The mobiles under Rs. 20,000 price bracket is highly competitive, a segment where we see a constant stream of solid smartphone launches. As you would expect, mobiles specifically launched between the Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000 price tag offer more premium features when compared to the sub-Rs. 15,000 smartphone segment.
This list of best mobiles under Rs. 20,000 has some new launches, as well as some older smartphones that are still relevant. The phones in this list have been cherry-picked by the team from over 100 products selling between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000. The oldest phone in the list is just 6 months old, so you don’t have to worry about buying something outdated. Suffice to say that they’ve all been vetted by our thorough reviews team, and have received a high overall rating – anything that we haven’t tested is not on this list. So, without any further ado, here are your choices if you are in the market for the best mobile under Rs. 20,000 in no particular order.
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1) Lenovo Z2 Plus
The Lenovo Z2 Plus makes it to our list thanks to a comfortable-to-hold 5-inch display, good build quality on the outside, and top-of-the-line hardware within. It’s one of the first phones with the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, and a price tag of under Rs. 20,000. Coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, the Z2 Plus – as noted in our review – delivers excellent performance. It also manages to pack a large 3500mAh battery in its petite body, and lasts over a day with ordinary use.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus has an interesting fingerprint scanner that doubles up with customisable quick actions – like a long touch on it to pull down the notification shade, for example. The camera is the achilles heel for this phone, so if you’re obsessed with great picture quality, then the Lenovo Z2 Plus probably isn’t for you.
Lenovo Z2 Plus
- KEY SPECS
- Convenient size and good build quality
- Excellent performance
- Superb price
- Decent battery life
- Interesting home button tweaks
- Sub-par camera
- 960fps shooting is just a gimmick
- No expandable storage
- Fast Charge capable charger not bundled
2) Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is the Korean giant’s answer to the ongoing trend of premium mid-range phones. The internals are clad in a premium-looking metal body, making it appear more expensive than what it is. The 5.5-inch LCD display is quite bright and vivid, the Exynos processor coupled with 3GB of RAM resulted in no complaints in performance, and the 3300mAh battery lasted well over a day with moderate use.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime’s built-in ‘S Power Planning’ mode offers interesting features like a Reserve Mode for calls and texts which kicks in automatically after a certain threshold. The camera is satisfactory and the only real gripe with the J7 Prime was the fingerprint scanner, which sometimes didn’t recognise fingerprints fast enough.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Samsung Galaxy J7 PrimeRs. 18,400
Value for money
Well designed and well built
S Power Planning feature
Decent battery life
Low light camera performance could be better
Fingerprint scanner can be tricky at times
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3) LeEco Le Max 2
The LeEco Le Max 2 used to cost over Rs. 20,000 at launch, but with time the price has trickled down and has reached a point where it garners a recommendation. It’s an attractive looking phone with good build quality and snappy performance thanks to the Snapdragon 820 chip and 4GB of RAM. It’s the only phone on the list to feature a large 5.7-inch Quad HD display.
The 21-megapixel camera also features OIS and takes good shots in most conditions. The only real complaint with the phone was the lack of refinement in software it runs.
4) Gionee S6s
The Gionee S6s is a reasonable choice in the Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000 price segment. Its unibody design feels sturdy and nice to hold. The full-HD IPS display is sharp and bright with good sunlight legibility. The Amigo 3.2 UI based on top of Android 6.0 offers some interesting tricks – like an iOS-style Control Center. Performance is acceptable, the rear camera clicks images in fair quality, and the front camera is paired with a ‘selfie flash’. The 3150mAh battery kept the phone running well over a day.
- KEY SPECS
- Good build quality
- Decent battery life
- Good overall performance
- No way to delete preinstalled apps
- Front camera low-light performance could be better
- Minor performance issues
Other good phones under Rs. 20,000
While these phones are obvious recommendations, there are a few that we would like to give honourable mentions. The Asus ZenFone 3 Laser is a decent pick because of its camera, as well as display. However, performance and battery life are hampered by too much bloatware, and it’s not the best bang for your buck at this price. The Vivo V3Max is another alternative – it has good performance and battery life, and it has got a price cut since we reviewed, which means it’s now available under Rs. 20,000 and represents better value for money now.
The Oppo F1s is another phone that can be a decent option now that it’s available below the launch price. It has decent all-round performance, good cameras, as well as battery life. However it comes with a dated Android version and charging can be slow at times. If battery backup is all you care about, get the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus, though you will miss having a decent camera, and the overall software experience and performance isn’t great either.
If you wanna experiment with something completely different, consider the Nextbit Robin – a good-looking phone with decent performance in most departments, save for the camera, though we recommend you read our review to understand what exactly you are getting into.
Finally, who says if your budget is Rs. 20,000 that you need to spend nearly all that amount? Plenty of good smartphones are available under Rs. 15,000 that you could buy and live happily every-after with – until it’s time to buy another phone that is.