10 Best phones under Rs 25,000 in India (2018) – Best Gadgetry

best phones under 25000 rs in India

If you’re looking for a new phone, we understand that it’s never as easy as simply picking up the best one. There are so many choices and each with its own strengths and weaknesses. No wonder it can take weeks before you set your mind on one final model.

Let us help you a little by handpicking the 10 best phones under Rs 25,000 for this month available in India. We’ve considered the specs, as well as the brand value and after sales service to give you the best phones this budget can get you.

Don’t worry, gaming on these phones won’t be an issue. Neither will be taking great pics and selfies. Also, all these models support 4G LTE on Airtel, Jio, Vodafone and other networks.

Also just to clarify, phones with hybrid SIM slot allow you to either place a second SIM or a microSD card, but not both at the same time, so it’s a disadvantage. Also, most of these phones are already running Android 7.0. Most will even get the Oreo update.

To help you understand which processors are faster than others, we have created a post that benchmarks the SoCs found in these phones. Do also check the best smartphones under Rs 20,000 and the 10 best smartphones under Rs 30,000.

You can jump to the summary right away if you don’t want to go through myriad of specs. So here are the top 10 mobile phones under Rs 25,000.

 

These are the 10 best phones under Rs 25,000 in India (2018):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 25,000*

 

1. Honor 8 Pro

Best phones under Rs 25,000 - honor-8

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 184g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.7 inch, LTPS
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Kirin 960
  • GPU Mali-G71 MP8
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera 12MP dual cameras, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Processor
  • + RAM
  • + Display
  • + Internal memory
What’s good:
Talking in terms of specs, the Honor 8 Pro is a much better buy than the OnePlus 5. Why? Because it’s got a 2K display, more internal memory, same RAM and a bigger battery for a considerably lower price. This is a great phone and at this price, honestly, it’s a steal.

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2. Nokia 7 Plus

Best phones under 25000 - nokia 7 plus

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 183
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Display 6 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260) Snapdragon 660
  • GPU Adreno 512
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera Dual 12MP (f/1.75) + 12MP (f/2.6)
  • Secondary camera 16MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,800mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual camera
  • + Internal memory
  • + Processor
  • – Hybrid SIM slot
What’s good:
Nokia 7 Plus is a decent mid ranger and comes with the latest Snapdragon 660 processor. It also comes with an 18:9 display and has dual cameras on the back like most of the phones in this budget. It also comes with Android 8.1 out of the box and a decent 3,800mAh battery than should easily last beyond a day. Lastly, 64 gigs of internal memory should be adequate for your storage needs.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing except the hybrid SIM slot.

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3. Oppo F7

best smartphone under 30000 - Oppo F7
4GB RAM, 64GB memory

6GB RAM, 128GB memory

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 158g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2280
  • Display 6.23 inches, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor MediaTek P60 Octa-core (4×2.0GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHz A53)
  • GPU Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16 MP, f/1.8
  • Secondary camera 25 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,400 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Internal memory
  • + Front camera
  • + Processor
  • + RAM
What’s good:
Android 8.0, 128 gigs of internal memory, decent processor, 6GB RAM, and an impressive (on paper at least) front camera make the Oppo F7 an attractive proposition.

 

What could have been better:

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Moto X4

best phones under 25000 in India - moto x4
32GB/3GB RAM

64GB/4GB RAM

64GB/6GB RAM

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 163g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 630 Cortex-A53 Octa Core 2.2GHz
  • GPU Adreno 508
  • RAM 3/4GB
  • Camera Dual 12 MP f/2.0 + 8 MP f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 16 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Internal memory
  • + Processor
  • + RAM
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Moto phones are known for their build quality, but that’s not the only thing good about this phone. It has also been updated to Android 8.0 and comes with the newer Snapdragon 630 which is better than the 625 seen on other phones. Then, Moto is known for the quality of its dual cameras and this one comes with a pair. 64GB memory should be enough for your storage needs too.

 

What could have been better:
The 32GB variant comes with just 3GB RAM. Also, it’s got a hybrid slot, so choose between SIM2 or a microSD card.

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Moto Z

best phones under 25000 in India - moto-z

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 136g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Quad-core 2×2.15GHz Kryo + 2×1.6 GHz Kryo Snapdragon 820
  • GPU Adreno 530
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/1.8, OIS
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 2,600mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Aperture on the camera
  • + Display
  • – Battery
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
  • – Android 7.0
What’s good:
Flagship phone from a premium brand. It’s got a nice 2K display that’s also shatterproof. Also the rear camera aperture is large enough to allow good low light pics. Also, it’s light and slim.

 

What could have been better:
That battery is puny. Also, it’s got a hybrid slot, so choose between SIM2 or a microSD card.

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Vivo V9

best phone under 25000 - Vivo V9

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 150g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2280
  • Display 6.3 inches, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 626 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16 MP + 5 MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 24MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,260 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Internal memory
  • + Dual camera
  • – Processor
What’s good:
Call it a shameless clone, but it’s the only phone in the Android stables with the iPhone X styled notch. Android 8.1, 64 gigs of internal memory, and a impressive (on paper at least) front camera make it an attractive proposition.

 

What could have been better:
We’ve seen that processor on phones as cheap as Rs 10,000.

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Huawei P20 Lite

best phones under 25000 - huawei p20 lite

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 145g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Display 5.8 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) Kirin 659
  • GPU Mali-T830 MP2
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera Dual 16 MP (f/2.2) + 2 MP
  • Secondary camera 24 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Front camera
  • – Processor
What’s good:
Huawei’s latest addition under 20k boasts a 24MP front camera, which seems massive by any standards. It also comes with Android 8.0 out of the box and sufficient storage space. The dual rear camera should also allow great brokehs. We’re not sure how many of you are a fan of the notch though.

 

What could have been better:
Hybrid SIM slot. So you’re stuck if you need more than 64GB space and a second SIM. A lot of phones from Huawei under 20k come with almost similar specs. If you leave out the front camera, this one is clearly overpriced. Also, that processor is ancient.

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Samsung C7 Pro

best phones under 25000 - a9 pro

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 172g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Display 5.7 inch, S AMOLED
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 626 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/1.9
  • Secondary camera 16MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Front camera
  • + Internal memory
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
  • – Android 7.0
What’s good:
It’s a Samsung and comes with a large battery and an impressive front camera. We also like the fact that you might not need an external card with that storage.

 

What could have been better:
We don’t like the hybrid SIM slot, though 64GB memory should be enough. Also, get that Android 8 update out already.

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Apple iPhone SE

best mobile phones under 25000 rs - iphone se

  • OS iOS 11
  • Weight 113g
  • Display resolution 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Display 4.0 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor 1.84GHz dual core Apple A9
  • GPU PowerVR GT7600
  • RAM 2GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.2, 1/3″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 1.2MP, f/2.4
  • Battery 1,624mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Single SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Brand
  • – Display resolution
What’s good:
This phone is for those people who really miss the iPhone 5/5s. It’s compact and that’s what some of us want. Also, you get the internals of the 6s for a much lower price.

 

What could have been better:
It’s old. Doesn’t have the best specs compared to Androids and might be a bit overpriced.

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Huawei Honor 9i

best smartphones under 20000 rs - Huawei Honor 9i

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.9 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 659 Cortex-A53 Octa Core 2.4GHz
  • GPU Mali T830MP2
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP+2MP
  • Secondary camera 13MP+2MP
  • Battery 3,340mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • + RAM
  • + Internal memory
  • – Processor
What’s good:
The dual camera setup on the front and back looks really promising. The internal memory is great too.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing except the hybrid SIM slot, which you might not need considering that it comes with 64 gigs of internal memory.

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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above, we’ve listed the specs as (megapixels), (aperture), (OIS-if present), (sensor size). Generally speaking, bigger the aperture and sensor size, better is the camera. Which means smaller number in the denominator, the bigger the aperture or sensor size is. For example, f/1.9 is a bigger aperture and than f/2.0. Also 1/2.2″ is a bigger sensor than, say, 1/2.6″. A bigger aperture camera performs much better in low light situations and produces sharper images. Also, OIS refers to optical image stabilisation, which helps in reducing blur.

 

Standout features in the best smartphones under Rs 25,000:

The best phones under Rs 25,000 these days come with features like dual camera, Android 7.1, and 64 gigs of internal memory. On the other hand, 4GB RAM, 3,000mAh+ battery, full HD display and Android 7.0 have become the norm rather than the exception.

Look for the latest generation Snapdragon 630/660 processors on board and preferably go for something that’s sure to get updated to Android 8.0. 3GB RAM in this budget doesn’t make sense, neither does Android 6.0.

  • Best battery • Samsung A9 Pro (5,000mAh)
    • Nokia 7 Plus (3,800mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 8.0 • Vivo V9
    • Oppo F7
    • Nokia 7 Plus
    • Moto X4
    • Moto Z
    • Honor 8 Pro
    • Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • Vivo V9
    • Oppo F7
    • Moto X4
    • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Best value for money • Nokia 7 Plus
    • Honor 8 Pro

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