Indian Gadget Awards winners: Redmi Note 10 Pro Max wins the Best Phone of 2021 Under Rs 20,000

As the country’s largest tech awards, the Indian Gadget Awards 2021 will see a distinguished group of tech content creators, publications and YouTubers come together to applaud the best devices from the year. 

This past year, the sub-Rs 20,000 smartphone segment saw plenty of mid-range features being introduced to it. And then there was also the push from manufacturers to offer 5G-ready handsets to make sure that users are well prepared for the 5G wave that could arrive in India very soon. Nearly 40 experts from the Indian tech media community judged all these phones on the basis of the value they offer despite their comparatively low price tags. Here is the winner of the Best Phone of 2021 Under Rs 20,000 award.



Winner: Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

Runner-up: POCO X3 Pro

Check out the full list of nominees for the Best Phone of 2021 Under Rs 20,000 award:

POCO X3 Pro


The POCO X3 Pro absolutely hit it out of the park with its unbelievable price tag. At a price of under Rs 20,000, it delivers the ultra-powerful Snapdragon 860 chipset and pairs it with 8GB worth of RAM. This incredibly well-designed phone is a big hit among gamers, especially due to its adoption of a 120Hz panel that offers a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. Nestled inside the device is a 5,160mAh battery that’s accompanied by 33W fast charging support. And as if all this isn’t enough, it even features a 48MP quad-camera setup on its back. At this moment, its only drawback is that it does not support 5G.

Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

Here’s another excellent high-end smartphone in this nominee list that does not support 5G. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max has an otherwise stellar specs list. A 108MP quad-camera setup, a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, and a 5,020mAh battery are its main highlights. The Snapdragon 732G SoC does all the heavy lifting inside this handset, while stereo speakers make their way into its neatly designed exterior. Speaking about the design, this phone is a treat to hold thanks to its thin and light nature.

iQOO Z3


Gamers love the iQOO Z3 for its fully loaded nature that facilitate intense gaming sessions with the utmost ease. The phone does that with the help of its powerful Snapdragon 768G chipset that also grants it 5G capabilities. The phone boasts a screen with 120Hz refresh rate along with 180Hz touch sampling rate, and also a five-layer liquid cooling system that enhances the gaming experience. The iQOO Z3 ships with a 4,400mAh battery under its hood that’s supported by 55W fast charging. This allows it to gain 50 per cent juice in just 19 minutes.

Moto G60


The Moto G60 sports a 108MP camera and that really hyped up its appeal to potential buyers. Its other features are also quite impressive and Motorola’s aggressive pricing helps. The phone offers a 6.8-inch FHD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate and runs on the Snapdragon 732G chip that’s devoid of any 5G modem, unfortunately.The handset has a whopping 6,000mAh battery at its heart but the 20W fast charging support is kind of towards the weaker side in this price range. Overall though, the Moto G60 is a pretty capable handset for its asking price.

Realme X7


The thin and lightweight Realme X7 has the 5G-capable Dimensity 800U SoC at its heart that gives it ample power for handling everyday tasks with ease, and also delivers great gaming performance. The device utilises a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen but this display does not offer a high refresh rate. On the camera front, users get a 64MP quad-camera setup that’s replete with plenty of photography knick-knacks. A 32MP selfie camera can also be found on the phone. Its 4,300mAh battery is supported by 65W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G


Thanks to its 11 band support, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is among the best phones to buy if you want to stay ready for the 5G revolution in India. Moreover, it’s a good all-round device overall. You get a 90Hz refresh rate on its 6.6-inch FHD+ panel, while its multi-camera setup includes the combination of a 48MP main camera, a 5MP ultra-wide unit and a 2MP depth sensor. The MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset powers it from within, while a 5,000mAh battery provides it with the necessary juice.

Redmi Note 11T 5G

Redmi Note 11T

The newest phone in this list of nominations, the Redmi Note 11T 5G has heated up the competition in its price category. Equipped with exquisite looks, the smartphone packs a real punch with its internal specs as well. It adopts the 6nm MediaTek Dimensity 810 platform for delivering fast performance and 5G connectivity. A 90Hz FHD+ display is another highlight, while the camera setup onboard this device includes a 50MP main unit and an 8MP ultra-wide camera. This phone also offers great battery life through its 5,000mAh power pack that’s accompanied by 33W fast charging support.