Best phones under Rs 20,000 in India for May 2021

The smartphones under Rs 20,000 segment is one of the most crowded segments in India after the under Rs 15,000 segment. The phones in this segment are now more competitive than ever. 

We are seeing phones with 5G, high refresh rate, geat cameras,  fast charging, powerful performance in the sub Rs 20,000 segment now which otherwise was reserved for only flagship phones in India

From the past couple of years, we’ve seen companies trying to fill the bridge the gap between two segments with smart software implementations. And, thanks to the powerful SoCs from Qualcomm especially the 7 series, the segment has gotten better in terms of performance.  

The list of the best value for money phones under Rs 20,000 offers a good display, a big battery with fast charging, great camera performance, and more. We are also seeing high refresh rate displays trickle down to this segment. We also now have extremely fast charging phones in this segment.  

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 optimization can make those phones a poor option when compared to others. We have tested multiple phones in the segment and here we have priced 7 phones priced under Rs 20,000 market in India that are with spending your money right now. 

In this guide, we have listed some of the best value for money smartphones available under Rs 20,000 in India. In case you'd like to explore the adjoining price segments, you can also check out our other compilations.

What to expect from a Rs 20,000 phone 

  • Performance like never before
  • High refresh rate screen
  • AMOLED display
  • Big battery and fast charging
  • Versatile camera setup
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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

Umpteen upgrades

Display: 6.67-inch FHD+, AMOLED, 120Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 732G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5020mAh, 33W charging | Rear camera: 108MP+8+5+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | OS: Android 11, MIUI 12 | Weight: 193g | Thickness: 8.1mm

Lovely 120Hz AMOLED display
Reliable battery life
Great cameras
Stereo speakers
Relatively slow charging
Inconsistent secondary camera
No 5G

It’d be a surprise not to see a Redmi Note series in the best budget phone category. The series has played an instrumental role in building the segment in India over the past few years and the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is the latest addition to the list with impressive specs and equally impressive performance. 

It brings competitive features such as an AMOLED display with a high refresh rate, a 108MP quad-camera stack, great battery life and fast charging. While the phone lacks 5G capabilities, the chipset performs reasonably well for most day to day tasks.

For those who don’t want a 108MP camera, the Redmi Note 10 Pro with a 64MP camera is available for Rs 3,000 less. Apart from the primary camera, everything else remains the same on both phones. 

Read our Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

Redmi Note 10 Pro Max Redmi Note 10 Pro
6+64GB Rs 18,999 Rs 15,999
6+128GB Rs 19,999 Rs 16,999
8+128GB Rs 21,999 Rs 18,999
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Poco X3 Pro

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Poco X3 Pro

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Poco X3 Pro

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Poco X3 Pro

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Poco X3 Pro

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Poco X3 Pro

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Poco X3 Pro

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Poco X3 Pro

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Poco X3 Pro

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Poco X3 Pro

New ingredients, same recipe

Display: 6.67" FHD+, LCD, 120Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 860 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 5160mAh, 33W | Rear camera: 48+8+2+2MP | Front camera: 20MP | OS: Android 11, MIUI 12 | Weight: 213g | Thickness: 9.4mm

Excellent performance
Battery life
Camera
Relatively slow charging
Bulky

For those who prefer performance and a gaming-centric phone in the sub Rs 20,000 segment, the Poco X3 Pro is hands-down the best performer in the segment with its flagship-grade Snapdragon 860 processor. The Poco X3 Pro sports a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display with a 120Hz display - though it isn’t an AMOLED panel, the LCD panel on the device is of good quality with adequate performance. 

Though the camera looks like a downgrade from the Poco X3, the primary camera on the Poco X3 Pro impressed us. The phone is packed with a big battery which can last one full day easily even with heavy usage. MIUI 12 isn’t still perfect software, but the powerful processor and optimization allow it to run smoothly. 

Read our Poco X3 Pro review

Buy Poco X3 Pro on Flipkart 

6GB + 128GB: Rs 18,999

8GB +1 28GB: Rs 20,999

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Realme 8 Pro

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Realme 8 Pro

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Realme 8 Pro

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Realme 8 Pro

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Realme 8 Pro

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3. Realme 8 Pro

Camera modes to last a lifetime

Display: 6.4" FHD+, AMOLED, 60Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 720G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4500mAh, 50W charging | Rear camera: 108+8+2+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | OS: Android 11, Realme UI 2.0 | Weight: 176g | Thickness: 8.1mm

Versatile camera features
Excellent design
Solid battery life
Fast charging
Buggy display
No high refresh rate
108MP needs optimization

The cheapest phone with 108MP camera in India right now, the Realme 8 Pro is the company's attempt to satisfy every consumer's needs for different camera modes, and it does that successfully while making a smartphone that turns out to be better than most others in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor ensures that the smartphone has fluid performance when handling all kinds of tasks, be that gaming, photography, or the use of multiple heavy apps. The handset features a 4,500mAh which is backed by a 50W charger that can last a day. To sum it up, the Realme 8 Pro is a solid device that would give most smartphones in the category a run for its money, but not all of them. 

Read our Realme 8 Pro review

Buy Realme 8 on Flipkart

6GB + 128GB: Rs 17,999

8GB + 128GB: Rs 19,999

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Moto G60

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Moto G60

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Moto G60

Display: 6.8-inch LCD, 120Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 732G | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 6000, 20W charging | Rear camera: 108+8+2MP | Front camera: 32MP | OS: Android 11 | Weight: 220g | Thickness: 9.6mm

120Hz display
Good Performance
Good cameras
Clean software
Slow charging
Bulky

The Moto G60 is one of India’s cheapest phones with a 108MP camera setup. The phone can take good images with great colors and details in the daylight. The 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera also doubles up as a macro shooter and produces excellent images. Powering the device is a  Snapdragon 732G, a capable gaming chipset that performs smoothly. 

Adding to the smoothness, the Moto G60 also comes with a big 6.8-inch 120Hz LCD screen with HDR10 certification. There is also a massive 6,000mAh battery which should last at least one full day with heavy usage, but that’s backed by a mediocre 20W fast charging. Lastly, the Moto G60 is also a perfect phone for those who don’t want to deal with any bloatware, ads - you get near-stock Android 11 experience with a dedicated Google Assistant button. 

Buy Moto G60 on Flipkart

6GB + 128GB: Rs 17,999

Realme Narzo 30 pro

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Realme Narzo 30 Pro

Display: 6.6-inch LCD, 120Hz | Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 800U | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4000mAh, 30W charging | Rear camera: 48+8+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | OS: Android 10, Realme UI | Weight: 194g | Thickness: 9.1mm

Performance
Battery life and charging
120Hz screen
Average camera experience
Android 10

The successor to the fastest charging phone in the segment(Narzo 20 Pro), the Narzo 30 Pro comes with some downgrades from the predecessor, but it does offer competitive specs and performance to stay on the list. It is now the cheapest 5G phone in India as it is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor. 

You get a 120Hz screen on a 6.5-inch Full HD+ LCD screen and a 48MP primary camera while there is a 16MP selfie shooter.  The battery is rated at 5,000mAh and is backed by a 30W charger. The device is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset. 

Buy Realme Narzo 30 Pro on Flipkart

6GB + 64GB: Rs 16,999

8GB + 128GB: Rs 19,999

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Poco X3

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Poco X3

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Poco X3

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Poco X3

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Poco X3

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Poco X3

Back to basics

Display: 6.6-inch LCD, 120Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 732G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 6000mAh, 33W charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP | OS: Android 10, MIUI 12 | Weight: 225g | Thickness: 10.08mm

120Hz display
Excellent battery life
Reliable cameras
Great for gaming
Heavy
LCD panel
Not the fastest charging

The new Poco X3 is the second-best smartphone one can buy for under Rs 20,000. It has no real weaknesses when the entire package is considered. With Poco X3, you get a 120Hz smooth LCD panel and 64MP (Sony IMX682) quad-camera setup that clicks excellent pictures. 

It is powered by the Snapdragon 732G chipset for great gaming performance, has capable cameras, a big 6,000mAh battery with support for fast charging. With all the internals packed in the phone is quite heavy at 230 grams and if that's not an issue for you, then this phone is for you. 

Read our Poco X3 review

Buy Poco X3 on Flipkart

6GB + 64GB: Rs 14,999

6G + 128GB: Rs 16,999

8GB + 128GB: Rs 18,999

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Samsung Galaxy M31s

Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ | Processor: Exynos 9611 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Rear camera: 64 + 12 + 5 + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Battery: 6,000mAh, 25W fast charging | OS : Android 10 | Weight: 203g | Thickness: 9.3mm

Display
Good battery 
Camera performance
Performance

The successor to the vastly popular Galaxy M31, the Galaxy M31s is a mid-range phone from the house of Samsung. You get a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O screen with Full HD+ resolution. It is powered by the Snapdragon 9611 chipset. That is paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. There is a massive 6,000mAh battery pack with support for 25W fast charging over USB Type-C. It also supports reverse charging via Type-C to Type-C cable that's included in the box.

On the camera front, you get a quad-camera stack with a 64MP f/1.8 primary camera, followed by a 12MP ultra-wide shooter with a 123-degree field-of-view, a 5MP depth sensor for portraits and a 5MP macro lens. Selfies are handled by a 32MP camera. The fingerprint scanner is now embedded within the power button on the right. 

Read our Samsung Galaxy M31s review

Buy Samsung Galaxy M31s on Amazon

6GB + 128GB: Rs 18,499

8GB + 128GB: Rs 20,499

Infinix Zero 8i

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Infinix Zero 8i

Weight: 210.5 g | Screen size: 6.85-inch Full HD+, 90Hz | CPU: MediaTek Helio G90T | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4500mAh, 33W fast charge | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + AI Lens | Front camera: 16MP + 8MP | OS: Android 10 | Weight: 210.5g | Thickness: 9.07 mm

90Hz refresh rate
Fast charge 
Design
Camera performance 

Infinix Zero 8i is powered by MediaTek Helio G90T chipset and is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The device sports a 6.85-inch Full HD+ display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. This is also the first phone in India from Infinix to feature a high refresh rate panel. 

The Infinix Zero 8i is packed with a 4,500mAh battery unit with support for 33W fast charge support via Type-C port. You get a 48MP primary rear camera with f/1.79 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide shooter with 119 degrees FoV. This is followed by a 2MP depth sensor and an AI lens along with Quad-LED Flash. To the front, the Infinix Zero 8i sports a dual punch-hole camera with a 16MP f/2.0 primary sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide snapper. Other features of the Infinix Zero 8i include XOS 7 based on Android 10, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, dual VoLTE, OTG support, multi-dimensional liquid cooling, and DTS audio.

Buy Infinix Zero 8i on Flipkart

8GB + 128GB: Rs 15,999

Best smartphone under Rs 20,000 in India

Device Price
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max Rs 18,999 onwards
Redmi Note 10 Pro Rs 15,999 onwards
Poco X3 Pro Rs 18,999 onwards
Realme 8 Pro Rs 17,999 onwards
Moto G60 Rs 17,999
Realme Narzo 30 Pro Rs 16,999 onwards
Poco X3 Rs 14,999 onwards
Samsung Galaxy M31s Rs 18,499 onwards
Infinix Zero 8i Rs 15,999

With the smartphone market back to full swing, the under Rs 20,000 segment continues to be one of the most exciting ones. On the horizon, we are expecting devices from Samsung, Oppo, Realme, and Motorola to join the segment by May. 

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