India has always had great budget smartphone options around the Rs 20,000 mark. However, until recently, the segment above it didn’t have a lot of exciting options. It primarily included mid-rangers and affordable flagships and not products dedicated to this segment.
However, the Indian smartphone market showed its agility and went on to produce multiple offerings which now make this an extremely exciting segment. They offer the best bits from flagships without breaking the bank. Phones in this segment typically offer reliable performance and gaming, multiple cameras for versatile implementation, fast charging, AMOLED panels, etc. We’re also starting to see high refresh rate displays finally make an appearance in this segment.
For the first time in years, we saw OnePlus return to this segment. Similarly, Samsung’s M series also finally grew to the Rs 25,000 mark, bringing major brands that were previously unseen here. There are also a few ex flagships from Xiaomi and Realme that have now been dropped to this segment, bringing solid performance.
In case you can’t wait any longer, here are the best phones under Rs 25,000 in India worth splurging on.
The OnePlus Nord is a great example of how to make a ‘Lite’ device that doesn’t feel cheap. Essentials such as a 90Hz display, fast charging and performance to satisfy most users. The cameras aren’t the best, but for the price, we wouldn’t complain much. Even if not a flagship, it is still a killer.
Powered by the Snapdragon 765G, not only is it the cheapest 5G phone in India, but also brings great performance and gaming. It also brings a total of six cameras, adding versatility to both the front and back.
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With Samsung Galaxy M51, Samsung has kept the same two core pillars - massive battery and Super AMOLED panel. However, one of the major additions comes in terms of performance, Samsung has finally added a powerful Snapdragon processor to the M series and the pricing is also pretty sweet this time around. Similarly, it also brings a capable array of cameras with a ton of shooting modes that aren’t common in this segment.
You also get flagship features such as a 64MP quad-camera setup, fast charging and reverse charging and a very polished software experience with One UI 2.1.
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The Realme 7 Pro now sits at the top of the company's mid-range smartphone lineup. It brings quite a few flagship features to this segment such as 65W SuperDart charging which only takes only about 30 minutes to charge a phone from 0 to full. It also sports an AMOLED panel.
Hardware such as the cameras is also upgraded, moving to Sony's high-end 64MP primary camera, an ultra-wide lens, a depth sensor and a monochrome lens. Realme UI has also been greatly improved recently.
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Poco’s second device which turned out to be mid-ranger, the Poco X2 is still one of the best in the segment even after the price hike. It is the only device to offer a high refresh rate in this segment. It also gets a powerful 64MP quad-camera with dual-front facing cameras.
The performance is top-notch, thanks to the Snapdragon 730G chipset. You get 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, which is a great combo in this segment. You also get a big battery with 27W fast charging.
The Poco X2 has a well-rounded set of cameras that makes this phone a joy to use. There is also a dedicated Vlog mode apart from the different sets of lenses (macro and ultra-wide). You also get 4K recording capabilities. The Poco X2 is also the best option under Rs 20,000.
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Realme's new range of affordable flagships in India, the X3 series is powered by the powerful Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset from last year. It is one of the few phones to offer a 120Hz display, albeit an average LCD one.
The cameras are great on both hardware and software fronts, with a quad-camera setup on the back: a 64MP primary camera, an ultra-wide lens, a telephoto lens and a macro shooter. The Realme X3 series also brings the popular 30W fast charging over USB Type-C. The battery life is great as well.
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The Redmi K20 Pro is still a solid all-rounder. It offers a premium experience at a mid-range price. The handset features a true bezel-less Full HD+ AMOLED display with an under-display fingerprint scanner and a pop-up selfie camera.
It has a triple camera setup on the back with a powerful 48MP camera, an ultra-wide camera and a telephoto lens, along with a 20MP selfie camera housed in the pop-up module.
The Redmi K20 is powered by the flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset with a 4,000mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging. The handset comes with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage.
Starting at Rs 22,999, the device is a great option under Rs 25,000.
Honor’s last flagship smartphone before the Google ban, the Honor 20 is still one to consider under Rs 25,000. Launched for Rs 32,999, the device is now available for Rs 22,999. You get access to all the Google services out of the box including Google Play Services and Google Play Store. However, the updates are still uncertain and you might not get the next Android version.
The Honor 20 offers excellent camera setup with a 48MP primary camera. If you are looking to get some great shots in the low-light, you get a dedicated super night mode. For gamers, there is GPU Turbo 3.0 that offers lag-free gaming experience.
Powered by a 3,750mAh battery, it has one of the best battery life for a phone this size, along with 22.5W fast charging. The 32MP selfie camera is an added bonus for all the selfie lovers.
These are the best phones that are currently available in India under Rs 25,000. The segment is also now getting crowded with better offerings and top variants of budget devices, thus offering the best bang for your buck.