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Best Phone Under 25000: The Best Mobile Phones You Can Buy Under Rs. 25,000 In India [March 2021 Edition]

The March 2021 edition of our guide list introduces some brand new smartphones under Rs. 25,000, some of which really raises the bar for camera and gaming performance. The very popular OnePlus Nord finally exits this list since the 6GB RAM variant is no longer sold. We’ve also dusted the list of some older models that aren’t as good value anymore and others that have now dropped in price, to well below this budget category. Samsung, Xiaomi, and Realme have some exciting new offerings in this segment, all with their own strengths and weaknesses.

The sub-Rs. 25,000 smartphone segment in India isn’t very crowded, even today, but the select few that have made it are definitely worth your time and 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. 25,000Gadgets 360 ratings (out of 10)Price in India (as recommended)
Samsung Galaxy F628Rs. 23,999
Realme X7 5G8Rs. 21,999 (8GB)
Mi 10i8Rs. 20,999
Vivo V208Rs. 22,990

Samsung Galaxy F62

The Samsung Galaxy M51 (Review) continues to be a solid choice in this segment if you’re looking for excellent battery life. However, the reason we’ve bumped it off the list is that the new Samsung Galaxy F62 (Review) offers pretty much identical features but with a more powerful, flagship-class SoC and the latest version of Android for only a bit more money. The Galaxy F62 boasts the same 7,000mAh battery, which makes it chunky and heavy. You get a perfect Super AMOLED display, decent daytime camera performance, and excellent gaming performance at this price, thanks to the Exynos 9825 SoC, which is the same one used for the Galaxy Note 10+.

Since there is no such thing as the perfect smartphone, there are a few things to keep in mind about the Samsung Galaxy F62: you’ll find ads in some of the stock apps, low-light camera performance could be better, and the battery can take a while to charge even with the 25W fast charger.

Realme X7 5G

We usually list just the base variants of smartphones for each list, but the Realme X7 5G (Review) represents excellent value, which we think is worth considering even under Rs. 25,000. The 8GB variant is priced at Rs. 21,999, and at this price, you get a powerful MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G SoC which is on par with similar solutions from Qualcomm. This result is outstanding overall performance, be it system or gaming. We also found battery life to be excellent, and you also get 50W impressive fast charging.

The Realme X7 5G has a light and compact body, which helps with daily usability. The cameras are one department in which we think this phone could have been better. Given enough light, the sensors can produce usable images, but low-light performance is slightly weak, and the aggressive post-processing holds quality back a bit. The phone did not have Android 11 yet at the testing time, and we did notice quite a bit of bloatware. Overall, if you can make your peace with these bits of issues, the Realme X7 5G is a solid offering at this price.

Mi 10i

Xiaomi kickstarted 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 charging, a 120Hz display, and a 108-megapixel primary camera — which are all mighty impressive for a phone at this price. Besides the on-paper specifications, the phone also offers plenty of other minor convenient features and design touches, making usage even more enjoyable.

The 108-megapixel camera is definitely the main selling point here, but in our experience, it doesn’t quite hit the mark all the time. It’s possible that this could improve via software updates in the future. The Mi 10i is an excellent phone for showing off, and you certainly get excellent value for money. If you aren’t too fussy about photo quality, it could be a great option under Rs. 25,000.

Vivo V20

The Vivo V20 (Review) stays on our list and has also received a neat little price cut. The Vivo V20 looks striking in its new color options and is thin at 7.38mm. If you prioritize 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. You get a glass back that feels premium to the touch.

The Vivo V20 packs in a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera 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. Rounding things off is the latest version of Funtouch OS, which is based on Android 11.

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