Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.25,000

by | Sep 12, 2018

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. Honor PlayRunner-Up Pick
3. Nokia 7 PlusAndroid One Phone
4. Vivo V9Best Selfie Camera Phone
5. Motorola G6 PlusBest Build Quality

1. Pocofone F1

Overall Best Pick
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. Honor Play

Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Systemwide AI integration
  • Gorgeous 6.3-inch display
  • Value for money smartphone

Honor Play is a high-end premium smartphone from Huawei that can be aptly called a flagship killer.

This device comes with a host of features that will bring many of its higher-priced counterparts to shame.

Minimal design with excellent build quality…

The Honor Play is exquisitely designed to perfection with minimal styling.

The device features a metallic unibody construction with cleverly concealed antenna lines.

The Full View display upfront blends in with the chassis very well and provides you with a very immersive experience while interacting with the screen.

Unlike the Honor 9N, Huawei hasn’t omitted the 3.5mm headphone jack this time, from this device.

The dual camera setup is placed horizontally on the rear with an AI camera branding which perfectly blends with the metallic backplate.

Top notch display… with a notch…

If you love a large screen on your smartphone, then this smartphone with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display might be your dream come true.

This panel has a pixel density of about 409 ppi and a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels to give you a detailed output. The colour reproduction is excellent so is the brightness level.

You can further fine tune the display according to your preference from the display settings offered by the phone.

The notch is present – those who love that, rejoice.

Others do continue reading.

You can turn off the notch if you don’t like it.

That’s cool, right?

Processor and camera…

We mentioned at the beginning that this device is a flagship killer.

Yes, it is!

The Honor Play is powered by the Huawei’s latest and greatest CPU, the HiSilicon Kirin 970 that is present in many of their premium handsets like the Huawei P20 Pro.

This processor performs excellently when it comes to multitasking and app management. There is no lags or stutters even if you try hard to bring the phone into its knees.

Huawei has introduced their latest GPU turbo technology with the Honor Play.

The company claims that this feature will improve the graphics performance of this device up to 60% and decrease the battery consumption up to 30% while gaming.

Both the 13MP + 2MP rear and the 16MP front camera is powered by the Huawei’s patented AI NPU technology.

The camera samples seem promising and deliver crisp images with a lot of details.

When it comes to video recording, this phone has an interesting combination of Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and Artificial Image Stabilization (AIS) for buttery smooth video output.

AI… AI… AI Everywhere…

Honor has heavily implemented AI features across the system in this device.

From the camera app to intelligent charging to gaming, the specially designed Neural Processing Unit (NPU) chip inside is used to its full potential to enhance the functionality of this device.

Battery life…

Usually, companies provide cutting-edge technologies on their devices and when it comes to the battery capacity, they skimp.

This time around the Honor Play sports a respectable 3750 mAh battery inside that will easily last over a day even with heavy usage.

The device comes with a fast charger in the box so that you don’t have to purchase one extra to juice up your device quickly.

End words…

The Honor Play is perhaps the flagship grade smartphone priced under Rs.20,000.

With its elegant design and flagship grade internals, it beats the competition to dust quite easily.

The big gorgeous screen and the powerful GPU and CPU combination makes this a great device to play games with.

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Excellent build quality

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Capable AI assisted cameras

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GPU Turbo feature

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 970
Camera16 MP + 2 MP Rear, 16 MP Front
Battery3750mAh
Display6.3 inch 1080 x 2340 19.5:9

3. Nokia 7 Plus

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+

4. Vivo V9

Best Selfie Camera Phone
  • iPhone like design
  • Front camera with portrait mode
  • Good quality display

Vivo is a Chinese Smartphone manufacturer that has been active in India since late 2014 with the budget as well as premium budget offerings concentrating mainly on their selfie camera prowess.

The V9 is Vivo’s first smartphone featuring a notch that’s obviously inspired by the Apple iPhone X.

Don’t mistake this device for an iPhone X…

Vivo V9 at a first glance will be mistaken for the Apple iPhone X, not only due to the similar notch size but also with the rear dual camera layout.

The fingerprint sensor on this device is placed at the back which along with the glossy back is very sensitive to fingerprints (pun intended!).

You might have to apply the TPU case supplied with the box to protect from smudges.

Capable Snapdragon 626 SoC…

The Vivo V9 is powered by Snapdragon 626 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.2GHz with 4GB of RAM.

The base storage on this device is 64GB with a dedicated SD card slot for expansion up to 256GB.

The Snapdragon 626 chipset will run your apps smooth without any lags or frame drops in between.

The Adreno 506 GPU will let you enjoy your favorite games on this device with ease.

This device comes with Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box with Vivo’s own Fun Touch UI on top.

Large display for immersive viewing experience…

The display on this device is a 6.3-inch full HD+ IPS panel with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels.

The screen covers almost the entire front section with 85% screen to body ratio. The aspect ratio of this panel is 19:9, thanks to the notch up top which houses the front camera, sensors and an earpiece.

The display quality is great with good viewing angles as well as excellent colour reproduction.

The images appear sharp and detailed with punchier colours.

Dual camera with AI portraits…

In terms of camera, this smartphone comes equipped with a dual 16MP + 5MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

The 5MP depth sensor will enable this device to capture portrait shots with better edge detection.

4K video recording option is present and accounted for within the camera app.

The front camera, being one of the main USP of Vivo’s smartphones is a 24MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

There is a host of AI features added to the OS to enhance the photos such as AI beauty mode that will automatically remove the scars from your face and smoothen out your skin.

Battery life and more…

In terms of battery capacity, the Vivo V9 has a non-removable 3260mAh Li-ion battery that the company claims will last for a day on moderate to heavy usage.

Vivo is still stuck with the legacy micro USB port instead of the USB C even in this 2018.

It’s really a shame to the company when smartphones priced under Rs.15,000 such as the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a USB C type port.

Ironically the single front cam on this device performs much better than the dual rear camera module.

Summary…

If you want a selfie centric Android smartphone under Rs.25,000, the Vivo V9 is one of the compelling choices around.

The design and form factor of this device is similar to the expensive Apple iPhone X and those who love that similarity factor to a premium luxury device, the Vivo V9 is totally worth your money.

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Android 8.1 out of the box

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Dedicated SD card slot

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AI selfie photo enhancements

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Lightweight

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Rear dual camera quality not up to the mark

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No USB C

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FunTouch OS feels like a cheap iOS rip off

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Internal Memory64 GB, Expandable up to 256 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 626
Camera16MP + 5MP Rear, 24MP Front
Battery3260mAh
Display6.3 inch fullHD+ 2280 x 1080 IPS

5. Motorola G6 Plus

Best Build Quality Pick
Best Build Quality Pick
  • Elegant design and superb finish
  • Excellent display
  • Promised Android Pie upgrade

Motorola Moto G series devices have been some of the most anticipated phones in the market since its inception with the original Moto G.

The Moto G6 Plus is an improved version of the Moto G6 which was launched earlier this year.

Motorola has been focussing on build quality a lot in recent times and the same is the case with this device as well.

Design and build quality

Nokia and Motorola makes the best budget phones out there with commendable build quality.

The Motorola G6 Plus features a glass back body and a metallic housing around the display. The body feels very solid and rigid in hand.

With the curved edges, this budget device is very comfortable to hold single handedly.

The buttons on the sides are metallic and offers a very tactile and clicky feedback. The power button is textures and is a delight to press.

No, the company hasn’t ditched the headphone jack as some other flagship smartphones brands and included NFC as an additional feature apart from the latest Bluetooth 5.0.

The display of this device is protected by Corning Gorilla glass 3 to save you from unexpected scratches from keys and other stuff in the pocket.

Overall, the Motorola G6 Plus is a phone with an excellent build quality.

Performance

Inside the Motorola G6 Plus is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.2GHz.

Yes, as you might have already guessed, this chipset is really underpowered when it is compared with the Snapdragon 845 inside the similarly priced POCO F1.

However, with 6GB of RAM this device performs quite well. Apps load faster and perform smoother without any sort of lags.

The adreno 508 GPU can handle resource intensive games with relative ease when played in low to medium settings.

For a causal use, the Motorola G6 doesn’t even break a sweat.

Display

The Motorola G6 Plus features a 5.9-inch full HD+ IPS LCD with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels.

The display feels definitely an upgrade from the younger sibling the Motorola Moto G6.

The colours look vivid and the brightness levels are definitely on par with the competitors in the segment.

The 18:9 notchless display has about 409 ppi pixel density and the visuals and text appears crisp and clean without any pixelations.

Miscellaneous

The fingerprint scanner on this device is located up front below the display.

This sensor also acts as a navigation button which is capable of performing gesture controls.

The Motorola G6 Plus comes with a much needed USB C port which is still elusive from the most budget phones released in 2018.

Camera

The Motorola G6 Plus has a dual 12MP + 5MP setup at the rear and an 8MP shooter at the front.

At the rear, the secondary 5MP sensor is a depth sensing unit aiding perfect bokeh and portrait mode photos.

This camera unit is supported by a dual tone LED flash. In the front, the 8MP shooter also is assisted with a flash for better low light selfies.

Battery

The Motorola G6 Plus comes powered by a 3200mAh Li-ion battery.

With the latest Android Oreo battery optimizations and the power efficiency of the Snapdragon 630, this phone will last well over a day of moderate to heavy usage.

As always, Motorola has bundled a turbo charger with this device which will help you juice up the device quickly.

Verdict

If you are yearning for one of the best budget phone with an excellent build quality, Motorola G6 will satisfy you.

The curved glass back and the smiley shaped dual camera setup is a design worth having a look at.

With all the necessary features such as NFC, headphone jack and a 6GB RAM on board, this device does perform well as expected.

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NFC capability

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Fast charger bundled with the box

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Near stock Android oreo

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Less powerful processor

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 630
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3200mAh
Display5.9 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD

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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