The best cheap phones 2020: high-budget mobile phones in India


Buying a cheap smartphone below Rs 20,000 in India has never been so easy and yet so difficult. This is because there are a lot of options available in the market. Therefore, choosing the best smartphone below Rs 20,000 can become a daunting task if it is lost.

However, having that option is always a great thing. While Motorola really started the low-budget smartphone revolution in India, Xiaomi has carried that torch since it debuted in India. Now, rivals such as Vivo, Oppo, Realme and even Samsung are fighting Xiaomi, so we, as consumers, have many options.

the The best-selling brands in the country, including Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Samsung, have their strategy for this year aimed at launching as many economic phones as possible.

Here is a list of the best phones you can get below Rs 20,000 in India.

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Weight: 208g | Dimensions: 165.3 x 76.6 x 8.8 mm | YOU: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.67 inches | Resolution: 2400 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 730G | RAM: 6/8 GB | Storage: 64/128/256 GB | Battery: 4,500mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 2MP + 8MP + 2MP | Frontal camera: 20MP + 2MP

120Hz refresh rate display

64MP Sony IMX686 based camera

Powerful Snapdragon 730G chip

Value for money

Without telephoto lens

Poco X2 features a 6.67-inch Full HD + LCD (2400 x 1080 pixels) with a 120Hz refresh rate and support for HDR10 playback. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset with an eight-core CPU and Adreno 618 GPU. This is combined with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of UFS 2.1 storage.

It has a quad camera configuration consisting of a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra wide angle lens with a 120 degree field of view, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there is a 20MP main selfie camera and a 2MP depth secondary camera, housed inside the double hole drill cutout.

The X2 is equipped with a 4,500 mAh battery with support for a fast charging of 27 W ready to use. It starts at Rs 15,999 in India.

Read our review of Poco X2 to know more.

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Realme 5 Pro

The last boy on the block

Weight: 184g | Dimensions: 157 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm | YOU: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.3 inches | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 712 | RAM: 4/6 / 8GB | Storage: 64 / 128GB | Battery: 4,035mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Frontal camera: 16MP

Quad Camera Settings

Good design

Extensive memory and storage

Plastic body

Old version of Gorilla Glass

The Realme 5 Pro is the last child in black and really represents Realme's goal of confronting established smartphone manufacturers in India. With a mid-range Snapdragon chipset and a four-camera configuration in the economic segment, Realme 5 Pro could be your next smartphone.

If you want a smartphone that offers excellent value for money and if you do not want to use MIUI again (we have all been Xiaomi users at some time), it is worth considering the Realme 5 Pro.

Read the full review: Realme 5 Pro Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Weight: 200g | Dimensions: 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm | YOU: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.5 inches | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: MediaTek Helio G90T | RAM: 6 / 8GB | Storage: 64 / 128GB | Battery: 4500mAh | Rear camera: 64 + 8 + 2 + 2MP | Frontal camera: 20MP

Powerful to play

Awesome Quad Camera

Good performance

Alexa built-in

Ads in the user interface

The economic segment is the home of Xiaomi, and the Redmi Note 8 Pro is your best offer in this space. As has been the tradition, the Note 8 Pro gets excellent scores on aspects such as performance, camera and battery life.

It is powered by the new MediaTek Helio G90T chipset along with up to 8 GB of RAM, which makes it one of the best gaming phones in this segment. It is also one of the few that offers a quad camera, with a 64MP main camera, an ultra wide lens, a macro trigger and a depth sensor.

With 4,500 mAh, this is the largest battery ever seen on a Redmi Note device, and that is combined with an 18W fast charger in the box. The Note 8 Pro is one of the best SUVs you can get for the price.

Read our practices: Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro review

Little F1

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Little F1

Weight: 182g | Dimensions: 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm | YOU: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.18 inches | Resolution: 1080 x 2246 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Frontal camera: 20MP

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 128GB + …

Low price

Good camera


Without OIS

The Poco F1, the only release so far of Poco, the first sub-brand of Xiaomi, is a mid-range device full of functions. It is the cheapest Snapdragon 845 device in India and with the recent price cuts, it offers even more value for money. While the design of the device is something that the company has compromised, the Poco F1 is durable with a sturdy plastic construction.

If you prefer performance over appearance, Poco F1 is the device for you. It has a price starting at Rs 17,999 in India.

Read the full review: LITTLE F1 Review

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Redmi Note 8

Weight: 190g | Dimensions: 158.3 x 75.3 x 8.4 mm | YOU: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.3 inches | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 665 | RAM: 4 / 6GB | Storage: 64 / 128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Frontal camera: 13MP


Four camera setup

Large battery with fast charge


Xiaomi surprised everyone by putting a price on the Redmi Note 8 below Rs 10,000 for the base variant, making it one of the best value smartphones.

Developed by the Snapdragon 665, performance must be up to par. It brings the same quad camera configuration of the Note 8 Pro, with a 48MP main camera, an ultra-wide shutter, a dedicated macro camera and a depth sensor.

The 4,000 mAh battery with fast charge should be sufficient for most users.

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Samsung Galaxy M30s

Weight: 188g | YOU: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.4 inches Super AMOLED | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Exynos 9611 | RAM: 4 / 6GB | Storage: 64GB / 128GB | Battery: 6000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP | Frontal camera: 16MP

AMOLED vibrating screen

6,000mAh battery

Enhanced Cameras

Ample, fast storage

The camera module on the back looks out of place.

Samsung has become more or less relevant again in the highly competitive budget segment with the launch of the Galaxy M series earlier this year. The Galaxy M30s takes this forward with a renewed design and updated hardware.

The most important thing about the Galaxy M30s is its huge 6,000 mAh battery that should easily last an entire day of use. For some users, it should be possible to extend the battery life of the Galaxy M30s to two days of use.

Along with the vibrant Super AMOLED display, ample storage and a triple camera configuration on the back, Samsung could have another winner in the M30.

Samsung Galaxy M30s review

Oppo A9 2020

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Oppo A9 2020

Monitor: HD + 6.5 inch | YOU: Android 9.0 Pie | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC | RAM: 4GB / 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Frontal camera: 16MP | Battery: 5000mAh

Massive battery

Quad Camera Settings

Abundant memory and storage

ColorOS needs more optimizations

The Oppo A9 2020 is an updated version of the Oppo A9 released earlier this year. It offers a tight design with updated specifications and image capabilities.

The highlight of the Oppo A9 2020 is its quad camera configuration on the back. But beyond that, the A9 2020 also offers ample storage and a massive battery. If you are someone who is constantly on the move and you don't want to broadcast much content, the A9 2020 might be what you need. Ample storage allows you to store a large amount of content for offline consumption, and the large 5,000 mAh battery means it should last long enough.

Samsung Galaxy A50s

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Samsung Galaxy A50s

Monitor: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Full HD + notched panel (2340 x 1080 pixels) | YOU: Android 9 Pie with OneUI | Processor: Exynos 9611 | RAM: 4 GB / 6 GB of RAM | Storage: 128GB | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP | Frontal camera: 32MP | Battery: 4000mAh


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