OnePlus 2 was the first phone to feature reversible USB Type-C port. Three years later, the transition to the Type-C port is near complete, especially for mid-range and premium phones. However, you’d still be hard-pressed to come across a Type-C affordable phone. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
This is one area where manufacturers don’t mind holding back, perhaps because not many consumers mind connector types on their phones and it makes more sense for OEMs to focus on other features that will have a bigger impact.
Well, it’s about time that changes and USB Type-C ports gain some traction. The regular micro USB port is still acceptable but it does feel dated on modern smartphones. Also, most cool smartphone accessories these days like wireless headphones, power banks, etc. come with a Type-C charging port.
In case Type-C port is something that you value and don’t want to miss out on, here is a list of phones that include the reversible connector for under Rs. 20,000.
What are the advantages of Type-C port on smartphones?
Not many actually. Most USB Type-C ports on phones are still based on USB 2.0 (even on expensive high-end phones), and not USB 3.1. So, the data transfer and charging speeds are analogous to usual micro USB 2.0 based regular Type-B ports.
The Type-C port, however, entails the benefit of being reversible. It’s simply more convenient to plug-in as you don’t have to scramble to see which side goes up and which one goes down. Since you have to plug a chord in your phone on a regular basis, this does make a difference.
Also, if you already have a USB Type-C accessory, for instance, wireless earbuds or wireless headphones that charge over a Type-C port, life will be simpler if you have a Type-C port on your phone as well since then you will also have to lug just one charger.
The main advantages of the USB Type-C port will start showing up when the ports are based on USB 3.1 (like on Pixel phones). Type-C is the only micro USB standard that’s compatible with USB 3.1, which should result in significantly improved data transfer and charging speeds. Type-C port can also be used to add two way charging to phones.
USB Type-C port on laptops, on the other hand, are put to multiple uses. The single port can replace VGA cable, HDMI port, display port and also supports Thunderbolt standard.
List of phones with USB Type-C port under Rs 20,000
Realme 7 Pro
Realme 7 Pro (Review) has a USB Type-C port with 65W fast charging and the Realme 7 (review) gets a USB Type-C port with 30W fast charging. Both of these phones have competent hardware and above-average camera systems compared to other available options in the segment.
For a very reasonable price, the Realme 7 Pro offers an AMOLED display, an in-display sensor, a 64MP rear camera, and the powerful Snapdragon 720G chipset. That’s a lot to look forward to in the affordable segment.
Other Realme Phones with USB Type-C port under INR 20,0000
Redmi Note 9-Series
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9 Pro also establishes the USB Type-C port as the norm for hip affordable phones.
There are a total of three phones in the series – Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Redmi Note 9 Prime – and all three have USB Type-C port with fast charging support.
The three phones cover a wide price gamut and include powerful performance hardware.
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max price and specifications
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro price and specifications
Poco X3 and Poco M2 Pro
Poco X3 is powered by Snapdragon 732G and houses a 6000mAh. It has competent cameras and runs a less ad-prone version of MIUI.
The Poco X3 is also quite thick and heavy, and if you are looking for something more ergonomic, the Poco M2 Pro is an option worth considering. This one looks quite attractive and has powerful performance hardware.
Samsung Galaxy M-Series
Almost all Samsung Galaxy M-series phones, save for Galaxy M10, have a USB Type-C port. The series is meant for Millenials and the latest addition in the lineup, the Galaxy M40, has a punch-hole display, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 and runs Samsung’s One UI interface. This one, however, doesn’t have an audio jack.
- Samsung Galaxy M40 lowest price and specifications
- Samsung Galaxy M30 lowest price and specifications
- Samsung Galaxy M20 lowest price and specifications
Samsung Galaxy A-Series
All Samsung Galaxy A-series phones launched in India this year have USB Type-C port, fast charging, and One UI software. While the Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A80 are pricier, the Galaxy A50 (review), Galaxy A30 (Review), and Galaxy A20 (Review) are relevant options for under Rs. 20,000.
All Galaxy A-series phones have glass finish body and AMOLED displays, and consequently, look and feel more premium than most Galaxy M-series phones. The Galaxy M40, of course, finds the middle ground.
- Galaxy A50 lowest price and specifications
- Galaxy A30 lowest price and specifications
- Galaxy A20 lowest price and specifications
Nokia 6.1 Plus
Nokia 6.1 Plus was globally launched as Nokia X6, popular as the first notch-display phone from Nokia. In India, the Nokia 6.1 Plus will feature a compact design, Snapdragon 636 octa-core chipset, and 64GB of expandable storage.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus will also run stock Android 8.1 software and is a good contender for Android P upgrade. Other features include dual rear cameras, 3060mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0, fingerprint sensor, and a 16MP selfie camera
10 Best Phones with USB Type-C port available under 20,000 INR
USB Type-C port is now very common for phones priced under Rs. 20,000. Even phones in Micromax In series and a few Redmi options offer the Type-C port for phones under INR 10,000 as well. We will update this list with more USB Type-C phones as soon as they surface.