Smartphones Under Rs. 20,000

The smartphone market is booming right now with plenty of new handsets oozing out of the woodwork. We’ve got them all, almost as soon as they make it to the global shelf. Ok maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but we get them soon enough. The problem is we’re spoilt for choice. So here’s what I’m going to do, I’ve listed a few of the smartphones that are priced at under Rs. 20,000. These are just a few that I believe have potential to make users feel comfortable and offer the best value they can for your wallet. Take a closer look.

Please keep in mind that all prices mentioned are Market Operating prices (MOP). They may vary depending on your location.

Motorola Defy – Rs. 18,500
At the very top of my list is the Motorola Defy, that ruggedized handset that’s designed to keep the elements at bay. It offers quite a bit of overall functionality and equipped with an 800MHz processor and protected by Gorilla glass this Android (Eclair) device is very capable of handling almost all of your mobile needs and more. It’s even loaded with a secondary microphone to help make your voice calls as clear as possible with active noise cancellation.

Defy-nitely worth a buy..??

Defy-nitely worth a buy..??

Here’s a quick look at the Defy’s specs –

  • 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors and a 480 x 854 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi with DLNA compliance
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 5MP AF camera with an LED flash and Geotagging
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket
  • 2GB internal storage plus MicroSD card support
  • Active noise cancellation via secondary mic

Nokia C7 - Rs. 17,300
The C7 is noted as Nokia’s slimmest smartphone ever. At just 10.5mm in depth, it is easily one of the world's slimmest as well. It’s loaded up with Nokia’s Symbian ^3 OS (running on the 680 MHz ARM 11 processor) that showcases multiple desktops and quite a few other handy features that Nokia loyalists will welcome with open arms. With DivX and XviD codec support you can simply drag and drop your videos onto the 8GB of internal storage for instant playback. If that’s not good enough the handset also supports USB-on-the-go that allows you to plug in a thumb drive (adapter provided) that can be accessed on the phone. All data on the drive can easily be viewed or played on the device. The display is encased in Gorilla glass that should keep the scratches at bay.

Well waddya know, there's a Nokia here!

Well waddya know, there's a Nokia here!

The C7 also features -

  • 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors and a 360 x 640 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0 (USB-on-the-go)
  • 8MP fixed focus camera with dual LED flash and Geotagging plus 720p video recording
  • Secondary VGA camera in front
  • FM Radio + Transmitter
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket supports TV out via same port
  • 8GB internal storage plus MicroSD card support
  • TV Out
  • Active noise cancellation via secondary mic


Acer Liquid Metal – Rs. 20,000
Next up is the Liquid Metal which Acer has launched this in India this year. The Liquid metal comes out of the box with FroYo aka Android 2.2.1 and runs that on an 800 MHz Scorpion processor and Adreno 205 GPU on a Qualcomm chipset. The built in 5 megapixel camera is equipped to handle HD video recording (720p @30fps). It supports XviD and DviX codecs so you can copy paste AVI files onto your microSD cards for playback without the need of downloading an additional player.

A good option?

A good option?

The Liquid Metal comes with -

  • 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors and a 480 x 800 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 5MP fixed focus camera with LED flash and Geotagging plus 720p video recording
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket
  • MicroSD card support
  • Active noise cancellation via secondary dedicated mic

Samsung Wave II – Rs.16,950
One of Samsung’s pretty loved smartphones – the Wave’s successor is out in India and the specifications do see a lot of improvement over the Wave. Samsung has stuck to its guns regarding the OS and has gone with Bada. However, this one has the latest Bada 1.2 with the TouchWiz UI 3.0 running on top. The Wave II is powered by a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor with graphics getting a boost from the PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The handset has a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash with capability to record videos at 720p.

Bada OS love

Bada OS love

The Wave II will be equipped with -

  • 3.6-inch capacitive Super Clear LCD touchscreen with 16 million colors and a 480 x 800 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 5MP fixed focus camera with LED flash and Geotagging plus 720p video recording
  • Secondary front facing camera
  • FM radio + FM recording
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket, can also be used for TV
  • 2GB internal storage + MicroSD card support

Curve 3G - Rs. 15,000
BlackBerry’s smartphones also find a place in the list and although a good BlackBerry handset at a low price is still to be seen, the Curve 3G seems to be fit the bill quite well and it does have some neat specifications as well. The Curve 3G – as the name suggests, is 3G-enabled and has Wi-Fi and A-GPS as well. The smartphone has a 2 Megapixel camera with a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels.

BlackBerry also joins the ranks

BlackBerry also joins the ranks

The Curve 3G also has the following specifications:

  • 2.4-inch TFT display with a 320 x 240 pixels resolution
  • QWERTY keyboard with a touch-sensitive trackpad
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  • 2 Megapixel camera
  • BlackBerry OS 5.0
  • Memory expandable up to 32 GB with MicroSD card
  • 3.5 mm audio jack

Those were the smartphones of our choice for users with a maximum budget of Rs. 20,000. As we mentioned earlier, prices of all these handsets are just Market Operating Prices (MOP) and it’s quite likely that there’s a slight difference with the prices you see here. Stay tuned as we take a look into other price brackets for smartphones.


Published Date: Apr 02, 2011 09:19 am | Updated Date: Apr 02, 2011 09:19 am