OnePlus to Samsung: Best smartphones under Rs 25,000 (April 2022)

Mid-range smartphones – priced between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000 – offer the perfect balance of price and performance for most people. Considering recent advances in technology, a good mid-range phone will come with most of the useful features of flagships and that too at a price that probably won’t break your pocket. Here is a list of the best phones you can buy under Rs 25,000 in April 2022. Note that the list is in no particular order.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 (balanced experience)

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 offers a good mix of a clean software experience, still packed with the most useful features, along with a good display, camera setup, performance, and fast battery charging, making it a good all-rounder in this segment.

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 is one of the best phones in the segment. (PhotoExpress)

The Nord CE 2 features a 6.43-inch FHD+ 90Hz AMOLED display with a MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset, up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone also has a 64MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera setup and a 16MP front camera.

Other specs include a 4,500mAh battery, 65W fast charging, an under-display fingerprint sensor, NFC support, and a dedicated MicroSD card slot. The OnePlus Nord CE 2 is priced at Rs

Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G (Compact design)

If you don’t like big, bulky phones, you might have noticed in recent years that your options for a more compact device are hard to come by. However, the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G is a beautiful and very compact phone in hand.

xiaomi, xiaomi 11 lite ne 5G, The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G features a very thin and light form factor. (PhotoExpress)

The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G sports a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chip and comes with up to 8GB of RAM (although you will only get the 6GB variant under Rs 25,000) and 128GB of storage.

The device comes with a 64MP + 8MP + 5MP camera on the back and a 20MP camera on the front. There’s also a 4,350mAh battery, 33W fast charging, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, NFC and an IR blaster. The phone can currently be found for less than Rs 25,000 on Flipkart.

Realme 9 Pro+ (good camera)

The main camera of the Realme 9 Pro Plus takes very good photos with great detail and vibrant colors. The phone also does a great job when shooting night shots and ultra-wide shots are also very pleasing. If you take a lot of photos in different scenarios, this may be your best bet under Rs 25,000 right now.

realme, realme 9 pro plus, The Realme 9 Pro Plus comes with a good camera. (PhotoExpress)

The Realme 9 Pro+ comes with a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset and comes with up to 8GB RAM and 256 GB of storage. Users get a 50MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera setup and a 16MP front camera.

It has a 4,500mAh battery, 60W fast charging, and USB 3.0 power delivery. The phone is priced at Rs 24,999.

Samsung Galaxy M52 5G (long-term security updates)

The Samsung Galaxy M52 might not be the best phone on this list in terms of specs alone, but it offers a solid overall package given that the phone offers several years of security updates. Samsung hasn’t been very clear on whether the phone will get two or three years of system updates, but you get four years of security updates.

Samsung, Samsung Galaxy M52, The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G has four years of security updates. (PhotoExpress)

The Galaxy M52 5G also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset with up to 8GB of RAM (although you only get the 6GB variant under Rs 25,000) and 128GB of storage. The phone also comes with a 64MP + 12MP + 5MP rear camera setup and a 32MP front camera.

It features a 5,000mAh battery, 25W charging, side fingerprint sensor, NFC support, and a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. The M52 5G is available for Rs 24,999.

Motorola Edge 20 Fusion (Android Stock)

The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is one of the best Android phones you can get under Rs 25,000 right now. If you don’t like the heavy custom skins that come with most other devices these days and prefer a clean interface, the Edge 20 Fusion may be a good choice for you.

The phone comes with a 6.7-inch OLED panel with a 90Hz with a MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G chipset and 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone also packs a 108MP + 12MP + 2MP rear camera setup and a 32MP front camera. You also get a 5,000mAh battery, 30W fast charging, NFC, and a side fingerprint sensor. The phone is available at Rs 23,199 but you can also get the cheaper 6GB version at Rs 21,599.

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