Best smartphones under 25k that you must check out
The festive season is right upon us and it’s raining offers on gadgets across ecommerce websites. This is also the best time to pamper yourself and your loved ones with presents and what’s better than a smartphone that is high on performance, rich in design and fits your budget?
In order to help you select a smartphone that is not just a style statement but also delivers on various fronts, we have curated a list of the best smartphones under Rs 25,000 currently available in the market. So, without much ado, let’s get going with the top picks.
vivo V20 – vivo’s latest addition to its camera-focused V-series, the V20 was launched in India on October 13, 2020. The phone features an industry-leading flagship sensor with 37.5 per cent more pixels than a standard 32MP sensor. V20 is India’s first smartphone equipped with the Eye Auto Focus feature in the 44MP front camera that imparts perfect clarity in selfies. It is powered by a triple rear camera setup that houses a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP multi-function camera (Super Wide Angle/Bokeh/Super Macro), and a 2MP monochrome sensor.
With V20, brand vivo has really raised the bar on the design aspect. The global smartphone maker is calling it the slimmest smartphone of 2020 and why not? With 7.38mm thickness and an approximate weight of 171 grams, the phone feels extremely light and convenient to handle with one hand. The Anti-Glare (AG) matte glass design adds a subtle luxury to the phone and provides a comfortable hold.
(vivo V20 night camera image)
(Image clicked without Night Mode)
(Image clicked with Night Mode)
Super Wide-Angle – Get a 120-degree wide angle view, without having to step back with V20’s 8MP super wide-angle lens. The camera reaches 120 degrees before distortion correction and 108 degrees after correction.
(Camera sample showcasing vivo V20’s Super Wide-angle lens)
Macro, Portrait Bokeh – Getting really close macro shots was never so easy! The 8MP multi-function camera of vivo V20 lets you capture a vivid miniature world from 2.5cm close. The camera lens also supports Portrait Bokeh with Light Speckle Bokeh. Here are some camera samples to showcase the results.
(Camera sample showcasing vivo V20’s Macro lens)
(Camera sample showcasing vivo V20’s Portrait Bokeh lens)
Battery life is again a very crucial element of a phone and vivo V20 delivers on this front too. The phone comes with a 33W Flash Charge that can replenish the 4,000mAh battery to 65% in just 30 minutes. On a single charge, the battery lasts an entire day. V20 is the first phone in India and also in the segment to run on Android 11 out-of-the-box. It is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM that lets you run multiple apps efficiently and simultaneously. V20 comes at a starting price of Rs 24,990.
Realme 7 Pro – Realme, which is the youngest smartphone brand in India launched the 7 Pro on September 3, 2020. The phone features a few upgrades over the previous-gen model, Realme 6 Pro in terms of stereo speaker, AMOLED screen and 65W proprietary fast charging technology. It sports a 64MP primary Sony IMX682 sensor alongside an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MPl macro camera. In addition, the Realme 7 Pro houses a 32MP selfie camera.
Coming to the design and looks, the Realme 7 Pro comes with a mix of matte and shiny coating on the rear. The phone retains Realme 6 Pro’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset and comes with a 4,500mAh battery that takes around 38-39 minutes to fully charge. Realme 7 Pro comes at a starting price of Rs 19,999 for the base 6GB RAM variant.
OnePlus Nord – After a lot of anticipation, OnePlus marked its entry in the mid-range phone segment in India with the launch of Nord on July 21, 2020. OnePlus Nord packs a quad-camera setup that includes a primary 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with a f/1.75 aperture for low-light shots, 8MP ultra-wide angle lens alongside a 2MP macro lens. The selfie camera integrates an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor along with a 32MP primary Sony IMX616 sensor with EIS and fixed focus. The combination helps to fit in more people for group selfies. OnePlus Nord is powered by a 4115mAh battery with Warp Charge 30T, and packs the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G Mobile Platform.
At a starting price of Rs 24,999 for the 64GB + 6GB variant, OnePlus Nord is one of the top picks under the 25k category. The phone is available in 3 exciting colours – Gray Ash, Blue Marble and Gray Onyx.
Samsung Galaxy M51 – With 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Samsung Galaxy M51 comes with an Infinity-O panel with Full HD+ resolution. It features a quad-camera setup at the back panel which gives decent results in optimum lighting conditions. The phone features a primary 64MP Sony IMX682 primary sensor, a 12MP ultrawide sensor, a 5MP depth sensor and a 5MP macro sensor. There is a 32MP selfie camera on the front.
The highlight of Galaxy M51 is the massive 7000mAh battery which supports 25W fast charging. On the hind side, it also makes the phone bulky. Samsung Galaxy M51 is powered by the tried and tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor which gives a smooth functioning, especially with high-end gaming and multitasking. The Galaxy M51 has been priced at Rs 24,999 in the Indian market for the 6GB variant.
Redmi K20 Pro – K20 is the first smartphone from Redmi that uses the Snapdragon 855 chipset. The phone comes with an all-glass construction on the front and back and a metal frame as the foundation. On the camera front, K20 Pro features a triple camera setup with a primary 48MP sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 13MP ultrawide sensor. There is a dual-LED flash that supports HDR and panorama. The phone comes with a 20MP pop up selfie camera.
Redmi K20 Pro packs a 4000mAh battery, which lasts for approximately 18 hours after charging. The phone boasts of seventh-generation fingerprint scanner which is fast. The starting price of Redmi K20 Pro is Rs 22,999 for the 6GB RAM, 128GB variant.
Smartphone brands have recognised the huge potential that lies in the mid-range price segment and are therefore coming out with competing features to woo the customers. This segment is also the fastest growing given the fact that India has the highest young population and ‘Gen Z’ is highly tech savvy, design conscious and price sensitive.
With an exceptional front-camera, ultra slim design and power packed performance, V20 could give a serious run for money to competing phones in the sub 25k price range.