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Guide: Which Smartphone to buy under budget of Rs. 20,000?

A sum of Rs. 20,000 is a niche budget for majority of prospective smartphone customers to buy their phones who are either upgrading from their old smartphones or even those who are buying smartphones for the first time.

 As always is the case with smartphone market - it is flooded with models ranging from 'n' number of mobile phone manufacturing companies. With the chinese players getting popular in recent times - the competition among companies and confusion among buyers is at the peak.

 But fret not, Think Digital is back with another guide which will help you make a sensible and best purchase decision in an already overcrowded smartphone market within the budget of Rs. 20,000. 

Let's take a closer look at the selected five models which must be on your shopping list before you take a plunge and buy a phone.

If you are in market for a new smartphone but within the budget of Rs. 10,000 - then please refer to Think Digital's previous article - Guide: Which Smartphone to buy under budget of Rs. 10,000?

Motorola Moto G 

 Price - Rs. 10,999

Overview - Motorola Moto G - 2nd generation is the most popular phone in the sub 20k category. Retailing for Rs. 10,999, it is a no-nonsense, reliable and value for money android phone that provides an excellent smartphone experience in this budget. 

Moto G2 is powered by Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 Processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 8GB Internal memory with SD card support upto 32GB, Dual SIM support, 8MP primary camera + 2MP secondary camera, 2070 mah battery, 5 inches IPS LCD with Android 5.0 Lollipop Operating System.

Pros - Stereo Speakers, Stereo for money, test android updates, Specifications, Camera, Screen quality, Gorilla Glass protection, Build quality 

Cons - Same old processor and memory as in 1st gen, Non-removable battery, a bit too common these days.

Think Digital Rating - 8/10

Xiaomi Mi4i

Price - Rs. 12,999

Overview - Xiaomi Mi4i is one of the most capable phones in sub-20k category which screams value for money as well as performance. With Xiaomi phones getting popular with each passing day and adapting well in Indian market - it is giving tough competition to old national and international settled players in the market which includes the likes of Samsung & HTC. 

Mi4i is powered by Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Processor, Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, Dual SIM, 13MP primary camera + 5MP Secondary camera,  3120 mah Li-ion Battery, 5 inches IPS LCD screen with  MIUI 6.0 and Android OS, v5.0.2 Lollipop.

Pros - Performance, value for money, camera, battery life, screen, build quality

Cons - Reported heating issues, unreliable after sales service, Xiaomi's selling model via only flipkart, no sd card support

Think Digital Rating - 8.5/10

HTC Desire 626G Plus

Price - Rs. 14,250

Overview - HTC Desire 626G plus is a phone for those who want excellent build quality, premium looks, brand value with decent performance. Many people aren't ok with Xiaomi and many finds Moto G too common - so for them HTC Desire 626G plus is a phone worth considering. 

HTC Desire 626G Plus is powered by Mediatek MT6752 Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 Processor, 1 GB RAM, Mali-T760MP2 GPU, 8GB internal memory with 32 GB expandable SD card support, Dual SIM, 13 MP Primary camera + 5 MP Primary camera, 2000 mah Li-Po battery, 5.0 inches capacitive touchscreen and Android OS, v4.4.4 KitKat. 

Pros - Build quality, screen, user interface, looks, HTC brand 

Cons - Low internal memory for power user, slightly less RAM and battery life. 

Think Digital Rating - 7.5/10

Xiaomi Mi 4

Price - Rs. 17,999

Overview - The popularity and worth of Xiaomi phones can be considered by the fact that out of 5 shortlisted phones for this article, 2 are of Xiaomis! Xiaomi Mi 4 is one of the best selling performance phone in this segment and without a doubt - it is becoming a headache for local players - Did I heard Micromax? 

Mi 4 comes with Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor, 3 GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, 16 GB internal memory, 13 MP primary + 8 MP secondary camera, 5.0 inches IPS LCD capacitive screen and Android OS v4.4.3 KitKat with MIUI 5.0 UI.

Pros - Performance, Value for money pricing, looks, decent battery life

Cons - After sales support issues, reported heating problems, no external sd card support

Think Digital Rating - 8.5/10

Asus Zenfone 2 

Price - Rs. 19,999

Overview - The Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML simple screams performance. It is the phone which has the most mouth watering specs in this segment. Yes, 4 GB RAM! Ever heard in an android smartphone withing 20k? Not only on performance lines - Asus has built this phone beauifully yet stringently! 

Zenfone 2 - ZE551ML variant is equipped with Intel Atom Z3580 Quad-core 2.3 GHz Processor, PowerVR G6430 GPU, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory with SD card support, 13 MP primary + 5 MP secondary camera, 5.5 inches IPS screen, 3000 mah battery and Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)

Pros - Excellent Performance and Value for money pricing, HD screen, primary camera, storage capacity, looks, decent battery life

Cons - Reported heating issues while charging, front camera lighting issues, ASUS bloatwares

Think Digital Rating - 9.5/10