To get a pretty solid all-around smartphone, you don’t need to spend much in 2020. The scenario has changed completely in the last couple of years. Budget phones now come with pretty cool features and cameras. They offer great value for money. In the megapixel race, companies are now offering 48MP and 64MP cameras for a much cheaper price. Although more megapixel doesn’t directly translate to better images, it is good to see the varieties in the budget segment. We are finally seeling telephoto cameras in the budget segment.Smartphone makers are bringing multiple cameras shooters with the likes of macro, wide-angle, depth, and telephoto. Most of the smartphones in the Sub Rs 20,000 range now feature either a triple or a quad-camera set-up.
If you are looking for a phone under 25K that has a balanced set of features, we’ve got you covered. Check our list of best phones under 25K.
Launched recently, the Poco X2 looks to dominate the mid-range market with its mouth-watering price. It features a 120Hz refresh rate screen, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, dual punch-hole selfie shooter, and 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor. It flaunts a plastic-glass sandwich design.Poco X2 offers a lot for the asking price with the likes of a high refresh rate display, versatile camera, great battery life with fast charging capabilities along with swift performance that’s been fine-tuned to offer better gaming experience. If you’re looking for a smartphone with a great performance, battery life, and a high refresh rate panel, the Poco X2 won’t disappoint you. It is an overall solid phone to have. Buy on FlipkartRead our full review: Poco X2 Review
Realme 6 Pro’s is India’s first phone to be powered by Snapdragon 720G chipset. It also makes it the first smartphone in India to be NavIC-capable. It offers a high refresh rate display and a dual punch-hole selfie camera.Realme 6 Pro is paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It houses a quad rear camera set-up with a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide shooter, a 13MP 2x telephoto lens that offers up to 20x using a hybrid zoom, and a macro shooter that can focus on objects as close as 4cm.Realme X2 offers great performance along with a high refresh rate panel and good camera performance. It starts at Rs 17,999 and is available in two colour options.Buy on Flipkart
The Redmi K20, the recently launched mid-range smartphone from Xiaomi’s Redmi brand has been designed keeping in mind the criticisms the company faced with its affordable flagship device, the Poco F1. With the device, the company has offered a premium device at an affordable price to take on the increasing competition in the smartphone segment.While the Redmi K20 features a glass back, a stunning Full HD+ AMOLED display and an under-display fingerprint sensor, one of the main highlights of the device is its camera experience. It has a triple camera setup on the back with a powerful 48MP camera, an ultrawide camera and a telephoto lens, along with a 20MP selfie camera housed in the pop-up module.The Redmi K20 now starts at Rs 19,999 in India, making it a great option under Rs 20,000.Buy Redmi K20 from Amazon | Flipkart
The elder sibling of the Realme XT, the Realme X2 retains all the great features of XT. It offers a beautiful display, premium design, reliable cameras, and a battery and charging combo like no other in this price range. Powered by a powerful Snapdragon 730G which is claimed to be just below the Snapdragon 845 in terms of raw performance, the Realme X2 is one of the cheapest phones to feature this SoC. The gaming experience on the device is also excellent. Not just the performance, the Realme X2 is very reliable camera performance. It features a quad-camera setup with a 64MP primary sensor followed by an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro shooter, and a 2MP depth sensor. The Realme X2 is a pretty easy recommendation for us. Buy on FlipkartRead our full review: Realme X2 Review
The latest budget phone from the house of Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is a beast in all aspects. It retains the usual big display and big battery of the series and takes them to the next level to provide exceptional battery backup.The star of the show is the new camera array, sporting a 64MP primary camera and an 8MP ultra-wide shooter. Along with a new processing algorithm, there’s also a ton of shooting modes and a very comprehensive manual mode too.Read our Redmi Note 9 Pro reviewBuy from Amazon
Xiaomi’s smartphones have been a hit in the budget segment and that trend has continued for years. However, not everyone is a fan of MIUI and Xiaomi has acknowledged that with the launch of its Android One series of smartphones.The Mi A3 is the latest in this line of smartphones. It runs on clean, stock Android and should get updates faster than other phones. It also offers a decent camera experience, an in-display fingerprint sensor and a big battery at very aggressive prices, making it a great option if you want all these features.
The Poco F1, the only launch so far from Xiaomi’s first sub-brand Poco is a feature packed mid-range device. It is the cheapest Snapdragon 845 powered device in India and with the recent price cuts, it offers even more value for your money. While the device’s design is something that the company has compromised on, the Poco F1 is durable with a sturdy plastic build.If you prefer performance over looks, the Poco F1 is the device for you. It is priced starting at Rs 17,999 in India.Read the full review: POCO F1 Review
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