10 Best phones under Rs 25,000 in India (2018) – 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 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. Yes, including PUBG and Fortnite. 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 8.0. Most will even get the Android 9.0 Pie update.

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 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

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.

 

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

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • 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, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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2. Vivo V11 Pro

vivo v11

What’s good:
Hate notches but also need no bezels? Maybe the Vivo V11 would ease your pain as it comes with a minimal teardrop notch that’s noticeably smaller than those seen in competitor phones. It also stands out thanks to its in-screen fingerprint scanner. We also like the storage, RAM, and a decent processor for the budget.

 

What could have been better:
That’s hard to find for the moment.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    156g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner

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3. Huawei nova 3i

honor nova 3i

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.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    169g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • 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
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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Nokia 7 Plus

Best phones under 30000 - nokia 7 plus

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. Add Android 8.1 out of the box and a decent 3,800mAh battery that 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.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    183
  • Display
    6 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,800mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Feb, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Android 9.0
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Oppo F9 Pro

Oppo F9 Pro

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.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    169g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • 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
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM

 


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Vivo V11

Vivo V11

What’s good:
Hate notches but also need no bezels? Maybe the Vivo V11 would ease your pain as it comes with a minimal teardrop notch that’s noticeably smaller than those seen in competitor phones. We also like the RAM and a decent processor for the budget.

 

What could have been better:
That’s hard to find for the moment.
  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    164g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MediTek P60 octa-core 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/2.0 + 5MP f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    3,315mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM

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Oppo F7

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

6GB RAM, 128GB memory

What’s good:
Android 8.0, 128 gigs of internal memory, 6GB RAM,  and an impressive (on paper at least) front camera make the Oppo F7 an attractive proposition.

 

What could have been better:

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    158g
  • Display
    6.23 inches, IPS
    1080 x 2280
  • 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
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,400 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Mar, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Internal memory
  • Front camera
  • RAM

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Huawei Honor Play

Honor 9N
4GB RAM

6GB RAM

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?
  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    176g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • 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
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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Moto G6 Plus

moto g6 plus

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.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    167 g
  • Display
    5.9 inches, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,200 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Processor

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

galaxy a6+

What’s good:
So, Samsung decided to beat the Chinese players by making a phone with a triple camera on the back. How good is it you ask? The early reviews say there’s enough details in the pics, but how much of that third camera helps, isn’t exactly known at this moment. We wouldn’t be surprised if its a gimmick more than anything.

 

What could have been better:
That processor performs worse than a Snapdragon 636. Also, for 24k, 4GB RAM seems like a little less honestly.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6-inch, IPS
    1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Exynos 7885
  • GPU
    Mali-G71 GPU
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    24 MP, f/1.7 + 8 MP, f/2.4 + 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Triple cameras
  • Processor

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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 660> 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 660/845 processors on board and preferably go for something that’s sure to get updated to Android 9.0. 3GB RAM in this budget doesn’t make sense, neither does Android 7.0.

  • Best battery • POCO F1 (4,000mAh)
    • Nokia 7 Plus (3,800mAh)
  • Best processor • POCO F1
  • Best value for money • POCO F1

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