In the realm of budget smartphones, a budget of Rs 25,000 opens the doors to a category often associated with flagship-killer phones. However, this month, the options are even more enticing. We’ve meticulously curated a list of five smartphones within this budget range that boast formidable processors, top-tier cameras equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS), high refresh rate AMOLED displays, and ample storage. Importantly, all these selected phones are 5G-ready. Without further ado, let’s dive into the current top five contenders for the best phones under Rs 25,000 in India.
1. iQOO Neo 6 5G: Unleash the Power
The iQOO Neo 6 5G remains a standout choice in this budget segment. It draws its strength from the former flagship-grade Snapdragon 870 chipset, accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The device sports a 6.62-inch HDR10+ compliant Full HD+ AMOLED display with a remarkable peak brightness of 1300 nits and a fluid 120 Hz refresh rate, ensuring seamless performance across compatible applications. Running on Android 12 with the FunTouch UI 12, iQOO pledges two major Android updates for this device in the future.
Behind the lens, the iQOO Neo 6 5G boasts a 64MP primary camera featuring OIS, supplemented by an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro lens. With its 4700 mAh battery, the phone delivers nearly a day and a half of moderate usage. The inclusion of an 80W fast charger ensures rapid charging, reaching 50% in a mere 12 minutes and a full charge in just over 30 minutes. With its comprehensive feature set, this phone offers exceptional value within the 25K range.
2. Realme GT 2: Flagship Performance, Budget Price
The former Realme flagship, the Realme GT 2, is another compelling contender within the Rs 25,000 budget. It packs a powerful punch with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. This variant includes 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Boasting a sleek design, the device features a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with support for 10-bit color depth, HDR10+ compliance, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The camera setup is helmed by a 50MP primary sensor equipped with OIS, delivering impressive shots across various scenarios. An 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro camera round out the rear photography capabilities, while a 16MP front camera excels at selfies and video calls. The Realme GT 2 is backed by a 5000 mAh battery, providing over a day and a half of moderate usage. With the bundled fast charger, the phone is ready to go within half an hour. The device launches with Android 12 and comes with an upgrade path to Android 13 via Realme UI 4.0.
3. Redmi K50i 5G: Performance and Storage Unleashed
The Redmi K50i 5G stands as a powerful contender with a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC, rivaling the performance of even the Snapdragon 888 chip. The device offers 8 GB of RAM and a generous 256 GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage, akin to more premium models. Its photography prowess rests on a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro camera. On the front, a 16MP camera handles selfies and video calls adeptly.
The 6.6-inch Full HD+ Liquid FFS display supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, boasting a smooth 144 Hz refresh rate. The device is fortified against scratches with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. A robust 5080 mAh battery powers the phone, enduring nearly a day and a half of moderate usage. With the included 67W turbocharger, a 50% charge is attainable in just 15 minutes. The device operates on Android 12 with MIUI 13, with an upgrade avenue to Android 13 alongside MIUI 14.
4. Motorola Edge 30: Balancing Performance and Elegance
The Motorola Edge 30 retains its place among the top contenders. Powered by a Snapdragon 778G chip, it offers capable performance complemented by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. Anchored by a 6.5-inch Full HD+ OLED display boasting a 144 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance, and over a billion color shades, the device guarantees an immersive visual experience. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shields the screen from scratches.
The camera system flaunts dual 50MP sensors, with OIS featured on the primary lens. Accompanied by a 2MP depth sensor, this setup captures remarkable ultra-wide shots. A 32MP front camera excels in selfie capture. The phone’s 4020 mAh battery supports a day of moderate use and swift 33W fast charging. Operating on Android 12, Motorola’s clean and near-stock interface provides a user-friendly experience, with an upgrade path to Android 13.
5. Poco X5 Pro 5G: Performance and Affordability Combined
Like its competitors, the Poco X5 Pro 5G harnesses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G chip for impressive performance. The device offers 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage, all within a budget-friendly package. Its photography suite boasts a prominent 108MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro camera. A 16MP front camera caters to selfies and video calls.
The 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, while the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layer safeguards against scratches. A 120 Hz refresh rate ensures fluid interaction with compatible apps. A robust 5000 mAh battery powers the device, enduring nearly a day and a half of moderate usage. The bundled 67W turbo charger promises a complete charge in 45 minutes. Running on Android 12 with MIUI 14, the Poco X5 Pro 5G combines impressive performance and affordability in one package.