Sub Rs. The 20,000 price segment today includes many powerful smartphones that provide everything most people want or need for everyday use. Although we did not have any new additions in December, we did see some good launches recently, which are still worth considering. Our list includes phones that offer features that are limited to expensive phones, such as multiple high-quality cameras, fast charging, RAM and storage loads, and gaming-grade processors. We have recently raised Rs. 20,000 offer great value for money.
Realme started 7 Pro As part of its new 7-Series earlier this year, it had pretty much all upgrades RealMe 6 Pro. Samsung has also launched Galaxy M31s, Compared to this modern hole-punch display and faster charging Galaxy M31. The prices of some models have dropped, so there are plenty of options. We have also updated the rest of this list by omitting some of our previous recommendations.
If you have a budget of Rs. 20,000, here are the best smartphones you should consider for your next purchase.
The best phones under 20,000
|Rs. 20,000||Gadgets 360 Rating (out of 10)||Price in India (Recommended)|
|Samsung Galaxy M31s||8||Rs. 19,499|
|RealMe 7 Pro||8||Rs. 19,999|
|Motorola One Fusion +||8||Rs. 17,499|
|Redmi Note 9 Pro Max||8||Rs. 16,999|
|Little X3||8||Rs. 16,999|
|RealMe 6 Pro||8||Rs. 17,999|
|Samsung Galaxy M31||8||Rs. 16,499|
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung launched Galaxy M31s Rs. 19,499, and thought there were some fluctuations, which are still available at this price. Samsung has a habit of adjusting prices, so by the time you read this article, we should not be surprised if the price changes.
We think the Galaxy M31s are a good upgrade to the Galaxy M31. It has a high starting price, but for this extra money you get an Infinity-O AMOLED display, a high-capacity bundle charger and a slightly adjusted design. It has many things that make the Galaxy M31 great, like the big 6,000mAh battery, but it also carries with it some of the disadvantages of the SoC of yesteryear. Not that the phone can handle Android well, but compared to those that offer competition at this price, the processor definitely feels weak.
Cameras are good but video stabilization is not great and low-light photos do not have the best details. However, if battery life is your first priority, the Galaxy M31s are still the best in its class.
RealMe 7 Pro
The most premium model in RealMe’s 7-Series, The RealMe 7 Pro The RealMe 6 Pro has some major upgrades, such as an AMOLED or high-refresh-rate display, 65W fast charging and stereo speakers. With a starting price of Rs. 19,999, this model has unique features that others in this segment can match. 65W charging works well and stereo speakers make the content more immersive. The new phone is also thinner and lighter compared to the 6 Pro, which is a nice bonus.
However, you do not get a 90Hz display, which is a little frustrating. The 7 Pro also has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC just like the 6 Pro, so there is no real performance gain either. The primary rear camera has improved a bit, but once again, you lose the ultra wide-angle selfie camera and the 6P’s rear telephoto camera.
While there is no doubt that the Realme 7 Pro is a good phone, it takes a step back in some areas, so the Realme 6 Pro is still a viable option in this segment.
Motorola One Fusion +
The Motorola One Fusion + A welcome addition to the sub is Rs. 20,000 price segment. Although the price is very competitive, Motorola has not dropped at all in terms of hardware. It has a 6.5-inch large display. This panel is HDR10 certified and has very good angles. It features a loud bottom-firing speaker that appreciates crisp performance. The most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC powered by Motorola One Fusion +.
It scored very well on our benchmarks. One Fusion + is only available in one configuration, with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. You can expand the storage thanks to the hybrid dual sim tray. Motorola is packed with a 5,000 mAh battery and comes with an 18W turbocharger.
It runs clean stock Android and does not encounter pre-installed bloatware. The Motorola One Fusion + has four cameras on the back and a pop-up selfie camera. It has a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Camera performance is good during the day and the phone quickly locks focus and meter light properly. Low-light shots are average but using night mode made a lot of difference. Video recording is maxed out at 4K and the phone does a good job of stabilizing daytime footage.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Rs. 15,000, but prices have risen due to the GST hike. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max shares a lot of hardware with the Redmi Note 9 Pro – both phones have 6.67-inch displays that are good for watching video but not for single hand use.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that allows you to quickly unlock it. In line with current trends, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has four rear cameras, but the module is slightly longer. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. Xiaomi offers it in three variants: the base variant has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 16,999; The Middle One offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 18,499. The top variant is priced at Rs 19,999, which is not the upper limit of this list.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max packs in a 5,020 mAh battery and offers very good battery life. Xiaomi bundles the 33W charger in the box. The camera performance of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is great, but the photos are overwhelming at times. Low-light camera performance is average but night mode helps capture better output.
The mid-range Poco X3 outperforms the previously recommended Poco X2. It is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC and features a 6.67-inch Full-HD + screen with a 6000mAh battery. As you can imagine, this phone is relatively bulky and heavy. The design is relatively fresh, with a very prominent camera module on the back. The body is made of plastic and the glossy finish is susceptible to smudging, but you get IP53 water and dust resistance.
The base variant has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The middle variant has 128GB of storage, while the top end one increases the RAM to 8GB. For all three, Rs. 20,000 in India. You will get MIUI 12 on Android 10 with some unnecessary bloatware. The overall performance is good and the battery life is the same. It is a good choice for gaming and entertainment. The cameras are also suitable for everyday use.
If you do not want your phone to be too big, you may want to look elsewhere. If that’s not the problem, the Poco X3 offers plenty of value for money.
RealMe 6 Pro
RealMe 6Pro has been launched along with RealMe6, and both smartphones have joined our list. The RealMe 6 Pro has a 6.6-inch display with dual camera hole-punch for selfie cameras. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC just like the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The device is well designed, but slightly slippery due to the glass back. This phone is also a bit heavy at 202g. A special feature of the RealMe 6 Pro is its 90Hz screen refresh rate. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that is easily accessible and unlocks the phone.
RealMe 6Pro comes in three variants: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage. The base variant is priced at Rs. 17,999 while the other variants are priced at Rs. 18,999, Rs.19,999.
There is a quad-camera setup on the back. Camera performance is good for daytime and close-ups, but low-light camera performance needs some improvement. The RealMe 6 Pro has a 4300 mAh battery, which is not as big as some of the other phones on the list but when we reviewed it provided excellent battery life.
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Sub Rs. 20,000 market with the Galaxy M-Series, and the Galaxy M31 is still a compelling choice. This model has a 6.4-inch Full-HD + AMOLED display that offers clear colors and good viewing angles. There is a quad-camera setup on the back with a 64 megapixel primary camera. It also packs a large 6,000 mAh battery and a capacity Exynos 9611 SoC.
The Samsung Galaxy M31 comes with 6GB of RAM and two storage options, 64GB and 128GB. Prices range from Rs. 15,999 for the base model while the high model is priced at Rs. 16,499. The large battery provides excellent battery life and this phone can easily last for two days. The cameras are good during the day, the wide angle provides a wide view, but loses detail compared to the primary camera. We noticed that the camera AI could go overboard in terms of saturated colors. The primary camera is a little slow when focusing and you can see the small grain in the output. When Night Mode is enabled, the Galaxy M31 delivers better low-light shots. We found that video stabilization was average.
The Exynos 9611 SoC Redmi Note 9 Pro is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 720G that powers the Pro and Max 6 Pro, but it can handle everyday tasks with ease. Battery is the highlight of the Galaxy M31, as it outperforms many devices on this list.
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