Irrespective of what category of users you belong to, your smartphone display will significantly impact your smartphone experience. After all, it’s only through the display that you consume everything your phone and the blessed internet have to offer.

The display resolution is one detail that gets the most attention, but the type of display used is equally important. AMOLED displays are best suited for multimedia consumption as they are characterized by deep, awesome blacks and high contrast ratios. If that kind of richness is what you value above all else, here are some of the Best AMOLED display mobile phones you can buy under Rs. 20,000.

What are AMOLED displays in Mobile Phones?

If you are new to the subject, here is a brief explanation before we proceed. Unlike LCD displays, AMOLED panels don’t have a backlight. This means each pixel is powered separately. This also means the pixel can be completely turned off to render black color.

Long story short, AMOLEDs have deep blacks, high contrast ratio, and mostly offer better HDR performance. They are best suited for multimedia consumption. The whites on AMOLED used to be less bright than whites on IPS LCD panels, but that’s no longer the case anymore. 

There are a few other AMOLED drawbacks too. To start with, AMOLED screens are more susceptible to burn-ins and degradation over a period of time, but the effect is not very noticeable throughout the normal life cycle.

One major AMOLED drawback is PWM flicker. AMOLED displays on phones use a shady technique called pulse width modulation for decreasing brightness. Using PWM, the pixels are turned off and on in succession to create an illusion of low brightness, which induces a flicker that may result in eye fatigue. Most consumers aren’t bothered by PWM flicker but a few are, especially while gaming and using their phones at night time. 

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Best phones with AMOLED display under Rs. 20,000

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and Redmi Note 10 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and Redmi Note 10 Pro are the only phones under INR 20,000 that offer both AMOLED display and a 120Hz high refresh rate. The display is also HDR 10 compliant. 

The primary difference between these two is their primary camera sensor resolution (108MP vs 64MP). 

These phones employ Snapdragon 732G octa-core chipset and run Android 11-based MIUI 12 software. Other highlights include stereo speakers, fast UFS storage, and a 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging. The Redmi Note 10 Pro series phones are 5G ready. 

2. Realme 8 Pro

Realme 8 Pro (review) comes in a slim and easily manageable design and includes a 108MP camera. The AMOLED display is of reasonably good quality and supports HDR10, but is restricted to a 60Hz refresh rate. 

The snapdragon 720G that powers the phone is beginning to show its age in 2021 but is still a decent proposition for the price. Other highlights include Android 11-based software, 50W fast charging, UFS storage, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. 

3. OPPO F19 Pro 

OPPO F19 Pro is extremely slim and light and includes a 6.43-inch AMOLED display. It’s powered by MediaTek Helio P95 chipset, which we can only recommend to basic users in 2020. 

Oppo F19 Pro+ review

The phone runs Android 11-based ColorOS software, has a 48MP quad-camera on the rear, and houses a 4310mAh battery. 

4. Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

Samsung Galaxy M42 is the first affordable 5G phone from Samsung that’s powered by Snapdragon 750G octa-core chipset. This one also has an AMOLED display, but the resolution is only 720p HD – a bit difficult to swallow in 2021. 

The Galaxy M42 5G has 48MP primary camera, 5000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support, and runs Android 11-based OneUI 3.1 software. 

5. Realme 7 Pro

Realme brings back AMOLED on affordable phones with the 7 Pro. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 720G octa-core chipset, has an in-display fingerprint sensor, and brandishes 65W fast charging support.

The AMOLED screen is 6.4-inches diagonally and has Full HD+ resolution. It’s sheltered by Gorilla Glass 3+ and users get the option for a color-accurate sRGB profile (Gentle) under display settings.

6. Realme 8 (4G)

The 5G variant of the Realme 8 has a high-refresh rate IPS LCD display and the 4G LTE variant powered by Helio G95 gets a 60Hz AMOLED display.

It’s available in three variants with LPDDR4x RAM (up to 8GB) and UFS 2.1 storage (up to 128GB). The primary rear camera is a 64MP sensor and selfies are handled by a 16MP front shooter. Other features include in-display fingerprint reader, Android 11 software, and 5000mAh battery with 30W fast charging. 

7. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 is one of the most affordable AMOLED display phones available today. It offers Full HD+ resolution AMOLED display for a starting price of just INR 11,990. 

This one is powered by Snapdragon 678 octa-core chipset and runs Andorid 11 based MIUI 12 software. Other features include 48MP primary camera, UFS 2.2 storage, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and 5000mAh battery. 

8. Samsung Galaxy M31s

Samsung’s mid range phones like Galaxy M31s (review), Galaxy M51 (review), Galaxy A52 (review), and Galaxy F62 (review) are some great AMOLED display options priced below INR 20,000. If you are strictly looking for something under 20K, the Galaxy M31s is worth considering. 

It’s got a versatile camera, a decent quality display panel, a massive 6000mAh battery with 25W fast charging, and a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint reader. The chipset driving the phone is Exynos 9611, which we can only recommend to light and moderate users. 

Other AMOLED Display Phones 

There are a few last-generation phones with AMOLED display that are now available in the Sub-20K segment. We wouldn’t recommend that you buy these in 2021, but if you get a good deal in online sales, phones like Oppo F17 pro and Vivo S1 Pro are perhaps worth considering. 

9. OPPO F17 Pro

10. Vivo S1 Pro

Best Super AMOLED display Mobile phones under Rs 20,000

Samsung used to have a monopoly of sorts when it comes to AMOLED displays. Brands like Realme and Vivo made AMOLED a common feature in the under 20,000 segments, but we saw them momentarily pulling back. In 2021, Xiaomi has now joined the AMOLED bandwagon. In the second half of the year 2021, we expect a few more affordable smartphones to include AMOLED screens.

Best AMOLED display phones to buy in India in 2021

Phone NameStarting price in India (in Rupees)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro MaxINR18,999
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 ProINR 15,999
Realme 8 ProINR 17,999
Samsung Galaxy M42INR 19,999
Oppo F19 ProINR 20,199
Realme 7 Pro INR 17,990
Realme 8 INR 14,999
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10INR 11,990
Samsung Galaxy M31sINR 18,499

8 COMMENTS

    • Hi Vishnu, I guess the list is updated. There simply aren’t many AMOLED options under 20K. Beyond that you can also consider Samsung Galaxy A6+, OnePlus 6, Vivo X21

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