The best smartphones you can buy under Rs. 25,000 in India

Those looking for the best balance of value and performance from a smartphone will find the sub-Rs. 25,000 attractive segments. This is one of the most exciting segments in 2022 mainly because new launches in this segment got the maximum number of new hardware features. There are phones with good low-light camera performance and optical image stabilization (OIS). Designs have also been a focus in this segment, but charging speeds have improved with some smartphones on our list offering 44W, 60W, and even 120W chargers in the box.

The Motorola Edge 30 recently received a price drop and is now coming to this segment. Our recent addition to the list is the Moto G82 5G. It has an IP52 rated design and a camera that also features OIS. The Samsung Galaxy A52 recently suffered a price drop. The Realme 9 Pro+ is another powerful smartphone that offers great 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 all the phones on this list and tested them thoroughly, including their raw performance, camera capabilities, software and usability, physical design, battery life and charging speed. There’s also the Xiaomi 11i 5G which we haven’t tested, but which is virtually identical to the 11i HyperCharge (Review), so it’s on our list due to price.

Best phone under Rs. 25,000 to buy in India

Telephone less than 25,000Rating Gadgets 360 (out of 10)Prices in India (as recommended)
Moto G82 5G8Rs. 21,499
Motorola Edge 308Rs.24,999
OnePlus Nord CE 28Rs. 23,999
Realme 9 Pro+9Rs. 22,999
iQoo Z58Rs. 23,990
Xiaomi 11i 5GRs.24,999
Samsung Galaxy A528Rs.24,999

Moto G82 5G

Motorola’s Moto G82 5G is the most expensive G-series smartphone you can buy. Luckily, it also packs enough value, making it a solid deal if you’re willing to stretch your budget a little beyond Rs. 20,000. Those extra rupees. 2000 gives you a capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, 120Hz high refresh rate display, large 5000mAh battery, and an IP52-rated design that can withstand water splashes. Camera performance is also a strong point with the G82 5G, as its main camera contains OIS, which is good for sharper low-light photos. Of course, the icing on the icing is its near-stock Android 12 software which only has one third-party app pre-installed.

Motorola Edge 30

The Motorola Edge 30 is a very thin and light 5G smartphone that measures 6.79 mm thick and weighs only 155 g. Its lightweight design can be attributed to its polycarbonate frame and acrylic back panel which looks quite premium and is also IP52 rated for dust and water resistance. Its 6.5-inch pOLED display boasts a 144Hz refresh rate and that, along with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC, makes it ideal for gaming as well. Its rear camera setup offers OIS on the primary camera and also gives you a 3X telephoto lens. Camera performance is quite good overall, but battery life is a bit of a concern as it only lasts a day on a single charge.

OnePlus Nord CE 2

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 is a good upgrade from the original and is essentially a cheaper Oppo Reno 7 5G (Review) without the 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 decent cameras for still photography. Video recording isn’t its forte, but other than that it’s hard to complain about. OxygenOS remains one of the best Android skins and is one of the reasons why OnePlus smartphones are easy to use. Although not everyone is in favor of Oppo’s influence on the brand these days, the fact that OnePlus is promising two years of Android updates for even its most affordable phone is even more of a reason for the ‘consider.

Realme 9 Pro+

If you’re looking for a value-for-money deal under Rs. 25,000, it’s really hard to beat the Realme 9 Pro+ at the moment. In addition to having the expected features such as a current generation 5G SoC, an excellent screen 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) as well as optical stabilization. The result is fabulous images and video when shooting day or night. The only real annoyance, if you ask us, is that Realme UI comes with way too many apps, most of which you’ll probably never use. Overall, the Realme 9 Pro+ is a high-quality smartphone that is very aggressively priced.

iQoo Z5

The design of the iQoo Z5 is a slight improvement over its predecessor, making it more comfortable to hold and use. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC which performs very well in gaming and multitasking. You get a 6.67-inch LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate along with stereo speakers, which worked well for both watching movies and playing games. Camera performance is decent in daylight but not great in low light. The battery life is excellent and this phone supports 44W fast charging which is quite fast. The iQoo Z5 might not be a major improvement over the iQoo Z3, but it’s still a decent step up and something you should consider.

Special mention

Xiaomi 11i 5G

The Xiaomi 11i 5G gets a special mention because although we didn’t review it, we did review its nearly identical sibling, the 11i HyperCharge (Review). For all intents and purposes, both phones should be identical when it comes to software, general performance, gaming, and camera quality. The main difference is in the fast charging speed: the standard 11i supports up to 67W of fast charging, while the 11i HyperCharge supports 120W. The battery capacity is also slightly different, but the company still promises good battery life. If you’re ok with slightly “slower” charging, then at Rs. 24,999 the 11i offers plenty of features for the price. There’s a 108-megapixel main camera, 120Hz AMOLED display, stereo speakers, a powerful 5G SoC, and a sleek design.

Samsung Galaxy A52

The price of the Samsung Galaxy A52 has dropped, which is why we have dropped our sub-Rs. 30,000 listings so far. Samsung officially lists the 6GB variant for Rs. 24,999, but you can find it for less on platforms like Amazon. The phone still looks youthful and, dare we say, fashionable. It also offers great features such as an IP67 rating, stereo speakers and a 90Hz AMOLED display – a combination that is hard to find in this segment. We found its overall performance to be solid, even though it uses a lower-tier Snapdragon 720G SoC. There’s a bit of bloatware to deal with in OneUI, which we’re not big fans of. The cameras, while solid during the day, tended to be a bit short in low light. Those issues aside, the Galaxy A52 is still a compelling deal because you get a good set of features.

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