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Best phones under Rs 25,000 in India for January 2022

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OnePlus Nord CE
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We’ve always had a lot of options when it came to affordable smartphones priced around Rs. 20,000. However, the people who wanted to experience flagship features at an affordable price had to shell out a bit extra.

That said, the pandemic changed the regular scheme of things and owing to the increase in the price of components there is a slight upward tick in terms of pricing of the phones. As a result, now we are seeing intense competition in the sub-Rs. 25,000 and sub - Rs. 30,000 price brackets.

While choosing a phone in and around Rs. 25,000, people often 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

Of late, high refresh rate and touch response rates have also become key criteria while selecting a new phone. Hence phones that come with all the above-mentioned features automatically get a chance to be featured 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 is 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 worth splurging on.

Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge colour options

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Xiaomi 11i

Specifications
Display: 6.67-inch FHD+, 120Hz
Processor: Dimensity 920
RAM: 6/8/GB
Storage: 128GB
Rear camera: 108+8+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 5160mAh, 67W
Weight: 207g
Thickness: 8.34mm
Reasons to buy
+Fast charging+Design
Reasons to avoid
-Battery drain-No 256GB storage version

The latest smartphone from Xiaomi in India, the Xiaomi 11i is the company's second-fastest charging phone in the country. While it cannot clock 12W fast charging like its HyperCharrge sibling, 67W is fast enough to charge the 5,160 mAh battery in a jiffy.

The phone comes with a bright 6.67-inch Full HD+ 120Hz AMOLED display with an excellent in-hand feel. The phone offers real value for money with its 5G capable Dimensity 920 SoC coupled with 6GB/8GB of RAM. Sadly the company has not introduced a 256GB storage option - but you can still expand the storage up to 1TB via a Micro SD card. 

In terms of optics, the phone has a triple camera setup with the primary sensor being a 108MP snapper coupled with an 8MP ultrawide shooter with a 120-degree field of view and a 2MP macro shooter. 

There's a 16MP front-facing camera as well to take care of selfies and video calls. As an upgrade to the Mi 10i from the last year, the Mi 11i is a very interesting phone that has a lot to offer.

OnePlus Nord CE

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Less successor, more success extender

Specifications
Display: 6.44-inch FHD+, 90Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 750G
RAM: 6/8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Rear camera: 64+8+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 4,500mAh, 30W
Weight: 170g
Thickness: 7.9mm
Reasons to buy
+Battery life+Great in the hand+Software experience
Reasons to avoid
-No Alert slider-No IP rating-Basic camera performance

The newest arrival from OnePlus, the OnePlus Nord CE is the company’s second mid-range phone after the OnePlus Nord. The Nord CE is for those who were waiting for a cheaper OnePlus smartphone. It has decent specifications and a great software experience at an affordable price. As with most OnePlus devices, the cameras are not the best and it even misses out on a few staples like altering the slider and glass back. 

On the bright side, you are getting a good 6.43-inch Full HD+ 90Hz AMOLED display with an excellent in-hand feel, thanks to its lightweight design and slim profile. OnePlus Nord CE continues to offer the classic OnePlus experience we’ve all grown to love — a clean software skin that is always responsive, a minimalist design. The performance is decent enough to carry out most tasks including while the battery life is one area where the OnePlus Nord CE outperforms the competition. 

iQoo Z5

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iQoo Z5

Specifications
Display: 6.67-inch LCD, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 778G
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 5000mAh, 44W charging
Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 11
Weight: 193 g
Thickness: 7.7mm
Reasons to buy
+Smooth performance+Battery life+Stereo speakers
Reasons to avoid
-LCD panel-Average low light photography

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 hitch including gaming sessions. 

On the front, you are looking at a 6.67-inch Full HD+ LCD panel with a 120Hz screen refresh rate. An AMOLED panel with this spec sheet would've made this a true flagship killer. 

The device features a 240Hz touch sampling rate and a Samsung GW3 64MP, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro lens. On the front is a 16MP selfie camera inside a hole punch. The camera performance during daylight is permission with good output and accurate colour grading. 

Lastly, the iQoo Z5 has a 5000mAh battery unit backed by a 44W fast charger. The charging speed on this phone is a slight downgrade though you get a bigger battery pack.

Samsung Galaxy M32 5G

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Samsung Galaxy M32 5G

Specifications
Display: 6.5-inch LCD, 120Hz
Processor: Dimensity 720
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5000mAh, 15W charging
Rear camera: 48+8 +5+2MP
Front camera: 13MP
OS: Android 11
Weight: 196 g
Thickness: 9.3 mm
Reasons to buy
+Large battery+Value for money
Reasons to avoid
-LCD panel-Slow charging

The Samsung Galaxy M32 5G comes with a Dimensity 720 SoC coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The phone comes with 128GB of onboard 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 primary lens, the Samsung Galaxy M32 gets an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro lens and a 2 MP 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-facing camera. 

The Samsung Galaxy M32 5g gets a 5000 mAh battery. The phone supports 15W fast charge - which is slow compared to what the competition offers these days.

Moto Edge 20 Fusion

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A worthy Fusion

Specifications
Display: 6.7-inch FHD+, 90Hz, 10-bit AMOLED
Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 800U
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128GB
Rear camera: 108+8+2MP
Front camera: 32MP
Battery: 5,000mAh, 30W
Weight: 185g
Thickness: 8.25mm
Reasons to buy
+Best in class display+Excellent software experience+Good battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Bland design-Bulky

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 10-bit AMOLED display which is the best in the segment. Also, the device brings a clean software experience with useful features. However, the phone might be bulky for many people. 

The device is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G processor 一 a capable mid-range performer with support for 13 5G bands. The Moto Edge 20 Fusion is the clean Android experience it offers. Running on Android 11 out of the box, the device comes with less than 40 pre-installed apps and also offers a bunch of nifty customization options. While the phone misses out on a stereo speaker setup, it does offer a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

The Moto Edge 20 Fusion sports a large 6.7-inch Full HD+ resolution display and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Thanks to the 90Hz refresh rate, scrolling through the UI feels smooth and fluid. The colours are punchy and have the right amount of contrast. This is also the best in the segment. The camera performance seems to be decent and offers plenty of details and colours. The large 5,000mAh battery can easily last for a day. 

Buy Moto Edge 20 Fusion on Flipkart

Buy Moto Edge 20 Fusion on Flipkart

6GB+128GB: Rs 21,999

8GB+128GB: Rs 22,999

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Srivatsa Ramesh

Srivatsa is a prolific writer who spearheads the core writing team on tech news, buying guides, reviews, and all gadget articles. He is passionate about technology.