Realme 6 Pro front with display

There used to be a very clear divide between mid-range and high-end smartphones. The great news is that the lines have increasingly blurred over the past few years. Today, it is easy to find a phone with a great camera, excellent build quality, and powerful hardware at a fraction of the cost of a flagship. Here are the best phones under 20,000 rupees in India!

Best phones under 20,000 rupees in India:

Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list of the best phones under 20,000 rupees as more become available.


Poco X3 and X3 Pro

Poco X3 Pro camera
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Poco’s first-ever launch, with the F1, was all the rage, and while it took a while for the company’s next release, the Poco X2 was an exciting option. The Poco X3 not only succeeds it, but it takes its place on our list of the best phones under 20,000 rupees you can get.

Offering high-end features in the mid-range category is what Poco is known for, and that comes in the form of a great 120Hz display. A better processing package, improved camera setup, and a huge 6,000mAh battery round out a very enticing device in this price range.

We have to mention that the Indian edition of the Poco X3 is slightly different from the Poco X3 NFC that was released in Europe. Performance, design, and most of the hardware stay the same. The big difference is that the Indian version doesn’t come with NFC. However, to make up for it, Poco managed to squeeze a much larger battery into the phone.

Poco also released a Pro iteration of the X3 that features a more powerful processor with the Snapdragon 860 on-board. However, the battery capacity has been bumped down to a 5,160mAh unit. That should be more than enough for most people, but the larger battery of regular X3 could be more enticing. Either way, these are some of the best phones you can get for under 20,000 rupees.


Poco X3 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 732G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Poco X3 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 860
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,160mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

Redmi Note 10 Pro back hand - best phones under 20,000
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It’s been a long time since Redmi updated its Note series in India, with a year-long gap between the excellent Note 9 Pro Max and its successor. It’s been well worth the wait though, and the company has another winner on its hands with the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max.

One of the complaints with the 9 series was the lack of high refresh rates, and Redmi makes up for that with the Note 10 Pro Max boasting a Super AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. The quad-camera setup on the back is headlined by a 108MP shooter, with a 16MP front-facing unit. The processing package, backed by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, keeps everything running smoothly, and the large 5,020mAh battery ensures you don’t have to worry about running out of juice.

The competition is heating up in this space, but Redmi keeps with its aggressive pricing strategy to bring the fight to its rivals. When pit against devices with similar specs, the Note 10 Pro Max is at least a couple of thousand rupees cheaper, if not more, and that’s one of many reasons behind the phone maker’s continued success.


Redmi Note 10 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 732G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,020mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Realme 8 Pro

Realme 8 Pro rear panel
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The competition is completely cutthroat in the mid-range segment. Realme, in particular, has been on a roll with a steady launch schedule that constantly ups the ante. Things are no different with the latest device from the company, the Realme 8 Pro. We actually see quite an interesting mix of specs and features with this phone.

It’s not surprising, but disappointing, that the processing package is the same as the 7 Pro and 6 Pro. The Realme 8 Pro also keeps the AMOLED display of its predecessor, and without the high refresh rate of the competition. Realme is sticking to its belief that consumers prefer AMOLED over LCD, even if they got faster refresh rates with the LCD panel.

The big upgrade here comes in the form of a 108MP primary shooter on the back, but the secondary camera units remain the same. It also runs the latest version of Android. There isn’t a huge difference between the Realme 8 Pro and 7 Pro, and the former mostly gets the edge courtesy of being newer. However, the good news is that the 8 Pro is actually cheaper than its predecessor, with both the 6GB and 8GB of RAM versions of the phone priced at under 20,000 rupees.


Realme 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Realme Narzo 30 Pro

Realme Narzo 30 Pro review showing back of the phone - best phones under 20,000 rupees
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Realme continues to expand its budget-friendly portfolio with the latest additions to its Narzo series. Continuing with what Realme started with the Narzo 20 series, we get a Pro iteration with the Narzo 30 series as well that finds its way onto our list of the best phones under 20,000 rupees in India.

The Narzo 30 Pro comes with key upgrades over its predecessor. The display gets an update to a 120Hz refresh rate, the battery is larger, and the processing package is faster and allows for 5G connectivity. The phone strikes a balance between capable performance and desirable features like battery life and 5G. That said, it’s going to take a while for 5G to roll out in India, so it’s not a particularly big selling point right now.


Realme Narzo 30 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Poco M3 Pro 5G

Poco M3 Pro 5G - best phones under 20,000
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Poco continues to up its game in the affordable segments, with a slew of impressive launches recently, including one of the first phones under 15,000 rupees to come with 5G support.

The Poco M3 Pro 5G ticks all the right boxes as far as this price segment is concerned. The MediaTek Dimensity 700-toting smartphone comes with a Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate, up to 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, a 48MP primary shooter, and a huge 5,000mAh battery. Specs like these are par for the course for its price point, but the standout feature here is 5G.

Granted, 5G networks aren’t up and running in India just yet. But if you want to be one of the first, and looking for an affordable option, the Poco M3 Pro 5G is the way to go.


Poco M3 Pro 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 700
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

That’s it for this roundup of the best phones under 20,000 rupees in India! Looking for more options? Be sure to check out our best phone guide, as well as our guides on the best phones under 10,000 rupees, best phones under 15,000 rupees, best phones under 30,000 rupees, and finally, best smartphones under 40,000 rupees.