Top 10 Budget Smartphones in India for 2020

It is no surprise that a smartphone these days has become the fourth basic necessity of life after food, shelter, and clothing. People change their phones like changing their clothes. This can be because of the rapidly changing technology and the availability of cheap phones in the market. A budget smartphone today can easily take on any flagship expensive phone.

Gone are the days when budget phones used to come with just the basic features and were only manufactured to serve the needs of the poor. With all the high-end features in one budget phone, it has become easy for people to adopt the frequently changing technology. Also, with some amazing coupons and offers on brands like Samsung, Lenovo, etc, you can easily buy the best smartphone without putting a hole in your wallet.

Top 10 Budget Smartphones 2020

A smartphone under Rs. 20,000 can give the high-enders a run for their money. But, with the stiff competition prevailing in the market, you must be in a dilemma about which budget smartphone to buy?  Don’t worry! Below list of top 10 budget smartphones will surely help you in making a wise decision.

  • Realme 5 Pro

Realme with the launch of its latest Realme 5 Pro has maintained its promise to take on the established smartphone brands. With a quad-camera setup and Snapdragon 712, it is the go-to budget smartphone with remarkable features.

Key features

  • 4,035 mAh battery with VOOC charging
  • Android 9.0 Pie OS
  • Rear Camera- 48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP; Front camera- 16MP


The 4+64GB variant is priced at Rs. 13,999, 6+64GB variant is priced at Rs. 14,999 and 8+128GB variant is for Rs. 16,999.

  • POCO X2

POCO X2 is synonymous with the term ‘budget smartphone’. Currently the best in the market, there’s hardly any competition to it. You can enjoy all the features of a flagship phone with POCO X2 at the same time stick to your budget.

Key features

  • 4500 mAh battery
  • Snapdragon 730G with Octa-core processor
  • Rear camera- 64Mp+2MP+8MP+2MP; Front camera -20 MP+2MP


The phone is priced at Rs. 15,999.

  • Redmi K20

Redmi K20 is hands down the best smartphone launched by Xiaomi so far. With a triple camera setup, corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and a 3.5 mm jack, it is no doubt one of the best budget smartphones in the Indian market right now.

Key features

  • 4000 mAh battery
  • Qualcomm SDM 730 Snapdragon 730
  • Rear Camera- 48MP+16MP+8MP; Front Camera- 20 MP


Its price starts at Rs. 19,990 in India

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max redefines the future of budget smartphones. The second phone from the Note 9 series, it is indeed getting much attention these days from all the Xiaomi lovers out there.

Key features

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 270G
  • 5,020 mAh battery with 33W fast charger in-box
  • 64MP Quad camera array and 32MP in-display selfie camera
  • Runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10


The price of Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max starts from Rs. 16,499.

  • Samsung Galaxy M31

With a water-drop notch at the top and thin bezels around the display, Samsung’s Galaxy M31 stands out as one of the most handsome-looking budget smartphones available in the market. With the Quad camera setup, it captures excellent pictures in daylight.

Key features

  • 6000 mAh battery
  • Samsung Exynos 9611 processor
  • Rear camera- 64+8+5+5; Front camera- 32MP
  • Dual sim with expandable storage


It comes in two variants priced at Rs. 16,999 and 17,999 each.

  • Realme X2

Realme X2 is the only phone under Rs. 20,000 to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC. Its in-display fingerprint scanner and 5 layered corning Gorilla glass, makes it the most powerful low-cost smartphone right now.

Key features

  • 4000 mAh battery with fast charging
  • Rear camera- 64+8+2+2; Front camera- 32MP
  • Face unlock
  • Dual sim


Its price starts at Rs. 17,999.

  • Vivo S1 Pro

Vivo’s S1 Pro has everything in its cart that we can expect in a budget phone. With its kickass entry in the market in 2020, it gave a fierce competition to other budget smartphones from its rival brands.

Key features

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 with Android 9 Pie OS
  • 4500 mAh battery
  • Rear camera- 48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP; Front camera- 32MP


The phone comes in two storage variants starting at Rs. 18,999.

  • Realme 6 Pro

Realme 6 Pro is yet another low-budget smartphone with all the flagship features. It comes with a pleasing 90Hz display and side-mounted fingerprint sensors. Because of its ultimate camera clarity and smooth usage, it is currently the favorite one for all budget smartphone users.

Key features

  • Android 10, Realme UI
  • Qualcomm SM712 Snapdragon 720G (8nm)
  • Rear Camera- 64+12+8+2; Front camera- 16+8
  • 4300 mAh battery with 30W fast charging


Realme 6 Pro’s price starts at Rs. 16,999 in India.

  • Nokia 8.1

Nokia’s flagship smartphone Nokia 8.1 recently received a huge price-cut and is available under Rs. 20,000. Its beautiful design and fast processor make it the most desirable budget smartphone in the market.

Key features

  • Android 9.0 Pie upgradable to Android 10, Android One
  • Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10nm)
  • 3500 mAh battery with fast charging 18W
  • Rear camera- 12MP+13MP; Front camera- 20MP


Nokia 8.1’s price starts at Rs. 14, 999.

  • Realme XT

This list cannot be complete without Realme XT! Right from its look to its performance, it has been winning millions of hearts ever since its launch. This phone is sure to satisfy all your needs and give you no regrets.

Key features

  • Android 9.0 upgradable up to Android 10, Realme UI
  • Qualcomm SDM712 Snapdragon 712 (12nm)
  • Rear camera- 64+8+2+2; Front camera- 16MP
  • 4000 mAh battery with 20W fast charging


The basic variant of the phone is priced at Rs. 15,999.

With many smartphone companies shifting their focus on making more and more budget phones, the great historic divide between budget phones and high-end phones has been completely eradicated. The low-cost smartphones offer a fantastic fusion of strong hardware and outstanding features. So, why spend your hard-earned money on expensive phones when you can get everything that a top-notch phone has in a budget smartphone?

Hope this article helped you to choose the best phone from the plethora of cheap smartphones available in the market. Also, comment below if you want us to add any other phone to the above list.

Author Bio:

Anushka Oza is a journalism student, a free-spirited package of positive energies! Extremely social and fun to be around, this wordsmith takes her work seriously! She is an avid reader, big foodie, tech enthusiast, and travel junkie.