The sweetest spot for budget phone buyers is Rs. 20K where users can find most of what they are looking for. You can find phones with stellar design, cool cameras, beefy batteries and gorgeous displays, but not in one complete package.
With new launches almost every other week, it is very difficult to find the sweetest cookie from the smartphone buffet available under aforementioned price. To make the selection process short and precise for our readers, we have listed top 5 phone under 20,000 INR based on price, specifications, features and our personal experience with each of them, which are by and large most gratifying.
Lenovo Vibe S1
Unlike various leading smartphone manufacturer, who repackage something in different models, Lenovo has been done things differently in 2015 and in my opinion it worked for them. Lenovo Vibe S1 is a clear testimony to that statement.
Lenovo Vibe S1 is world’s first smartphone to feature dual camera at the front. The company is claiming to provide better selfie experience to its users thanks to 8MP primary front camera and 2MP secondary front camera (we tried it, and liked it). Selfie camera quality is pretty cool, and if that is something your prioritize, this is the phone for you.
Apart from dual selfie camera, Lenovo Vibe S1 sports a 5-inch FullHD IPS display, 3 gigs of RAM, 13MP rear camera and an appealing design. Under-the-hood, Lenovo has placed a 1.7 GHz 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 octa-core processor, with 32GB of ROM. It runs on Android V 5.0 Lollipop and draws energy from its 2500 mAh battery.
- Dual Selfie Camera
- Great design
- Good quality display
- Mediocre battery life
If there will be a pageant most awesome looking phone in this segment, OnePlus X will be one of the top contenders of that title. The ‘X’ factor of this black beauty has to be its looks. Its aluminum frame and chamfered edges, that glass back and speaker grilles at the base make you fall in love with this machine.
Enough of its looks, now let’s talk a bit about raw power that it possess under its hood. The phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor coupled with 3GB RAM with 16 GB storage, expandable by 128 GB if you are ready to swap your second SIM card with a microSD card. In connectivity options, it includes 4G, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi.
- Good quality AMOLED screen
- Above average battery
- Captivating design
- Good performance
- Non-removable battery and no quick charging support
- Connectivity lacks dual-band Wi-Fi and NFC
- No 64-bit processor
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Lenovo Vibe P1
Today, fast discharging batteries have become number one concern of our lives. Once the battery of our phone dies, we are almost disconnected from the world (there’s even a medical term for anxiety that follows). To mitigate this battery phobia, Lenovo introduced Vibe P1 which has a humongous 5,000 mAh battery.
Despite carrying on load of this supersized battery, a phablet-sized display and metallic chamfered edges, Lenovo Vibe P1 weighs 189 gram only. Home key has a fingerprint sensor embedded in it. The fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate. Battery supports rapid charging and users can also use it as a Power-bank (Using USB OTG Support) to charge other gadgets.
If you are really interested in super-sized battery phone here’s another option worth considering Gionee Marathon M5
- Large battery
- Dedicated key to toggle into Power saver mode
- Metallic side edges
- 4G LTE support
- Fast fingerprint sensor
- Display brightness is low
- Non-replaceable battery
Moto X Play
If you are one of those who love stock Android experience, without unnecessary layers of customization Moto X Play can be a perfect option for you. Motorola has been at the forefront in rolling out version updates and the handset is slated to receive Android v.6.0 Marshmallow updates before all other contenders.
Moto X Play houses Snapdragon 615 octa-core chip, backed by 2GB RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage. For photography, Motorola has included a 21-megapixel primary snapper with 5P lens, blue light filter and dual tone LED flash. To not disappoint selife lovers, a 5-megapixel camera is placed at the front.
- Gorgeous display
- Sturdy build quality
- Decent battery backup with rapid charging
- Efficient performance
- Mono speaker
- Plain design
- Turbo charger is not bundled in the box
Samsung Galaxy J7:
Samsung Galaxy J7 is a perfect phone for all the brand conscious buyers. After all our Smartphones are next to fashion accessories and brand recognition is also associated with benefits like better after sales support. The Galaxy J7 is the best Samsung phone we have seen launched under 15k for quite some time.
Apart from Samsung branding, it sports a well saturated 5.5-inch AMOLED display, which offers deeps contrast levels and great sunlight visibility thanks to outdoor mode. Samsung has deployed self-developed Exynos chipset beneath its display, which delivers satisfactory performance. This dual SIM phone lets Indian user enjoy blazing fast internet connectivity thanks to 4G LTE CAT 4 support. For Samsung Galaxy J7 buyers, Airtel is offering double 4G data up to six months.
- Stunning Super AMLOED display
- Good camera hardware
- Good battery backup
- 4G LTE
- Plastic body
- No Gorilla Glass protection
- Loudspeaker loudness is low