The sub-Rs. 20,000 price segment today features a range of powerful smartphones that offer anything from pop-up selfie cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors, and 64-megapixel cameras to powerful processors that can even rival some mid-tier phones. We have recently reviewed some pretty neat additions to the segment.
Best phones under 20,000:
- Samsung Galaxy M31s
- Realme 7 Pro
- Motorola One Fusion+
- Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
- Poco X2
- Realme 6 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy M31
- Realme X2
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung launched the Galaxy M31s at Rs. 19,499, but at the time of updating this guide, its price has increased to Rs. 20,499 on its online store. Samsung has a habit of constantly tweaking its prices, so by the time you read this article, we wouldn’t be surprised if the price has increased or decreased by a small margin yet again.
We think the Galaxy M31s a decent update to the Galaxy M31. It has a higher starting price, but for this extra money you get an Infinity-O AMOLED display, a higher capacity bundled charger, and a slightly tweaked design. It retains many of the things that made the Galaxy M31 great, such as the large 6,000mAh battery, but also carries forward some negatives such as the dated SoC. That’s not to say that the phone can’t handle Android well, but compared to what the competition offers at around this price, the processor definitely feels weak.
The cameras are decent but video stabilization is not great and low-light photos don’t have the best details. However, if having the best battery life is a top priority for you, then the Galaxy M31s is still among the best in its class.
Realme 7 Pro
The more premium model in Realme’s 7-series, the Realme 7 Pro features some big upgrades over the Realme 6 Pro such as the use of an AMOLED display, 65W fast charging, and stereo speakers. With a higher starting price of Rs. 19,999, the new model does have a unique mix of features that few others match in this segment. 65W charging helps charge the battery very quickly and the stereo speakers make watching any content sound more immersive. The new phone is also slimmer and lighter compared to the 6 Pro, which is a nice bonus.
However, you don’t get a 90Hz display which is a little disappointing. The 7 Pro also has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC as the 6 Pro, so there’s no real performance gain either. The primary rear camera has improved a bit, but once again, you lose out on the ultra-wide-angle selfie camera and the rear telephoto camera of the 6 Pro.
While there’s no doubt that the Realme 7 Pro is a good phone, it does take a step backward in some areas, which is why the Realme 6 Pro is also still a viable option in this segment.
Motorola One Fusion+
The Motorola One Fusion+ is a welcome addition to the sub Rs. 20,000 price segment. While the price is very competitive, Motorola has not skimped in terms of hardware. The Motorola One Fusion+ sports a big 6.5-inch display without a notch. This panel is HDR10 certified and has very good viewing angles. It also has a loud bottom-firing speaker that compliments the crisp display. Powering the Motorola One Fusion+ is the very capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC.
It scored very well in our benchmarks. The One Fusion+ is available in one configuration only, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You do have the option to expand storage further using the hybrid dual-SIM tray. Motorola has also packed in a 5,000mAh battery, and this phone comes with an 18W TurboCharger.
It runs clean stock Android and we did not encounter any preinstalled bloatware. Thankfully, it still retains Moto Actions which are useful gesture-based features. The Motorola One Fusion+ sports a four cameras at the back and a pop-up selfie camera. It has a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The camera performance was good in daylight, and the phone was quick to lock focus and meter light correctly. Low-light shots were average but using Night mode made a huge difference. Video recording maxes out at 4K and the phone does a good job at stabilizing footage in the daytime.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is the latest smartphone to join this list of the best phones under Rs. 20,000. When Xiaomi launched this smartphone, it was priced starting under Rs. 15,000, but the GST hike has caused prices to go up. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max shares a lot of hardware with the Redmi Note 9 Pro – both phones sport 6.67-inch displays which are good for video watching but not for single-handed use.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that lets you unlock it quickly. Sticking to current trends, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has four rear cameras but the module protrudes quite a bit. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. Xiaomi offers it in three variants: the base variant has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 16,999; the middle one offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 18,499. The top variant is priced at Rs 19,999 which is barely under the upper limit for this list.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max packs in a 5,020mAh battery and delivers very good battery life. It also fared very well in our HD video loop test. Xiaomi bundles a 33W charger in the box and this phone charges more quickly than the Redmi Note 9 Pro. The camera performance of the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is quite good, but photos tend to be oversharpened at times. Low-light camera performance is average but Night mode helps capture better output.
The first smartphone to come out of Poco after it became an independent entity is the Poco X2. The is not the successor of the Poco F1, but does a lot of things right in its own way. It is tall and has a big 6.67-inch display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The panel also boasts of a 120Hz refresh rate which isn’t very common at this price. The Poco X2 has a dual-camera punch-hole on the front, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, both of which are slowly becoming more common. The Poco X2 feels large and bulky. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G which is a powerful chip that can handle gaming quite well.
The Poco X2 has multiple variants: 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage. The prices of the Poco X2 have climbed since its launch and the base variant now starts at Rs. 17,499 while the middle one is priced at Rs 18,499 and the top variant is still at Rs. 20,999.
Poco has packed in a 4,500mAh battery and you get a 27W charger in the box. This phone sports a quad-camera setup at the back and we noticed that the photo quality in daylight is quite good. Low-light photo quality was also relatively impressive but not as detailed as during the day. Low-light video quality wasn’t as good.
Realme 6 Pro
The Realme 6 Pro was launched alongside the Realme 6, and both smartphones have made it to our lists at their respective prices. The Realme 6 Pro has a 6.6-inch display with a dual-camera hole-punch for the selfie cameras. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC just like the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The device is well designed but is a little slippery as it has a glass back. This phone is also a little heavy at 202g. One unique feature of the Realme 6 Pro is its 90Hz screen refresh rate. It also has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that is easy to reach and quick to unlock the phone.
The Realme 6 Pro is offered in three variants: 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. The base variant starts at Rs. 17,999 while the other variants are priced at Rs. 18,999 and Rs 19,999 respectively.
There’s a quad-camera setup at the back. Camera performance was decent in daylight and for close-ups, but low-light camera performance needs some improvement. The Realme 6 Pro has a 4300mAh battery which isn’t as big as some of the other phones in the list but it delivered excellent battery life when we reviewed it.
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung has been focusing on the sub Rs. 20,000 market with its Galaxy M-series, and the Galaxy M31 is currently the best in the lineup. This model has a 6.4-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display that delivers vivid colours and very good viewing angles. There is a quad-camera setup at the back with a 64-megapixel primary camera. It also packs a big 6,000mAh battery and a capable Exynos 9611 SoC.
Samsung offers the Galaxy M31 with 6GB of RAM and two storage options, 64GB and 128GB. Prices start at Rs. 16,499 for the base model while the higher model is priced at Rs. 18,999. The big battery offers fantastic battery life and this phone could easily go on for two days. The cameras are good in daylight, the wide-angle one offers a wider field of view but loses out on details compared to the primary camera. We did notice that the camera AI can go overboard in terms of saturating colors. The primary camera is a little slow while focusing and you can see minor grain in the output. With Night mode enabled, the Galaxy M31 delivers better low-light shots. We found video stabilization to be average as well.
The Exynos 9611 SoC is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 720G powering the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and the Realme 6 Pro but it is capable of handling day-to-day tasks with ease. The battery is the highlight of the Galaxy M31 as it can outrun most devices on this list.
Realme X2 is one of the older phones on this list but has managed to stand its ground all this while. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner, something that the others miss out on. It also packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor similar to the Poco X2. The phone is manageable for day-to-day use and isn’t as big as the Poco X2 or the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The Realme X2 has a quad-camera setup at the back and comes in a variety of colours.
Realme has packed in a 4000mAh battery and ships a 30W fast charger in the box which makes charging quick. The Realme X2 could handle it.
Realme C15 Launched in India; Price, Specifications
Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition has been launched in India and it comes with the same specifications as the MediaTek variant, except of course, the processor. While the Realme C15 that launched in India back in August alongside the Realme C12 was powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, this new Qualcomm variant is powered by the Snapdragon 460 SoC. It is offered in the same two RAM and storage configurations and the same colour options as the previously launched, MediaTek powered, Realme C15
Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition price in India, availability
The Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition is priced at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant and Rs. 10,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant. The phone is offered in Power Blue and Power Silver colour options. The Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition is priced at Rs. 500 more than the current pricing for the MediaTek variant and will go on sale starting October 29 at 12pm (noon) via Flipkart, Realme.com, and mainline stores.
Realme is also offering introductory pricing for the two configurations with the 3GB+ 32GB model going for Rs. 9,499 and the 4GB + 64GB variant going for Rs. 10,499.
Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition specifications
As mentioned earlier, the specifications of the Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition are the same as the Realme C15 with a MediaTek SoC. The dual-SIM (Nano) Realme C15 runs on Android 10-based Realme UI. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1,600 pixels) display with 20:9 aspect ratio and 88.7 percent screen-to-body ratio. The phone is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 460 SoC, paired with up to 4GB LPDDR4x RAM.
The Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition comes with the quad rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 lens, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.25 ultra-wide-angle, a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor with an f/2.4 lens, and a 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 “retro” lens. For selfies and video calls, you get an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front, housed in the notch.
The Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition comes with up to up to 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) through a dedicated slot. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a Micro-USB port. Sensors onboard the Qualcomm Edition include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. There is also the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The phone is backed by a 6,000mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging.
Realme Watch S to be launched on 2nd November, will come with 1.3 inch round screen
Realme Watch S is set to make its global debut on November 2. The smartwatch, which boasts of features such as heart-rate and blood oxygen monitors, 16 sports modes and a 15-day battery life, will be launched first in Pakistan. Realme Watch S will have a circular dial and be available in multiple watch faces and strap colors. The Realme Watch S Pro is also expected to be launched in the next few months, but the company has so far not revealed a set date for the same.
The unveiling of the smartwatch will take place through a live event that can be watched from Realme’s Facebook and YouTube page on November 2. Realme had shared a teaser announcing the upcoming launch of the Realme Watch S on Twitter. It is possible that more information about the Realme Watch S will be revealed closer to its launch.
Realme Watch S specifications
The Watch S will feature a 1.3-inch auto-brightness circular display and will also pack a battery which will bring 15 days of battery backup. It will come with 16 sport modes and will have sensors that will measure heart rate and blood oxygen level, similar to the recently-launched Apple Watch Series 6.
The watch was earlier teased at the IFA where Realme had revealed its plans to launch a bunch of new products starting with a TV, a smart bulb, smart cam 360, and more. We should find out more about the Realme Watch S as we inch closer to its November 2 launch.
While the feature set of the Realme Watch S looks similar to what companies like Apple and Fitbit are putting in their top smartwatches, it is similar to the Galaxy Watch from Samsung and Xiaomi.
Just like Xiaomi’s watch, the Realme Watch S too may have a more affordable price tag compared to what the Apple or Fitbit watches carry. The current smartwatch that Realme sells in India looks similar to the Apple watch and costs Rs 3,299. The Watch S is likely to be priced closer to Rs 10,000 given its design and a more rounded feature set.
Philips launches New Urban Living Series Air Purifiers in India ahead of Diwali
It’s that time of the year again when most of us are out hunting for the best air purifier in order to stay prepared during Diwali. While there are many options already out there, Philips in particular is trying to get an upper hand by revamping its range of air purifiers. And this is being down with a new ‘Urban Living’ series range.
The new series of air purifiers from Philips come with AeraSense and VitaShield Intelligent Purification System technology and they promise to remove 99.97% indoor air pollutants. The company also revealed that these new series of air purifiers will be effective against PM2.5, smoke, dust, pollen allergen, bacteria and will also remove 99.9% viruses from the air.
As mentioned above these air purifiers come with AeraSense technology that scans pollutants 1000 times per second and digitally displays the real time PM2.5, allergen, and gases level in the room. The same is indicated through colour rings as well, blue colour giving assurance of a healthy breathing environment.
Philips Air Purifier New Urban Living Series starts at Rs. 17,500.
Speaking about the new range of air purifiers, Gulbahar Taurani, vice- president, Personal Health, Philips Indian Subcontinent, said, “At Philips, we believe in delivering meaningful and accessible innovation in personal health, and we understand that in the current scenario, consumer focus is shifting more aggressively towards health and hygiene. Air purifiers today have moved from being a seasonal product to a year-long necessity. The new urban series air purifiers cater to this demand for pure and healthy air at all times of the year and incorporate state of the art innovation. The air purifiers are equipped to automatically sense pollutants 1000 times per second in the air and remove pollutants 800 times smaller than PM 2.5, thus providing superior filtration, speedy purification while giving assurance of a healthy breathing environment to our consumers.”
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