wide-angle selfie camera, which we expect others to adopt.

A few things to note are that it’s a bit large and cumbersome, has a lot of preinstalled bloatware, and camera focus was sometimes a little tricky with close-up shots. If you’re looking for something other than Xiaomi or Realme, we think it’s worth a look.

realme 7 pro

NS realme 7 pro It has some compelling features like an AMOLED display, 65W fast charging and stereo speakers, and remains a good option in this segment. The phone is also quite thin and light, which is a nice bonus. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, so the performance is good enough for everyday use.

The primary rear camera is also quite good. While the Realme 8 Pro has now launched, this model still offers great value for money.

iQoo Z3

The latest launch on our list, you get a lot of CPU power with the iQoo Z3, thanks to its Snapdragon 768G SoC, which is currently not found in any other phone. Its starting price is under our budget cutoff, and while you get 128GB of storage with 6GB of RAM. 19,990, its price is only Rs. 1,000 more to buy this phone with 8GB of RAM, and you can expand the storage up to 256GB for Rs. 22,990. The 6.58-inch full-HD+ screen has a 120Hz refresh rate, and the 4499mAh battery can be charged quickly using the included 55W adapter. You might not like the plastic back, and the camera performance could use some improvement, but it’s hard to pass up the features and specifications at this price level.

Poco X3

mid-range Poco X3 It is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC, and packs a 6.67-inch full-HD+ display along with a 6,000mAh battery. The phone is relatively bulky and bulky but the design is relatively fresh, with a very prominent camera module at the back. You get IP53 water and dust resistance.

Overall performance is good and battery life is also good. It is a good choice for gaming and entertainment. The cameras are also good enough for everyday use. If you don’t like a slightly bulky smartphone, the Poco X3 still offers a lot of value for money.

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Roydon Cerejo writes about smartphones and laptops for Gadgets 360 based out of Mumbai. He is Deputy Editor (Reviews) at Gadgets 360. He has written frequently about the smartphone and PC industry and has an interest in photography as well. With over a decade of experience covering the consumer technology sector, he is also an avid movie and TV show geek and is always up for a good horror movie. Roydon is available at [email protected], so please send your leads and tips.