The mid-range smartphone market is the hottest in India right now. While there exist other option, powering a lot of the bestselling smartphone models in the sub-Rs 20,000 price segment, MediaTek chipsets are fast becoming the go-to choice when it comes to offering high-end performance at affordable price points. In this story, we check out the best smartphones you can buy under Rs 20,000 in India.
You can see in this list that a lot of these affordable mid-range smartphones are powered by MediaTek chipsets and are among the most popular and fastest selling models in the Indian mobile market. Let’s get into the the details.
Realme Narzo 20 Pro / Realme Narzo 20
Realme Narzo 20 Pro and Narzo 20 are the latest mid-range smartphones in town. While the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC powers the Narzo 20 Pro, the younger sibling Narzo 20 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 chipset. Both are from MediaTek’s G series of chipsets that offer butter-smooth gaming performance with MediaTek HyperEngine Gaming Technology. Both the Realme smartphones are expected to offer top-notch gaming and camera performance at attractive price points, which they owe largely to the MediaTek Helio G95 and MediaTek Helio G85 chipsets.
The Realme Narzo 20 Pro price starts at Rs 14,999 in India, while the Narzo 20 has a starting price tag of Rs 10,499.
POCO M2 is one of the most exciting offerings from Xiaomi offshoot, POCO, in the mid-range smartphone segment. Within a few days of launch, the POCO M2 has seen massive interest among Indian smartphone users. Powering the smartphone is the new MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, which is manufactured with a 12nm FinFET process. This processor features two fast ARM Cortex-A75 cores with up to 2 GHz for performance tasks and six small ARM Cortex-A55 with up to 1.8 GHz for efficiency.
The POCO M2 is priced starting at Rs 10,999 for the base model that comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and goes up to Rs 12,499 for the 6GB + 128GB variant.
Another worthy smartphone from the POCO stable is the POCO X3. It’s the latest smartphone in the mid-range segment and seems a value-for-money proposition with features like Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, RealityFlow 120Hz display, and a large 6,000mAh battery. The POCO X3 that starts at Rs 16,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model, Rs 18,499 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB variant, and Rs 19,999 for the one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
Infinix Note 7
Infinix is another brand that is offering capable smartphones in the mid-range segment. The latest from the brand, Infinix Note 7, is powered by the MediaTek Helio G70 chipset. This is yet another SoC from MediaTek that offers two cores clocked up to 2GHz, promising superfast performance at a price of Rs 11,499 for the single variant of the Infinix Note 7 that comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.
Realme 7 is also a new smartphone from Realme in the sub-Rs 20,000 price segment in India. The smartphone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 chipset. This SoC is one of MediaTek’s premium offerings with MediaTek HyperEngine Gaming Technology for fast and smooth mobile gaming. The MediaTek Helio G95 SoC supports up to 64MP cameras, which allows the new Realme 7 to feature a 64 rear quad-camera setup at an extremely affordable price point.
The Realme 7 is priced at Rs 14,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, while the 8GB + 128GB model goes for Rs 16,999 in the country.
Realme 6i is yet another value proposition from Realme in the mid-range smartphone segment, priced starting at Rs 12,999. The Realme 6i is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T processor, which is equipped with two big ARM Cortex-A76 cores that go up to 2.05GHz for high performance. This processor is also heavily focused on mobile gaming with the company’s proprietary MediaTek HyperEngine Game Technology.
POCO M2 Pro
The third POCO phone to make it to this list is the M2 Pro, a solid performer starting at a price of Rs 13,999. This smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Processor, coupled with 4GB/ 6GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage. Even at this price point, the POCO M2 Pro features 48MP quad cameras at the back and a 16MP selfie camera up front.
Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9 is another excellent example of a compelling MediaTek-powered smartphone in the sub-Rs 20,000 price segment. The device is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, which again is known for its smartphone gaming prowess thanks to the MediaTek HyperEngine Gaming Technology that makes it a breeze to play high-end games smoothly on your smartphone.
The MediaTek Helio G85 offers brands the flexibility to create a wide range of multi-camera setups; the Redmi Note 9 sports 48MP quad cameras at the back and a 13MP selfie camera up front.
Motorola One Fusion Plus
The Motorola One Fusion Plus is yet another great smartphone under the Rs 20,000 price point. You get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB internal storage, 64MP quad rear cameras, and a large 5,000mAh battery all at the price of Rs 17,499 for the single variant. It is one of Motorola’s most value for money offerings in the market right now.
With these capable options in India’s mid-range smartphone segment, it’s quite clear that MediaTek-powered handsets seem to be the top choice for users when it comes to buying powerful and reliable handsets priced under Rs 20,000. Which one do you prefer?