The smartphone market is a pretty saturated one with a plethora of options available. There are a lot of segments where you can make your purchase and for a normal person, a smartphone worth more than 50,000 doesn’t make sense in Nepal because those phones are not in the budget smartphones.
It doesn’t go with our economy. Still, the price segment that most people can afford is around 20,000 as that is the disposable income that most of us have. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to take this price segment and make your purchase.
Well, there are a lot of options and a lot of factors that makes a great smartphone. Camera, Battery, Processor, and Display are important features whereas other features such as Fingerprint sensors, face unlock are secondary.
The options are so many that it becomes a lot difficult for you to make the proper choice. In such a scenario, we have compiled a list of some best smartphones under 20,000. Keep in mind, the price can drop later on as well.
What to look for while buying a Smartphone?
- In cameras, More MegaPixel means sharper, clear images but aperture matters too, in two camera setups, depth sensor and the quality of both the cameras need to be taken into account.
- Snapdragon (SD) Processors over Exynos and Media Tek. For example; SD 660 is powerful that SD 440.
- The battery is measured is Mili amp hour (mAh). More mAh means more stand by.
- Buy the one having all the sensors; proximity, gyroscope etc.
- Fingerprint and Face Unlock features are crucial in 2019.
- Software Optimization is another issue to be looked into.
- The design depends on your preference; you can get either notches, teardrop notches, bezzles, punch holes etc.
Let us not waste any time and jump into the review. Here is the list:
Best smartphone Under 20000 In Nepal 2019
|Xiaomi Redmi 6||6||Rs. 18,499|
|Samsung galaxy m20||6||Rs.18490|
|Sony Xperia X||7||Rs. 20,000|
|LAVA R3 Note||6||Rs. 18,000|
|Lenovo K5 Play||5||Rs.17,999|
1. Xiaomi Redmi 6
Xiaomi started as a Chinese online retailer in India and totally ate a big chunk of the Indian market. They even beat Samsung in India.
The company has been operating recently in Nepal and they offer a really well-specced product in the Redmi 6.
The phone’s best feature is its camera. The Redmi 6 offers a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel lens coupled with a depth sensor of 5 MP which captures pretty good shots thanks to the lens quality and the aperture.
Speaking of the processor, it has MediaTek Helio P22 processor which packs decent performance. The integrated GPU is fairly powerful and you can play games albeit on low to medium settings.
The phone comes with a 3 GB RAM that is pretty enough for day to day tasks.
The storage is of two variants: a 32 GB and a 64 GB one.
The price of the 32 GB variant is 15,500 and the 64 GB will cost you 18,500 which is reasonable considering the specifications. You also get a fingerprint sensor and the Face-Unlock feature.
Specs of Redmi 6
- Display: 5.45″ IPS LCD HD+ resolution (720 x 1440), 18:9 aspect ratio
- Back: Dual camera, 12 MP lens with PDAF, f/2.2 aperture + 5 MP depth sensor
- Front: 5 MP Camera
- Processor: 2.0 GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio P22
- GPU: PowerVR GE8320
- RAM: 3 GB
- Battery: 3000 mAh
- Security: Fingerprint sensor + Face Unlock with AI
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot available
- OS: Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 9
- Storage: 64 GB (expandable up to 256 GB via microSD)
Our Review On Redmi Note 6
Well, the chip provided here does its job well but the battery is something that we felt could have been improved.
The camera is the cream that you get whereas the plastic body is the biggest con here. The display is bright as well here and if you’re a fan of Redmi and looking to upgrade then, you can definitely get this phone.
- Price of Redmi Note 6- 18,499
2. Samsung Galaxy M20
To battle Xiamoi’s dominance in the market, Samsung came up with this smartphone specially targeted towards the Indian Subcontinent.
The M stands for Millenials and Samsung has targeted the millennials who have an in-depth knowledge of the phone world.
The smartphone comes with a lot of features that Xiaomi gives but one thing that Xiaomi cannot give is the Samsung branding.
The phone’s main talking point is the teardrop notch display and Samsung’s optimization.
The display here isn’t AMOLED though, it is a TFT LCD display that is a bit better than IPS LCD, but the resolution is FULL HD+ and a curved 2.5D glass is present on the top that takes the overall design to a whole new level.
The phone also has a really good camera setup with a 13 + 5 MP combo which is a Wide angle and an Ultra Wide-angle camera.
This makes for some perfect crisp shots while the portrait mode suffers a bit due to the lack of a depth sensor. The phone is priced at 18,500 which gets you a 32 GB storage space with a slot for SD card.
Specs of Samsung Galaxy m20
- Display: 6.3-inch TFT LCD display with Full-HD+ resolution (1080 x 2340 pixels) and a 2.5D curved glass
- Camera:Back: Dual camera – 13MP wide-angle + 5MP ultra-wide-angle camera, LED flash
- Front: 8MP
- Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass included
- CPU: Octa-core Samsung’s Exynos 7904 (2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G71MP2
- RAM: 3 GB
- Storage: 32 GB, can be Expanded with a dedicated slot for micro SD card
- OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) coupled with the Experience UI 9.5
Our Review on Samsung galaxy m20
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is probably one of the best smartphones by Samsung in a long time. The previous J series of smartphones lacked a lot of simple sensors and lacked resolution.
The M series improves upon that by including all the sensors and giving you a pretty solid resolution. You don’t need to decrease the resolution too because you have a 5000 mAh battery here.
Looking at the cons, one thing that Samsung has still not been able to address is the processor. Exynos processors aren’t really good.
They don’t compare to the processors given by the Xiaomi brand but the Samsung phones do have better optimization. But what does that mean? Well, In laymen’s term, Samsung phones work better in the long run without lagging.
You also get at least 2 Android Updates on Samsung which is a big bonus for some.
All in all, we think that the M series is one of the best Smartphone series by Samsung and you should definitely give it a shot.
- Price of Samsung m20 – Rs.18,499
3. Redmi 7
Redmi is now an official sub-brand of Xiaomi which will focus on the budget segment of the market.
It is really difficult to differentiate a budget smartphone from a flagship these days and a lot of the credit goes to Xiaomi.
Redmi Note 7 is yet another amazing offer from Xiaomi. Just when we thought Samsung was going to jump in, the Redmi Note 7 blows us all with its specs and most importantly it’s the price. Prices at 147 USD, the phone, if it comes at a reasonable price in Nepal, will probably be one of the best smartphones in the market.
Talking about the specs, the phone has a really good Full HD+ Display with a Notch. The best part of the phone is it’s cameras, both the cameras are impressive.
The Snapdragon 632 Chipset is one of the best mid-range processors out there and it has the Adreno 512 GPU.
So, playing PUBG Mobile and Asphalt would be a breeze. The power-efficient chip is powered by a 4000 mAh battery. In addition, it comes with a USB C port for fast charging time and data transfer.
Specs of Redmi 7
- Display: 6.3-inch FHD+ panel (19.5:9 aspect ratio) w notch
- Rear Camera: 14 MP
- Front Camera: 8 MP
- Battery: 4000mAh
- CPU: Snapdragon 632 chipset
- GPU: Adreno 512
- RAM: 3/4/6GB
- Storage: 32/64GB
Our Review on redmi 7
Although the phone is priced at 147 USD for the base version, the pricing can go up to 30K in Nepal. It is because of the taxes and import duty.
However, if Xiaomi Nepal makes it online then, we can see it at around 18-21K which is a solid spot. Another way to get the device for cheap is to purchase it in India.
If you’re living in Terai, near the Indian Border then, you can save 2 to 3 thousand if you purchase it from India. That’s all the drawback there is.
On to the good side, Well, the Processor is good, Cameras are great. The phone will come with the latest Android version and it has a beautiful display which makes content consumption quite enjoyable. So, In Conclusion, we really recommend you to purchase this phone as it will come shortly to the Nepali Market.
- Price Of Redmi Note 7 -Rs.18,000
4. Sony Xperia X
You must be asking, How is a phone from 2017 on a list in 2019? The answer is; VALUE.
The Sony Xperia X was a flagship in 2017 and now you can get it at 18,500 Rupees. Then, why not? I mean the phone is really good. It may lack some extra features that we are used to but it gets the basics right.
Processor, Camera, RAM. Everything here is value for money. For comparison, it is only slightly less powered than the Redmi Note 7. But the price makes it for the decreased performance.
Specs of Sony Xperia x
- Design: Aluminum Frame, Body made of glass
- Display: 5.0-inch IPS LCD, Full-HD resolution 1080p
- Camera:Back: 23 MP Exmor RS sensor with f/2.0 lens, Predictive Hybrid AF, LED Flash
- Front: 13 MP with Exmor RS sensor, 22 mm wide-angle f/2.0 lens
- Processor: Hexa-Core Snapdragon 650
- GPU: Adreno 510
- RAM: 3 GB RAM
- Storage: 64GB internal memory
- OS: Android Marshmallow 6.0
- Security: Fingerprint sensor on the Side
- Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC
- Battery: 2630 mAh Battery
Our Review on sony Xperia X
Since the phone is two years old, it still runs in Android 6 Marshmellow which is a big letdown. Other than that, the device is usable, to say the least.
One strong point is the Camera, Sony’s Lenses are always great and there is no exception here. We tried a lot of shots and most of them came out pretty bright with accurate colors.
The processor is no joke either, you can perform day to day task pretty nicely with no major hiccups. Even the benchmark scores can be compared to most of the phones of today.
Having a legacy flagship from the past does make a difference as compared to carrying a mid-ranger of today. Hence, we really recommend you to purchase this device.
- Price Of Sony xperia X – Rs.20,000
5. LAVA R3 Note
Remember when brands such as Micromax, Lava, and Karbonn used to dominate the budget market? Now, it seems these Indian based companies have lost a foothold in Nepal but Lava is one brand which is trying to make a comeback with the R3 Note.
So, how does it stack up against the likes of Samsung and Redmi? Well, I’d be honest here, it doesn’t really stack up well against these beasts but there are definitely strong points.
You have a decent camera setup with a 13 MP back and 8 MP back, both of which support portrait shots. The processor here is an Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 which is fairly powerful. The 3 GB of RAM will make multitasking a breeze and it has a storage of 16 GB. The pricing is a bit aggressive at 18,000 Rupees.
Specs of Lava r3 Note
- Display: 6.22-inch IPS LCD display with HD+ resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio
- Camera:Rear: 13MP with f/2.0 and portrait lighting
- Front: 8MP with f/2.0 and portrait lighting
- Security: Fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
- Battery: 3260 mAh
- Processor: Octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 MT6762
- GPU: PowerVR GE8320, 650MHz
- RAM: 3GB
- Storage: 16GB with an option for storage expansion
- Platform: Android 8.1 with Star OS 5.1 on top
Our Review on Lava R3 Note
Lava has tried to compete but it falls flat on every attempt here. The camera is really bad. At the same price segment, other manufacturers provide much better cameras Also, other aspects are also not great, only 16 GB memory is present. There are also may good things about this device.
One of which is the Processor, which is decent enough. It will get you through most daily tasks. The battery here is strong enough too.
A Fingerprint scanner is also present which is pretty surprising to see. But, there are a lot of devices available at this price so, we can’t really recommend it. You can buy it if you are a smartphone collector or if you have to gift someone.
- Price Of Lava R3 – Rs.18,000
6. Lenovo K5 Play
When it comes to budget laptops, Lenovo is worth every penny. But, does that translate to the smartphone picture?
It does! The K5 Play is relatively new to Nepal. For the price, the K5 Play is fairly powerful for everyday use. The design is one of the best things about the device and the specs are combined in a nice package here.
Priced at 18000 Rupees, the device has a polymer glass build which is decent enough. The 5.7-inch display has an HD+ Resolution of 1440p and the panel is IPS LCD.
The cameras are decent, the rear shooter is a 13 MP, f/2.2. It also has a 2 MP depth sensor.
As far as the processor goes, it isn’t that good. I mean the Snapdragon 430 is already an obsolete chip but one thing that is great is the software optimization which makes the phone usable in today’s environment too. The Adreno 505 GPU works well with most of the tasks.
Specs of Lenovo k5 Play
- Design: Polymer Glass
- Display: 5.7″ IPS LCD display with HD+ resolution (720 x 1440 pixels)
- Camera:Back: Dual Cameras, 13 MP with f/2.2 aperture + 2 MP depth sensor
- Front: 8 MP with f/2.0 aperture
- Processor: Octa-core Snapdragon 430 clocked at 1.4 GHz
- GPU: Adreno 505
- Security: A Fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- RAM: 3 GB
- Platform: Android 8.0 Oreo with ZUI 3.7
- Storage: 32 GB internal (expandable up to 128 GB via microSD
- Battery: 3030 mAh
Our Review on Lenovo k5 Play
The main culprit of the device is the processor, Snapdragon 430 in 2019 is weak. It can definitely do some common web browsing and social media quite easily but it fails to perform or do things other than that. Gaming is probably the one thing you can’t do here.
As far as the content consumption goes, it’s pretty okay and is assisted by some good sounding speakers.
The Camera is another area that gets a major downvote.
The 2 MP depth sensor won’t really cut it and the camera software isn’t well optimized. If you are really into Photography then, don’t get this phone. Judging by the specs the phone may seem a bit weak but the performance is actually good because of the software optimization in the interface.
Wifi connectivity is strong as well, the 3030 mAh battery is more than enough for SD 430. The phone also comes equipped with the latest version of Android 8.0 Oreo.
- Price Of lenovo k5- Rs.17,999
Well, that’s it then. These are the best phones that you can buy under 20,000 rupees in Nepal. From all these, we recommend the M20 by Samsung and you can also get the Redmi Note 7 from Xiaomi as these two phones are popular among the masses. If you need a better phone and have some extra budget then check Our list of best smartphone Under 30000 In Nepal.