Best budget phones under Rs 20,000 in India 2021

The smartphones under Rs 20,000 segments is the most demanded segments in India after Rs 15,000 segments. Today, we reached a point where you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get some pretty cool features in your smartphone. Advancement in mobile technology made it possible to become smartphones more affordable than ever.

Smartphone under Rs 20,000 segments offers all the features found in flagship phones. We get phones with 5G, high refresh rate, great camera, fast charging and flagship level performance in these segments. The segments got more powerful with SoCs from Qualcomm especially the 7 series.

Selecting a phone is one of the most challenging task despite lots of options. While some brands offer good specs on paper but due to lack of software optimization can make phone poor option while compare to others. We have tested multiple phone in this price range, and we picked 7 phones for Indian market that worth spending money.

What should you expect from a Rs 20,000 smartphone?

  • Good camera setup
  • AMOLED display
  • Great performance
  • Higher refresh rate screen
  • Big battery and fast charging

Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

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SPECIFICATIONSDisplay: 6.67-inch FHD+,AMOLED, 120HzProcessor: Snapdragon 732G
Storage: 64/128GBRam: 6/8GB
Battery: 5020mAhOS: Android 11, MIUI 12++
Rear Camera: 108MP+8+5+2MPFront Camera: 16MP
Weight: 193gThickness: 8.1mm
+ Battery life
+ Great cameras
+ Stereo speakers
REASONS TO AVOID– Relatively slow charging
– No 5G

It is not a surprise to see Redmi Note series in the budget smartphone list. Redmi Note series plays an important role in budget segments list from last few years. Note series is one of the competitive budget smartphone series that offer good display, high performance, fast charging and more. Redmi Note 10 Pro max is pack with some flagship features like AMOLED display with 120 Hz, Snapdragon 732G, good battery life and camera setup but the phone lacks in 5G. Those who don’t want 108 MP camera they can go for Redmi Note 10 pro which comes with 64 MP camera and Rs 3,000 less. Apart from the primary camera everything remains the same on both the devices.

Redmi Note 10 Pro MaxRedmi Note 10 Pro
6+64 GBRs 18,999Rs 15,999
6+128 GBRs 19,999Rs 16,999
8+128 GBRs 21,999Rs 18,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro

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SPECIFICATIONSDisplay: 6.6-inch LCD, 120HzProcessor: MediaTek Dimensity 800U
Storage: 64/128GBRam: 6/8GB
Battery: 4000mAh,30W ChargingOS: Android 10, Realme UI
Rear Camera: 48+8+2MPFront Camera: 16MP
Weight: 194gThickness: 9.1mm
+ 120Hz display
+ Battery life and charging
+ Good performance
REASONS TO AVOID– Average camera
– Android 10

Realme Narzo 30 pro is the successor of the Realme Narzo 20 pro. It is the cheapest 5G phone available in the India. It comes with full HD+ display with 120Hz, 4000mAh battery life with 30w fast charging, 48 MP primary camera with 16MP selfie shooter. The device is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 800U.

6GB + 64GBRs 16,999
8GB + 128GBRs 19,999

Samsung Galaxy M31s

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SPECIFICATIONSDisplay: 6.5-inch AMOLED FHD+Processor: Exynos 9611
Storage: 128GBRam: 6/8GB
Battery: 6,000mAh,25W fast chargingOS: Android 10
Rear Camera: 64+12+5+5MPFront Camera: 32MP
Weight: 203gThickness: 9.3mm
REASONS TO BUY+ Good display
+ Good battery
+ Camera performance
REASONS TO AVOID– Device performance

Galaxy M31s is the successor of widely popular Samsung Galaxy m31. M31s is a mid-range phone from Samsung M series, which is known for Samsung budget phones. You get 6.5inch super AMOLED FHD+ display, 6,000 mAh monster battery with 25w fast charging. It has 64MP primary camera followed by 12MP ultra-wide and a 5MP micro lens. Selfie camera are of 32MP. Fingerprint sensor is embedded in the power button. It’s also support reverse charging via Type C to Type C cable included in the box.

6GB + 128GBRs 18,499
8GB + 128GBRs 20,499


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SPECIFICATIONSDisplay: 6.67″ FHD+, LCD, 120HzProcessor: Snapdragon 860
Storage: 128GBRam: 6/8GB
Battery: 5160mAh, 33WOS: Android 11, MIIUI 12
Rear Camera: 48+8+2+2MPFront Camera: 20MP
Weight: 213gThickness: 9.4mm
REASONS TO BUY+ Excellent performance
+ Good battery
+ Camera performance
REASONS TO AVOID– Relatively slow charging
– Bulky

For those who want to have gaming smartphone under Rs 20,000 segments, Poco X3 pro is a great deal and value for money. It has good battery life which can last even one full day with heavy usage, and it also has flagship level processor Snapdragon 860 which makes Poco X3 pro best performer in this segment. It has 6.7 inch FHD+ 120 Hz LCD display, although it doesn’t have AMOLED, but LCD display is of good quality. MIUI 12 still isn’t perfect software but the powerful processor and optimization allow it to run smoothly.

6GB + 128GBRs 18,999
8GB + 128GBRs 20,999

Realme 8 Pro

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SPECIFICATIONSDisplay: 6.4″ FHD+, AMOLED, 60HzProcessor: Snapdragon 720G
Storage: 128GBRam: 6/8GB
Battery: 4500mAh, 50W chargingOS: Android 11, Realme UI 2.0
Rear Camera: 108+8+2+2MPFront Camera: 16MP
Weight: 176gThickness: 8.1mm
REASONS TO BUY+ Camera performance
+ Good design
+ Battery life
+ Fast charging
REASONS TO AVOID– No 120Hz display
– camera optimization

Realme 8 Pro is the cheapest smartphone available which has 108MP camera. The Phone comes with Snapdragon 720G which offers fluid performance in daily tasking, gaming and heavy usage. It also has 4500 mAh battery which is backed by 50W fast charging. To sum it up, this smartphone worth buying if 120Hz display is not your consideration.

6GB + 128GBRs 17,999
8GB + 128GBRs 19,999

Moto G60

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SPECIFICATIONSDisplay: 6.8-inch LCD, 120HzProcessor: Snapdragon 732G
Storage: 128GBRam: 6GB
Battery: 6000mAh, 20W chargingOS: Android 11
Rear Camera: 108+8+2+2MPFront Camera: 32MP
Weight: 220gThickness: 9.6mm
REASONS TO BUY+ 120Hz display
+ Good camera
+ Clean UI
REASONS TO AVOID– Slow charging
– bulky

Moto G60 is one of the India cheapest smartphone with 108MP camera setup. It can take good images with great colors and details. It also has Snapdragon 732G which will provide flawless experience with 120Hz display. Phone is capable for gaming and heavy usage. The 6000mAh battery last up to one full day even after heavy work, but the phone lacks fast charging. To sum it up, Phone has good camera setup with great performance and also has big battery.

6GB + 128GBRs 17,999

Realme X7 5G

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SPECIFICATIONSDisplay: 6.4-inch AMOLEDProcessor: MediaTek Dimensity 800U
Storage: 128GBRam: 6GB
Battery: 4,310mAh, 50W chargingOS: Android
Rear Camera: 64+8+2+2MPFront Camera: 32MP
Weight: 176gThickness: 8.1mm
REASONS TO BUY+ Good performance
+ 5G support
+ fast charging
REASONS TO AVOID– 120Hz display

Realme X7 5G is an all-rounder phone. It has 64MP good camera setup with 32 MP selfie shooter which capture great shots. The phone has MediaTek Dimensity 800U which is capable of gaming and heavy tasking. The 4,300mAh battery able to last up as whole day even after moderate to heavy usage. To sum it up, this smartphone worth buying and 5G support make this phone a value for money deal.

6GB + 128GBRs 19,999

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