10 best 5G phones to buy in India under ₹20000

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Gone are those days, when mobile phones were used just for voice calling each other or sending text messages if needed. With the advent of Smartphones, the world has gotten ever more interconnected and relies on internet speeds and connectivity for everything digital in their lives. As such the world of technology and even the average joe’s life is expected to hinge on the growing 5G or fifth-generation cellular networking one way or the other. It boasts large throughputs at high data speeds and with improved stability.

Now, this 5G works in 3 frequency bands, namely low, mid and high-frequency spectrum, each having its own pros and cons.

While the low band range (frequency of 600-900Hz) has good coverage, but its speed is limited to 100-250Mbps. This is very close to the best 4G speeds and hence not very attractive in terms of speed. On the other end of the spectrum lies the high-band which offers the highest speeds (the ones coveted and promised by the 5G proposals), but has extremely limited coverage and signal penetration strength. Its speed has been tested to go as high as 20Gbps. It includes 24GHz, 28GHz, 37GHz, 39GHz, and 47GHz frequency bands. 

Then there is the mid-band range which offers higher speeds in comparison to the low band and is better in terms of coverage area and signals than the high-band. So, it offers a sweet spot. And the frequencies it covers are 2.5GHz, 3.5GHz, 3.7GHz, and 4.2GHz.

Advantages of 5G technology

  1. The most important benefit of 5G will be the increase in speed. This will save time and energy. Thus, the prospect is exciting for the consumers.
  2. New 5G networks will have an even lower latency making it possible to control devices remotely in real-time.
  3. 5G will deliver up to 1000 times more capacity for creating a fertile ground for IoT development. This will lead to the flourishing of cities, schools, homes, farms, and factories as they will be better connected to each other.
  4. Increased bandwidth along with better speed will allow larger amounts of data to be transmitted than was possible with 4G.
  5. Greater number of devices will be able to connect to the network.

Anyway, now that you have a fair idea of what to expect out of 5G and 5G touting phones, let’s take a look at the devices themselves. We have a different article listing the best 5G phones money can buy. So, here we will be specifically focussing on the economical ones that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Here, you go:

Most affordable 5G Smartphones in India

1. Motorola Edge 40 Neo 5G

Motorola unveiled a new mid-ranger in September 2023. The Edge 40 Neo is an addition to the Edge Series by Moto and comes in Caneel Bay, Soothing Sea, and Black Beauty shades. It has a leather finish that makes the device comfortable to grip and remain smudge-free. It is a sleek (7.9mm) and lightweight device (170 grams). The Moto Edge 40 Neo 5G will be available for Rs. 19,999 via Flipkart during the Big Billion Days Sale. The smartphone has an IP68 rating and Motorola’s stock UI along with Dimensity chipset.

Moto Edge 40 Neo Specs

Display: 6.55-inch P-OLED with 120Hz RR | Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 7030 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB Software: Android 13 Rear camera: 50MP+13MPFront camera: 32MP | Weight: 170g | Dimensions: 159.6x72x7.9mm |Battery: 5000mAh with 68W |5G Bands: 1,2,3,5,7,8,20, 28,38,40,41,66,77,78

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2. Redmi 12 5G

Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G is Xiaomi’s latest launch in the affordable Redmi series. Not to confuse with Redmi 12 as that is a different series, Redmi 12 5G is slightly better in specs and efficiency. The smartphone is 8.2mm thick and weighs just under 200 grams. The device is IP53-rated for protection against dust and splash resistance and is powered by a Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 chipset. It is available for Rs. 17,999 via Amazon and comes in mystique blue, matte black, sunrise gold, and frosted green shades.

Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G Specs

Display: 6.79-inch IPS LCD with 90Hz RR | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 2| RAM: 4GB| Storage: 128GB Software: Android 13 Rear camera: 50MP+2MPFront camera: 8MP | Weight: 199g | Dimensions: 168.6×76.3×8.2mm |Battery: 5000mAh with 18W |5G Bands: 1,2,3,5,8,20, 28,40,78

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3. OnePlus Nord CE 3 lite 5G

Earlier this year, OnePlus launched the successor to the Nord CE 2 Lite in the form of the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G. It is a mainstream 5G smartphone that is an affordable offering by OnePlus. It is a good option for those who want to own a OnePlus device within their limited budget. It has a good battery life, Oxygen OS, LCD display, and more. It is available in Green and Black shades for Rs. 19,999 via Amazon.

OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G Specs

Display: 6.72-inch IPS LCD panel with 120Hz RR | Processor: Snapdragon 695 5G | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB Software: Android 13 Rear camera: 108MP+2MP+2MPFront camera: 16MP | Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 165.5x76x8.3mm |Battery: 5000mAh with 67W |5G Bands: 1,3,5,8, 28,40,41,77,78

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4. Samsung Galaxy M34 5G

Samsung launched the Galaxy M34 5G smartphone last month in India. The device is an affordable 5G option from Samsung that gets lots of things going for it. For a price of under 20k, it has a large battery, a good primary camera, and a decent design. It comes in Midnight Blue, Prism Silver, and Waterfall blue shades and is available for Rs. 16,999 via Amazon.

Samsung Galaxy M34 5G Specs

Display: 6.5-inch Super AMOLED with 120Hz RR | Processor: Exynos 1280 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB Software: Android 13 Rear camera: 50MP+8MP+2MPFront camera: 13MP | Weight: 208gm | Dimensions: 161.7×77.2×8.8mm |Battery: 6000mAh with 25W |5G Bands: 1,3,5,7,8, 28,38,40,41,66,78

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5. Redmi Note 11T 5G

Redmi Note 11T 5G

The Redmi Note 11T 5G carries forward the company’s EVOL design language with the back panel having a camera module protruding slightly. The back panel is smudge-free and the smartphone comes with a number of preinstalled apps on the phone including Xiaomi’s Mi Credit and Mi Pay. Heavy graphic games like BGMI can be played on it without stutter and the battery life lasts over a day and a half. It comes in 3 color variants- Stardust White, Aquamarine Blue, and Matte Black.

Redmi Note 11T 5G Specs

Display: 6.6-inch 1080×2400 pixels| Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 810| RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB| Software: MIUI 12.5 Android v11| Rear camera: 50MP+8MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 163.5 x 75.7 x 8.75mm|Battery: 5000mAh with Proprietary fast charging|5G Bands: 1,28,41,78, SA/NSA

6. Vivo T2 5G

Vivo T2 5G is a part of the affordable 5G Series by Vivo, whose base model has also been launched for under 20k. It is the successor to the Vivo T1 Series that came out in 2021. Vivo T2 5G does not compromise much on performance for its class and things like a bright AMOLED display, 3.5mm headphone jack, long battery life, and fast charging make it ideal for this budget. It is available for Rs. 18,999 via Amazon in Nitro Blaze and Velocity wave shades.

Vivo T2 5G Specs

Display: 6.38-inch AMOLED with 90Hz RR | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB Software: Android 13 Rear camera: 64MP+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 158.9×73.5×7.8mm |Battery: 4500mAh with 44W |5G Bands: 1,3,8, 28,77,78, SA/NSA

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7. Realme Narzo 60 5G

The Realme Narzo 60 5G was launched in India in July 2023. The smartphone comes with Realme’s master design that is fresh and draws inspiration from the Realme 11 Pro Series. It has eye-catching aesthetics, an AMOLED display, a generous amount of RAM, and a 64MP primary camera. Realme Narzo 60 5G is available for Rs. 17,999 via Amazon in Mars Orange and Black shades.

Realme Narzo 60 5G: Specs

Display: 6.43-inch Super AMOLED with 90Hz RR | Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 6020 | RAM: 8GB| Storage: 128GB Software: Android 13 Rear camera: 64MP+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 182g | Dimensions: 159.8×72.9×7.9mm |Battery: 5000mAh with 33W |5G Bands: 1,3,5,8, 28,40,41,77,78, SA, NSA

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8. Oppo A78 5G

Oppo A78 5G is an affordable offering by Oppo that competes with the likes of Xiaomi, Poco, Realme, and Vivo. The Oppo A78 5G comes with decent specs like a Dimensity 700 chipset, 5000mAh battery, 33W charging, and more. The design is not very impressive and the body is made of polycarbonate but the device comes with 5G capabilities. Oppo A78 5G is available at Rs. 18,999 via Oppo India Store.

Oppo A78 5G Specs

Display: 6.56-inch IPS LCD with 90Hz RR | Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 700 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB Software: Android 12 Rear camera: 50MP+2MPFront camera: 8MP | Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 163.8×75.1x8mm |Battery: 5000mAh with 33W |5G Bands: 1,3,5,7,8,20, 28,38,40,41,66,77,78

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9. Tecno Pova 5 Pro

Tecno launched two new smartphones that make the Pova Series in 2023. The Tecno Pova 5 Pro 5G comes with a glass finish design and a price of under 15k. It has been given a Nothing Phone-like design along with features like a 120Hz display, 50MP camera, Dimensity chipset, and more. Tecno Pova 5 Pro is available for Rs. 14,999 via Amazon in silver fantasy and dark illusion shades.

Tecno Pova 5 Pro 5G Specs

Display: 6.78-inch IPS LCD with 120Hz RR | Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 6080 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB Software: Android 13 Rear camera: 50MP+0.08MPFront camera: 16MP | Weight: 212g | Dimensions: 168.5×76.5x9mm |Battery: 5000mAh with 68W |5G Bands: SA/NSA

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10. Infinix GT 10 Pro

Infinix GT 10 Pro has been launched in India in August 2023. It has been made keeping the gamers in mind too for a price of under 20k. The brand has not only loaded the smartphone with top-notch specs but also provided gaming accessories for free inside the box. It has a transparent design and is available for Rs. 19,999 via Amazon. It comes in cyber black and mirage silver shades.

Infinix GT 10 Pro 5G Specs

Display: 6.67-inch AMOLED with 120Hz RR | Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 8050 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB Software: Android 13 Rear camera: 108MP+2MP+2MPFront camera: 32MP | Weight: 187g | Dimensions: 162.7×75.9×8.1mm |Battery: 5000mAh with 45W |5G Bands: 1,3,5,8,12,20, 28,38,40,41,66,77,78, SA, NSA

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10 5G Smartphones under 20,000 are listed below

Moto Edge 40 Neo 5G
Xiaomi 12 5G
OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G
Samsung Galaxy M34 5G
Redmi Note 11T 5G
Vivo T2 5G
Realme Narzo 60 5G
Oppo A78 5G
Tecno Pova 5 Pro
Infinix GT 10 Pro

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Shivangi AgarwalShivangi Agarwal
Shivangi is an honours graduate in English from Delhi University with a passion for reading and writing. Always keen to know more about the latest gadgets, when she is not reading about tech, she loves listening to Hindi music and grooving to the latest Hindi beats.

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