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 is considered a safer 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.
Stock Android: Advantages and Disadvantages
The stock Android software is popular because it’s relatively lighter and faster as it isn’t bogged down or burdened with customization options, added features, ads and preloaded apps that you might or might not use.
Or in other words, you will (generally) get a clean reliable interface, won’t have to endure ads and recommendations in your notifications panel, and get to decide what apps you want 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 options and that can be really annoying. We receive many consumer complaints regarding missing features like call recording or a proper, separate gallery app.
Best stock Android Phones under Rs 20,000
1. Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Moto G8 Plus is powered by Snapdragon 665 octa-core chipset, runs pure Android, supports Dolby Atmos audio, has a vivid display, and a 4000mAh battery.
It’s not a phone for hardcore gamers but is a decent option for quotidian consumers who prioritize clean software.
2. Xiaomi Mi A3
Mi A3 is the third Android One or stock Android phone from Xiaomi. Going by early 2020 standards, the Mi A3 can be termed as a compact and light phone. It has a 6.08-inch display with HD+ resolution and is powered by Snapdragon 665 octa-core chipset, which is a minor improvement over Snapdragon 660 on its predecessor.
The handset has an in-display fingerprint sensor, triple rear cameras, a water-drop notch, and a 4030mAh battery with fast charging support. On the downside, the display isn’t sharp enough and that really bogs the experience down.
3. Moto One Macro
Motorola One Maro is a budget contender that is powered by MediaTek Helio P70, runs almost-stock Android software, and of course, has one rear camera sensor with a macro lens.
The display is just 720p HD, but since Lenovo is using an IPS LCD panel, the screen feels sharper than the same resolution AMOLED panel on Mi A3. One Macro has an assuring 4000mAh battery but ships with only a 10W charger in the box. The charging port is USB Type-C.
4. Motorola One Vision
The primary highlight of the Motorola One Vision is its 21:9 aspect ratio screen that’s quite immersive when you find the right content. The 6.3-inch IPS LCD display is full HD sharp and has a punch-hole cutout to accommodate the selfie camera.
The handset is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9606 octa-core chipset and employs a 48MP primary rear camera. The 3500mAh battery doesn’t sound very inspiring, but on the positive note – Moto bundles an 18W Turbocharger in the box.
If you are fascinated by the prospects of experience pure Android software on that rather tall screen, Moto One Action is almost the same phone, save for the differences in camera hardware.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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.
7. 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.
8. Infinix Note 5
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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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.
11. 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 Best Pure Android Running Smartphones for 2020
As you might have noticed, phones with the best hardware – Realme XT, Redmi Note 8 Pro or Vivo Z1x- aren’t running stock Android. Last year hasn’t been particularly good for stock Android, and the only compelling option that comes to mind is Pixel 3a – but unfortunately, it costs quite a bit more in India.
Here’s the list of affordable stock Android phones In India in 2020
|Product Name||Starting Price (Rs)|
|Moto G8 Plus||13,999|
|Xiaomi Mi A3||12,990|
|Moto One Macro||9,999|
|Moto One Vision||13,999|
|Moto One Power||15,999|
|Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2||9,999|
|Infinix Note 5||6,999|
|Nokia 5.1 Plus||6,999|