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. An average consumer could very easily and wrongfully be swayed by those cheeky smartphone pushers. 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. Here is our updated pick for the best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal.

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Best mobile phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal:

10. Vivo Y12s

Vivo Y12s - Glacier Blue

Kicking off our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is the Vivo Y12s. Thanks to various hip marketing campaigns by the team at Vivo Nepal, the phone managed to be a hit.

But make no mistake, it’s a mediocre phone at best with a surprisingly good set of cameras. Plus, it also has a pretty beautiful design. While it only has a dual-camera setup, the phone can take impressive photos.

More specifically, it has a 13MP primary lens and a 2MP depth sensor. Upfront, you get an 8MP selfie camera inside a traditional teardrop notch. Other than this, Vivo Y12s has a pretty decent battery as well. Its 5000mAh cell will easily last you throughout the day. However, it only supports a maximum of 10W of power—that too via a micro USB port.

Moving on, the phone has a 6.51-inches HD+ screen. As a result, the contents don’t look as sharp here. Performance-wise, it is powered by MediaTek’s Helio P35 SoC with either 3/4GB of RAM. The 32/128GB internal storage is expandable too. But right now, Vivo Nepal has only brought the lower-end 3/32GB variant here.

Vivo Y12s Specifications:

  • Display: 6.51-inches IPS LCD display, 270PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P35 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 3/4GB RAM, 32/128GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 with Vivo’s FunTouch OS 11
  • Rear Camera: Dual (13MP primary, 2MP depth)
  • Front Camera: 8MP sensor (notch)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Physical (side-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / Glonass / Galileo / BeiDou, Micro-USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light, E-Compass, Gyro
  • Battery: 5000mAh battery with 10W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 17,999 (3/32GB)

9. Samsung Galaxy A12

Samsung Galaxy A12 - Black

Taking the 9th position in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is the Samsung Galaxy A12. And you could probably already tell the phone’s quality by how far it ranks in our list.

For a phone that costs around 20K, Samsung has failed to deliver a notable level of performance here. A12 is powered by a rather dated Helio P35 chipset which has been complemented by 4GB of RAM.

Exynos 850 vs Helio P35

It is also available with Exynos 850 SoC, which is based on a more power-efficient 8nm process. Apart from being more battery-friendly, this chipset doesn’t necessarily bring a significant performance boost compared to the Helio P35. Compared to the octa-core cluster of Cortex-A53 CPU in P35, the Exynos 850 bumps that to Cortex-A55 instead.

In terms of storage, you can go with either a 64 or 128GB variant. Among the few redeeming qualities of the phone is its quad-camera setup that consists of a 48MP primary, a 5MP ultra-wide, a 2MP depth, and a 2MP macro lens. Similarly, there’s an 8MP selfie shooter inside the “Infinity-V” notch. You’re also getting a big 5000mAh battery that should easily last you a day or two. Juicing it up will take a while with its 15W charging mechanism.

Besides this, the Galaxy A12 compromises on all other fronts. As I mentioned earlier, the Helio P35 shouldn’t exist in a phone at this price point. While it will handle lightweight tasks just fine, we’ve come to expect a little more on phones under 20K. Its 6.5″ TFT LCD screen is equally underwhelming too. While the competition is offering an FHD screen, Samsung has stuck to an HD panel here.

Samsung Galaxy A12 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inches PLS TFT LCD display, 270PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P35 (12nm) / Exynos 850 (8nm)
  • Memory: 3/4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 with One UI on top
  • Rear Camera: Quad (48MP primary, 5MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 8MP sensor (notch)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Physical (side-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / Glonass / Galileo, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Virtual Proximity, Virtual Light Sensing
  • Battery: 5000mAh battery with 15W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 18,999 (4/64GB) | NPR 19,999 (4/128GB)

8. Coolpad Cool 6

Coolpad Cool 6 - Blue

Coolpad re-entered the Nepalese market a few months back. In all honesty, we’re still a little hesitant in recommending its smartphones seeing Coolpad’s weak history of software updates, after-sales services, weak distribution channels, and other factors. Still, if you don’t mind those, then it does have a couple of exciting products.

And here, taking the eighth spot in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is the Coolpad Cool 6. While it initially ranked in our list of best phones under 25K, its recent price drop has moved it to the 20K price bracket instead. Anyway, the most intriguing factor of the device is most definitely is its pop-up selfie camera mechanism.

While other entries in this list opt for a teardrop or a punch-hole cutout selfie shooter, the Cool 6 delivers excellent screen space with its motorized front-facing camera. Talking about cameras, the phone has a triple-lens setup at the back. It is let by a 48MP primary, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor.

The display is a 6.53-inches FHD+ IPS LCD panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Powering the Coolpad Cool 6 is a rather dated Helio P70 chipset. The phone runs on Android 10 out-of-the-box and there is no word if it’ll receive the Android 11 update. The phone gets its juice from a decent 4000mAh battery that charges via the USB Type-C port.

Coolpad Cool 6 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen, FHD+ (2340×1080 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P70 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Triple (48MP primary, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 21MP lens (motorized pop-up)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS / AGPS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 19,995 (6/128GB)

7. Motorola Moto G9 Play

Motorola Moto G9 Play - Sapphire Blue

Now, the seventh spot in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal goes to the Moto G9 Play. Motorola’s re-entry into the domestic market was an interesting development (to say the least) and the company has managed to make strides with its couple of great budget phones.

Here, Moto G9 Play gives tough competition to offerings from Xiaomi and POCO but ultimately falls short in a few aspects.

Let’s first talk about the things to love on this phone. As with other Motorola phones, the G9 Play runs on near-stock Android 10 as well. So if you want a clean, ad-free Android experience, this is the one to get. Also, its cameras as quite good. You get a 48MP main sensor alongside two 2MP sensors for macro, portrait images. Upfront, the phone comes with an 8MP sensor inside the teardrop notch.

On the performance front, the Moto G9 Play is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 662 SoC. This has been paired with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. Coming to the front, the phone has a 6.5-inch IPS HD+ display. Had the company gone with an FHD screen, this could’ve easily ranked ahead in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal. G9 Play gets its juice from a big 5000mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging.

Motorola Moto G9 Play Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inches IPS LCD panel, 269PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 (11nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64/128GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Triple (48MP main, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 8MP lens (notch)
  • Security: Physical fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / LTEPP / SUPL, USB Type-C, NFC
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Ambient Light, Sar
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 15W charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 19,990 (4/128GB)
  • Read our review of Motorola Moto G9 Play
  • Watch our review of Motorola Moto G9 Play

6. Realme C21Y

Realme C21Y - Cross Blue best phones under 20000 in Nepal

The next entry in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is the Realme C21Y. After the restructured management of Realme Nepal, the company has introduced its products at competitive prices.

And the new Realme C21Y follows this trend as well. This budget phone is powered by a Unisoc T610 chipset, which hosts powerful Cortex-A75 CPU cores. It has been complemented by either 3 or 4GB RAM and up to 64GB internal storage.

However, Realme has gone with HD+ resolution on the C21Y—while you can easily find budget phones in Nepal under 20K with a Full HD display. Its 6.5″ IPS LCD panel has a teardrop notch for the 5MP selfie camera. Similarly, it can hit 400 nits of peak brightness. At the back, there’s a fingerprint reader and a squarish camera module.

Realme C21Y has a triple camera setup consisting of a 13MP primary, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP B&W sensor. Thankfully, this phone runs on Android 11 (with Realme UI on top)—contrary to how other entries in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal ship with Android 10-based UI. Fueling the Realme C21Y is a 5000mAh battery that unfortunately charges via a Micro USB connection.

Realme C21Y Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inches IPS LCD panel, 270PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: Unisoc T610 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 (with Realme UI)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (13MP main, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 5MP lens (notch)
  • Security: Physical fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Beidou, Micro USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Magnetic Induction
  • Battery: 5000mAh cell
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 17,099 (4/64GB)

5. Micromax In Note 1

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

Back in the day (about 5-6 years ago), Indian smartphone makers including Micromax ruled the Nepalese smartphone market.

But with grueling competition from Chinese vendors like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, etc., they faded away from the market. Recently, 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. As of now, only the In Note 1 is available in Nepal which has managed to take a spot in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal. 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. In terms of 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 OS. Plus, the company has also promised 2 years of OS and 3 years of security updates for the phone.

Micromax In Note 1 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.67-inches IPS LCD panel, 395PPI, FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G85 (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 (punch-hole)
  • Security: Physical 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
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 18,490 (4/64GB) | NPR 19,990 (4/128GB)

4. POCO M2 Reloaded

POCO M2 Reloaded - Blue best phones under 20000 in Nepal

Before any confusion ensues, I’d like to clear up that the POCO M2 Reloaded is practically the same as the regular POCO M2. While the latter stood out for its great value for money by delivering 6GB RAM under 20K, it is no longer available in the market. Instead, you’ll find the POCO M2 Reloaded, which is the same phone but with 4GB of RAM.

But why the different names, you might ask? I really can’t tell. Anyway, with its powerful Helio G80 chipset, it is still among the best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal. With this gaming-focused silicon, you can have a smooth PUBG Mobile gameplay under smooth graphics and ultra frame rates. Still, keep your expectations in check since the phone will be subject to heating under long gaming sessions.

Moving on, the POCO M2 Reloaded is available with 64GB of internal storage. Other highlights of POCO M2 include a 6.53-inches FHD+ display, 13MP quad-camera, a fingerprint sensor, a big 5000mAh battery, and 18W fast charging. It runs on Android 10 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 11 skin on top.

POCO M2 Reloaded Specifications:

  • Display: 6.53-inches IPS LCD panel, 394PPI, FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G80 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 11 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad (13MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, 5MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 8MP lens (notch)
  • Security: Physical fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Beidou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Electronic Compass
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 18W fast charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 17,999 (4/64GB)

3. Samsung Galaxy M12

Samsung Galaxy M12 best phones under 20000 in Nepal

Sitting in the third position in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is the Samsung Galaxy M12. Now, you may already know that this is not the best device on this list in terms of sheer power.

But, with its excellent battery life, superior cameras, smooth display, and better thermal performance, we believe that the Galaxy M12 delivers an even user experience in all regards.

Powering the phone is Samsung’s own Exynos 850 SoC. This chipset is built on a relatively energy-efficient 8nm process node. What this basically means is that it won’t heat up as fast or as bad as other 11/12nm silicon-powered smartphones in this list. Plus, you get excellent battery endurance too. But that doesn’t signify its performance level as this chip only houses Cortex-A55 efficiency cores all clocked at 2.0GHz.

This has been paired with either 4/6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. Coming to the front, so far, Galaxy M12 is also the only phone in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal to have a 90Hz screen. So, from scrolling the web to browsing through the UI, everything feels buttery smooth. Its 48MP primary sensor-led camera setup gives out better images compared to Redmi 9 Power except for the wide-angle shots.

Samsung Galaxy M12 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inches 90Hz PLS LCD panel, 394PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: Exynos 850 (8nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: One UI Core 3.1 on top of Android 11
  • Rear Camera: Quad (48MP primary, 5MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 8MP lens (notch)
  • Security: Physical fingerprint scanner (side-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Virtual Proximity, Grip, Virtual Light
  • Battery: 6000mAh with 15W charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 18,499 (4/64GB)
  • Read our review of Samsung Galaxy M12
  • Watch our review of Samsung Galaxy M12

2. Redmi 9 Power (9T)

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power - Mighty Black

Likewise, the number two spot in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 goes to the new Redmi 9 Power (9T). Before you go off about its shortcomings against the POCO M2 Reloaded above, listen to this. Contrary to the M2’s 6GB of RAM, it only gets 4GB of memory, yes.

Plus, the Snapdragon 662 is slightly inferior to the Helio G80 in terms of raw power. However, we believe it delivers a more balanced performance compared to the POCO M2 Reloaded—thereby making it a worthier investment. Let me explain.

First off is the performance itself. Here, the 11nm Snapdragon 662 is a lot more energy-efficient than the Helio G80. As a result, it will not heat up as much as the competition. And about that performance difference, it’s dismissably marginal—which is less than 10%. Additionally, the 4GB of onboard RAM is not the end of the world itself.

It will handle your everyday usage including multitasking just fine. Now let’s talk about the reasons to choose this over the POCO M2 Reloaded. Besides the balanced performance, you get an upgraded camera setup. Its 48MP camera produces comparatively better-looking images with great details.

The wideangle, macro, and portrait images are a lot-lot better as well. Redmi has really worked on the color science side of things here. Also, it offers a better battery life thanks to the bigger 6000mAh cell that supports 18W fast charging.

Redmi 9 Power Specifications:

  • Display: 6.53-inches IPS LCD panel, 394PPI, FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 (11nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB UFS 2.1 / 128GB UFS 2.2 storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 12 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad (48MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 8MP lens (notch)
  • Security: Physical fingerprint scanner (side-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Beidou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity, Vibration Motor, IR Blaster, Proximity
  • Battery: 6000mAh with 18W charging (22.5W brick inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 18,999 (4/64GB)
  • Read our review of Redmi 9 Power

1. Samsung Galaxy F22

Samsung Galaxy F22 Denim Blue

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.

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 cameras 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 a 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
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 20,499* (4/64GB) (Available for Rs. 20,000)
  • Read our impressions of Samsung Galaxy F22
  • Watch our impressions 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 20,499*
2 Redmi 9 Power/9T (4/64GB) NPR 18,999
3 Samsung Galaxy M12 (4/64GB) NPR 18,499
4 POCO M2 Reloaded (4/64GB) NPR 17,999
5 Micromax In Note 1 (4/128GB) NPR 19,990
6 Realme C21Y (4/64GB) NPR 17,099
7 Motorola Moto G9 Play (4/128GB) NPR 19,990
8 Coolpad Cool 6 (6/128GB) NPR 19,995
9 Samsung Galaxy A12 “Exynos” (4/128GB) NPR 19,999
10 Vivo Y12s (3/32GB) NPR 17,999

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