1. Oppo F5:
Oppo, famous for its selfie-focused smartphones, has launched its latest smartphone Oppo F5, which is yet another selfie-focused smartphone but this time, the phone packs a lot more. Let’s first start with the design, the highlighting aspect of the Oppo F5 design is its bezel-less display with almost no bezels on the side and minimum bezels on the top and bottom. Due to this, the phone looks beautiful and accommodates a big 6 inches screen in the size of a typical 5.5 inches phone. There back is made up of matte finish aluminium.
Should you buy?
Overall, the Oppo F5 with its excellent selfie camera, excellent bezel-less design with big 6 inches 18:9 aspect ratio display, AI capabilities, good performance and all the features is a good well-balanced phone. Unlike earlier phones from Oppo in this price range which only excelled in selfies, the Oppo F5 takes care of all the vital aspects required for a good smartphone experience. It can be a very good choice under 20000 Rs.
2. Vivo V7:
The latest smartphone to come out from Vivo’s kitty is yet another selfie-centric smartphone, the Vivo V7. But this time, it not only packs in a big selfie camera but has also got the narrow bezel design with trending 18:9 aspect ratio display. Going into the design part in details first, the Vivo V7 is a beauty which comes in a sturdy build which looks like a metal unibody but is actually a plastic build, with just a metal trim around the edges. The big 5.7 inches screen occupies much of the front of the phone, as it has got an excellent 83.6% screen to body ratio. The good thing about the display is that it comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
Should you buy?
Overall, the Vivo V7, with its excellent set of cameras, is a beautiful smartphone with a big screen having 18:9 aspect ratio but a compact body due to narrow bezels. However, it does not have a Full HD+ display, nor does it have a processor which justifies the price. So, it is up to you, you get excellent cameras, Full view display and Facial unlock but you have to sacrifice in the display resolution and performance. If you are okay with this, it can be a good choice.
3. Moto X4 (3 GB):
After a long wait, Motorola has launched its highly anticipated phone in the popular ‘Moto X’ series – the Moto X4. Currently, Motorola has its Moto Z series as flagship and the Moto G series as a budget offering and the company has introduced the Moto X series to sit between the two. The Moto X4 is meant to be a premium offering than the Moto G5s Plus and it very successfully achieves that with its premium glass and metal design, with Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and back and a metal frame in-between. The glasses blend perfectly into the frame and the phone looks very beautiful and gets full marks in the design.
Should you buy?
Overall, the Moto X4 is a well-thought premium smartphone with all round features. It packs in excellent cameras, excellent design, good performance, stock Android and a lot more. More importantly, the phone successfully delivers a premium experience and one can enjoy it for a long time. It is one of the best phones under 20000 Rs. in India.
4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (6 GB):
Xiaomi, after a long wait, has launched the successors to its popular Redmi Note 4, as the Redmi Note 5 and the more powerful Redmi Note 5 Pro. When compared to the Redmi Note 5, the Redmi Note 5 Pro packs in dual rear cameras, big selfie camera and a better processor. Let’s get into the details of the smartphone starting with its design. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes in a very well-built premium metal unibody design having narrow bezels and rounded edges on the display, due to which the front of the phone looks beautiful. On the rear, there is tapered metal finish with curved edges, which makes it comfortable to hold and use.
Should you buy?
Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is a great all-round smartphone. It comes with the big modern 18:9 display, premium design, excellent rear camera, great front camera, excellent performance, great big battery, good software, lots of features and suits to the needs of all types of users. It is really a great package, something like this was never seen at this price. It deserves to be called as the budget flagship smartphone and is the best mobile under 20000 Rs. in India.
5. Honor 9i:
After introducing it with a different name in China, Huawei has launched its much-anticipated phone Honor 9i in India. The Honor 9i packs some remarkable features, it is the first phone in India to come with four cameras, it also comes with very narrow bezel 18:9 display. It shows us a glimpse of where the competition will be heading to in the future of budget smartphones. The Honor 9i comes in a premium metallic unibody design, it is very well built and comfortable to hold with its rounded edges. It comes with very less bezels and due to which it accommodates a huge 5.9 inches screen in the size of a typical 5.5 inches phone, which is a great thing.
Should you buy?
Overall, the Honor 9i is a unique smartphone offering some big highlighting features like a narrow bezel 18:9 aspect ratio display and four cameras. The phone is very well designed, has very good quality cameras, good display and good overall features which make it a well-balanced smartphone. However, performance is the area where it won’t be a right choice for heavy gamers otherwise, it is a great package. And if you wanted to buy an 18:9 aspect ratio phone, the Honor 9i is the best choice in the budget segment, and is one of the best phones under 20000 Rs.
6. Samsung Galaxy A5 :
Samsung has launched its new Galaxy A5 (2017) which serves as a mid-budget flagship phone for the company. The Galaxy A5 (2017) is one of the first Samsung phones in India to support its new revolutionary ‘Samsung Pay’, which enables you to store your card information in your phone and pay wirelessly. It works with almost all the POS machines in India and to make a payment, all you need to do is, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, use fingerprint or pin to authorise the transaction and place the phone against the POS machine and your payment is done.
securely. Samsung Pay is really a great technology and makes life easier and the Galaxy A5 (2017) supporting Samsung Pay is one of the best thing about the phone. It comes with a very beautiful and premium looking design with nice curved glass in the front and rear blending seamlessly into the metal frame. With round edges, it is comfortable to hold. The Galaxy A5 (2017) gets full marks in the design department. It comes in a 5.2 inches screen with Full HD Super AMOLED display and has excellent quality.
The screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The Galaxy A5 (2017) comes with an Always On display instead of the notification LED, it consumes very less power and turns the display black and white and shows time, calendar and other important notification icons, it is a nice handy feature. It runs on Samsung’s own 1.9 GHz Octa Core Exynos 7880 processor which comes coupled with 3 GB RAM and Mali-T830 GPU. The Exynos 7880 is much like the Snapdragon 625 processor, it delivers very good performance without overheating and is battery efficient also. Apart from smooth day to day usage, heavy games and multitasking are also handled well in the Galaxy A5 (2017). It features a 16 MP f/1.9 aperture rear camera which has very good picture quality.
For selfie lovers, the phone packs another 16 MP f/1.9 aperture camera in the front, which again takes beautiful and detailed selfies. Both the cameras handle low light performance well also. Both the cameras can record 1080p (Full HD) videos only, apart from 4k recording capability, OIS is also missing in the phone. The camera app also includes various filters and a Pro mode. The phone still runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow but will get the Nougat update soon.
It comes with Samsung’s new Grace UX which is a lighter version of the Touchwiz UI. The Grace UX looks better and has some added features and themes support, it also has one handed mode. Another great thing about the phone is, it is IP68 Water and Dust resistant so, you can wash your phone or jump inside a swimming pool with pride and no fear at all! The phone has an accurate fingerprint scanner situated on the home button below the screen.
It uses USB Type-C port for data syncing and charging. The Galaxy A5 (2017) comes with two sim slots and a separate microSD slot. It has 32 GB of internal storage which is expandable upto 256 GB. It is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery which delivers good battery backup and supports Samsung’s fast charging which fully charges the phone in around 80 minutes.
Should you buy?
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is a great beautiful smartphone with the correct balance of everything. It offers many flagship like features and there is hardly anything bad in the phone. It gives a premium and pretty balanced user experience and especially Samsung Pay makes it even greater. And now, when its price is reduced to under 20000 Rs., the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) can be a very good phone to buy.
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