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

by | Nov 16, 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. Honor 20Overall best Pick
2. Redmi K20Runner-Up Pick
3. Vivo V15 ProBest Selfie Centric Smartphone
4. Oppo Reno 2ZBest Camera Phone
5. Realme XBest Budget Smartphone
6. Samsung Galaxy A70Honorable Mention

 

1. Honor 20

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Overall Best 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

2. 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+

 

3. 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+

 

4. Oppo Reno 2Z

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Best Camera Centric Smartphone
  • Quadruple rear cameras
  • Powerful Helio P90 processor
  • Excellent AMOLED display

Oppo Reno 2Z is the improved version of the original Oppo Reno smartphone that sported one of the best cameras in its segment.

Priced conveniently under Rs.30,000, the Oppo Reno 2Z is a complete package with useful features making it one of the best devices for media consumption.

Design and Build Quality

The Reno 2Z is one of the best-looking smartphones currently on sale in the Indian market.

With a curved front and back glass body, the Oppo Reno 2Z comes in interesting gradient colours that are subtle and striking at the same time.

The Gorilla glass covering in the front and the rear offers protection from accidental scratches.

The buttons are clicky and responsive so is the haptic feedback from the vibration motors.

Display

The Oppo Reno 2Z comes with a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen having a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This panoramic screen offers excellent contrast levels and vivid colour reproduction, making it suitable for immersive media consumption experience.

The fingerprint scanner is placed beneath the front display and is pretty fast and accurate.
Processor and Performance

The Oppo Reno 2Z is the first smartphone in the Indian market to launch with a flagship MediaTek Helio P90 processor.

This phone comes in a single variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

The ample amount of RAM and the powerful processor makes this device perform faster and more efficiently than most of its competitors in a similar price category.

Be it gaming or multitasking, the Oppo Reno 2Z doesn’t break a sweat.

Camera

The Oppo Reno 2Z comes with the quadruple rear camera setup. The primary 48MP sensor is a Sony IMX586 which outputs photos and videos with rich details and natural colour tones.

There is an 8MP wide-angle lens, accompanied by a 2MP monochrome sensor and a 2MP depth sensor for portrait mode photos.

The front camera is a 16MP pop-up camera which takes good quality selfies inadequate daylight.

There is a dedicated night mode option in the camera app that works well. There is no OIS but Oppo has included electronic image stabilization for smooth video footage.

Miscellaneous

The Oppo Reno 2Z comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and an earphone in the box.

It does also support the legendary VOOC fast charging as well.

Battery Life

The Oppo Reno 2Z features a 4000mAh battery that will last for well over a day and a half, even with heavy usage.

The VOOC fast charging technology ensures that you can juice up the device quickly.

Verdict

The Oppo Reno 2Z is a perfect media consumption device priced under Rs.30,000 which ticks all the boxes.

The large capacity battery, a powerful processor and capable cameras make it to our list of best phones under Rs.30,000 with relative ease.

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Elegant design

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Gorilla Glass 5 protection

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In-display fingerprint scanner

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No OIS

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9 Pie 9.0
Internal Memory256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P90
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

5. Realme X

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Best Budget Smartphone
  • VOOC fast charging
  • AMOLED display
  • UFS 2.1 storage

Realme is fighting tooth and nails with the Redmi lineup it seems. Whenever Redmi comes up with a smartphone that awws the market, Realme quickly follows the same.

This time the Realme comes with the Realme X which is a direct competitor to the much-hyped Redmi K20.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme X features a refreshing design which differs from the recent glass-backed design trend plagued in certain aspects.

Yes the Realme X also features the gradient coloured glass back, but subtle changes like the camera placement make the device much more pleasing to look at.

The fit and finish of this mid-range Android smartphone are excellent for its price. The overall construction seems to be of good quality, which Realme phones are famed for, starting from the original Realme 1.

Display

The Realme X features a large 6.53-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This display, thanks to the pop-up camera extends almost all across the front. The 3D curved bezels make the display blend with the chassis seamlessly.

The quality of the display is excellent. With deep blacks and high contrast ratio, the visuals look stunning with this smartphone.

The pop up front camera helps this display to achieve an impressive screen to body ratio of 91.2% resulting in immersive media viewing and gaming experience.

Processor and Performance

This mid-range Android smartphone packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor clocked at a respectable 2.2GHz.

With 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, the performance is blazing fast and smooth.

UFS 2.1 storage is a faster storage technology which considerably improves the read/write speeds resulting in faster performance.

Be it games or resource-hungry apps, the Realme X cuts through them effortlessly.

Camera

The Realme X has a dual rear camera mounted in the centre vertically. The primary sensor is a 48MP sensor with a 5MP depth-sensing unit.

The main sensor captures four images of 12MP each and stitches them together to deliver a crisp and clean final image output.

The macro shots from this unit deliver greatly detailed photos with excellent colour accuracy.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor with a 70-degree field of view to capture more subject in the frame.

This camera pops-up when required from the top portion of the chassis.

Battery Life

What powers the Realme X is a 3765mAh Li-ion battery which is advertised to last for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage.

Realme has also included a VOOC enabled fast charger in the box to juice up the device as quick as it can.

Verdict

The Realme X delivers one of the best premium smartphone ownership experiences under a budget of just Rs.20,000.

With an excellent screen and processor, this is one of the best devices you can grab at this price point.

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Elegant design
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Powerful processor
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In-display fingerprint scanner
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Heavy skinned Color OS UI

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Camera48MP + 5MP Rear, 16MP Front camera
Battery3765mAh
Display6.53+ Full HD+ AMOLED

6. Samsung Galaxy A70

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Honorable Mention
  • The excellent quality AMOLED screen
  • Long-lasting battery
  • In-display fingerprint scanner

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 A70, 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 A70 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 A70, 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 A70 features a 6.7-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 393 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 A70 doesn’t feature the most powerful processor in its price category.

The included Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 clocked at 2GHz perform well performs 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.

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 especially for various functions.

The first one is the 32MP 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 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 A70 is launched with Android 9.0 Pie 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 4500 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 A70 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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Robust build quality

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Intuitive UI

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Samsung Pay support

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Slightly outdated processor

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675
Camera32MP + 5MP + 8MPRear, 32MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.7-inch Full HD+ 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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