The sub Rs 20,000 segment is probably one of the second most important segments of the Indian smartphone market after the budget-oriented price range. Under this price range, you usually get the premium quality and specifications of a mid-range to mid-premium smartphones at a really affordable price tag.
With a series of smartphones getting launched every other day, and if you have a budget of up to Rs 20,000, then you have plenty of options to choose from a range of smartphones with decent features and good looking design. To make things simpler for you, here we present to you a list of five smartphones that can be purchased for under Rs 20,000 with features that offer good performance, camera quality and overall performance.
Although the company has announced the Honor 9 Lite with quad-camera setup, it was the Honor 9i (Review) that brought the latest trend, which was only restricted to the premium segment, at an affordable price tag. The major highlight of the smartphone is the FullView immersive display along with two rear and two front-facing cameras, which is a first in a smartphone, especially, at this price range. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 17,999 and it will be available in Platinum Gold, Midnight Black and Navy Blue colour options.
It was also awarded as the ‘Smartphone of the Year’ in the mid-range category during Device World 2017 conference. The smartphone garnered maximum votes in the Consumer Devices Survey 2017, which was jointly released by The Mobile Indian and TeleAnalysis.
On the specification front, the Honor 9i features a unibody metal design and a 5.9-inch FullView Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2.36 GHz Octa-core Kirin 659 processor coupled with 4GB RAM.
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The device has a 64GB internal memory and has an expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD. The smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and has the EMUI 5.1 on top of it. There is a 3340 mAh battery on this phone. It also features a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device below the dual camera setup.
The Honor 9i offers four cameras compromising of two rear and two front cameras. It has a 16-megapixel sensor with dual-tone LED flash coupled with a 2-megapixel sensor. For the front, there is 13 megapixel with soft LED flash and 2-megapixel sensors. Besides, the smartphone offers Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G LTE with VoLTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/A-GPS, NFC. The handset measures 156.2 × 75.2 × 7.5mm and weighs around 164 grams.
Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi Mi A1 was company’s first Android One smartphone, which was developed in partnership with Google. The smartphone recently received a price cut and it is now available for Rs 13,999. This means you get the powerful hardware from Xiaomi and pure Android experience from Google, making it probably one of the best smartphones in this price range. Not to forget that the smartphone has recently received the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update and it will be one of the first devices to come with upcoming Android P version.
The major highlight of the device is the dual rear cameras, which comes with a combination of 12-megapixel sensors. The primary sensor sports a wide-angle lens, while the secondary camera offers telephoto lens. The phone support 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. Further, it comes with stereoscopic imaging and deep learning algorithm to deliver impressive portrait shots.
The device sports a metallic unibody and features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels along with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The device is just 7mm thin and weighs 168 grams. Under the hood, the device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor along with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It comes with dual graphite sheet, which decreases the temperature by 2-degree. On the audio front, it features 10V smart PA for high-quality audio.
On the battery front, it supports 3080mAh battery with USB Type-C port and the company says it has customized a 380V charger for India for power spikes. There is a fingerprint sensor at the back panel and an IR blaster on the top of the device. On the connectivity front, it supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth, WiFi, USB Type-C port and dual-SIM support.
Motorola Moto G5S Plus
Motorola Moto G series is one of the highest selling series in India. The company has earned some good respect from its customers with the G-series and it has done the same thing with the Moto G5S Plus. The smartphone follows the same design language as we have seen in Moto G5 Plus, but it comes with some incremental updates. Yes, we are talking about the dual rear cameras. This coupled with some really good hardware specifications gives a stiff competition to its rival.
The smartphone has received permanent price cut of Rs 1,000 on Amazon India and Moto Hub stores. After the price cut, the Moto G5S Plus is available for Rs 14,999, which makes a pretty deal for those who want to experience stock Android without spending too much on a smartphone. The Moto G5S Plus comes in Lunar Gray and Blush Gold colours.
The major highlight of the Moto G5S Plus smartphone is the dual-camera setup at the rear panel. The device has two 13-megapixel sensors placed horizontally and has aperture f/2.0. The dual rear cameras can be used to bokeh effect for portraits, selective black and white colouring and replace background mode. For the front, there is an 8-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera along with LED flash and a new panoramic mode.
The Moto G5S Plus packs a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, which is also present in the Moto G5 Plus. It comes with 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage and 128GB expandable memory.
The phone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes loaded with some interesting features like Night Display and Quick Reply. It is powered by a 3000mAh battery along with Turbo charging technology. On the connectivity front, the device supports 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Dual-SIM, 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB port.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
There is no denying that Samsung Galaxy J-series is company’s one of the best-selling series. And finally, Samsung brought some premium design along with some interesting specifications with the launch of Galaxy J7 Pro. Interestingly, Samsung reduced the price of the smartphone and it is now available for purchase at Rs 19,900.
As for the specifications is concerned, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro comes with a metal body and 5.5-inch full HD (1280×1920 pixel) Super AMOLED display. It is powered by a 1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7870 processor with Mali T830 GPU, which is paired with 3GB RAM. The Galaxy J7 Pro comes with 64GB of internal memory, which can be further expandable up to 256GB via a micro SD card. The smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and is backed by a 3,600 mAh battery.
On the camera front, Galaxy J7 Pro flaunts the same 13-megapixel camera in the rear and front also. The Galaxy J7 Pro measures 152.4 × 74.7 × 7.9 mm. The Galaxy J7 Pro also features a fingerprint sensor embedded under the physical home button.
Coolpad Cool Play 6
Coolpad Cool Play 6 comes loaded with some reallygood specifications for its price. The device is priced at Rs 14,999 and is available exclusively on Amazon for sale.The Cool Play 6 has a metal unibody with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) in-cell display. It has an octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor (Quad 1.95GHz ARM Cortex A72 + Quad 1.44GHz A53), which is paired with Adreno 510 GPU. The smartphone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. It has 6GB RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage, but it doesn’t have a microSD expansion slot.
The smartphone has 13-megapixel dual rear cameras which come with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), dual tone LED flash on the back, while in its front lies an 8-megapixel snapper with a f/2.2 aperture for selfies and video calling. The smartphone comes packed with powerful 4000 mAh non-removable battery which claims to offer up to 252 hours on standby, up to 9 hours of internet browsing, 8hours of video watching and 6hours of extreme gaming.
The smartphone has a fingerprint sensor on the back panel located just under the rear cameras. This dual SIM device offers 4G with VoLTE, WiFi (802.11 ac/a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and USB Type-C port. The handset measures 152 x 75.2 x 8.45mm and weighs 170 grams.