Top 10 Smartphones under Rs 25,000 in India (2017) – Best Gadgetry

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Which is the best phone under 25000 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 smartphones 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. 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. Some might 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 (2017):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 25,000*

 

1. Moto X4

moto x4
32GB/3GB RAM

64GB/4GB RAM

  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 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
  • – 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 will soon be 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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2. Moto Z

best phone under 35000 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)
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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3. Moto Z2 Play

Moto Z2 Play

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 145g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920
  • Display 5.5 inches, S AMOLED
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 626 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/1.7
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Internal memory
  • – Processor
  • – Slightly expensive
What’s good:
Z2 Play comes with a large internal storage to take care of all your memory needs.

 

What could have been better:
We’ve seen that processor on phones as cheap as Rs 12,000. Yes, it’s a Motorola but not really worth Rs 28,000 if you ask us.

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Honor 8

best phones under 25000 - honor-8

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch, LTPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes
  • Processor Octa-core 4×2.3GHz Cortex-A72 + 4×1.8GHz Cortex A53 Kirin 950
  • GPU Mali-T880 MP4
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP dual cameras, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.4
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Processor
What’s good:
Honor 8 might be a bit old, but it was flagship material at one point. Naturally, after a price cut it sits well in this budget. The processor stands out and the dual cameras should help in better photography. Other specs are up to the mark.

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HTC 10 Lifestyle

HTC 10 Lifestyle

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 161g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inches, Super LCD5
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Octa-core 4×1.8GHz (A72) & 4×1.4GHz (A53) Snapdragon 652
  • GPU Adreno 510
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/1.8,1/2.3” sensor
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/1.8
  • Battery 3,000 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Display resolution
  • + Camera aperture
  • – RAM
What’s good:
HTC 10 Lifestyle is overlooked, but the fact is that it’s a decent phone. Those looking for high resolution displays can consider it. The large aperture on the camera should allow decent low light pics.

 

What could have been better:
That processor is a bit old. Also, 3GB RAM is not what the competition would be selling in this budget.

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Samsung C7 Pro

best phones under 25000 - a9 pro

  • OS Android 6.0
  • 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 6.0
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’re sure Samsung would be updating the phone to Android 7.0 at least, but it comes with Marshmallow out of the box, which isn’t all that great.
Also, we don’t like the hybrid SIM slot, thought 64GB memory should be enough.

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Moto Z Play

top phones under 25000 - moto-z-play

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920
  • Display 5.5 inches, S AMOLED
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,510 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • – Processor not the best for this budget
  • – RAM
What’s good:
The Moto Z Play is positioned as a well built phone from a premium manufacturer, but is now an year old. We like the fact that it comes with a fairly large-sized battery.

 

What could have been better:
The processor is starting to age. Also, 3GB RAM for Rs 25,000? No thanks. Get the Z2 Play instead.

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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
  • + Fluid
  • – 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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Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro

best phones under 25000 - a9 pro

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 210g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Display 6 inch, S AMOLED
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes
  • Processor Snapdragon 652 Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.4GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU Adreno 510
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/1.9, OIS, 1/2.8″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 5,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • – Processor
What’s good:
It’s a Samsung and the brand conscious among you would like that. It’s also got one of the largest batteries in this budget.

 

What could have been better:
That processor is old.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

SAMSUNG Galaxy A7-2017

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 186g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Display 5.7 inch, S AMOLED
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53 Exynos 7880
  • GPU Mali-T830MP3
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/1.9
  • Secondary camera 16MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,600mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Battery
  • + Front camera
  • – RAM
What’s good:
It’s a Samsung and the brand conscious among you would like that. It’s got a large battery and has a fairly capable front camera.

 

What could have been better:
Some one please add another gig of RAM to the phone.

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Apple iPhone 6

best phones under 35000 - iphone-6

  • OS iOS 11
  • Weight 128g
  • Display resolution 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Display 4.7 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor 1.4GHz dual core Apple A8
  • GPU PowerVR GX6450
  • RAM 1GB
  • Camera 8MP, f/2.2, 1/3″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 1.2MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 1,810mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Single SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Brand
  • – Cameras
  • – Specs are no match against Android devices in the budget
  • – Single SIM
What’s good:
It’s an iPhone. It’s small and Apple has been kind enough to make 32GB the least storage option.

 

What could have been better:
This phone is 4 generations old now. We’d say don’t waste your money.

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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 top 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 630/626 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)
    • Samsung Galaxy A7 (3,600mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 8.0 • Moto X4
    • Moto Z
    • Moto Z2 Play
    • Moto Z Play
    • Samsung Galaxy A7
    • Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • Moto X4
    • Samsung C7 Pro
    • Samsung Galaxy A7
  • Best value for money • Moto X4