Fast charging is a feature that has been exclusive to high-end phones until this year, but thanks to aggressive offerings from Realme and Xiaomi, we are now seeing the same trickle down to affordable phones. Of course, the fast charging on flagships is now a lot faster (going all the way up to 65W), but you can still get 15W, 18W, 20W and 30W fast charging on affordable phones priced under 20K, spread across standards like VOOC, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and 4.0, and Samsung’s Adaptive fast charging. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
Advantages and disadvantages of fast charging
Fast charging is a matter of convenience, having tasted which, you wouldn’t want to go back. Charging gadgets by itself is a pain that most people would want to avoid altogether if they could, and fast charging lets you get done with the rigmarole quickly. It can also be a lifesaver in situations where you forget to top up your phone and are scrambling for charging points last minute.
On the downside, to implement fast charging, the separator within the battery needs to be thicker, which consequently inflates the size of your phone and battery. Fast charging also has an impact on your phone’s battery health in the long run, but not as much to be a deal-breaker.
Is fast charging a must-have? If you are buying a phone under 20,000 in the current market, we’d recommend you gun for at least 18W fast charging support.
List of Phones with Fast Charging Support in 2020
1. Realme 6 Pro
All Realme phones priced above 12K have fast charging support. The latest in the under 20K price segment is Realme 6 Pro (review), a powerful Snapdragon 720G-powered phone with 64MP quad-cameras and 90Hz refresh rate screen.
The phone supports 30W VOOC fast charging and the 4300mAh battery housed with takes just 1 hour for a full charge. Just 15 minutes of charging can top up 40% of the battery.
Other Realme phones with fast-charging support:
- Realme 6 (30W VOOC fast charging)
- Realme X2 (30W VOOC fast charging)
- Realme XT (20W VOOC fast charging)
- Realme X (20W VOOC fast charging)
2. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Traditionally, Xiaomi hasn’t been very generous with fast charging on its phones. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, however, offers 33W fast charging support – which makes it the fastest (Wattage-wise) in this segment.
The Note 9 Pro Max has a sizable 5000mAh battery, and the bundled charger can top up 50% in just 30 minutes (claims Xiaomi). Apart from blazing fast charging speeds, the new Note 9 delivers powerful performance (Snapdragon 720G), has a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and flaunts 64MP-quad cameras on the rear.
Other Xiaomi phones with fast-charging support:
- Redmi Note 9 Pro (18W, Quick Charge 4.0)
- Redmi Note 7s and Redmi Note 7 (Quick Charge 4.0)
- Xiaomi Mi A2 (Quick Charge 4.0)
- Redmi Note 6 Pro (Quick Charge 3.0)
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (18W, Quick Charge 4.0)
3. Poco X2
Poco X2 (review) is one of the brawniest phones available in the price segment. Poco now being a separate brand entity from Xiaomi, allows the company a fresh and a rather aggressive start.
The X2 has a relatively ad-free interface, a high-refresh-rate screen, Sony IMX686-led triple rear cameras, and supports 27W fast charging. The Snapdragon 730G-powered handset should appeal to gamers and camera enthusiasts on a budget.
Also check: 7 Best Poco X2 Alternatives You Can Buy In India
4. Vivo Z1X
The Vivo Z1X (review) is the most aggressively priced phone from Vivo to date. The handset comes with 22.5W flash charger that can top-up the 4500mAh battery on the phone from 10 to 100 percent in a little less than 2 hours. Till you reach 50-percent, charging speed is a tad faster.
The handset lays special emphasis on mobile gaming, particularly PUBG. The Z1 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 712 octa-core chipset, which is a very capable chipset, especially for a sub-Rs. 20,000 starting price. Other highlights include a punch-hole display, Android Pie-based software and dedicated SD card slot.
Other Vivo phones with fast charging support under Rs 20,000:
- Vivo Z1 Pro (18W dual-engine fast charging)
- Vivo Z1X (22.5W fast charging)
- Vivo S1 (18W dual-engine fast charging)
- Vivo V15 (18W dual-engine fast charging)
- Vivo Y17 (18W dual-engine fast charging)
5. Oppo K3
The Oppo K3 is almost the same phone as the Realme X and it retails on Amazon India for the same starting price. This one, however, has 6GB RAM for the base variant and relies on a 16MP primary rear camera, instead of the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor on Realme X.
The OPPO K3 has the same 3675mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging which makes it amazingly fast. Other highlights include an AMOLED display, in-display fingerprint sensor, a pop-up selfie camera, and Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset.
6. Realme 5 Pro
The Realme 5 Pro (review) is an interesting Snapdragon 712-powered phone that comes with VOOC 3.0 fast charging over the regular USB Type C port. The proprietary box charger can top up the 4035mAh battery from zero to 100 percent in around 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The Realme 5 Pro has a 6.3-inch display, dual rear cameras, and runs Android Pie-based Color OS. It’s also part of the new Quad Camera strategy.
- Realme 3 Pro (20W VOOC fast charger)
7. Samsung Galaxy M40
Ever since the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung has restricted itself to 15W fast charging till the start of 2019, even on flagships like Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S10. This year, the 15W adaptive fast charging has been passed on to almost all affordable phones from the brand.
The Galaxy M40 (Review), which leads the M-series pack, is powered by Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset, has a beautiful gradient design, and a TFT LCD display with a punch holde cut out. It has a modest 3500mAh battery that takes 1.5 hours to charge from 10 to 100 percent. This is also Samsung’s first phone to ditch the audio jack.
Other Samsung Galaxy M-series phones with fast charging
8. Samsung Galaxy A50
The high-end Galaxy A-series phones, mid-range flagships, and flagships get 25W fast charging. Apart from these two, all other Galaxy A-series and M-series phones have 15W adaptive fast charging.
The Samsung Galaxy A50 (review) is an ergonomic phone with a glass-finish plastic back that’s powered by Exynos 9610 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The handset runs One UI software, has triple rear cameras, 25MP selfie camera and a 4000mAh battery.
Other Samsung Galaxy A-series phone with fast charging support:
9. Nokia 8.1
After a series of price cuts, the Nokia 8.1 is now available for under Rs. 20,000 in India. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 710 paired and houses a 3500mAh battery with 18W fast charging.
The Nokia 8.1 has Zeiss optics on front and rear and brandishes a 6.18-inch IPS LCD display with a wide notch. Another highlight is the stock Android 9 Pie (Android one) software.
10. Motorola One Power
Lenovo’s Motorola One Power has a massive 5000mAh battery with 15W Turbo Charging support. The battery refills to around 50 percent in one hour and to around 90 percent in two – which is respectable considering the battery capacity.
Motorola One Power is now a bit dated, but thanks to Moto branding and lower price, it continues to get traction. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 636 octa-core chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, has a 6.2-inch display, and flaunts dual rear cameras.
10 Best Phones with fast charging under Rs. 20,000
These are some of the most relevant phones priced under 20,000 that offer fast charging. If you are willing to extend your budget, you may consider 25W fast charging phones like Galaxy A70 and Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi K20, and Realme X2 Pro.