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7 Best Phones under 25000 Rs in India (July 2016)

7 Best Phones under 25000 Rs in India (July 2016)

by Rahul DubeyJuly 5, 2016

Looking for the best smartphone under 25000 Rs? Then, it is for sure you want to be 100% confident to buy the best one and as there are number of good phones in this range, this task is difficult and confusing. So to ease out your confusion, we have written the latest ranking of 7 Best Phones under 25000 Rs for the month of July. Apart from the rankings, we have also mentioned which phone will be suitable for which types of users so, read it and choose the best one for you.

Checkout best phones in other price ranges and many other gadgets in our Buyer’s Guide.

From the last 2 years, every month hundreds of readers of ‘Best Tech Guru’ comment and ask us which phone they should choose from the crowded market. Which has enabled us to better understand the requirements and view-point of the buyers. So with this experience, we have tried to make this list even more helpful for you but, if you still have any question, please feel free to ask it in the comments section at the end. 🙂

So, let’s take a look at the Best Phones under 25000 Rs :

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We believe that specifications of the phones just tell the half story, a great user experience matters more than great specifications. So, while preparing this list we have considered everything, the specifications, hardware, software (UI), real-world performance, user experience, brand value, after sales service and more. We see a phone as a complete package which should at the end deliver great satisfaction to the user and our rankings are based on the same principles. We consider hundreds of phones, from biggest to the smallest brands and come with our honest rankings every month.
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1. Xiaomi Mi 5:

After all the wait Xiaomi has finally launched its new flagship Xiaomi Mi 5 and as expected from the company, it’s yet another master piece. Starting with the design, the phone looks very beautiful, it has a metallic frame and 3D glass on the rear which is curved towards the edges, which gives a good grip and feel. The phone looks great from all the angles and feels premium, one can notice the attention to details. It packs a 5.15 inches Full HD screen with 428 ppi pixel density which has amazing display quality, while the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 covers both the front and rear glasses. If we talk about the performance, it is the first phone in India to come with Qualcomm’s latest flagship Snapdragon 820 processor, which is also currently one of the best processors in the world so, it goes without saying that you don’t need to worry about playing the heaviest of the games or doing heavy multitasking. It is paired with 3GB of RAM (Xiaomi Mi 5 also has a 4GB RAM variant but it is not launched in India) and Adreno 530 GPU. Moving on to another department where the Mi 5 excels, the camera, it comes with a 16 MP rear camera with Sony’s latest IMX298 sensor with PDAF, 4-axis OIS, f/2.0 aperture, dual-LED flash, Slow-mo videos @ 120 fps and 4K video recording, it also includes Sapphire glass cover for lens protection. On the front, it has a 4 MP camera with 2 micron pixel and f/2.0 aperture for selfie lovers. Beyond the specs, the picture quality of both the cameras is impressive. The phone runs on Android v6.0 Marshmallow based MIUI 7. The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with 32 GB internal storage (64 GB & 128 GB variants not launched in India) powered by UFS 2.0 which is faster than previous technologies but, it misses out on microSD card slot. It is dual sim phone with support for Indian 4G bands and VoLTE. It comes with fingerprint scanner integrated into the physical home button on the front, apart from locking the screen it also allows to lock apps and hide folders. It also comes with Type-C USB port, NFC and IR Blaster. The phone is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery with Quick charge 3.0 fast charging support. Despite a big battery and metal, glass body the phone weighs just 129 grams. Overall, the Mi 5 is truly a great flagship phone, while the 4 GB RAM variant is even better, the 3 GB RAM variant isn’t a bad choice either and it still stands ahead of the competition as a complete package and is currently the best smartphone under 25000 Rs in India. 

Xiaomi-mi-5 - Best Phones under 25000 Rs

Rs 22,999 @ Flipkart Rs 22,990 @ Amazon
OSAndroid v6.0 Marshmallow | UI - MIUI 7
CPU1.8 GHz 64-bit Quad Core Snapdragon 820 Processor
SCREEN5.15 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 428 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim
CAMERARear Camera: 16 MP, Flash: Yes (Dual-LED Flash) | Front Camera: 4 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal: 32 GB | Expandable: no microSD slot
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery | Fast Charging: Quick charge 3.0
BODYWeight: 129 grams, Thickness: 7.25 mm
OTHERSType-C USB, Fingerprint scanner, 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, Infrared, NFC



2. LeEco Le Max2:

LeEco has launched the successor to its older flagship Le Max as the Le Max2. Like the name, there are not many differences between the old and the new phones but it certainly packs great set of hardware specifications. The Le Max2 comes with a very well-built premium metallic design, which looks beautiful and at the same time feels good in the hands. It packs a big 5.7 inches Quad HD display with whooping 515 ppi pixel density. The display quality is amazing and specially when you play the 2k videos you will notice the difference but, at the same time, one should know that 2k videos/content is still not very popular in India, neither the internet speed/costs are good to allow you streaming it online so, don’t just pick the phone because it has the 2k display. It is powered by the latest and very powerful Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4 GB of RAM. The performance is excellent for every type of usage, be it heavy gaming, multitasking or other graphics intensive usage, it handles everything well without any severe heating issue. The 21 MP rear and the 8 MP front camera of the Le Max2 are very good performers, the rear camera comes with OIS and can record 4K videos. The phone runs on the Android Marshmallow based company’s EUI, which is beautiful, customisable and easy to use although, it will take some time to get used to it. Another USP of the phone is, it uses the new CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) technology using the Type-C USB port for headphones ditching the traditional 3.5 mm jack. The audio quality is good. The phone includes fingerprint scanner, Infrared sensor and supports NFC. Like every LeEco phone, it also comes with the company’s ‘Supertainment’ package free for one year. It is a dual sim phone with 4G support and comes with 32 GB of internal storage but there is no memory expansion slot. The Le Max2 is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery which has average battery backup although, it supports fast charging but, with the 2K display, a bigger battery would have been great. If we talk about the downsides, the lack of microSD slot can be a disappointment for some, while the missing 3.5 mm headphone jack can be seen in both ways, early adopters will like it while, traditional users will find it a little annoying at stages. Also, beware that you won’t be able to charge the phone and use the headphones simultaneously as, there is only one port for both the jobs. The phone with the weight of 185 grams also feels a little bulky. Overall, the LeEco Le Max2 is premium beautiful smartphone which performs like a beast and also has great display and cameras. It can be a good choice but, one of the phone’s USP is also its biggest downside so make sure you can live with it.

LeEco-Le-Max2 - Best Phones under 25000 Rs

Rs 17,999 @ Flipkart Rs 18,999 @ Amazon
OSAndroid v6 Marshmallow | UI - EUI
CPU2.15 GHz 64-bit Quad Core Snapdragon 820 Processor
SCREEN5.7 inches, LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
DISPLAYQuad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels), 515 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 21 MP, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No
SIMDual SIM (4G+4G)
STORAGEInternal: 32 GB, Expandable: No
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery | Fast Charging: Yes
BODYWeight: 185 grams, Thickness: 7.9 mm
OTHERSType-C USB Headphones, OIS, Fingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, Infrared, NFC

Topped this list for 6 months

3. OnePlus 2:

OnePlus is a company which got millions of fans all over the world with its first only phone – the Flagship Killer OnePlus One. And now we have got the second phone from the company – the 2016 Flagship Killer OnePlus 2. Let’s start with its design. The OnePlus 2 is made up with a high quality alloy of aluminium and magnesium, the phone is excellently well-built, it’s very sturdy and very premium. Not to forget, it comes with beautiful back panels in different designs from Sandstone to Bamboo and more. The phone sports a 5.5 inches Full HD screen protected by latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the display quality is very good. The phone is powered by extremely powerful hardware, it has got the 1.8 GHz Octa Core Snapdragon 810 Processor which is coupled with 4 GB RAM, you yourself can understand that it will have exceptional performance. The phone has got a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Laser Autofocus, OIS, & Dual-LED Flash, in-short the camera is really excellent! The 5 MP front camera is good as well. The phone comes with Fingerprint sensor that allows you to quickly unlock your device, it also comes with future-proof reversible Type-C USB Cable for charging and data transfer. The phone has a physical button on the side which allows you to toggle the phone into silent mode, just like the iPhones. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with the company’s own Oxygen UI running on top of it, the Oxygen UI looks almost similar to the stock Android UI but it comes with extra features and added capabilities. The phone is backed by 3300 mAh battery. Overall, the OnePlus 2 is a great smartphone, it is not only tremendously powerful but, every aspect of the phone is thought in details so, it gives a great user experience as well. You can go with it with closed eyes.

OnePlus-2 - Best Phones under 25000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

Rs. 19,999 @ Amazon
OSAndroid v5.1 Lollipop, upgradable to Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow | UI - Oxygen OS
CPU1.8 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
DISPLAYFull HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density
SIMDual SIM (Nano SIM)
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Dual-LED Flash | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal Storage: 64 GB, microsd unexpandable
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 175 grams, Thickness: 9.9 mm
OTHERSFingerprint sensor, Type-C USB, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


4. LG Google Nexus 5X (16 GB):

Google has just refreshed its two years old and very popular Nexus 5 with the Nexus 5X. The new Nexus 5X brings in lots of new features and improvements over its predecessor. Starting with the design, it carries forwards the design language of the Nexus 5 and rather than looking muscular, it looks cute! The phone is built with plastic and has soft touch finish on the back which gives a good grip and feels good in hands. Summing up, the design and build quality is good but lot better options are available at the same price. It comes with a 5.2 inches Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) display with 423 ppi pixel density, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display of the phone is very good. The Nexus 5X is powered by a 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa Core Processor coupled with 2 GB RAM and delivers excellent performance. It runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and being a Nexus device, it will be one of the few phones in the world to get the future Android updates for years. The Nexus 5X runs on the stock and purest form of Android which means there are no additional layers of UI & extra services downgrading performance and making your device slow. The Nexus 5X features a strong 12.3 MP rear camera with 1.55μm pixels,  f/2.0 Aperture, 4K video recording, dual-LED flash & Laser Assisted Autofocus and clicks very good images. The 5 MP front cameras is decent too. The phone comes with a fingerprint scanner situated on the rear side just below the camera, it is fast and easy to use. It also comes with USB Type-C port for faster data transfer and quick charging. Sadly, it is a single sim device. The Nexus 5X comes with 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage options and again for a disappointment misses out on microSD slot. It is backed by a Non-removable 2700 mAh battery which gives average performance but the quick charging feature is upto the mark and charges the phone quickly. Overall, the Google Nexus 5X is a powerful future proof phone excelling in most departments and delivering great Android experience but, lack of expandable storage and dual sim might be deal breaker for many but, if you are okay with it, it is a great device to have in your pockets, Really!

lg-google-nexus-5x - Best Phones under 25000 Rs

PRICERs   @  Rs @  Rs 23,900  @ 
OSAndroid v6.0 Marshmallow | UI - Stock Android
CPU1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa Core Processor
SCREEN5.2 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 423 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 12.3 MP, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal: 16/32 GB | Expandable: No
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 2700 mAh battery | Fast charging: Yes
BODYWeight: 136 grams, Thickness: 7.9 mm
OTHERSFingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

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5. Sony Xperia M5 Dual:

The Sony Xperia M5 is Sony’s mid budget flagship! It comes with the usual premium design of Sony with glass on both the front and rear sides and aluminium frame. The phone is really very well built with so much attention paid to details, it looks very beautiful and the glass back panel feels great but, it attracts fingerprints as well. It packs a 5.5 inches Full HD screen with Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 and has very good display quality. The phone is powered by a 2 GHz Octa Core MediaTek Helio X10 Processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and delivers good performance, although better performing phones are available at this price. The Xperia M5 packs two great cameras, on the back, it has a 21.5 MP camera with 5x clear image zoom, 4K video recording capability and on the front it has a 13 MP selfie shooter. And if we are talking about a premium Sony phone, it is obvious that it will be water proof! The Xperia M5 comes with IP65 and IP68 ratings which means it is dust and water-resistant. The picture quality of both the cameras is amazing. It packs two front facing speakers which deliver rich sound output and are good for multimedia consumption. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Sony’s beautiful Xperia UI on top. It is dual sim phone with 4G support. It packs 16 GB of onboard storage which is further expandable upto 200 GB with the help of a microSD card with a dedicated slot. The phone is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery. If we talk about the shortcomings, the Sony Xperia M5 doesn’t include a fingerprint scanner which is a bit let down because nowadays phones starting even at Rs. 7,000 include a fingerprint scanner, another downside is that it still runs on Android Lollipop and hasn’t got the Marshmallow update. Overall, the Sony Xperia M5 is a very good smartphone with great design, display and cameras, it also packs decent performance and good multimedia experience; can be a good buying choice. If you want a bigger phone, you can also go with the 6 inches Sony Xperia C5 Ultra which also includes a 13 MP front camera with front flash.

Sony-Xperia-M5-Dual - Best Phones under 25000 Rs

PRICERs 25,699 @  Rs 25,380 @  Rs 25,499  @ 
OSAndroid v5.1 Lollipop | UI - Xperia UI
CPU2 GHz Octa Core MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795 Processor
SCREEN5.0 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with Scratch-resistant glass
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 441 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim
CAMERARear Camera: 21.5 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 13 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal: 16 GB | Expandable: Yes, upto 200 GB via microSD
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 142.6 grams , Thickness: 7.6 mm
OTHERSDust and Water Resistant, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, NFC

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6. Samsung Galaxy A8:

At 5.9 mm, it’s the slimmest phone from Samsung! It’s not only slim but it’s a full metal body stunningly beautiful smartphone. The Galaxy A8 has got a great build quality, a feat with which Samsung’s phone are not quite familiar! Although, it has got a plastic back panel, it’s good in quality and gives a good feel with the matte finish. The phone has got very slim bezels on the sides of a large 5.7 inches Full HD Super AMOLED display which has excellent quality. It is powered by 1.8 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Processor, well at this price, you would for-sure expect a better processor than this but coupled with 2 GB RAM, it still delivers decent performance. Though for gaming and heavy multitasking, there are much better options at this price. Cameras have been the strength of Samsung for years and the 16 & 5 MP cameras of the Galaxy A8 belong to the same league. Both the cameras come with a f/1.9 aperture and capture excellent images. The front camera comes with Wide Selfie function which gives you a 120° view so, you can capture good group selfies. Samsung has also added Quick Camera Launch function to the Galaxy A8 which allows you to open the camera app in just 0.9 seconds by double pressing the home button. Another advantage with the phone is its Fingerprint sensor mounted into the home button. So, you just have to place your finger on the home key and your phone unlocks. It runs on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop based Samsung’s TouchWiz skin. It supports dual sim, 4G and comes with 32 GB of internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB with the help of a microSD card but, it will use a sim slot. It houses a Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery which gives a good battery backup to the phone. Overall, it’s not the best performer but if you look at the premium slim design, good display and excellent cameras, the Galaxy A8 is a good package with the best after sales support so, if you are not after heavy usage it can be a good buy. If you want a little smaller screen the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) can be a very good alternative.

Galaxy-A8 - Best Phones under 25000 Rs

PRICERs   @  Rs @  Rs 31,490  @ 
OSAndroid v5.1.1 (Lollipop) | UI - TouchWiz
CPU1.8 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Processor
SCREEN5.7 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 386 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim, GSM + LTE
CAMERARear Camera: 16 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
MEMORYInternal Storage 32 GB, microSD expandable upto 128 GB (uses a Sim slot)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 151 grams, Thickness: 5.9 mm
OTHERSFingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS,

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7. Huawei Honor 7:

The Honor 7 is Huawei’s latest flagship phone in its ‘Honor’ series. It comes in a full metal unibody design, looks beautiful and feels premium. The phone comes with a dedicated physical key called as ‘Smart Key’ which recognizes a single press, double press and long press actions and lets you perform different actions like taking screenshot, turning on flash or opening Google search and more. You can customize the actions easily from settings. It sports a 5.2 inches Full HD display with 424 ppi pixel density, the display quality is awesome. It runs on Huawei’s own Hisilicon Kirin 935 Octa Core Processor out of which 4 cores are clocked at 2.2 GHz and other 4 cores are clocked at 1.5 GHz. The phone comes paired with 3 GB RAM and delivers excellent performance. It features a 20 MP rear camera with Sony IMX230 sensor, PDAF (Phase Detect Auto Focus), fast-focussing technology and Dual LED flash. It also comes with an 8 MP front shooter with LED flash. Both the cameras are amazing. The phone comes with a very accurate fingerprint sensor which is great thing, it is located on the back, just below the rear camera. The Honor 7 comes with Android v5.0 Lollipop out of the box with Huawei’s own Emotion UI 3.1 running on top. The Emotion UI is beautiful and comes with many themes and customization options. A great downside to this 4G phone is, it is a single sim device. It comes with 16 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB via microSD card. It is backed by a non-removable Li-Po 3100 mAh battery which gives a good battery backup. Overall, the Honor 7 is a well designed powerful phone and can be a very good buying choice, just make sure you are comfortable with single sim.

Huawei-Honor-7 - Best Phones under 25000 Rs

PRICERs 22,999 @  Rs 22,999 @ 
OSAndroid v5.0 Lollipop | UI - Emotion UI 3.1
CPU2.2 GHz + 1.5 GHz Hisilicon Kirin 935 Octa Core Processor
SCREEN5.2 inches, IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 424 ppi pixel density
SIMSingle Sim
CAMERARear Camera: 20 MP, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: Yes
STORAGEInternal: 16 GB | Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3100 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 157 grams, Thickness: 8.5 mm
OTHERSFingerprint scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


There are few more…

The HTC One M9+ (Prime Camera Edition)Smartron t.phoneVivo V3 Max, Coolpad Max (much overpriced), Gionee Marathon M5 Plus and Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe are some of the other phones under 25,000 Rs. which are also good but couldn’t make into the Top 7, you can consider these phones also but, going with the top phones will be always better.

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Rahul Dubey
Rahul is a Professional Blogger and the Founder of 'Best Tech Guru'. He is a Computer Science & Engineering graduate and the passion for Technology & Entrepreneurship kept him away from a regular job, now he spends all his time with latest technology and loves to help people. He is a Tech enthusiast and has written hundreds of articles over the years on this blog.
  • Aishwarya Chawla
    July 29, 2016 at 8:07 pm


  • saurabh Agrawal
    July 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Nowhere can I find anything about vivo phones. Pls tell me where does vivo v3 max rank up alongside lenovo vibe x3 and moto x play.

  • Rikku
    July 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    How is Oppo F1plus mobile??It is not mentioned in the list.Pls rply whether the phone is worth buying.

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