There may be no clear indication on when 5G will keep its date with India but it still makes sense to invest in a 5G-ready smartphone if you’re planning to switch models any time soon. We have picked five future-proof 5G-ready smartphones under Rs 20,000 that deliver a solid bang for your buck.
Motorola’s newest device is one of the only smartphones in the sub-Rs 20K segment to offer an AMOLED FHD+ display along with a maximum of 13 5G bands. It becomes the first 5G-ready smartphone in India to be propelled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor. The 6.4-inch AMOLED FHD+ (409 PPI/700 nits) is one of the highlights of this device and is backed by a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging. Other features include a 50MP main camera with Quad Pixel technology for sharper low-light images and an IP52 water-repellent design. (Rs 18,999)
This device comes in a cool, icy blue that Samsung calls Matte Aqua. It’s one of the nicest shades of blue we’ve seen recently at this price point. The 6.6-inch TFT FHD+ display (1080×2408 pixels), with a 90Hz refresh rate, is one of the talking points. You can also plug in your favourite wired headphones; there’s a 3.5mm jack. This large display is also backed by a 5000mAh battery. The triple rear cam is driven by a 64MP primary lens, while selfie duties are handled by an 8MP front camera. (From Rs 18,299)
The Realme 8S is the world’s first smartphone equipped with MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G processor with a dual 5G dual standby mode. It comes with an ultra-smooth 6.5-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate. There’s a 5000mAh battery under the hood that powers in quick time thanks to the 33W Dart in-box charger. The 8s uses a unique texture printing process for its shiny lustre that plays out particularly well in the Universal Purple colour. Highlights include a 64MP nightscape cam for clear pics even under complex lighting conditions and a 16MP AI beauty selfie shooter. (From Rs 17,999)
The A74 finds the balance between a heavy-duty 5,000mAh battery and the perfect heft (just under 190gm) despite sporting a large 6.5-inch FHD+ display (2400×1080 pixels/405 PPI). This display has a 90Hz refresh rate that adds fluidity to gaming and videos. The A74 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon A480 processor that combines 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. The triple rear cam is headlined by a 48MP primary lens. (From Rs 16,999)
Powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 810 Octa-core 5G processor, the Redmi 5G offers 8GB RAM in addition to the 3GB extendable virtual RAM that allows you to multitask effortlessly. The other highlight is the 6.6-inch FHD+ (2400×1080 pixels) display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It is powered by a 5000mAh battery with a 33W fast charger. An 8MP ultra-wide sensor complements the 50MP high-resolution primary camera (f/1.8). (Rs 17,999)