Best Smartphones Under 18000 Rupees in India

In an exploration of finding the best smartphones under 18000 rupees in India?

As the price goes high you and I both expect to get more features and since the competition for mobile phones under 20000 is overfilled it’s a bit of a difficult task to choose one.

But your research ends here, I have shortlisted five of them and here are the best mobile phones under 18000 rupees in India.

Best Smartphones Under 18000 Rupees in India

1. Realme 6 Pro

Realme 6 Pro
Realme 6 Pro Specification
Display6.6-inch 90Hz FHD+ IPS display
Camera64 + 12 + 8 + 2MP Rear | 16 + 8MP Selfie
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)
RAM & Storage6GB | 64GB
OSAndroid 10, Realme UI
Battery Life4300mAh | 30W Fast charger

After the successful hit of Realme 3 Pro, Realme never stopped continuing this series, and among all of them, this one of the best smartphone under 18000 rupees.

Design and Build

The construction of Realme 6 Pro is done using polycarbonate and to enhance the look and feel Realme put a corning gorilla glass 5 on the back.

It does not just make the device look good but also prevents the back from permanent scratches and dents.

The lighting effect on the back really attracts me a lot, two of my friends get this phone by asking me and both of them are grateful for having this device in their hands.

Read the completed review of Realme 6 Pro.

The Realme 6 Pro is splash-proof so you don’t have to worry while a small rain makes a step on you, your device will remain safe and sound.

Display

The Realme 6 Pro features a 6.6-inch 90Hz Full HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

The high refresh rate panel provides a buttery smooth experience and once you turn on 90Hz there’s no way you switch back to 60Hz.

The corning gorilla glass 5 protection is also provided on the front and you can put an extra scratch guard to protect the display from getting scratches.

The device has a certification of Widevine L1 means you can stream Netflix, and Hotstar content in HD and Full HD resolution.

Also, the colour reproduction is good even though it’s not an AMOLED panel. And in my real-life experience, I don’t find any pixelation on the screen.

Performance

The Realme 6 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core processor designed on an 8-nanometer.

The 6GB RAM runs every task effortlessly and the 64GB UFS 2.1 storage provides sufficient space to store all your media files.

The Realme UI designed on Android 10 is easy to use and to stop getting app recommendations just head over to the setting, search for “Get Recommendations” and turn it off.

The G in the processor evokes gaming, and the performance on gaming is really good for the asking price.

You can play a battle royale game at about 45fps and other genre games are also playable without any lag or stutters.

Camera

The Realme 6 Pro has a quad-camera setup at the rear and two front shooters tucked into the punch-hole display.

Rear-Camera

The 64MP main camera with an aperture of f/1,8, 12MP telephoto lens, 8MP ultrawide lens, and the remaining one is a 2MP macro lens.

The primary lens clicks good photos with satisfactory dynamic range and colours.

The missing lens is depth sensor but since AI getting improved over the day I don’t feel like that not having is a bummer.

There is a portrait mode that captures the bokeh photos and the quality is decent, there is a little bit of edge detection issue but it will fix in the software updates.

The 2x digital zoom is fantastic the photos taken in 2x look clear, sharp and the colour are well maintained.

Selfie

The 16 + 8MP selfies on the front look cool but I feel like a secondary camera isn’t necessary however it is good for one reason.

The 8MP ultrawide lens on the front provides better group selfies than other smartphones that come at the price of Rs.18,000.

The selfie video has stabilization and you can even record bokeh video from the front lens.

Battery Life

The Realme 6 Pro encompasses the 4300mAh battery that easily lasts a day on normal use on gaming it drains faster which is very obvious.

Realme also included a 30W VooC 4.0 charger inside the box that juice up this battery from 0-100%  in 1 hour 10-20 minutes.

My Opinion

The Realme 6 Pro is the best smartphone under 18000 rupees. It provides good gaming and camera experience.

Not to forget the high refresh rate experience and with the incredible fast charging support, this one is a praiseworthy deal to crack under 20000 rupees.

Good
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • Powerful Snapdragon 720G processor
  • VooC 4.0 fast charging
  • Good camera
  • Pleasing aesthetics
Bad

2. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Redmi note 9 pro max
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Specification
Display6.67-inch FHD+ IPS display
Camera64 + 8 + 5 + 2MP Rear | 32MP front
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)
RAM & Storage6GB | 128GB
OSAndroid 10, MIUI 12
Battery Life5020mAh | 33W Fast charger

Design and Build

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max looks identical to Redmi Note 9 Pro. This device features a glass back and comes in four different colours, Black – White – Gold – Blue.

Considering its big 6-inch form factor and a large battery pack inside the device does feel a bit hefty in the hands.

The device is sturdy and the design is attractive and shiny.

At the bottom frame, there’s an audio jack, USB Type-C, and speaker are aligned.

The fingerprint sensor is embedded inside the power button and is easily accessible. The sensor works swiftly and you can also setup face unlock.

Just like any other Xiaomi smartphone this mobile phone also has an IR blaster to operate the TV, A.C, or even projectors seamlessly.

Display

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This is an IPS panel protected by the corning gorilla glass 5. The colour accuracy and viewing angle are better.

To attract media enthusiasts, the display also has the support of Widevine L1 means you can stream OTT platform content in HD or FHD resolution.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max runs by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz.

This smartphone comes with 6GB LPDDRX4 RAM which gives an agile performance and allows to do multitasking without any lag or stutter.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max also equipped with the Navic navigation which is developed by ISRO, helps you better find your way to your destination.

The 128GB UFS 2.1 storage is one good deal you get on this device, it’s has a better read and write speed than eMMC storage.

You can further expand the storage by adding an external microSD card.

The UI you get to use is MIUI 12 invented on Android 10. The interface animation works smoothly but there are few ads to aware of.

Overall the performance is amazing conspiring its price tag.

Camera

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has a cake-like design quad-camera setup on the rear supported with the LED-flashlight and a single selfie camera.

Rear-camera

The 64MP primary lens comes with an aperture of f/1.89 and it takes awesome images in daylight.

The colour reproduction of the image is balanced and the dynamic range is also good. One more thing, the sharpness it gives is remarkable.

The 8MP ultrawide lens gives a bit more view than a primary camera to capture extra detailed images.

The 5MP macro lens is awesome on this one and you can also record videos in macro videos.

The 2MP depth sensor gives you awesome portraits, I liked the edge detection and the blur effect is also satisfactory.

The camera on Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is surely ahead of Redmi Note 9 Pro.

You can shoot 4K videos at 30 frames and with slow-motion mode, you can record in 720 at 960 fps.

Also while recording casually the camera also has EIS stabilization so even if you move the camera slightly the device manages to reflect it in a stable mode.

Selfie

The 32MP selfie shooter gives amazing photos, you can even record videos at 120fps from a selfie camera by turning on slow-motion.

In the selfie, I think the colour needs a little improvement, other than this everything is just fine for the price of Rs.18,000.

Battery Life

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with a large 5020mAh battery that lasts for about a day on casual use and with heavy use it lasts somewhere around 6 to 7 hours.

The bundled 33W fast charger juice up the battery in almost an hour.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is the best device at the price of Rs.18,000. This smartphone has an agile processor, modern UFS storage, and a big display to watch Netflix.

Moreover, the camera performance is absolutely amazing compared to other device comes at the price of 18000 rupees.

Good
  • Bundled fast charger
  • Efficient Snapdragon octa-core processor
  • Spectacular camera performance
  • Modern UFS storage
  • Glass protection on both sides
Bad
  • A bit heavy

3. Poco X3

Poco X3
Poco X3 Specification
Display6.67-inch 120Hz FHD+ IPS display
Camera64 + 13 + 2 + 2MP Rear | 20MP front
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 732G (8 nm)
RAM & Storage6GB | 64GB
OSAndroid 10, MIUI 12
Battery Life6000mAh | 33W Fast charger

After the great success of Poco F1, the company has started releasing some different line-ups in the Poco series(such as X-series and M-series) and this one from the bunch is surely a good one.

Design and Build

The Poco X3 is really heavy compared to any other budget or mid-range smartphones.

The device weighs almost 220-225 grams it sure sounds less in the text but using it with a single hand for a long time is not possible.

While gaming it’s not a problem as you hold the device in two hands but how long you are going to game? 2 hours or maybe 4 hours, after that it’s the same situation.

The device has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor embedded on the power button which works snappy and you also setup face recognition.

The haptic feedback on vibration from this device is good.

The Poco X3 has a dual speaker that provides a good sound quality but I still recommend earphones or headphones is still a good choice for the surround sound experience.

The device has a hybrid sim slot, which means you can either use two 4G SIM or 1 SIM + 1 Memory card.

Display

The Poco X3 features a 6.67-inch 120Hz Full HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 and 395-pixel density.

The visual looks sharp and the experience is ultra-smooth with a high refresh rate. And on top of that, the touch sampling rate of the display is 240Hz and it helps in gaming a lot.

The brightness levels are good for indoor conditions and the outdoor usability is decent also the colour reproduction of the display pleases the eyes.

Performance

The showrunner of the Poco X3 is none other than Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G octa-core CPU.

The variant you seeing here is 6GB RAM with 128GB UFS 2.1 storage.

Multitasking is a piece of cake for this device and you can play games without having any lag or stutters.

The MIUI 12 developed on Android 10 is good for use but loaded with bloatware and ads. Poco should have its own separate UI in my guess.

Camera

The Poco X3 has a quad-camera setup on the rear accompanied by the LED-flashlight and on the front, there’s a single-camera located in the center.

Rear-Camera

The Poco X3 has a 64MP main camera featuring a Sony IMX682 sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide lens with an aperture of f/2.2, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor.

The image optimization of the Poco X3 is really fantastic in the daylight condition as well as in the night, by using night mode.

Images taken from the primary lens has a sharpness and detailing while maintaining dynamic range at good levels.

Selfie

The 20MP selfie shooter clicks decent selfies. Normal selfies have good skin tones and colour optimization.

However, in the portrait selfies, there’s an issue with edge detection but not much of a deal-breaker.

Battery Life

The Poco X3 houses a 6000mAh battery that lasts a day on a normal use even if you put the refresh rate at 120Hz.

The Poco has provided a 33W fast charger inside the box to juice up the battery really quickly.

My Opinion

Except for the weight, everything on Poco is good. You get a powerful processor, big RAM, and UFS storage for agile performance.

The big battery lasts long and the camera gives satisfactory results.

So yes, it is a good smartphone to have under the price of 18000 rupees.

Good
  • 120Hz refresh rate display
  • Big battery with fast charging support
  • Well optimized camera
  • Powerful performance
Bad
  • Heavy

4. Vivo Y51a

Vivo Y51a
Vivo Y51a Specification
Display6.58-inch FHD+ IPS display
Camera48 + 8 + 2MP Rear | 16MP front
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
RAM & Storage8GB | 128GB
OSAndroid 11, Funtouch 11
Battery Life5000mAh | 18W Fast charger

Vivo Y51a is launched on 11 January 2021.  This is the latest model of 2021 under the price of 18000 rupees and this smartphone has overkill RAM for doing intense multitasking.

Design and Build

The Vivo Y51a has a polycarbonate build and the rear panel is prone to scratches and dents so make sure to put on a case that is provided inside the box.

If you know the Vivo X50 Pro design, this is almost similar to it and to be honest it does look attractive.

The fingerprint button is embedded on the power button and by setting up your finger you can unlock the device in a snap.

The bottom frame houses a beloved 3.5mm audio jack, Type-C port, and a speaker.

You can insert 2 SIM cards and 1 MicroSD card on this device. The secondary noise cancellation mic is provided at the top which is good for uninterrupted calling.

Display

The Vivo Y51a features a 6.58-inch Full HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 and 401-pixel density.

That said, this is the sharpest display available on the list and with the thin bezels around you can have the best multimedia experience.

The brightness level is sufficient enough and colour reproduction is also nice.

Performance

The Vivo Y51a is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 8-core CPU designed on an 11-nanometer.

Well at this price point, I was expecting 700 series snapdragon series but it’s nothing deal-breaker since not everybody is a core gamer here.

The 8GB RAM at this price is sure an overkill and you will not face any lag or stutter while operating multiple applications simultaneously.

The 128GB storage should be plenty enough to store all documents and media files and you can further expand the memory by using a microSD card.

What I like is you get to experience the latest FunTouch OS 11 based on Android 11.

Camera

The Vivo Y51a has a triple rear camera-shaped in a triangle and a single selfie camera located in the center.

Rear-Camera

The setup at the rear consists of a 48MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.8, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP depth camera.

The photos captured from the primary lens are of decent quality. The colour and dynamic range are somewhat good.

The portrait photos are awesome, the edge detection is on point and the photos are sharp.

With the future OS updates the camera quality will be surely improved.

Selfie

The 16MP front selfie camera is as good as advertised and vivo phones perform really well when it comes to cameras and this one here is no exception.

Battery Life

The Vivo Y51a is equipped with the 5000mAh battery and it comes with the 18W fast charger which take nearly 2 hours to juice up the battery.

My Opinion

If you’re an intense multitasker who uses a bunch of social media apps and wants them to run smoothly then this phone is the best pick you can make.

Minus the decent processor, everything is good on this smartphone.

Good
  • Secondary noise cancellation mic
  • 8GB of RAM for seamless multitasking
  • Latest Android 11 OS
  • Eye pleasing aesthetics
Bad
  • No glass protection on the back

5. Oppo F17

oppo f17
Oppo F17 Specification
Display6.44-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display
Camera16 + 8 + 2 + 2MP Rear | 16MP front
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
RAM & Storage8GB | 128GB
OSAndroid 10, ColorOS 7.2
Battery Life4015mAh | 30W Fast charger

Oppo has pulled the F series so far and here we can see in the numbers and even in future they may have marked other phones to release in this series.

Design and Build

To say the build in one word, it would be “Fabulous”.

The Oppo F17 aesthetics are on par with compared to any other smartphone that comes under the 18000 rupees.

The back is surely made out of plastic but it has leather finish that gives excellent grip to the hand so the smartphone won’t sleep from the hand.

Not only that it looks way premium and there’s a vertical steel strip with the Oppo branding on it.

The camera design looks similar to the Dice number 4 and it has shiny aluminium borders as well for the enhanced look.

Coming to the usability, the Oppo F17 weighs just 161 grams and it feels very light in hand and can be used with a single hand.

This smartphone has an in-display fingerprint scanner that works fast and having the optical fingerprint scanner at this price is really a surprise.

Display

The Oppo F17 features a 6.44-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of a 1080 x 2400 pixels.

With the 409-pixel density every visual on this display sharp and clear. Also the AMOLED on this device surely catches your attention with its warm colour reproduction.

The Widevine L1 support allows media enthusiasts to watch OTT content in HD and FHD resolution.

Performance

The Oppo F17 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC which is the same SoC as Vivo Y51a.

The Oppo F17 also has 8GB LPDDR$X RAM with 128GB UFS 2.1 storage which tends to provide an immersive performance experience.

You can do multitasking and play games without any lag or stutters. To be precise for the game part, you can not play battle royale games like PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile at full setting.

The ColorOS 7.2 designed on Android 10 is good for the use and works fine.

Camera

The Dice Number 4 style camera at the rear looks great and on the front there is a single selfie camera.

Rear-Camera

The Oppo F17 has a setup of 16MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, and two 2MP mono lens at the back.

The primary camera provides decent images in sunlight conditions but the ultrawide needs improvements.

The mono lens used to capture black and white filter images directly from the lens without applying any additional filters.

In video the EIS stabilization is provided which is useful while recording your best movement in the camera.

Selfie

The 16MP selfie camera gives good results in daylight.

The night mode option is available in the front camera but the image output is okayish, nothing extraordinary.

Battery Life

The Oppo F17 comes with a 4015mAh lithium polymer battery and it lasts a day easily.

The 30W charger is very helpful and it juices up the battery levels in 1 hour 10 minutes approx.

My Opinion

The Oppo F17 is really a piece of art and usability is extremely good. If you seek a lightweight phone with some decent performance and good camera then Oppo F17 can be your new companion.

Price under 18000 rupees I do recommend this to casual users.

Good
  • Leather finish on back
  • Soo lightweight
  • High amount of RAM
  • Fast charging support
Bad
  • Processor could have been better

These are my top 5 best smartphones under 18000 rupees in India.

List of Best Smartphones Under 18000
Realme 6 Pro
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Poco X3
Vivo Y51a
Oppo F17

I hope you enjoyed the listing and you have now made a decision to buy one from this list.

If there is anything you need help with just comment and I’ll solve your problem a.s.a.p.

Thank you for reading, have a great day ahead!

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