Best Smartphones Under Rs.25,000 (June 2020)

by | Jun 21, 2020

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. Realme X2Overall Best Pick
2. Redmi K20Runner-up pick
3. Honor 20Feature Rich Smartphone
4. Vivo S1 ProSmartphone with Best Selfie Camera
5. Samsung Galaxy A31Best for Casual Use
6. Oppo F15Honourable Mention

 

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1. Realme X2

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful Snapdragon 730G processor
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • 4000mAh battery with fast charging

Realme X series phones represent budget to premium category offering excellent internals under a premium mid-range price segment.

The Realme X2 is an upgrade over the Realme XT with a beefier CPU, priced just around Rs.21,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme X2 looks and feels almost the same as that of the Realme XT. This device comes up with a glass sandwich design with a plastic frame in between.

The front and back glass is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to prevent accidental scratches.

Even with the glass construction and a big battery inside, the Realme XT weighs only 182g.

The rounded corners along the edges of the screen help in holding the phone comfortably in the hand.

The speaker grill, charging port and the 3.5mm headphone jack is placed in the bottom similar to what we have seen with the Realme XT.

Since this device comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner, the backside is empty barring the vertical camera bump.

Display

The Realme X2 features a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This is a waterdrop notched display having a screen to body ratio of 84.3%, with a pixel density of 403ppi.

The OLED panel looks gorgeous with inky deep blacks and popping colours. The brightness levels are adequate for effortless outdoor usage as well.

And this is a 60Hz standard panel with decent smoothness.

Processor and Performance

The Realme X2 packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, which is the current premium midrange flagbearer.

This quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz along with the Adreno 618 GPU runs effortlessly, be it during multitasking or intensive gaming.

With the ample 8GB of RAM, you won’t have to be worried about apps running out of memory any soon. The 128GB UFS 2.1 storage can be further increased, thanks to the dedicated SD card slot.

Camera

This device has a quad rear camera setup with 64MP main sensor having an aperture size of f/1.8.

The secondary sensor is an 8MP ultra-wide shooter for wide perspective images followed by a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor.

The images look stunning, rich in details and have natural colour tone, more close to what the eyes can see in person.

It can also record 4K videos at 30fps and has support for gyro-EIS ( Electronic Image Stabilization) for shake-free footages.

The front camera is a 32MP sensor with a wide-angle view. This selfie camera is on point when it comes to the details and skin tone when compared with its competitors.

Miscellaneous

The Realme X2 comes with Android 9.0 Pie running Color OS skin on top, out of the box.
You can upgrade to the newer Realme OS running on top of Android 10 Q for a better, more refined experience.

Battery Life

The Realme X2 is powered by a 4000mAh battery that will last for a day even with heavy usage.

Realme also bundles a VOOC 4.0 fast charger that can charge the battery at 30W, which it claims to juice up completely in under 1.30 hours.

Verdict

The Realme X2 is a true mid-range flagship with a powerful processor, a bigger battery and the gorgeous AMOLED display.

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Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection

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Quad rear camera setup

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In-display fingerprint scanner

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Clunky Color OS UI

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP , 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.4 inch Full HD+ AMOLED

2. Redmi K20

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful CPU and GPU
  • The capable triple rear camera
  • Long-lasting battery

Redmi K series phones offer one of the best value for money propositions in the premium budget smartphone segment.

It’s been almost a year since this phone has been released in India but it is still a good purchase option for those who are looking to buy a feature-packed smartphone priced under Rs.25,000.

Design and Build Quality

As with all other mid-range flagships, the Redmi K20 comes with a glass sandwich design, but this time with an aluminium centre frame for added strength and durability.

The front and back glass is protected by the Corning gorilla glass 5 for added protection from scratches.

The volume rockers and the power buttons are placed on the right side of the phone. These buttons feel very tactile and responsive.

Xiaomi calls the design of these smartphones as aura pattern which looks very unique and attractive under direct light.

There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on this smartphone, complete with a dedicated audio DAC for better sound output through the earphones.

Display

The Redmi K20 has a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a pixel density of 403ppi.

This display is bright and vivid, the colour looks extremely gorgeous thanks to the infinite contrast levels from the OLED display.

This is an HDR display, delivering the best possible mobile content viewing experience.

Since this device comes with a motorized pop-up selfie camera, there are no obstructions of the screen such a notch or a punch-hole cutout, giving a screen to body ratio of 86%.

If you watch a lot of media or game on your phone, the Redmi K20 delivers an immersive experience like no other.

Processor and Performance

This premium budget smartphone from Redmi packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset.

This 8nm chipset found on various devices in this price range is proven to be powerful and energy-efficient.

With the 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and high speed 128GB UFS2.1 storage, you will face no issues whatsoever with this device, be it gaming or any other resource-intensive tasks.

One thing to note here is that the K20 doesn’t come with an SD card slot. So the ones who are in dire need of more storage always opt for higher internal storage variants.

Camera

The Redmi K20 has an interesting set of triple cameras in the rear. The main camera is the 48MP sensor with pixel binning for better quality photos.

The secondary sensor is an 8MP telephoto lens with optical zoom capability up to 2x. Then there’s the 13MP ultra-wide camera for wide-angle perspective shots.

The quality of these cameras is top-notch. Not only that, but the inclusion of a telephoto lens will also help for lossless zoom photos. The colours look great and the overall composition is on par with photos from higher prices phones in the market.

When it comes to video, the K20 can do 4K videos at 30fps and full HD at 120fps.

In the front, there is the motorized pop up 20MP sensor with HDR support for better dynamic range.

Miscellaneous

The Redmi K20 comes with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with MIUI on top. You will receive the update to Android 10.0 Q and improved MIUI 12 soon with added features and better visual styles.

Battery Life

The Redmi K20 has a 4000mAh battery inside rated to last for a day and half of heavy usage.

The included 18W charging brick will juice up the device completely from zero to hundred in under 2 hours.

Verdict

The Redmi K20 is a well-built smartphone packing a powerful processor capable of running everything you throw at it effortlessly.

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Robust build quality

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Gorgeous AMOLED display

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Dedicated audio DAC

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No SD card slot

Specifications

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

3. Honor 20

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful 7nm Kirin 980 processor
  • Triple rear camera 
  • Elegant and premium design

Honor 20 is the flagship smartphone from Huawei’s budget subsidiary Honor.

The company is emphasizing AI capabilities of this device, especially the camera.

The Honor 20 comes in attractive colour options that make it one of the most eye-catchy smartphones under Rs.25,000.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 20 features a powerful HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM.

Although the device lacks an expandable storage option, the phone comes with 128GB of internal memory out of the box.

For most users, this will be more than sufficient for storing their files and installing apps on the device.

The Kirin 980 performs so well without any lags even while having multiple apps open in the background.

All the popular games run smoothly without any frame drops as well.

Display

Talking about the display, Honor this time decided to join the circular camera cutout bandwagon. The Honor 20 features a 6.26-inch full HD display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

This IPS LCD panel cover about 84.2% of the front panel and delivers unmatched smartphone media consumption experience.

This display is very bright and sharp and displays true to life colours. With a pixel density around 412ppi, this panel is one of the best LCDs you can have in a smartphone priced under Rs.25,000.

Miscellaneous

The fingerprint situation on this device is a bit interesting, to say the least. It is located on the right, placed comfortably for your finger to reach effortlessly.

Camera

Optics front, this smartphone has a 48MP+2MP+16MP triple rear camera unit.

The main 48MP camera is a Sony IMX586 sensor with an aperture size of f/1.8. The 16MP shooter the regular ultra-wide sensor followed by a dedicated 2MP macro camera.

The pictures come out clean and crisp thanks to the capable high-res Sony sensor. For video, this smartphone can capture up to Full HD at 60 fps with support for electronic image stabilization.

The front camera is a 32MP shooter with HDR support for better dynamic range.

The camera app has a manual mode that will let you tweak finer aspects such as aperture size, white balance, ISO etc to get a more desired output.

Battery Life

Honor 20 features a slightly smaller 3750mAh battery that will last for about a day on moderate to heavy usage.

This phone supports fast charge and can juice up 50% in just under 25 minutes.

Verdict

The Honor 20 from Huawei is a smartphone that’s a stunner in terms of design and looks. The phone has capable internals and performs excellently as well.

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NFC support

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Punch hole camera

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Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

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AI camera modes are less impressive

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 980
Camera48MP+2MP+16MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery3750 mAh
Display6.26 Full HD+ IPS LCD

4. Vivo S1 Pro

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Smartphone with Best Selfie Camera
  • Full HD+ AMOLED display
  • AI Quad camera
  • Decent processor

The Vivo S1 Pro is a flagship-grade smartphone from Vivo that comes as an upgrade to the V15 Pro, aimed at the premium mid-tier market priced around a budget of Rs.20,000.

Loaded with cutting edge features onboard, the Vivo S1 Pro is a complete package which you can get your hands on, right now in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo S1 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 materials used for the construction of this mid-range premium smartphone is of good quality and feels durable.

Display

The Vivo S1 Pro features a large 6.38-inch full HD+ AMOLED LCD with a resolution of 2340 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 S1 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 8GB 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 S1 Pro comes equipped with a triple rear camera setup which comprises of a 48MP main shooter, 8MP wide-angle sensor and a 2MP depth-sensing unit and a 2MP macro camera.

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 S1 Pro is powered by a comparatively larger 4500 Li-ion battery.

With moderate to heavy usage, the Vivo S1Pro 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 S1 Pro is one of the best looking mid-range smartphones. With the gorgeous AMOLED display and a capable processor, this smartphone is undoubtedly one of the best in its class.

If you want a smartphone with a large display, and performs very smooth, the Vivo S1 Pro is a great choice, to begin with.

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18W fast charging

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Elegant, stylish design

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32MP front camera

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Bloated UI

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP, 32MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

5. Samsung Galaxy A31

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Best for Casual Use
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Latest Android 10.0 Q OS

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

But with the latest edition of Samsung Galaxy A31, the company is introducing a quad-camera set up on a budget smartphone, which of course is its main selling point.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy A31 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 A31, it comes with a more subtle effect.

This smartphone boasts 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 quad camera setup arranged vertically with an LED flash besides.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A31 features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity U display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 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 20:9 and pixel density around 411 ppi, watching media and playing games is a delightful experience on this display.

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 A31 doesn’t feature the most powerful processor in its price category.

The included MediaTek Helio P65 clocked at 2GHz 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 128GB eMMC 5.1 storage with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the memory up to 512GB.

Quad Camera Setup

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

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

The first one is the 48MP primary shooter with f/2.0 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 is the 8MP ultrawide sensor with a 120-degree field of view followed by a 5MP macro sensor for close up shots.

The front camera is a 20MP 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 A31 is launched with Android 10.0 Q out of the box with Samsung One UI2.0 on top.

Speaking about the 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 5000 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 A31 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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Samsung pay support

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Robust build quality

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Intuitive One UI 2.0

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Slower EMMC storage

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P65
Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ SAMOLED

6. Oppo F15

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Honourable Mention
  • Full HD+ OLED display
  • Quad-camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery

Oppo has a strong presence in both the online and offline market in the country and often releases new models much faster in India than it does in other regions outside China.

The Oppo F15 is a budget mid-range priced just Rs.25,000 following the new design strategy and has respectable internals that makes it one of the best in the business in its class.

Design and Build Quality

The Oppo F15 has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The back is made of polycarbonate glass but has a gradient glossy colour design with a gradient back which looks similar to those in the budget Realme devices.

The back is susceptible to scratches so do remember to use a transparent case if you want to conserve the style and that pristine look on your smartphone.

Display

The Oppo F15 features a tall 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. This amounts to about 408ppi and the visuals and text appear sharp and detailed.

Since the display is of 19.5:9 aspect ratio, the phone doesn’t feel too oversized to use with a single hand.

This display offers great contrast levels and deep blacks. The colours are much more natural and vivid as well.

This panel also gets sufficiently bright up to 430 nits which are enough for good sunlight legibility.

Performance

The Oppo F15 is powered by the powerful midrange SoC, MediaTek Helio P70 SoC.

With 8GB of RAM, multitasking is great and the device breaks no sweat processing two resource-intensive apps side by side.

The device comes with 128GB of inbuilt UFS 2.1 storage and comes with a dedicated slot for memory cards.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

The Oppo F15 is perhaps one of the cheapest smartphones which come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Even though this technology is in the nascent stage, it works relatively well and is almost as fast as conventional fingerprint sensors.

Camera

In the rear, the Oppo F15 features a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP black and white sensor and a 2MP depth-sensing unit.

In the front is an f/2.0 16MP shooter with HDR support and auto-focus.

The pictures and videos taken using the rear camera comes out nice in daylight and has very good details and less noise.

The AI mode enhances the front camera selfies with good edge detection and colour tone mapping.

Battery life

The Oppo F15 has 4025mAh Li-ion battery inside which delivers excellent battery life.

Under heavy usage, this phone will last over a day comfortably with enough juice to spare for a couple of hours.

Additionally, Oppo supplies a 20W fast charger with the box, certified to be VOOC enabled, which is the companies answer to Oneplus’s Dash charge feature.

This charger charges the battery up to 56% in just under 30 minutes.

Verdict

The Oppo F15 is a premium mid-range smartphone with capable internals that justifies its price point.

What makes this device stand out from the rest is the design. The phone is a stunner when it comes to the looks and is sure to turn some heads in the crowd.

Value-added features such as bundling the fast charger with the device make this a much more compelling option worth purchasing.

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Aesthetically pleasing design

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Excellent build quality

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Average SoC

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Camera48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLEDl

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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