Top smartphones priced under Rs 20,000: March 2019 edition

“These smartphones offer the best value for money in the sub-Rs 20k category”

If you are looking for a smartphone priced under Rs 20,000 in India, then this list should help you make a good purchase decision. All the phones listed below score high on the value-for-money factor. In fact, some of these options can give even higher-priced smartphones a run for their money. So without further ado, let’s get started.  



When Xiaomi launched its POCO sub-brand, and the debut offering dubbed the F1, it took the world by storm. It’s still the most affordable smartphone to be available with the flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset. Even though its successor has been announced, the SD845 chipset is a beast and can handle anything you throw at it. The other specs of the smartphone include a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with a notch up top sporting an infrared sensor for low-light face unlock, dual rear cameras with a primary 12-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel depth unit, a 20-megapixel selfie shooter, and a 4,000mAh battery with fast charging support. The base variant, priced under Rs 20k, comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage onboard, though you can opt for 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model too. 

Related read: POCO F1 review  

Samsung Galaxy A50

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In 2019, Samsung has opted for an aggressive stance in the Indian market with its M and A series. The Galaxy A50 is currently the most power-packed offering in the A series, featuring triple rear cameras and an in-display fingerprint scanner, which should attract plenty of customers. The phone comes with a 6.4-inch FHD+ display and a tiny waterdrop notch at the top, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It’s powered by the Exynos 9610 processor from Samsung and runs Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, which is layered with the One UI. A 4,000mAh battery keeps the device running, and yes, it supports fast charging. The camera setup on the back includes a 25-megapixel main shooter, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and a 5-megapixel depth unit. For selfies, a 25-megapixel sensor is available up front. 

Related read: Samsung Galaxy A50 review 

Honor Play


The Honor Play is a very powerful mid-range smartphone that ships with a flagship-grade processor. It’s fuelled by the Kirin 970 chipset, which is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The phone also comes with GPU Turbo technology that is said to improve gaming performance without draining too much battery. Other gaming perks include 4D haptic feedback and 7.1 channel Histen Audio. The device features a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a notch at the top. Honor has included a 3,750mAh battery on the phone that supports fast charging. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, with a layer of EMUI 8.2. For imaging, there’s a primary 16-megapixel shooter at the back, paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 16-megapixel snapper on the front for selfies. 

Related read: Honor Play review

Redmi Note 7 Pro 6GB


The Redmi Note 7 Pro is the latest and greatest offering in the Redmi series from Xiaomi. It gets a new design compared to its predecessor along with offering power-packed specifications. The Note 7 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display that’s protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5. The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 675 processor, which is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (there’s a lower-priced model with 4GB RAM and 64GB built-in memory as well). The phone features a 48-megapixel rear camera that’s paired with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, a 13-megapixel sensor is available within the tiny notch on the front. The device is equipped with a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4 support. It runs Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 out of the box. 

Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review 



OPPO’s latest mid-range smartphone has also made to this list, thanks to some interesting features. The OPPO K1 is the second phone in this list to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone draws power from the Snapdragon 660 processor, which is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It features a pair of snappers on the back, comprising a 16-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel depth unit. At the front, the smartphone gets a 25MP shooter for selfies. Powering the show is a 3,600mAh battery. 

To conclude, if you want the most bang for your buck, then the POCO F1 could be a good option. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Galaxy A50 are also capable options for shutterbugs. But one thing is clear that all of these smartphones should be a great choice under Rs 20k.

Sohil is into a lot of things, which is why he's always short on time for everything else. He's an amateur photographer, an avid gamer, an ardent reader and a sucker for good movies and TV shows. He's been writing on tech for 6 years, and is in no mood to stop anytime soon.
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