5G is still not available in India but there are already multiple smartphones with 5G support. Smartphone brands have become quite competitive offering 5G smartphones even in the mid-range segment. 5G phones were initially available only in the premium segment but now you don’t have to get a flagship smartphone for 5G connectivity.
However, if you are looking for the best 5G smartphones under ₹20,000, here’s a list of phones. We list down the best smartphones under ₹20,000 that you can buy in 2022.
How we do our research
Our ranking criteria
We consider each smartphone’s features, including specifications, budget, display out, screen size, ergonomics, battery life, storage space, camera quality and client review, also, most of the listed devices are reviewed by our team members.
Things to look for while buying
If you often stream videos, edit photos or videos, or download and view movies, then a smartphone display ranging from 5.5-inch to 6-inch, full-HD or QHD resolution should be good enough for you. If you are going above 6-inch then handset might get bulky, making it difficult to carry around. But if you are comfortable with a large display and prefer a big display for checking emails and browsing social media then 6-inch display is ideal for you.
Usually, the handsets are made of metal and plastic. There are even some phones that have glass-coated panels, but those are very limited. If you are one of those prone to dropping your smartphone, it's advisable to go for a metal or a plastic built handset.
Remember, having a higher number of megapixels is not enough. Several other specifications such as camera aperture, ISO levels, pixel size, autofocus and more are essential. The higher number of pixels means that the size of the image is bigger, which becomes sharper when seen on a small screen. If you are a photographer enthusiast then go for a 12 or 16MP sensor which shoots well in low lights. If you are a casual shooter then you can go with an 8MP or 12MP camera.
The battery usage differs from user to user depending on how they use the smartphones. If you are a heavy user and, play games, stream videos and more then go for a smartphone with at least a 3500mAh battery or above. If you are an average or light user, a handset with a 3000mAh battery would be good enough for a day. Today, there are also headsets available with 4000 to 5000 mAh battery power.
Redmi Note 10T 5G has dual 5G SIM support in addition to 4G LTE. The smartphone comes with a punch-hole display which is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. It also offers up to a 180Hz touch sampling rate. The smartphone packs a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support via a USB Type-C port. Under the hood of the phone runs the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone has a triple rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, you get an 8-megapixel front camera. There are four colour options available for the Redmi Note 10T 5G - black, white, green and blue.
Realme Narzo 30 5G is the most affordable 5G smartphone in this list. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The storage can be expanded up to 1TB via a microSD card. Realme Narzo 30 5G has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. In the photography department, it has a 48-megapixel primary sensor, black and white portrait lens and macro lens. The Realme Narzo 30 5G smartphone packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. It also features a side fingerprint sensor.
Oppo A74 5G has a flashy gradient design in two colour options of black and purple. The smartphone also features a punch-hole display which is a 6.49-inch Full HD+ screen. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It runs on ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11. In the photography department, the Oppo A74 5G offers a 48-megapixel primary camera, 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It also features an 8-megapixel front camera. The smartphone is fueled by a 5,000mAh battery.
iQoo Z3 5G is the first phone in India to launch with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G processor. It packs a 4,400mAh with 55W fast charging support that is said to reach up to 50% in 19 minutes. It also features a liquid cooling system that is said to reduce the phone’s temperature by 10 degrees. You also get a 6.58-inch Full HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It features a triple rear camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide angle lens and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. For selfies, you get a 16-megapixel front camera. On the software front, the iQoo Z3 5G runs on Funtouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11.
Samsung Galaxy M32 5G is the latest entrant in this segment. It comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ Infinity-V display. Under the hood of the phone runs the MediaTek Dimensity 720 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. On the software front, it runs One UI 3.1 based on Android 11. The smartphone features a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra wide angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It also features a 13-megapixel front camera. The Galaxy M32 5G also packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging.
Vivo Y72 5G is another 5G smartphone you can go for. It comes with a 6.58-inch Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The smartphone features a slim and light design with a 2.5D back. It comes with 8GB of RAM along with 4GB extended RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. Vivo Y72 5G also packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. It has dual 48-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear cameras, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. The smartphone also comes with dual SIM support, Bluetooth 5.1 and a USB Type-C port.
Samsung’s Galaxy M33 5G comes equipped with an octa-core processor and offers 5G connectivity. Coming down to specifications, it has a 6.6-inch TFT display. The M33 5G is equipped with an octa-core Exynos 1280 chipset and is available in two variants, 6GB RAM, 128 GB of storage and 8GB RAM, 128 GB of storage.This 5G smartphone is available at an effective price of ₹17,999 on Amazon, making it an ideal pick.
This is another affordable device from Samsung that features 5G connectivity and MTK D700 Octa Core chipset which is coupled with 6GB RAM 64GB storage and 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Coming to the optics department, the device has a rear dual camera setup 50MP + 2MP and 2MP front camera for selfies.
The Note 11T 5G from Redmi is another affordable offering as it is available for just ₹15,999. The device features a 6.6-inch FHD+ display and has a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz. It runs on MediaTek Dimensity 810 chipset which is coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Coming to the optics department, it has a 50MP and 8MP dual camera setup and a 16MP front camera for selfies.
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