7 of the best smartphones under Rs.20,000

What's a good smartphone for under 20k that offers dual SIM and a long battery life? Which is the best smartphone for photography, at an affordable price? Are there any water-resistant handsets that aren't expensive? Get your pick of smartphones here.

The smartphone market is booming and customers are spoilt for choice. There is no dearth of 'good' smartphones within this price bracket. In fact, the gadgets in the market, within the 20k price range, operate more or less similarly. A buyer shouldn't have any real concern, in that respect.

The majority of smartphones priced under Rs.20,000 are powerful devices not just in appearance, but also in performance. Smartphones today are designed to be aesthetically appealing and capable of performing several tasks. So, when you consider one of these handsets you can be assured that they are designed to handle multiple apps and that they are capable of playing Full HD content. Most smartphones will also run games such as Guns of Boom and Shadow Fight, without any hitches.

If that doesn't satisfy you then perhaps the fact that these devices have an added security feature, in the form of a fingerprint sensor, would have you applaud. Having said that, there is also the fact that many of these devices have distinctive propositions wherein their performance is enhanced for some functions and in certain situations. The smartphone market has only become bigger and better.

You could get lost in this huge playing field. Keeping this in mind this list of smartphones is about devices under the 20k price, which do what all smartphones do, yet each of them is better than the rest, in one specific thing. Let's discover what.

Honor 6X – for better images

If you are looking for a smartphone that doubles up as a camera then the Honor 6x would make an excellent choice. The device comes fitted with brilliant cameras, designed to capture sharp images. The handset is kitted with two dual rear cameras that click clear close-ups while maintaining a perfect depth of field. The images are beyond awesome, with the camera capturing just the right shade of colours and lighting giving the images, perfect clarity.

To further boost the performance of the cameras the Honor 6x comes with an exclusive camera app that has some amazing features. It offers a wide-range of shooting modes and a number of advanced editing options and is a really cool addition.

Honor 6x


  • 2.1GHz Kirin 655 Octa-core Processor
  • 5.5 Full HD Display
  • A hybrid 32GB Storage microSD
  • 3GB RAM
  • 3340mAh Battery 12mp+2mp Rear Camera
  • BMP (bitmap) Front Camera


The Honor 6x can be yours for just Rs.12999.

Moto G5s Plus – a water-resistant smartphone

While I don't expect you to be looking for a device that you can dunk into the water, but here is a lead on one, just in case you like to take the phone to a poolside affair. The Moto G5s Plus has a nano-coating that protects it from accidental spills and splashes and it is also scratch resistant.

Moto G5 Plus


  • 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
  • 5.5" Full HD Gorilla Glass 3 display
  • 64GB storage MicroSD
  • 4GB RAM
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • 13MP+13MP Rear Camera
  • 8MP Front Camera


The Moto G5s comes at a price of just Rs.15999

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) – another water baby

With an IP68 rating, the Samsung Galaxy A5 is not just water resistant, but it also resists dust. It can withstand being underwater at a depth of 1.5m for up to half an hour. It comes with a scratch-resistant screen and the brand name alone gives an assurance of a neat and stylish device with a superb performance. The only drawback, if I might call it one, is that the screen size of the Galaxy A5 is comparatively smaller than the rest of the smartphones, in the same league.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)


  • 1.3GHz mediate MT6737 quad-core Processor
  • 5.5" HD Display
  • 32GB Storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • 13MP Rear Camera
  • 5MP Front Camera


The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is priced at just Rs.17990 on online stores.

Moto E4 Plus – long-lasting battery

Who doesn't want a smartphone that has a good battery life? And the USP of the Moto E4 Plus is just that. A full battery can last up to 2 days of mixed usage, which is better than most phones.

Moto E4 Plus


  • 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core Processor
  • 5.5" HD display
  • 32GB storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 13MP rear camera & 5MP front camera


Priced at just Rs.999, the Moto E4 Plus is the cheapest handset on this list.

Lenova K8 Plus

The Lenovo K8 Plus comes with two rear shooters transfer superb depth in the field, with every click. The battery on the K8 Plus is good, lasting for up to 36 hours, with regular use, which is actually excellent. However, its main drawback is that its screen is smaller in comparison to the Moto E4 Plus. But, it does come with a Dual SIM.

Lenova K8 Plus


  • 2.5GHz Media Tek Hello P25 octa-core processor
  • 5.2" Full HD Gorilla Glass 3 display
  • 32GB storage micro SD
  • 3GB RAM
  • 4000mAh
  • 13MP+5MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera


The Lenova K8 Plus is priced at just Rs.10,999.

Redmi Note – a device with extra features

When it comes to features, the Redmi Note just ticks all the correct boxes. Check out some of the phones superb features – it's fitted with an infrared sensor that can be used to use the handset as a TV or DVD player remote control or as a TV or cable. Its customised UI is programmed to run two instances of a single app. And it comes with an integrated call recording function. But, that is not all, as the device accepts Dual SIM (Nano & Micro). The battery reportedly lasts for two days, on a single charge.

Redmi Note


  • 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
  • 5.5" Full HD scratch resistant display
  • 64GB storage, micro SD (hybrid)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4100mAh battery
  • 13MP rear dual tone LED flash and 5MP front camera


At Rs.12999 the Redmi Note is a steal.

Mi Max 2

The Mi Max 2 has a scratch resistant, 6.2" display which is the perfect size for watching movies or reading. It has almost similar features as the Redmi Note 2 and even the Dual SIM feature. Although, it is better on one count and that is its higher battery capacity, which runs without a hitch, for 48 hours of mixed usage.


  • 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
  • 6.4" full HD Gorilla Glass 3 display
  • 64GB storage microSD hybrid
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5300mAh battery
  • 12MP rear dual tone LED flash and 5MP front camera


Mi Max 2

The Mi Max 2 starts at Rs, 14,999.

Note: The prices mentioned for each device may differ, slightly, depending on where you view them.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer publishing with Constant Content and sister sites of Techulator. She writes on a variety of subjects that interest her. She is a voracious reader and that helps her keep abreast with the latest in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eng. Lit, is a mom, a wife, a homemaker and a qualified teacher.

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