Top Smartphones Under Rs 20,000 (July, 2016)

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Think you deserve phones that are better than those under Rs 10,000? Well, here are the options if you are shelling out up to 20k. As regular readers would already know that I don’t believe in stupid specs comparison. The product recommendations are based on aspects such as the design, build quality, finesse, and after-sales support. Also, I don’t entertain certain phones that require a consumer beg for an invite.

Apple iPhone 5S
Price: Rs 20,000 (

Here’s the phone that was priced at Rs 53,500 on the launch day. After several price cuts, now the iPhone 5S available for Rs 20,000, and it is totallt worth it. The phone comes with a 4-inch IPS LCD with 640 x 1136 pixels. It is powered by a Dual-core 1.3 GHz Apple A7 chipset. In the photography department, you get an 8 megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash. The phone ships with iOS 7, which is upgradable to iOS 9.2.


OnePlus X

Price: Rs 15,000
If you are looking for pure power, the One Plus X is the best handset in this price range. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 chip. It has 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. In terms of design, it is the finest handset OnePlus has ever produced. Another high-point is the 5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen., which is a huge improvement over the washed-out LCD panels OnePlus has been using so far. In the camera department, you get a 13 megapixel rear camera. For stupid selfies, there’s an 8 mepapixel snapper. Other specs include 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, A-GPS, and 2525 mAh battery.

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Samsung Galaxy A5

Price: Rs 17,800 (;;
After getting panned for its cheap plastic phones, Samsung has moved on to metal. The Galaxy A5 is a sturdy unibody phone with not-so-new design. Its 5-inch Super AMOLED screen has HD resolution. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 chipset with 2 GB RAM. In the photography department, you get a 13 megapixel camera and a 5 megapixel front-facing snapper for video calling. The Galaxy A5 offers Android 4.4 out-of-the-box. However, due to Samsung’s TouchWiz skin, you are unlikely to notice that. Not that 4G LTE makes much of a difference in India, but the phone has got you covered.


Chandrakant 'CK' Isi

Technology editor, movie buff, and wannabe space explorer.