We don’t have any new additions to our list since last time around as there haven’t been any notable launches. The mighty Poco X3 Pro, Moto G60 and iQoo Z3 continue to occupy a comfortable place on our list, all of which deliver impressive performance and features.
Overall, it has been a busy year in the Indian smartphone space. Realme introduced new phones in its primary number series as well as its X series, two of which made the cut for this list. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 series has also set a new bar for the kind of features one can expect in this segment. We have also kept a few slightly older models which we believe are still worth your attention.
If you are on a budget of Rs. 20,000, here are some of the best smartphones you should consider for your next purchase.
Best Phones Under 20,000
|Phones under Rs. 20,000||Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Infinix Note 10 Pro||8||Rs. 16,999|
|Poco X3 Pro||8||Rs. 18,999|
|Moto G60||8||Rs. 17,999|
|Realme 8 Pro||8||Rs. 17,999|
|Redmi Note 10 Pro Max||8||Rs. 19,999|
|Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G||8||Rs. 16,999|
|Realme X7 5G||8||Rs. 19,999|
|Infinix Zero 8i||8||Rs. 15,999|
|Realme 7 Pro||8||Rs. 19,999|
|iQoo Z3||8||Rs. 19,990|
|Poco X3||8||Rs. 16,999|
Infinix Note 10 Pro
The Infinix Note 10 Pro is a bulky and bulky smartphone, but if you can make peace with that, you’ll find the 6.95-inch screen very gratifying for content consumption. The stereo speakers add to the experience, although they sound a bit thin. We found the overall system and gaming performance to be very good and there was a selfie flash that worked well when shooting in low light. The cameras overall were average and there is a lot of preinstalled bloatware that tends to generate spam notifications. If you are looking for something other than the usual deals, Infinix Note 10 Pro could be a good alternative.
Poco X3 Pro
Poco presents the X3 Pro as the spiritual successor to the Poco F1, a phone that delivered a flagship SoC at an unprecedented price for the time. The X3 Pro is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC, which is a slightly modified version of the Snapdragon 855, but without the 5G modem. That’s still a lot of CPU and GPU power for a phone under Rs. 20,000, making it a good choice for gaming in this segment.
Unlike the Poco F1, the Poco X3 Pro has a bold and flashy design with matching colors, clearly targeting today’s youth. It is also packed with great features like an IP53 rating, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the screen, stereo speakers, a 120Hz refresh rate screen, and a large battery that can charge quickly up to. at 33 W. For a gaming phone, the rear and front cameras aren’t too bad, as long as they are used in bright light. The only downsides are that the Poco X3 Pro is bulky and heavy, and managing promotional content in MIUI can be a chore.
The Motorola One Fusion + was a solid offering under Rs. 20,000, and now the Moto G60 is replacing it at a similar price point but with even more features. Some of the highlights include a 108-megapixel main camera, 120Hz display, 6,000mAh battery, and faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC. It’s also one of the few phones that has a dedicated Google Assistant button.
One of the things we really liked about the Motorola Moto G60 was its clean, bloatware and ad-free software. The overall performance was very good and the screen with HDR10 certification meant that the media consumption was also very pleasant. The cameras turned out to be a bit average, despite such a large sensor. The G60 is also a bit heavier, and charging such a large battery is relatively slow.
Realme 8 Pro
The Realme 8 Pro had big shoes to fill, given that the Realme 7 Pro was a pretty solid offering and continues to find a place on this list. The lower starting price of Rs. 17,999 certainly works in its favor with other pluses such as very good battery life, fast charging, a crisp and crisp AMOLED display, and a fairly decent selfie camera.
However, although it is supposed to be the successor to the Realme 7 Pro, the company has gone in a different direction and therefore it lacks a few features. You lose the stereo speakers, which in our opinion is a big lack. There’s no high refresh rate for the screen, and despite having a 108-megapixel camera, its performance is still underwhelming. Not to mention the spammy nature of some of the apps that come preinstalled in Realme UI 2.0, which can be quite annoying. It’s still a good deal overall, but not what we expected.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
The Redmi Note series has always been synonymous with value, offering superior features than the Redmi series while still being affordable enough for most people. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max raises the bar by offering cutting-edge features like a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, 108-megapixel main camera, massive battery, and stereo speakers. It is also a powerful smartphone thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC. In our review, we found the display to be excellent. The surprisingly useful macro camera, sleek design, and IP53 rating for dust and water resistance are also big selling points.
A few areas that we think could improve with future software updates are camera performance in low light, as well as the annoying bloat and promotional content of the software that we encountered at launch. We also have to give a quick hail to the Redmi Note 10 Pro, which is basically the same as the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max except for its lower resolution main rear camera, which is priced below Rs. 3000.
Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G
One of the goals of the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G was to be India’s most affordable 5G smartphone, and it is. With a starting price of Rs. 16,999, it includes MediaTek’s Dimensity 700U SoC that we typically see in phones costing well above Rs. 20,000. Other things that work in its favor include a very good battery life and fast charging, a 120Hz display and fast overall performance.
The Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G has the known issue of giving you unwanted notifications from its stock apps which can get annoying quickly. We also found that the camera’s performance in low light was a bit lacking, and the overall design is a bit too bland for our liking given Realme’s propensity to feature patterns on the backs of their phones.
Realme X7 5G
The Realme X7 5G was the company’s most affordable 5G phone until the arrival of the Narzo 30 Pro 5G. The X7 5G is designed to deliver a premium experience without the cost, almost a “flagship killer,” if you will. Powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC and with the option of a chic colourway that is sure to get you noticed, it offers solid overall performance, excellent runtime with fast charging and, most importantly, great value for money. . It’s also a light and compact smartphone, which you don’t see a lot these days.
Realme UI can receive spam very quickly, if you haven’t already unchecked the necessary boxes in stock apps. We also found that the camera’s performance in low light was a bit lower.
Infinix Zero 8i
Infinix recently released a number of exciting new phones. One of its most unique, the Zero 8i, is worth considering in this budget segment. Some of its highlights include a vivid MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, a 90Hz display refresh rate, and a set of cameras that perform well provided the light is good. It also boasts of a pretty unique design on the rear, which makes it stand out from the competition. It’s one of the few phones in this segment to offer an ultra-wide-angle selfie camera, which we hope others will adopt.
A few things to note are that it’s a bit big and cumbersome, there’s a lot of bloatware preinstalled, and the camera focus was a bit shaky with close-ups at times. If you’re looking for something other than a Xiaomi or a Realme, we think it’s worth a look.
Realme 7 Pro
The Realme 7 Pro has cool features like an AMOLED display, 65W fast charging, and stereo speakers, and continues to be a good choice in this segment. The phone is also quite thin and light, which is a nice bonus. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, so the performance is more than enough for daily use.
The main rear camera is also pretty decent. While the Realme 8 Pro has now launched, this model still offers great value for money.
Latest launch on our list, you get a lot of CPU power with the iQoo Z3 thanks to its Snapdragon 768G SoC, which is currently not found in any other phone. Its starting price is just below our budget threshold, and while you get 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage for Rs. 19,990, it only costs Rs. 1,000 more to buy this phone with 8GB. of RAM instead, and you can boost the storage up to 256GB for Rs. 22,990. The 6.58-inch Full HD + display has a 120Hz refresh rate and the 4499mAh battery can be charged. quickly using the included 55W adapter. You might not like the plastic back and the performance of the camera could be improved, but features and specs are hard to ignore at this price point.
The mid-range Poco X3 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC and has a 6000mAh battery as well as a 6.67-inch Full HD + display. This phone is relatively bulky and heavy but the design is relatively cool, with a very prominent camera module on the back. You get IP53 water and dust resistance.
Overall performance is good as is battery life. It is a good option for games and entertainment. The cameras are also adequate for everyday use. If you don’t mind a slightly bulky smartphone, the Poco X3 still offers good value for money.
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