Top 5 smartphones from OnePlus, POCO and Samsung in India under Rs 20,000

The Indian smartphone market is ever-so busy with new launches at regular intervals. Unlike the flagship lineup which sees upgrades annually (some half-yearly), the Rs 20,000 segment gets new models, probably every other day. The main reason behind this is that there is a large customer base which still prefers budget phones over high-priced premium phones. The Rs 20,000 price segment is a tough slab for any brand as there are many options and the competition needs to outshine others in order to stay relevant.

So, if you are on the market looking for a budget phone and are confused about which one to buy, we are here to help you pick one.

OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite

OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G

The OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite is obviously the best option under Rs 20,000, all thanks to the popularity of the ‘OnePlus’ branding and a more polished product. The design of the phone is quite impressive, with two circular rings on the back and a fancy new Lime Green colour. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC and boots Android 13 OS out of the box.

  • Display: 6.72-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display, a 120Hz refresh rate. 
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC paired with Adreno 619 GPU for graphics.
  • RAM and Storage: 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB/256GB UFS 2.2 storage.
  • Cameras: 108MP Samsung HM6 primary sensor, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro lens. There is a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies and video chats.
  • Battery: 5,000mAh battery with 67W SUPERVOOC fast charging support.
  • OS: Android 13-based OxygenOS custom skin out of the box.
  • Price: Rs 19,999 for the 8GB/128GB model and Rs 21,999 for the 8GB/256GB version.

Samsung Galaxy F34 5G


Samsung Galaxy F34 5G is the latest F-series model in the country. The handset’s main highlight is a large 6,000mAh battery, which should last two complete days with moderate usage. The phone features an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and boots Android 13 OS out of the box.

  • Display: 6.46-inch FHD+ sAMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Processor: Exynos 1280 powers the Galaxy F34 5G.
  • RAM and storage: 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB variants.
  • Cameras: 50MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, and a 2MP sensor. There is a 13MP camera for selfies.
  • OS: Android 13-based OneUI skin.
  • Battery: 6,000mAh battery.
  • Price: Rs 18,999 for the 6GB + 128GB model and Rs 20,999 for the 8GB + 128GB version.

Infinix GT 10 Pro

The Infinix GT 10 Pro is the latest gaming offering in the country. The main highlight of the phone is the Cyber Mecha back panel design and there is a new mini-LED that glows up when you receive a notification or put it to charging and even when a game is launched. The cyberpunk-inspired back panel design is sure to make heads turn.

  • Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate
  • Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 8050 processor paired with Mali-G77 MC9 GPU. 
  • RAM and storage: 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage.
  • Cameras: 108MP + 2MP + 2MP triple camera sensors. 32MP front camera. 
  • Battery, fast charging: It packs a 5,000mAh battery with 45W fast charging support. 
  • Software: Android 13-based XOS 13.
  • Price: Rs 19,999.

Realme Narzo 60 5G


Realme Narzo 60 5G is the all-rounder in the under Rs 20,000 price segment. The handset offers a premium design, thanks to the new circular camera module on the back panel, similar to the Realme 11 series. The handset offers 5G network support, thanks to the MediaTek Dimensity 6020 5G.

  • Display: 6.43-inch FHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. 
  • Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 6020 5G chipset.
  • RAM and storage: 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage.
  • Software: Android 13 with Realme UI 4.0. 
  • Cameras: Realme Narzo 60 has a single 64MP rear camera. There is a 16MP front camera for selfies.
  • Battery: 5,000mAh battery with 33W SuperVOOC fast charging.
  • Price: Rs 17,999 for the 8GB + 128GB and Rs 19,999 for 8GB + 256GB model.



POCO X5 Pro is a good budget offering that offers premium features like Dolby Vision, 1920Hz High-Frequency PWM Dimming and a 2.9mm ultra-narrow bottom bezel. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC and packs a 108MP primary camera sensor on the back. There is a large 5,000mAh with 67W fast charging. The handset is currently available for under Rs 20,000 on Flipkart.

  • Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Processor: Snapdragon 778G 6nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 642L GPU
  • RAM and Storage: 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB UFS 2.2 internal storage
  • OS: Android 12 with MIUI 14
  • Cameras: 108MP primary camera + 8MP ultra-wide angle lens + a 2MP macro camera. There is a 16MP front camera.
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 67W fast charging.
  • Price: Rs 19,999 for 6GB/128GB and Rs 20,999 for 8GB/256GB model.

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