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    Top 20 Biggest Selling Refurbished Phones in 2020


    Xiaomi was clearly dominant this year in terms of sales of refurbished smartphones. With the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Mi A2, none of the other brands managed to get a prominent spot on our list. Vivo’s V9 and Samsung’s On 7 Pro are the only devices on our list other than Xiaomi smartphones. Consumers showed immense interest in buying the refurbished version of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the smartphone that lead this year’s charts.

    By Tech Geek | 
    Updated: 20th Dec 2020 21:26 IST

    Table Of Contents

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      Top Refurbished Smartphones Sold in 2020
      • 1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro 
      • 2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
      • 3. Xiaomi Redmi 5A
      • 4. Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
      • 5. Xiaomi Redmi 4A
      • 6. Xiaomi Redmi 4
      • 7. Vivo V9
      • 8. Mi A2
      • 9. Redmi 3S
      • 10. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
      • 11. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro 
      • 12. Xiaomi Mi A1
      • 13. Xiaomi Redmi  Y1
      • 14. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
      • 15. Samsung Galaxy On 7 Pro
      • 16. Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (3/32GB) & (4/64GB) 
      • 17. Xiaomi Redmi 6A

    Highlights of the Story

    • Refurbished smartphones are the best options for people who are looking for a device that is high on specs, and low on price. 
    • Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro was one of the highest-selling refurbished models in 2020. 
    • Xiaomi smartphones dominated this year’s charts, with Samsung and Vivo entering the list with just 1 device each.

    In the past few years, smartphones have been evolving at an unprecedented pace and smartphone manufacturers are trying their best to cope up with the competition. In this scenario, we, the consumers, often tend to upgrade our devices within short periods. Many of the consumers always desire to possess a smartphone that offers high-end specifications but fails to buy it owing to their tight budget. To provide consumers with great smartphones at a reasonable price, the concept of refurbished devices was introduced. 

    Today, people trust firms that sell refurbished phones. The large number of refurbished smartphones sold this year is a testimony to the above claim. In this article, we bring you a list of the top refurbished smartphones that were sold in 2020 through Cashify. 

    Read also: Top 10 Mobile Phones

    Top Refurbished Smartphones Sold in 2020

    1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro 

    The 2018 Mid-Range king is still a great option to go for. Boasting a Full HD+ display, the Note 5 Pro delivers insane value as compared to its competition. 

    redmi note 5 pro


    The device comes with a fairly compact 5.99-inch FHD display. Its dual-camera system consists of a main 16MP lens, coupled with a 5MP depth sensor. Selfies taken from the phone’s 20MP sensor are good too. The Note 5 Pro has the Snapdragon 636 chipset, which gets the job done for daily tasks. Moreover, it has got 64GB of onboard storage and 4 GB of RAM, which is impossible to get in this price range. 


    The phone has a not-so-efficient chipset onboard, implying that power consumption per task will be more than any other SoC offered in this price range. Considering the 4000mAh cell inside, you are unlikely to get a great battery backup. 

    Buy Redmi Note 5 Pro from Cashify 

    2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

    The Redmi Note 4 marked the beginning of Xiaomi’s steps towards becoming the highest-selling brand in India. There are 2 variants of the Note 4 available on Cashify, i.e 3+32GB and 4+64GB. 


    While most entry-level smartphones skip a biometric fingerprint scanner, the Redmi Note 4 features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor along with face unlock. Its curved back panel adds to the premium look and feel of the device. Also, Xiaomi has managed to pack a decent 4100mAh battery maintaining the phone’s compact factor. The onboard Snapdragon 625 chipset along with 4 GB of RAM is capable enough to handle daily tasks. 


    The bezels on the top and bottom of the Note 4 are significantly larger than other options available. Also, it features the old navigation buttons on the bottom chin instead of the on-screen gestures available in modern-day devices. The 13 MP main camera of the phone is good enough but lacks a secondary lens. 

    Buy Redmi Note 4 from Cashify 

    3. Xiaomi Redmi 5A

    This smartphone is one of the most popular entry-level devices ever. The lower variant (2+16 GB) of the Redmi 5A was one of the most popular refurbished phones this year. 


    The Redmi 5A has a lightweight design and weighs just 137 grams. Also, a dedicated Micro SD card slot is present to expand storage for the device. It features a single 13MP single rear camera and a 5 MP front shooter. 


    The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 425 SoC, which might not be able to suffice your gaming needs. Also, the battery capacity on this smartphone is 3000mAh, resulting in a below-average screen-on-time. 

    Buy Redmi 5A from Cashify 

    4. Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

    One of the first Xiaomi smartphones to enter the Indian market, the Redmi 3S Prime is an underrated performer. Its 3+32 GB variant of the refurbished model was sold in large quantities this year. 


    The smartphone has a fairly good 4100mAh battery, implying that you can attend video calls and online meetings for a sufficient amount of time. Its 32GB onboard storage can be expanded via a dedicated Micro SD card slot. The Redmi 3S Prime has an aluminum body design and weighs about 140 grams. While most of the entry-level offerings provide a 5W adapter in the box, the 3S Prime packs a 10W charger in its box.


    The bezels here, too, are larger than the modern-day smartphones. 

    Buy Redmi 3S Prime from Cashify 

    5. Xiaomi Redmi 4A

    The predecessor of the Redmi 5A, the Redmi 4A is still a great value proposition. 


    Redmi 4A is very similar to the later launched 5A. A few changes that can be noticed are in the design aesthetics. The Redmi 4A speakers’ have their output through the back panel. The rest of the major specifications remain the same as the Redmi 5A. It has the same Qualcomm SD 425 chipset, huge bezels, a dedicated SD card slot, and a 13MP single camera system. 


    The device lacks a fingerprint scanner. 

    Buy Xiaomi Redmi 4A from Cashify 

    6. Xiaomi Redmi 4

    This is a slightly upgraded version of the Redmi 4A. The Redmi 4 offers a great value for budget friendly consumers. 


    The device is built using anodized aluminum, which gives it a premium touch. Its compact size and 2.5D curved glass add to the comfortable in-hand feel. Also, the Redmi 4 has a significantly better chipset than the 4A, i.e Snapdragon 435.

    Due to the small screen size and low resolution, its 4100 mAh battery wouldn’t fail to last for a day. Further, the rear fingerprint scanner adds to its utility. 


    The Redmi 4 has the same camera setup on the front as well as on the rear which is the same as the 4A. 

    Buy Xiaomi Redmi 4 on Cashify 

    7. Vivo V9

    Probably the only phone from Vivo on our list, the Vivo V9 is a great camera-centric smartphone that you can buy in 2020.


    The bezels on the Vivo V9 resemble a smartphone from 2020. The phone has a capable dual-camera setup, with the primary sensor being a 16MP lens and a secondary 5MP depth sensor for portrait shots. It also has a beautiful matte finish on the rear panel, alongside the fingerprint scanner. Its 64GB storage can also be expanded through its Micro SD card slot. Also, the device has an FHD+ display, which is a rarity to find in this segment. 


    The battery capacity of the Vivo V9 is just 3260 mAh, which can prove to be a deal-breaker for some.

    Buy Vivo V9 from Cashify 

    8. Mi A2

    Xiaomi’s A series was introduced to cater to the needs of the audience looking for a pro-grade camera in a low budget smartphone. The Mi A2 was the first phone from the brand to run on Stock Android, instead of MIUI. 


    The 2018 smartphone has a 20+12 MP dual camera setup to capture stunning portrait shots. The Sony sensor used in the Mi A2 is arguably the best camera sensor that you can find in this price range. The 20 MP front shooter, too, does a great job while capturing selfies. The display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, while the competition offers almost no display protection in this price bracket. The performance on the phone is good too, thanks to the Snapdragon 660 AIE present on board with 4 GB RAM. 


    The Mi A2 takes a hit in terms of its battery life, owing to the small-sized 3010 mAh cell present on the device. 

    Buy Mi A2 from Cashify 

    9. Redmi 3S

    Priced almost the same as a feature phone, the Redmi 3S delivers exceptional value at its price tag. 


    It has a fairly large 4100mAh battery alongside the Snapdragon 430 chipset on board. A fingerprint scanner is also present on the rear panel to instantly unlock the device. The Redmi 3S is a compact smartphone, with a screen size of 5 inches only. Thanks to its premium metallic build, the phone does not look cheap at all. 


    The Redmi 3S has a hybrid SIM slot, implying that you cannot use an SD card along with 2 SIM cards. The phone also lacks a secondary camera sensor on the rear. 

    Buy Redmi 3S from Cashify 

    10. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    Hailed as the game-changer of the Indian Smartphone Market, the Redmi Note 3 is still a great choice and is still capable to give tough competition to every smartphone in the entry-level segment. 


    The Redmi Note 3 boasts of a physical fingerprint sensor on the rear and packs a hefty 4050 mAh battery. Being powered by the Snapdragon 650 SoC, it is a power-packed performer even today. Though the device has a single rear camera, its 16MP primary lens gets the job done. 


    Redmi Note 3 has the same disadvantage as the few Xiaomi devices in the list above, i.e, it has huge bezels along with the navigation buttons baked into its chin. 

    Buy Redmi Note 3 from Cashify 

    11. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro 

    The Redmi Note 7 Pro  is another VFM offering from Xiaomi’s portfolio. 


    The Note 7 Pro has a premium glass sandwich design and packs a 4000mAh battery along with 18W fast charging. Under the hood, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, which is probably the best that you can get in this price range. Further, it has a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a teardrop notch. The bezels on the device are also quite thin. The phone shines in the optics department too, thanks to the Sony IMX 586 sensor present on the rear module. A 13MP front camera is housed in the notch to capture detailed selfies. 


    Though the Note 7 Pro supports 18W fast charging, the adapter included in the box is a 10W one. 

    Buy Redmi Note 7 Pro from Cashify 

    12. Xiaomi Mi A1

    The Mi A1 is one of the best camera smartphones (refurbished) that you can purchase today and it also offers a clean Android experience ditching the MIUI.


    This is the only smartphone on our list with a telephoto lens with a 2x optical zoom. The other sensor is a primary 12MP wide-angle lens with large pixel size. Hence, the Mi A1 is the best choice for capturing human portrait shots. A fingerprint sensor is also present on the back metal panel. Further, the device has an FHD+ display on the front and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset. 


    The Mi A1 has a 3080 mAh battery, which is significantly lesser than what the competitors are offering today. 

    Buy Mi A1 from Cashify 

    13. Xiaomi Redmi  Y1

    Xiaomi’s Y- series was revealed to meet the demands of selfie enthusiasts. The Redmi Y1, even today, is a good offering for selfie enthusiasts. 


    The front-facing 16MP front camera is capable to capture sharp selfie portraits. There’s a front LED flash present on the front to enhance low light performance. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset, coupled with up to 4 GB RAM. Other features include a rear fingerprint scanner, a dedicated micro SD card slot, and a 13MP single rear camera. 


    Due to the lightweight design of the Redmi Y1, the battery size is compromised to 3800mAh. 

    Buy Xiaomi Redmi Y1 from Cashify 

    14. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

    The Note 6 Pro was an incremental upgrade over its predecessor and still offers a great value at its price. 


    The device has a total of 4 cameras. The rear dual setup houses a 12MP primary lens along with a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, the device has a 19:9 aspect ratio display with a size of 6.26 inches. On the top of the display resides a dual 20+2 MP front camera system. The Note 6 Pro is running on the Snapdragon 636 SoC and comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB onboard storage. Also, it packs a massive 4000mAh battery with a type C port. 


    Considering the inefficient 14nm process of the SD 636 chipset, the battery performance might not suffice your needs. 

    Buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro from Cashify 

    15. Samsung Galaxy On 7 Pro

    The Galaxy On 7 Pro is the only refurbished Samsung device that was sold in large quantities this year. Initially launched at Rs 8999, its refurbished edition still holds a good value proposition. 


    The device has a 5.5-inch 720p display. It sports a 5MP front camera for selfies and a 13MP single rear camera. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM. 


    Content consumption on the smartphone is not the best, because of the large bezels present around the screen. Also, the battery capacity is capped at 3000mAh only. 

    Buy Samsung Galaxy On 7 Pro from Cashify 

    16. Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (3/32GB) & (4/64GB) 

    This is a toned-down version of the Note 6 Pro. The Redmi 6 Pro delivers excellent value along with a few compromises. 


    It has a dual-camera setup, with the primary sensor being a 12MP lens, and a 5 MP depth sensor. On the front, the phone comes with a 5.84-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Th3 bezels around it are thin too so that you can get an immersive experience. The Redmi 6 Pro packs a huge 4000mAh battery and also features a fingerprint sensor. 


    In terms of performance, the Redmi 6 pro is slightly less powerful than the Note 6. It runs on the Snapdragon 625 SoC along with 3 or 4GB of RAM. 

    Buy Redmi 6 Pro from Cashify 

    17. Xiaomi Redmi 6A

    Lauded as the entry-level killer, the Redmi 6A packs some impressive features at an unbelievable price for its refurbished version. 


    Redmi 6A is powered by a 12 nm Octa-Core processor. Its 16GB internal storage can be expanded via a Micro SD card slot. Face recognition feature is also present on the device for authentication. Its compact form factor and metal unibody design make it a standout in the entry-level segment. 


    The Redmi 6A lacks a secondary camera and a fingerprint scanner. The bezels around the display too are very large as compared to modern-day 2020 smartphones. 

    Buy Xiaomi Redmi 6A from Cashify 

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