We witness new smartphone launches by major brands every month. The Rs. sub 25,000 category of smartphones continues to be popular with a lot of people looking for a little extra in terms of features and performance, particularly now with 5G becoming almost a standard on new smartphones.
If you are looking to upgrade your smartphone under a budget of Rs. 25,000 check out this buying guide where we list for you the best smartphones you can buy in this price segment.
Realme GT 5G
The Realme GT 5G offers several flagship features. It features a glass sandwich design or a dual-tone vegan leather back. The Realme GT 5G sports a 6.43-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen supports a variable refresh rate feature, which adapts the refresh rate based on on-screen content requirements. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC paired with 8GB and 12GB LPDDR5 RAM along with 128GB and 256GB UFS 3.1 onboard storage respectively. The smartphone sports a dynamic RAM expansion to add 7GB more RAM to the physical RAM available on the device.
Realme GT 5G features a triple camera set-up at the back and a corner punch-hole selfie camera upfront. The primary sensor at the back is a 64 megapixel Sony wide sensor, paired with an 8 megapixel ultrawide sensor and a 2 megapixel macro camera. The front selfie camera is a 16 megapixel shooter with a 26mm wide field of view.
Our verdict: The Realme GT 5G is a flagship killer. The display is good, the performance is top-notch, the camera and battery experience are also great. The Realme GT 5G is one of the fastest phones.
The Xiaomi 11i has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC under the hood with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Xiaomi 11i sports a triple-camera setup on the back with a 108 megapixel primary camera, an 8 megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 2 megapixel macro sensor. For selfies, there is a 16 megapixel front camera.
The smartphone offers a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C port. It has a 5160 mAh battery with 67W fast charging support.
Our verdict: The Xiaomi 11i is a capable smartphone, it has a high refresh rate AMOLED panel, camera performance is solid, and the smartphone offers a long battery life with fast charging.
Motorola Edge 20
The Motorola Edge 20 features a 6.70-inch FHD+ 10-bit AMOLED display with support for a 144 Hz refresh rate. The Edge 20 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 778, coupled with 8GB of RAM.
Motorola Edge 20 has a triple camera setup on the rear with a 108-megapixel primary camera accompanied by a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera and 8-megapixel 3X telephoto. Although it comes with triple cameras on the rear, it has quad-camera functionality because the ultra-wide lens also captures macro shots. The smartphone features a punch-hole design and is equipped with a 32 megapixel front camera.
Our Verdict: The Edge 20 is lightweight, has an impressive display with great viewing angles. On the performance front too, the Moto Edge 20 does not disappoint at all.
The Realme 9i features a 6.6-inch Full-HD+ LCD with an adaptive refresh rate. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor coupled with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Realme 9i also supports a new dynamic RAM feature that lets you use the phone’s surplus storage like RAM.
There is a triple camera setup on the back of the phone that includes a 50 megapixel main camera along with a 2 megapixel macro and a 2 megapixel depth sensor. In the front, there is a 16 megapixel single camera in a left-aligned notch for selfies and video calls. It houses a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging.
Our verdict: Realme 9i brings features like adaptive refresh rate. The stereo speakers make watching movies enjoyable. The primary camera is mostly good, too, while the processor is capable enough for light users.
You can read our detailed review here.