Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.25,000

by | Jul 2, 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.

1. Huawei Honor 8 Pro

Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful processor
  • Best for intensive multitasking
  • Excellent sound output via headphones
The Huawei Honor 8 Pro, when it was launched back in mid-2017 gave the much popular One Plus 5 a run for its money and even out-muscled it in certain aspects.

With the recent price drop, it has come down to Rs.25,000 bracket and we believe this is the best pick that you can go for right now.

The Honor 8 Pro is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core processor and Mali-G71 GPU.

This chipset is comparable to the Snapdragon 821 in terms of raw performance.

The Honor 8 Pro has 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM.

This smartphone comes with Android Nougat based EMUI 8.0 out of the box and can be upgraded to Oreo.

It houses a dual 12MP Rear camera, 8MP front camera and a 4000mAh battery.

The Honor 8 Pro has a well-built aluminum uni body with 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD display.

Thanks to this high resolution (1440*2560 pixels, 515ppi) the pictures are sharp and the screen quality is impeccable.

The viewing angles are also amazing. The display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

It has a hybrid SIM slot with dual nano-SIM support. The fingerprint scanner and the dual rear camera is mounted at the back.

Moving to the performance of Honor 8 Pro, it can run heavy games that require huge processing power, RAM and GPU with ease.

At continuous usage for a longer duration, you can expect the body to become slightly warm but in normal use, this is not a problem.

The audio output via headphone jack was one of the best you can get from any smartphone. The second best we’ve seen is with Mi A1 which is a smartphone priced under Rs.15,000.

The 8 Pro sports a dual 12MP Rear camera that can click beautiful pictures with details in daylight conditions.

Unlike smartphones that have a telephoto lens on the second camera, these two are used as independent RGB and monochrome sensors.

The monochrome sensor can absorb more light which results in better details. To leverage the hardware, Honor has built its own camera app that offers multiple modes to choose from.

The 8MP front camera is also pretty good but it smoothens the selfies a bit resulting in a lack of originality.

There is no LED flash at the front. The 8 Pro can record 4K videos but there is no Optical Image Stabilization to rectify shakiness in videos.

It has a 4000mAh battery that can last a long duration even under heavy use.

The presence of IR blaster and USB Type C port are an added incentive to go with this model.

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Sharp QuadHD display
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Great battery life
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Good performance
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Loud audio output via headphone jack
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No Optical Image Stabilisation
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Camera gets warm in heavy use

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid  Nougat / EMUI 8
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core, Mali-G71
CameraDual 12MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000 mAh
Display5.7 inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560) 515 PPI

2. Nokia 7 Plus

Runner-Up Pick
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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+

3. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 scares from your face and smoothen out your skin.

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.

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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

4. Oppo F7

Best Budget Pick
  • Eye-catchy design
  • Powerful Helio P60 processor
  • Corning Gorilla glass 5 protection
Oppo comes from the same parent brand as Vivo, BBK Technologies headquartered in China.

Oppo has been an active player in the Indian market with smartphones touted with better performance at the start but as of lately they are on a conflicting course with their own sister-brand Vivo concentrating on selfie cameras.

The F7 is the first device from Oppo with the notch in the Indian market.

The Oppo F7 is a well-built device with a poly-carbonate back and a glossy finish.

The device looks stunning in bright environments with the light reflecting away from the back revealing hidden textures.

An oval-shaped fingerprint scanner is placed on the back at a comfortable position where your index finger will naturally rest.

The fingerprint sensor works well and is quick and responsive to gestures too.

Running the show underneath is a MediaTek Helio P60 which on paper at least is more powerful than the Snapdragon counterpart, the 636.

This chipset is fast and can run heavy apps without any stutters. Multitasking too is great with the 4GB of RAM.

Storage wise, this device comes with 64GB internals with an option to increase it up to 256GB via a dedicated SD card.

Most of the modern games on the Play store will run smoothly with the Mali G72 GPU inside.

The Oppo F7 has a 6.23-inch full HD+ display with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 having a pixel density of 405 pixels per inch.

The display is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 technology.

The images and texts look sharper and the colours look vivid.

This device has a screen to body ratio of about 83% and has a weird aspect ratio of 19:9.

The notch on top houses sensors and front camera along with the earpiece.

Deviating from the current trend, Oppo has decided to retain the single camera sensor on the back instead of a dual camera module.

It features a 16MP sensor with f/1.8 that has Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) for reduced focus time.

The output from the rear camera is good with sufficient details but sometimes the colours seem a little washed out on certain lighting conditions.

The front camera on this device is a 25MP sensor with f/2.0 that takes selfies with a great level of detail and sharpness.

The regular AI beauty enhancements are also present for those who want to look fair but don’t want to visit a beauty parlor.

Oppo has included a 3400mAh Li-ion battery on this smartphone that will last easily over a day on heavy usage.

With light usage, this can even be extended up to a day and a day or so, the company claims.

Even though the display is a full HD+panel, the unit lacks brightness. This affects the sunlight legibility of the device.

The ColorOS which is on top of Android 8.1.0 may look fancy but won’t be everyone’s cup of tea for sure.

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Face unlock works great
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Battery life is good
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Elegant design
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Latest Android 8.1.0
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Display lacks brightness
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No option for Slow motion video
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Notch obstructs some information on the screen

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Internal Memory64 GB, Expandable up to 256 GB
RAM4GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P60
Camera16MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3400mAh
Display6.23 inch fullHD+ 2280 x 1080

5. Motorola Moto X4

Honorable Mention
  • Phone for all weather usage
  • Solid build quality
  • Fast charging
Moto X4, the latest device in their popular X series is another great all-round phone under Rs.25,000.

It packs impressive specifications, design and a lot more. The most noticeable feature is its premium-looking glass body design with a metallic frame.

The Moto X4 runs on the Snapdragon 630 Octa-core chipset and Adreno 508 GPU.

It has 64GB internal storage and 4/6GB of RAM. This device was launched with the stock version of Android Nougat but an upgrade to Oreo is available.

The Motorola X4 packs a 3000mAh battery and a dual rear camera.

The X4 has a compact 5.2-inch Full HD display having 1080*1920 resolution.

Its front and back are made up of glass with an aluminum frame in between. This glass body gives it a superior feel and premium look.

Its glass is protected by the corning gorilla glass 3 and the phone is IP67 certified.

On the performance front, the Snapdragon 630 is a powerful chipset that can perform most of the task with ease whether it is gaming or multitasking.

Out of the 2 memory variants available, we feel the 4GB variant is enough for most people.

The Moto X4 has a dual rear camera setup at the back. These cameras are very good in daylight photography and in artificial lighting but they have noise and grains in low-lights.

The rear camera can record videos in 4K but there is no EIS or OIS on this phone.

The front camera is a 16MP shooter with LED flash and the pictures shot in it turned out to be very good.

The X4 packs a 3000mAh battery which is power efficient and lasts a typical days usage.

It has the industry standard USB Type-C port for fast charging as well. All the important sensors are also present.

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Premium glass body design
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Excellent rear and front cameras
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Latest stock android
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Good performance
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No LED notification light
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Glass body needs to be handled carefully

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Nougat
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 630
Camera12MP + 8MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.2 inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) 424 PPI
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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