Best phones under Rs 25,000 in India for September 2021

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. The OnePlus Nord was the first phone after the Redmi K20 series that created the buzz in Rs 25,000 segment. Later on, Xiaomi started off with the Mi 10i, and fast forward to 2021, we had quite a few exciting offerings from other brands such as Realme, Redmi, Moto as well.  iQoo also makes it into the current list thanks to the aggressive pricing. 

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. With so many improvements in the segment, it will only get hard to differentiate these with flagship phones going further. 

The current list of best smartphones under Rs 25,000 consists of eight smartphones and the list is topped by OnePlus Nord CE, followed closely by the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max purely because of the value for money proposition it brings to the table. This is followed by the battery monster which also turned out to be an excellent all-rounder, the Galaxy M51. The rest of the list includes smartphones Poco's new X3 Pro with a flagship chipset, and Realme 8 Pro. The list ends with Moto's cheapest 5G phone, the Moto G 5G. 

In case you can’t wait any longer, here are the best phones under Rs 25,000 in India worth splurging on.

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Moto Edge 20 Fusion

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Moto Edge 20 Fusion

A worthy Fusion

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

Best in class display
Excellent software experience
Good battery life
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. 

Read our Moto Edge 20 Fusion review

Buy Moto Edge 20 Fusion on Flipkart

6GB+128GB: Rs 21,999

8GB+128GB: Rs 22,999


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OnePlus Nord CE

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OnePlus Nord CE

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OnePlus Nord CE

Less successor, more success extender

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

Battery life
Great in the hand
Software experience
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 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 alter 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. 

Read our OnePlus Nord CE review

Buy OnePlus Nord CE on Amazon

Rs 22,999: 6GB+ 128GB | Rs 24,999: 8GB+128GB | Rs 27,999: 12GB+256GB

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

Display: 6.67inch FHD+ AMOLED, 120Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 732G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Rear camera: 108+8+5+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery: 5,020mAh, 33W fast charging

Lovely 120Hz AMOLED display
Reliable battery life
Great cameras
Stereo speakers
Relatively slow charging
Inconsistent secondary camera
No 5G

Xiaomi India came out with all guns blazing with the new Redmi Note 10 series 一 the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is the most premium one of the trio in the series. Calling the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max an upgrade would be an understatement. It brings competitive features such as an AMOLED display with a high 120Hz refresh rate, a 108MP quad-camera stack, great battery life and more, in a package that is literally and figuratively easy on the pocket, making it our new best phone under Rs 20,000 as well as under Rs 25,000 in India.

Our personal favourite feature of the phone is the 5MP macro camera which actually works and delivers incredible pictures. While the phone lacks 5G capabilities, the chipset performs reasonably well for most day to day tasks. It’s also well-tuned to be efficient, giving the phone excellent battery life that will easily last you through the day.

In a nutshell, we have very little to complain about with the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. And looking at the asking price for the said features, it is currently our top recommendation right now. 

Read our Redmi Note 10 Pro Max review

Check out the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

6GB + 64GB: Rs 18,999 | 6GB + 128GB: Rs 19,999

8GB + 128GB: Rs 21,999

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Poco X3 Pro

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Poco X3 Pro

Display: 6.67-inch FHD+, 120Hz, LCD | Processor : Snapdragon 860 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Rear camera : 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP | Battery : 5,160 mAh + 33W

Performance
Capable cameras
Reliable battery life
Bulky
Relatively slow charging

Poco X3 Pro is a performance-centric device with impressive specs and an even more impressive price. The Poco X3 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 860 chipset, which is the only Snapdragon 8 series phone under Rs 25,00 at the launch. As you’d expect, the device can handle everything you throw at it without any hassle. This is also the best performing phone in the segment we’ve seen in a long time. 

Apart from a powerful SoC in the heart, the device also comes with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ 120Hz LCD display. The dynamic switch features will switch between 50Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz automatically depending on the content playing on the screen. It comes with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It packs in a 5,160mAh battery with 33W fast charge support. 

In the optics department, the Poco X3 Pro comes with a 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor(f/1.79) main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens - both with f/2.4. Selfies are handled by a 20MP camera. The device is bulky at 220 grams, but that’s the only thing we’ve to complain about. If you’re a gamer, this is the one for you.

Read our Poco X3 Pro review

Buy Poco X3 Pro on Flipkart 

6+128GB: Rs 18,999 | 8+128GB: Rs 20,999

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iQoo Z3

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iQOO Z3

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iQoo Z3

Display: 6.58-inch LCD, 120Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 768G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 4400mAh, 55W charging | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | OS: Android 11 | Weight: 185.5g | Thickness: 8.5mm

Excellent display
Smooth performance
3.5mm audio port
Not a premium in-hand feel
Unimpressive speakers

The iQoo Z3 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 6.58-inch Full HD+ LCD panel with a 120Hz screen refresh rate. The device features a 180Hz touch sampling rate and HDR10 certification. The iQoo Z3 comes with a Samsung GW3 64MP f/1.79 camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro lens. On the front is a 16MP selfie camera inside the dew-drop notch. The camera performance during daylight is permission with good output and accurate colour grading. 

Lastly, the iQoo Z3 has a 4,400mAh battery unit backed by a 55W fast charger that can charge the device up to 50% in just 19 minutes. You also get 3.5mm headphone.

Read our iQoo Z3 review 

Check out iQoo Z3 on Amazon

6GB+128GB: Rs 19,990 | 8GB+256GB: Rs 20,990 | 8GB+256GB: Rs 22,990

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Realme X7 Max

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Realme X7 Max

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Realme X7 Max

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Realme X7 Max

Display: 6.43" FHD+ AMOLED, 120Hz | Processor: MediaTek Dimesity 1200 | RAM: 8/12GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Rear camera: 64+8+2+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery: 4,500mAh, 65W | Weight: 179g | Thickness: 8.4mm

Smooth performance
Good display
Stereo speakers
Ample 5G band support
Doesn’t feel premium
Not-so-fast charging

Realme X7 Max is India’s first phone with the Dimensity 1200 processor 一 the star of the show. The processor performs really well in terms of day to day as well as gaming. While the device looks fairly good and is ergonomic, we did not like the in-hand feel of the device, especially the matte finish part on the Silver variant. 

Apart from that, Realme ticks all the right boxes. For visuals, you get a 6.43-inch Full HD+ Samsung Super AMOLED display and a 120Hz screen refresh rate. The Realme X7 Max comes with a 64MP Sony IMX682 main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro lens. Selfies are handled by a 16MP selfie shooter on the front. The pictures captured from the primary camera are by default at 16MP and they do not disappoint for the most part. You get well-detailed images with good dynamic range and saturation levels.

Further, the Realme X7 Max runs on Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11 which brings many new features as well as customization options. It is backed by a 4,500mAh battery with a 50W charger. You also get a dual stereo speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack with Hi-Res audio support. 

Read our Realme X7 max review 

Check out Realme X7 Max on Flipkart

8GB + 128GB at Rs 26,999

12GB + 256GB at Rs 29,999



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Mi 10i

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Mi 10i

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Mi 10i

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Xiaomi Mi 10i

Display: 6.67inch FHD+, 120Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 750G | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Rear camera: 108+8+2+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery: 4,820mAh, 33W fast charging

Performance
120Hz display
Capable cameras
Heavy

Xiaomi kickstarted the year with a bang in India with the launch of Mi 10i. he Xiaomi Mi 10i completes the Xiaomi Mi 10 family in India and joins the Mi 10, Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro. The Mi 10i inherits flagship features like 108MP primary camera, 120Hz refresh rate display, and a powerful new chipset. The Xiaomi Mi 10i is powered by Snapdragon 750G chipset which is placed just under the Snapdragon 765G SoC. It is a very capable chipset and performs really well even with heavy tasks and usages. 

The Mi 10i is also the cheapest phone with 108MP camera in India. The Samsung HM2 sensor debuted in India with the launch.  It is followed by an 8MP ultra-wide shooter with a 120-degree field-of-view, a 2MP macro shooter and a 2MP depth sensor. It can also shoot 4K and macro videos. Selfies are handled by a 16MP shooter. The Mi 10i sports a 6.67-inch Full HD+ LCD screen with 120Hz refresh rate. The AdaptiveSync feature switches between 30Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz to match with the content.

Read our Xiaomi Mi 10i review

Check out Xiaomi Mi 10i on Amazon

6GB+128GB: Rs 21,999 | 8GB+128: Rs 23,999

Moto G 5G

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Moto G 5G

Display : 6.67"-inch LCD, 60Hz | Processor : Snapdragon 750G | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Rear camera : 48+8+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery : 5000mAh, 20W fast charging

Performance
Good cameras
Clean software
No high-refresh-rate
Boring design

India’s cheapest phone with 5G support, the Moto G 5G is priced at Rs 20,999. During the sale on Flipkart, the phones go as low as Rs 18,999. The Moto G 5G is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC. It features Snapdragon X52 modem for global 5G connectivity on both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrums. Powering the device is a 5000mAh battery with 20W fast charging support. Other features include 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 5.1, IP52 rating, and dual-band Wi-Fi.

The Moto G 5G sports a 6.7- Full HD+ Max Vision display. It comes in sole 6GB + 128GB combo. You also get a microSD card slot to further expand the storage. The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear.  Moto G 5G sports a triple rear camera stack with a primary 48MP(f/1.7) shooter with PDAF which is followed by an 8MP (f/2.2) 118° ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP(f/2.4) macro vision camera. To the front, there is a16MP (f/2.2) selfie shooter.

Check out Moto G 5G on Flipkart

Rs 20,999


List of best phones under Rs 25,000 in India

  • OnePlus Nord CE
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
  • Poco X3 Pro
  • iQoo Z3
  • Realme 8 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 10i
  • Samsung Galaxy M51
  • Moto G 5G

These are the best phones that are currently available in India for 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. 

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