Xiaomi Poco F1 Review

After the fingerprint sensor, the next tech innovation has become a smartphone staple is the dual cameras. And for good reason too.

After all, an engaging camera is something that all classes of users appreciate on their phones and an extra sensor is a great way to compensate for smartphone photography constraints. Besides, a simple browse through your social media feed will tell you that people are indeed fond of shooting in portrait mode.

Slowly and steadily, the reasonably good dual-camera hardware is now seeping down to affordable Android phones. And if that’s precisely what you have been hankering for, here are the best dual camera phone options available under 20,000 INR.

ALSO READ: Understanding Smartphone Dual Cameras and How They Work

1. Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi’s Mi A1 (review) was the phone to beat last year, at least when it came to camera performance. Naturally, its successor, the Mi A2 finds the top spot on this list. The Mi A2 combines a 16MP and 20MP sensor for the rear camera. The extra sensor no longer has 2X optical zoom (telephoto lens) but Xiaomi claims that it will help improve the lowlight photography.

On the front, the Mi A2 has a 20MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. The Xiaomi Mi A2 has a lot more working in its favor including the stock Android Software, capable Snapdragon 660 chipset, and a 6-inch 18:9 display. It is also worth mentioning here is that Smartprix audience voted the Mi A2 as the best camera phone of 2018 under Rs 18,000.

2. Redmi Note 6 Pro

Xiaomi recently brought in their Redmi Note 6 Pro that shares more than its fair share of similarities with the Note 5 Pro. 

The Redmi Note 6 pro boasts of a 12MP rear camera paired with a 5MP depth sensor to back its portrait mode. Xiaomi has bumped up the selfie camera module and added a dual setup of 20MP + 2MP, where the secondary sensor is used for depth sensing. Also, the improved Beautify mode now works for both front and rear cameras.

Other than the impressive camera hardware, the Redmi Note 6 Pro also benefits from a very efficient Snapdragon 636 mobile platform paired with 4GB/6GB LPDDR4X RAM.

3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Asus recently launched the Zenfone Max Pro M2 (review) in India which succeeds the successful Max Pro M1. Asus seems to have found a way to improve lethargic Snapdragon camera app. The new handset comes with upgraded dual rear cameras where the second sensor is used for depth sensing.

The Zenfone Max Pro M2 is backed by Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor paired with up to 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. Other notable highlights include dual SIM dual VoLTE support, 13MP selfie camera, and a massive 5000mAh battery.

4. Nokia 7.1

HMD Global recently launched the Nokia 7.1 in India recently and it too boast off a dual camera set-up at the back. This Android One phone features 12 MP + 5 MP sensors at the back and an 8 MP selfie camera on the front. Nokia also adds a Pro mode and extras like ‘Bothie’ that add some value.

Apart from this, the Nokia 7.1 comes with premium aesthetics, Snapdragon 636 chipset and HDR10 support for the display.

5. Xiaomi Poco F1

The Poco F1 (review) is the best-specced phone in the list. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 4GB DDR4X and 64GB storage. Xiaomi has also packed a good set of optics that includes a dual setup of 12MP + 5MP at the back and 8MP selfie camera with IR Front Camera.

Xiaomi Poco F1 Review

It is also worth mentioning here that consumers can also sideload Google Camera on Poco F1 for even better experience.

6. Samsung Galaxy On8

Samsung Galaxy On8 (Review) is the online version of Galaxy J8. The handset comes with 16MP + 5MP dual rear cameras and can shoot reasonably good portrait shots in the ‘Live Focus’ mode.


The handset is powered by Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Other features include 3500mAh battery, Android 8.0 Oreo, and a 6-inch AMOLED display.

7. Huawei Nova 3i

Huawei Nova 3i (Review) has a 6.3-inch (1080 x 2340) display and is powered by the new Kirin 710 octa-core processor.

The handset has dual cameras on both front and rear. The 16MP rear camera and the 24MP front camera are each accompanied by 2MP depth sensors for adding a bokeh effect. The Nova 3I further includes an elegant glass-finish body, Android 8.1 Oreo-based software, and a 3340mAh battery.

8. Honor Play

Honor Play is another phone from the Chinese brand that makes the cut based on its camera performance. The USP of Honor Play cameras is its independent AI NPU, that identifies scenes from 22 different categories with 500 more scenarios in real-time.

Since the cameras are AI driven, they recognize and retouches the dull parts of the image in the real time. Of course, if you are not a fan on Camera AI you can always restore the image to original form.

As for the specs, the Honor Play packs a dual camera set of 16MP + 2MP on the rear and a 16MP selfie shooter on the front.

9. Huawei Honor 8X

Huawei Honor 8X has a 6.5 inches full HD+ display (2340 x 1080 pixels) and is powered by octa-core Kirin 710 processor paired with 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage.

Honor 8X biggest highlight is its 20 MP + 2 MP Dual Camera system. Honor is betting big on its AI prowess and has implemented it in the 8X default camera app. The phone also features a 16MP selfie camera with software powered portrait mode.

10. Vivo V9

Vivo V9 (Review) is a popular mid-range notch-display phone, one that comes with a decent pair of dual rear cameras. On the rear, you will find a combination of 16MP (F/2.0 aperture) primary and 5MP (F/2.4 Aperture) secondary sensor, and on the front, there is a single 24MP selfie camera.

The handset is powered by 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 626 paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The handset runs the latest Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS, and is now available for less than 20K.

10 Best Dual Camera Phones Under 20,000 INR in 2018

Apart from the few that we have mentioned above, there are other dual camera options too but most of them are work in progress. The point being, that even when dual cameras are a worthy feature to hanker for, you still need not place them on top of your priority list.

Best Camera Phones Under Rs 20,000 That You Can Buy in India Today

Product Name Price (₹) Available at
Xiaomi Mi A2 16,999 Amazon
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Rs 16,999 Flipkart / Mi.com
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 Rs 14,999 Flipkart
Poco F1 Rs 19,999 Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy On8 Rs 16,999 Flipkart
Hauwei Nova 3i Rs 20,999 Amazon
Honor Play Rs 19,999 Flipkart / Hihonor store
Vivo V9 Rs 19,584 Amazon / TataCliq / Paytmmall / Flipkart
Honor 8X Rs 14,999 Flipkart
Noki 7.1 Rs 19,999 Amazon



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