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
1. Realme X
Realme X (Review) has both – a USB Type-C port and VOOC 3.0 fast charging. With the bundled fast charger, you can fill the 3765mAh battery on the phone in less than one hour.
For a very reasonable price, the Realme X offers AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, an in-display sensor, 48MP rear camera, and the powerful Snapdragon 710 chipset. That’s a lot to look forward to in the affordable segment.
- Appealing Design
- AMOLED screen
- Excellent performance
- VOOC 3.0 fast charging
- No MicroSD card slot
- Color OS
2. 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.
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3. 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.
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4. Redmi Note 7-Series
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro also establishes the USB Type-C port as the norm for hip affordable phones in 2019.
There are a total of three phones in the series – Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review), Redmi Note 7S and Redmi Note 7 – and all three have USB Type-C port with fast charging support. Xiaomi doesn’t bundle a fast charger in the box, though.
The three phones offer similar design and software but differ in terms of chipset used and camera hardware.
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5. Xiaomi Mi A2
Just like the Mi A1, the second-generation Android One phone from Xiaomi, the Mi A2 (Review), also has a USB Type-C port. The battery capacity is rather mediocre, but in India, the Mi A2 supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0.
Other than that, the Mi A2 has a capable set of cameras and is powered by the powerful Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset. After the recent update, the Mi A2 now runs the latest Android 9.0 Pie.
- Good display
- Faster chipset
- Decent cameras
- No 3.5mm audio jack
- No microSD card slot
- No 2X optical zoom
6. Honor Play
The Honor Play (quick review) is one of the most aggressively priced Honor phones available in India. With Honor Play, Huawei offers its flagship Kirin 970 chipset for under Rs. 20,000. The base variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
The Honor Play comes with dual rear cameras, GPU Turbo for enhanced gaming, has a massive 3750mAh battery and a USB Type-C port for fast charging.
- Solid performer
- Good quality display
- Battery backup
- Average camera performance
7. 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
- Compact size
- Powerful chipset
- Decent battery backup
- Low light camera performance
8. Nokia 5.1 Plus
Nokia is the brand that first started delivering USB Type-C ports on affordable phones. In Fact, at the time of writing, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is the only phone on this list that costs less than 10,000.
Apart from flaunting a premium design, the 5.1 Plus is powered by MediaTek’s Helio P60 octa-core chipset (which is again a good deal for the price), has a 5.86-inch display and 3060mAh battery.
- Looks good
- Powerful chipset
- Stock Android software
- Mediocre battery
- Mediocre display quality
10 Best Phones with USB Type-C port available under 20,000 INR
These are some of the best available options under 20K with USB Type-C ports. There are a few other options like Mi A1 and Billion Capture Plus that didn’t make the cut because they are no longer viable options to purchase. We will update this list with more USB Type-C phones as soon as they surface.