Sub Rs. The 25,000 segment in 2022 is interesting, mainly because of the maximum number of new hardware features introduced in new launches in this segment. You can also find phones with good low-light camera performance and optical image stabilization (OIS). While design has also been a main focus of the mid-range, charging speeds have improved significantly with some of the smartphones on our list offering 44W, 60W and even 120W chargers in the box.
The only new addition to our current list is the Moto G82 5G. It has an IP52-rated design and a camera that also has OIS. The Samsung Galaxy A52 has recently received a price drop. The Realme 9 Pro+ is yet another power-packed smartphone that offers really good stereo speakers and a flagship-grade main camera.
Here are Gadgets 360’s top picks of the best phones under Rs. 25,000 in India, in no particular order. We’ve reviewed and tested all the phones on this list in depth, including their raw performance, camera capability, software and ease of use, physical design, battery life, and charging speed. There’s also the Xiaomi 11i 5G which we didn’t test, but it’s almost identical to the 11i HyperCharge (Review), so it makes it on our list because of its price.
Best phone under Rs. 25,000 to buy in India
|phones under 25,000||Gadgets 360 Rating (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Moto G82 5G||8||Rupee. 21,499|
|oneplus nord ce 2||8||Rupee. 23,999|
|realme 9 pro+||9||Rupee. 24,999|
|Motorola Edge 20 Fusion||8||Rupee. 21,499|
|iQoo Z5||8||Rupee. 23,990|
|Mi 10i||8||Rupee. 23,990|
|Xiaomi 11i 5G||,||Rupee. 24,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A52||8||Rupee. 24,999|
Moto G82 5G
Motorola’s Moto G82 5G is the most expensive smartphone in the G-series that you can buy. Luckily, it also packs enough value that makes it a solid offering if you’re willing to stretch your budget a little beyond Rs. 20,000 that extra Rs. 2,000 gives you a capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, a 120Hz high refresh rate display, a large 5,000mAh battery, and an IP52-rated design that can withstand splashes of water. Camera performance is also a strong point with the G82 5G as its primary camera packs OIS, which is good for sharp low-light photos. Of course, the cherry on the icing is its near-stock Android 12 software with just one preinstalled third-party app.
oneplus nord ce 2
The OnePlus Nord CE 2 is a nice update to the original and basically the lower priced Oppo Reno 7 5G (Review) with no spammy apps, which isn’t a bad deal. The Nord CE 2 offers a premium design, good performance, solid battery life, very fast charging, and good cameras for still photography. Video recording isn’t its strongest suit, but other than that it’s hard to complain. OxygenOS is one of the best Android skins and this is one of the reasons why OnePlus smartphones are easy to use. While not everyone is in favor of Oppo’s influence on the brand these days, the fact that OnePlus promises two years of Android updates for even its most affordable phones is even more a reason to consider it.
realme 9 pro+
If you are looking for a bonkers value-for-money offer under Rs. 25,000, it’s really hard to beat the Realme 9 Pro+ at the moment. Apart from the expected features like current-gen 5G SoC, great display and very fast charging, the 9 Pro+ is one of the very few (if not the only) smartphones in this segment to have a flagship camera sensor (Sony IMX766). With optical stabilization. The result is great looking photos and video when shooting day and night. If you ask us, the only real annoyance is that the Realme UI comes with a lot of apps, most of which you’ll probably never use. Overall, the Realme 9 Pro+ is a high quality smartphone that is priced very aggressively.
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion strikes a fine balance between performance and software. It sports a 6.7-inch OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a dedicated Google Assistant button, and even an IP52 rating. This smartphone packs in a clean near-stock Android UI along with powerful hardware that Android purists will love. Other than its relatively average low-light camera performance, there’s little to complain about here. The Edge 20 Fusion is well built, performs well, and is capable of good battery life.
The design of the iQoo Z5 is a slight improvement over its predecessor, which makes it more comfortable to hold and use. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC which performs very well in games and multitasking. You get a 6.67-inch LCD panel with 120Hz refresh rate as well as stereo speakers, which work well for both watching movies and playing games. Camera performance is good in daylight but not great in low light. Battery life is excellent and this phone supports 44W fast charging, which is quite fast. The iQoo Z5 may not be a huge improvement over the iQoo Z3, but it’s still a good move and one you should consider.
Xiaomi’s Mi 10i is a little over a year old now, but it’s still on sale and still quite a popular phone. There are currently two variants on offer, and both are priced under Rs. 25,000. The specifications of the Mi 10i are still very competitive. You get a decently powerful 5G SoC, a 108-megapixel main camera, and a 120Hz display. The phone only supports 33W fast charging, which, while being fast, isn’t quite as attention-grabbing as the competition offers today. It is also a good looking phone and is available in some interesting colors.
Xiaomi 11i 5G
The Xiaomi 11i 5G gets a special mention because even though we haven’t reviewed it, we have reviewed its almost identical sibling, the 11i HyperCharge (Review). For all intents and purposes, both phones should be the same when it comes to software, general performance, gaming, and camera quality. The main difference lies in the faster charging speed: the standard 11i supports fast charging up to 67W, while the 11i HyperCharge supports 120W. The battery capacity is also slightly different but the company still promises good battery life. If you are okay with a little ‘slow’ charging, then Rs. 24,999, the 11i packs in a lot of features for the price. There’s a 108-megapixel main camera, 120Hz AMOLED display, stereo speakers, a powerful 5G SoC, and a classy design.
Samsung Galaxy A52
The Samsung Galaxy A52 has received a price drop, which is why we’re moved by our sub-Rs. 30,000 list for here. Samsung officially lists the 6GB variant for Rs. 24,999, but you can get it for less on platforms like Amazon. The phone still looks youthful and, dare we say, trendy. It also offers excellent features like IP67 rating, stereo speakers and 90Hz AMOLED display – a combination that is hard to come by in this segment. We found its overall performance to be solid, even though it uses the lower-end Snapdragon 720G SoC. There is some bloatware to deal with in OneUI, which we’re not big fans of. The cameras, while being solid during the day, fell a bit short in low light. Barring these issues, the Galaxy A52 is still an attractive offering as you get a decent set of features.