Let’s explore some of the best smartphones you can buy for Rs. 25,000 or $400 in the Indian/global market. Everyone doesn’t want a cheaper smartphone; some people want quality and class, even if they are required to pay a little more. 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.
Besides, the smartphone available at a cheaper rate may look like a good deal but who are we kidding a 10k smartphone experience and built quality cannot match an expensive phone.
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 these mid-range phones are perfect for you.
Sub 25K price is the most exciting segment, wherein along with new launches, you will also be able to 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:
11Samsung 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.
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Vivo V9 was released in April 2018 and comes at a price of Rs. 22,990. The device flaunts a massive 6.3-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels with a pixel density of 400 PPI.
Interestingly, it has an iPhone X like a notch on top of its display. The phone has an aluminum body, which gives a very premium feeling to the phone.
Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Octa-Core processor with a maximum clock speed of 2.2GHz, and comes with the Adreno 506 GPU.
Additionally, it has 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB inbuilt storage which is expandable up to 256 GB using the micro-sd card. Notably, the phone runs on Android Oreo 8.1.
The smartphone has a dual 16 MP + 5 MP rear camera setup with a f/2.0 aperture. Furthermore, its front camera has a 24 MP (f/2.0) sensor which takes outstanding photos with nice details, and also recording full HD video.
Fueling the device is a 3260 mAh non-removable battery, which decent enough to sail through the day.
Vivo is attempting to gain attention through its selfie-centric phones in the market, and V9 is another device which focuses on this trend.
Oppo launched Oppo F7 in the Indian market in March 2018. The smartphone costs Rs. 21,990 and is available on Flipkart. The F7 comes with a large 6.23-inch display with 1080*2280 pixels resolution having 405 PPI pixel density. The display has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The key highlight of the mobile is its 25-megapixel (f/2.0) front-facing camera. For imaging, the rear camera has a single lens with 16 Megapixel resolution with an f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, and an LED flash.
Further, it runs on MediaTek MT6771 Helio P60 Octa-Core processor with four Cortex A73 cores and four Cortex A53 cores and has a maximum clock speed of 2.0 GHz.
The phone packs with 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of Internal storage expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card.
Key Specs for Oppo F7
- Screen – 6.23-inch LTPS IPS LCD Display.
- Resolution – 1080*2280 pixels (~405 PPI).
- Processor – MediaTek Mt6771 Helio P60 Octa-Core processor with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
- RAM – 4 GB or 6 GB
- Storage – 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card.
- Rear Camera – 16 MP, f/1.8 aperture size, phase detection autofocus, LED flash.
- Front selfie camera – 25-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture
- OS – Android 8.1 Oreo
- Fingerprint scanner – Yes, Rear Mounted.
- Connectivity – Dual sim 4G with VOLTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth.
- Battery – Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery.
- Thickness – 7.8 mm
- Weight – 158 grams
- Price – Rs. 21,990
8Huawei Honor 10
Huawei Honor 10 was launched in India for Rs. 29,999 in May 2017 and is exclusive to Flipkart. The smartphone feature a display of 5.84 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels.
The display has Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The Honor 10 has a glass back design with gradient colors, and is a handy phone measuring 7.7 mm in thickness and weighs 153 grams.
The phone boots Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1, out of the box.
Powering the device is the Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 970 Octa-Core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz and comes with 6 GB or 4 GB of RAM. The device comes with the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU to ensure smoother gaming experience.
Additionally, it comes with 64 GB or 128 GB of internal storage, which cannot be expanded.
For photography, it offers 12 Megapixel Dual rear cameras, with one camera having an RGB sensor while the other sensor is monochrome. Also, it 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 3000 mAH battery capacity which comes with fast charging technology from Huawei. The mobile comes with a front-mounted Fingerprint scanner and also has support for NFC and 4G VOLTE.
Overall the Huawei Honor 10 packs everything you can expect for the price and offers a decent user experience.
7Huawei Honor View 10
Huawei launched the Huawei Honor View 10 in India, in January 2018. It is a Dual camera mobile and comes with an elegant aluminum back cover design. The View 10 costs Rs. 29,999 and is available exclusively on Amazon India.
Apart from the Dual rear camera, Honor View 10 offers a whopping 6 GB RAM, 5.99-inch Full HD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels) LTPS IPS LCD display & HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, along with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU.
The key highlight of the device is an AI-powered camera. Even the front camera is decent and comes with a 13 MP resolution lens with ability to click portrait selfies using AI.
Key Specifications Huawei Honor 8:
- Display : 5.99-inch LTPS IPS LCD Full HD+ (1080×2160), (~423 PPI)
- Chipset: Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor clocked at 2.4 GHz
- OS: Android OS, v8.0 (Oreo), EMUI 8.0
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP12
- RAM: 6 GB
- Storage: 128 GB internal storage, expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card
- Primary Camera: Dual 16 MP + 20MP b/w with PDAF and LED flash
- Secondary Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0
- Sim: Hybrid Dual Sim
- Fingerprint Sensor: Yes, front-mounted
- Battery Capacity: Li-Po 3750 mAh, non-removable
- Weight: 172 grams
- Dimensions : 157 x 75 x 7 mm
- Fast Charging: Yes
LG G6 is the successor to the G5, which came in a modular design.
The device was released in India in March 2017, and is available at a price of Rs. 27,990.
This benchmark device flaunts a 5.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, at a resolution of 1440*2280 pixels. It comes with an 18:9 screen, and has an amazing pixel density of 564 PPI.
Also, LG G6 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection to ensure the safety of the display. Also, it comes with support for Quick Charge 3.0
Key Specifications of LG G6:
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.35 GHz, Adreno 530 GPU
- Display: 5.7 inches IPS LCD Display (1440*2880 pixels) (~564 PPI)
- Software – Android 7.0 (Nougat) upgradable to Android 7.0 Oreo
- RAM: 4 GB RAM
- Storage: 32/64/128 GB on-board storage, expandable up to 400 GB
- Primary Rear Camera: Dual 13 MP (f/1.8) + 13 MP (f/2.4), PDAF and dual-LED flash
- Secondary Camera: 5 MP (f/2.2)
- Battery – 3300 mAh capacity with support for Quick Charge 3.0
5Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 was launched in India in October 2017. It is available in 6 GB/ 128 GB variant for a price of 29,999 on Flipkart.
Powering the mobile is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that comes with excellent performance. Also, there is Adreno 540 GPU for excellent graphics and gaming experience.
The smartphone comes with 12 MP rear camera with PDAF and 4-axis optical image stabilization. It is capable of recording [email protected] videos.
The front camera is about average with 8 MP resolution to click acceptable selfies.
Further, the device has Dual Sim 4G LTE support but do not support the MicroSD card. It weighs 185 grams and has a thickness of 7.7 mm.
The screen size is 5.99-inch IPS LCD touchscreen and comes with Full HD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels) resolution.
The device comes with a Fingerprint scanner at the back. Also, it comes with a good battery capacity of 3400 mAh, which lasts around a day.
Lastly, the phone runs on the Android Nougat 7.1 along with the MIUI 9 custom ROM.
4Nokia 7 Plus
Nokia 7 Plus is a high-end device from Nokia which was announced in February 2018. It features a 6000-series aluminum body with copper edges. The mobile is available in the retail stores as well as on Amazon India for Rs of 25,999.
For starters, the Nokia 7 Plus comes with a 6-inch IPS LCD Capacitive multi-touch screen. It offers 1080×2160 pixels FHD+ resolution with nearly 77% screen-to-body ratio. There is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.
Moreover, the phone runs on Android Oreo 8.1 with near stock experience.
Powering the device is the blazing fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core processor & Adreno 512 GPU. Nokia 7 Plus comes with 4 GB RAM and offers 64 GB of internal storage capacity.
For Imaging, it has a Dual 12 MP (f/1.8) + 13 MP (f/2.6) rear camera with features like gyro-EIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom Dual-LED dual-tone flash Flash and comes with Zeiss optics.
At the Front is a 16 MP Camera with f/2.0 aperture, and ability to record 1080p videos. It also comes with Zeiss optics.
Added with these are connectivity features like Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC but no FM radio.
Also, there is USB v2.0, Type C-1.0 reversible port for fast charging and better audio output.
Sensors include Finger Print, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass. Fueling the mobile is a non-removable 3800 mAh battery, which provides excellent battery life and supports fast charging.
3Samsung Galaxy A6+
Samsung Galaxy A6+ was launched in May 2018 and is available for purchase for Rs. 25,990. The smartphone boasts of a 6 Inch Super AMOLED display. It has an FHD+ resolution with 1080*2220 pixels having 411 PPI pixel density.
Powering the device is the mediocre Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz and coupled with 4 GB of RAM. Also, it has the Adreno 506 GPU which is fine for Gaming.
The smartphone comes with 64 GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 256 GB using a microSD card.
The phone comes with a rear-mounted Fingerprint scanner and also has features such as FM Radio, 4G VoLTE, and a micro USB 2.0 port.
Talking about the Camera, Galaxy A6+ comes with a Dual 16-megapixel (f/1.7) + 5-megapixel (f/1.9) Rear camera with PDAF and LED flash.
On the front side, it has a whopping 24-megapixel (f/1.9) selfie camera with an LED flash. Samsung Galaxy A6+ runs on Android 8.0 Oreo.
Lastly, the device comes with a 3500 mAh non-removable battery, which should last all day on a single charge.
2ZTE 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.
LG, the Korean tech giant unveiled the LG V20 on the 6th September 2016. It is the first smartphone beyond Google Pixel running on Android Nougat out of the box. It continued the Second LCD display which is quite handy once you get used to it. The LG V20 is now available for Rs. 25,000 as LG has already launched the LG V30+.
The highlight of the device is the Dual rear camera and the exceptional audio through the Quad DAC.
LG V20 comes with a 5.7-inch display with Quad HD resolution, 4 GB RAM, Dual 16 MP sensors, fingerprint sensor, fast charging technology and removable 3000 mAh battery.
It comes with a removable battery, SD card support which is for sure the features most people need.
Key Specs for LG V20 :
- 5.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive multi-touch display
- Offers 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution at 513 PPI pixel density
- Offers Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
- Secondary display, 2.1 inch 1040 x 160 pixels, LG UX 5.0
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset
- Quad-core processor clocked at 2.15 GHz speed
- Adreno 530 GPU for graphics handling
- 4 GB RAM
- 32/64 GB internal storage, expandable up to 256 GB via SD card(dedicated slot)
- Runs on OS Android Nougat
- Dual16 MP(f/1.8) & 8 MP(f/2.4) rear sensors with laser autofocus, OIS, LED Flash
- Front 5 MP camera at f/1.9 aperture
- V2.0 USB Type-C 1.0 reversible port
- Rear mounted Fingerprint sensor
- Accelerometer, proxy, gyrometer, compass sensors included
- Removable Li-ion 3200 mAh battery
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