Best phones under Rs 25,000 in India (2019) – Best Gadgetry

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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 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. Yes, including PUBG and Fortnite. 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 9.0 Pie.

How do the processors on these phones stack in terms of performance? Check at the end of the post. 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 a myriad of specs. So here are the top 10 mobile phones under Rs 25,000.

 

These are the best phones under Rs 25,000 in India (2019):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 25,000*

 

1. Xiaomi POCO F1

Xiaomi POCO F1
6GB RAM, 64GB

6GB RAM, 128GB

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 8GB RAM, to mammoth storage and a decent battery. Also, it got updated to Android 9.0 recently.

 

What could have been better:
The name’s a bit silly, no? Also, no NFC or wireless charging.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    64-128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    6GB
  • 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, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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2. Redmi K20

Redmi K20
6GB RAM, 64GB

6GB RAM, 128GB

What’s good:
Clearly, it is a competitor to the Realme X and goes one ahead by packing a faster processor. Also, no notch, in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a large battery sound like value propositions. Then there’s ample storage, a telephoto and a wide angle lens along with a regular camera, up to 128 gigs of storage and 6GB RAM.

 

What could have been better:
No scope for memory expansion.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    191g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.2GHz & 6×1.8GHz) Snapdragon 730
  • GPU
    Adreno 618
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto)
    13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide)
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • No notch
  • RAM
  • Processor
  • Non-expandable storage

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3. Realme X

Realme X
4GB RAM, 128GB

8GB RAM, 128GB

What’s good:
No notch: check, in-screen fingerprint scanner-check. If that hasn’t gotten you interested, maybe 128 gigs of storage, 8GB RAM, and 20W fast charging would. How about ANdroid 9.0 then?

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid SIM slot. No 3.5mm jack either.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    191g
  • Display
    6.53 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Snapdragon 710
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    4/8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide)
    5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,765mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • No notch
  • RAM
  • Processor

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ASUS ZenFone 5Z

ASUS ZenFone 5Z
8GB RAM, 256GB storage

6GB RAM, 128GB storage

What’s good:
Here is a worthy OnePlus 6T competitor at a very competitive price. It offers top of the line processor, gargantuan RAM and internal storage, decent cameras (on paper at least) and other bells and whistles you’d expect from a flagship phone. Also, it got updated to Android 9.0 recently.

 

What could have been better:
The successor is out.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    256GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/1.8, 24mm
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0, 24mm
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,300mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor

 


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Nokia 8.1

Nokia 8.1

What’s good:
While the Nokia 8 was a flagship, this one is sort of a mid-range flagship (yeah, that doesn’t make any sense). Anyway, the good thing about this phone is that it comes with Android 9.0, OIS on the camera, and a processor that, while not as good as the SD845, is ahead of the Snapdragon 660.

 

What could have been better:
Umm, hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 710 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.7GHzx6
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8, OIS + 13 MP
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • OIS
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Galaxy M40

galaxy m40

What’s good:
The M40 offers a punch-hole camera which is a refreshing change from the usual teardrop. It also comes equipped with a decent processor, 6GB RAM, triple cameras, and Android 9.0 on board. Honestly, there’s not much to complain. Looks like a better phone than the A50 to us.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid SIM slot. No 3.5mm jack either.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, TFT
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Qualcomm SDM675
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    32 MP, f/1.7
    8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Jun, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Missing 3.5mm jack
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50
4GB RAM

6GB RAM

What’s good:
So Samsung isn’t just sitting idle anymore and is offering products that can stand up against the competition. The A50 is one such phone that offers a processor which is comparable to the Snapdragon 660 (but has a faster GPU), up to 6GB RAM, and a sizeable battery. The main selling point for the phone is the three cameras on the back. The depth sensor can get you the blurry backgrounds, while the ultra-wide should offer a wider field of view. We also like the Super AMOLED display.

 

What could have been better:
It’s a good phone, but then, overpriced compared to the competition. You pay around 4k premium over other brands for the Samsung tag.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Weight
    166g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Exynos 9610 Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.6 GHz)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    25 MP, f/1.7
    8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.2 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    25MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Storage

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Oppo F11 Pro

OPPO F11 Pro

What’s good:
If you want a cheap phone with no-notches and all display, go no further. The F11 Pro comes with a motorized pop up selfie cam which does away with the need for a notch. You also get a P70 which is as fast as the 660 (perhaps better). 6GB RAM and a 4,000mAh battery add to the value proposition.

 

What could have been better:
We aren’t saying the processor is bad, but it’s the same processor that features on the Redmi 7. Also, 64GB storage looks underwhelming. Overall, we see this phone being overpriced.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    190g
  • Display
    6.53 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Mediatek Helio P70 Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz (A73) + 4×2.0 GHz (A53))
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8
    5 MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Mar, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Charging speed
  • Battery
  • No notch
  • Storage

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Huawei Nova 3

Huawei Nova 3

What’s good:
Honor Nova 3 is one of the many Huawei phones in this budget. Again, this one is similar to the Honor View 10. You get a top of the line processor from last year and decent internal storage. The battery size looks adequate enough as well. Lastly, there’s Android 9.0 here.

 

What could have been better:
Have you heard about the recent tussle between Huawei and Google? These are uncertain times for the fate of Android on Huawei.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    166g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Kirin 970
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP12
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual: 16 MP (f/1.8) + 24 MP, f/1.8 (B/W)
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS, 1080p 60fps rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP (f/2.0) + 2MP (depth)
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons

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Vivo V15

Vivo V15

What’s good:
Sibling to the F11 Pro the new V15 comes with a motorized pop-up selfie cam which does away with the need for a notch. You also get a P70 which is as fast as the 660 (perhaps better). 6GB RAM and a 4,000mAh battery add to the value proposition along with 20W fast charging. It also features triple cameras on the back. Overall, we honestly like this more than the F11 Pro.

 

What could have been better:
We aren’t saying the processor is bad, but it’s the same processor that features on the Redmi 7. Also, 64GB storage looks underwhelming. Overall, we see this phone being overpriced.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    190g
  • Display
    6.53 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Mediatek Helio P70 Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz (A73) + 4×2.0 GHz (A53))
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8
    8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Mar, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Charging speed
  • No notch
  • Storage

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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 stabilization, 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 8.1, and 128 gigs of internal memory. On the other hand, 4GB RAM, 3,000mAh+ battery, full HD display and Android 8.0 have become the norm rather than the exception.

As for the CPU performance, it’s something in the order of Snapdragon 845> Kirin 970> Snapdragon 675> P70> Snapdragon 660> Exynos 9610> Kirin 710> MediaTek P60=Snapdragon 636 > Exynos 7885. While the Kirin 710 beats the CPU performance of the SD 660, the GPU on the Snapdragon is better.

Look for the latest generation Snapdragon 710/845 processors on board and preferably go for something that’s sure to get updated to Android 9.0.

  • Best battery • POCO F1 (4,000mAh)
  • Best processor • POCO F1
  • Best value for money • POCO F1

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