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.
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 add features that will have a bigger impact.
Well, its 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. In case Type-C port is something that excites you, here is a list of phones that include the new connector.
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.
The main advantages of 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. Xiaomi Mi A2
Just like the Mi A1, the second generation Android One phone from Xiaomi, the Mi A2 (First Impression), 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. Of course, the phone runs pure Android 8.1 Oreo and will also be upgraded to Android P very soon.
- Good display
- Faster chipset
- Decent cameras
- No 3.5mm audio jack
- No microSD card slot
- No 2X optical zoom
2. 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
3. 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
4. Nokia 6.1
Nokia 6.1, which was earlier launched as Nokia 6 (2018) is an extremely tough Aluminum body phone that includes a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.
Like all other Nokia branded phones, the 6.1 also runs stock Android software (8.1 Oreo). The handset offers Zeiss optics for the rear camera, is powered by Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor, has a regular 5.5-inch Full HD display, and packs a 3000mAh battery.
- Excellent build quality
- Clean software
- Decent battery life
- Average camera performance
- Dated 16:9 display
5. Honor P20 Lite
Huawei now has multiple options available under 20K including the Nova 3i and Honor 9N, but most of these include a regular micro USB USB ports. The P20 lite and Honor Play are two exceptions of course.
The Honor P20 Lite has a 5.85-inch 19:9 LTPS LCD display, a 16MP rear camera, a 24MP selfie camera and a decent 3000mAh battery. We can’t still recommend it over Nova 3i or Honor Play that sells for nearly the same price because of the relatively feeble Kirin 659 chipset onboard.
- Looks good
- Good display
- Android 8.1 Oreo-based software
- Feeble chipset
6. Moto G6 Plus and Moto G6
The 6th-generation Lenovo Moto phones also have USB Type-C port. The Moto G6 is one of the rare few options under Rs. 15,000 to include a USB Type-C port.
Of course, the Moto G6 Plus is the better of the two. It includes a 5.9-inch Full HD+ display, dual rear cameras, octa-core Snapdragon 630 chipset, quality rear and front cameras and light near-stock Android software.
Moto G6 Plus Pros and Cons:
- Camera performance
- Elegant design
- Light software
- No Notification LED
- Mediocre battery backup
7. Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)/ Galaxy A7 (2017)
Samsung’s latest A-series phones, the Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6 Plus, both have regular micro USB charging ports. The last year A-series models, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7, however, are now selling for under 20K and include the Type-C charging port with fast charging support.
Both of these phones have AMOLED panels and premium glass bodies. Though the dated chipset and average camera performance place them at a disadvantage compared to other modern smartphones, basic users looking for a renowned brand may still consider them.
- Samsung Galaxy A5 lowest price and full specifications
- Samsung Galaxy A7 lowest price and full specifications
- Premium design
- AMOLED display
- Dedicated microSD card slot
- Mediocre camera
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.