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 Rs. 20000, you can get a lot of great phones. Here is our pick for the best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal.

7. Vivo Y11 (2019)

Vivo Y11 (2019) Coral Red

Starting off this list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is the Vivo Y11 (2019). Featuring a Snapdragon SoC and fairly modern design, this phone is quite an eye candy; especially the rear panel. It comes in either Coral Red and Jade Green color options that reflect differently depending upon how light hits the surface. The back panel houses the fingerprint sensor.

“Halo” display

Coming forward, the 6.35-inches Halo LCD display features a V-shaped notch for the 8MP front-facing camera. It has a minimal HD+ resolution and a sharpness of 268PPI of sharpness. At the back, you’ll find the dual-AI camera that constitutes a 13MP primary lens and a 2MP depth sensor. In the processing front is the 12nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset.

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This has been paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There is a dedicated SD card slot to expand the storage. However, the most interesting feature of this phone definitely is its massive 5000mAh battery. It charges quite slow via the 10W charger which uses a micro-USB connection.

Vivo Y11 (2019) Specifications:

  • Body: 6.28 x 3.02 x 0.35 inches, 190.5 gm
  • Display: 6.35-inches “Halo” LCD display, 268PPI
  • Resolution: HD+ (1544 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (Quad-core 1.95 GHz Cortex A53, Quad-core 1.45GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU: Adreno 505
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB (expandable up to 256GB via a dedicated microSD card)
  • Software & UI: Android 9.0 (Pie) with Vivo’s Funtouch OS 9.1
  • Rear Camera: Dual-camera;
    – 13MP f/2.2 primary lens
    – 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/1.8 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor: Physical (rear-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm audio jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4G), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS / Glonass / Galileo / BeiDou, Micro-USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity
  • Battery: 5000mAh battery with 10W Charging
  • Colors: Coral Red, Jade Green
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 18,590 (3/32GB)
  • Buy Vivo Y11 (2019) here (Daraz)

6. OPPO A12

OPPO A12 Blue

The next entry in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is the OPPO A12. It was recently launched a while back in Nepal and the phone comes with a really attractive rear panel. You can notice geometric cutouts at the back which OPPO calls the “3D Diamond Blaze” design. It is made of polycarbonate material so the phone’s hand-feel is quite good as well. Upfront, you’re getting a 6.22-inches IPS LCD panel which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. OPPO A12 is really lightweight as well.

Unique rear panel

The company has also included a “Blue Light Shield” that protects the user from harmful blue light. There’s a teardrop notch at the top of the device which houses the 5MP selfie camera. The bezels are quite minimal except for the one at the bottom. As you would imagine, this display has an HD+ resolution only. At the back, its dual camera with a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP portrait lens has been housed inside a pill-shaped cutout. Similarly, this is where you’d also find a fingerprint sensor.

Moving on to performance, OPPO A12 runs on MediaTek’s Helio P35 which is a really common SoC in budget phones. There are two memory variants: 3/32GB and 4/64GB. Similarly, you can also expand the storage via a Micro SD card. On the battery front, this phone has a comparatively smaller 4230mAh cell compared to other phones on the list. Sadly, it charges via a micro USB cable. OPPO should’ve worked to bring the cost of the phone down by quite a bit considering its specs and the competition. It’s more suited to be in a list of best phones under 15K, but here we are.

Oppo A12 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.14 x 2.97 x 0.33 inches, 165 gm
  • Display: 6.22-inches IPS LCD panel, 270PPI, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Resolution: HD+ (1520 x 720 pixels), 19:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P35 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB eMMC 5.1 (expandable via a Micro SD card)
  • Software & UI: ColorOS 6.1 on top of Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Rear Camera: Dual-camera;
    – 13MP, f/2.2 primary shooter
    – 2MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 5MP, f/2.0 lens
  • Security: Fingerprint Scanner (Rear-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, Micro USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Gyro
  • Battery: 4230mAh with 10W charging
  • Colors: Black, Blue
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 18,590 (3/32GB) | Rs. 20,790 (4/64GB)
  • Available in OPPO authorized retail stores

5. Samsung Galaxy M11

Samsung Galaxy M11 Violet

At number 5 in this list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal, we have Samsung’s Galaxy M11. Above all, the phone’s highlight feature is the Infinity-O display for the front-facing camera. While every other phone in this list comes with a rather dated-looking teardrop notch, this looks a lot more modern. The display itself is a 6.4-inches HD+ TFT LCD panel, which is slightly inferior to an IPS LCD display. Its single punch-hole cutout resides on the top left corner of the display which consists of an 8MP selfie camera.

Punch-hole cutout

As expected, Galaxy M11 is made of polycarbonate material where you’d also find the physical fingerprint sensor. There’s a vertical camera layout for the triple-lens system. You get a 13MP primary lens, a 5MP ultrawide camera, and finally a 2MP depth sensor. Performance-wise, the Galaxy M11 is powered by the Snapdragon 450 which has been coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.

There’s also a 4/64GB variant but that’s not currently available in Nepal. As is the trend, the phone ships with a 5000mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging via the USB Type-C port. However, unlike most other entries throughout this article, you get the fast charger inside the box itself which is great! For security purposes, the Galaxy M11 comes with a physical fingerprint scanner which can be found at the back of the phone.

Samsung Galaxy M11 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.35 x 3.00 x 0.35 inches, 197 gm
  • Display: 6.4-inches PLS TFT LCD panel, 268PPI
  • Resolution: HD+ (1560 x 720 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (14nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB eMMC 5.1 (expandable via a Micro SD card)
  • Software & UI: One UI 2.0 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Triple-camera;
    – 13MP, f/1.8 primary shooter
    – 5MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide lens
    – 2MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.0 lens (punch-hole)
  • Security: Fingerprint Scanner (Rear-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Light
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 15W fast charging
  • Colors: Black, Metallic Blue, Violet
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 18,999 (3/32GB)
  • Available in Samsung authorized retail stores
  • Watch our review of Samsung Galaxy M11

4. Realme C3

Realme C3 Frozen Blue

The Realme C3 was quite hyped for its gaming-centric Helio G70 chipset from MediaTek. And without a doubt, it is one of the best SoC for a phone under this price range. As a result, the phone has managed to grab the number 4 spot in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal. While its Indian variant has dual cameras, the global model of Realme C3 comes with a triple camera setup and a fingerprint sensor as well. Yet, the global variant was rebranded as Narzo 10A for the Indian market.

Helio G70

And gaming on this device is quite enjoyable. CoD Mobile runs smoothly in low graphics and medium frame rate without any stutter or frame-drop. Similarly, PUBG Mobile is well playable on HD graphics and a high refresh rate. Here, the Helio G70 has been paired with either 3 or 4GB of RAM with 32/64GB of storage. However, Realme C3 is only available in a 3/32GB configuration in Nepal. The Realme UI feels a little heavy and the RAM management surely could’ve been a lot better. Except for this, the C3’s performance is stellar, considering everything else.

Moreover, the phone has a 6.5-inches HD+ IPS LCD panel with a teardrop notch for the 5MP camera. At the back, you’re getting a triple camera setup with a 12MP primary lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. Finally, Realme C3 has a big 5000mAh battery that supports 10W wired charging on top of reverse charging. Unfortunately, it uses a micro USB port and not USB Type-C.

Realme C3 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.47 x 2.95 x 0.35 inches, 195 gm, Corning Gorilla Glass, Splash-resistant design
  • Display: 6.5-inches “Mini-drop” IPS LCD panel
  • Resolution: HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels); 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G70; 12nm Mobile Platform
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali G52 (@820MHz)
  • RAM: 3/4GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 32/64GB eMMC 5.1 (expandable up to 256 via a microSD card)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 with Realme UI 1.0 on top
  • Rear Camera: Dual-camera;
    – 12MP, f/1.8 primary shooter
    – 2MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
    – 2MP, f/2.4 macro lens
    – Single LED flash
  • Front Camera: 5MP, f/2.4 aperture
  • Security: Face-unlock, Fingerprint sensor
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual Nano-SIM + MicroSD card, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / BDS, MicroUSB 2.0
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Magnetic Induction
  • Battery: 5000 mAh with 10W charging, 5V/2A, reverse charging
  • Colors: Frozen Blue, Blazing Red
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 16,990 (3/32GB)
  • Available in Realme authorized retail stores
  • Watch our review of Realme C3

3. Realme 5i

Realme 5i Forest Green

OPPO’s subsidiary, Realme achieved huge success with its ‘5’ series of smartphones. But honestly, all the entries in the series, namely Realme 5, 5 Pro, 5s, and 5i share so many similarities, it’s a little disappointing. Here, the Realme 5i is a comparatively cheaper option among the bunch. It comes with a similar quad-camera setup, just the Realme 5, and a few cutbacks to make the phone cheap.

Quad-cameras

Talking about the cameras, you get a 12MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. Upfront, there’s an 8MP selfie camera inside a traditional teardrop notch. This makes it the first phone with a quad-camera setup in this list, until now. Besides the cameras, the design of Realme 5i may be appealing to many. There’s a subtle texture at the back that Realme calls “Sunlight design”, making the phone stand out among the crowd.

Powering the Realme 5i is the Snapdragon 665 chipset coupled with either 3/4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage. So yeah, it’s got a decently performing chipset as well. Having said that, it’s not quite competitive enough considering how the next two entries in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 bring a much powerful gaming SoC. Likewise, Realme Nepal has only brought the 4/64GB variant in the country. The display isn’t quite up to mark either since its 6.52-inches LCD panel has HD+ resolution only.

Realme 5i Specifications:

  • Body: 6.47 x 2.95 x 0.37 inches, 195 gm, Gorilla Glass (unspecified)
  • Display: 6.5-inches IPS LCD panel, 269PPI, Gorilla Glass (unspecified)
  • Resolution: HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (11nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 610
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB eMMC 5.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: RealmeUI on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 12MP primary camera, f/1.8, PDAF
    – 8MP ultra-wide lens, FOV 119-degree, f/2.25
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4
    – 5MP macro lens (4cm) with f/2.4
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.0
  • Security: Physical fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Galileo / Beidou, Micro USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Light, Magnetic Induction
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 10W charging
  • Colors: Aqua Blue, Forest Green
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 21,790 (available for 20K or less)
  • Available in Realme authorized retail stores

2. Redmi 9 Prime (Redmi 9)

Redmi 9 Prime Space Blue

Moving on, the number 2 position in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal goes to the new Redmi 9 Prime from Xiaomi. It’s not something entirely new though. Redmi 9 Prime is a rebrand of the regular Redmi 9 (which is already available in Nepal as well) for the Indian market. Whereas, Redmi 9C is repackaged as Redmi 9 in India. Yeah, Xiaomi’s naming scheme definitely requires a major overhaul to make things simpler.

Anyway, it is the successor to last year’s Redmi 8. Xiaomi has dialed back the design by a bit. While the teardrop notch still remains, the big chin at the bottom with the “Redmi” branding has been minimized to a smaller bezel. Most noticeably, Redmi 9 has quad-cameras as opposed to dual rear cameras in Redmi 8. This vertical camera arrangement looks similar to that of POCO X2 or the Redmi K30 which is complemented with a distinct circular layout around it. Unfortunately, Xiaomi has downgraded the Gorilla Glass 5 protection on Redmi 8’s display to an older Gorilla Glass 3 on the Redmi 9.

FHD+ display

Talking about the display, you get a bigger 6.53-inches FHD+ IPS LCD panel. Getting to the cameras, you get a 13MP main lens, an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro sensor, and finally a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera is an 8MP lens inside the aforementioned notch. Performance-wise, it has the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC which is another gaming-focused silicon. That is complemented by either 3/4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. It has a huge 5020mAh battery with support for 18W charging although you’ll only get a 10W charger inside the box.

Redmi 9 Prime (Redmi 9) Specifications:

  • Body: 6.43 x 3.03 x 0.35 inches, 198 gm, P2i coating
  • Display: 6.53-inches IPS LCD panel, 394PPI, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G80 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G52 MC2
  • RAM: 4/6GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 64/128GB eMMC 5.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 11 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 13MP primary camera, FOV 75.2-degree, f/2.2, AF
    – 8MP ultra-wide lens, FOV 118-degree, f/2.2, FF
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4
    – 5MP macro lens (4cm) with f/2.4
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 8MP, FOV 77.8-degree, f/2.0
  • Security: Physical fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • 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: 5020mAh with 18W fast charging (only 10W charger inside the box)
  • Colors:
    • Redmi 9: Carbon Grey, Sunset Purple, Ocean Green
    • Redmi 9 Prime: Space Blue, Mint Green, Matte Black, Sunrise Flare
  • Price in Nepal:
    • Redmi 9: Rs. 16,999 (3/32GB) | Rs. 17,999 (4/64GB)
    • Redmi 9 Prime: Rs. 17,999 (4/64GB) | Rs. 18,999 (4/128GB)
  • Buy Redmi 9 Prime here (Daraz)
  • Watch our review of Redmi 9 Prime (Redmi 9)

1. POCO M2

POCO M2 Brick Red

POCO’s entrance into the Nepalese market was a long time coming considering how beloved Xiaomi is in the country. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint either. The POCO M2 with its competitive pricing was a definite head-turner and therefore, is at the number 1 spot in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal. Granted that it’s a rebrand of the Xiaomi Redmi 9, the POCO M2 is undoubtedly the best bang for your buck at this price point.

6GB RAM!

The major talking point of the phone is most definitely its 6GB of RAMand you’re not gonna find any other phone that offers this much working space in this list. While its inspiration, the Redmi 9, is also offered with 6 gigs RAM in other markets, that variant isn’t available in Nepal, accentuating the appeal of POCO M2 even more. Besides this, the phone is powered by the same MediaTek Helio G80 SoC.

With this gaming-focused silicon, you can have a smooth PUBG Mobile gameplay under smooth graphics and ultra frame rates. In terms of storage, the phone is available in either 64 or 128GB configuration, both of which cost under 20K. 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.

POCO M2 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.43 x 3.03 x 0.35 inches, 198 gm, P2i coating
  • Display: 6.53-inches IPS LCD panel, 394PPI, 1500:1 contrast ratio, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G80 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G52 MC2
  • RAM: 4/6GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 64/128GB eMMC 5.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 11 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 13MP primary camera, FOV 75.2-degree, f/2.2, AF
    – 8MP ultra-wide lens, FOV 118-degree, f/2.2, FF
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4
    – 5MP macro lens (4cm) with f/2.4
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 8MP, FOV 77.8-degree, f/2.0
  • Security: Physical fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • 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 (only 10W charger inside the box)
  • Colors: Brick Red, Slate Blue, Pitch Black
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 18,999 (6/64GB) | Rs. 19,999 (6/128GB)
  • Available in Xiaomi authorized retail stores

Summary list of best mobile phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal

S. No. Best phones under 20000 in Nepal Price
1 POCO M2 (6/128GB) Rs. 19,999
2 Redmi 9/Prime (4/128GB) Rs. 18,999
3 Realme 5i (4/64GB) Rs. 21,790*
4 Realme C3 (3/32GB) Rs. 16,990
5 Samsung Galaxy M11 (3/32GB) Rs. 18,999
6 OPPO A12 (3/32GB) Rs. 18,590
7 Vivo Y11 (2019) (3/32GB) Rs. 18,590

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