Let’s explore some of the best smartphones you can buy for Rs. 25,000 or $400 in Indian/global market. Everyone don’t want a cheaper smartphone, some people want quality and class even if a little higher premium is to be paid. The list has 12 latest smartphones with best specs, camera and user experience priced between 20K- 30K.
Some of these smartphones are top selling on Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal.
Definitely, smartphone available at a cheaper rate may look like a good deal but who are we kidding a Rs. 10k smartphone experience and built quality cannot match an expensive smartphone.
If you neither have that kind of money to buy a high-end device (latest flagships) nor you want to settle down for a cheaper one, then must consider these mid range phones. This is the most exciting category, wherein along with new launches, you will also find a lot of flagships which were launched for a much higher price earlier.
These are the Top 10 smartphones under Rs 25,000 or $400, worth considering:
Oppo F3 Plus
Best Selfie Smartphone under Rs 25000 – Oppo launched Oppo F3 Plus Dual Selfie camera mobile in the Indian market in March 2017. The Smartphone is priced at Rs. 27,990 and is available on Flipkart. The F3 Plus comes with a large 6-inch display with 1920*1080 pixel resolution having 367 PPI pixel density. The display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The key highlight of the smartphone if its dual front-facing camera. The front camera has two lenses with 16 Megapixel and 8 Megapixel resolution to click selfies with Bokeh effect. Whereas the Rear camera has a single lens with 16 Megapixel resolution with aperture f/1.7 Sony’s IMX398 sensor, autofocus, and dual LED Flash.
Oppo F3 Plus runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC processor (MSM8976 PRO), which is an Octa-Core processor with four Cortex A72 cores and four Cortex A53 cores.
The phone packs with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of Internal storage which can be further expanded via micro-sd card.
Key Specs for Oppo F3 Plus
- Screen – 6 inches IPS LCD Display.
- Resolution – 1920*1080 pixels (~367 PPI).
- Processor – Octa-Core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 and Adreno 510 GPU.
- RAM – 4 GB
- Storage – 64 GB internal storage expandable upto 256 GB via micro sd card.
- Rear Camera – 16 MP, f/1.7 aperture size, autofocus, OIS, Dual-LED flash.
- Front selfie camera – Dual 16 MP + 8 MP with f/2.0 aperture.
- OS – Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Color OS 3.0.
- Fingerprint scanner – Yes Front Mounted.
- Connectivity – Dual sim 4G with VOLTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth.
- Battery – Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery.
- Thickness – 7.4 mm
- Weight – 185 grams
- Price – Rs. 27,999
One Plus 3 (Top Selling Smartphone)
OnePlus 3 is one of the best smartphones to purchase if you have a budget of Rs 25,000. Though the smartphone is Priced at Rs of 27,999, we are expecting a price cut soon as the OnePlus 3T is launched. If you have a slightly higher budget you should go for the Oneplus 3T.
The Oneplus 3 comes with a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED Capacitive multi-touch screen. Smartphone offers 1080×1920 pixels resolution with 73.1% screen-to-body ratio. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. OnePlus 3 runs on Android Nougat 7.1 along with Oxygen OS.
The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, Quad-core processor & Adreno 530 GPU. OnePlus 3 comes with 6 GB Ram and offers 64 GB of internal storage capacity.
The OnePlus 3 has a 16 MP rear camera with features like OIS, Face Detection, Dual LED Flash & Auto HDR with f/2.0 aperture. At the Front is an 8 MP Camera with f/2.0 aperture, and ability to record 1080 p videos.
Added with these are connectivity features like Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC but no FM radio.
And also USB v2.0, Type C-1.0 reversible port for fast charging and better audio output.
Sensors include Finger Print, Gyrometer, Accelerometer, Proxy, Compass. The smartphone is powered by a non-removable 3000 mAh battery.
Important – Oneplus has launched the OnePlus 3T with better specs and would be a worthy wait instead of buying the OnePlus 3 currently.(Nov’16). Or if you get a discount on OnePlus 3.
Motorola Moto Z Play (Modular Smartphone, sleek design)
Moto Z Play was released in October of 2016 is a premium, well-built smartphone. This phone has a fantastic display, decent build, great battery life. The Motorola Moto Z play is priced at Rs 24,999 and available for purchase online. We recently reviewed the Motorola Moto Z Play (read for more info).
This device sports a 5.5 inch, Full HD Super AMOLED screen offering a 407 ppi pixel density.
The Moto z play offers a glass build similar to the Asus Zenfone 3 in this price range. The smartphone has a 16 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture a front 5 MP f/2.2 snapper to take decent selfies.
It is powered by Octa – Core 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor and has Adreno 506 GPU. These chipsets are coupled with 3 GB RAM. This device offers 32 GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 256 GB through an external SD card.
All the other connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, FM Radio and a USB Type C-1.0 reversible connector, magnetic connector.
With a mammoth 3510 mAh non-removable Li-ion battery, this device is capable of running all day with high usage. It is one of the best battery life smartphones with great looks and display in this price range.
Asus Zenfone 3 (Gorgeous Design, great build quality)
Asus has launched the new Asus Zenfone 3 in August 2016 in the Indian market. There are 2 variants of Zenfone 3 which you can buy in the budget of Rs. 25,000. We recently did a review for the Asus Zenfone 3. (read here for more info.)
- Zenfone 3 – 5.2 Inch Display, 32 GB Storage, and 3 GB RAM Price Rs. 21,999
- Zenfone 3 – 5.5 Inch Display, 64 GB Storage, and 4 GB Storage Price Rs. 27,999
The Asus Zenfone 3 has got an evolved premium Glass and metal design and offers best in class aesthetics. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz.
The smartphone comes with 16 Megapixel rear camera (f/2.0 aperture with Sony 6P Lens) with EIS and fast auto-focus. The front camera is also decent with 8 MP resolution to click selfies.
Both the smartphones come with Full HD IPS LCD display and have Corning’s Gorilla Glass protection.
The battery capacity is 2650 mAH on the 5.2-inch variant while the larger model has 3000 mAH battery capacity. The smartphone comes with fingerprint scanner at the back of the device.
The smartphone runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with Zen UI 3.0.
The Zenfone 3 comes with 4G LTE as well as VOLTE support for high-speed data connectivity.
Huawei Honor 8 Pro
Huawei Honor 8 Pro was launched in India for Rs. 29,999, in April 2017 and is exclusive to Amazon India. It is the true rival to OnePlus 5 but is slightly affordable compared to the OnePlus 5. The smartphone feature a display of 5.7 inches with HD resolution (2560*1440 pixel).
The display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and also have the 2.5D curved glass. The Honor 8 Pro has a metallic design and is a sleek phone measuring 7.0 mm in thickness and weighs 184 grams.
The smartphone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with EMUI 5.1.
The Honor 8 Pro is powered by the Huawei Kirin 960 Octa-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz and comes with a massive 6 GB of Ram. The device comes with the Mali G78 MP8 GPU to ensure smoother gaming experience.
The mobile comes with 128 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256 GB via Micro-sd card.
The Honor 8 Pro has a 12 Megapixel Dual rear camera with one camera having an RGB sensor while the other sensor is monochrome. The phone also comes with an 8 Megapixel front selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and ability to record 1080P videos.
The Honor 8 Pro has a massive 4000 mAH battery capacity which comes with super fast charging technology from Huawei. The mobile comes with a Fingerprint scanner (rear mounted) and also has support for NFC and 4G VOLTE.
Overall the Huawei Honor 8 PRO packs everything you can expect in this price range and offers a decent user experience. The phone will also get the Android Oreo 8.0 update soon.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro was launched in the Indian market in June 2017. The smartphone is available for purchase at a price of Rs. 20,900 from Flipkart. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro comes with a 5.5 Inches, Super AMOLED Panel and has a Full HD display (1920*1080 pixel resolution).
The Super AMOLED Display offers an excellent experience for watching videos and reading the text.
The Samsung J7 Pro looks premium and comes with a glass back cover like the Samsung S8. The phone weighs 181 grams and has a thickness of 7.9 mm.
The mobile runs on the Samsung Touch Wiz UI and also has the Android Nougat 7.0 OS.
As far as the camera is concerned, it has 13 Megapixel Rear camera having f/1.7 aperture size and a LED Flash. The rear camera comes with a higher aperture value to ensure that images are less noisy in the low light conditions.
The front selfie camera also comes with a 13 MP lens and also has a f/1.9 aperture for improved indoor selfies. Powering the J7 Pro is an Octa-Core Exynos 7870 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz and comes with the Mali T830 MP2 GPU. Overall performance is smooth and you can easily play all modern Android Games on this mobile.
The phone comes with 64 GB internal storage which can be expanded to 256 GB using the dedicated micro-sd card slot.
Additionally, it offers a large 3600 mAH capacity battery which is sufficient to last all day, even with heavy usage. The battery also supports rapid charging to ensure you don’t have to wait.
Other features included are Fingerprint Scanner, 4G VOLTE support, and Samsung Pay.
Overall for a budget of Rs. 20,000 to 25,000 the J7 Pro is one of the best Samsung phones worth buying.
Huawei Honor 8
Price Rs. 29,999
Huawei launched the Huawei Honor 8 in India on 12 Oct’16. The Dual camera smartphone comes with stunning glass back cover design. The glass build is similar to what you may have seen on a Samsung S7.
The smartphone is priced at Rs. 29,999.
Apart from the Dual rear camera, Honor 8 offers 4GB RAM, 5.2 Full HD display & HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset.
Key Specifications Huawei Honor 8:
- Display : 5.2 inch IPS LCD FHD (1080×1920) (~423 ppi)
- Chipset: Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz
- OS: Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Emotion UI 4.1
- GPU: Mali-T880 MP4
- RAM: 4 GB
- Storage: 32/64 GB internal storage, expandable up to 256 GB via SD card(second sim slot)
- Primary Camera: Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 35 mm, laser autofocus, dual LED flash
- Secondary Camera: 8 MP, f/2.4
- Sim: Single Sim LTE
- Fingerprint Sensor: Yes
- Battery Capacity: Li-pol 3000 mAh
- Weight: 153 grams
- Dimensions : 145.5 x 71 x 7.5 mm
- Fast Charging: Yes
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Price Rs. 26,599
LG in 2016 focused on the modular design. LG G5 friends or modules enable it to have enhanced features and performance. The LG G5 also comes with Dual Rear camera with one wide angle lens and another standard lens.
This benchmark device flaunts a 5.3 inch Super LCD5 touchscreen, removable battery, modules. The smartphone is available for a price of Rs. 25,999.
Key Specifications LG G5:
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 clocked at 2.15 GHz, Adreno 530.
- Display: 5.3 inches Super LCD5 Display (2560*1440 pixels) (~554 ppi)
- Software – Android6.0 (Marshmallow) upgradable to Android Nougat 7.0.
- RAM: 4 GB RAM
- Storage: 32 GB onboard storage, expandable up to 256 GB
- Primary Rear Camera: Dual 16 MP, a f/1.8 aperture with OIS.
- 8 Megapixel selfie camera.
- Removable battery – 2800 mAH Capacity with Fast Charging.
ZTE Nubia Z11 – 6 GB RAM Smartphone, SD 820
ZTE Nubia Z11 was launched in late January and is priced at Rs 29,999 or $280, slightly higher than our threshold. The smartphone comes with 6 GB of RAM and is powered by the top of the line Snapdragon 820 Processor clocked at 2.15 GHz.
ZTE Nubia Z11 comes with a bezel-free 5.5 Inch display with 1920*1080 pixels (FHD) resolution. There is 2.5 D Curve glass coating and it is also protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The smartphone Display has 81% screen to body ratio and almost bezel-less design. The ZTE Nubia Z11 comes with a 16 Mega Pixel rear camera with Optical image stabilization, and there is also a front selfie camera with 8 Mega Pixel lens.
The Nubia Z11 offers a 3000 mAH capacity battery and also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 for rapid charging. Nubia Z11 runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 and is likely to get the Android Nougat 7.0.
There is USB type C port and it comes with decent 64 GB of storage (expandable). The mobile offers Dual Sim, 4G VOLTE, and Fingerprint scanner support.
One Plus 3T
One Plus 3T was launched in the Indian market back in December 2016. The Smartphone features an Optic AMOLED display of 5.5 inches. The display has a resolution of 1920*1080 pixels having (401 ppi pixel density).
One Plus 3T is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 process clocked at 2.3 GHz coupled with 6 GB of RAM. It also has the Adreno 530 GPU which is excellent for Gaming.
The smartphone comes in two variants having 64 GB and 128 GB inbuilt storage. The OnePlus 3T with 64 GB is priced at Rs. 24,999 while the higher storage version is available for Rs. 27,999.
The Dual Sim phone comes with a front mounted Fingerprint scanner and also has 4G Volte connectivity.
Talking about the Camera, One Plus 3T comes with 16 Megapixel Rear camera with aperture size f/2.0 with LED flash. At the front side, it has a 16 Megapixel selfie camera. One Plus 3T runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and Oxygen OS.
The smartphone will also get the Android Oreo 8.0 update.
The OnePlus 3T comes with a 3400 mAh battery capacity with dash charging support.
Xiaomi Mi5 ( Sleek and Gorgeous, lightweight)
Xiaomi Mi5 was launched in India and the first sale is on 6th April 2016. The smartphone was priced at Rs. 24,999 and recently got a price cut of Rs. 2000. It is the most powerful Android smartphone you can purchase below 25K.
The smartphone is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The smartphone comes with Adreno 530 GPU which is much faster than Adreno 430 (One Plus 2).
The Xiaomi Mi5 available Indian version comes with 32 GB of internal storage and has 3 GB of Ram. The smartphone comes with 16 MP rear camera with fast focus and optical image stabilization. It is capable of recording 4K videos.
The front camera is also great with 8 MP resolution to click excellent selfies.
Xiaomi Mi5 comes with Dual Sim 4G LTE support but do not support the Micro SD card. The smartphone is incredibly lightweight ( only 129 Grams) and has a thickness of 7.25 mm.
The Screen size is 5.15 inch and comes with Full HD resolution.
The smartphone comes with a Fingerprint scanner which is embedded in the home screen button at the front. The Xiaomi Mi5 comes with a decent battery capacity of 3000 mAH in spite of thin and lightweight design.
The Mi5 run on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with the MIUI custom ROM.
Vivo V3 Max (HiFi Audio, Great Performance)
Vivo has been in the market for years now and has a very strong retail presence. It has managed to grab a lot of eyeballs with its latest iterations. The V3 Max is the bigger sibling to V3 and offers incredible head-turning looks. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 21,990.
The phone has a 5.5 FHD display with a full metal unibody design. Along with the camera at the back, it also features a fingerprint reader.
The V3 Max has 4 GB RAM for smoother and stutters free performance.
The phone has 32 GB inbuilt storage with an expandable option up to 128 GB. It is powered by 3000 mAh battery and features Qualcomm’s fast charging 2.0. The highlight being the HiFi audio which has been the USP of Vivo for last many years.
V3 Max flaunts a 13 Mp rear camera and 8 Mp front camera. The details are crisp and have good autofocus system and image clarity.
The V3 Max may look overpriced to many but it does come with a better sleek build and camera quality when compared to the competition.
HTC One X9 ( Best HTC Smartphone India)
12 Best Mobile Under Rs 25000 India – HTC have always been known for their good build quality and design but pricing has never been too friendly. Recently HTC released a number of devices which includes HTC One X9. The X9 has a sturdy build with all metal uni-body and chamfered edges more like the latest HTC 10.
HTC X9 flaunts a 5.5-inch FHD display with 401 pixels per inch. The phone is powered by the Media Tek Helio X10 chipset along with 3 GB RAM. It has 32 GB inbuilt storage and allows 128 GB storage through micro SD card as well. The phone runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 update with along with the custom Sense 7.o UI.
While it has only a 13 Mp rear camera, the results are outstanding compared to most cheaper smartphones. The daylight photos are stunning and have lots of details; surprisingly the low light quality also gave a tough competition most smartphones in this price range. The 5 Mp front camera also does justice and is able to click great selfies.
Powering the phone is a 3000 mAh battery, it’s decent enough to sail through the day.
In the signature HTC style, the highlight of X9 is the front-facing BoomSound speakers. It has all the sets of sensors but misses out on fingerprint reader which is now common even in 10k range smartphones.
The specifications and price don’t go along for HTC X9 and leaves us to desire more out of it.
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