Under Rs 25,000 segment, there too many smartphones options available in the market and each of them has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it’s understandable that it is never too easy to pick up the right smartphone for you. Choosing the best in a competitive market is a challenge, and that’s what consumers are facing right now as the devices all sound so good. So here we help you choose, with the five best smartphones out there.
Honor 8 was launched last year in India at Rs 29,999, along with two more smartphones, Honor 8 Smart and Holly 3. The smartphone comes in Pearl White, Sapphire Blue and Sunrise Gold colour options. The smartphone currently retails at 14,999 at Amazon India for the Sapphire Blue variant. This has made into our Top 5 list as the device has been received quite well in the market.
It can be considered as one of the best smartphone available in this price range and this is particularly because of the phone has proven its worth in every department and has been people’s favourite for a long time.
Key specs of Honor 8:
Display: 5.2-inch LTPS capacitive touchscreen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, 423 ppi pixel density and 16M color support
Processor:2.3GHz octa-core Kirin 950 (ARM Cortex-A72 4 x 2.3GHz + ARM Cortex-A53 4 x 1.8GHz) processor and Mali T880-MP4 GPU
RAM/Internal Storage:4GB RAM/32GB Internal | Expandable upto 128GB
Battery:3000mAH lithium-ion battery providing talk-time of up to 21 hours on 2G, 17.5 hours on 3G networks and standby time of up to 380 hours on 3G, 390 hours on 4G networks
Camera:12MP dual primary camera and 8MP front facing camera
Operating System:Android v6.0 Marshmallow operating system
Connectivity:4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS, Type C
Additional Features:Single SIM, GPS, Music Player, Video Player, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall sensor, E-mail
Dimensions:145.5 x 71 x 7.45 mm| Weight 153 g
OnePlus launched its flagship OnePlus 3T (64GB) smartphone in India in December last year at Rs 29,999. The smartphone is available in Soft Gold and Gunmetal colour options exclusively via Amazon India. Currently, you can get the Soft Gold variant at Rs 24,999 while the Gunmetal variant will cost you Rs 25,999.
At Rs 24,999 or Rs 25,999, OnePlus 3T is, perhaps, the best bet even today. The design and camera might be an issue for some, but OnePlus 3T is still a beast of a smartphone when it comes to performance. Oxygen OS ensures you near stock Android experience coupled with some much-needed customisations. Further, the 3 will get Android Oreo also. Apart from this, OnePlus 3T has also been one of the favourite devices of developers, so you will get tonnes of material on XDA if you are into installing custom ROMs.
Checkout the specs here:
Display: 5.5 inch Optic AMOLED Full HD capacitive touchscreen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and 401 PPI pixel density
Processor: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset clocked at 2.35GHz with Adreno 530 GPU
RAM/Internal Storage: 6GB RAM/64GB | Expandable -No
Battery: 3,400 mAh lithium-polymer battery (non-removable) powered by state-of-the-art Dash Charge (5V 4A) technology
Camera: 16MP primary camera (f/2.0 Aperture, 1.12 µm Pixel size) with high speed autofocus technology (PDAF), updated Electronic (EIS) and Optical (OIS) stabilization technologies protected by a more durable sapphire glass with a 16 MP front camera (f/2.0 Aperture, 1.0 µm Pixel size) capable of capturing improved low-light selfies and videos
Operating System:Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to v7.1.1 (Nougat)
Connectivity: 4G, Bluetooth, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS, NFC, USB-Type C
Colours:Soft Gold, Midnight Black, Gunmetal
Additional Features: Fingerprint Scanner, Hall sensor;Accelerometor;Gyroscope;Proximity sensor;Ambient light sensor;Electronic compass;E-mail
Dimensions: 153 x 75 x 7 mm| Weight 159 g
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro was launched this year in August for Rs 20,990. The Galaxy J7 Pro is currently available for purchase on company’s own online store and Amazon. The phone gives a premium look and comes loaded with some premium design coupled with a compact look, and the specifications are pretty much standard across this price range.
The Galaxy J7 Pro doesn’t outperform in any area, but it is still a solid device for its price. We don’t have dual cameras here and obviously no stock Android, which has been the trend off-late. However, the Galaxy J7 Pro is for those who don’t settle for stock Android. The 13-megapixel camera at the back will definitely give you a much better overall images and the Exynos 7870 is not that bad of chipset either. Further, we do get little perks like the dedicated SD card slot and Samsung’s much appreciated after sale service. Adding to the list, the Galaxy J7 Pro run on Android 7.0 Nougat which might be a big deal for several Samsung users.
Here are the detailed specs:
Display: 5.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution
Processor:1.6GHz Exynos 7870 octa core processor
RAM/Internal Storage:3GB RAM/64GB | Expandable – 256GB
Battery: 3600mAh lithium-ion battery
Camera: 13MP primary camera with FHD recording at 30fps, f1.9 main camera with flash and autofocus and 13MP front facing camera
Operating System: Android7.0 Nougat
Connectivity: 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS
Colours: Gold, Black
Additional Features: Dual SIM, GPS, Music Player, Video Player, Accelerometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Light sensor, RGB light sensor, Proximity sensor, E-mail
Dimensions: 152.4 × 74.7 × 7.9 mm| Weight 175 g
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro
Asus recently launched its latest Zenfone 4 Selfie series in India namely – Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro, Zenfone 4 Selfie with single front camera and Zenfone 4 Selfie with dual front camera at Rs 23,999, Rs 9,999 and Rs 14,999 respectively. As the name suggests, the smartphones focus largely on the selfie-taking experience with dual front cameras.
We have chosen Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro in our Top 5 list as it offers better selfie camera. The smartphone gives a pretty slim look and dual front cameras have a lot to offer. Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro does sport a sleek look and it is certainly one of the slimmest smartphone available in the market.
See the complete specs here
Display: 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass, 76.7% Screen to Body Ratio, 1.7 mm Slim Bezel, Brightness: 500 nits, Bluelight Filter for Eye Protection
Processor: 2.0 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with Adreno 506
RAM/Internal Storage: 24GB RAM/64GB | Expandable upto 2TB
Battery: 3000 mAh
Camera: 16 MP Rear, Sony IMX351, f2.2, Dual Pixel PDAF, EIS, 4K Video Recording, Raw File Support, DTI Technology, Super Pixel Technology, Portrait Mode, Rear Camera Mode – Auto, Super Resolution, Panorama, Slow Motion, Timelapse, Beauty, GIF Animation, Pro (32Sec Long Exposure), Front 24MP + 5MP, 24MP DuoPixel Camera Technology, Sony IMX362, f1.8, 1.4micrometer EIS, 4K Video Recording, DTI Technology, Super Pixel Technology + 5MP, f/2.2, 120Degree Wide View Angle, Front Camera Mode – Auto, Beauty, Portrait, Selfie Panorama, GIF Animation, Selfie Master Technology: Photo & Video Beautification, Live Stream Beautification, Photo collage, Mini Movie
Operating System: Android7.0 Nougat with Zen UI 4.0
Connectivity: 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS, Micro USB 2.0
Sensors: Front Fingerprint Sensor, Accelerator, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, RGB Sensor
Dimensions: 145 x 72.7 x 9.15 mm| Weight 147 g
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus was recently launchd in India at Rs 24,990 and it is available in all Sony Center and major retail stores in India. We have chosen the Sony phone in our list as because of the wide range of features that it offers. Sony Xperia XA1 Plus is yet another device that comes loaded with pretty interesting specs sheet, though you can find the same specs for half of its price. But still, it is a pretty decent device.
You can see the detailed specifications below
Display:5.5-inch Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
Processor:2.3GHz + 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 octa core processor, Mali-T880MP2 GPU
RAM/Internal Storage:4GB RAM/32G, Expandable – 256GB
Battery:3430mAH lithium-ion battery
Camera:23MP primary camera with 1/2.3″ Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, hybrid autofocus, quick launch and capture, low-light photo: ISO 6400, 24mm wide-angle f2.0 lens, 5x clear image zoom, steady shot, 1/4″ Exmor R for mobile image sensor, low-light photo: Up to ISO 3200, 23mm wide-angle lens f2.0, steady shot, low-light photo: Up to ISO 3200 and 8MP front facing camera
Operating System:Android7.1 Nougat
Connectivity:4G LTE, WiFi 820.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C
Additional Features:Dual SIM, GPS, Music Player, Video Player, FM Radio, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, E-mail
Colours:Blue, Gold, Black
Dimensions:155 x 75 x 8.7 mm| Weight 190 g