Best value for money phones under Rs 20,000 in India

A budget phone, for a lot people, means a phone under Rs 20,000. There are many options in the market and while that means you have plenty to choose from, it is very hard to make an informed decision. 

Between companies like Xiaomi, Motorola, Samsung and Lenovo battling it out in the Indian smartphone segment trying to win over the mid-range consumer, there's never a shortage of features in these phones. 

Though this dynamic leaves a lot of options at the consumers' disposal, it can be confusing to determine what the real world applications are between the differences in phones. The disparity can exist in anything from battery sizes to chipsets and from cameras to operating systems.

That said, selecting a phone can still be a challenging task despite the plethora of options. While some companies may have the best specs on paper in a given price range, the lack of software optimisation can make those phones a poor option when compared to others. 

In this post, we look at some of the best value for money options under Rs 20,000. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

POCO F1 has been the best bet if phones under a budget and it's become even more affordable after a recent price cut. What makes it the best in the category is its flagship chipset Snapdragon 845, which makes it the only phone in the range to offer flagship level performance. 

Apart from the hardware, it's an equally good camera phone as well. The photos might not look as natural as from a Pixel phone, but they look great for your social media feed. The 4000mAh battery makes it a reliable phone for office goers and the best part is that it can handle almost everything you expect to see on a flagship. 

Read the full review: POCO F1 Review

Xiaomi has extended its Android One experiment with the new Mi A2 that was launched in India yesterday. Based on the Mi 6X, the Mi A2 offers a clean, stock Android 8.1 Oreo experience and features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display.

Borrowing heavily from the design of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Mi A2 offers slightly more powerful performance thanks to the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset that powers it. It also has a dual camera setup on the back with a 12MP and a 20MP sensor, along with a 20MP front facing camera.

If you are in the market for a budget smartphone that offers a stock Android experience and promises fast updates, the Mi A2 could be a noteworthy option.

Hands on: Xiaomi Mi A2 review

Huawei sub-brand Honor has upped its game in India with the new Honor Play, offering flagship grade specs below Rs. 20,000. The smartphone was launched earlier this week with Huawei's flagship Kirin 970 chipset and a new GPU Turbo feature.

Aimed at gamers in the mid-range segment, the Honor Play features a 6.3-inch display and sports dual cameras on the back. It also comes with several AI-based features including object recognition in the camera app, AI-based Face Unlock and face recognition and more.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro is a totally different Redmi Note from what we've seen in the past. It has a new design, improved camera, latest hardware and it comes at a price that's quite reasonable. It becomes more likable when you look at small additions like the Fast Charge 4.0, USB Type-C, IR Blaster and other useful software features. 

The stand out feature of the phone however is its 48MP camera, that can do magic with the pictures. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is a phone that can suffice all types of users. It's a perfect phone for photography, gaming and even for uniterrupted basic operations on a budget. 

Read the full review: Redmi Note 7 Pro review

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