Written byMudit Dube ·
The year 2018 has been particularly interesting when you look at how budget smartphones have evolved.
We now have so many handsets offering dual cameras, full-HD screens, improved processors, more memory and fast charging - all features previously associated with premium phones.
Hence, with several options to choose from, we suggest our top 5 smartphones under Rs. 25,000.
Here's our list.
Xiaomi's latest budget-friendly flagship, the Poco F1 starts at Rs. 20,999.
To recall, the phone sports a 6.18-inch full-HD+ (2246x1080) display and comes with dedicated IR-based Face Unlock.
It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with dedicated LiquidCool Technology, paired with 6GB/8GB RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of internal storage.
Further, the Xiaomi Poco F1 packs a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support.
Poco F1 features a rear dual-camera setup comprising a 12-megapixel (f/1.9) main sensor and a 5-megapixel (f/2.0) depth sensor. It can can shoot 4K videos at 30fps and slow-mo in 720p/1080p at upto 240fps. Further, there's a 20-megapixel selfie snapper which supports AI-based Portrait mode.
The gaming-centric Honor Play starts in India at Rs. 19,999.
The phone features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) and comes with performance-boosting GPU Turbo technology.
It is powered by a Kirin 970 processor, paired with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage (expandable upto 256GB).
The Honor Play runs EMUI 8.2 (Android Pie-based EMUI 9 update available) and packs a 3,750mAh battery.
The Honor Play sports a dual rear camera setup comprising a 16MP (f/2.2) primary sensor and a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor with an LED flash module. Up front, the phone gets a 16MP (f/2.0) sensor with AI Portrait feature and 3D Lighting.
Xiaomi's camera-focused Android One-based Mi A2 comes in India at a starting price of Rs. 15,999.
To recall, Mi A2 features a 5.99-inch full-HD+ notch-free display.
It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, paired with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage.
The phone runs stock Android Oreo 8.1 and packs a 3,010mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support.
The Mi A2 gets a dual camera setup with 12MP+20MP Sony sensors and an aperture of f/1.75, phase-detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. Up front, the phone gets a 20-MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 aperture, fixed focal length, and LED flash.
HMD Global's budget all-rounder Nokia 6.1 Plus costs Rs. 15,999 in India.
The phone features a 5.8-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) notched display and premium glass body.
It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage (expandable upto 400GB)
The Nokia 6.1 Plus runs stock Android Oreo (now upgradeable to Android Pie) and packs a 3,060mAh battery.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a dual rear camera setup comprising a 16MP (f/2.0) primary sensor with 1-micron pixels, and a secondary 5MP monochrome sensor with 1.12-micron pixels. Up front, the smartphone gets a 16MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels.
The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 starts at Rs. 10,999.
It features a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) IPS display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
It is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, paired with 3GB/4GB/6GB of RAM, and 32GB/64GB of inbuilt storage (expandable upto 2TB).
The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 packs a massive 5,000mAh battery (supports fast-charging) and runs stock Android Oreo.
ASUS Max Pro M1 (6GB RAM variant) gets a 16MP (f/2.0)+5MP dual rear-camera setup. On the front, it has a 16MP (f/2.0) camera. Notably, the mid-end and entry-level variants sport a 13MP (f/2.2)+5MP (f/2.4) rear dual-camera set up and an 8MP (f/2.0) front camera.
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