Xiaomi Poco F1 Review

After the fingerprint sensor, the biggest tech innovation has happened in smartphone cameras especially in budget segment. And for good reason too. After all, an engaging camera is something that all classes of users appreciate on their phones. With multiple sensors becoming a common phenomena across price segments, even phone cameras under Rs 20,000 great value for money.

With companies trickling down higher megapxiels sensor such as 48MP or 64MP, paired with telephoto, ultra-wide, depth or macro sensors to the budget segments, the smartphone cameras 20,000 are versatile, and can take some really great shots even in adverse lighting conditions.

A simple browse through your social media feed will tell you that people are indeed fond of shooting with these multi sensor setups. Slowly and steadily, most of the mobile phones in sub-20,000 segment are shipping with a quad-camera hardware in 2020. And if that’s precisely what you have been hankering for, here are the best quad camera phone options available under Rs 20,000.

ALSO READ: Understanding Smartphone Dual Cameras and How They Work

Best camera phones under Rs 20,000 in India for June 2020

1. Poco X2

Poco F1 (review) was the phone to beat in 2018, at least when it came to camera performance. Naturally, people have been hopping for good results from second Poco phone, the Poco X2 (review) and it manages to find the top spot on this list. The Poco X2 combines a 64MP Sony IMX 686 sensor with 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor for the rear camera. There is no telephoto lens for 2X optical zoom but Poco claims that it will help improve the lowlight photography.

On the front, the Poco X2 has a 20MP selfie camera aided by a 2MP depth sensor. The Poco X2 has a lot more working in its favor including the a capable Snapdragon 730G chipset, and a 6.6-inch LCD display with 120Hz screen refresh rate.

Display: 6.6-inch LCD, 120Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 730G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Rear Cameras: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front Camera: 20MP + 2MP | Battery: 4,500mAh

2. Realme 6 Pro

Realme recently brought in their Realme 6 Pro (review) phone which snatched title of become first smartphone to support NavIC from Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro by a whisker.

Realme 6 Pro Review
Realme 6 Pro rear cameras

The Realme 6 Pro boasts of a 64MP primary rear camera paired with a 12MP telephoto sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP to depth sensor. Realme has bumped up the selfie camera module and added a dual setup of 16MP + 8MP, where the secondary sensor is used for ultra wide selfies. 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 730G mobile platform, 6.6-inch IPS screen with 90Hz refresh rate, up to 128GB UFS 2.1 stroage and up to 8GB RAM.

Display: 6.3-inch LCD, 90Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 720G | Software: Realme UI, Android 10 | Rear Camera: 64 + 8 + 12 + 2MP | Front Camera: 16MP + 8MP | Storage: 64GB/128GB | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Battery: 4,300mAh |

3. Realme X2

The X series star – Realme X2 also makes debut on the best camera phones Under Rs 20,000 list this month. Like most recent Realme phones, it one also features a quad-camera setup at the back. The biggest attraction of Realme X2 is the 64MP rear camera and 32MP selfie camera. A part from 64MP sensor, the quad-rear camera setup also includes a 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. 

Apart from this, the Realme X2 comes with premium aesthetics, Snapdragon 730G chipset, 4000mAH battery with 30W fast charging.

Display: 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC | RAM: 4/6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB, UFS 2.1 | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Software: Realme UI, Android 10 | Battery: 4000mAh; 30W Fast Charging

4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is another quad-camera phone available in sub Rs 20,000 segment. The smartphone comes with upgraded quad rear cameras setup includes a 64MP  wide sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide snensor, a 5MP macro sensor and a 2MP sensor which is used for depth sensing.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max launched in India

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is backed by Snapdragon 720G octa-core processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. Other notable highlights include NavIC support, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 32MP selfie camera, and a massive 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.

Screen: 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS Display | CPU: Snapdragon 720G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5020mAh; 33W fast charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 209g | Dimensions: 165.5 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm | OS: MIUI 11, Android 10 |

5. Samsung Galaxy M31

Samsung is at the forefront of this megapixel race. From flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra 108MP quad rear cameras setup to budget offering of the Galaxy M31 with 64MP quad rear camera. Yes, that correct, Samsung also offering quad rear camera phones in sub 20K segment. The Galaxy M31 (review) comes with 64MP + 8MP ultrawide + 5 macro + 5 depth sensor packed rear camera module and a 32MP selfie camera sensor on the front.

Samsung Galaxy M31 Review

The handset is powered by Exynos 9611 octa-core processor paired with 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage. Other features include 6000mAh battery, Android 10 based OneUI, and a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ display.

Screen: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED; 1080 x 2400 | CPU:  Exynos 9611 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 6000mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 209g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.1 x 8.9 mm | OS: Android 10; One UI |

6. Redmi Note 9 Pro

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is slightly trimmed down version of Max varaint. The phone is powered by the same Snapdragon 720G chipset coupled with up to 6GB DDR4X and 128GB storage.

The main difference in hardware is primary rear camera in quad setup. The Note 9 Pro packs a 48MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 5MP macro + 2 depth sensor as optics at the back and 16MP selfie camera on the front. Unlike with Max version, the Note 9 Pro supports 18W fast charger included in the box.

Screen: 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS Display | CPU: Snapdragon 720G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5020mAh; 18W fast charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 209g | Dimensions: 165.5 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm | OS: MIUI 11, Android 10 |

7. Vivo S1 Pro

Vivo S1 Pro (review) is a popular mid-range phone is offline market. One of the primary reason of its popularity is its a decent qaud rear cameras. On the rear, you will find a combination of 48MP Samsung sensor, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and and 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there is a single 32MP selfie camera.

The Vivo S1 Pro is powered by 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 665 chipset paired with  up 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The handset runs the latest Android 10-based Funtouch OS, and is now available for less than 20K.

Screen: 6.38-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Display | CPU: Snapdragon 665 SoC | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4500mAh; 18W fast charging | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 159.3 x 75.2 x 8.7 mm | OS: FunTouch 9.2, Android 10 |

8. Realme 6

Realme 6 is another phone from the Chinese brand that makes the cut based on its camera performance. The USP of Realme 6 cameras is its 64MP primary sensor which is paired with an 8MP ultra-wide and customary 2MP depth and macro sensors. The Realme camera app with its AI based scenes optimization can take some rally good images with this shooter.

Unlike the Pro variant, this one rocks a MediaTek G90T chipset coupled with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. Under the hood, it also includes a non-removable 4300mAh battery with 30W fast charging. The Realme 6 battery with default charger goes 0-100 in just 55 minutes.

Screen: 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS Display; 90Hz refresh rate | CPU: MediaTek Helio G90T SoC | RAM: 4GB/6GB/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 4300mAh; 30W fast charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 162.1 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm| Software: Realme UI, Android 10 |

9. Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro (review) is the predecessor to the Note 9 Pro. The  Note 8 Pro has a 6.53 inches full HD+ display (2340 x 1080 pixels) and is powered by octa-core MediaTek  Helio G90T processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB UFS 2.1 storage.

The Note 8 Pro optics include a quad-rear camera module featuring a 64MP lens teamed with 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP depth and Macro sensors. The phone also features a 20MP selfie camera with software powered portrait mode. Its 4500mAh battery supports up to 18W fast charging only.

Screen: 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS Display | CPU: MediaTek Helio G90T SoC | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Battery: 4500mAh; 18W fast charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 200g | Dimensions: 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm | Software: MIUI, Android 9 |

10. Oppo F15

The Oppo F15 has a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display but its biggest led down is the MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core processor. It is not the most impressive hardware when compared to rest of the phone in the list. Having said that, it has a capable camera hardware including 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP monochrome sensor. For Selfies, it includes a 16MP front camera.

The Oppo F15 further includes an elegant glass-finish body, Android 9 based ColorOS software, and a 4025mAh battery with 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging.

10 Best Camera Phones Under 20,000 INR in 2020

Apart from the few that we have mentioned above, there are a few other camera options too but most of them are work in progress. The point being, that even when quad 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

Best camera phone under ₹20,000Price (₹)
Poco X2 ₹16,999
Realme 6 Pro ₹16,999
Realme X2 ₹14,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max ₹16,499
Samsung Galaxy M31 ₹15,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro ₹13,999
Vivo S1 Pro ₹19,999
Realme 6 ₹13,880
Redmi Note 8 Pro ₹14,999
Oppo F15 ₹18,499
Which is the best phone below Rs 20,000?

The updated list includes all best phones under Rs 20,000 In India as of June 2020. You may consider one of these phones:
1. Poco X2
2. Realme 6 Pro
3. Realme X2
4. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
5. Samsung Galaxy M31
6. Redmi Note 9 Pro
7. Vivo S1 Pro
8. Realme 6
9. Redmi Note 8 Pro
10. Oppo F15

Which is the best camera phone in range of Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000?

Above list also includes best camera phone between Rs 15K to 20K.

Which is the best quad-camera phone under Rs 20,000?

All phones listed above features a quad rear camera setup and all of them priced under Rs 20,000. You may consider one which fits your bill.


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