Best phones under Rs 20,000 in India for 2024

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus
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Buying the best phone under Rs. 20,000 doesn't mean compromising on what you want. There are many great value-for-money smartphones in the under Rs. 20,000 price segment. 

We have smartphones with Snapdragon 778G SoC in the segment, usually found in the segment above. If you want a performance-oriented smartphone, the phones with this chipset should be your choice. We also have smartphones powered by Snapdragon 695 SoC, a balanced chipset that offers good performance but won't match the performance levels of Snapdragon 778 G-powered phones. But these phones have other redeeming features such as a high refresh rate, AMOLED display and better cameras. 

Best phones under Rs 20,000

1. iQoo Z5 5G

2. Realme 9 5G Speed Edition

3. OnePlus Nord 2 CE Lite

4. Realme 9 Pro 5G

5. Poco X4 Pro 5G

6. Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus 5G

7. Redmi Note 11 Pro 4G

8. Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

9. Poco X3 Pro

10. Realme 8 Pro

11. iQoo Z3

If you're looking for a smartphone from this price point, you would surely get confused, as the choice of smartphones from this budget is vast. You must prioritize the features that matter most to you, like camera performance, gaming, user experience, high-refresh-rate display, fast charging, etc. You have to choose the phone according to your needs.

To assist you with this requirement, we have compiled a list of some best mid-range Android phones. Every device listed here is a good performer and could satiate your basic needs without burning a hole in your pocket.

We also believe you might be looking around for a gift for someone this holiday season. So, pick the best smartphone from the lot and become the apple of their eye!

The phones below the Rs. 20,000 budget include phones from iQoo, OnePlus, Redmi, Poco, Realme and more.

iQoo Z5

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1. iQoo Z5 5G

Specifications

Display: 6.67-inch IPS LCD display, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 778G
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5000mAh, 44W charging
Rear camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 11

Reasons to buy

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Best in class performance
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Battery life
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Stereo speaker setup

Reasons to avoid

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Camera could be better

 
iQoo Z5 is the predecessor to iQoo Z6 Pro in India. And it comes with more or less the same specs as the latter and can be compared head to head with any smartphone in this segment and win it.

iQoo Z5 comes with a 6.67-inch LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate. And it is powered by Snapdragon 778G, making it the most powerful smartphone in the segment. 

There is a 64MP primary camera and a combo of 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro cameras. The phone is backed up by a 5,000mAh battery and a fast charging of 44W.

If you're looking for a performance-oriented smartphone which also is an all-rounder in terms of features, this is the phone to get.

Realme 9 5G SE

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2. Realme 9 5G Speed Edition

Specifications

Display: 6.6-inch IPS LCD display, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 778G
RAM: 6GB/8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5000mAh, 30W charging
Rear camera: 48MP+2MP+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 11

Reasons to buy

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Best in class performance
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144Hz display

Reasons to avoid

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Below average cameras
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No stereo speakers

Realme 9 5G Speed Edition comes with a focus on Speed, with the inclusion of a Snapdragon 778G chipset. It makes it one of the most powerful phones in the segment and iQoo Z5. 

It comes with a 6.6-inch FHD+ LCD with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Cameras aren't the focus area of this phone, as some phones in the segment below have better cameras than this phone. It is a triple camera setup of 48MP primary, and two 2MP cameras for depth and macro. The phone is backed up by a 5,000mAh battery and 30W fast charger. 

Like iQoo Z5, Realme 9 5G SE is also a performance-oriented smartphone, but it loses out on the camera segment. If you want excellent performance, but don't care much about the cameras, go for this phone. If you wish to have good camera performance from a smartphone, look elsewhere.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G primary camera setup

(Image credit: Future / Sachin George)

Specifications

Display: 6.6" FHD+, LCD, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 695
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5000mAh, 33W charging
Rear camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 12, Realme UI 3.0

Reasons to buy

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Great for low-light photography
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Value for money
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Solid battery life

Reasons to avoid

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More bloatware than we’d like

 OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G is the only phone by OnePlus in India to come with an LCD panel. It comes as a budget phone and is a twin to the Realme 9 Pro 5G.

It comes with a 6.59-inch FHD+ LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate. And it is powered by Snapdragon 695 SoC. 

There is a triple camera setup of a 64MP primary camera, 2MP macro and a 2MP macro camera. The absence of an ultra-wide camera on a phone that costs this much is a big miss. 

The phone comes with a 5000mAh battery and a 33W fast charging. 

Realme 9 Pro

(Image credit: Realme)

4. Realme 9 Pro

Specifications

Display: 6.6" FHD+, LCD, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 695
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5000mAh, 33W charging
Rear camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 12, Realme UI 3.0

Reasons to buy

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Great for low-light photography
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Value for money
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Solid battery life

Reasons to avoid

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More bloatware than we’d like

Realme 9 Pro 5G is the same phone as OnePlus Nord 2 CE Lite 5G, except for the branding, a different back panel and the inclusion of an ultra-wide camera. You gain an ultra-wide camera for choosing the realme brand, for the same smartphone for the same price.

Realme 9 Pro 5G comes with a 6.6-inch Full HD+ LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate. And it is powered by Snapdragon 695 SoC. 

There is a 64MP triple camera on the back, with an 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro sensor on the back. A 5,000mAh battery backs up the device, with a 33W charger coming out of the box.