Smartphone companies are booming with the number of users increasing every day. It is estimated that there are over 3 billion smartphone users in the world. Every smartphone company is trying its best to get the edge over competitors. There always was cut-throat competition for the flagship phones and it still exists to date.
The companies now seem to have focused on budget-friendly smartphones as well. Even the global leader in the smartphone market, Samsung seems to have caught the attention and is even competing against the companies like Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo and Vivo for the bragging rights of this specific user group. Today, we will give you a review of the best budget-friendly smartphones that you can purchase under Rs 20,000 in Nepal.
8. Realme C11
The increasing trend of the gaming community has forced major smartphone companies to turn their heads. People have been expecting a gaming experience smartphone in almost every price range. Realme C11 follows the trend. This is a budget-ranged gaming phone with 6.5 inch IPS LCD screen with 720 x 1560 pixel resolution.
Realme C11 houses Mediatek’s Helio G35 Octa-core chipset, which was introduced to enhance the gaming experience in the budget-smartphones. The device runs on Android 10 with Realme UI and has a non-removable 5000mAh battery.
It houses a dual rear camera setup which has a 13-megapixel f/2.2 primary camera accompanied by another 2-megapixel f/2.4 secondary camera with LED flash. It also has a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Both cameras record videos at 1080p@30fps. It only comes with 2GB RAM and 32 GB in-built memory, which will cost Rs 14,990.
7. Infinix Hot 9 Play
Infinix is a new player in the smartphone segment in the Nepali market. It has recently launched two new smartphones in the market and Hot 9 Play is one of them. The Infinix Hot 9 play is a dual-sim phone that has a huge 6.82 IPS LCD screen (82.4% screen-to-body ratio).
It is mounted with a dual rear camera setup, which packs a 13-megapixel primary camera and QVGA (low-light sensor). It has a triple LED flash. It also has an 8-megapixel front camera with a flash. Both cameras record videos at 1080p@30fps. There is a rare-mounted physical fingerprint sensor as well.
Infinix Hot 9 Play is powered by Quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 for (2/32GB) and Octa-core Helio A25 for (4/64GB). This device runs on Android 10. Along with its large screen, the phone also has a mammoth 6000mAh non-removable battery. The company claims to have improved the battery quality for Hot 9 Play by enhancing the 60% battery lifecycle for longer durability. This device will cost you Rs 11,490 for the 2/32GB variant and Rs 14,990 for the 4/64GB variant. The buyer also has four color options they can choose from.
6. POCO C3
The craze of POCO was seen when it released its F1 series in Nepal via Daraz. The mid-range smartphone was sold within hours from its release and many were upset that they did not get their hands on the set. Now, POCO has returned to the market, launching the C3 model. POCO C3 has a 6.43-inch IPS LCD screen which has a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.
In has a triple-lens setup camera in the back which boasts a 13-megapixel f/2.2 primary auto-focus camera, a second 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera, and a third 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth camera along with a LED flash residing along them. It has a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Both front and back cameras record videos at 1080p@30fps.
POCO C3 is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 processor. The device runs on Android 10 with MIUI 12 and is backed up by a 5000mAh non-removable battery. It has 64 GBs of inbuilt storage that can be expanded up to 512 GB with a micro SD card. The phone will cost you Rs 14,999 and you can choose from arctic blue, lime green, and matte black colors.
5. Samsung Galaxy M02s
Jumping into the budget friendly smartphone category, Samsung has released its new Samsung Galaxy M02s smartphone in the market. With the pressure from its competitors, this is probably the best budget smartphone Samsung has brought in years. The new Samsung Galaxy M02s has a 6.5-inch PLS TFT LCD screen with an HD+ resolution making gaming and watching video experience better.
Talking about the camera, the rear packs a 13-megapixel f/2.2 primary auto-focus camera; a second 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera, and a third 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth camera. It sports a 5-megapixel camera on the front for selfies with an f/2.2 aperture.
The Samsung Galaxy M02s is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor. Samsung Galaxy M02s runs on Android 10 with One UI Core on top and is backed up by a 5000mAh non-removable battery which charges via a USB-C port. It also supports 15W fast charging. It comes in two variant Rs 14,999 for 3/32GB and Rs 15,999 for 4/64GB.
4. Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4 is the successor of its 3.2 version which was released last year and comes with a 6.39-inch IPS LCD panel with a 1560 x 720 (HD+) resolution with a decent color saturation and has a hole punch in the top left corner.
It has a triple-camera set-up in the back which boasts a 13-megapixel autofocus primary camera, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera along with an LED flash. The camera records videos at 1080p@30fps. Upfront, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera. It comes with Nokia’s new AI image processing which also enables you to use dedicated night mode and Portrait Editor. Also, the fingerprint scanner resides just below the rear camera setup.
Nokia 3.4 is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor. The device currently on Android 10 and is said to be getting an upgrade to Android 11. It has a 4000 mAh non-removable battery. Similarly, the buyers can choose between 3 and 4 GBs of RAM with up to 64GBs of internal storage. The storage can be expanded with a dedicated micro SD card. The 3/64 GB model will cost Rs 15,599 and have three color variants to choose from.
3. Oppo A15
Oppo has really been a popular budget phone among the youth. Its design and camera are the main reasons for the attraction. Among the various variants released, Oppo A15 is the successor of last year’s Oppo A12. It has a big 6.52-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 720×1600 pixels.
The phone is mounted with a triple-camera setup. It has a 13-megapixel primary camera that supports digital zoom, a 2-megapixel secondary macro lens and another 2-megapixel depth lens. The camera has a professional mode, night mode, panorama mode, portrait, time-lapse photography and slow motion. It also has a front-facing 5-megapixel HDR camera which has AI beautification. There is a traditional fingerprint sensor located at the back of the phone. Another interesting thing about Oppo A15 is that it supports face unlock.
Oppo A15 is powered by an Octa-core Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 processor. It runs on Android 10 with ColorOS 7.2. The phone has a 4230mAh non-removable battery. The buyers have to pay Rs 18,590 for the 3/32GB variant and have two color options to choose from.
2. Motorola Moto G9 Play
Motorola has re-entered the Nepali smartphone market. The company has managed to make strides with its couple of great budget phones and now Moto G9 Play gives a pretty tough competition in the budget segment to other smartphones. The phone has a 6.50-inch IPS LCD HD+ touchscreen display with a resolution of 720×1600 pixels.
Motorola Moto G9 Play packs a triple rear camera setup. The primary camera is of 48 megapixels with an aperture of f/1.7, the secondary camera is of 2 megapixels and the third camera is of 2 megapixels as well. Along the camera resides an LED flash. The camera records video at 1080p@30fps and 60fps. It also has a 8-megapixel HDR selfie camera which can record videos at 1080p@30fps. Along with the fingerprint sensor, Moto G9 Play also supports face unlock.
The device is powered by Octa-core Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 processor, which is excellent for budget phones. It runs on Android 10 and is backed up by 5000mAh non-removable battery which supports 15W fast charging. The Moto G9 Play will cost you Rs 19,990 for the 4/128 GB variant and can be found in two colors.
1. Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi is probably a leader in the budget segment of smartphones in the Nepali market. It is no surprise that it tops this list as well. The newly launched Redmi 9 Power is probably the best smartphone that you can buy for under Rs 20,000. The device has a 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power is packed with a quad-camera setup. You will get a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Along with the camera resides an LED flash. It boasts an 8-megapixel selfie camera and is AI beautified which makes photos look even better. The camera records videos at 1080p@30fps. The phone has a fingerprint sensor and also supports AI face unlock.
This device is powered by Octa-core Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 processor, which makes it efficient and performing smooth switching between the apps. It runs on Android 10 with MIUI 12 and is backed up by a mammoth 6000mAh non-removable battery which supports 18W fast charging and also 2.5W reverse charging. Redmi 9 Power has three different variant you can choose from. It will cost you Rs 18,999 for 4/64GB, Rs 20,999 for 4/128 GB and Rs 21,999 for 6/128GB. You also have four color options you can choose from.