Our entire list of phones under Rs 25,000 this month are 5G ready. And the good doesn’t end there. We have phones with 108MP cameras, powerful processors, high refresh rate AMOLED screens and more to appeal to a wider audience. Pick the one that ticks the most boxes for you. Time to hit the bunch.
Best phones to buy in India under Rs 25,000
iQOO Z5 5G/ Z3 5G
The iQOO duo retain their places on our list. The iQOO Z5 5G and Z3 5G are not very different from each other and offer impressive features and performance. The top variant of the iQOO Z3 5G with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage can easily be bought in this budget and Amazon India is currently offering a further Rs 1,500 discount on it. It is powered by Qualcomm’s mid-range SoC Snapdragon 768.
It features a sharp 6.58-inch Full HD+ LCD screen with HDR10 compliance and a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling in compatible apps. Photography is handled by three cameras on the rear, comprising a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. A 16-megapixel selfie camera sits in a drop notch at the top of the screen. A 4400mAh battery keeps the phone powered for over a day with moderate usage. You also get a 55W fast charger in the package to charge it up in no time.
The iQOO Z5 5G offers small but significant upgrades over the Z3. It has a faster and newer Snapdragon 778 SoC. The internal storage has been upgraded from version 2.2 to a faster UFS 3.1 standard. It has a larger 6.67-inch Full HD+ LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. The battery capacity has been increased to 5000mAh, but you get a relatively slower 44W fast charger that promises 50% charge the battery in 23 minutes.
In this budget you generally get the 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant, but due to an instant discount of Rs 3,000 on Amazon India you can also get the 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage variant under Rs 25,000 while the offer lasts is valid. Each of the phones runs Android 11 with FunTouch UI, and the company is promising two major Android updates on both devices. While the Z3 ships with FunTouch UI 11.1, the Z5 offers the newer version 12 out of the box. The camera department is identical on both phones.
iQOO Z3 5G price in India: Rs 21,490 to Rs 22,990 for 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage
iQOO Z5 5G price in India: Rs 21,990 to Rs 23,990 for 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage; Rs 23,990 (with discount) for 12GB RAM/ 256GB storage
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G
Samsung has a great option in this budget for a change without going overboard with the thickness or weight. The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is also powered by a Snapdragon 778 SoC and is accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal (expandable) storage. It features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Despite the larger display and a 5000mAh battery, it weighs under 175 grams and is quite slim at just 7.4mm thick.
The camera department is quite versatile with a combination of a 64MP primary camera, 12MP ultrawide shooter and a 5MP macro camera for capturing quality photos in different modes. The 32-megapixel selfie camera embedded in a tiny hole at the top of the screen will interest the selfie enthusiasts. The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G runs Android 11 with One UI 3.1.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G price in India: Rs 24,999 for 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage
Xiaomi 11i 5G
The relatively new Xiaomi 11i 5G is something that photography enthusiasts will want to take a close look at thanks to its 108 megapixel camera. The support cast consists of an 8 MP ultrawide camera and a 2 MP macro camera. The 16 MP front camera is good enough for selfies and video calls. This 5G phone is powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 920 SoC, and you get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that can be further expanded with a microSD card.
The Xiaomi 11i 5G features a 6.67 inch Full HD+ HDR10 compatible Super AMOLED display that can get bright up to 1200 nits. This too supports a 120Hz refresh rate for a flicker-free experience in compatible apps and is protected from scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. A 5160mAh battery keeps it going for almost a day and a half with moderate use. and the included 67W turbocharger is said to take it from 0 to 50% in just 13 minutes. This Xiaomi phone runs Android 11 with MIUI 12.5.
Xiaomi 11i 5G price in India: Rs 24,999 for 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is the second phone in this list to flaunt a 108-megapixel camera, which is one of its main selling points. The supporting cast consists of an 8 MP ultra wide camera and a 2 MP depth sensor. Not forgetting the 32MP front camera that does a great job in selfies and video calls. This phone is powered by a modest Mediatek Dimensity 800U chip and you have a choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM along with 128GB of internal (expandable) storage.
This phone features a 6.7-inch Full HD+ HDR10+ compatible OLED screen capable of displaying over a billion shades of color. A refresh rate of 90 Hz makes scrolling significantly smoother than standard 60 Hz displays. The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion packs a 5000mAh battery that can last for over a day and a half with moderate usage and supports 30W fast charging. And since it’s a Motorola phone, it runs Android 11 with a clean and near-stock UI, which is another plus.
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion price in India: Rs 21,499 for 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage; Rs 22,999 for 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage
OnePlus Nord CE
And finally, we have the cheapest OnePlus smartphone in this country, the Nord CE. We included this phone in this list mainly for one reason – OxygenOS, which we still think is one of the best Android user interfaces (before version 12). The OnePlus Nord CE runs Android 11 with OxygenOS 11. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 750G SoC, which might not be as powerful as some of the chips above, but it’s good enough to keep things running smoothly here.
Speaking of slick, this phone sports a 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. You get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage in this budget variant. The camera department is staffed with a 64-megapixel primary camera along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Its 4500mAh battery can keep the phone going for well over a day with moderate use, and the included 30W charger gets it up and running again quickly.
OnePlus Nord CE price in India: Rs 24,999 for 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage
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