Over the last few months, several smartphones have launched in India under ₹20,000, and they’re just getting better. Xiaomi just brought a high refresh rate AMOLED to this budget while Relme is adamant on bringing support 5G connectivity, whereas Poco just released “could be” gaming phone under ₹20,000.
“For ₹18,999, Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is an absolute all-rounder. It leaves behind the competition in terms of design, and that 120Hz SuperAMOLED is just beautiful. The performance is on the mark though the software experience isn’t the best out there. We expect Xiaomi to iron out these issues with the MIUI 12.5 update. The cameras might not be the best, but they are good, and that 5MP macro camera is the hero of the show. Overall, it’s all good, but there are few caveats.” an excerpt from our review of Redmi Note 10 Pro Max.
The Note 10 Pro Max wins the title for the all-rounder; its sibling, the Note 10 Pro, is no slouch either. The Redmi Note 10 Pro comes with everything that the Note 10 Pro Max has to offer, but it comes with a much modest 64 Samsung GW3 sensor that might be more than enough for anyone. So, for ₹15,999, the Redmi Note 10 Pro is an absolute banger if you don’t need more pixels in your photos.
Poco X3 Pro
Here comes another champion, the Poco X3 Pro. Many had a question if it’s better than the Redmi Note 10 Pro/ Pro Max, and as we said in our review, “Yes, it is, but in terms of raw power.” So, the Poco X3 Pro is made for those who demand power, in easy words, those who game on their smartphones.
The Poco X3 Pro comes with a hell of a chipset, the Snapdragon 860, a tweaked version of Qualcomm’s previous flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 855. Unfortunately, it compromises some things that might not affect a gamer a lot but could be a bummer for someone looking for a wholesome package. Such as it does have a 120Hz refresh rate, but it isn’t AMOLED. Next, the camera setup is not like either of the Redmi Note 10 Pro. So grab it if you want to play some Battlegrounds Mobile or CoD or consider one of our other recommendations.
Moto G40 Fusion/G60
Moto G40 Fusion and G60 are Redmi Note 10 Pro and Pro Max in Moto’s skin. There’s practically no difference between the two’s and even the relationship between the G40 Fusion and G60 is the same as its Redmi counterparts. The only difference between Moto G40 Fusion and G60 is the camera sensor. The G40 Fusion comes with a 64MP sensor, while the G60 has a 108MP primary sensor.
Both the Moto G40 Fusion and G60 miss out on the AMOLED panel, which might not impress some as Xiaomi is offering an AMOLED panel in the same price range. However, the Moto G40 and G60 runs a near-stock Android 12, while Xiaomi’s MIUI doesn’t have that good reputation. So, if you’re out in the market looking for a smartphone with a clean and smooth UI, and if an AMOLED panel is not much of your concern, then you can grab the Moto G40 Fusion or Moto G60, depending on your budget.
Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G
Narzo is another gaming-oriented smartphone, and this Realme sub-brand has been a favourite among many because of the value it’s been providing since its inception, and it’s the same with Narzo 30 Pro.
The realme Narzo 30 Pro features a 120Hz display with a 180Hz sampling rate which might be something a smartphone gamer would be looking out for, and the Dimensity 800U Processor powers the Narzo 30 Pro. Don’t forget you’re getting support for 5G connectivity which can’t be considered a sole feature but an added bonus. So the realme Narzo 30 Pro makes a great deal for the value for money it’s offering.
“The Redmi Note 10 is a wholesome deal considering that the base model is available for just Rs 11,999. You’re getting a solid build quality, an AMOLED panel, and great pairs of the camera along with a 5000mAh battery and a 33W charger included in the box. However, there is room for improvement in the software and camera department. But overall, the Redmi Note 10 is an absolute winner, and it is undoubtedly the best value for money smartphone in the sub-15,000 price segment,” an excerpt from our review of Redmi Note 10.
Redmi Note 10 is a pretty good smartphone but does have its shortcoming hugely in terms of power and camera, so if you want a decent Redmi Note without spending much, you can also lookout for the Redmi Note 10S. The Note 10S is the Note 10 with MediaTek Helio G95 SoC and 64MP sensor from the Note 10 Pro.