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Top 5 Phones Under Rs. 25,000 in India [December, 2020]

Overview

It is the last month of the year, and however dreadful has it been, smartphone brands have not ceased out of existence. They are ever-running. Rs. 25,000 is the price segment where you would want profound outputs from your smartphone: top-end design, excellent cameras, a fine display, and a top-notch chipset. Addressing this mid-range segment’s rigidity, we also need to acknowledge the benefits that it has interposed upon the consumers. We barely had any good phones in this segment, let-alone the competition.

Notwithstanding the avid clash of brands, the companies have forgotten to innovate, however. Every smartphone company seems to have found a sweet spot for its specifications and play safely around it, resulting in no prodigy or wunderkind. The homogeneity that the act of “safe-play” has brought upon has gone as far as dissolving distinctive brand-identity. Since all new smartphones have identical design principles and nearly-same the specifications, they barely protrude out from the crowd.

Be that as it may, our apprehension lies on the affair of getting a good phone: A phone that attains our requirements and rationalizes our investment. We present you the list of best smartphones under Rs. 25,000 in India.



Best Phones Under Rs. 25,000 in India

5. Realme X3

6GB RAM + 128GB ROM

Realme has been giving a real head to head competition to the budget smartphone competitors. It has grown to adept the price-performance equipoise in smartphones, and its entire X-series is aimed to furnish a “flagship-killer” smartphone. This year, Realme X3 set forth an attractive set of specifications that hasn’t quite been matched.

It boasts a flagship processor, decent cameras, the fastest refresh rate, and a good battery life. Realme X3 features the top-tier Snapdragon 855+ chipset, which will effortlessly carry out any of your graphic-intensive tasks. Activities like playing games, scrolling through the web, and social-feeds becomes more engaging with the 120Hz screen. Similarly, the phone is powered up by a 4200mAh battery that supports the company’s 30W Dart-charging technology. To not be a drag, Realme went on to provide 6GB and 8GB of RAM with 128GB storage. All the RAMs are based on LDDR4X technology. The storage speed is up to UFS3.0, complimented by Turbo write and Host Performance Booster.

Realme X3 Specifications:

Dimensions: (80H x 75.80W x 8.90D) mm; 202gm
Build: Glass Back + Plastic Middle Frame
Display: 6.6 inches, Full HD+ IPS LCD; 1080 x 2400 resolution
Refresh Rate: 120Hz
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Memory: 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM | LPDDRX4, UFS 3.0
Rear Camera: 64MP (primary) + 8MP (ultrawide) + 12MP (telephoto) + 2MP (depth)
Front Camera: 16MP + 8MP
OS: Realme UI based on Android
Battery: 4,200 mAh; 30W Dart charging (100% in 55mins)
Features: Fingerprint (in-display, optical), USB Type-C, headphone jack, dual sim, accelerometer, proximity, compass
Price: Rs. 21,999, buy here

4. Vivo V20/ Realme 7 Pro

8GB RAM + 128GB ROM

It’s quite rare to see a Vivo phone being mentioned in a value-for-money segment. They are often tagged with “expensive” and “underperforming” asseverations. Instead of the performance-horse, the company seems rather dedicated to producing good looking phones with competent cameras. And, statistically speaking, it has paid them off; Vivo has always been one of the highest-selling smartphone manufacturers by the end of the quarter.

Vivo V20 is ‘the phone to behold.’ Apart from its charismatic hue-changing anti-fingerprint, anti-glare gradient matte-back, the phone features a 6.44-inches AMOLED panel with an optical fingerprint sensor inside it. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset. Vivo V20 also houses a 4,000mAh battery that comes equipped with a 33W Flash Charger.

Trying not to bevel out and be inclined to a particular phone, this is instead a tie between Vivo V20 and Realme 7 Pro. Showcasing a top-notch Snapdragon 720G processor that would be enough to meet your performance benchmark, Realme 7 Pro arrays the ever-seen quad-camera setup with a Primary 64MP Sony IMX 682 sensor and a secondary 8MP ultra-wide camera. Not to mention the tusks- the 2MP depth and macro sensors. Apart from cameras, the drift is the FHD+ Amoled Screen we see in Realme 7 Pro. Unlike the conventional “higher refresh rate” LCD panel, Realme has opted out for Amoled Display, which in my opinion, is a dank move. Shifting off to other features, they are equally impressive. We get a – first a kind – 65W SuperDart Charger with Realme 7 Pro, which will juice the 4,500mAh battery in just 34 minutes. Similarly, it flaunts an in-display fingerprint sensor and a stereo-speaker setup, which is a bargain in itself.

Watch: Realme 7 Pro Full Review: Right Choices!

Vivo V20 Specifications:

Dimensions: (161.3H x 74.2W x 7.4D) mm; 171gm
Build: AG Matte Glass Back + Plastic Middle Frame
Display: 6.44 inches, FHD+ AMOLED display; 1080 x 2400 resolution
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
Memory: 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM, expandable | LPDDRX4, UFS 2.1
Rear Camera: 64MP (primary) + 8MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (depth)
Front Camera: 44MP
OS: Funtouch OS based on Android
Battery: 4,000 mAh; 33W Fast charging
Features: Fingerprint (optical, in-display), USB Type-C, headphone jack, dual sim, accelerometer, proximity, compass, NFC
Price: Rs. 24,990, buy here

Realme 7 Pro Specifications:

Dimensions: (160.9W x 74.3H x 8.7D) mm; 182gm
Build: Plastic (Polycarbonate) Back + Plastic Middle Frame
Display: 6.4 inches, Full HD+ Super Amoled; 1080 x 2400 resolution
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
Memory: 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM | LPDDRX4, UFS 2.1
Rear Camera: 64MP (primary) + 8MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth)
Front Camera: 32 MP
OS: Realme UI based on Android
Battery: 4500 mAh; 65W SuperDart charging (100% in 34mins)
Features: Fingerprint (in-display, optical), USB Type-C, headphone jack, dual sim, accelerometer, proximity, compass
Price: Rs. 21,999

 

3. Redmi K20 Pro

6GB RAM + 128GB ROM

Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 Pro is undoubtedly one of the best phones to ever debut under this price segment. It’s a paragon and a prodigy. While it does not strictly maintain this price segment, it has often been recorded to sell for as low as Rs. 22,999.

Redmi K20 Pro is the most accurate “flagship-killer” in all sense. A premium-grade design, a bezel-less experience, a stellar array of cameras (with a telephoto lens), a good battery, and finally, a flagship processor (SD855). It’s the perfect mid-ranger one could ever ask for. For a phone to be hailed as “the best” even after 1.5 years of release – that too in the saturated smartphone market – it should be exceptionally iconic (as hell). And Redmi K20 Pro, rightfully, is.

While people might be concerned about software-support and future updates, K20 Pro has concrete reinforcement of developers. There is a plethora of Custom Roms that will promise you years of updates. Albeit, you can still expect two more years of continued support from Xiaomi. And about the phone itself, it still looks ahead of time (if you ask me).

Redmi K20 Pro Specifications:

Dimensions: (156.7H x 74.3W x 8.8D) mm; 191gm
Build: Glass Back + Aluminum Middle Frame
Display: 6.39 inches, HDR10 sAMOLED display; 1080 x 2340 resolution
Refresh Rate: 60Hz (stock), 75Hz (clocked)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855G
Memory: 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM, non-expandable | LPDDRX4, UFS 2.1
Rear Camera: 48MP (primary) + 8MP (telephoto) + 13(ultrawide)
Front Camera: 20MP, motorized pop-up
OS: MIUI based on Android
Battery: 4,000 mAh; 27W Fast charging, Quick Charge 4+
Features: Fingerprint (optical, in-display), USB Type-C, stereo speakers, headphone jack, dual sim, accelerometer, proximity, compass
Price: Rs. 23,999 (keeps fluctuating), buy here

Watch: Redmi K20 Pro: Still worth it in 2020?!

2. Samsung Galaxy M51

8GB RAM + 128GB

Samsung has been relatively regular with their M-series and is trying good enough to prevail in the mid-tier competition. However, it was quite inferable that their mere focus was not on the performance side. From the series of smartphones launched, their maxim appeared to be display and battery. But the bishop has been played, and Samsung has fixed its major fault-line with the new Samsung Galaxy M51.

Samsung Galaxy M51 hallmarks their popular Super AMOLED+ display, which is nicely wrapped around a polycarbonate body. It highlights a proficient camera setup with 64 megapixels Sony IMX682 sensor; the stock camera of M51 “reportedly” performs better than the former in this list (excluding night-sight). However, what has bridged Samsung Galaxy M51 with larger demography is their selection of processors. In contrary to the recurring past, Samsung M51 features a Snapdragon 730G chipset this time. Exynos chipsets are notoriously famous for their power inefficiency and performance bottle-neck. So, Snapdragon 730G is a superior alternative and a significant upgrade.

That was not the end of it. Samsung is no longer a patzer in this game and makes a final move with a massive 7,000mAh battery. Every specification locks tightly with the price. Thus, Samsung Galaxy M51 deems one of the best phones under this price segment.

Samsung Galaxy M51 Specifications:

Dimensions: (163.9H x 76.3W x 9.5D) mm; 213gm
Build: Plastic Back + Plastic Middle Frame
Display: 6.7 inches, Full HD+ sAMOLED+ display; 1080 x 2400 resolution
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Memory: 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM, expandable | LPDDRX4, UFS 2.1
Rear Camera: 64MP (primary) + 12MP (ultrawide) + 5MP (macro) + 5MP (depth)
Front Camera: 32MP
OS: One UI based on Android
Battery: 7,000 mAh; 25W WARP charging (100% in 115 min)
Features: Fingerprint (side-mounted), USB Type-C, headphone jack, dual sim, accelerometer, proximity, compass, NFC
Price: Rs. 24,999, buy here

 

1. OnePlus Nord

6GB RAM + 64GB ROM

OnePlus introduced a new budget-lineup this year: “Nord”. The company sketched the Nord series to remind them of their root, the “flagship-killer” tag they fashioned. It focuses on providing signature OnePlus features in a premium mid-range segment. And as anticipated, it did not disappoint. OnePlus Nord is one of few phones that painted every corner to exude itself from the current troupe.

OnePlus Nord features a Snapdragon 765G chipset, which is splendid for the price being. It will not only suffice your performance-need but also gets you covered for the future with its support for supports 5G-connectivity. To complement the performance, it features a 6.4inch 90Hz AMOLED panel that is crisp and smooth. If anything, OnePlus Nord is the phone that screams “smoothness” in this category.

It follows a premium design aesthetics—a glass back with plastic chassis that does not feel cheap. The cameras are just as good, and features like the alert-slider, optical fingerprint sensor, good haptics, WARP-charging, and a clean OS makes it even more attractive.

OnePlus Nord Specifications:

Dimensions: (158.3H x 73.3W x 8.2D) mm; 184gm
Build: Glass Back + Plastic Middle Frame
Display: 6.44 inches, HDR10+ Fluid AMOLED display; 1080 x 2400 resolution
Refresh Rate: 90Hz
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Memory: 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM, non-expandable | LPDDRX4, UFS 2.1
Rear Camera: 48MP (primary) + 8MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (macro) + 5MP (depth)
Front Camera: 32MP + 8MP
OS: Oxygen OS based on Android
Battery: 4,115 mAh; 30W WARP charging (70% in 30 min)
Features: Fingerprint (optical, in-display), USB Type-C, stereo speakers, dual sim, accelerometer, proximity, compass, NFC
Price: Rs. 24,999, buy here

Watch: ONEPLUS NORD: YAY or NAY?!

Summary:

S. N Smartphones under Rs. 25,000 Price
1 OnePlus Nord (6GB + 64GB) Rs. 24,999, buy here
2 Samsung Galaxy M51 (8GB +128GB) Rs. 24,999, buy here
3 Redmi K20 Pro (6GB + 128GB) Rs. 23,999, buy here
4 Vivo V20 (8GB + 128GB) Rs. 24,990, buy here
5 Realme X3 (6GB + 128GB) Rs. 21,999, buy here

Read: Top 5 Phones Under Rs. 20,000 in India [September, 2020]


Smartphones Slightly Expensive:

Asus 6Z Rs. 27,999
Samsung Galaxy A71 Rs. 29,499
Realme X3 SuperZoom Rs. 29,999
OnePlus 7 Rs. 29,999
Google Pixel 4A Rs. 31,999
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