Buying a phone can be an important decision for most people, especially when you are on a budget. The limited spending capacity limits our options and there are certainly compromises to be made. However, the smartphone market has become so competitive that you can get a decent phone even under 20,000 in Nepal.
So, which is the best phones under Rs.20,000 in Nepal?
Well, there isn’t really the best phone, but there is a phone that will be perfect for you. Take a look at our carefully picked phones list below and decide for yourself.
Xiaomi Mi 4(Rs.18,000)
While the Mi 4 isn’t the most buzz creating phone, it provides the top specs that one would expect from a budget smartphone. The powerful 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM makes it a top choice for those looking for a smooth and power-packed phone. It also comes with a 1080p display and an 8MP selfie camera. The main shooter is a 13MP Sony IMX214 camera with a f/1.8 aperture which produces a good image quality. Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 7(upgradable to MIUI 8) software works great and doesn’t lag much.
The phone has a stainless steel frame and a light body weighing at 149 grams. The phone will last a full day with a 3080mAh battery. The only limitation of this phone is its non-expandable 16GB memory.
A big beautiful screen for a smartphone is the most important feature for us at E-Nepsters. That’s why we prefer Infocus M680 over other phones at this price. With a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a pixel density of 403ppi, the phone has one of the best screens. The phone has a full-metal composite body and is run by an Octacore Mediatek MT6753 processor with 2GB RAM. Infocus M680 comes with a 13MP main camera and front camera suitable for major selfie lovers out there. However, the only downside of the smartphone is its 2600mAh battery which will drain out faster thanks to its larger display.
Sony Xperia XA Dual(Rs.19,000)
Sony is particularly known for their solid build quality and smartphone cameras. For its own range of budget phones, Sony has put together a solid looking phone with cameras that show great promise. At the front, the Xperia XA Dual has an 8MP selfie camera with 88-degree wide-angle lens suited for group selfies and for including more background in your pictures. This also means that you don’t have to stretch your hands farther to include friends in your selfies. It also has a 13MP main camera with the IMX258 sensor and PDAF autofocus tech, the one found in a much higher priced phone, Gionee A1.
Besides that, Xperia XA Dual has a 5-inch 720p HD display, MediaTek Helio P10 Octa-core processor and a 2GB of RAM. It also has a 2300mAh battery with an average battery life.
Xiaomi Redmi 4X(Rs.18,499)
While the phones mentioned above are very good, Redmi 4X is an all-around package. It doesn’t really excel in one part but manages to cram in most desirable features for a smartphone. It has a general 5-inch 720p HD display powered by a Snapdragon 435 chipset and 2GB of RAM. The handset boasts a 13MP primary camera with PDAF and LED flash, along with a 5MP sensor at the front. A bonus feature is the fingerprint scanner at the back, missing from other phones mentioned till now. The phone boots on MIUI 8 on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It packs an impressive 4100mAh battery that should last you a day and a half on average.
You might also be interested in Redmi 4A at price of Rs.15,000 with similar features to Redmi 4X.
Samsung Galaxy J5(Rs.18,000)
Samsung’s phones have an appeal for its quality. The stunning build quality of Galaxy J5 is one of the best in this price range. The phone has a beautiful 5-inch super AMOLED 720p HD display with vivid colors and deep contrasts. The phone has a 13MP camera with f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP selfie camera. On the right hands, the 13MP camera of J5 can take stunning pictures with a lack of few details.
The phone packs a Snapdragon 410 processor along with a 1.5GB RAM and comes with 16GB internal storage expandable by a microSD card. Samsung J5 is powered by a 2600mAh battery and lasts a day on average use.
ZTE V7 Lite(Rs.17,000)
V7 Lite is another phone under 20k in Nepal from a fairly new brand in Nepali market. It has a metal frame body and is surprisingly light and compact. There’s a 5-inch 720p HD display and runs on Android 6.o Marshmallow. The phone’s software is close to stock android with minor tweaks that will please some android fans out there with its clean interface.
It runs on MediaTek MT6735P chipset with 2GB RAM that handles tasks like browsing the internet or watching YouTube videos easily. V7 Lite has a 13MP primary camera along with an 8MP front camera. The phone gave us 4-4.5 hours on screen time and lasted almost a day with its 2500 mAh battery. The phone also has a fingerprint scanner on the back that unlocks the phone in an instant. Read our review of the phone to know more about the phone.
Colors P85 Plus(Rs.12,500)
If you are looking for a much cheaper phone, the this would be it. Colors P85 Plus can satisfy any average consumer without a problem. The phone has an unusual 5.3-inch HD display that is not too big for your pockets and neither too small for watching movies. If only the onscreen buttons were positioned and sized more carefully, the display would be more than good enough. The cameras on this phone are surprising for its price. In our review, we tested its 13MP main camera and its 8MP front camera and both performed well and exceeded our expectations for such a low priced phone.
The phone is run by a MediaTek MT6580 processor and a 2GB RAM. The phone has minor performance issues and is not good for heavy 3D gaming, but can handle general games like Clash of Clans and Temple Run. P85 Plus has a 2600mAh battery and lasts a day on average. The phone is a perfect fit for people looking to buy a phone at a low price. Do note that P85 Plus lacks a fingerprint scanner unlike its small brother P85.
Most phones on this list have average battery life with one exception and minor differences in performance. What separates these phones are their displays, cameras and extra features like a fingerprint scanner. Do comment on what you think about these phones. Weigh the pros and cons of these phones and choose the phone that seems to work according to your needs.
Comment your choice below and tell us why you chose it.