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. For Rs. 20000, you can get a lot of great phones. Here is our pick for top smartphones under 20000 in Nepal.
The OPPO A5s is a slim smartphone with a decent 6.2-inch display. Therefore, the phone feels super comfortable on the hands while looking equally fashionable. The display has an HD+ resolution with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Bezels are very minimal here, with a small waterdrop cutout for the selfie camera.
Talking about cameras, do you remember how hip dual-camera setup was when it first caught on? Yeah. The OPPO A5s features two cameras on the back alongside the fingerprint scanner, which comprises a 13MP main shooter and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there’s the 8MP camera for selfies and whatnots.
On the performance end, you get the MediaTek Helio P35 processor with PowerVR GE8320 GPU. Considering the price, the performance is fairly good. You get either 2 or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. However, the most intriguing part about the A5s is definitely its battery, which is a 4230 mAh cell.
OPPO A5s Specifications:
- Display: 6.2 inches IPS LCD, HD+ (720 x 1520 pixels), 19:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio P35
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: PowerVR GE8320
- OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with Colors OS 5.2 on top
- RAM: 2 GB / 3 GB
- Storage: 32GB expandable up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
- Rear camera: Dual camera
– 13MP, f/2.2 primary lens
– 2MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
- Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.0
- Battery: 4,230 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery
- SIM(s): Dual sim, dedicated slot (Nano-SIM, Dual standby)
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Accelerometer, Proximity, and Compass
- Price: Rs. 17,590 (3/32GB)
Samsung just absolutely turned the tide to its favor by entirely overhauling its lower mid-range and mid-range smartphones with the all-new ‘M’ and ‘A’ series. Both of these saw immense success in markets like Nepal and India. The Samsung M20 is one of the best lower mid-range smartphones from the company in a long-long time.
It features a tall 6.3-inch PLS TFT display with Full-HD+ resolution with a small cutout design for the front camera. The phone feels super comfortable in hands which, well, isn’t very surprising at all since Samsung has been just killing it in the design department as of late.
The M20 equips a decent octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset and Mali-G71MP2 GPU. This is complemented by 3 GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, though a 4/64GB config isn’t available in the Nepalese market.
Moving to the battery, the M20 has a big 5000 mAh battery that supports 15W charging as well. This should easily last you a day or two on normal usage. The M20 also features dual camera setup on the back and a single 8MP selfie camera inside the ‘V’ shaped notch.
Samsung M20 Specifications:
- Display: 6.3-inch PLS TFT display with 2.5D curved glass on the top
- Resolution: Full-HD+ resolution (1080 x 2340 pixels); 19.5:9 aspect ratio @ 409 PPI
- Chipset: Exynos 7904
- CPU: Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G71MP2
- RAM: 3 GB
- Storage: 32 GB; Expandable via micro SD card (Dedicated slot)
- Rear Camera: Dual camera
– 13MP wide-angle main lens
– 5MP ultra-wide-angle camera
- Front Camera: 8MP
- OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Experience UI 9.5 on the top
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Battery: 5000mAh with 15W fast charging support
- Price in Nepal: Rs. 17,190 (3/32GB)
3Redmi Note 7
The Redmi Note 7 and the Note 7 Pro were huge hits for Xiaomi. Packing a headlining 48MP dual camera and decent processors, both the devices saw warm reception in Nepal too. While the big brother Note 7 Pro received the bigger half of the attention, the Redmi Note 7 is a damn competent smartphone in itself.
It features a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ LCD display that is as 2019 as 2019 can get. Both the front and the back of the phone is glass and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Due to this, the phone leans to the premium category (design-wise) despite being a budget device.
Powered by the Snapdragon 660 (found in the likes of the recently launched Nokia 7.2), the Redmi Note 7 can handle most of the tasks you throw at it with ease. The phone is fairly capable of gaming as well, thanks to the Adreno 512 GPU. On the memory front, you get either 3 or 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage.
Similarly, the 4000 mAh battery complements your daily usage which also supports 18W fast charging.
Redmi Note 7 Specifications:
- Display: 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
- Resolution: Full-HD+ (2340×1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
- CPU: Octa-core (4x 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 260)
- GPU: Adreno 512
- RAM: 3/4GB
- Storage: 32/64GB; Expandable up to 256GB (Uses SIM2 Slot)
- OS & UI: Android Pie (v9) with MIUI 10 on the top
- Rear Camera: Dual-cameras
– 48 MP f/1.8 Samsung GM1 primary shooter
– 5 MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
- Front Camera: 13MP, f/2.2
- Battery: 4000mAh battery with 18W (9V/2A) fast charging support; Uses USB Type-C
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Colors: Space Black, Neptune Blue, and Nebula Red
- Price: Rs. 19,999 (3/32GB)
OPPO’s subsidiary, Realme, has been coming up with lots of interesting and budget-friendly smartphones. Continuing the tradition is the Realme 5 which has a dazzling design and decent overall performance.
Starting off, the “Crystal Design” that reacts to the way light beams strike its surface helps Realme 5 stand out from the competition. It has a tall 6.5-inch LCD display which sadly has only HD+ resolution compared to FHD+ of the former Redmi Note 7. It has a quad-camera array on the back and a single front camera inside the notch on the front.
Talking about cameras, they’re a bit of a hit-or-miss though they look great on paper. The results don’t look color accurate with the camera tilting towards overexposure. The macro lens is just ok as well. However, the overall photography prowess of the Realme 5 is commendable considering the price.
For performance, there’s the powerful Snapdragon 665 chipset which helps tasks sail peacefully on the Realme 5. This is combined with either 3 or 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB internal storage.
The phone also has a big 5000 mAh battery so you should pretty much be set for an entire day, easily. It runs on OPPO’s ColorOS 6 based on Android 9.0 (Pie).
Realme 5 Specifications:
- Display: 6.5 inches HD+ IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ protection
- Design: Crystal Design (Nano-Holographic Color)
- Rear Camera:
– 12MP primary camera with Sony IMX386 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, LED flash, EIS
– 8MP 118° ultra-wide-angle lens with 1.12μm pixel size, f/2.25 aperture
– 2MP for 4cm macro with f/2.4 aperture, 1.75μm pixel size
– 2MP depth sensor
- Front Camera: 13MP with AI Portrait
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
- CPU: Octa-core (4 x Kryo 260 Silver at 2.0GHZ and 4 x Kryo 260 Gold at 1.8GHz)
- GPU: Adreno 610
- RAM: 3/4 GB
- OS: Android Pie (Color OS 6)
- Storage: 32/64/128 GB onboard, expandable up to 256 GB, dedicated slot
- Battery: 5000 mAh non-removable
- Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass, fingerprint
- Price: Rs. 20,990 (3/64GB); (could be available for Rs. 20,000)
1Redmi Note 8
Xiaomi must be swimming in cash with all the success its smartphones have been able to achieve in recent times. The Redmi Note 7 series was a smashing hit and the Note 8 series has walked the same road as well. Mi Nepal recently launched the highly anticipated Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro in Nepal, at a competitive and attractive asking price.
Like the Realme 5, the Redmi Note 8 also features a quad-camera setup on the back. However, this one is much better since the primary lens is the 48MP Samsung ISOCELL GM2 sensor. Additionally, there’s an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 13MP camera under a small waterdrop notch.
The Redmi phones have always able to achieve a kind of balance between both camera and performance. Note 8 here, is powered by Snapdragon 665 chipset which is a very good choice for a lower mid-range device. It is coupled with 4 or 6GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. Daily usage should be no problem as well, thanks to the decent 4000 mAh battery that supports 18W charging out-of-the-box.
Note 8 has a gorgeous design as well with small bezels on top and side, along with a larger one on the bottom with the “Redmi” branding. Also, the color options are attractive as well.
Redmi Note 8 Specifications:
- Display: 6.3-inch IPS LCD screen (2340×1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
- Rear Camera: Quad camera
– 48MP f/1.8 Samsung GM2 sensor
– 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide lens
– 2MP f/2.4 macro shooter
– 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
- Front Camera: 13 MP, f/2.2
- CPU: Octa-core Snapdragon 665 (4 x 2.0GHz Kryo 260 + 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 260)
- GPU: Adreno 610
- RAM: 4 / 6 GB
- Storage: 64 / 128 GB; Expandable
- OS & UI: Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10 on top
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Gyro, accelerometer, proximity, compass
- Battery: 4000 mAh; USB Type-C port, 18W Fast charging (inside the box)
- Colors: Moonlight White, Neptune Blue, Space Black
- Price: Rs. 18,999 (4/64GB)
This was our updated list of top smartphones under 20000 in Nepal. If you think we’ve missed a device that should have made to the list, mention it in the comment section below. You can also check our list of best smartphones available in Nepal, best smartphones under 30000, and top smartphones under 15000 in Nepal.