We’ve always had plenty of options when it came to affordable smartphones priced around Rs. 20,000. However, people who wanted to experience flagship features at an affordable price had to fork out a little more.
That said, the pandemic has changed the normal scheme of things, and due to the rise in component prices, there is a slight increase in terms of phone prices. As a result, we are now seeing intense competition in the sub-Rs. 25,000 and less – Rs. 30,000 price ranges.
When choosing a phone around Rs. 25,000, people generally prefer smartphones that offer reliable performance and gaming, multiple cameras for versatile implementation, fast charging, AMOLED panels, etc.
Best phones under Rs 25,000
1. Xiaomi 11i
2. OnePlus Nord CE
3. iQOO Z5
4. Samsung Galaxy M32 5G
5. Moto Edge 20 Fusion
Lately, high refresh rate and touch response rates have also become important criteria when selecting a new phone. Therefore, phones that come with all the features mentioned above automatically have a chance to appear on this list.
Talking about the list, the list is led by the newly launched Xiaomi 11i followed by the OnePlus Nord CE. Then there’s the iQoo Z5 and the Samsung Galaxy A52. The list ends with Moto’s Edge 20 Fusion.
In case you can’t wait any longer, here are the best phones under Rs 25,000 in India that are worth spending.
Xiaomi’s latest smartphone in India, the Xiaomi 11i is the company’s second fastest charging phone in the country. While it can’t have 12W fast charging like its HyperCharrge sibling, 67W is fast enough to charge the 5,160mAh battery in an instant.
The phone comes with a bright 6.67-inch AMOLED Full HD+ 120Hz display with an excellent hand feel. The phone offers real value for money with its 5G capable Dimensity 920 SoC along with 6GB/8GB RAM. Sadly, the company hasn’t introduced a 256GB storage option – but you can still expand storage by up to 1TB via a Micro SD card.
In terms of optics, the phone has a triple camera setup with the main sensor being a 108MP snapper coupled with an 8MP ultrawide sensor with a 120 degree field of view and a 2MP macro sensor.
There is a 16MP front camera too to take care of selfies and video calls. As an upgrade to last year’s Mi 10i, the Mi 11i is a very interesting phone that has a lot to offer.
The latest arrival from OnePlus, the OnePlus Nord CE is the company’s second mid-range phone after the OnePlus Nord. The Nord CE is for anyone who was expecting a cheaper OnePlus smartphone. It has decent specs and a great software experience at an affordable price. As with most OnePlus devices, the cameras aren’t the best and even miss some basics like changing the slider and the back glass.
On the plus side, you’re getting a good 6.43-inch Full HD+ 90Hz AMOLED display with an excellent hand feel, thanks to its lightweight design and slim profile. The OnePlus Nord CE continues to deliver the classic OnePlus experience we all love – a clean software skin that’s always responsive, a minimalist design. The performance is decent enough for most tasks, including while battery life is one area where the OnePlus Nord CE outperforms the competition.
The iQoo Z5 is India’s first smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G chipset. The device gets most things right for its price. The star of the show is the Snapdragon 768G processor, which offers good performance without any issues, including gaming sessions.
On the front, you’re looking at a 6.67-inch Full HD+ LCD panel with a screen refresh rate of 120Hz. An AMOLED panel with this spec sheet would make it a true top killer.
The device has a 240Hz touch sampling rate and a 64MP Samsung GW3, an 8MP ultra wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro lens. On the front is a 16MP selfie camera inside a hole punch. Daytime camera performance is allowed with good output and accurate color grading.
Finally, the iQoo Z5 has a 5000mAh battery backed by a 44W fast charger. The charging speed on this phone is a small downgrade, although you get a bigger battery.
The Samsung Galaxy M32 5G comes with a Dimensity 720 SoC coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The phone comes with 128GB of built-in storage and supports storage expansion up to 1TB via a micro SD card.
It comes equipped with a quad camera setup with the primary lens being a 48MP unit. Along with the main lens, the Samsung Galaxy M32 gets an 8MP ultra wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera is a 13 MP unit.
The phone gets a 6.5-inch V-display with HD+ resolution. The Samsung Galaxy M32 5G comes with a notch to house the front camera.
The Samsung Galaxy M32 5g gets a 5000mAh battery. The phone supports 15W fast charging – which is slow compared to what the competition currently offers.
The Moto Edge 20 Fusion is a competitive mid-range device as it performs well in all departments. The star of the show here is the best-in-class 10-bit AMOLED display. In addition, the device brings a clean software experience with useful features. However, the phone can be bulky for many people.
The device is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G processor 一 a capable mid-range performance with support for 13 5G bands. Moto Edge 20 Fusion is the clean Android experience it offers. Running Android 11 out of the box, the device comes with less than 40 apps pre-installed and also offers a bunch of nifty customization options. Although the phone misses out on a stereo speaker setup, it does offer a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Moto Edge 20 Fusion has a large 6.7-inch Full HD+ resolution screen and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Thanks to the 90Hz refresh rate, scrolling through the UI is smooth and fluid. The colors are strong and have the right amount of contrast. This is also the best in the segment. The camera’s performance appears to be decent and offers plenty of detail and color. The large 5,000mAh battery can easily last for a day.