Sunday, June 21, 2020

Top Non Chinese Phones under 20000

With the recent initiative by the Government of India to push towards "AatmaNirbhar" (Made in India) and the call against using Chinese brands has been becoming quite popular among many people. When friends and relatives started asking me for suggestions on best mobile phones, almost all of them barring one or two, said they didn't want a Chinese owned or Chinese subsidary company branded mobile phone. When I looked it up, i found that 7 out of the top 10 popular mobiles, esp in the 10,000 to 20,000 INR price segment was a Chinese brand. So I felt it'll be useful for people to get a list of the Top Non Chinese phones under 20000.

Before we list down the list of non Chinese phones under 20,000 , here's a list of brands that are directly or indirectly associated with China. So the choice is upto you to decide , if you want to consciously avoid a phone among these brands.

Top Chinese Brands in Mobile Phones in India

  • Mi (Xiaomi) : One of the biggest players in the market, with a massive market share and known for their low margin , high quality phones .
  • Redmi  : A budget brand of Xiaomi, but now trying to
  • Oppo : Another popular Chinese brand that seem to do well offline than the online segment, but neverthless giving a good competition to other brands when it comes to their popular Reno branded phones.
  • Realme : A sub brand of Oppo, for selling cheaper and budget phones (most of them in the <20K segment)
  • Vivo : A brand that had a huge marketing budget in India, sponsoring even the IPL, Vivo was quite famous for their "selfie" phones.
  • Motorola : Though initially a US firm, Motorola sold off their mobility solutions division to Lenovo , which is a Chinese company
  • Infinix : Infinix was getting a decent name in the sub 10K price segment and their origins is HongKong (which is also a Chinese controlled country)
  • Huawei : A famous Chinese brand , who got into big controversy in US, though they are moving away from the mobile phone market and currently selling only 1-2 models
  • Honor : A budget brand of Huawei, Honor was selling really well with their Honor 9i and 10 phone. Though some production might be done in India, their parent company , Huawei is still a Chinese firm
  • OnePlus : One of the premium phones in the market giving a mass competition to Apple and Samsung flagship models, Oneplus is also owned by a Chinese parent company.
  • Poco : Also a sub brand of Xiaomi
  • Gionee  : A phone manufacturer from Shenzen, China

Top Non Chinese Mobile Phones Less than 20000

The biggest marketshare of mobiles, in terms of units, falls under the 10,000 to 20,000 segment with the maximum competition and launches in this space. But with limited options, thanks to the above exclusion of brands, here's a list of brands and models you can consider

Brands : Samsung (Korea), Asus (Taiwan) , Nokia (Finland) and Micromax(India)
However, I would leave out Micromax from this list, given their poor reviews for quality performance in all their devices (be it phones or televisions)

Here are the top phones by Brand


1. A21S :

Costs 16,499 for their 4GB RAM, 64 GB storage variant.
Has 4 Cameras : (Quad Camera Setup: 48 MP (F2.0) Main Camera + 8 MP (F2.2) Ultra Wide Camera + 2 MP (F2.4) Depth Camera + 2 MP (F2.4) Macro Camera)
Comes with 5000 mah battery and 6.5 inch screen
Definitely a powerhouse when it comes to taking pictures from the looks of it.
Processor : Exynos 850 Octa Core Processor (would have desired a Snapdragon processor though)
Cons : TFT display with a resolution of 1600 * 720 p (Not exactly a Full HD Display)

Does a FHD display matter : FHD can have a much brighter and crisp display, esp when it comes to watching movies or Yotuube. However the A21s comes close to a FHD at 1600 as against 1920p resolution which can be partially compromised.

2. Sasmsung Galaxy M40 :
Costs 16,000 for their 6GB, 128GB variant and comes with a much desired Snapdragon 675 processor
Camera : 32MP + 8MP + 5MP triple rear camera; 16MP front facing camera; Rear Camera - F Number (Multiple):F1.7 , F2.2 , F2.2
Battery however is only 3500 mah
Comes with a 6'3 Full HD+ Display

3. Samsung Galaxy A80

Initially launched at 40K in August 2019, this phone is now available at 22,000 in a Flipkart sale.

Camera :" :Phone comes with a super cool rotating triple camera with a 48MP resolution
(48MP + 8MP | 48MP(F2.0) + 8MP(Ultra Wide/F2.2) + TOF (Time-of-Flight) 3D-Depth Rotating Camera)
Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octa core processor
Battery : 3700mah
The best part apart from camera is 8GB RAM and 128GB storage memory. You can't get any good phone with a 8GB RAM at 21K along with such amazing features , esp from a brand like Samsung.

(Price will be updated to 22K from 23rd June onwards)


One of my most favourite brands, Asus is a brand that's known for its motherboards and later moved to producing high quality phones. They are based out of Taiwan ( nowhere associated with China) and a very powerful electronics brand

4. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2  :

Costs 18000 for their 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant.
Processor :  Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa core processor.
Has a 6.26 Full HD Display , Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Camera : 12MP Sony IMX486, f/1.8, 1.25um, 6P Lens + 5MP Dedicated Depth Sensor, LED Flash, 4K Video Recording, EIS

Asus is a phone known for their performance, esp for multiple apps usage and gaming, and not really a phone for outstanding camera


Almost everyone owned a Nokia phone at some point of time in their lives. Nokia , a Finnish brand

5. Nokia 7.2

One of their most recent models , after their good success with the 6.1 Plus , Nokia 7.2 is an Android One phone. This means, your phone runs on stock android, without any bloated softwares, comes with the original Google Camera app (used in Pixel phones) .
With frequent updates by Android, running on the most latest operating system,  Nokia is a great choice for people who want to have a lag-free phone, even after couple of years

Cost : 16,400
Camera : Triple Camera 48MP + 5MP + 8MP | 20MP Front Camera
Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Processor
Comes with a 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage capacity

From a personal recommendation , my preference of selection among the top non chinese phones under 20000, from the order of highest priority (1) to lowest priority (2), it's

1)Samsung A80  2) Samsung A21S 3) Nokia 7.2 4) Asus Max Pro M2 5) Samsung M40

Let me know if you are planning to switch to a Non-Chinese brand for all your devices or prefer to stick to your current favourites.

Have I missed out any good phone in this price segment, not Made in China. Let me know in comments and I'll have it updated

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