Best smartphones in India under 20,000 rupees (April 2019)

While there used to be a very clear divide between mid-range smartphones and high-end flagships, the lines have increasingly blurred over the past few years. Today, it is easy to find a phone with a great camera, excellent build quality and hardware that is powerful enough for anything you throw at it at a fraction of the cost of a flagship device.

Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50 front display in hand

A great indicator of how seriously Samsung is taking the budget-friendly segment in India is the fact that the company has not one, but two, devices on this list of best smartphones under 20,000 rupees. Between the Galaxy M and the Galaxy A series, Samsung has covered the entire price spectrum of affordable devices from the entry-level to the premium mid-range. Leading the charge is the fantastic Samsung Galaxy A50.

There are quite a few features that make the Galaxy A50 a great choice. Samsung’s display prowess shines through in the mid-range, with the 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel of the phone ensuring an excellent viewing experience.

The Galaxy A50 is also the first Samsung smartphone to sport the Exynos 9610 processor. The phone ships in two variants with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The lack of a higher storage option certainly seems like an odd choice, but the availability of a dedicated micro SD slot for expansion makes up for it to a degree. We found the performance of the device to be top-notch in our review, with it able to handle everything from daily talks to intensive gaming with easy.

The Galaxy A50, along with its affordable sibling, the Galaxy M30, is also one of the few to bring a triple rear camera setup to this affordable price range. The primary shooter has a 25MP, f/1.7 sensor, and you also get an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth sensor. A 25MP front-facing camera is housed in the waterdrop notch.

Samsung has done a great job with refreshing its budget-friendly smartphone portfolio to better compete with Xiaomi, Realme, and others. The 4GB RAM variant is priced at 19,990 rupees (~$289) while the 6GB RAM version is available for 22,990 rupees (~$332).


  • 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution.
  • 2.3GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 9610 processor.
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
  • 4/6GB RAM.
  • 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 512GB.
  • 25MP, 8MP, and 5MP triple rear cameras, 25MP front-facing camera.
  • dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 4,000mAh battery.
  • Android 9.0 Pie.
  • 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7mm, 166grams.