The upper mid-range segment is indeed a sweet spot between mid-rangers and flagships smartphones; wherein, you get a perfect balance of performance, cameras, and battery without compromising on the value for money factor.
That being said, here's our hand-curated list of the best smartphones under Rs 20,000 for October 2019, with different choices for people with different priorities. Read on.
Best Smartphones Under Rs 20,000 October 2019
Xiaomi Redmi K20- Top-notch everything
The Redmi K20 offers a gorgeous glass slab design with gaudy gradient patterns, following a fantastic performance aided by Snapdragon 730. It gets a triple camera setup, comprising of 48-megapixel primary, 8-megapixel telephoto, and 13-megapixel wide-angle cameras.
Adding to the show, there's a 6.39″ Super AMOLED display with a 20MP pop-up selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint scanner that works reliably well. The phone's battery life is excellent, too, with the 4,000mAh unit easily making up for a full working day or more.
Realme XT- Affordable 64MP Camera
Carrying an affordable price tag, the Realme XT is the first phone in India to launch with a 64MP camera sensor. This offers way more detail and zooming ability than the conventional 48MP sensor used in other phones. Plus, there's a dedicated 8MP wide-angle camera from the Realme 5 Pro, followed by a more premium glass build.
To make up for an overall package, the company has further a bundled powerful Snapdragon 712 SoC and a dot-notch Super AMOLED panel with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Besides, there's a 4,000mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging, making it a very compelling option from the fast-paced brand.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro- Built for Performance
Launched just a while ago, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is Xiaomi's latest offering in the segment, which propounds the new MediaTek Helio G90T SoC. The device gets a 6.53″ HDR-enabled LCD display with dot-notch, liquid cooling, IP52 splash resistance, and UFS 2.1 storage as its notable highlights.
Just like the Realme XT, it boasts of 64MP Quad camera setup, glass design, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Keeping up with the Redmi Note-tradition, there's a massive 4,500mAh battery with support for fast charging. Unfortunately, it gets a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner instead of the one under the display. Prospective buyers can have a look at eight new features that Redmi Note 8 Pro brings to the Redmi Note Series.
Poco F1- Old yet inevitable
Launched last year, the Poco F1 has received massive price cuts and is now available for just Rs 14,999 on Flipkart. And while it doesn't offer the best design or display in the segment, you get a flagship-grade performance with Snapdragon 845, paired with 6GB of RAM.
Besides, it gets pretty darn good cameras, an IR-based face unlock, and a large battery. Now, this phone has insane third-party developer support, making it a one of the best smartphones under Rs 20,000 for people who love trying new ROMS and modifications on their phones.
Realme X- Notchless display at a price you'd demand!
Who doesn't love notch-less displays? Well, the Realme X offers the same for as low as Rs 16,999, making it a worthy opponent to Xiaomi's Redmi K20. For starters, the phone gets a 6.53″ Super AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner and pop-up selfie camera.
However, it uses Snapdragon 710 SoC and a smaller 3765mAh battery. Also, there's no dedicated wide-angle or telephoto camera. But then again, the phone hits right back with class-leading VOOC fast-charging and 128GB storage for the base model.
In comparison, the newer sibling XT gets a bigger battery, more cameras, better processor, and glass build. Yet, it misses out on the all-screen experience, and the pop-up selfie camera found on the Realme X.
Vivo Z1x- A well-balanced phone with great selfies
The Vivo Z1x turned out to be yet another major surprise from the Chinese giant. The phone gets almost everything an average consumer would demand, ranging from good performance with Snapdragon 712, a Super AMOLED display, and a massive 4,500mAh battery with fast charging- all this without compromising on design.
Moving further, there's a 48+8+2MP triple rear camera setup, followed by a super impressive 32MP selfie camera. You do get an in-display fingerprint scanner, but the pop-up camera is reserved for the more expensive V15-series. Since it shares a lot of similarities with the Realme XT, here's our detailed comparison between both the devices.
Nokia 8.1- For Android Purists
Crowded by brands like Xiaomi, Realme, and Vivo, the sub-20K segment has very limited options for stock Android lovers. And Nokia 8.1 is one of them. Notably, the phone offers a really premium and solid build, aided by Series 6000 aluminum with diamond cut and chiseled edges.
Coming to the specs, it gets a vivid and sharp LCD display with HDR10 support, accompanied by Snapdragon 710 SoC, 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage. Moreover, it gets a promising set of cameras, backed by Zeiss optics.
As its main selling point, the phone runs Android One, meaning you'll get stock Pixel-like experience with timely updates that Nokia is already known for. That said, get ready to compromise with a wider notch, no fancy tech, and a smaller 3,500mAh battery. It does offer fast charging, though.
Oppo K3- A Realme X Alternative
The Oppo K3 seems to be a very close alternative to the Realme X in terms of raw specifications. Following the same, the phone boasts of Snapdragon 710 SoC, a beautiful 6.5″ OLED display, fast in-display fingerprint scanner, and a 16MP pop-up selfie camera. Battery capacity too remains the same at around 3750mAh.
The main difference arises in the camera department, where K3 lacks a little behind on paper with a 16+2MP setup at the rear. Plus, the base variant of the device gets 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, compared to the 4/128GB configuration on the Realme. Hence, it all boils down to your preferences for design alongside RAM and ROM configurations, although you can't go wrong with either of them.
So these were our picks for best smartphones under Rs 20,000 for October 2019. You can choose the one that suits your priorities and requirements. By the way, which of these phones would you like to buy for a budget of Rs 20,000? Let us know in the comments below. Also, feel free to reach us in case of any doubts or queries.
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