Best Smartphones Under Rs.25,000 (August 2019)

by | Jul 13, 2019

Smartphone space in India is generally less competitive in this price bracket when compared to mid-range and budget segment.

But don’t get me wrong, there are enough great phones under Rs.25,000 that you can choose from.

Huawei, Moto, Oppo and Samsung were some of the major players in this segment in India. Nokia and Vivo have also jumped into this premium midrange segment off late.

At this price, you can expect some of the latest features seen in flagship phones as well as the best features available in midrange phones.

Few of the phones in this category even has the AMOLED display and top end processors.

So who offers the best mobile phones under Rs.25,000?

Let’s find out in detail here.

Best Smartphone Under Rs.25,000

1. Pocofone F1Overall Best Pick
2. Asus Zenfone 5ZRunner-Up Pick
3. Redmi K20Best Vaue for Money smartphone
4. Vivo V15 ProBest Selfie Centric Smartphone
5. Samsung Galaxy A50Honorable Mention

1. Pocofone F1

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Overall Best Pick
  • Performance beast
  • Undermines most of the other flagships
  • Value for money device

As you might have already known, Pocofone is a new subsidiary of Xiaomi that was recently unveiled in the country.

The company’s first launch in the market, the Poco F1 is already the new talk of the town even before the device is being released to the hands of the public.

Build and design

For a premium budget smartphone priced under Rs.25,000, the Poco F1 has gone beyond our expectations. The metallic body feels firm and easy to hold in hand.

The curved edges helps this comparatively large device easy to hold and operate with a single hand.

The Poco F1 looks similar to many of the expensive flagships in the market with a vertical dual camera setup at the back and a notched display up front.

What makes this device stand out from the pack is the inclusion of a liquid cooling technology that will avoid the device from getting hot while gaming or any other intense resource hungry operations.

Mighty Snapdragon 845 – Yes, not a typo!

Most of the mid range smartphones today feature a perfectly capable, but not necessarily high end processors.

The last greatest SoC to be used in a premium budget smartphone was the Snapdragon 660 which is powerful and efficient.

The absolute beasts like Sandragon 845 was only reserved for the elite flagship smartphones that priced a fortune.

But not anymore.

The Poco F1 comes with the top of the line Snapdragon 845 processor for under Rs.25,000.

This beast is supported by a fast LPDDRX 6GB RAM to chew through whatever apps or games you throw at it.

This device also comes with a 128GB storage and gives the option to increase the storage capacity by a hybrid SIM slot.

Large 6+ display.. with a notch!

The Poco F1 features a large 6.18-inch full HD+ display that reproduces stunning lifelike images with true to life colours.

This IPS display has excellent viewing angles and gives a sharp and crisp output, thanks to the 403 ppi pixel density even with this large size.

The display has a notch up top, which is of fairly big size.

If you don’t like the intrusion of a notch, you can technically turn it off in the settings but with a slight reduction in screen real estate.

AI cameras at its best

The Poco F1 comes loaded with a rear dual camera setup that has a 12MP+5MP setup of which the secondary lens is a depth sensing unit.

Along with the physical depth calculations, the AI integration that the company has built in will give you possibly one of the best image output in the segment.

The front camera is a 20MP shooter assisted with infrared sensors to give clear selfies even during darker environments.

The only gripe we had with the camera department is that there is no Optical Image Stabilization available.

Battery

The Poco F1 has a 4000mAh Li-ion battery inside which will easily last over a day even with heavy use.

Xiaomi is already known for including higher capacity batteries on their certain models such as the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

This time the company has even bundled a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 certified fast charger that will let you charge the device even faster.

Final verdict

If you can get hold of a unit while the lottery like flash sales in flipkart, this might be the best mobile money can buy in recent times.

The absolute beast of a performer, the Snapdragon 845 is the centerpiece of all attractions and won’t definitely fail your expectations – be it multitasking or gaming.

With the slightly modified, less cartoony MIUI interface, you are going to get a plethora of customization options as well.

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Snapdragon 845 SoC

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Liquid cooling technology

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Fast charger bundled with the box

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No OIS

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 845
Camera12 MP + 5 MP Rear, 20 MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.18 inch Full HD + Display

2. Asus Zenfone 5Z

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Best flagship-grade phone in this budget
  • Excellent software support
  • Sleek and stylish design

Even though little overpriced, the Oneplus 6 was ruling this budget without competition for a brief period of time and then came the Asus Zenfone 5Z.

The Asus Zenfone 5Z is packing killer specs at a jaw-dropping price point and compromise neither on quality nor on the performance.

Performance

Featuring the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 inside, performance is snappy as ever before.

Assisted with a 6GB RAM onboard, multitasking and gaming is a breeze to handle for this beast.

The front as well as the back is made of glass and is protected by 2.5D Gorilla glass.

The rounded patterns etched on to the back of this phone is just awesome to stare at.

Display

On the front, there’s a 6.2-inch Super IPS+ 19:9 aspect ratio display that comes with a resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels.

The colour accuracy of this panel is top-notch, so does the brightness levels.

Asus has added a true tone colour enhancer which you can manually adjust to get the most out of this screen for your liking.

Asus this time has optimized its ZenUI with a lot of AI-related features such as AI charge, AI phone boost and even AI modes on the camera app.

Camera

Talking about the optics, this phone features a rear 12MP + 8MP shooter and an 8MP front camera.

The primary camera is equipped with 4-axis OIS and the videos are stabilized with the combination of OIS + EIS technology.

The photos look detailed and colour accurate. The wide-angle selfie camera captures pleasant selfies with almost little or no noise.

Miscellaneous

To please the audiophiles, LG has added Hi-Res audio chip inside. This will let you listen to your favourite tracks the way they were recorded in the studio.

The loudspeaker on this phone does have a stereo effect. The earpiece doubles up as a speaker along with the unit placed on the bottom.

Battery Life

Powered by a 3300 mAh battery, the Asus Zenfone 5Z easily lasts for a day even with intense usage.

With fast charging support out of the box, juicing up this guy is no big deal.

Verdict

Priced at just Rs.29,999, the Asus Zenfone 5Z is a flagship level smartphone that even outperforms the excellent OnePlus 6 in certain aspects.

Considering the specs and the performance, we recommend you to think no further.

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Good build quality

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Great colour accuracy

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Excellent camera

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Hi-Res Audio

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No AMOLED display

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo
Internal Memory128GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Camera12MP + 8MP Rear, 8MP fF
Battery3300mAh
Display6.2-inch Full HD+

 

3. Redmi K20

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Best Value for Money Smartphone
  • Super AMOLED display
  • 960 fps slo-mo capture
  • Long-lasting battery life

Redmi K20 is the latest offering from the Xiaomi budget smartphone stable priced slightly higher than its predecessors.

This android smartphone is a lighter version with less powerful hardware compared with its bigger brother, the flagship Redmi K20 Pro.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi K20 has a glass sandwich design which follows the current trend in the budget smartphone segment.

The interesting gradient two-tone colour scheme lends this smartphone a unique personality on its own.

The front and rear glass are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for avoiding accidental scratches and marks.

The Redmi K20 is a very well built phone with a sturdy chassis and good overall fit and finish.

Display

The Redmi K20 features a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an approximate pixel density of about 410ppi.

With a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, this display is sharp and vibrant. With a contrast ratio of 60000:1, the blacks are deep and the saturation levels are on par with the competing device.

The fingerprint scanner is tucked beneath the display and unlocks the device in an instant without any noticeable delay.

Processor and Performance

The all-new Redmi K20 packs a newer and more powerful budget Qualcomm snapdragon 730 processor clocked at 2.2GHz.

With the ample 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, this device performs the way it should be without any lags or stutters.

Games and apps run buttery smooth and the larger RAM considerably helps in executing multitasking operations.

Camera

The Redmi K20 from Xiaomi features a triple rear camera setup and a pop-up motorized front camera.

The rear camera system consists of a 48MP primary sensor accompanied with a 13MP wide-angle and an 8MP telephoto lens capable of 2x zoom.
The quality of the photos and videos are quite good and on par with other devices in the same price range.

The front camera is a 20MP sensor with AI beauty modes to make your selfie shots look more professional.

Battery Life

Battery life is one of the most crucial aspects people look for while buying a smartphone. Redmi phones are famed for packing high capacity batteries in the past and the same is the case with K20.

The 4000mAh battery can hold the phone to live up to one and a half days on a single charge comfortably.

Verdict

Packed with features to the brim, Redmi K20 is one of the best mid-range Android devices in the Indian market priced under Rs.20,000.

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Elegant design

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Build quality

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18W fast charge

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Skinned MIUI

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP Front, 20MP Rear
Battery4000mAh
Display6.39-inch AMOLED Full HD+

 

4. Vivo V15 Pro

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 Best Selfie Camera Phone
  • Motorized 32 MP selfie camera
  • High screen to body ratio
  • Triple rear camera setup

The Vivo V15 Pro is a flagship-grade smartphone from Vivo that comes as an upgrade to the original V15, aimed at the premium mid-tier market priced under a budget of Rs.25,000.

Loaded with cutting edge features onboard, the Vivo V15 Pro is a complete package which you can get your hands on, right now in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo V15 Pro features a front glass and back plastic construction with an exciting and colourful gradient colour scheme.

This phone features an improved in-display fingerprint scanner to lock and unlock the device securely.

The back panel is made of polycarbonate material and coated with glossy paint which has a textured colour pattern.

The materials used for the construction of this mid-range premium smartphone is of good quality and feels durable.

Display

The Vivo V15 Pro features a large 6.39-inch full HD+ AMOLED LCD display with a resolution of 2316 x 1080 pixels.

This accounts for a pixel density of about 404 pixels which is quite sharp and clear.

The 19:9 aspect ratio means you will have minimal troubles when using this device single-handedly.

The extremely thin bezels on this display make it a suitable candidate for immersive media consumption experience.

The colour and brightness levels on this display are excellent, both indoors as well as outdoors.

Processor and Performance

The Vivo V15 Pro packs a slightly outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor to power the OS.

The apps run faster and open up quick even with multiple apps running parallel. With the 6GB LPDDR4 RAM, there is enough memory for apps to run simultaneously.

Even gaming with this smartphone is smooth. Resource intensive games like PUBG runs smooth and in full HD resolution.

There is 128GB on onboard memory for storing your files offline. If you need more, fret not. There is a dedicated micro SD card slot which can accommodate up to 256GB.

Camera

The Vivo V15 Pro comes equipped with a triple rear camera setup which comprises of a 48MP main shooter, 8MP wide-angle sensor and a 5MP depth-sensing unit.

The photos and videos look crisp and clear with enough details and less noise in them.

Vivo has coupled their AI algorithm with the camera by which it detects the scene and adjusts the settings according to it.

The front camera is a whopping 32MP motorized selfie unit which pops up when needed and delivers excellent quality selfies and has portrait mode support as well.

Battery Life

The Vivo V15 Pro is powered by comparatively smaller 3700 Li-ion battery.

With moderate to heavy usage, the Vivo V15 Pro lasts for a day and a half quite comfortably.

Vivo bundles a fast charger along with this phone that charges the battery quite quickly at 18W.

Verdict

The Vivo V15 Pro is one of the best looking mid range smartphones. With the gorgeous AMOLED display and a capable processor, the Vivo V15 is one of the best in its class.

The main USP of this device is the motorized front camera. It works well as advertised.

If you want a smartphone with a large display, and performs very smooth, the Vivo V15 Pro is a great choice, to begin with.

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Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection

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Triple rear camera

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AMOLED display

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Bloated UI

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Hybrid SIM slot

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675
Camera48MP + 5MP + 8MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery3700mAh
Display6.39-inch 2340 x 1080 Full HD+

 

5. Samsung Galaxy A50

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Tri camera smartphone
  • Super AMOLED display
  • In display fingerprint scanner

Samsung usually reserves major technological breakthroughs for its higher-end Galaxy S series and Note series smartphones.

But with the latest edition of Samsung Galaxy A50, the company is introducing a tri-camera set up on a budget smartphone, which of course is its main selling point.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is gracefully designed to captivate the eyes as well as the minds with glass finish exteriors coated with slight gradient colours.

This colour scheme is the same Honor has been doing with their smartphones off late, but here in A50, it comes with a more subtle effect.

This smartphone brags about having 84.9% screen to body ratio, and has minimal bezels at the sides of the display, making it look more awesome.

There is the newer micro USB type C charging port at the bottom, accompanied with the 3.5mm headphone jack ( Thank God!).

The rear part is where this phone starts to look unfamiliar. It features a triple camera setup arranged as a vertical strip with an LED flash beneath.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A50 features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity U display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

Although, not as clear and crisp as those displays found on premium Galaxy S series lineup, this panel is sufficiently bright and has impressive colour reproduction when compared with other phones in the similar price bracket.

With an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and pixel density around 403 ppi, watching media and playing games is a delightful experience.

The notch on this display is small and doesn’t feel obtrusive while watching media content on this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

Considering the price, the Galaxy A50 doesn’t feature the most powerful processor in its price category.

The included Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC clocked at 2.3GHz perform well performs well in normal conditions and won’t give any trouble for most of the people using it.

The 6GB RAM will be sufficient for most of the tasks you intend to perform on this mobile device, including some amount of casual gaming.

There is an inbuilt 64GB UFS storage with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the memory up to 512GB.

Tri Camera Setup

This is the biggest USP of this smartphone – having three cameras. No, not including the one in the front.

The tri-camera set up on the back has an interesting mix of sensors earmarked specially for various functions.

The first one is the 25MP primary shooter with f/1.7 aperture. This sensor has all the standard features such as PDAF found on almost all the mid-range smartphone cameras.

The second in line is a 5MP depth sensor for those bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The third and final sensor is the 8MP ultrawide sensor with a 120-degree field of view.

The front camera is a 25MP shooter with beauty modes and AI integration for manipulating your photos to look better than ever before.

Apart from the physical hardware, Samsung has delivered a feature-rich camera interface with a multitude of functions for taking smartphone photography to the next level.

The photos and videos come out pretty clean and sharp.

The shots taken are rich in detail as well.

Miscellaneous

This mid-range Android smartphone features an in-display fingerprint scanner. It works very well and the accuracy is on par with other in-display fingerprint scanners found on similarly priced devices.

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is launched with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with Samsung experience UI on top.

Speaking about connectivity, this device has the latest Bluetooth v5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi capability.

Battery Life

Surprisingly, Samsung has started to include higher capacity batteries in its smartphones off late.

This Android smartphone is powered by a 4000 mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last for a day and a half on moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

If you are a smartphone photography enthusiast and wants to stand out a notch above everyone in terms of smartphone camera capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy A50 is an apt choice.

With its Super AMOLED display and excellent build quality, there is much more than just the optics to cherish about this device.

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Elegant and stylish design

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Excellent build quality

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Decent battery life

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Next level photography choices

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Slightly outdated processor

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 9610 Octa core 2.2GHz
Camera25MP + 5MP + 8MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3300mAh
Display6.4-inch FHD+ SAMOLED

And that concludes our list of the best smartphones under Rs.25,000.

In case you are on a tight budget but can’t afford to skimp on features, there are some great smartphones priced under Rs.20,000 that offers neck to neck competition with the models listed above.

We will make sure to update this list when new phones that can dethrone our top picks enter the fray.

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