Gone are the days when you had to shell out a hefty amount of money to get a great smartphone. While it’s true that flagship devices are still the best in terms of specs and overall experience, mid-range handsets today are getting increasingly better and offer incredible value for money.
Thanks to the fierce competition in the segment, there are a lot of compelling options out there for those who don’t want to spend a lot.
Want to know more? Here are some of the best smartphones between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000.
Note: The entries in this list aren’t sorted in any particular order.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 | Rs 15,999
If you have a thing for phablets, look no further than Xiaomi’s Mi Max 2. Priced at Rs 15,999, the Mi Max 2 has a huge 6.44-inch FullHD IPS LCD panel. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, the smartphone comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s a 12MP rear camera (capable of recording 4K video), as well as a 5MP selfie-snapper. Running Android Nougat (with upgrade path to Oreo) spruced up with Xiaomi’s MIUI interface, the Mi Max 2 comes with a sizable 5,300mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 tech.
Moto X4 | Rs 18,999
The Moto X4 is definitely among the best-looking smartphones that you can get under Rs 20K. Sporting a gorgeous all-glass body with a metallic frame, the X4 has a 5.2-inch FullHD IPS LCD panel in the front. Delivering processing chops to the handset is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 silicon, paired with 3GB of RAM. There’s also 32GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256GB in size. Running Android Oreo (although the smartphone comes with Nougat out-of-the-box), Moto X4 has a dual-camera setup at the back, comprised of a 12MP (f/2.0) module and an 8MP (f/2.2) module. A 16MP front-facing shooter takes care of selfie duties. The whole package is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with fast-charging support.
Nokia 6 | Rs 16,999
It maybe backed by HMD Global now, but the beloved Nokia brand still has (and will always have) its loyalists. If you want a mid-range smartphone that offers rock-solid build quality, Nokia 6 is what you should take a look at. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, which might not be screaming-fast, but is still enough for day-to-day tasks. It’s paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s a 16MP camera with two-tone dual-LED flash on the back, and an 8MP unit on the front. Running near-stock Android Nougat (out-of-the-box), Nokia 6 has already received Oreo and is scheduled to get the Android P update in the future as well. A 3,000mAh battery keeps the smartphone running.
Honor 9i | Rs 17,999
Huawei-backed Honor has been on a roll lately, launching feature-packed smartphones left and right. The Honor 9i comes with an all-metal chassis, and has an expansive 5.9-inch FullHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio gracing its facade. It’s powered by Huawei’s homegrown HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC, in addition to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The Honor 9i has a dual-camera setup not just on the back (16MP + 2MP), but also on the front (13MP + 2MP). Running Android Nougat (with planned upgrade to Oreo) with Huawei’s EMUI interface, the 9i is backed by a 3,340mAh battery.
Apple iPhone SE (32GB) | Rs 19,999
Apple’s iPhones aren’t exactly known for being affordable, which is one of the many reasons why those who want budget smartphones even consider them. But if you’ve always wanted to get a taste of iOS, this might be your chance. It might be not be the best thing in the world in comparison to Apple’s current line-up, but the iPhone SE is still a very capable smartphone that’s going to serve you pretty well for the next few years. It’s powered by Apple’s A9 chip, helped by 2GB of RAM. There’s also 32GB of internal storage, but like all iPhones, there’s no memory expansion. The iPhone SE comes with a 12MP rear camera that can capture 4K video, and has a 1.2MP selfie-shooter as well. It is backed by a 1,624mAh battery. Running iOS 9 out-of-the-box, Apple iPhone SE has received the latest (as of now) iOS 11.2.5 update and will continue to be supported for the next few years.