In the March 2021 edition of our guide list, some brand new smartphones will be featured under Rs. 25,000, some of which really raise the bar for camera and gaming performance. The very popular OnePlus Nord is leaving this list for good as the 6 GB RAM variant is no longer sold. We’ve also dumped the list of some older models that are no longer as cheap and others that have now dropped in price well below this budget category. Samsung, Xiaomi and Realme have some very interesting new offerings in this segment, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
The sub-Rs. The 25,000 smartphone segment in India isn’t very crowded even today, but the select few who have made it are definitely worth your time and money. We have compiled a list of the best phones to buy at Rs. 25,000 so you can make the right choice.
Best phones under 25,000
|Phones at Rs. 25,000||Gadgets 360 Review (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Samsung Galaxy F62||8th||Rs. 23,999|
|Realme X7 5G||8th||Rs. 21,999 (8 GB)|
|Wed 10i||8th||Rs. 20,999|
|Vivo V20||8th||Rs. 22,990|
Samsung Galaxy F62
The Samsung Galaxy M51 (review) continues to be a good choice in this segment if you are looking for great battery life. The reason we crossed it off the list is because the new Samsung Galaxy F62 (Review) has pretty much identical features, but with a more powerful flagship SoC and the latest version of Android for just a little bit more money. The Galaxy F62 has the same 7,000 mAh battery that makes it bulky and heavy. Thanks to the Exynos 9825 SoC used for the Galaxy Note 10+, you get a very good Super AMOLED display, decent daytime camera performance, and great gaming performance at this price point.
Since there is no such thing as a perfect smartphone, there are a few things to keep in mind with the Samsung Galaxy F62: You will find displays in some standard apps, the performance of the camera in low light conditions could be better and the battery can also be charged with the 25 W fast charger take a while.
Realme X7 5G
We usually only list the basic variants of smartphones for each list, but the Realme X7 5G (Review) offers a very good value, which in our opinion should also be considered under Rs. 25,000. The 8GB variant costs Rs. 21,999 and at that price you get a powerful MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G SoC that is comparable to similar solutions from Qualcomm. The result is a very good overall performance, be it system or gaming. We also found that the battery life is excellent and you get 50W fast charge, which is impressive.
The Realme X7 5G has a light and compact housing that makes everyday use easier. The cameras are a department where we believe this phone could have been better. With enough light, the sensors can produce very usable images, but low-light performance is a little poor and the aggressive post-processing degrades the quality a little. The phone didn’t have Android 11 at the time of testing, and we noticed quite a bit of bloatware.
Overall, if you can make peace with these little issues, the Realme X7 5G is a solid deal at this price point.
Xiaomi launched in 2021 with the launch of the Mi 10i (Review) at a very aggressive starting price of just Rs. 20,999. You get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G SoC, fast charge, a 120 Hz display, and a 108 megapixel primary camera – all impressive for a phone at this price point. Aside from the specifications on paper, the phone has many other small practical features and design elements that make it even more pleasant to use.
The 108 megapixel camera is definitely the main selling point here, but in our experience it doesn’t always hit the mark. It is possible that this will improve with software updates in the future. The Mi 10i is a great phone to demonstrate and it is sure to be very good value for money. If you’re not too picky about photo quality, this could be a great option under Rs. 25,000.
The Vivo V20 (test) still stays on our list and has also received a nice little price cut. The Vivo V20 looks eye-catching in its new color options and is thin at 7.38 mm. If you prioritize design over other things, the V20 should appeal to you. On the front is a razor-sharp 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a built-in fingerprint sensor. It has a dewdrop notch on the top. You get a glass back that feels great to the touch.
The Vivo V20 has a triple camera setup on the back, consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, which also allows macro shots, and a 2-megapixel mono camera. It has a 44-megapixel selfie shooter with eye autofocus. The Vivo V20 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor with 8 GB of RAM. The whole thing is rounded off by the latest version of Funtouch OS, which is based on Android 11.