Fast charging is a feature that has been exclusive to high-end phones until this year, but 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 40W), but you easily get 15W, 18W and 20W 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.
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 process quickly. It can also be a lifesaver in situations when 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, consequently inflating 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.
But is fast charging a must-have? If you are buying a phone today, we’d recommend you at least gun for 15W fast charging support.
List of Phones with Fast Charging Support
1. Realme X
Realme X (review) has a remarkable set of features for an affordable phone, and one of these that competition will find tough to match is 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging. This is the exact same technology that we have earlier admired on OnePlus 6T and even OnePlus 7.
We could easily top-up the phone from 10 to 100 percent in an hour. You can also top up the 3765mAh battery by 20 percent in just 10 to 15 minutes. The fast charging, however, works only with the proprietary charger (or with OnePlus dash or warp chargers).
Other than the fast charging, the realme X offers AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, and is powered by Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset.
2. Vivo Z1 Pro
The Vivo Z1 Pro (review) is the most aggressively priced phone from Vivo to date. The handset comes with 18W dual-engine fast charging that can top-up the 5000mAh 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. 15,000 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 S1 (18W dual-engine fast charging)
- Vivo V15 (18W dual-engine fast charging)
- Vivo Y17 (18W dual-engine fast charging)
3. Redmi Note 7 Pro
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) supports up to 18W Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0, but ships with basic 10W charger bundled in the box. Currently, certified and reliable Quick Charge 4.0 chargers aren’t readily available in the market, but you can buy Xiaomi’s 18W Quick Charge 3.0 adaptor from Mi.com in India for Rs. 449.
With the Quick Charge 3.0 charger, you can get faster-charging speeds and fully charge the 4000mAh battery in 1.5 hours.
Other Xiaomi Phones With Fast Charging support:
- 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)
4. 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 that makes it amazingly fast. Other highlights include an AMOLED display, in-display fingerprint sensor, pop-up selfie camera, and Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset.
5. Realme 3 Pro
The Realme 3 Pro (review) is an interesting Snapdragon 710-powered phone that comes with VOOC 3.0 fast charging over the regular micro USB port. The proprietary box charger can top up the 4045mAh battery from zero to 100 percent in around 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The Realme 3 Pro has a 6.3-inch display, dual rear cameras, and runs Android Pie-based Color OS. It’s also part of the Android Q program, and Realme is also beta-testing its own software on the phone.
6. 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
7. Samsung Galaxy A50
The high-end Galaxy A-series phones, A80 and A70, were the first Samsung’s line up to get 25W fast charging. Apart from these two, all other Galaxy A-series phones launched this year get 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:
8. 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 handset 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.
9. 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. Poco F1
Poco F1 (review) continues to be a popular phone even a year after its launch. The handset offers Snapdragon 845 chipset for a very affordable price and the 4000mAh battery within supports Quick Charge 4.0. As usual, Xiaomi doesn’t bundle a compatible fast charger in the box, but you can buy the 18W Quick Charge 3.0 charger from mi.com.
The Poco F1 is still one of the best gaming phones in its class and the word on the street is that it will soon be replaced by the second-gen Poco F2.
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 and K20.