Best smartphones of 2019 (up to Rs 20,000)
Xiaomi – Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Note 8 Pro
- The Redmi Note series continues to prove that great-performing phones can be affordable. Currently, the Note 7 Pro starts at Rs 9,999, while the Note 8 Pro starts at 14,999.
- In February 2019, the Redmi Note 7 Pro became the most affordable phone to launch with the then powerful Snapdragon 675 SoC and a 48MP camera. In October, the Redmi Note 8 Pro introduced the gaming-centric Helio G90T SoC to the world.
- That’s not all, the Note 8 Pro also features a capable 64MP quad-rear camera setup and a big 4,500mAh battery. Indeed, for under Rs 20,000, the Redmi Note series remains unbeatable!
Realme – Realme 5 and Realme X2
- Realme’s continuous quest to chase Xiaomi means that the company has launched loads of phones in 2019, in fact, they have launch way too many phones and confused many prospective buyers.
- The recently-launched Realme X2 brings a lot of impressive kit – you get a 64MP quad-camera setup, AMOLED display with an optical fingerprint scanner, very powerful Snapdragon 730G chip, and a very fast 30W VOOC fast charging. All this for a starting price of Rs 16,999.
- The Realme 5 brings quad-rear cameras, massive 5,000mAh battery, reasonably-powerful Snapdragon 665 chip and cool prism-inspired design for a starting price of Rs 8,999. For Rs 1,000 more, the Realme 5s (with a 48MP main camera) is also worth a look.
Samsung – Galaxy M30s and Galaxy A50
- Because of the fierce competition from Chinese brands, Samsung completely revamped its A-series and also introduced its new M-series. However, Samsung’s software optimisation on its cheaper phones remains a hit or miss.
- Anyway, from 2019 phones, the Samsung M30s is definitely worth a look because its packs a gigantic 6,000mAh battery (with fast charging) and an AMOLED display for a starting price of Rs 13,999.
- Another good Samsung option to consider is the A50, which starts at Rs 16,999 and brings a very bright & vivid AMOLED display and a decent Exynos 9610 chip. The A50 was followed by the disappointing A50s in late 2019.
Vivo – Z1 Pro and Z1x
- In general, Vivo is not known for its value for money smartphones. However, the Z-series which the company introduced in 2019 actually scores very well in the value department.
- The Vivo Z1 Pro, for instance, is the only smartphone in this list with a hole punch display. It also gets a big 5,000mAh battery and a capable Snapdragon 712 chipset. It starts at Rs 12,990, which, for the kit on offer, makes it a really good deal.
- The Z1x, on the other hand, is a slightly premium version of the Z1 Pro which comes with an AMOLED screen, in-display fingerprint reader and fast 22.5W charging, however, it trades the hole punch for a conventional waterdrop-style notch. It starts at Rs 15,990.
- Two other influential brands, Oppo and Honor, also launched some good phones in 2019. However, Oppo mid-range phones are generally overshadowed by those of its sister brand Realme. Honor is currently not launching many phones due to its troubles with USA-based companies (it cannot use Google services as of now).
- 2019 was not a very good year for Nokia. It launched a few mid-range smartphones, but they failed to get much attention and were completely overshadowed by competing Chinese phones.