Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.25,000

by | Nov 7, 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 V11 ProBest Selfie Camera
5. OPPO F9 Pro Smartphone with the best design

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 V11 Pro

Best Selfie Camera Phone
 Best Selfie Camera
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Display with great contrast levels
  • Powerful Snapdragon 660 processor

In display fingerprint scanner is what Vivo is now banking on to make its smartphones distinguishable from other other truckload of smartphones out there.

The V11 Pro does feature the same but this time accompanied with solid internals and backed up by an excellent Super AMOLED panel.

Design and build quality

Vivo phones have one of the highest screen to body ratio among smartphones.

The Vivo V11 Pro features a tiny notch that houses an infrared emitter and the front camera except which is a full display with minimal bezels.

The back panel is made of polycarbonate material and coated with a glossy paint which have textured colour pattern.

The materials used for the construction of this mid range premium smartphone is of good quality and feels durable.

The fingerprint scanner is placed beneath the display up front which is still a futuristic technology.

The dual rear camera is aligned vertically just like the iPhone X and rest of the back panel is plane and simple.

Display

The Vivo V11 Pro features a large 6.41-inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This accounts to a pixel density of about 410 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 sAMOLED panels is supplied by Samsung of which the quality is very excellent. The blacks are true blacks and the brightness levels are quite good as well.

There is an always ON feature which lights up the parts of the display even when idle to display the date and time as well the location of the in-display fingerprint scanner.

Performance

The Vivo V11 packs the champion among the budget processors, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

The apps run faster and opens 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 64GB 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 V11 Pro has a dual rear camera that comprises of a 12MP main shooter and 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 25MP unit which gives out excellent quality selfies and has portrait mode support as well.

Battery life

The Vivo V11 Pro is powered by 3400mAh Li-ion battery.

The AMOLED panel on this smartphone does helps in improving the overall battery life.

With moderate to heavy usage, the Vivo V11 Pro lasts for a day quite comfortably.

Vivo bundles a fast charger along with this phone that charges the battery quite quickly at 9V,2A.

Verdict

The Vivo V11 Pro is one of the best looking mid range smartphones. With the gorgeous AMOLED panel and capable processor, the Vivo V11 Pro is one of the best in its class.

The main USP of this device is the in-display fingerprint scanner. It works well as advertised. Supplementing this there is IR assisted face unlock which is lightning fast as well.

If you want a smartphone with large display, and performs very smooth, the Vivo V11 Pro is a great choice to begin with.

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Excellent sAMOLED display

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25MP AI assisted front camera

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Fast charger bundled with the box

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3400mAh
Display6.41-inch 2340 x 1080 AMOLED

5. Oppo F9 Pro

Best Build Quality Pick
Smartphone with the Best Design
  • Powerful mid-range processor
  • Excellent display
  • Dedicated SD card slot

The Oppo F9 Pro is a premium budget mid-range handset priced just under Rs.25,000 following the new design strategy and has respectable internals that makes it one of the best in the business.

Design and Build Quality

Oppo stunned the smartphone world with the release of the Oppo Find X which featured an industry first motorized sliding camera. The company is again at it with a new design ideology dubbed as the water drop notch.

The Oppo F9 has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The back panel is made of polycarbonate. It has a gradient glossy colour design with a diamond cut texture which looks similar to those in the budget Realme devices.

The back is susceptible to scratches so do remember to use a transparent case if you want to conserve the style and that pristine look on your smartphone.

The water drop notch is very stylish and masks the ugliness of the traditional notch to an extent in our opinion.

Display

The Oppo F9 Pro features a tall 6.3-inch TFT LTPS display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. This amounts to a pixel density of 409ppi.

The visuals and texts appear sharp and detailed on this display and it offers great contrast levels and deep blacks. The colours are much more natural and vivid as well.

Since the display is of 19:9 aspect ratio, the phone doesn’t feel oversized to use with a single hand.

This panel also gets sufficiently bright up to 530 nits which is enough for good sunlight legibility.

The water drop notch can’t be hidden via software and there isn’t actually a need for that as well.

Processor and Performance

The Oppo F9 Pro is powered by the powerful midrange SoC, MediaTek Helio P60.

This chipset performs similar or even better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 found on the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

With the 6GB of RAM, multitasking is great and the device breaks no sweat processing multiple resource intensive apps side by side.

The device comes with 64GB of inbuilt memory and has a dedicated SD card slot that can be expanded upto 256GB in case you yearn for more space to store your photos and files.

Camera

In the rear, the Oppo F9 Pro features a 16MP + 2MP dual camera setup of which the 2MP is a depth sensor.

The pictures taken using this rear camera comes out nice in daylight and has very good details and less noise.

The front camera is a 25MP shooter which can take portrait selfies and the edge detection works just fine.

Standard features such as portrait mode and AI-assisted scene detection is present and accounted for.

Battery Life

The Oppo F9 has a 3500mAh Li-ion battery inside which delivers excellent battery life.

Under heavy usage, this phone will last over a day comfortably with enough juice to spare for a couple of hours.

Not only that, Oppo supplies a fast charger with the box, certified to be VOOC enabled, which is the companies answer to Oneplus’s Dash charge feature.

This charger charges the battery up to 56% in just under 30 minutes.

Verdict

The Oppo F9 Pro is a mid-range smartphone with capable internal hardware.

What makes this device stand out from the rest is the design. The phone is definitely a stunner when it comes to the looks and is sure to turn some heads in the crowd.

Value-added features such as bundling the fast charger with the device make this a much more compelling option worth purchasing.

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Bundled fast charger

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Water drop notch

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Excellent battery life

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P60
Camera16MP + 2MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.3-inch 1080 x 2340 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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