While there used to be a very clear divide between mid-range smartphones and high-end flagships, the lines have increasingly blurred over the past few years. Nowadays, phones offer similar metal constructions, high-resolution displays, solid cameras, and as much RAM and built-in storage as their flagship counterparts, often at less than half the price.

These phones may not be as powerful and feature packed, but given the price point, they certainly don’t fail to impress. Here are some of the best smartphones available in India priced under 20,000 rupees (~$282)!


Oppo K1

Oppo K1

Oppo launched the K1 in China in November last year and it is the first major 2019 release from the company in India. Oppo is looking to take on the likes of Xiaomi, Realme, Asus, and Samsung in the sub-20,000 rupees price range and the exciting new features this phone brings to this segment is certainly a great way to do so.

The phone’s design language is reminiscent of other Oppo smartphones and utilizes a gradient style finish on the back that looks great. Up front is a 6.41-inch Full HD AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch that houses a 25MP shooter. Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, backed by 4GB of RAM, and keeping everything running is a 3,600mAh battery.

Of course, the real star for the OPPO K1 is an in-display fingerprint sensor on the device, making it the first smartphone in the sub-20,000 rupees category to feature this technology. In a world where specs sheets and feature lists are starting to look the same, having such a unique feature (in this price range) is a fantastic way to stand out from the crowd.

The Oppo K1 is priced at 16,990 rupees (~$239) and is available exclusively on Flipkart.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution.
  • 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.
  • Adreno 512 GPU.
  • 4GB RAM.
  • 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 256GB.
  • 16MP and 2MP rear cameras, 25MP front-facing camera.
  • dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 3,600mAh battery.
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 158.3 x 75.5 x 7.4mm, 156grams.

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Honor 10 Lite

Honor 10 Lite

Honor kicks off 2019 in India with the Honor 10 Lite, with the company hoping to replicate the fantastic run it enjoyed over the last couple of years. The Honor formula in India has been of beautiful designs, impressive specifications, and aggressive price points, and the Honor 10 Lite follows that formula to the tee.

The device comes with a beautiful gradient design on the back that looks great, particularly with the Sky Blue color option. Up front is a notched display, with the waterdrop notch the more subtle and the better-looking design choice. Under the hood is the Kirin 710 processor that powers every mid-range Honor and Huawei smartphone, backed by either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. A dual rear camera setup and an excellent 24MP wide-angle front-facing shooter round out the premium mid-range package.

The Honor 10 Lite actually has a lot in common with the Honor 8X that was released late last year. The latter gives you a bigger display, a slightly larger battery, and a better primary rear camera. However, the Honor 10 Lite features a better selfie shooter, is more premium looking, and also runs the latest version of Android. Both devices are priced similarly though, so you can choose what features are more important for you.

Speaking of price, the Honor 10 Lite is priced at 13,999 rupees (~$197) and 17,999 rupees (~$254) for the 4GB and 6GB of RAM versions respectively.

Specs

  • 6.21-inch IPS LCD display with a 2,340 x 1,080 resolution
  • 2.2GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor
  • Mali-G51 MP4 GPU
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage, further expandable via microSD up to 512GB
  • 16MP and 2MP dual rear cameras, 24MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 154.8 x 73.6 x 8mm, 162grams

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Huawei Y9 (2019)

Huawei Y9

Huawei has generally stuck to the flagship and premium mid-range (25,000 rupees and above) segments in India, utilizing its sub-brand Honor to rule the roost in the affordable market. However, with Honor encroaching on Huawei’s territory with the View 20, Huawei is returning the favor with the Huawei Y9 (2019).

Huawei brings its penchant for beautiful design to the affordable market with the Y9 (2019) with its 3D arc design. It’s powered by the mid-range Kirin 710 processor that is seen with the Honor 10 Lite, backed by 4GB of RAM. 64GB of storage is built in and keeping everything running is a large 4,000mAh battery.

The big selling point for the Y9 (2019) is its camera setup. You not only get a dual camera setup on the back (16MP + 2MP) but up front as well (13MP + 2MP), allowing for some great-looking selfies. Unsurprisingly, the Huawei Y9 (2019) has a lot in common with the Honor 10 Lite, but the larger display, larger battery, and arguably better front-facing camera setup could be in its favor.

The Huawei Y9 (2019) is currently priced at 15,999 rupees (~$225) and available on Amazon.

Specs

  • 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with a 2,340 x 1,080 resolution
  • 2.2GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor
  • Mali-G51 MP4 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage, further expandable via microSD up to 400GB
  • 16MP and 2MP dual rear cameras, 13MP and 2MP front-facing cameras
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 162.4 x 77.1 x 8.1mm, 173grams

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Xiaomi may have set the trend, but companies like Realme, Asus, and others have made the affordable mid-range category an extremely competitive one. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, released in May, proved to be an excellent smartphone. Now Asus is hoping to further build on its success with the latest addition to the series, the Zenfone Max Pro M2.

Sticking with the latest trend, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes with a notched display. Compared to its predecessor, it has a faster processor, a higher (6GB) RAM variant, improved cameras, and an equally large 5,000mAh battery. This phone is also the first in the budget-friendly category to feature the latest Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Asus has also dropped its Zen UI in favor of stock Android, and the device will receive the official update to Android 9.0 Pie early in 2019.

What remains the same is Asus’ extremely aggressive pricing. The Zenfone Max Pro M2 starts at just 12,999 rupees (~$183) for the version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. The 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage versions will set you back a still affordable 14,999 rupees (~$211) and 16,999 rupees (~$239) respectively.

Specs

  • 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution.
  • 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.
  • Adreno 512 GPU
  • 3/4/6GB RAM.
  • 32/64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 512GB.
  • 12MP and 5MP rear cameras, 13MP front-facing camera.
  • dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 5,000mAh battery.
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 157.9 x 75.5 x 8.5mm, 175grams.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Redmi Note 6 Pro

Xiaomi released the latest addition to its most popular smartphone series in India in October this year, the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The Redmi Note 6 Pro retains a lot of what users loved about its predecessor, with a few noteworthy changes.

There’s now a notched screen up front, now in the standard 19:9 display aspect ratio. The Redmi Note 6 Pro also brings a dual camera setup to the front of the phone, capable of taking some great-looking selfies. You also get the latest version of MIUI with the Redmi Note 6 Pro. That’s all there is as far as the upgrades are concerned.

The Redmi Note 6 Pro keeps the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, even though a lot of the similarly-priced competition has moved to the Snapdragon 660. 4GB or 6GB of RAM iterations are available, and you also get the same 4,000mAh battery under the hood. Basically, if you already have the Redmi Note 5 Pro, getting the latest Redmi Note isn’t necessary.

However, for those in the market for a new phone, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is one of the best smartphones under 20,000 rupees you can buy, even if the competition in this price category is a lot more intense now. The 4GB of RAM version is priced at 13,999 rupees (~$197) while the 6GB of RAM iteration will set you back 15,999 rupees (~$225). 

Specs

  • 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with 2,280 x 1,080 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
  • Adreno 509 GPU
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 12 and 5MP rear cameras, 20MP and 2MP front-facing cameras
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 157.9 x 76.4 x 8.3mm, 182grams

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Realme 2 Pro

The front of the Realme 2 Pro.

Realme entered India with one of the best smartphones under 15,000 rupees (~$211), the Realme 1. Less than six months later, the company has released its successor, the RealMe 2 Pro, hoping to continue its impressive run in India’s competitive market.

The RealMe 2 Pro has key upgrades across the board. You get a large display with a barely noticeable waterdrop notch that looks great. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, along with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of built-in storage. You get a dual rear camera setup and an upgraded front-facing shooter that are impressive, at least on paper. Keeping it all running is a 3,500mAh battery.

The Realme 2 Pro is available with three different configurations and four color options. The version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is priced at 12,990 rupees (~$183). If you are willing to splurge a little more, you can bump the RAM up to 6GB for an additional 2,000 rupees. Finally, the high-end 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage version will set you back 16,990 (~$239) rupees. Like its predecessor, the Realme 2 remains one of the most aggressively priced smartphones in the market. 

Specs

  • 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution.
  • 2.0 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.
  • Adreno 512 GPU
  • 4/6/8GB RAM.
  • 64/128GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 256GB.
  • 16MP and 2MP rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera.
  • dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 3,500mAh battery.
  • Android 8.1 Oreo.
  • 156.7 x 74 x 8.5mm, 174grams.

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Honor Play (4GB RAM)

The Honor Play on a table.

Gaming phones are powerful smartphones built to offer optimal performance when playing high-end, graphics-intensive games. Futuristic designs and optimized performance features aside, the one thing these devices usually have in common is a high price. Honor is hoping to buck that trend with its first gaming smartphone, the Honor Play, which features flagship specs at a mid-range price.

The Honor Play comes with the Kirin 970 SoC, which also powers the far more expensive Huawei P20 Pro. The processor is made from the 10nm manufacturing process and comes with onboard  NPU chip for AI functionality. You also get the company’s new GPU Turbo technology to increase processing efficiency and reduce power consumption when playing games.

If you’re looking for flagship power and a smartphone that can handle gaming easily on a budget, the Honor Play is one the best smartphones under 20,000 rupees you can buy. The 19,999 rupees (~$282) price tag is for the version that comes with 4GB of RAM. There is also a 6GB RAM iteration that will set you back an additional 4,000 rupees. Both versions come with 64GB of built-in storage.

Specs

  • 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2 slot)
  • 16MP and 2MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby) hybrid slot
  • 3,750 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5mm, 176grams

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Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 64GB storage)

Xiaomi Poco F1

Xiaomi introduced a new sub-brand called Poco in India, and its first device is the F1. The phone’s name promises speed, and Xiaomi certainly delivers in that department. The Poco F1 is the only smartphone in its price range with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It’s crazy to think there are two phones — this and the Honor Play — on a list of smartphones under 20,000 rupees with flagship processing packages. 

Backing the fast processor is 6GB or 8GB of RAM, with up to 256GB of built-in storage available. With specs like a far more expensive flagship, the POCO F1 starts at just 19,999 rupees (~$282).

Unfortunately, the phone’s underwhelming design betrays its flagship specs. The polycarbonate backing is simple, and the large notch and relatively thick bezels don’t look great. That’s nitpicking though. Aside from the design, the POCO F1 delivers in every other department.

The phone absolutely flies and the large battery ensures impressive battery life. If performance and battery life are important to you, the POCO F1 is one of the best in this price range. The cameras are good, though inconsistent. The software experience is great, with Xiaomi aiming for a more stock-like feel with the new Poco Launcher (based on MIUI 9.6 based on Android 8.1 Oreo).

As mentioned, the POCO F1 starts at just 19,999 rupees (~$282) for the 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage version. 

Specs

  • 6.18-inch IPS LCD display with 2,246 x 1,080 resolution
  • 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 12MP and 5MP rear cameras, 20MP front-facing camera
  • dual-SIM (dual standby) – hybrid slot
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm, 180grams

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Even more options!

We’re just scratching the surface! Whether you’re looking specifically for Indian phone brands, phones under 10,000 rupees, under 30,000 rupees, or anything in between, we have a guide for you.