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

by | Apr 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. Samsung Galaxy A50Runner-Up Pick
3. Vivo V15Best Selfie Camera
4. Oppo F11 Pro Feature-rich Smartphone
5. Nokia 7 PlusAndroid One Phone
6. Honor 10Honorable 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. 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

3. Vivo V15

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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 is a flagship-grade smartphone from Vivo aiming the premium mid-tier market priced under a budget of Rs.25,000.

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

Design and Build Quality

Vivo phones have one of the highest screens to body ratio among smartphones.

The Vivo V15 features a tiny notch that houses an infrared emitter and the front camera except which is a full display with minimal bezels.

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.

The fingerprint scanner is placed on the backside at a comfortable position where your index finger will naturally rest while holding the phone.

Display

The Vivo V15 features a large 6.53-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This accounts for a pixel density of about 410 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.

Performance

The Vivo V15 packs one of the champion mid-range processors – MediaTek Helio P70.

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 64GB 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 comes equipped with a triple rear camera setup which comprises of a 12MP 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 is powered by comparatively larger 4000mAh Li-ion battery.

With moderate to heavy usage, the Vivo V15 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 9V,2A.

Verdict

The Vivo V15 is one of the best looking mid range smartphones.

With the gorgeous IPS 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 is a great choice, to begin with.

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Excellent display with Corning Gorilla glass 5

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Fast charging technology

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Powerful MediaTek P70 processor

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Bloated UI

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Camera12MP + 8MP + 5MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.53-inch 2340 x 1080 FHD+

 

4. Oppo F11 Pro

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • 90% screen to body ratio
  • VOOC fast charging
  • AI-assisted camera

Oppo and Vivo, even though while owned by a single parent company, compete against each other in terms of new models and features.

The Oppo F11 Pro is the answer to Vivo V15 and priced in the same league offering tough competition to the former.

Design and Build Quality

Oppo stunned the smartphone world with the release of the Oppo Find X which featured an industry first motorized sliding camera. The same camera technology has been now ported into this much more affordable smartphone priced under Rs.25,000.

The Oppo F11 Pro has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The back panel is made of polycarbonate with a gradient glass finish. It has a gradient glossy colour design 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 F11 Pro features a tall 6.5-inch TFT LTPS display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. This amounts to a pixel density of 409 ppi.

The visuals and texts appear sharp and detailed on this display and it offers great contrast levels and deep blacks. The colours are much more natural and vivid as well.

Since the display is of 19:9 aspect ratio, the phone doesn’t feel oversized to use with a single hand.

This panel also gets sufficiently bright up to 530 nits which are enough for good sunlight legibility.

The motorized camera aides in a notch-less display design that delivers more screen real estate without any cutouts in the middle or to the sides.

Processor and Performance

The Oppo F11 Pro is powered by the powerful midrange SoC, MediaTek Helio P70.

This chipset performs similar or even better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

With the 6GB of RAM, multitasking is great and the device breaks no sweat processing multiple resource intensive apps side by side.

The device comes with 64GB of inbuilt memory and has a dedicated SD card slot that can be expanded up to 256GB in case you yearn for more space to store your photos and files.

Camera

In the rear, the Oppo F11 Pro features a 48MP + 5MP dual camera setup of which the 5MP is a depth sensor.

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

The front camera is a motorized 16MP shooter which can take portrait selfies and the edge detection works just fine.

Standard features such as portrait mode and AI-assisted scene detection is present and accounted for.

Battery Life

The Oppo F11 Pro has a 4000mAh 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.

Not only that, Oppo supplies a 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 F11 Pro is a mid-range smartphone with capable internal hardware for flawless performance.

What makes this device stand out from the rest is the design. The phone is definitely 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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Elegant design

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Low light photography

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Powerful processor

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Easy to scratch back panel

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Camera48MP + 5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.5-inch 1080 x 2340 FHD+ IPS LCD

 

5. Nokia 7 Plus

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Android One Phone
  • Great build quality
  • Android One device from Nokia
  • Excellent battery life

Nokia 7 plus is one of the most exciting launches this year from HMD Global.

It ticks all the right boxes and adding a cherry on top, this device comes with the Android One program that runs true stock Android version straight from Google.

Excellent Build Quality

Carved out of a single block of Series 6000 Aluminum, Nokia 7 Plus is as strong as it could get.

The design looks fresh and the accent colours give a flair of modernity to the device.

Nokia still hasn’t left out the 3.5mm headphone jack as some of the other manufacturers are doing.

A type C charging port is one of the most needed but ignored feature on phones under the Rs.25,000 price segment.

Fortunately, this device features one.

Overall, the build quality of this device is amazing – just like the other Nokia devices out there.

Powerful Snapdragon 660 Processor

The Nokia 7 plus comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset inside, which is the most powerful member of Snapdragon 6xx series.

Apps and games run perfectly fine with no lags whatsoever.

This device comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM along with an inbuilt storage size of 64GB which can be further expanded to 256GB via an SD card slot.

This phone comes with a hybrid SIM slot meaning either you have to use two SIM’s without having the option to increase the storage size or just one SIM with an SD card.

Gorgeous IPS Display

This device features a 6-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels at an 18:9 aspect ratio.

The display is protected by Gorilla glass 3 which is both polarized as well as laminated to reduce the gap between the glass and the digitizer.

The colours look stunning and brightness levels are good. The texts appear sharper on the screen with no pixelation even when zoomed into closely.

Dual Camera with Zeiss Optics

Nokia had a partnership with Zeiss optics in their glory times and has decided to continue the bond.

The Nokia 7 Plus has a dual camera setup with primary 12MP sensor along with a 13MP telephoto shooter than can zoom into the subjects up to 2x without any loss in details.

The images from the rear camera unit look great with detailed subjects and accurate colour reproduction.

In the front, a 16MP sensor is present that works well even in low light environments.

Battery Life

Nokia is used to skimp on battery capacity when compared to its competitors but with the 7 Plus.

But, it seems that they have decided to travel the road less taken with a 3800mAh Li-ion battery that is expected to give around a day and a half worth of juice even with heavy usage.

Conclusion

Nokia 7 Plus is probably the best smartphone HMD Global had made till now.

This device has a fantastic build quality that resemble those Nokia phones back in its glory days.

The Android One program will make sure that the device will stay up to date up to two years with latest software updates directly from Google.

If you really like a future proof device with assured updates, the Nokia 7 Plus is the best bet, at least for now.

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Great build quality

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Gorgeous display

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Camera output is great

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Bothie mode feature

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Slightly overpriced

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No Optical Image Stabilization

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Internal Memory64GB, Expandable up to 256GB
RAM4GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Camera12MP+13MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3800mAh
Display6 inch IPS LCD full HD+

 

6. Honor 10

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Honorable Mention
  • Elegant and futuristic style
  • System-wide AI enhancements
  • Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

Honor 10 is the flagship smartphone from Huawei’s budget subsidiary Honor.

The company is giving emphasis on AI capabilities of this device, especially the camera.

The Honor 10 comes in attractive colour options that make it one of the most eye-catchy smartphones under Rs.25,000.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 10 features a powerful HiSilicon Kirin 970 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 970 performs so well without any lags even while having multiple apps open in the background.

The games do run smoothly without any frame drops as well.

Display

Talking about the display, Honor this time decided to join the notch bandwagon. The Honor 10 features a 5.84-inch full HD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

The notch up the front of the device accommodates the sensors, earpiece and the front camera.

Miscellaneous

The fingerprint situation on this device is a bit interesting, to say the least. It is located on the bottom front chin of the Honor 10 under the glass.

Honor calls it as an ultrasonic sensor, which works as fast as any other direct to touch fingerprint sensors in the market.

This smartphone comes equipped with all the essential features that a device priced under Rs.25,000 should possess.

There’s an IR blaster on this phone to control your home appliances. Additionally, there’s the NFC feature for contactless payments.

Camera

Optics front, this smartphone has a 16MP+24MP rear camera unit.

The 24MP is a monochrome sensor that captures details in the frames precisely.

The AI part, we feel is a bit of an exaggeration from Honor’s part.

The AI effect produces over processed photos which can be easily achieved by applying filters from one of the photo editing apps.

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.

Summarizing, the cameras on the Honor 10 are capable of producing images with great details, without the AI filters.

EMUI and Battery Life

Honor 10 comes with Android 8.1 out of the box with the latest EMUI 8.1 on the top.

EMUI skin adds a lot of extra features that are useful for more tighter control over the operating system but frequent updates are a concern.

The 3400mAh battery holds pretty well and lasts well over a day with moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Honor 10 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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Powerful processor

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Great design and build quality

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Manual options in the camera app

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Fast charging

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NFC

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No OLED display

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AI camera modes are less impressive

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 970
CameraDual 16MP + 24MP Rear, 24MP Front
Battery3400 mAh
Display5.84-inch. 1080*2280, 432ppi

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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