Amia DalveyJan 30, 2023 20:25:47 IST
The Rs 25,000 budget gives you access to a few high-end features, if not in the new phones, then in some slightly older phones that were launched at a much higher price point but are now available under this price segment. Whether it’s extra processing power, great cameras with optical image stabilization (OIS), or even some fancy screens, we’ve got it all here. And of course, they’re all 5G ready. Let’s get down to business and take a look at the 5 best phones you can buy for under 25k this month.
Best phones to buy under 25,000 rupees in India
Speaking of the most affordable phones currently available under 25K, the iQOO 7 5G tops that list. This makes it the best all-around phone in this price range, and a great option to spend your money on while supplies last. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 chip, and you can buy the 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage variant in this budget. It has a 6.62-inch HDR10-compliant Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 1300 nits.
The rear camera department is also impressive, starting with the 48MP primary camera with OIS. That gives the company a 13MP wide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Its 4,400mAh battery lasts more than a day of moderate use, and the 66W fast charger promises to charge it fully in less than half an hour. iQOO 7 5G was launched with Android 11 and FunTouch OS 11 UI, and the company has promised two more major Android updates in the future for this device. The Android 12 update should already be available by now.
iQOO 7 5G price in India: 24,990 rupees for 8GB / 128GB storage
Motorola Edge 30
Motorola Edge 30 is another great phone to consider in this budget. This phone is powered by the Snapdragon 778G chipset, which is more than decent for this chip, and you get up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It boasts some really cool features starting with a 6.5-inch Full HD+ OLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compatibility and the ability to display over a billion shades of color. The screen is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect from scratches.
The Motorola Edge 30’s imaging department houses two 50MP cameras, with the primary offering OIS and the secondary camera letting you take some high-quality ultra-wide shots. There’s also a 2MP depth sensor (if you’re interested). The 32MP front camera is sure to impress selfie lovers. The 4,020mAh battery lasts just over a day with moderate use and supports 33W fast charging. This phone runs Android 12, and like most Motorola phones, you get a clean, near-stock user interface.
Motorola Edge 30 price in India: 22,999 rupees for 6GB RAM / 128GB storage; 24,999 rupees for 8GB / 128GB storage
Realme 10 Pro + 5G
At launch, we were a bit disappointed with the company for dropping OIS from the Realme 10 Pro + 5G’s primary camera, which was present in its predecessor, but at the end of our extensive testing process, we didn’t miss it much. The 108MP primary camera takes some great photos in a variety of lighting. It is accompanied by an 8MP Ultra Wide Camera and a 2MP Macro Camera. The 16MP front camera is more than suitable for selfies and video calls. Camera aside, this phone offers a lot of great stuff, starting with the display.
Realme 10 Pro + 5G has a 6.7-inch Full HD + Super AMOLED curved screen with 120Hz refresh rate. A curved display is extremely rare in this budget, and on top of that, it’s HDR10+ compatible and can display over a billion shades of color. The curved screen also adds a lot of elegance to the design. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC, which is decent enough for the segment. You can get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage in this budget.
The battery life of this phone is also impressive. With some nifty power management and an efficient SoC, the 5,000mAh battery lasts longer than usual even under heavy load. The company bundles a 67W fast charger that can get you fully up and running in about 50 minutes. The phone runs on the latest Android 13 with Realme UI 4.0.
Realme 10 Pro + 5G price in India: Rs. 24,999 for 6GB / 128GB storage
Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G
The new Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G is another solid all-around option in this budget. Just like the above Realme phone, this too is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC and is equipped with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It has a 6.67-inch 10-bit Full HD+ OLED display, and while it’s not curved, it’s compatible with Dolby Vision as well as HDR10+. It has a 120Hz refresh rate and is protected against scratches by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Photography is handled by three cameras on the back, and interestingly enough, the 50MP primary camera here has OIS. You also get an 8MP camera and a 2MP macro camera to back it up. There is more than a good 16MP selfie camera on the front. This phone also has a 5,000mAh battery and a 67W fast charger that claims to charge 50% in just 15 minutes. Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G runs Android 12 with MIUI 13.
Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G price in India: Rs. 24,999 for 6GB / 128GB storage
Redmi K50i 5G phone
Last but not least, the Redmi K50i 5G is a great option for gamers who are looking for powerful processing devices under Rs 25,000. It is powered by the flagship Mediatek Dimensity 8100 SoC found in more expensive phones like the OnePlus 10R. You’ll get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage for less than 25KB. The photography department isn’t bad either with a combination of a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide shooter, and a 2MP macro camera. The 16MP front camera takes good care of selfies and video calls.
The Redmi K50i 5G has a 6.6-inch Full HD+ Liquid FFS display compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. It’s protected from scratches with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and supports a 144Hz refresh rate for a smooth experience in compatible apps. The 5,080mAh battery keeps the phone powered through about a day and a half of moderate use, and the 67W turbocharger claims to charge half of the battery in just 15 minutes. This Redmi phone runs Android 12 with MIUI 13 on top.
Redmi K50i 5G price in India: Rs 23,999 for 6GB RAM / 128GB storage