Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 20,000 in Nepal [Updated]

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The lower mid-range segment of smartphones has got a lot of great contenders for the crown. Those cheeky smartphone pushers could very easily and wrongfully sway an average consumer. Therefore, it is necessary to know what you’re buying before going on to buy them. At the price of NPR 20000, you can get a lot of great phones. And here is our updated pick for the best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal.

Note: In this list, we have also included a few smartphones that cost more than NPR 20000—but not by a lot. We’ve done this so that you can further curate your choices, and also because we don’t want you to miss any good deal by spending NPR 500 – 1,000 more. The prices of such products are marked with an asterisk (*) at the end.

Best mobile phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal: 

6. Infinix Hot 12 Play

Infinix Hot 12 Play - Horizon Blue

Kicking off our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is the Infinix Hot 12 Play. With this, Infinix has tried to deliver a “big” smartphone experience on a budget. It has a massive 6.82″ display for all your media consumption needs. This is also a smoother screen with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate, while it also has a more modern-looking hole-punch cutout for the front camera.

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Having said that, Infinix has still not upped the resolution to Full HD here, so expect some pixelation whenever interacting with this display. The Hot 12 Play also goes big on battery life with its massive 6000mAh battery. But this one also charges super-slow at just 10W, via the onboard USB-C connection.

Android 12 out-of-the-box

As for the performance, you’re getting the Unisoc T610 chip here. And it even boots on Android 12 with Infinix’s custom skin called “XOS 10” on top. In terms of memory, the Hot 12 Play comes with 4/6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage, whereas it can also accept up to 512GB of micro SD card. It also supports virtual RAM expansion by up to 3GB.

There’s also a dedicated game space called “XArena” where you can launch your games and optimize performance, accordingly. Camera-wise, the Infinix Hot 12 Play brings a 13MP primary and a 2MP AI sensor at the back—and an 8MP selfie shooter inside the hole-punch cutout. Biometric options on this budget phone include a fingerprint sensor located at the back.

Infinix Hot 12 Play Specifications:

  • Display: 6.82-inches IPS LCD screen, HD+, 90Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: Unisoc T610 4G (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: XOS 10 on top of Android 12
  • Rear Camera: Dual (13MP primary, 2MP AI)
  • Front Camera: 8MP lens (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Galileo / Glonass, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Electronic Compass, Gyro, Proximity
  • Battery: 6000mAh with 10W fast charging (10W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 17,799 (4/128GB)

5. Redmi 10

Redmi 10 - Caribbean Green

Next up in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is the Redmi 10. Launched in May 2022, the Redmi 10 is somehow different from the Redmi 10 (2022). Just Xiaomi things, amirite? Anyway, this phone goes by “Redmi 10C” in Nigeria (this variant has a smaller 5000mAh battery) and “Redmi 10 Power” in India as well.

Rebrandings aside, the Redmi 10 is for those who want a large display and a battery that goes on all day long. Case in point, the phone has a massive 6.7″ IPS LCD screen, a 6000mAh battery, and dual speakers. As a result, you can binge videos on YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, and other platforms all through the day without having to worry about battery life.

60Hz HD LCD display

Like the Infinix Hot 12 Play above, Xiaomi has also gone with just HD resolution here so you might notice content pixelation in some cases. And juicing up the phone is equally time-consuming since it supports 18W fast charging only. Plus, the company only ships a 10W power adapter inside the box. Having said that, 18W is a pretty common charging standard in this price bracket so it’s not a big deal really.

On the performance front, Redmi 10 is powered by Snapdragon 680, which is manufactured under an efficient 6nm process node. While it does help in maintaining higher battery endurance, the 680 isn’t that powerful compared to other processors on our list. Moving on, the phone has dual cameras at the back—50MP main and 2MP depth—and a 5MP selfie shooter.

Redmi 10 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.7-inches IPS LCD screen, HD+, 60Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G (6nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 13 on top of Android 11
  • Rear Camera: Dual (50MP primary, 2MP depth)
  • Front Camera: 5MP lens (notch)
  • Security: Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Hybrid dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Galileo / Glonass / Beidou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light, E-compass, Proximity, IR Blaster
  • Battery: 6000mAh with 18W fast charging (10W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 18,999 (4/64GB)
  • Buy Redmi 10 here

4. Realme Narzo 50A Prime

Realme Narzo 50A Prime - Flash Blue

Taking the 4th spot on our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is Realme’s Narzo 50A Prime. Essentially, this is a Realme C35 in disguise—except that it is powered by a slightly slower Unisoc T612 processor instead of T616. It comes with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. As for the software, the Narzo 50A Prime is loaded with Realme UI R Edition based on Android 11.

This “R Edition” of Realme UI is pretty bare-bone, which kinda makes sense for a budget phone. In terms of cameras, you’re looking at a triple-lens setup consisting of a 50MP primary, a 2MP macro, and a B&W portrait sensor at the back. Then there’s an 8MP selfie camera inside the teardrop notch.

No charger inside the box

Narzo 50A Prime also impresses with its battery. Here, you get a big 5000mAh battery, which Realme says, can last up to 8.1 hours of continuous gaming or 17.2 hours of streaming YouTube. It supports 18W fast charging for quickly filling up the battery but interestingly (or annoyingly?) enough, Realme hasn’t shipped a compatible power brick inside the box this time.

Yes, this is in fact the first-ever Realme phone to give in to the trend of smartphone brands skipping a charger inside the box. And we’re not sure if folks who’re buying a budget phone are going to appreciate this practice. Anyway, the Narzo 50A Prime has a pretty nice display though. It’s still an LCD panel, but Realme has gone with a sharper, Full HD resolution.

Realme Narzo 50A Prime Specifications:

  • Display: 6.6-inches IPS LCD screen, FHD+, 60Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: Unisoc T612 4G (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64/128GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Realme UI R Edition on top of Android 11
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 2MP macro, B&W portrait sensor)
  • Front Camera: 8MP lens (notch)
  • Security: Fingerprint scanner (side-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Galileo / Glonass / BeiDou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Gyro, Proximity, Magnetic Induction
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 18W fast charging (power adapter not provided)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 20,299* (4/64GB)
  • Buy Realme Narzo 50A Prime here

3. Micromax In Note 1

Micromax In Note 1 - White best phones under 20000 in Nepal

Back in the day (about 6-7 years ago), Indian smartphone makers including Micromax ruled the Nepalese smartphone market. But with grueling competition from Chinese vendors like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and more, they faded away from the market.

And last year, Micromax made a comeback in the Indian market by capitalizing on the growing anti-China sentiment in the country. Consequently, the company is back in Nepal as well. Besides In 2b, this is the only other Micromax phone available in Nepal, which has managed to take a spot in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal.

Pretty powerful

The phone packs in some serious firepower as well. It is powered by MediaTek’s Helio G85 SoC which is a slight upgrade over the G80, specifically in terms of GPU (+50MHz). Complementing the chipset is 4GB of RAM and either 64/128GB of internal storage.

Micromax In Note 1 also has a decent 6.67-inches FHD+ LCD display. As for cameras, you’re getting a quad-lens setup consisting of a 48MP primary, a 5MP wide-angle, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. One major talking point about it is also its stock Android 10 OS. Plus, the company has also promised 2 years of OS and 3 years of security updates for the phone. As such, the phone has already been updated to Android 11.

Micromax In Note 1 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.67-inches IPS LCD screen, FHD+, 60Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G85 4G (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64/128GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 (Android 11 update on April 2021)
  • Rear Camera: Quad (48MP primary, 5MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 16MP lens (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 18W fast charging (18W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 18,990 (4/64GB)
  • Buy Micromax In Note 1 here
  • Read our review of Micromax In Note 1
  • Watch our review of Micromax In Note 1

2. Redmi 10 Prime 2022

Redmi 10 Prime 2022 - Phantom Black best phones under 20000 in Nepal

Taking the silver medal in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is the new Redmi 10 Prime 2022. “New” might be a bit of an overstatement here since this phone is basically the same as last year’s Redmi 10 Prime.

To make matters even more confusing, the newly launched Redmi 10 (2022) is pretty much the same phone as this one—except for the battery size. But despite being launched in 2022, the Redmi 10 Prime (2022) still boots with Android 11-based MIUI 12.5. Handling the performance side of things is MediaTek’s Helio G88 chip, paired with 4/6GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage.

Great performance

For a phone in this price range, the G88 is one of the best performers even though its 12nm process means it isn’t exactly that power efficient. Then again, the phone has a massive 6000mAh battery which should easily last you a couple of days. It supports 18W fast charging and a compatible power brick is provided inside the box itself.

Moving on, the Redmi 10 Prime (2022) brings a quad-camera setup at the back consisting of a 50MP primary, an 8MP ultrawide, and a couple of 2MP sensors for macro and portrait shots. Upfront, you’re looking at a large 6.5″ 90Hz IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass 3. Its hole-punch cutout includes an 8MP selfie camera.

Redmi 10 Prime (2022) Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen, FHD+, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G88 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4/6GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64/128GB eMMC 5.1 storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 12.5 on top of Android 11
  • Rear Camera: Quad (50MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 8MP lens (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Beidou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light, E-compass, Proximity, IR Blaster
  • Battery: 6000mAh with 18W fast charging (18W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 20,499* (4/64GB)
  • Buy Redmi 10 Prime (2022) here
  • Read our review of Redmi 10 Prime
  • Watch our review of Redmi 10 Prime

1. Samsung Galaxy F22

Samsung Galaxy F22 Denim Blue best phones under 20000 in Nepal

Finally, our number one pick in this list of best phones under NPR 20000 is the Samsung Galaxy F22. Considering its price, there’s a lot to love about this phone. First off, it is the only phone to bring a Super AMOLED display in this price bracket.

Compared to the traditional LCD screens, you’ll get richer blacks and more punchy colors on this screen. Plus, it also refreshes at 90Hz—thereby making scrolling actions oh-so-smooth.

One UI Core experience

Powering the Galaxy F22 is Helio G80, with either 4/6GB LPDDR4X RAM and up to 128GB eMMC 5.1 storage. So, Samsung has got the performance side of things covered as well. Moreover, running the show is Android 11-based One UI Core 3.1, which is well-optimized and doesn’t result in any micro-lags or stutters either.

Moving on, the camera is another aspect where this phone shines. It has a quad-camera arrangement at the back with a 48MP primary, an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP portrait, and a 2MP macro lens. Compared to the more expensive Galaxy M32, we’ve found camera performance from both phones to be ridiculously similar. F22 also delivers stellar battery endurance with its 6000mAh battery that supports 15W charging.

Samsung Galaxy F22 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, HD+, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G80 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4/6GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64/128GB eMMC 5.1 storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: One UI Core 3.1 on top of Android 11
  • Rear Camera: Quad (48MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 13MP lens (notch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic, Virtual Light, Virtual Proximity
  • Battery: 6000mAh with 15W fast charging (15W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 20,999* (4/64GB)
  • Buy Samsung Galaxy F22 here
  • Read our review of Samsung Galaxy F22
  • Watch our review of Samsung Galaxy F22

Summary list of best mobile phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal

Rank Best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal Price
1 Samsung Galaxy F22 (4/64GB) NPR 20,999*
2 Redmi 10 Prime 2022 (4/64GB) NPR 20,499*
3 Micromax In Note 1 (4/64GB) NPR 18,990
4 Realme Narzo 50A Prime (4/64GB) NPR 20,299*
5 Redmi 10 (4/64GB) NPR 18,999
6 Infinix Hot 12 Play (4/128GB) NPR 17,799

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