2014 saw the explosion of the mobile market with the coming of major brands like Xiaomi, OnePlus and the expansion of already existing brands like Micromax and Gionee onto the scene. Mobile users have never had it better and selecting a phone in the mid-range segment is an extremely difficult decision to make these days.
With competition only growing with each passing day, here is our list of the best phones available under Rs. 20000 that are available in 2016 for India.
Xiaomi Mi4 (Rs.19,999)
Xiaomi has been a legend in China and its foray into India has been nothing short of spectacular. It created waves with the Mi3 and now has stunned one and all with its latest offering – the Mi4. It has the best in terms of specs and is extremely powerful with a Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB RAM. Speed without a doubt is the backbone of this beast.
Performance aside, the Mi4 also has a gorgeous 5-inch full HD display and the camera takes the cake. It comes with the IMX 214 CMOS sensor from Sony and can even record 4K videos. The front camera is 8MP, making it great for taking selfies and the phone comes with a decent battery life as well.
With a simple design, this is a great phone which offers much more than what much more expensive competitors do at an exorbitant price.
Samsung Galaxy S4 (Rs.17,999)
The flagship from Samsung is easily one of the best and most efficient phones available in this price bracket today. With a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, this phone is quite adequate in terms of power and performance.
The screen too is a great 5-inch AMOLED touchscreen, which has a beautiful resolution. The phone also has pretty good battery life and as always the Samsung service guarantee sets it apart from competitors. To round off, the phone comes with a 13 MP camera which has auto focus as well as 2MP front facing camera. All in all, this is the best the manufacturer offers in this category.
Huawei Honor 6 (Rs.17,999)
Not particularly renowned in the smartphone market, Huawei is set to change all of that with the Honor 6. A 1.7 GHz octa-core processor and a 3GB RAM makes the performance of the Honor 6 amazingly quick and lags are a thing of the past on this phone.
The Honor 6 also has a Full HD 5-inch screen which delivers great display. The camera too is a fairly good 13MP at the back and a 5MP one at the front. A 3100 mAh battery means great battery life and this phone is perfect for those who are looking for multitasking or even gaming as it offers great value for money.
Lenovo Vibe X2 (Rs.19,999)
Lenovo has always been a brand known for its innovation and the Vibe X2 takes this even one step further. The phone comes with a unique design of ‘layers’ which in reality are covers or cases. Firstly, there is a battery layer, which functions exactly like a power bank. Another of these layers is one that has built in JBL speakers and can also act like a stand helping users watch movies in a perfect position.
The Vibe X2 has a powerful and superfast Octa-Core processor and at its price is an amazing buy for the performance, design as well as concept.
HTC Desire 816G (Rs.18,999)
One of the biggest players in this segment, the Desire 816G from HTC is a step by the giant to reclaim its place in the market. A follow up to the 816, this comes with an octa-core processor as well as a 1GB of RAM, which gives it superior performance.
The phone is lit up by a 5.5-inch HD display screen and the camera too is great with 13MP at the rear and a 5MP up front. The battery is pretty good as well and overall this phone is great for those looking for a beautiful design, a good set of features as well as trusted name in the mid-range smartphone segment.
Samsung Galaxy E5 (Rs.18,599)
If there is one company that needs a re-launch in India, it is Samsung. The slew of incoming brands has hit the phone maker quite hard and it is trying to change this with the E and A series of its phones.
The Galaxy E5 comes with some amazing specs including a Super AMOLED display as well as a 5MP front camera. The design in true Samsung style is good and simple and the quad-core processor with 1.5 GB RAM ensuring smooth performance. The battery life too is pretty decent and this is the best phone to go for those looking for daily use as well as excellent after sales service.
Sony Xperia C3 Dual (Rs.18,880)
A phone which keeps its focus on selfies, the Sony Xperia C3, is sure to be a winner among the youngsters today. It has a 5MP front facing camera with an LED flash and this makes selfie taking great fun.
A quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB RAM makes sure that the phone offers good performance. The battery life of this phone is decent as well. Sony has always been popular for its great design and overall experience and the Xperia C3 is no less and at the sub-Rs.20000 price, this is easily the best phone that Sony has to offer.
Xolo Play 8X-1200 (Rs.17,111)
One of the brands that have seen plenty of growth over the last year is the Xolo and the Play 8X-1200 is just another step in the right direction. One of the few octa-core processors available in the market, it has 2GB RAM, which makes it a monster in terms of performance.
A 5-inch full HD screen adds to the beauty of the phone and the LED flash in the front camera is a great addition for selfie lovers. More importantly, the phone delivers a fantastic gaming experience with zero lag. The Mali 450 GPU renders graphics amazingly well and this phone is great value for money and a hit among gamers.
Gionee Elife S5.5 (Rs.19990)
The first thing that hits you when you look at the Elife S5.5 is just how slim the phone is. Tagged as one of the slimmest phones in the world, it has some amazing performance and specifications all packed into one tiny frame.
The phone has a 1.7 GHz Octa-core processor that is amazingly fast and the Super AMOLED 5-inch screen with full HD display makes this great for viewing videos, images or any sort of media. The front and rear cameras both are fairly good and the Amigo UI too has been customised specially for the phone. Like the phone itself, the UI too looks gorgeous.
While Gionee might not be a brand much heard of, the Elife S5.5 is definitely a winner and the quality matches that of international brands and offers great value for money as well.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra (Rs.18,499)
First things first. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a whopping 6.4-inches in size. With its full HD screen, this is amazing and a godsend for those who love viewing media on their phones or like high end games.
With a quad-core processor as well as 2GB RAM, performance of the Xperia Z is amazing and the 8MP camera is also decent. Another winner from Sony, the Ultra is for those who wants an ‘Ultra’ experience.
All in all, customers really never have had it better. With specs like these, one would usually had to dish out anything between Rs.30K and Rs.50K in the past but now it’s available at a much lower cost. Amazing value for money as well as unparalleled performance is common to all these phones.
So what are you waiting for? Go online and buy one now. It’s the best time to get a new phone. And at the prices that they are being sold, you might as well end up buying more than one. And if you have more budge, try these phones between 25k-30k and also have a look at phones under 10,000 Rupees!