Top 5 Mid-range Android Smartphones (less than Rs 20K)

Copyright Kunal Nayak

Copyright Kunal Nayak

Note:
The following list is made of personal opinions and research at the time of upload. The info might vary as time moves on and the links may change too. This review is for those who cannot afford fancy phones and do not care about technical features as much as the Flagship owners do. If you use your phone for music, light gaming, awkward selfies, shabby assignment/homework pics and casual browsing (Facebook, Youtube etc.) then this list is for you. Enjoy! Also, 
Currency in Rupees…

How many of you can’t afford a Flagship Rs 30k or 40k Smartphone from Samsung or LG or such?

I can feel three-fourths of you raising your hands. The rest all must be rich or desperate, because my personal opinion is that anything above 20k for a phone is too much. BUT GUESS WHAT? Of course there is a shortage of a good budget smartphone  at the price range of 20k! Or is there?

The smartphones listed below are all stuffed with maximum features and I have done my best to capture only those that a simple middle-classer like me can afford. Maximum budget is Rs 20,000 (if I have not mentioned it enough times :D).

But before we begin, please note that the following typical smartphones have NOT been included: Moto G, Nokia/Microsoft Lumia series of phones, Blackberry etc. I want to list some phones that are not popular to the masses much or those which people won’t normally consider, but should. So here goes the list, starting with…:

Number 5) Xiaomi Mi4i

 

This phone is uprooting all kinds of trees and creating all kinds of storms in the Smartphone Market. It is cheap, easily available, built with high quality and is packed with all kinds of features!

Basic Specs: 5.0″ IPS FHD (1080 p) Corning Gorilla Glass protected Touchscreen with 441 ppi pixel density, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, 2GB RAM, 16GB Non-expandable Inbuilt Memory, 13MP back and 5MP front cameras, 3120mAH non-removable Battery and Android Lollipop (MIUI v6)

Detailed Specs: GSM Arena

Cost: Rs. 12,999 (BUY : Flipkart)

Pros:

1) Beautiful Design, superior build quality, slim and feather-light.
2) Huge Battery of 3120mAH which is more than enough for a whole day (and then some).
3) Camera is good for average usage (like pics of assignments and homework etc but for scenery of DSLR quality? NAH…)
4) Sound Quality is not bad. Its clear enough for daily, normal usage.
5) 2GB RAM and latest mid-range Snapdragon processor is perfect for light gamers and medium heavy taskers.

Cons:

1) Some have reported heating issues with the device, when used extensively.
2) MIUI v6.0. Some people like it, some people like the stock android feel. I personally prefer stock android UI. Also, no app drawer.

Number 4) HTC Desire 816G (Dual Sim, 16GB)

I don’t usually prefer HTC phones for reasons unknown even to me but this particular phone seems the best choice for the HTC lovers and people who don’t have lots of money! You should definitely look at this one, if you want a phone whose priority is sound and specs!

Basic Specs: 5.5″ IPS HD (720 p) Touchscreen with 267 ppi pixel density, 1.7GHz Octa-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB Inbuilt Memory (expandable up to 32GB), 13MP back and 5MP front cameras, 2600mAH non-removable Battery, Dual Sim and Android Lollipop

Detailed Specs: HTC website

Cost: Rs. 19,500 (BUY : Amazon)  //Yes,  a bit costly, but the brand is well-known and the speaker are good so…//

Pros:

1) Beautiful Design, superior build quality, slim and feather-light.
2) Camera is good .
3) Superior front-facing speakers.
4) Very good processor and performance.
5) Price of below 20k for an HTC phone.

Cons:

1) 1GB RAM is not enough, sometimes.
2) The 720p screen, though good, is not that great for modern times. It needs a 1080p screen.

Number 3) Asus Zenphone 2 (4GB RAM)

Asus Zenphone 2 is downright fast. There is no other word that defines this monster! Nearly everyone who uses Flipkart and follows any kind of tech channel on Youtube must be knowing this device. But if you don’t, you should definitely give this one a look.

Basic Specs: 5.5″ IPS FHD (10800 p) Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protected Touchscreen with 403 ppi pixel density, Intel Atom 2.3GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB Inbuilt Memory (expandable up to 32GB), 13MP back and 5MP front cameras, 3000mAH non-removable Battery, Dual Sim and Android Lollipop

Detailed Specs: GSM Arena

Cost: Rs. 19,999 (BUY : Flipkart)

Pros:

1) Super fast. Whopping 4GB RAM is enough to do anything that can be done on an Android phone!
2) Good Battery.
3) Screen clarity is superb.
4) Very good processor and performance.

Cons:

1) Heats up a lot. Future update to remove this problem is expected, though.
2) The power button is on top and the screen is too large so it is difficult to reach it.

Number 2) Oneplus One (16GB)

If you haven’t heard about this phone, I feel sorry for you. It is called the Flagship Killer because of its high specs and cheap price and it lives up to the hype and expectations. Number 2 only because of the special phone I have placed on Number 1. It, I feel, ties with the Number 1 option.

Basic Specs: 5.5″ IPS FHD (10800 p) Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protected Touchscreen with 401 ppi pixel density, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB Inbuilt Memory (non-expandable), 13MP back and 5MP front cameras, 3100mAH non-removable Battery and Android Lollipop (CyanogenMod 12)

Detailed Specs: GSM Arena

Cost: Rs. 18,998 (BUY : Amazon)   //64GB model available, but it costs more than 20k//

Pros:

1) Super fast. Whopping 3GB RAM is enough to do anything!
2) Good Battery.
3) Screen clarity is superb.
4) Very good processor and performance.
5) CyanogenMod is awesome
6) Superb build quality.

Cons:

1) Heats up a lot. Like, a lot. Even after a year of updates!
2) Production fluctuates. Availability is low (even after the removal of update system).

Number 1) Huawei Honor 6

Huawei is a good company, and the Honor series is one of the best of them. I placed this on number 1 spot instead of Oneplus One(OPO) because this device is largely unheard while OPO is becoming too common. It is tying with OPO however since I have used Huawei Honor 6 personally (my dad has it), I know that I love this phone more. However it is a personal opinion.

Basic Specs: 5.0″ IPS FHD (1080 p) Touchscreen with 445 ppi pixel density, Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB Inbuilt Memory (expandable upto 64GB), 13MP back and 5MP front cameras, 3100mAH non-removable Battery and Android Kitkat (Emotion UI)

Detailed Specs: GSM Arena

Cost: Rs. 16,999 (BUY : Flipkart)

Pros:

1) Super fast. Whopping 3GB RAM is enough to do anything!
2) Good Battery.
3) Screen clarity is superb.
4) Very good processor and performance.
5) Cheaper than OPO, but similar features.
6) Superb build quality.

Cons:

1) Screen protection is poor.
2) Placement of speakers on the bottom is poor. Hence, songs can’t be heard when you keep the phone down.
3) Emotion UI is a custom skin (just like MIUI) and some people prefer stock android.

If you have any other opinions, please write them down in the comment below. This is my list, so all the choices are calculated and researched by me to the best of my knowledge. They may change from time to time so please take that down in your little Criticism notebook! 😛

Also, note that the prices, images, names all are reserved by the appropriate companies and I am just borrowing them using Google. Copyright lies with them, and them alone.

Most of the images found here are taken directly from Google unless told otherwise.

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