Motorola and HMD Global, that markets Nokia Brand in India, can be primarily accredited for pushing the pure Android software on affordable phones for the last few years. However, as of today, quite a few OEMs are open to sticking with Google’s pure Android vision. (हिंदी में पढ़ें)

For some reason, consumers have strong faith in stock Android software and a number of OEMs are finally complying. After all, with spec sheets reaching a saturation point, consumers today realize the importance of efficient, light and well-optimized software. Besides, stock Android has progressively gotten better and can be considered a safe bet.

So, if you are looking for a stock Android or pure Android phone priced under 20,000 INR, here are a few options that you could consider.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A30 Review With Pros and Cons

Advantages and Disadvantages of Stock Android or Pure Android software

The stock Android software is popular because it’s relatively light and faster as it isn’t bogged down or burdened with customization options, added features and preloaded apps that you might or might not use. Or in other words, you will (generally) get a clean reliable interface and get to decide what apps you need to keep on your phone.

It’s also a safer bet for consumers. If you aren’t sure whether you will find a particular software in line with your taste, it’s generally safer to side with Google’s vision aka stock Android.

On the other hand, the unadulterated Android experience can feel crippling and unbelievably bland at times. That’s because Stock Android is missing a few staple features that consumers find annoying. We receive many consumer complaints regarding missing features like call recording or a proper, separate gallery app.

1. Xiaomi Mi A3

Mi A3 is the third Android One phone from Xiaomi. Going by 2019 standards for phones, the Mi A3 can be called compact and light. It has a 6.08-inch display with HD+ resolution and is powered by Snapdragon 665 octa-core chipset, that is a minor improvement over Snapdragon 660 on Mi A2 last year.

The handset has an in-display fingerprint sensor, triple rear cameras, a water-drop notch, and a 4030mAh battery with fast charging support.

2. Nokia 8.1

The Snapdragon 710 powered Nokia 8.1 is now available in the sub 20K price segment. The handset has a 6.18-inch screen with Full HD+ resolution and a large notch.

The handset runs stock Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, starts at 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and Zeiss optics for front and rear cameras. It’s fueled by a 3500mAh battery and has fast charging support.

3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

If you’re interested in a stock android phone which also caters to high-end gaming, then Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (review) is a reasonably priced option. It’s powered by Snapdragon 660 which is powerful enough to fuel all popular gaming apps. You get a Full HD+ display with a small notch and Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

The phone lasts long thanks to a huge 5000mAh battery. The curvy glass-finish back also makes it look very elegant.

4. Nokia 7.1

Next up, we have Nokia 7.1 which offers an allrounder with the Nokia brand value attached to it. The phone sports an HDR-enabled 5.84-inch display, which is housed in a glass-and-metal body.

The phone is powered by Snapdragon 636 Octa-core chipset with a 4GB RAM and internal storage of 64GB that can be expanded up to 400GB with a hybrid external microSD card.

5. Nokia 6.1 Plus

The Nokia 6.1 Plus was the first Notch-display phone from HMD global and is powered by Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor (the same chip that fuels Redmi Note 5 Pro and Zenfone Max Pro M1).

Like all Nokia phones available in India, the Nokia 6.1 also runs light and pure Stock Android 8.1 Oreo software and is a good contender for Android 9.0 Pie update. Other features include 16MP+5MP dual rear cameras, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and 3000mAh battery.

6. Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi’s second-generation Android One phone, Mi A2, is another option you may consider. For now, the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage option is available in India for an aggressive price of Rs. 11,999.

The Mi A2 includes a 5.99-inch (18:9) display and is powered by Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset. The handset further includes dual rear cameras and a 20MP selfie camera. The battery backup is, however, below average.

7. Motorola One Power

Lenovo has launched a new Android One phone dubbed as the Motorola One Power at a very competitive price of Rs.13,999.This new phone will sport 13-megapixel dual rear cameras. It’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. New Moto One Power is fueled by a 5000mAh along with a 15W TurboPower charger.

Motorola One Launched in India

It has a 5.9-inch Full HD+ max vision display and houses the Snapdragon 625 chipset. The handset runs on 4GB RAM and has 64GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB.

8. Redmi Go

The Redmi Go caters to the low-budget tier within the Android Go program. It sports a relatively smaller 5-inch HD display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution. It runs on 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core 425 chipset coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB onboard storage, expandable up to 128GB using a MicroSD card.

Redmi Go
Redmi Go

You also get a standard 3000mAh battery. However, thanks to the pure and trimmed down stock android and tailor-made hardware, the endurance would be good.

9. Nokia 5.1 Plus

HMD Global has launched its new device, Nokia 5.1 Plus, as part of Google’s Android One program. This phone basically aims at bringing remarkable gaming performance and AI imaging capabilities to the budget smartphone segment.

The phone features a 5.8-inch HD+ display with 2.5D curved glass at the back and front. It runs on the latest MediaTek Helio P60 chipset, aided by 3GB RAM. It has an internal memory of 32GB which is expandable up to 400GB. The camera tech includes Real-Time photo enhancement and Electronic Video Stabilization for better quality pictures and videos.

10. Infinix Note 5

This entry grade phone by Infinix with Google’s Android One program participation is among those few phones that offer Android One program for an affordable price. Infinix Note 5 Review

The other aspects that make this phone all the more likable are its AI integrated rear camera, 4,500 mAh battery with fast charging support, 5.99-inch full HD+ display, and glass-finish back panel for a premium finish.

Also Read: 10 Best Phones Under Rs. 30,000 You Can Buy In 2018

10 Best Pure Android Running Smartphones for 2019

These are some of the best affordable stock Android phones that you can buy this year. Apart from the names mentioned above, users can also choose from any other current or last generation Nokia or Motorola phone that’s not in the list (including the likes of Nokia 2.1, Nokia 5.1, etc.).

Here’s the list of best stock Android phones In India priced under Rs 20,000 in 2019

Product Name Starting Price (Rs)
Xiaomi Mi A3 15,999*
Nokia 8.1 18,698
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 9,999
Nokia 7.1 15,999
Nokia 6.1 Plus  13,999
Xiaomi Mi A2 9,999
Motorola One Power 11,999
Redmi Go 4,499
Nokia 5.1 Plus 7,999
Infinix Note 5 6,999

*expected

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