Motorola and HMD Global that markets Nokia Brand in India are the two brands that are 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. For instance, 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. Motorola One Fusion+
Motorola One Fushion+ is a competitive specced stock Android phone priced under INR 20,000. This one employs Snapdragon 730G octa-core chipset with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
Then there is the customary quad-camera arrangement on the rear with a 64MP sensor in the lead, 16MP pop-up front camera, a 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, and a dedicated Google Assistant button. The only catch is that you will have to buy this from recurring flash sales.
2. Nokia 5.3
Nokia 5.3 is a well-built phone that’s powered by Snapdragon 665 octa-core chipset, runs stock-Android software, and houses 4000mAh battery. On the downside, the 6.55-inch IPS LCD display has just HD+ resolution and the 10W charging feels archaic in 2020.
There are four cameras on the rear with a 13MP sensor in the lead. The phone comes in Cyan, Sand, and Charcoal color options and will retail for a starting price of Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB RAM variant.
3. Moto G9
Moto G9 (review) is another affordable stock Android phone from 2020 that’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 paired with 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage. This one has a 48MP primary rear camera, a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with HD+ resolution, and a 5000mAh battery with 20W fast charging.
The Moto G9 starts at Rs. 11, 500 at launch and is an option worth considering for people who prioritize stock Android.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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 Best Pure Android Running Smartphones for 2020
As you might have noticed, phones with the best hardware aren’t running stock Android. Last year hasn’t been particularly good for stock Android, and the only compelling options that come to mind are Pixel 3a and Pixel 4a.
Here’s the list of affordable stock Android phones In India in 2020
|Product Name||Starting Price (Rs)|
|Motorola One Fusion+||INR 15,499|
|Nokia 5.3||INR 13,999|
|Moto G9||INR 10,499|
|Moto G8 Plus||INR 13,999|
|Xiaomi Mi A3||INR 11,999|
|Moto One Vision||INR 13,999|
|Nokia 8.1||INR 14,790|
|Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2||INR9,999|
|Infinix Note 5||INR 6,999|
|Nokia 7.1||INR 16,000|