5 Best Phones under Rs 25000 in India

With prices dropping and specifications being bumped up, the smartphone war is raging between top competitors like Samsung, Motorola and HTC. The latest players to join the fray bring their ever-improving offerings from China, where low production costs allow cheaper smartphones that don't compromise on build quality or features. Our detailed guide takes you through the pros and cons of these smartphones, helping you choose the best smartphone under Rs. 25000 that not only looks great up has excellent performance.

1) OnePlus Two

  • No NFC
  • Slight heating issues
    • Powerful processor
    • 4GB RAM
    • Silky smooth graphics
    • Flagship features
    • Fingerprint scanner
    • Good front and back camera (Optical image stabilization)
    • Excellent value for money

    Chinese manufacturer OnePlus hit a homerun with the OnePlus last year, which was famously touted to be the ‘flagship killer'. This was due to its extensive list of features, good build quality and great performance, all for a price under Rs. 25,000. And now they are back, bringing the OnePlus Two, a slightly more expensive but vastly more improved sequel to the OnePlus.

    Along with the low prices, OnePlus has retained the gorgeous !080p screen and few old features. A notable difference is the new Oxygen OS, a simple, sleek and elegant OS with a UI that comes as close to stock Android as possible. The phone runs on an insanely fast Snapdragon 810 chip, without the notorious overheating issues. 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of lightening-quick LPDDR4 RAM add the cherry to the top. Users who have only used phones priced lower or the same, will be pleasantly surprised to see the snappy interface that can rival some of the most expensive devises today.

    You get more than a bang for your buck with the OnePlus Two, which will retail through the same invite system as the OnePlus. Additional features include screen gestures, 10-band equalizer and a fingerprint sensor. The design is understated and classy, which can be spiced up using any one of the back covers that are available through the OnePlus online store. The range of covers include actual wood built Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar.

    Although the OnePlus Two may not originate from a fancy R&D lab in Silicon Valley, nothing suggests that it is any inferior to its branded counterparts. The sharp display and fantastic camera will win hearts all over the world, redefining the concept of an expensive flagship smartphone. You should get your hands on an invite in any way possible and purchase this brilliant phone for less than Rs. 25,000.

     Spec OnePlus Two
    CPU Quad-core Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57, Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 + Adreno 430 (GPU)
    Screen Size 5.5 inch, LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
    Display 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
    Operating System Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop), Oxygen UI
    RAM 4 GB
    Primary Camera 13 MP Primary Camera, 4128 x 3096 pixels, optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
    Secondary Camera 5 MP Secondary Camera (1080p@30fps)
    Internal Storage 64 GB
    Expandable Memory No card slot
    Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery, Quick Charge 2.0
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    amazon store OnePlus Two Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 22,999

    2) Lenovo VIBE X3

    • Average camera performance in low light
    • Limited option of colors; only white and black
    • Best Fingerprint sensor for enhanced security
    • Excellent camera (Daylight)
    • Fantastic dual speakers with dolby atmos system
    • Excellent performance
    • Excellent display (better than Oneplus 2)
    • Best value for money under Rs. 25,000

    The price tag or around Rs. 20K doesn’t stop this smartphone from being a competitor of some of the much highly priced phones that have almost the same configuration and specifications. Resembling the Vibe K4 Note in many ways and being a multi-coloured version of the Lenovo Vibe X2, Vibe X3 is a power packed and stylish smartphone to have in this affordable range of smartphones under Rs. 25K.

    Coming to the features and specs of Lenovo Vibe X3, the 21 MP camera and the fingerprint sensor are quite good enough to fetch it a great price, but the company has concentrated on many other things while keeping the price under control at the same time. For example, the processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with integrated Adreno 418 graphics. The RAM is great at 3 GB and you have the option to increase the 32 GB internal memory up to a maximum of 128 GB just in case you won’t mind letting go of the second SIM. Of course the 4G LTE network is supported along with other latest technologies.

    Given the price it is offered at, it would be justified enough to ignore a few glitches like the hybrid dual SIM slot, the average camera performance in low light conditions and others when you get such advanced features in this phone.

     Spec Lenovo VIBE X3
    CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57, Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808
    Screen Size 5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
    Display 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
    Operating System Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
    RAM 3 GB
    Primary Camera 21 MP, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
    Secondary Camera 8 MP front facing camera
    Internal Storage 32GB & 64 GB (not yet released in India)
    Expandable Memory microSD, up to 128 GB
    Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery, Quick Charge 2.0
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    amazon store Lenovo VIBE X3 Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 19,999

    3) Samsung Galaxy A7

    • 16 GB internal storage
    • Premium finish and feel
    • Sharp AMOLED screen
    • Thin form factor

    Samsung has been often criticized for the plastic chassis used in their earlier Galaxy smartphones. Taking heed of their customers' feedback, Samsung tried its hand at all-metal unibody construction for the A7, and boy does it look beautiful!

    The New Samsung Galaxy A series puts an emphasis on looks and design, especially the copious use of brushed metal. The 5.5-inch A7 is the top of the line offering, followed by the 5-inch A5 and 4.5-inch A3. The internal components are the same as the A5, with the only difference being the slightly larger form factor. This point might not sit well with many buyers who will have to fork out more money to buy the A7 in comparison to the A5.

    Samsung has probably gone for the phablet-sized 5.5-inch screen to rival the iPhone 6 Plus. It has also worked on past issues in the Galaxy Alpha by offering a microSD slot this time around. Measuring only 6.3mm at its thickest, the A7 is Samsung's thinnest smartphone to date. The only hardware difference from the A5 is the display, which is a 1080p Super AMOLED. The 401ppi pixel density ensures all text and images are razor sharp and pop out of the screen.

    The camera specifications on the Samsung Galaxy A7 are pretty much the industry standard. A 13 MP camera dominates the rear of the phone, while the front dons an above average 5 MP secondary camera. The secondary camera can take excellent selfies with the two selfie-related features included in the OS: ultra wide shot and auto selfie.

    The Samsung Galaxy A7 has played it safe in all departments by sticking to industry standards. Instead of focusing solely on performance, the A7 enters a different league of its own because of its alluring looks. If you're a person who prefers style over substance, the sub Rs. 25,000 price tag seems very inviting. Also the Samsung Galaxy A8, the successor of A7 is available now and is also a good pick for the price range.

     Spec Samsung Galaxy A7
    CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 - A700FD + Adreno 405 - A700FD (GPU)
    Screen Size 5.5 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
    Display 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi)
    Operating System Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
    RAM 2 GB
    Primary Camera 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    Secondary Camera 5 MP front camera, 1080p
    Internal Storage 16 GB
    Expandable Memory microSD expandable up to 64 GB
    Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
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    Samsung Galaxy A7 Specifications, Price & Review flipkart store Samsung Galaxy A7 Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 22,990
    amazon store Samsung Galaxy A7 Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 22,999

    4) Yu Yutopia

    • back camera lens cover is poorly fitted
    • heating issues
  • lacks proper optimization
    • Powerful processor
    • 4GB of RAM
    • Excellent camera
    • Flagship features
    • Decent fingerprint scanner

    Available in the Indian market under the price range of just under 25 thousand, the Yu Yutopia is one of the latest smartphones that has promised a lot and seems to commit to it promises quite fairly. With its 2 GHz Snapdragon 810 64bit Octa Core Processor and 4GB RAM, the phone is one of the fastest performing smartphones of the current day marketplace. The internal memory is an impressive 32 GB and if you want even more storage, you can take the help of the hybrid SIM slot wherein you can either place a memory card or the second SIM card.

    The 21 MP primary camera and the 8 MP front camera are quite remarkable as per the reviews we have come across. The phone also supports Quick Charge 2.0 that takes away the woes of many users and they can take a sigh of relief when they see their phone charging so fast. It is a great option if you are a frequent traveller or need to go on service calls regularly with very less time in between.

    Being an Indian brand, this smartphone is expected to do a lot better than its counterparts in India and the recent reviews have proved that Yu Yutopia is on the right track. The best in class specifications and aesthetics at the given price make it a must buy for the smartphone and gadget lovers.

     Spec Yu Yutopia
    CPU Quad Core 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Processor
    Screen Size 5.2 inch, SHARP OGS TP capacitive touchscreen
    Display WQHD (1440 x 2560 pixels), (~565 ppi pixel density)
    Operating System Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), UI - Cyanogen OS 12.1
    RAM 4 GB
    Primary Camera 21 MP Primary Camera, optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash
    Secondary Camera 5 MP Secondary Camera
    Internal Storage 32 GB
    Expandable Memory microSD up to 128 GB
    Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery, Quick Charge 2.0
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    amazon store Yu Yutopia Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 24,999

    5) Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML

    • Availability (Only available in Flipkart)
    • Excellent performance (4 GB of RAM, 64-bit CPU)
    • Robust configuration
    • Ample internal storage
    • Available in attractive colors
    • Decent IPS display and camera

    Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML is hands down one of the gorgeous smartphone to buy in India. It’s available with 64 GB internal storage which is priced at Rs.22,999 and a 128 GB variant for Rs.29,999 exclusively in the Flipkart. The main highlights of Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML is it’s extraordinary performance, robust configurations, ample internal storage and of course the gorgeous design and colors of the back cover.

    Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe flaunts a beautiful 5.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080x1920 pixels and ~401 ppi pixel density. For maximum protection of screen from scratches, Asus has used the very effective cornering gorilla glass 3 on the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe. The 13 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash and the front facing 5 MP camera produces decent quality images, but not the best of the price range.

    Coming to the performance, Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML has got an excellent 64-bit 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 Quad-Core processor coupled with 4 GB of RAM, it offers excellent lag-free gaming experience and fast multitasking activities. It runs on Android v5.0 lollipop based Asus’s own ZenUI which provides some best features. When it comes to storage, it has an ample space of 64 GB / 128 GB of internal storage. For further expansion of memory, Asus offers a microSD expansion of up to 64 GB which is again an added advantage of Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe.

    Now battery life is something that spoils the fun. Even though the battery used is Li-Po 3000mAh and has an excellent Ultra saving battery mode, the battery drains really fast during gaming, 1080p videos and other intense processor activities which is perhaps the main drawback of the device. Battery gets fully charged fast with stock charger and suspends charging if you use other model's chargers.

    Overall Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML is a real value for money with superb performance, excellent gaming experience, stunning looks, robust configurations and ample internal storage. The display and camera quality is also very satisfying. However the battery life could have been better as it drains very fast during high intense activities, especially while gaming.

     Spec Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML
    CPU 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 Quad Core Processor
    Screen Size 5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)
    Display 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
    Operating System Android v5.0 (Lollipop), UI - ZenUI
    RAM 4 GB
    Primary Camera 13 MP Primary Camera, dual-LED flash
    Secondary Camera 5 MP Secondary Camera
    Internal Storage 64 GB / 128 GB
    Expandable Memory up to 64 GB (microSD)
    Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
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    Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML Specifications, Price & Review flipkart store Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe 64 GB price and availability Rs. 22,999
    flipkart store Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe 128 GB price and availability Rs. 29,999

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