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

by | Feb 29, 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. Redmi K20 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Honor 20Runner-Up Pick
3. Samsung Galaxy A51Feature Rich Smartphone
4. Asus Zenphone 6ZValue for Money Smartphone
5. Samsung Galaxy S9 PlusHonorable Mention

1. Redmi K20 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Punchy and vibrant display
  • Flagship Snapdragon 855 processor
  • A fast in-display fingerprint scanner

Redmi K20 Pro is the flagship Android smartphone from Xiaomi, which incidentally is its highest priced Redmi series smartphone in the country.

The Redmi K20 Pro comes as a spiritual successor the budget Redmi K20 and competes directly with the likes of One Plus 7 Pro.

Design and Build Quality

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

Display

The Redmi K20 Pro 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 Pro comes with the latest and greatest Qualcomm flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855.

With the ample 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, this smartphone is one of the fastest in terms of performance out there.

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

Camera

The Redmi K20 Pro 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 Pro.

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 K20Pro is one of the best mid-range Android devices in the Indian market priced under Rs. 30,000.

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Smooth and faster performance

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Elegant design

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18W fast charger

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No SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP Front, 20MP Rear
Battery4000mAh
Display6.39-inch AMOLED Full HD+

2. 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

3. Samsung Galaxy A51

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Stunning OLED display
  • Capable quad rear cameras
  • Long-lasting battery

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 A51, 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 A51 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 A51, it comes with a more subtle effect.

This smartphone brags about having 87.4% 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 A51 features a 6.5-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 405 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 A51 doesn’t feature the most powerful processor in its price category.

The included Samsung Exynos 9611 clocked at 2.3 GHz 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 UFS storage with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the memory up to 512GB.

Camera

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 sensor is the 12MP ultrawide sensor with a 120-degree field of view followed by a final 5MP macro-mode shooter.

The front camera is a 32MP 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 A51 has launched with Android 10.0 Q OS out of the box with Samsung One UI 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 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 want to stand out a notch above everyone in terms of smartphone camera capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy A51 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 unique design

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Intuitive One UI

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In-display fingerprint reader

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Only 15W fast charger in the box

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Q 10.0
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 9611
Camera48MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ SAMOLED

4. Asus Zenfone 6Z

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Powerful processor
  • Motorized dual camera
  • Long-lasting battery life

Even though little overpriced, the Oneplus 6 was ruling this budget without competition for a brief period and then came the Asus Zenfone 5Z which was well received in the Indian market.

The Asus Zenfone 6Z is a true successor to the Zenfone 5z packing killer specs at a jaw-dropping price point and compromise neither on quality nor on the performance.

Build Quality and Performance

Featuring the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 inside, performance is snappy as ever before.

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

The 64GB storage ensures you can save all your files and media content offline without having to worry about the space left.

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 6.39-inch Super IPS+ 19:9 aspect ratio display that comes with a resolution of 2340 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 single retractable 48MP + 13MP camera setup.

This motorized rotation enabled camera will flip back and forth depending upon the rear or front camera activation.

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

Battery Life

Powered by a 5000 mAh battery, the Asus Zenfone 6Z easily lasts for a day and a half even with intense usage.

With 18W fast charging support out of the box, juicing up this guy is no big deal.

Verdict

Priced at just Rs.23,999, the Asus Zenfone 6Z is a flagship-level smartphone that even outperforms the excellent OnePlus 7 in certain aspects.

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

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User-friendly design

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FHD+ nano edge display

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Loud and clear audio output

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No AMOLED display

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera48MP+13MP
Battery5000mAh
Display6.39-inch Full HD+

5. Samsung Galaxy S9+

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Honorable Mention
  • Excellent AMOLED display
  • Powerful processor
  • Variable aperture rear camera

Samsung, the South Korean technology conglomerate has always pioneered the smartphone industry with its latest technological advancements in this space.

They have built the best AMOLED displays, unique sensors and many other hardware devices for mobile phones in the past.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ follow the same pattern.

Design and Build Quality

Starting with the design, the Galaxy S9 Plus looks almost similar to its predecessor, the S8 with the same glass body design and curved infinity display.

The build quality of this 2018-flagship from Samsung as expected is awesome. The unibody chassis is carefully crafted to perfection.

The curved glass on the front meets the glass back panel with ultimate precision.

The build quality of S9 Plus is simply amazing thanks to the glass body build at the front and back.

The glass is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which is protected with IP68 certification for water and dust proofing.

The glass back can catch some fingerprint smudges and it’s always advised to apply a back cover or skin for extra protection from accidental drops.

A noticeable difference between the S8 and S9 is the fingerprinting positioning.

The S9 Plus has a physical fingerprint scanner located right below the rear cameras, which is a welcome move.

Headphone jack and Bixby button are retained on this phone as well.

Display

The 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display on this device is the best you can get on any smartphone.

The colours look accurate and the viewing angles are amazing.

It has a very thin bezel at the top and bottom.

Processor and Performance

The Galaxy S9+ is powered by the Exynos 9810 SoC which is an octa-core processor and Mali-G72 GPU.

This SoC is comparable in performance to the flagship SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845.

The phone is running on Android Oreo with Samsung Customization.

The S9+ has a 6GB RAM with either 64GB internal storage with memory expandability via micro SD card.

Smooth performance is guaranteed on this smartphone.

Camera

The key highlight of the Galaxy S9+ is its new dual rear camera setup with variable aperture.

The 12MP + 12MP rear camera on this phone can adjust its aperture based on the outside lighting.

Thanks to this feature, there’s a considerable improvement in low light camera performance and this is the best camera for low light photography.

The camera performance, on the whole, is pretty damn good but it’s still a bit overexposed and can’t beat the camera performance of Pixel 2 or even iPhone X.

The front camera is an 8MP shooter.

The S9+ have 4K video recording capability at 60fps and a cool super slow-mo at 960fps.

Miscellaneous

Usual suspects like USB Type C, Iris Scanner and all the required sensors are present on this device.

Samsung has even added a heartbeat sensor and blood pressure sensor for those health-conscious users.

Face unlock feature is also added with an added Intelligent Scan support that uses a mix of Iris and face to unlock the device.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ features a 3500mAh battery that will last for over a day quite comfortably with normal usage.

The phone also comes with wireless charging and quick charging features.

Verdict.

The Galaxy S9+ is the best budget yester-year flagship phones in India for most users.

If you love the headphone jack or expandable memory storage or dual SIM capability, the Galaxy S9+ won’t disappoint you.

It also has the best display for a smartphone, a re-imagined camera for great low light shots and the latest SoC under the hood for blazing-fast performance.

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Amazing AMOLED display

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Great low light camera

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Super Slow-mo at 960fps

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Limited onboard storage

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 9810
Camera12MP + 12MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.2-inch QHD 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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