In the smartphone world today, the best flagships can achieve a level of performance that was inconceivable even a couple of years ago. Google’s recently launched Pixel 4 has an astrophotography mode that can capture stunning pictures of the night sky, something that was considered the exclusive domain of DSLRs for the longest time. Samsung’s flagships can double up as a desktop substitute with its DeX application. The list can go on. However, there’s more to flagships than sheer processing capabilities or photography chops.

A true flagship experience is made by the different features it offers when it comes to security, photography, consuming content and more – something that is not limited to high-end devices anymore. Due to the strong competition in the smartphone arena, features that are usually limited to flagships now make their way to budget smartphones within a very short amount of time.

As a result, buying a phone today means that you need to consider the overall experience – most of which is controlled by these features. Here are some of our favourite flagship features that have made their way to budget smartphones under ₹20000.

In-display fingerprint sensors

It was less than two years ago when the first phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor shipped from Vivo. Today, the feature is available in phones priced approximately ₹15,000. To be honest, there is a difference in the performance level between flagships and budget phones for this feature.

However, as you can see in devices like the Realme XT and Samsung Galaxy A50, it is usually a fraction of a second, which barely makes any difference in day to day usage.

AMOLED display

When it comes to the type of display your smartphone has, AMOLED usually offers the most gratifying multimedia experience. Offering a colour experience that is deep and rich, AMOLED displays have also made their way to budget devices. The Realme X offers a great AMOLED experience under ₹20,000. Other devices include the Vivo S1, Mi A3, and more.

Pop-up selfie cameras

It hasn’t even been 1.5 years since the first premium phone with a pop-up selfie camera launched – signalling the death of the notch not too long after it had arrived.

Since then, the feature has made its way to budget smartphones like the Vivo V15 Pro, as well as mid-rangers like the Oppo Reno 2 with its unique shark-fin pop-up.

Face recognition

The ability to unlock your phone with your face has been present on Android since Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0 (the latest version is Android 10). However, flagship phones began sporting this as a feature only a couple of years ago, prompting budget phones to pick it up soon after.

However, what budget phones still lack is the security that comes with additional sensors packed into flagships. However, they make up for that with speed and the convenience that comes with the feature.

Liquid cooling

Once reserved for high-end gaming-centric devices, liquid cooling has also shown up in mid-range and budget gaming smartphones. The Poco F1 is a popular liquid-cooled device that packs a Snapdragon 845. The recently launched Redmi Note 8 Pro, the successor to the popular Note 7 Pro, is also a good option.

Reverse charging

Smartphones have always faced battery woes, and there hasn’t been a universal solution yet. However, one of the interesting ways to deal with this has been using reverse charging – that is, charging a phone with your phone. While flagships have started to support the wireless version of this feature, devices like the Oppo A5 2020 and the A9 2020 come with support for reverse charging via USB.

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