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

by | Oct 26, 2020

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

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

At this price, you can expect some of the latest features seen in flagship phones trickling down to the premium budget smartphones.

In this article, we bring you the curated list of the eight best smartphones in India priced under Rs.25,000 that offers you the best bang for buck deal at present.

Without any further ado, let’s find out in detail about these devices!

Best Smartphone Under Rs.25,000

1. Redmi K20 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Samsung Galaxy M51Runner-up pick
3. Realme X3Feature Rich Smartphone
4. Vivo V20Budget Camera Centric Smartphone
5. Oppo F17 proValue for Money Smartphone
6. Poco X2Best Gaming Smartphone
7. Redmi K20Best Budget Smartphone
8. Realme X2Honourable Mention

 

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1. Redmi K20 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Powerful processor
  • Long-lasting battery

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 to the budget Redmi K20 and competes directly with the likes of Realme X2 and Realme X2 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 any of the competing devices in this price segment.

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

Since the front camera is a motorized unit, there are no notches or punch holes upfront, thus providing you with a seamless end to end display for immersive media consumption experience.

The in-display fingerprint scanner works well to unlock the device faster and is one of the accurate sensors available in this price segment.

Processor and Performance

The all-new Redmi K20 Pro comes with the powerful Qualcomm flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855.

Even though this is a yesteryear flagship processor, it performs well even now in terms of gaming, everyday usage and resource-intensive tasks such as mobile video editing and multitasking.

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 significantly helps this device 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 a similar price range.

The front camera is a 20MP motorized pop-up 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. 25,000.

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An excellent thermal cooling system

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Dedicated Game turbo mode

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Attractive Aura design

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

2. Samsung Galaxy M51

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful and efficient Snapdragon 730G processor
  • Long-lasting 7000mAh battery
  • Vivid and punchy sAMOLED Plus display

Samsung M series devices are online exclusive smartphones that are priced aggressively to compete with the Redmi and Realme devices in the market.

The all-new Galaxy M51 has many firsts in the segment and for the first time features a Qualcomm processor instead of the homebrew Exynos chipset.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M51 comes with a glass front and plastic back, which is not uncommon for smartphones in this price range.

The plastic back on this device looks and feels similar to the glass, but makes it lightweight and less brittle in case of an accidental fall.

This smartphone from Samsung weighs just 213g, and considering the massive 7000mAh battery inside this device is surprisingly lightweight.

The single speaker, USB type C charging port and the 3.5mm headphone jack is present in the bottom portion of the phone while the right side has the fingerprint sensor embedded into the power button and the volume rockers on top.

The Samsung Galaxy M51 features a 2+1 SIM configuration meaning you can insert two SIM cards and a dedicated SD card for storage expansion.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M51 boasts of a 6.7-inch FHD+ sAMOLED Plus display with an effective resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

The company claims that the sAMOLED Plus panel is thinner and lighter than the conventional AMOLED panels found on other M series devices from the past.

This display is protected by the Corning gorilla glass 3 to prevent accidental scratches.

With a punch-hole camera upfront, this display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio display has a pixel density of 385ppi.

The colours look very vivid and punchy and the contrast levels, being an OLED display is outstanding.

Speaking of the brightness levels, this display gets adequately bright indoors as well outdoors.

Processor and Performance

As we mentioned earlier, Samsung has decided to go the Qualcomm route with this device.

The Samsung Galaxy M51 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and is assisted by the Adreno 618 GPU.

The 730G is one of the power-efficient processors with exceptional performance metrics in this price segment.

Together with the 6GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, this smartphone will deliver buttery smooth performance no matter what you throw at it.

The One UI2.0 on top of Android 10 is optimized very well not to create any sort of performance bottlenecks whatsoever.

Camera

This premium mid-range smartphone comes with a quad rear camera setup with a primary 64MP Sony sensor accompanied by 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro and 5MP depth-sensing unit.

The images and videos that come out of these cameras look very rich in details and colour accurate.

You can record 4K videos at 30fps with the rear camera while the front camera maxes out at 1080p @ 30fps.

The front camera is a 32MP shooter with HDR support and an aperture size of f/2.0 for good daylight selfies and decent low light photos.

Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy M51 is one of them, perhaps the only 7000mAh battery-powered smartphone available in India at present.

This monstrous battery helps this smartphone to last easily for two days even with heavy usage.

Samsung has also added support for reverse charging. With this feature, you can use the M51 to charge other devices in the vicinity via the supplied USB type C cable.

The company has also included a 25W fast charger in the box which will completely juice up this battery from zero to hundred within two hours.

Verdict

The Samsung M51 is one of a kind smartphone for those who want a battery monster device without any compromise on performance.

The AMOLED display and the non-Chinese brand factor is also a big factor worth considering while purchasing this device.

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Reverse charging feature

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Intuitive One UI

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Non-Chinese smartphone

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Plastic back

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP+12MP+5MP+5MP Rear, 32MP Rear
Battery7000mAh
Display6.7-inch Full HD+ sAMOLED

3. Realme X3

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Top of the line Snapdragon 855+ processor
  • Long-lasting battery with fast charging support
  • 120Hz refresh rate FHD+ LCD

Realme X3 is one of the latest premium mid-range smartphones from the company priced just under Rs.25,000.

The X3, as the name suggests comes as an upgrade to the popular Realme X2 smartphone. Is this an upgrade over the X2 – let’s find out!

Design and Build Quality

The Realme X3 features the same design as that of many of its previous smartphones and nothing much has been changed in that regard.

Even though this smartphone looks good, Realme could have brought some changes to the aesthetics to make this device stand out from the rest of its predecessors.

This smartphone has a glass sandwich design with glass in the front and back with a plastic frame in the middle.

Both the front and the rear glass is protected by Corning gorilla glass 5 as well. This device comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is very fast and accurate to the touches.

Unfortunately, Realme has decided not to include a 3.5mm headphone jack, which will be a letdown for many for sure.

Another thing to note here is that the Realme X3 doesn’t feature an SD card slot for memory expansion.

Display

The Realme X3 features a 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This 20:9 aspect ratio panel has a dual punch-hole cutout to house the front cameras and features a 120Hz refresh rate.

With a screen to body ratio of 84.7% and a pixel density of 399ppi, this panel offers an immersive and pleasant media consumption experience.

The colour looks natural and the contrast levels seem to be decent but the one area where we would have liked to see improvement was the display brightness.

This panel looked a bit dim compared to other smartphones in this price segment.

Processor and Performance

The Realme X3 smartphone is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ octa-core processor assisted by the Adreno 640 GPU.

This 7nm processor is very power efficient and performs significantly better than the Snapdragon 730G processor that is present in some of the smartphones in this price segment.

The 6GB RAM and the 128GB UFS3.0 storages help this device to become one of the best smartphones in terms of performance under Rs.25,000.

Games run smooth and the everyday usage with multitasking is a breeze with this smartphone.

If performance is your primary concern, the Realme X3 is one of the best choices for a budget under Rs.25,000.

Camera

This smartphone from Realme features a quad rear camera setup consisting of a 64MP f/.8 primary sensor followed by a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP macro camera.

The addition of a 12MP telephoto lens is very much appreciable at this price range.

The pictures and videos come out detailed and colour accurate for the most part, but falters a bit when it comes to low light performance.

The front dual camera setup comprises a 16MP sensor assisted by an 8MP ultra-wide shooter to capture more subjects in the frame.

The rear camera can record 4K videos up to 60fps while the front camera maxes out at 1080p at 30fps.

Battery Life

This smartphone is powered by a standard 4200mAh Li-ion battery which will last you for a day and a half comfortably with moderate to heavy usage.

Realme has also included a 30W fast charger in the box that will juice up the battery from zero to hundred in an hour.

Verdict

The Realme X3 is undoubtedly one of the best smartphones in terms of raw performance in this price segment.

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Robust build quality

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Efficient liquid cooling

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Dual Wi-Fi technology

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No SD card slot

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No 3.5mm headphone jack

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Camera64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP + 8MP Front
Battery4200mAh
Display6.57 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD 120Hz

4. Vivo V20

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Budget Camera Centric Smartphone
  • Capable camera with eye tracking AF
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Decent battery life

Vivo has been a major smartphone player in the offline Indian market for a while.

The Vivo V20 is one of the first smartphones in the country that is launched with the latest Android 11 OS out of the box.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo V20 has a glass sandwich design with an aluminium frame in between.

The signature gradient colour back looks so elegant and gives this premium mid-range smartphone a unique aesthetics.

The USB Type C charging port, speaker and the 3.5mm headphone jack etc are present in the bottom section of the phone.

This is a very lightweight phone weighing just 170g, making it portable and pocketable as well as one hand usage friendly.

The square camera bump in the back is a little raised, making the phone wobble a bit when placed on a flat surface.

This dual SIM device has a dedicated SD card slot for expansion if that’s your thing.

Overall, the fit and finish of this Vivo smartphone are very much in tune with the competitor models.

Display

The Vivo V20 features a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This panel has a U shaped cut-out in the front which houses the selfie camera and has a tall aspect ratio of 20:9.

The decent screen to body ratio of 83.7% and the 404ppi pixel density makes this device a perfect media consumption powerhouse.

Since this is an OLED display, Vivo has tucked an in-display fingerprint scanner beneath the display which is quite fast and responsive.

Processor and Performance

This smartphone from Vivo is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core CPU.

This is a bit of disappointment since there are devices with much more powerful processors in this price segment.

The 720G along with the 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage delivers good everyday performance including gaming and multitasking.

You won’t get to notice any lags or stutters, thanks to the optimized Android 11 OS running the show underneath.

Camera

The Vivo V20 has a triple rear camera with a primary 64MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture.

This sensor along with the 8MP ultrawide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor completes the rear camera module.

These cameras bring unique feature such as eye-tracking AF which is quite surprising to see in this budget price range.

There are other features such as motion tracking, ultra-stable video recording etc making this device a robust camera smartphone.

In terms of picture and video quality, the Vivo V20 returns impressive results in good lighting conditions.

The front camera on this device is a 44MP shooter with eye-tracking AF for accurate selfies and portrait mode shots.

Battery Life

The Vivo V20 is powered by a 4000mAh Li-ion battery that will last you for up to 1.5 days of moderate to heavy usage.

Thanks to the 33W fast charger included in the box, the Vivo V20 charges up quite quickly in under 1-1.30 hours.

Verdict

The Vivo V20 is a stylish and elegant smartphone with excellent camera capabilities and decent everyday performance.

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Sleek and premium design

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In-display fingerprint scanner

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Latest Android 11 OS

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Outdated SD 720G processor

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 11.0
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 720G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear| 44MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

5. Oppo F17 pro

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Gorgeous Super AMOLED display
  • 30W VOOC 4.0 charging
  • Powerful Helio P95 processor

Oppo F17 Pro is the recently released premium mid-range Android smartphone that stacks up against the similarly priced smartphones from Redmi, Realme and Vivo.

Priced just under Rs.25,000 in the Indian market, the Oppo F17 Pro offers a reasonable mix of features, powerful performance and build quality.

Design and Build Quality

The Oppo F17 Pro just like most other smartphones in this price segment features a glass front and a plastic back finish.

The backplate even though plastic has a dual-tone finish with matte texture for added in-hand grip.

Apart from the camera module and the dual-LED flash, the backside is pretty flat and minimal.

The power button is located to the right side of the case and the volume rockers on the left.

The 3.5mm headphone jack, USB type C port and the speaker are seen on the bottom portion.

This phone has a thickness of just 7.5mm, making it one of the slimmest and the lightest smartphone weighing at just 164g.

The construction quality is solid with excellent fit and finish.

Display

The Oppo F17 Pro sports a 6.43-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This 20:9 aspect ratio panel with a dual punch hole camera up front has an impressive screen to body ratio of 84.9%.

For protection, Oppo has added the Corning gorilla glass 3 on top to prevent accidental scratches.

This display has a pixel density of 403ppi making the visuals and text look sharper and vibrant.

Being an OLED display, the colours pop out with inky deep blacks and great dynamic range.

This OLED panel can get as bright as 800nits, making it very much legible even under direct sunlight outdoors.

If you are a mobile content consumption enthusiast, you will feel right at home with this panel.

The only minor drawback is that this display has a standard 60Hz panel unlike some other brands offering higher refresh rate panel at almost half the price.

Processor and Performance

The Oppo F17 Pro is powered by the newer Mediatek Helio P96 octa-core processor. This 12nm SoC is comparable to the likes of the SD 730G in terms of performance.

The PowerVR GM9446 GPU assists the processor in graphics handling and does a great job at that.

This device comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 128GB of UFS2.1 internal storage promising excellent day today as well as gaming performance.

The apps load faster and the multitasking experience feels smoother, thanks to the optimized Realme UI on top of the Android 10 OS.

Camera

The Oppo F17 Pro features a quad rear camera setup comprising of a 48MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor followed by twp 2MP sensors for B&W and depth mode photos.

These cameras offer excellent daylight photos and videos with a good amount of details and dynamic range.

The colours turn out to be natural and there is an option for booster colour mode inside Oppo’s camera app for those who like saturated colour tones as well.

The rear camera can record 4K videos up to 30fps.

In the front, there is a dual punch hole 16+2MP camera setup for wide-angle selfies with accurate bokeh mode selfies and natural skin tones.

Miscellaneous

The Oppo F17 Pro comes with a newer generation in-display fingerprint scanner that works fast and accurate.

The company has bundled a wired semi in-ear earphone in the package, which is quite a rarity these days.

Battery Life

The Oppo F17 Pro is powered by a 4015mAh non-removable Li-Po battery that will last for a day easily even with heavy usage.

What’s more interesting is the 30W VOOC4.0 charger included in the box. This AC adapter can juice up the battery within 53 minutes flat and 0-50% in just under 20 minutes.

Verdict

The Oppo F17 Pro is an impressively feature-rich budget Android smartphone with exceptional performance, decent battery life best suited for media consumption, thanks to the gorgeous OLED display.

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A fast and accurate in-display fingerprint scanner

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Lightweight and thin form factor

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Capable quad rear and dual front camera

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Slower software updates

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P95
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP + 2MP Rear
Battery4015mAh
Display6..43-inch AMOLED Full HD+

6. Poco X2

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Best Gaming Smartphone
  • 120Hz reality flow FHD+ display
  • Powerful and efficient Snapdragon 730G processor
  • Excellent battery life

POCO is an independent sub-brand of Xiaomi which released the widely successful POCO F1 smartphone that is considered a legend to this day among the consumers.

The POCO F1 offered amazing hardware at an unbelievable price and the users have been asking for the next iteration for God knows how long.

Finally, the company decided to launch the POCO X2 smartphone, again at an incredible price tag costing well under Rs.20,000.

Design and Build Quality

The POCO X2 shares an uncanny resemblance with the 5G capable Redmi K30 smartphone.

The glass sandwich design looks very elegant and feels premium in hand. POCO went the notch-less way with the double punch-hole front camera setup to increase the available screen real estate.

There is a 3.5mm headphone jack for those with a wired headphone, so don’t worry about investing extra on a Bluetooth headphone.

Overall the build quality of the POCO X2 is commendable for the price and it won’t be too much to say, this device is an absolute steal for your money.

Display

As we have earlier mentioned, the all-new POCO X2 comes with a double punch-hole display, which is the new trend among smartphone manufacturers.

This is a large 6.67-inch full HD+ reality flow display with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

The scrolling and transitions feel buttery smooth on this device and it is almost sure that after using a 120Hz display, going back to a traditional 60Hz device will be hard.

The colours look very natural and vivid and the brightness levels are on par with the competitors in the same price range.

This display is protected by the latest iteration of Corning Gorilla glass. Not only the protection covers the display but also the rear as well.

Processor and Performance

The POCO X2 comes loaded with the gaming-oriented Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC clocked at 2.2GHz.

This chipset delivers exceptional graphics as well as multitasking performance coupled with the 8GB RAM and the 256GB UFS2.1 storage.

Be it day to day usage or heavy gaming, this smartphone chews through everything you throw at it in style.

Camera

This budget Android smartphone from POCO features a quad-camera rear setup with the main 64MP sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor, a dedicated 2MP macro shooter along with 2MP depth-sensing unit.

In the front, there is the 20MP main camera assisted with a 2MP depth sensor for better portrait selfie shots.

The photo and video quality that comes out of these cameras are very well balanced with natural skin tones and colours.

Battery Life

The POCO X2 is powered by a 4500mAh Li-ion battery to accommodate its powerful processor and the 120Hz display.

The phone lasts comfortably over a day and half of heavy usage. The supplied 27W fast charger juices up the device pretty fast as well.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the lack of an OLED panel, the POCO X2 is one of the best devices you can get your hands on for a budget under Rs.20,000.

The long-lasting battery, 120Hz display and the 64MP quad-camera deliver an amazing value for money prospect with this device.

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Aesthetically pleasing aura design

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Robust build quality

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A fast and accurate fingerprint scanner

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Q 10.0
Internal Memory256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Front, 20MP + 2MP Rear
Battery4500mAh
Display6.67 inch Full HD+ IPS 120Hz

7. Redmi K20

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Best Budget Smartphone
  • 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 games 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-priced 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+

8. Realme X2

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Honourable Mention
  • 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.23,000.

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 scrolling 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 footage.

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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Slower software updates

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP , 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.4 inch Full HD+ AMOLED

And this concludes our list of the eight best smartphones under Rs.25,000 available in India.

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 offer 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 market.

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