If you are buying a new smartphone, it is usually assumed that the more you are willing to spend, the better device you can get. However, that isn’t always true, and if you have gone through our lists of recommended phones, you will be able to find at least one exception in every price range. Our sub-Rs. 20,000 price list mainly consists of devices that do everything just right and increasing your budget just a little will let you consider several options that do better. The sub-Rs. 25,000 smartphone segment in Indian isn’t very crowded because there’s so much value at lower prices, and every device in this price range isn’t worth your money. We have compiled a list of the best phones you can buy under Rs. 25,000 to help you make the right choice.
Best phones under 25,000
|Phones under Rs. 25,000||Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Samsung Galaxy M51||8||Rs. 24,999|
|Vivo V20||8||Rs. 24,990|
|Vivo V20 SE||8||Rs. 20,990|
|OnePlus Nord||9||Rs. 24,999|
|Redmi K20 Pro||9||Rs. 24,999|
|Redmi K20||9||Rs. 21,299|
Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung’s “battery monster”, the Galaxy M51, packs in a massive 7,000mAh battery, a first for a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. If you are looking for the best battery life on a smartphone, the Galaxy M51 will definitely qualify. We were able to go on for about 2 days without needing to charge the smartphone. Charging is quick as well thanks to the bundled 25W fast charger.
The Galaxy M51 sports a big 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. There is a hole-punch at the top which some users may find distracting.
Samsung has picked the Snapdragon 730G SoC to power the Galaxy M51 and it delivers good performance. Samsung offers two variants of the Galaxy M51, the base variant gets 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage while the higher variant gets 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You get a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Galaxy M51 runs Samsung’s OneUI on top of Android 10.
Vivo’s latest in the V series focuses on design and cameras. The Vivo V20 looks striking in its new colour options and is thin at 7.38mm. If you prioritise design over other things, the V20 should appeal to you. At the front it has a crisp 6.44-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It has a dewdrop notch at the top.
The Vivo V20 gets three colour options, of which only the Sunset Melody one has a gradient finish. You get a glass back on the Vivo V20 which feels premium to the touch. It packs in a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera also capable of macro shots, and a 2-megapixel mono camera. It has a 44-megapixel selfie shooter with Eye Autofocus.
Powering the Vivo V20 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, paired with 8GB of RAM. There’s only one configuration with 128GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 1TB. Vivo ships the V20 with Android 11 making it one of the few smartphones to run the latest version of Android out of the box, Vivo runs its custom FunTouch OS 11 on top with a few customisations.
Vivo V20 SE
The Vivo V20 SE, or “Special Edition”, was launched right after the Vivo V20 but is actually very different. This smartphone targets a lower price point and has a few changes in the form of lower resolution camera sensors and a different processor, among other things. It still sports a 6.44-inch AMOLED display just like the Vivo V20 and gets an in-display fingerprint scanner as well.
Powering the Vivo V20 SE is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, which is relatively weak compared to the rest of the smartphones in this list. There’s 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 1TB. The performance is enough to keep a casual user happy but heavy users might find it inadequate.
The V20 SE sports a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera that can do macro photography, and a 2-megapixel bokeh camera. It also sports a 32-megapixel selfie shooter that delivers some good photos in different lighting conditions. Vivo ships the V20 SE with FunTouch OS 11 running on top of Android 10, unlike the Vivo V20 which runs Android 11. You also get a slightly bigger 4,100mAh battery along with support for 33W fast charging.
The OnePlus Nord is a mid-range smartphone from OnePlus with a few flagship-level features included. The OnePlus Nord has a polycarbonate body with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. It has a 6.44-inch display with full-HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, as well as support for HDR10+.
The OnePlus Nord is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, and so it is 5G enabled. It was announced in three variants: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage priced at Rs. 24,999; 8GB RAM with 128GB storage at Rs. 27,999; and 12GB RAM with 256GB storage priced at Rs. 29,999. The base variant is exclusive to Amazon.
OnePlus has packed a 4115mAh battery into the Nord, which delivers good battery life. This phone also manages good photos in the day, with a quick autofocus system. The wide-angle camera does not capture as much detail. In low light, the OnePlus Nord takes decent photos. It has a Night mode that helps capture a brighter image, but the results look flatter. Selfies turned out well, and the Nord can also take 4K videos.
Redmi K20 Pro
The Redmi K20 Pro has slowly slipped into the sub Rs. 25,000 segment. It is a powerful smartphone with a pop-up selfie camera module, which isn’t very common feature. It has a big 6.39-inch display without a notch or a hole-punch. The selfie camera has a 20-megapixel resolution and is positioned in the pop-up module.
The Redmi K20 Pro is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. The Redmi K20 Pro is available in two variants: 6GB RAM with 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 24,999; and 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 29,999. Xiaomi has used a 4,000mAh battery in the Redmi K20 Pro, and this phone supports 27W fast charging, but you only get an 18W charger in the box.
Xiaomi offers a triple rear camera setup on the Redmi K20 Pro with a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera capable of 2x optical zoom. The primary camera takes good photos in favourable light and manages to capture details quite well. There is some barrel distortion in photos taken with the wide-angle camera. Low-light camera performance was good but fine grain was visible in the output on zooming in. Video tops out at 4K 60fps for the rear cameras while the selfie camera can shoot at 1080p 30fps.
The Redmi K20 is a well-designed smartphone, and is among the few recently launched devices available at this price level. The Redmi K20 shares the same design as the Redmi K20 Pro, with a glass back and a striking gradient pattern at the back. The front is dominated by a 6.39-inch AMOLED display and there is no notch to hinder content on this panel. It has a pop-up selfie camera which rises up from the top of the frame when required.
The Redmi K20 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC. There are two variants of the device, with the base variant sporting 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The other one has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This phone does not have a microSD card slot for storage expansion, so you will have to choose the variant based on your requirement. It does offer very good performance, however newer devices in the sub-Rs. 20,000 price range can match it.
Xiaomi has equipped the Redmi K20 with a triple camera setup at the back and a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. We noticed that camera performance was very good, and the cameras captured details very well. The wide-angle camera also has distortion correction. Low-light camera performance was underwhelming. Selfies were good, but the selfie camera mechanism is slow. This phone also has a 4,000mAh battery and delivers good battery life.
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