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 pick for the best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal.

Best mobile phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal:

7. Vivo Y20

Vivo Y20 - Dawn White

Starting off this list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal is the Vivo Y20. Featuring a Snapdragon SoC and fairly modern design, this phone is quite an eye candy; especially the rear panel. Its plastic back panel has a reflective material that illuminates as if light rays are radiating from the camera module.

Talking about the cameras, the Y20 comes with a triple-lens setup consisting of a 13MP primary, and two 2MP sensors for depth and macro images. The phone has an 8MP sensor for selfies. As expected from a Vivo phone, this one doesn’t go big on performance either. Y20 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 460 which has been paired with 3/4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Moving on, the phone has a 6.51-inch notched HD+ screen which is fairly standard in this price-point. In terms of security, you’re getting a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The phone gets its power from a big 5000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. Unfortunately, Vivo has gone with a Micro USB connection on this phone.

Vivo Y20 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.51-inches IPS LCD display, 270PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 (11nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 3/4GB RAM, 64GB (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 with Vivo’s Funtouch OS 10.5
  • Rear Camera: Triple (13MP primary, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 8MP sensor (notch)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Physical (side-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / Glonass / BDS, Micro-USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity
  • Battery: 5000mAh battery with 18W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 20,990* (3/64GB)

6. OPPO A15

OPPO A15 - Mystery Blue

Next up, we have the OPPO A15. It is the successor to last year’s A12 but doesn’t bring much of an upgrade. The gem-cut finish of its predecessor has been substituted with something much sleeker this time around. It has a polycarbonate body and OPPO has gone with a squarish camera module. This houses the 13MP main sensor alongside a 2MP depth and a 2MP macro lens.

Like the OPPO A12, this one has a traditional fingerprint scanner as well. Coming to the display, you’re greeted with a 6.52-inches IPS LCD panel that gets an HD+ resolution. While the side bezels and the notch housing the 5MP selfie camera is pretty minimal, one can notice a rather big bottom bezel.

Powering the phone is MediaTek’s Helio P35 SoC. This is nowhere as near as competent with some other entries that rank higher in this list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal. OPPO A15 comes in a single memory option of 3/32GB. The phone gets its fuel from a 4230mAh battery that supports 10W charging via a Micro USB port.

OPPO A15 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.52-inches IPS LCD display, 269PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P35 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 with OPPO’s ColorOS 7.2
  • Rear Camera: Triple (13MP primary, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 5MP sensor (notch)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Physical (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / Glonass / BDS, Micro-USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity
  • Battery: 4230mAh battery with 10W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 18,590 (3/32GB)

5. Realme C15 (Qualcomm Edition)

Realme C15 Qualcomm Edition - Power Silver

Now the 5th spot in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal goes to the new Relame C15 (Qualcomm Edition). As the name implies, it introduces a Snapdragon processor contrary to the standard Realme C15 featured MediaTek’s Helio G35 (12nm) CPU. As a result, you’re getting a better thermal efficiency on the Qualcomm Edition with its 11nm Snapdragon 460 chipset. This CPU has been coupled with 4GB of RAM with up to 128GB of internal storage.

Talking about performance, the phone runs on Realme UI 1.0 on top of Android 10. Now let’s get into the design of the Realme C15 which is one of the highlights of this phone. It has a subtle polycarbonate finish and the quad cameras have been arranged inside a squarish module. It also has a traditional fingerprint scanner at the back for security purposes. The phone has a big 6000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. Unfortunately, it charges via the Micro USB connection.

On the display side of things, Realme C15 (Qualcomm) comes with a 6.5″ IPS LCD panel but with an inferior HD+ resolution like the ones above it. It has thin bezels all-around while the bottom bezel is rather noticeable. Additionally, you get an 8MP front-facing camera inside the traditional teardrop notch.

Realme C15 (Qualcomm Edition) Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inches IPS LCD display, 270PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 (11nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 with Realme UI 1.0
  • Rear Camera: Quad (13MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 8MP sensor (notch)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Physical (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / Glonass / BDS, Micro-USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 6000mAh battery with 18W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 19,990 (4/64GB)

4. Redmi 9 Prime (Redmi 9)

Redmi 9 Prime Space Blue

Moving on, the number 4 position in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal goes to the new Redmi 9 Prime from Xiaomi. Redmi 9 Prime is a rebrand of the regular Redmi 9 (which is already available in Nepal as well) for the Indian market. Anyway, it is the successor to last year’s Redmi 8. Xiaomi has dialed back the design by a bit.

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.

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, 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:

  • Display: 6.53-inches IPS LCD panel, 394PPI, FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G80 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB 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: 5020mAh with 18W fast charging (only 10W charger inside the box)
  • 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)
  • Read our review of Redmi 9.
  • Watch our review of Redmi 9 (Prime).

3. Motorola Moto G9 Play

Motorola Moto G9 Play - Sapphire Blue

Now, the third 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 a 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 topped 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: Rs. 19,990 (4/128GB)
  • Read our review of Motorola Moto G9 Play.
  • Watch our review of Motorola Moto G9 Play.

2. 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 2 spot in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal. Granted that it’s a rebrand of the Xiaomi Redmi 9/9 Prime above, the POCO M2 is undoubtedly one of the best bang for your buck at this price point.

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:

  • Display: 6.53-inches IPS LCD panel, 394PPI, FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G80 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB 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: Rs. 18,999 (6/64GB) | Rs. 19,999 (6/128GB)

1. Redmi 9 Power

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power - Mighty Black

Finally, the number one spot in our list of best phones under NPR 20000 goes to the new Redmi 9 Power. Before you go off about its shortcomings against the POCO M2 above, listen to this. Contrary to the M2’s 6GB of RAM, it only gets 4GB of memory. 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—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. 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) | Rs. 20,999 (4/128GB)
  • Read our review of Redmi 9 Power.

Summary list of best mobile phones under NPR 20000 in Nepal

S. No. Best phones under 20000 in Nepal Price
1 Redmi 9 Power (4/64GB) Rs. 18,999
2 POCO M2 (6/128GB) Rs. 19,999
3 Motorola Moto G9 Play (4/128GB) Rs. 19,990
4 Redmi 9/Prime (4/128GB) Rs. 18,999
5 Realme C15 (Qualcomm) (4/64GB) Rs. 19,990
6 OPPO A15 (3/32GB) Rs. 18,590
7 Vivo Y20 (3/64GB) Rs. 20,990*

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