As curtains draw in 2017, it is time to look back at the top smartphones launched in 2017 under Rs. 20000. We already checked out the best phones launched in the Rs 10000 price segment. So, does your favourite phone make the cut? Let’s find out.
Moto G5 Plus/Moto G5s Plus
The Moto G5 Plus was launched in early 2017 and received great reviews for its camera performance. Even today, the Moto G5 Plus’ camera is considered one of the best in its price category. The Moto G5s Plus was the updated variant of the Moto G5 Plus with the same hardware and a dual-camera setup.
The device has a 5.2 inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1080 px resolution.
Under the hood, both the devices have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, Adreno 506 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage which is expandable via microSD card. The fingerprint sensor is housed inside the home button which sits below the display.
Powering the device is a 3000 mAh battery which charges via a micro USB port.
Just like every other Moto Android phone, the smartphone runs stock Android 7.1 Nougat.
Xiaomi Mi A1
At the time of its launch, the Xiaomi Mi A1 turned quite a few heads for its stock Android OS and a dual camera setup at the price point.
The smartphone has a 5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 px LTPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass on top for protection along with an aluminium unibody build.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, 8x ARM Cortex A53 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of onboard storage which is expandable via microSD card. Handling the graphics under the hood is the Adreno 505 GPU. The pyrolytic graphite sheet will help in heat management as well, Xiaomi claims. The Xiaomi Mi A1 has an IR blaster to control appliances in your home or office.
The fingerprint sensor sits at the back of the device below the camera. Xiaomi has also included a dedicated headphone amplifier for better music listening experience.
Powering the device is a 3080 mAh battery and 2A charging through the Type C port.
Even though the phone has stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat, Xiaomi has retained a few apps, such as the Mi camera app since the Google Camera app doesn’t support dual-camera functions right now.
The smartphone features dual sensors at the back, a 12MP telephoto lens with a f/2.2 aperture (26mm) and 12MP wide-angle lens with a f/2.6 aperture (50mm) setup with 1.25-micron pixel size. The telephoto lens allows the user to take bokeh effect shots with blurred background and a 2X optical lossless zoom. For landscape shots, Xiaomi has introduced a wide angle lens while on the front is a 5MP camera.
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie
The Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie was launched in mid-2017 and received great reviews for its performance and nicely optimised cameras. The Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie comes in two variants one is with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal Storage and the other is with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of Internal Storage.
The devices come with a 5.5 inch HD Display.
Under the hood, both devices have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with a 1.4 GHz Octa Core processor with Adreno 505 in the GPU front. The fingerprint sensor sits under the screen.
Powering the device is a 3000 mAh battery.
The smartphone features a dual camera set up in the front, f/2.0, 1.0micrometer, 5P Lens, 8 MP – 6P Lens, f/2.4, 1.12 micrometre, 120Degree Wide Angle. The Primary camera is a 16 MP shooter with EIS.
Huawei Honor 7X
The Honor 7X has a lot to offer especially when its price is considered. The device is available at Rs. 12999 and has a dual camera setup along with a nearly bezel-less design. Without a doubt, the Honor 7X is the best-looking smartphone in this price category.
The Honor 7X has a 5.9 inch LTPS IPS LCD display with a 2160 x 1080 px display which translates into an 18:9 aspect ratio.
Under the hood, the Honor 7X has the HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset, Mali-T830 MP2 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The onboard storage is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card.The device is powered by a 3340 mAh battery which charges via a micro USB slot. Since the device has thin bezels, the fingerprint sensor is placed at the back of the below the dual-camera setup.
The Honor 7X runs Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 6.0 on top which gives a user more options for customising their phones.
The smartphone has a dual camera setup at the back. One of the cameras is equipped with a 16MP sensor while the other one is a 2MP depth sensor. The camera setup at the back has PDAF and records 1080P videos at 30fps. On the front is an 8MP camera which also records 1080P videos.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has a 6.4 inch 1920 x 1080 px display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top for added protection.
Under the hood, the phablet has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Cortex-A53 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB onboard storage options.
The smartphone is powered by a massive 5300 mAh with QuickCharge 3.0 and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Xiaomi’s custom skin MIUI 8 on top. The phablet has a one-hand usage mode as well. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back of the device and sits just below the cameras. The Mi Max 2 switches to dual-audio speakers when in landscape mode.
On the optics front, the Mi Max 2 has a 12-megapixel camera with a f/2.2 aperture, equipped with the Sony IMX386 sensor with PDAF and dual-LED flash. On the front, the phablet has a 5MP camera with a f/2.0 aperture.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is the only phone in the list which has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. So, if you want a rugged phone but, can’t spend more Rs. 20000 then the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) should be the ideal phone for you.
It has a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1920 x 1080 px resolution.
Under the hood, the Galaxy A5 (2017) is powered by the Exynos 7880 chipset, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded via a microSD card.
Powering the device is a 3000 mAh battery while the fingerprint sensor is housed inside the home button.
The device has a 16MP primary camera with a f/1.9 aperture that records 1080P videos at 30fps. To the front of the Galaxy A5 (2017) is another 16MP camera with a f/1.9 aperture.