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. Xiaomi POCO F1

Xiaomi POCO F1
6GB RAM, 64GB

6GB RAM, 128GB

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 180g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Display 6.2 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64-256GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU Adreno 630
  • RAM 6/8GB
  • Camera Dual 12 MP, f/1.9 + 5 MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 20 MP, f/2.0
  • Video 2160p 30FPS, 1080p@240fps rear, 1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Storage
  • + RAM
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Here is a solid OnePlus challenger that costs way less than it. Snapdragon 845 under Rs 25,000 is good enough to obliterate the competition. Think of a flagship feature and this phone has it/ From dual cameras, to 6GB RAM, to mammoth storage, to a decent battery.

 

What could have been better:
The name’s a bit silly, no?

 


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2. Huawei nova 3i

honor nova 3i

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 169g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Display 6.3 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera 24MP + 2MP
  • Video 1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery 3,340mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Processor
  • + Storage
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)
What’s good:
We’re so glad Huawei decided to release a mid-range phone with a new processor instead of an ancient one. Also, love the fact that it comes with 128GB storage space and dual cameras both back and front

 

What could have been better:
We will let you know once we find out.

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3. 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
  • + 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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Oppo F9 Pro

Oppo F9 Pro

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 169g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Display 6.3 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHz A53) MT6771 P60
  • GPU Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera Dual 16 MP (f/1.8) + 2 MP (f/2.4)
  • Secondary camera 25MP, f/2.0
  • Video 1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery 3,500mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + RAM
What’s good:
If you’re not a fan of large notches but are willing to make some compromise for the full screen, the F9 Pro seems like a good bargain. It also comes with 6GB RAM and a promising 25MP front camera.

 

What could have been better:
Looks like a decent phone so nothing really.

 


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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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Huawei Honor Play

Honor 9N

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 176g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Display 6.3 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 970 Octa-core (4×2.4GHz A73 & 4×1.8GHzA53)
  • GPU Mali-G72 MP12
  • RAM 4/6GB
  • Camera 16MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera 16MP
  • Video 1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery 3,750mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Processor
  • + RAM
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)
What’s good:
The Honor Play sports a flagship processor and comes with other great goodies like up to 6GB RAM and a large battery.

 

What could have been better:
Maybe the hybrid slot?

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Moto G6 Plus

moto g6 plus

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 167 g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 5.9 inches, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 630 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 508
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/1.7 + 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,200 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + RAM
  • – Processor
What’s good:
The RAM. That’s it.

 

What could have been better:
So Motorola lost the plot with the Moto G6 series. No, the phones aren’t bad, they’re just ridiculously overpriced. Consider this phone for instance. You’ll find the same specs in decent brands for under 20k.

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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
  • + RAM
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Moto phones are known for their build quality. Add 6 gigs of RAM and it sounds like a sweet deal.

 

What could have been better:
It’s got a hybrid slot, so choose between SIM2 or a microSD card. Also, old and overpriced.

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Samsung Galaxy A6+

galaxy a6+

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 186g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Display 6-inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 450
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/1.7 + 5MP, f/1.9
  • Secondary camera 24MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,500mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Front camera
  • – Battery
  • – Processor
What’s good:
We can all agree Samsung makes good looking phones. This one comes with enough of everything to make it a decent deal for the asking price. The cameras look promising too.

 

What could have been better:
Eh, that processor is found in phones that sell for less than Rs 10,000. No, not bad, but not worth 23k by all means.

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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
  • – Processor
What’s good:
Android 8.1, 64 gigs of internal memory, and an 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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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 • POCO F1 (4,000mAh)
    • Nokia 7 Plus (3,800mAh)
  • Best processor • POCO F1
  • Best value for money • POCO F1