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

POCO X3 India display and apps

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 stays 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 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

Realme 7 Pro

realme 7 pro - best phones under 20,000 rupees

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 7 Pro. We actually see quite an interesting mix of specs and features with this phone.

It’s not surprising that the processing package is the same as the 6 Pro┬ásince the latter launched in India just a few months ago. What is surprising is that Realme has gone in favor of a display with an AMOLED display this time with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. Realme says that it made this choice because consumers prefer AMOLED over LCD, even if they got faster refresh rates with the LCD panel. You also don’t get dual front-facing cameras with the 7 Pro, but its selfie shooter is now a 32MP unit.

Of course, Realme is known for bringing flagship features to the mid-range, and the 7 Pro is no different. It comes in the form of the 65W fast charging here. You can charge the phone up to 50% in just 12 minutes, and a full charge will take slightly more than half an hour.


Realme 7 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Realme Narzo 20 Pro

Realme Narzo 20 Pro official

Realme continues to expand its budget-friendly portfolio with the latest additions to its Narzo series. We also get a Pro iteration this time around that brings some impressive features to this price segment.

The Narzo 20 Pro comes with the same 90Hz Full HD display and processing package as the Realme 7. The Realme 7 comes with an arguably better 64MP primary shooter though, compared to the 48MP unit of the Narzo 20 Pro, and also packs a larger battery.

The absolute standout feature of the Narzo 20 Pro is 65W fast charging. You can fully charge the phone in just 38 minutes, around half the time it takes to charge most other smartphones, and you can get 14% of the charge back in just three minutes.


Realme Narzo 20 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G95
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max - best phones under 20,000

If Redmi isn’t setting market trends in the mid-range segment, it certainly doesn’t fail to keep up with them. In fact, there isn’t a whole lot that makes the Note 9 Pro Max stand out from the crowd, at least on the surface. A solid mid-range processor, similar RAM and storage options, quad-cameras on the back, and even a side-mounted fingerprint scanner are features shared with other devices on this list.

Unfortunately, you don’t get higher display refresh rates here. That said, there are a couple of things that make the Note 9 Pro Max different. The front-facing camera is now housed in a centrally-placed punch hole. Redmi isn’t afraid of loud and bold designs usually. However, it goes the opposite route this time around and opts for a classy elegance that looks fantastic. The phone also comes with a larger battery than most other similarly-priced options.


Redmi Note 9 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,020mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy M31 Prime Edition

samsung galaxy m31

Samsung made a comeback in the affordable segment in India with the popular M-series. The company has released successors for most of these phones, and leading the charge in the budget-friendly segment in the Galaxy M31 Prime Edition.

The Galaxy M31 Prime Edition is identical to the M31. It comes with an impressive rear camera setup with a 64MP primary shooter. The main difference is the addition of a new iteration that comes with more RAM and storage. If you’re a fan of everything Samsung has to offer, the M31 Prime Edition is a great choice under 20,000 rupees.


Samsung Galaxy M31 Prime Edition specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9611
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Poco M2 Pro

Poco M2 Pro split back panel

Poco follows up the fantastic X2 Pro with an even more affordable alternative that is worth considering — the Poco M2 Pro. This phone is the company’s take on the Redmi Note 9 Pro, but offers amped-up charging and an ad-free experience. Granted, the phone is a play on an existing formula but the end result is a better product for the buyer and there’s little to complain about that.

The Poco M2 Pro offers a lot of value for money, if performance and excellent battery life are what you seek. It may not have the high refresh rates of the Poco X2 or the Realme 6 Pro, but the phone is a significantly cheaper alternative to both. If you’re considering getting the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the Poco M2 Pro is certainly the better way to go as well.


Poco M2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

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.