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Best budget smartphones you can own in 2020 under 20,000

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Shivank Kasera
Published
1 year ago

Intro

Budget smartphones have always had a pool full of options and it has never been more difficult to choose a right device for ourselves as it is today. But we, PhonePups are going to eradicate this fuss for today and forever.

Before mentioning any smartphone in this guide, we have taken into account many aspects of a device like its Display quality, Bezels, day to day performance, Gaming efficiency, Battery capacity, Camera potential and much more…

So, if you are looking for a smartphone that can fit perfectly in your budget, look no further! Stick with us and also find out PhonePups’ favourite budget smartphone at the tail of this article.

1. Redmi K20

Redmi K20 is really a great choice under 25K. The former Flagship Killer is powered by Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 Processor having a clock speed of 2.2 GHz and Adreno 618 GPU with 6GB RAM, 64GB storage for the base variant and its battery capacity is 4000mAh that supports 18W fast charging (Quick charge 3.0) to quickly fuel you up in need.

Display

One of the most important aspect of any device is its screen. Well, cheers! The K20 has a notch-less 6.39 inch (16.23 cm) Horizon AMOLED display with FHD+ (2340x1080) resolution with rounded corners which offers seamless viewing experience, it also supports HDR plus a Multi colour always-on display along with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection for its front and back as added protection.  

Camera

The Redmi K20 is packed with 48MP Sony IMX582 ½ inch sensor + 8MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom + 13MP super wide-angle lens. A triple camera module which enables the device for up to 10x digital zoom with a photo resolution up to 8000x6000 pixels so you’re always good to go for capturing your most valued moments with details. For selfies, it features a 20MP pop-up camera with drop protection + Red/Blue LED when the camera pops up.

Pricing

The Redmi K20 Starts at Rs. 19,999 for the base variant (6GB + 64GB) and goes all up to Rs. 22,999 for the top variant (6GB + 128GB).

Pros

  1. Build quality feels premium.
  2. Great screen even in the dimmed brightness
  3. Battery life is comparatively good even with the always on display.

Cons

  1. Low lighting portrait mode is useless.
  2. No IR Blaster

 

2. REALME XT

Realme XT definitely deserves its sweet spot in our budget smartphone guide, powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 AIE processor clocked at 2.2GHz + Adreno 616 GPU with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage in its base variant, overall, Realme XT is a capable piece of hardware to live with.

XT is also packed with 3765mAh battery that supports 20W fast charging (VOOC charging power) out of the box.

Display

It comes with a 6.4 inch (16.2 cm) dew-drop Super AMOLED display made by Samsung featuring FHD+ (2340x1080) resolution with perfectly rounded corners which makes it physically more alluring.

Camera

The Realme XT features a 64MP AI Quad Camera with Samsung GW1 sensor which can take photos up to the resolution of (9216x6912) px for ultra detailed photos + 8MP wide angle lens which supports super night scape + 2MP portrait lens + 2MP Macro lens. For selfies, it has Sony 16MP front snapper which is more than satisfying setup for casual smartphone photography in well-lit conditions.

Pricing

The Realme XT Starts at Rs. 15,999 for the base variant (4GB + 64GB), Rs. 16,999 for (6GB + 64GB) variant and Rs. 18,999 for top (8GB + 128GB) variant.

Pros

  1. Finger print sensor is very quick.
  2. Great battery life.
  3. Seamless gaming experience.

Cons

  1. Camera could have been better.

 

3. POCO X2

The recently launched POCO X2 is a real deal here. Boasting a powerful Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor clocked at 2.2GHz + Adreno 618 GPU specially optimized for gaming provides elite gaming and sophisticated AI experience. (in any case you wonder what this G stands for? Its G for Gaming!)

The main highlight of the POCO X2 is its liquid cooling technology for uninterrupted gaming experience and the Side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

POCO offers 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage for the base variant. Its battery capacity is 4500mAh with 27W Fast charging.

Display

It packs a stunning 6.67 inch (16.94 cm) FHD+ (2400x1080) resolution in-cell RD Display + HDR 10 which is definitely quite pleasing in this price range.

Camera

It houses 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor for amazingly vivid photos + 8MP Ultra wide lens + 2MP portrait sensor + 2MP Macro sensor. For selfies, it features 20MP + 2MP front camera for great and detailed selfies.

Pricing

The POCO X2 Starts at Rs. 15,999 for the base variant (6GB + 64GB), Rs. 16,999 for (6GB + 128GB) variant and Rs. 19,999 for (8GB + 265GB) variant.

Pros

  1. Great battery life.

Cons

  1. Due to the plastic side frame, its build quality feels cheap.
  2. Its big notch doesn’t stand out in any way and can be a bit annoying sometimes.

 

4. REDMI Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note series has always been a bang for the buck. Note 8 pro was no exception it has had the prestigious crown of being the no. 1 Smartphone in the budget section. Even today, Note 8 pro holds a good ground with its Octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T gaming processor clocked at 2.05GHz + Arm Mali G76 MC4 800MHz GPU that efficiently delivers an immersive gaming experience.

It offers 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage for the base variant which is expandable up to 512GB with a dedicated Micro SD Slot which is a cherry on the top itself. Redmi note 8’s battery capacity is 4500mAh with 18W Fast charging support.

Display

It comes with a 6.53 inch (16.58 cm) FHD+ (2340x1080) resolution Dot Notch HDR Display.

Camera

it has 64MP Ultra High resolution (up to 9248x6936) Primary sensor with 10x digital zoom + 8MP ultra-wide angle lens + 2MP Macro lens + a dedicated depth sensor for portrait shots. For selfies, it has 20MP front snapper.

Pricing

The Redmi Note 8 Pro Starts at Rs. 14,999 for the base variant (6GB + 64GB), Rs. 15,999 for (6GB + 128GB) variant and Rs. 17,999 for (8GB + 128GB) variant.

Pros

  1. Excellent Battery life.

Cons

  1. Mediocre camera quality
  2. Bad ultra-wide camera in low lighting conditions.
  3. Annoying ads throughout the system.

 

5. SAMSUNG Galaxy A51

If you can stretch your budget a little more, then there’s a great option waiting for you it’s the Samsung Galaxy A51. The newly launched smartphone comes equipped with an advanced Octa-core Exynos 9611 processor with a clock speed of 2.3GHz with 6GB RAM, 128 Storage expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD. A51’s battery capacity is 4000mAh and comes with 15W Fast Charging.

Display

We all know how beautiful Samsung’s screens are, so as expected it has a gorgeous 6.5 inch (16.40 cm) FHD+ infinity-O super AMOLED punch-hole display which blends itself perfectly with the side curves just like the other Samsung devices. The screen has a resolution of 2400x1080 pixels which delivers an amazing viewing experience.

Camera

If you are looking for a camera centric phone, look to further as It packs a 48MP Primary camera for crisp and clear images at day and at night + 12MP Ultra-wide camera + 5MP Depth sensor + 5MP Macro sensor. For selfies, it has 32MP front snapper for flawless selfies. Overall, this device will definitely please you with its camera capabilities if you are obsessed with selfies or like to do some occasional photography.

Pricing

The Samsung Galaxy A51 is priced at Rs. 23,999 (6GB + 128GB)

Pros

  1. Super beautiful Infinity-O display with the smallest punch-hole to ever exist in any smartphone.
  2. Amazing camera experience.

Cons

  1. Exaggerated Pricing. Samsung could have easily outperformed in the budget smartphone segment but the pricing isn’t anywhere close to budget.

 

Our Choice

The first one in our list. Redmi K20 is our budget smartphone choice. It’s a  beautiful blend of beauty and the beast, Its stunning performance and premium build quality with its astonishingly pleasing design and notchless display makes this smartphone a perfect value for money in every sense.

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