TOP 10 Best Camera Phones Under 25000 in India 2019

Updated on 2019-02-17 by Geetansh Arora

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If you are looking for a great camera smartphone under 25000 then you are at the right place. We have compiled a list of top 10 best camera phones under 25000 in India 2019. We have covered all the latest camera phones which were launched in or before February 2019.

We have chosen phones based on their camera quality. Some of them have a single camera and some of them have a dual camera. All these great camera phones can take beautiful pictures and selfies in both daylight and low light conditions.

We have covered all major brands like Honor, Mi, Samsung, Motorola, Oppo, and Vivo. Oppo and Vivo phones are not our favorites but they do have excellent cameras. So, if the camera is your priority you can go for Oppo and Vivo phones. You will see that the latest phones like the Oppo K1, Poco F1 are listed here. All these phones have a large bezel-less notch display which is a good option for those who watch a lot of videos or play games. 

These phones are priced between Rs. 15000 and 25000. If you have a lower budget then take a look at best camera phones in India under 15000.

All these phones have a metal unibody or glass back design and decent hardware to play games. Most of these phones have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. These phones can handle multitasking and gaming with ease. On the battery side, you will see 3000 mAh, 4000 mAh, and 5000 mAh battery phones which will give good battery backup.

Let's take a look at review, ratings, pros cons of best camera phones under 25000.

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1. Oppo K1

K1

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.4 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹16990



Brief Review:

Oppo K1 is Oppo's first smartphone in 2019 and it comes with plenty of features and at a surprising price point. With this pricing, it goes head to head with value for money brands like Redmi, Realme, Asus etc. So how is Oppo K1? Should you buy it? Find out in our brief review below.

Oppo K1 is a midrange smartphone and is priced in the 15000 to 20000 price segment. It comes with a reflective gradient back design where you will see shades of blue and purple as you come from top to bottom. The design is flashy so some people are going to love it and some will hate it. If you don't like it, there is a simple black color variant for you. 

On the front, we have a large 6.41 inch AMOLED display panel of 1080p Full HD+ resolution. AMOLED panels are something that we don't see in this price segment. The display panel is gorgeous with sharp colors and good viewing angles. The notch design is dewdrop and the bezels are thin all around which means the screen to body ratio is over 90%. Oppo has used an AMOLED panel to place a fingerprint sensor below the display. This in-display fingerprint sensor is also a first in this price segment. Before this, we saw it on Vivo V11 Pro which was priced around 25000 in India.

To run the apps and games, we get Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The storage is expandable up to 256GB via the MicroSD card slot in the triple slot sim tray. The performance of the device is good and it can handle a lot of apps and games without any lag. The UI is a bit clunky though and there is a lot of bloatware which is not surprising because the phone runs on Oppo's ColorOS. Still, the overall experience is good.

There is a 3500 mAh battery inside the phone. Color OS is well optimized and doesn't drain the battery at all. You can expect battery backup of 1.5 days with normal use. The charger is usual 5V 2Amps and will charge the phone fully in around 2 hours 15 minutes. The charging port is still MicroUSB. It would have been great if Oppo has provided a USB Type C port here. 

For taking pictures, Oppo has provided a powerful set of cameras here. The rear setup is 16MP+2MP dual where 2MP is the depth sensor. The 16MP sensor has an aperture of f/1.7 which helps in getting more light in low-light conditions. The camera uses AI to detect various scenes and optimize the settings. Beauty mode and stickers are also available if you like to use those. The front camera is a 25MP sensor and takes beautiful selfies in almost all kinds of conditions. The pictures look good with plenty of details. Background blue in portrait shots also looks natural. 

Overall, Oppo K1 is a feature packed phone at an excellent price. AMOLED display, In-display fingerprint, powerful processor, good battery, good camera performance makes it one of the best phone under 15000 to 20000 segment. Other options in this range include Mi A2, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Moto One Power, and Nokia 6.1 Plus.

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2. Honor 10 Lite 6GB

10 Lite 6GB

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 512 GB
  • 6.21 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP
  • 3400mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Sky Blue Colors

Best Price ₹17999



Brief Review:

Honor 10 Lite comes as a successor for the Honor 9 Lite which saw a great response from users in 2018. 10 Lite comes with major upgrades in the processor and looks domain and is the first phone from Honor in 2019.

Talking about the looks, this phone is an absolute killer which comes with the 6.21-inch long display having Full HD Plus resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The back of the phone is built of plastic and gives nice reflections and design pattern due to the glossy finish. Surely, It attracts some fingerprint smudges but those are visible only at some point and with a TPU case you can keep the looks intact with no smudges. The top side of the phone has sim slots and secondary microphone and the bottom houses a micro USB port for charging, speaker output, 3.5mm headphone jack, and primary noise cancellation microphone.

On the design side given the pricing, the phones gets a 9 on 10.

The waterdrop notch adds to the look and holds the front camera but if you do not like it then it can be removed from the settings. The display has a 91% screen to body ratio and with Full HD Plus resolution and offers good brightness levels and punchier colors. Playing games or watching videos on the phone will be entertaining as the color reproduction is perfect.

For the performance, Honor has used the latest Kirin 710 processor. It is an octa-core chipset with four Arm Cortex A53 cores (for day to day applications) and four Arm Cortex A73 cores (primarily to boost clock speed in graphics intensive gaming sessions). There is a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal memory to support the multitasking and storage requirement. However, you get a hybrid sim slot so you can either use it as dual sim or expand the memory and use in a single sim configuration. There is also a 6GB/64GB variant but that costs around 18k (4K more than the 4GB/64 GB variant) which we feel offers less value for money until you have a high multitasking requirement. 

Read about the Kirin 710 comparison with the other competitive Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

Honor 10 lite scores around 1,38,500 on the AnTuTu Benchmark which indicates powerful multitasking capability as was reflected in our review tests. We did not face any lag during our testing and the gaming performance was also spot on with no heating or latency issues with even the high-end games.

Now coming to one of the Honor stand out the domain, the camera performance. The rear camera comes with a dual rear sensor setup having a primary 13MP sensor (f/1.8 aperture) and a dedicated 2 MP depth sensor for the portrait shots. The photos come out with pleasant color and as usual, the Honor camera apps offer some extraordinary app features and AI support which enhances the color and contrast. In the daylight shots, the photos were clean and looked appealing because of the sharpness and quality.  For the portrait shots, the edge detection worked fine and the image captures a lot of details. Honor has also added a lighting effect feature for the portrait shots.

For the selfie shots, Honor 10 lite has a 24MP Sony IMX 576 sensor with different scene recognition. Overall image look crisp but the colors were sometimes a bit out of touch but with AI enabled, the camera does a better job.  In low light, the camera does a decent job but there was noticeable noise. Also, there is no stabilization available for the video.

For the software, this phone comes with Emotion UI (EMUI 9) which is built over the latest version of Android, Android Pie (9.0). The UI has some bloatware but comes with some features that can be really helpful. Other features like Party mode is available on Honor Lite 10, using which you can connect with multiple Honor phones nearby to play the same song creating a party like atmosphere. 

To get the phone to unlock, Honor has provided both fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism. Both methods are extremely responsive and accurate. The phone weighs around 160 gm and has a battery of 3400 mAh capacity. It can provide a backup of around 1 day and less if you are a heavy user.

Honor should have looked to give at least a battery capacity of 4000 mAh given the increasing use of the phone. There is a micro USB port to charge the phone. You get a standard 10W charger bundled in the box which charges the complete phone in around 2 hours as the phone does not support fast charging. Also, you do not get any IP rating or certification with this phone, so dust particles or water can harm the phone. The audio output is loud enough with decent sound quality but not something extraordinary compared to other phones in 10000 to 15000 price segment.

Overall, Honor 10 Lite is a lighter version of the Honor 10 and comes with pretty attractive design, powerful chipset, and a decent camera.

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3. Vivo V11 Pro

V11 Pro

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.4 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3400mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Starry Black, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹23990



Brief Review:

Vivo V11 Pro is the successor of Vivo V9 which was launched earlier this year and was one of the first mid-range phones with a notch display. Vivo V11 Pro is a big upgrade over V9 as Vivo has updated the internal hardware and has added some latest features as well. Let's take a look at the brief review of Vivo V11 Pro.

The first thing everyone is going to notice in a smartphone is its design and Vivo V11 Pro excels at that. V11 Pro has a beautiful design. The display on the front is a large 6.4 inch panel with minimal bezels. The notch is tiny and houses the front camera. The chin at the bottom is small as well. The screen to body ratio of over 90% which is something you don't see in midrange phones. Moreover, the display panel is Super AMOLED which looks beautiful which high contrast and rich colors. The back of the phone has a dual color design with a nice glossy finish. Overall, this is one of the most beautiful phones you will see in this range.

The rear camera on the Vivo V11 Pro is a dual setup with a 12MP color sensor + 5MP depth sensor for taking portrait mode pictures. On the front there is a 25MP sensor. Both front and rear cameras take excellent pictures in outdoor good lighting conditions. The pictures are sharp with plenty of details, good contrast and saturation. The dynamic range is pretty good as well. The front camera on the phone is one of the best selfie camera we have seen. It takes excellent selfie shots. You can also choose various filters, stickers and beautification levels. The camera performance of the phone is excellent. The only thing you won't like about the camera is the video recording which is average because of no OIS or EIS support.

Now coming to the internals. The Vivo V11 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 which is a powerful midrange chipset. There is 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on this device. Powerful processor and plenty of RAM means the device is able to handle multitasking and gaming with ease. You won't notice any lag during day to day usage. Heavy games like PUBG also run fine on this smartphone. 

If you need more storage then you can do that with the MicroSD slot which can increase the storage by up to 256GB. The MicroSD slot is dedicated so you won't be compromising with the dual sim functionality of the device. It is a dual VOLTE device so you can use two 4G sims simultaneously. 

The Vivo V11 Pro runs on Funtouch OS which is a skin based on Android Oreo 8.1. Funtouch OS is heavily customised skin with a lot of extra apps and features. If you like to use features like dual apps then you would like it. Things are a bit complicated though and the settings menu is not really ease to use and you might need sometime before getting used to it. 

Vivo V11 Pro comes with 2 new exiting features. First is the in-display fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is below the display and is not visible. Vivo says this is 4th generation in-display sensor and is faster and more accurate then the previous ones. The second exiting feature is the IR face unlock. Vivo is using the front camera for the face unlock and they have added IR as well which helps to unlock the phone in dark conditions. Both in-display fingerprint sensor and IR face unlock are nice to see in a mid-range smartphone. The performance is not the best but you can improve that by enabling a setting where the phone uses both fingeprint and face unlock together to unlock the device faster. 

The battery inside the V11 Pro is a 3400 mAh battery. It is not a big battery but V11 Pro does have power efficient AMOLED display and Snapdragon 660 chipset. Thanks to these, the battery backup of the phone is good and it will easily last for a day on a single charge. The phone supports fast charging and also comes with a fast charger inside the box and charges the phone completely in around 1 hours and 40 minutes. 

Overall, Vivo V11 Pro is an great mid-range phone. It offers a great design, gorgeous display, powerful processor, good cameras and latest features like in-display fingeprint and IR face unlock. If you have a budget of around Rs. 25000 then this is the phone you should buy.

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4. Xiaomi Poco F1 128GB

Poco F1 128GB

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.18 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Graphite Black, Steel Blue Colors

Best Price ₹22999



Brief Review:

Pocophone is a sub-brand of Xiaomi like Realme is of Oppo and Pocophone or known as Poco has launched its first smartphone in India on 22nd August 2018. Pocophone has left everyone amazed with a very aggressive pricing despite being powered by the top shot Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which we saw in the OnePlus 6 and the Zenfone 5ZPoco F1 comes with a notch display, a powerful battery, a good to go camera and everything that a user looking to spend 25k would look for. It smashes all the record of the value for money score and here in this review, we discuss the specifications, features and every detail on the Poco F1, which you as a prospective buyer would look for.

Poco F1 comes with a 6.18 inch Full HD plus display having a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels. The display has a notch design which is slightly big and holds the front camera and the IR sensor. The software gives you the option to disable the notch if you do not like it and use the phone like a bezel-less display phone. The screen is of IPS LCD type and is of good quality with perfect brightness and no issues could be observed even using it in the direct sunlight with auto brightness. The one thing which we found a little weird are the thin bezels even above the notch which does affect its looks and design. 

On the build quality side, the Poco Phone comes with a polycarbonate body which is a small compromise comparing the beautiful and gorgeous glass design pattern which we see in the phones today. That does not mean the phone ranks poor on the build quality, overall it is good with metal in between back and front and is decent at the price point considering what all it offers as discussed below. The 8GB 256 GB variant comes in a Kevlar back material which is textured and looks better with a better build quality and is priced at 29k. You can take a look at the Kevlar variant here. The Pocophone is not a fingerprint magnet and there are no smudges as we see on the smartphones with glass designs. Also, there is a translucent case bundled in the box.

Coming to the highlight of this Poco F1, The Performance, and here everyone has their jaw dropped as we witness the all-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which till date was only seen in the budget flagship and the flagship smartphone. The Snapdragon 845 in a budget smartphone at 21k is totally insane and has put a big question in front of other manufacturers to think of what should they introduce next. Snapdragon 845 needs no introduction as it was seen in the OnePlus 6 and the Zenfone 5Z. It is an octa-core processor comprising of 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver along with Adreno 630 GPU. The Poco F1 also witnesses the LiquidCool Technology, which keeps the CPU temperature maintained that allows the Snapdragon 845 to perform to its full capacity when you are gaming in the super heavy mode.

The phone comes with a 6GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 256 GB with the hybrid micro SD card slot. Without any iota of doubt, the performance is mind-blowing and the RAM management is amazing, the multitasking is super smooth, the gaming performance is brilliant and we did not find even a small hiccup in our usage. The Poco F1 scores a massive 285302 on the Antutu Benchmark shattering any record that existed for a smartphone priced around 20000. On the GeekBench, the Poco F1 scores, 2467 on the Single Core and 9081 on the multi-core, and we would ask you, what else would you get for only Rs 20000. Full marks on the performance to the master of speed, Poco F1.

On the next important aspect of the Poco F1, the camera. Here we get a dual read camera placed vertically in the middle of the phone with 12MP Sony IMX363 + 5MP Samsung, f/1.75 sensors and dual LED flash. The colours in the photo look rich and the shots are pretty much detailed. The images are sharp and you are going to love it for 21000 bucks. Frankly speaking, the camera is not as great as the OnePlus 6 priced at 35000 but gives a tough competition to it.  There is support for 4K videos but the Poco F1 only supports Electronic Image stabilization (EIS) and does not support Optical Image stabilization (OIS). In the portrait mode, the edge detection in bang on and we could see even the hairline edges are very well aligned. There are some AI optimizations in the colours using the object detection. The low light shots are also very bright and contain very less noise, OnePlus 6 is better but only by a tad margin as it captures more light and has slightly better low light images. Also, OnePlus 6 has better image stabilization because of the presence of OIS and the difference could be seen in the videos recorded at 4K resolution of Poco F1 and OnePlus 6.

The front camera comes with a 20 MP sensor and it also supports the portrait mode. The shots are full of details and you might even look better than what you look in the real life. At the pricing of 21k, we are in love with what the camera has to offer. A budget flagship capability in a budget pricing in what Poco offers. The camera configuration, is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro and people had questions that if the camera performance in any better? So here, we do not think we should compare, because the camera image quality on the Poco F1 is far better and class apart than the Note 5 Pro which is also directed by a far better image signal processor in the Snapdragon 845.  Poco F1 has the best ever camera seen in any phone in India for a pricing of 21000.

The PocoPhone F1, runs on MIUI 9.6 with POCO specific optimization and is build over the Android Oreo. Poco has promised an update to the MIUI 10 and also the Android P (Pie). The MIUI has some bloatware but the POCO has enabled the gesture recognition which if enabled on your device removes the three button from the bottom and reads your gesture for all the tasks, something similar to what we saw in the iPhone X.

Poco F1 not just comes with a massive processor but a huge battery life. it features a non-removable 4000 mAh battery and gives a screen on time of around 6.5 to 7 hours and with medium usage, you can easily run with the phone for at least 1.5 days. Fro the heaviest of usage, you may still see a battery backup for a full day, this speaks volume of the optimization that comes with the phone and the efficiency of the Snapdragon 845 processor. The Poco F1 has a USB type C port and supports Quick Charge 3.0(quickly charges up the first 20%) with a fast charger bundled in the box. The total time it takes for the charging is about 100-110 minutes.  Poco F1 is not water or dust resistant and there is no IP rating so keep it protected from any damage.

For the unlocking, Poco F1 comes with a fingerprint sensor just below the rear camera and is super quick. It takes less time than the blink of the eye. For the face unlocking, which is also very accurate and fast comes with an additional feature of IR sensor, which enables you to unlock the phone even in darkness. It has a stereo speaker where the main speaker is located at the bottom and the earpiece is used as the second speaker but you do not get a true stereo speaker like seen in the Zenfone 5z but it is decent enough for the pricing. 

After all this, we can just say that Poco has entered the market with a band and is a total game changer for the industry. Without any doubt, the Poco F1 is the best smartphone under 25000 and we can hear the trumpets of the thumping victory this Poco F1 from Xiaomi is going to blow.

The Poco F1 sale starts from 29th August 2018 and is exclusively available on Flipkart via the flash sale. For the 21k variant, you are going to see huge demand as was for the Note 5 Pro. There is a launch offer with Poco F1 where you can get additional Rs 1000 discount if you pay via HDFC credit and debit card.

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5. OPPO F9 Pro

F9 Pro

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Red, Silver Colors

Best Price ₹21990



Brief Review:

Oppo has launched the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro which are the successors of the last year's Oppo F7. The latest phones have some improvements, we won't call it a big upgrade. The F9 and F9 Pro are exact same phones with only one difference which is the RAM. F9 comes with 4GB RAM and F9 Pro comes with 6GB RAM.

The Oppo F9/F9 Pro comes with a very modern design. Oppo has ditched the rectangular notch which we have been seeing on almost every other smartphone. Oppo has come up with a new notch called as waterdrop notch. The notch is really small and houses the front camera. The bezels are minimal and screen to body ratio is over 90% which is excellent for a phone priced under 20000. 

The display size is 6.3 inches with Full HD Plus resolution and an aspect ratio of around 19.5:9. The display is beautiful with rich colors, good saturation, and contrast. Because of the small notch and thin bezels, watching movies or playing games on this device is a great experience. 

On the back, you will see some 3D effects. Oppo has used 2 colors on the back with diamond cuts which can be seen from an angle. It is a fresh design and you will love it if you are bored of seeing boring plain black or white backs. If you don't like flashy stuff then you might hate the back of Oppo F9. The phone comes in 2 colors: Red and Blue. Blue one is our favorite. 

The thickness is under 8mm and it weighs around 170 grams. You will find it comfortable in hand. One hand usage might not be possible though.

On the back, we have a fingerprint sensor and a dual camera setup. The Oppo F7 came with a single 16MP camera but this time Oppo has added a secondary 2MP depth sensor to help with portrait mode pictures with depth/bokeh effect. The front camera is the same 25MP shooter as we saw on the F7. The camera performance is similar to F7. The outdoor pictures look vibrant with good amount of details. The indoor pictures under low light conditions are not that great and not bad either. Oppo is using AI to enhance the pictures depending on the scene. The selfies look great as well. The phone will beautify your face using AI. If you don't like that, you can turn it off. Overall, it is a good camera phone with shots that are rich, vibrant and well balanced.

Under the hood, Oppo F9 and F9 Pro have a MediaTek Helio P60. Helio P60 is a very capable SoC with 8 cores out of which 4 are high-performance Cortex A73s while the other 4 are high-efficiency Cortex A53s, all clocked at 2.0GHz. For all your gaming needs there’s a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU which also works well. The hardware is powerful and power efficient and you won't face any day while day to day usage or gaming. On Antutu, you can expect a score of around 135000 which is similar to the score of Snapdragon 660. 

The Oppo F9 and F9 Pro pack a 3500mAh battery, which is decent capacity. Thanks to the power efficient SoC, you can expect a day of backup with heavy usage and 1.5 days of backup with low to medium usage. The phone comes with VOOC fast charging which is really fast. You can get 2 hours of talking with 5 minutes of charge. This is crazy quick. Oppo has bundled a 20W Fast charger in the box which is great. 

The Oppo F9 runs on Color OS which is a skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Color OS is a heavily customized skin and has a lot of bloatware. If you are someone who likes the look and feel of stock Android then Oppo F9 is not for you. If you absolutely hate the skin and like the phone then installing Nova launcher is a good option.

And to your caution, there’s no IP rating on this one so keep it as far from liquids and dust as possible.

The Oppo F9 is priced at 19990 and the F9 Pro is priced at 23990. We think F9 provides more value for money. The F9 Pro has just 2GB of extra RAM so spending extra 4000 for it doesn't make a lot of sense. 

Oppo F9 is a gorgeous smartphone with latest features at the decent price. Go for it if you need a fresh looking smartphone with good cameras, a powerful processor at around 20k.

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6. Mi A2

A2

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 20MP+12MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • 3010mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Gold, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹13999



Brief Review:

Mi A2 is the successor of Mi A1 which was the first Android One smartphone from Xiaomi. Mi A2 is also an Android One phone and is priced little above 15000 in India. While there have been significant improvements in terms of chipset and camera performance, a lot of compromises have been made. Let's take a look at the brief review and find out whether you should buy it or not.

Mi A2 back design is similar to that of Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone has a metal unibody design. Metal feels great in hand but it is slippery so having a case would be a good option. The dual camera setup is placed vertically at the corner and the fingerprint sensor is at the center. The antenna bands have moved closer to the top and bottom edges of the phone. The phone comes in 3 colors: Black, Blue, and Gold. If you are wondering which one is the best color of Mi A2 then our answer would be Black. 

The display on the front is also similar to Redmi Note 5 Pro's display. The size is 5.99 inches with Full HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The display is sharp and bright with good colors and viewing angles. Overall, the phones look good and feel comfortable in hand.

Let's talk about the camera which is the USP of this device. There is a 20MP+12MP dual camera setup on the back. Both 20MP and 12MP cameras are color sensors. We would have preferred a wide angle lens or a telephoto lens. The pixels are large and the aperture is f/1.75 which helps in low light photos. The camera performance of the rear camera is great. The pictures look great with plenty of details, natural colors and good dynamic range.

The front camera has a 20MP sensor and the performance is again excellent. The selfies look great with plenty of details. You can use the beautify mode to make your pictures look better. Plus, it supports portrait mode which detects edges properly and adds a natural looking blur. Excellent camera performance makes it one of the best camera phones under 20000. 

The Mi A2 is powered by the powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset which coupled with 4GB of RAM can handle any task you throw at it. Whether you like to switch between tens of apps or you like to play heavy games like PUBG of Asphalt 9, this phone is going to handle it with ease. You won't notice any frame drop or lag. It is a great option for gamers as well.

On benchmarks side, you will see a stellar performance. On Antutu benchmarks, the Mi A2 scores around 135000 which is a great score for a phone priced in this range. On Geekbench, you will see a score of around 1600 on single core and 4600 on multicore. 

The phone has 64GB of inbuilt storage and there is no MicroSD slot to increase the storage. Yes, no MicroSD slot. They could have easily put a hybird sim tray in there but they decided to go against it. So if you need extra space, you don't have any option to expand it.

Plus, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack as well. Why? Maybe Xiaomi was unable to find space for it or maybe they just want to follow the stupid trend of removing the headphone jack for no reason at all. When IP68 rated smartphones like LG G7 can have the headphone jack then why can't Mi A2? Removal of the headphone jack and MicroSD slot from Mi A2 are couple of the things that we hate most. 

Inside the Mi A2, there is a 3010mAh battery. The device would last for a day on medium usage. With heavy usage, you might need to charge it in the evening. Battery performance is just average here. The phone does support Quick Charge 4.0 which should charge your device very quickly but the fast charging brick is not included in the box and you need to buy it separately. It comes with the normal 5V 2A charge in the box.

The device is running on stock Android Oreo. It is an Android One device so you will get software updates very quickly. The latest Android P should arrive in a couple of months. There is very little bloatware on the device which makes multitasking a breeze. RAM management is good as well. 

So should you buy Mi A2? Depends on what you want and what you can live without. If you need excellent camera performance, powerful chipset and stock android and you can live without a headphone jack, a MicroSD slot and average battery backup, then go for it. 

If you need a good battery backup, a headphone jack and MicroSD slot with little lower camera performance then Redmi Note 5 Pro or Asus Zenfone Max Pro 6GB are better options.

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7. Huawei Nova 3i

Nova 3i

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • 3340mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Colors

Best Price ₹20999



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Huawei and Honor have been looking to acquire a good share of the market with the introduction of their smartphone in all the price range. Huawei Nova 3i seems to be a good bet which offers a notch display beautiful design, good camera with a plethora of AI features and dual camera as both rear and front. Nova 3i has a good value for money score with a premium feel for a budget of under 20000. Let us look at the reviews, features, specifications and every minute details of the Huawei Nova 3i.

Huawei Nova 3i comes with a big 6.3-inch notch type full view display with a glass design at back and a metal frame in between front and back. the display has perfect viewing angles, colour reproduction and we have no complaints of this great Full HD plus resolution display on the Nova 3i. With the notch design, the aspect ratio in 19.5:9 and we just cannot think of anything beautiful than this in an under 20k budget. The glass back design looks amazing which produces different blue and purple colour shades at different angles.

The design looks pretty amazing and eye-catchy and is a total premium option to consider. But the back glass, as in all the phones is a fingerprint magnet, so keep a cover handy (maybe transparent one). The smartphone weighs around 169 gm and a 7.6 mm in width which enables easy hold and usage.

With Nova 3i, Huawei seems to have finally moved over the Kirin 659 as seen in almost all the budget range phones. Nova 3i comes powered with a Kirin 710 processor clubbed with 4 GB of RAM. Kirin 710 is much powerful than the Kirin 659 and Nova 3i scores around 1,38,000 on the Antutu giving a good challenge to the likes of Mi A2 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the performance. The gaming and multitasking experience is super smooth and no lags or hiccups could be observed.

Let us talk about the camera where the nova 3i comes with the dual camera on both front and back as was seen in the Honor 9i and the Honor 9 lite. The rear camera is vertically placed with dual sensors of 16MP and 2MP where the 2 MP is a depth sensor to take the portrait shots for bokeh effects. Here the shots are good in the daylight which crisp shots. The camera has AI features, where if you are clicking in the AI mode, it detects the objects and beautifies the image based on the algorithms. You also have the option to select the non-AI image if you like that for certain scenarios. you also get Qmoji support to animate your expression and voice. For the rear camera,  it struggles a bit on the low light shots and there is no 4K video support which is a bit of disappointment. If you are into shooting a lot of videos from the rear camera, we will not suggest you go for this as there a lot of better options available.

The front camera has a 24MP and 2MP dual sensors are located inside the notch and does not fail to impress us anytime. The front camera of Nova 3i clicks some exceptional photos and with a dedicated depth sensor for the bokeh effect, and the portrait clicks are also just amazing and spot on. We also get the AI support for the front camera as well on the 3i and helps to beautify the scenes with its AI recognition. 

This smartphone supports some other features like AI shopping and AI to directly buy by clicking any object in the image. It also supports AI gallery that allows you to search for similar images based on the sample images.

Nova 3i comes with a 128 GB of internal storage which can be expanded using the hybrid micro SD card slot up to 256 GB. The smartphone runs on EMUI 8.2 built on Android 8.1 Oreo and has a smooth usage. It supports both face (throught the front camera) and fingerprint unlock and both are quick and accurate. 

The battery on Huawei Nova 3i is rated at 3340 mAh and runs through the day with a normal day to day usage like messaging, listening to songs and browsing over the internet. Nova 3i has a micro USB slot and not a Type C  and neither does the screen has scratch protection which are some of the disappointments. Also, there is no IP rating on this phone so keep it safe from the water and dust.

So what you get in this 20k budget smartphone are beautiful looks, decent camera and good performance. But before you make a decision and have a knack of powerful performance over the looks, then look at the Honor play review which was launched a few days after the Huawei Nova 3i and comes with Kirin 970 and offers much better performance, better battery but harder to grab as it comes in flash sale.

 

 

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8. Samsung Galaxy J8

Galaxy J8

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch HD Plus Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Colors

Best Price ₹18999



Brief Review:

Samsung Galaxy J8 is the next smartphone under 20000 to hold an infinity display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. As seen in almost all the Samsung smartphones of above 15000 range, they come with an AMOLED display. This Galaxy J8 has a screen size of 6 inches with HD Plus resolution. The screen is bright and has a good colour reproduction but it is only the Samsung phones that provide HD Plus display in this price range while other smartphones offer Full HD Display. But on the other hand, Samsung uses Super AMOLED display in all its smartphones, which is one of the best in the smartphone. So you will have no issues watching movies or videos on the phone as the colours on the screen are sharp and bright.

Talking about the build quality, this phone is build of polycarbonate(plastic body) and the frame in between is of metal. The quality is decent and feels good to hold in hand. Samsung Galaxy A6 priced at 22000 offers metal build quality but the camera performance is much better in Galaxy J8 as discussed below, J8 also has a bigger display and is priced around 3000 less than the A6.

Galaxy J8 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with 4 GB of RAM and scores around 57000 on the AnTuTu Benchmark. The processor is same as seen in the Redmi 5 and the Antutu score is much lower when compared to the powerful Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.  But with Samsung optimizations, the phone works fine for day to day usage with no lags observed, though playing very high-end games will not be feasible and is not suggested. Using multiple applications at a time are smooth but not top notch. 4GB of RAM has a good role to play here for the multitasking so normal day to day browsing, using the camera, YouTube and low to mid-end games will go on smoothly.

Samsung has put a special focus on camera in all the latest phone launch, and this Galaxy J8 follows the same trend. It gets a dual rear camera of 16 MP(f/1.9) and 5MP(f/1.7) with a single LED flash placed vertically in the middle on the back. The front camera has a 16MP sensor with a LED flash. Both the front and rear camera click brilliant images with perfect colour contrast and saturation. The bokeh effect from the rear camera just looks amazing and overall the camera is one of the best in this price range and surely going to give a tough competition. The low light shots are also perfect with very little or no noise.

With the rear camera, Samsung J8 has introduced three new features to allow click and create the different type of images and they are Portrait Dolly, Background Blur Shape and Portrait Backdrop. In the Background Blur Shape,  it allows the user to add a soft touch to the blur and applies different shapes like heart, butterflies, stars etc. In the Portrait Dolly feature, which creates a GIF of the image where the main person or object zooms out of the background adding a cinematic feel. In the last Portrait Backdrop feature, which allows you to change the focus of the image after clicking it (LIVE FOCUS), and blurs the rest of the image and also adds some cool funky effects in the background.

This smartphone also a new feature of "Chat Over Video" which allows you to chat while watching the video on the phone. The chatting background box is transparent and a pop up comes on one corner that allows you to chat simultaneously while watching the video in the background.

It comes with an internal storage of 64 GB and can be expanded up to 256 GB using a dedicated MicroSD card slot and can be used as a proper dual sim smartphone. Galaxy J8 supports a fingerprint unlocking and the sensor is placed just below the rear camera setup. It also supports face unlocking and both methods are accurate and work smoothly. Samsung Galaxy J8 runs on Android Oreo 8.0 and has very little bloatware. The skin is smooth and easy to use.

Galaxy J8 is powered by a battery rated at 3500 mAh and easily works throughout the day, there is no fast charging available with this smartphone, which only a few smartphones support in this price range. The handset comes with a Samsung branded earphone is the box which no company offers these days and there is also a one-time screen replacement free of cost if you buy this phone before 31st July 2018.  There is no IP rating on this phone so keep it protected from dust and water. 

The Samsung J series like the Samsung Galaxy J6 and this Galaxy J8 have better value for money compared to the other smartphones and one of our top picks if you are looking for a Samsung phone under 20k.

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9. Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus

Galaxy A6 Plus

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹18990



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Samsung Galaxy A6 plus is the higher variant launched along with the Samsung Galaxy A6 in May 2018. As always the build quality is amazing, with not the top notch but a decent camera and a low value for Money score. Let us talk about each of the features of Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy A6+ is slightly bigger than the Galaxy A6 with a 6-inch Super AMOLED Panel with a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. The display comes from the line of famous Samsung ‘Infinity Displays’ so its tall at an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. This makes up the pixel density to be ~411PPI which is quite better than Samsung Galaxy A6’s ~292PPI. This difference is well seen in real life as well, where we find the A6+ having a more bright, punchy and crispier display with better contrast levels. So, this sets it out straight - Samsung Galaxy A6+ doesn’t only have a bigger screen but a better screen than Galaxy A6. There are some bezels up top and bottom as well. There’s is no notch, and the top houses an array of sensors, earpiece, front camera and a soft LED flash for selfies in low-light.

On the rear, the device is again identical to Galaxy A6 with premium metal design and quite visible antenna bands in a rounded pattern. The striking difference comes in the camera housing, where Samsung Galaxy A6+ has a dual camera set up against one on the Galaxy A6. The fingerprint sensor sits right below the cameras and again, we don’t like the position as It often leads to fingers on camera and is quite difficult to reach as well. The device is quite gorgeous and quite slippery as It comes sleek at 7.9mm thickness and weighs over 190 grams, It definitely gets tough to grip this one tight for longer durations. In all, we love the design and build quality of Samsung Galaxy A6+, Its an absolutely beautiful device with some amazing build quality with zero compromises.

Samsung Galaxy A6+ is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450. Yes, the same Snapdragon 450 found in Xiaomi Redmi 5, the budget champion. We are quite shocked with Samsung’s choices here, being a mid-ranger the least we expected is a Snapdragon 600 series SoC but the situation is even worse here. Ergo, the performance is like a budget smartphone and multitasking is quite not what we would expect with lags and hangs as the number of apps get more. On the Antutu Benchmark, the Samsung Galaxy A6+ scores around 57000 which is quite low for a performance index of a mid-range smartphone.

Adreno 506 serves as GPU and It works fine with most games but we did observe some stutter and frame drops in normal mode in some heavy games like Asphalt 8. All of this is backed by 4GB of RAM, which is great but makes quite a weird combination with Snapdragon 450.  The result is, that the smartphone is able to keep more apps in memory and hence switching is a bit faster. There is an option for expandable storage up to 256GB with a dedicated MicroSD card besides the 64GB of onboard storage. Everyday tasks are smooth and the UI is responsive, If you aren’t much of a heavy user, the smartphone performance isn’t gonna concern you a lot, but in comparison with other mid-rangers like the Nokia 7 Plus or even some lesser ones like Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A6+ eats dust. 

The camera is perhaps the best thing about Samsung Galaxy A6, and it doesn’t get much different here with a single sensor now being replaced by dual sensors with the primary sensor being 16 MP (f/1.7) and secondary being 5 MP (f/1.9) with LED flash. The presence of two sensors makes Galaxy A6+ portrait mode capable. The camera performs the best at the price with best colour accuracy and dynamic range. The sensor taps on a lot of details but exposure gets misplaced at times which can be corrected with a tap to focus. There is some noise in low-light shots but they are still admirable. Moreover, the A6+ can intelligently detect objects or scenes being shot, and optimise camera settings accordingly, to get the ‘best’ shot.  We like the camera on A6+ in all, it is probably the best camera in the range right now with some micro issues, that you can look over like the colour temperature and some absurd bokeh shots at times.

The front camera is brighter with a 24 MP (f/1.9) coupled with a LED flash, and the selfies are just stunning. The front flash accompanies you through dark times and It never let us down, It gets super bright making it virtually impossible to distinguish selfies taken in daylight to ones taken at night. The big sensor keeps all the details, intact with some reasonable noise. Samsung Galaxy A6+ as a camera is quite excelling

On the software side, Android Oreo 8.0 is the in charge, with Samsung Experience 9.0 skin on top. We see a ton of redundant apps from Samsung and Google for the same thing, and now some of the apps by Microsoft have also laid permanent claim to the device. We can’t let go of the word, ‘bloated’ here. The best you can do is put all the apps in a folder, forget about it and smile. Nonetheless, we felt no hiccups while tinkering around and playing with Samsung Experience, It is still responsive and fluid like before.

There is a Non-Removable, Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery at play here, which lasts for a day at best. Samsung has had a rough time in the past with batteries so we don’t really blame them for playing safe but compared to other smartphones with the same amount of battery, Galaxy A6+ tend to last less, maybe this can be attributed to software or the general chemistry of Samsung batteries is different. A MicroUSB 2.0 port sits at the bottom for charging, yeah, no USB-C here, additionally, there is no fast charging.

The speaker on the A6+ is identical to one on the A6, so there is not much to compare here in sound quality as well. The speaker is reasonably loud but has a bit shrill in Its signature. There is a dedicated microphone for active noise cancellation during calls, which we found out to be pretty effective during our testing. The sound output via headphones is a whole different story with Dolby Atmos. The sound quality, staging and clarity are just as we’d expect from a Dolby Atmos capable device and we are quite delighted. Samsung hasn’t mentioned any IP rating for the device, so we assume none and advise you to keep It way far from liquids and dust. The panel is an OLED panel, has Samsung’s always-on features where you don’t have to wake the smartphone to see time, notifications and other basic stuff. It makes life somewhat easy. 

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10. LG V30 Plus

V30 Plus

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch Quad HD+ 1440p
  • Back Camera: 16MP+13MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 3300mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Silver Colors

Best Price ₹24999



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LG launched Its flagship of the year, LG V30+ in August 2017. Reinforcing the trend of bezel-less displays, V30+ ditches bezels, and is packed in a beautiful design that never fails to impress. On the top and bottom, you do get some bezels, for housing the camera and speakers.

The smartphone flaunts a 6.0-inch P-OLED by LG, similar to one found on Google Pixel 2 XL, but with no widespread controversies to go along with it. The edge to edge screen, at an aspect ratio of 18:9, with a resolution of 1440 x 2880, packs an enormous pixel density of ~537 PPI. The screen justifies the praise with Its colors, crispness, and vibrancy. It handles contrast quite well too. With mercy on your eyes as the colors are not Samsung level saturated but still not the most natural and accurate like iPhone X.

The LG V30 Plus display has a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, to give you some assurance with your careless handling. Nonetheless, the display is really impressive and tops everything else from LG, right now. It's not in the league of Samsung and Apple, but LG is doing pretty well.

The LG V30 Plus has a Snapdragon 835 at its core, much like every other flagship of 2017. The performance is undoubtedly blazing fast. The SoC is supported by 4GB of RAM, which might seem less on a flagship level to you compared with others like the OnePlus and Samsung Note 8, It still is a lot more than you would require for your multitasking dreams.

On the graphics front, we have Adreno 540 packed inside the Snapdragon 835, that makes the heaviest of games, quite smooth on this device. The performance as expected is flagship grade, with smoothness and fluidity in all the workloads, no hiccups on stutter whatsoever.

That’s what you expect from a flagship and LG promises that with V30 Plus. When comparing with other flagships of 2017, do expect a little less on benchmarking numbers compared to others with more RAM or better system optimisations, in real life, It really doesn’t matter much. On AnTuTu benchmark, the V30+ scores a bit higher than the Samsung Galaxy S8+ at 174456 points. On the GeekBench, It scores 1903 in single core, less than the Samsung Galaxy S8+’s 2006. On multi-core tests, LG V30+ scores 6495.

LG V30+ is LG’s flagship of the year 2017, and It clearly shows in the camera performance as well. There’s a dual camera organization with a 16MP sensor (f/1.6, OIS, PDAF) + 13MP (f/1.9), on paper this is probably the best camera setup of the year in all flagships, the performance doesn’t justify those numbers fully, though. It doesn’t match up or even put up an edge to edge competition with other contemporaries like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 or the HTC U11 or Apple iPhone X. Google’s Pixel 2 is in another league. The smartphone does good with low-light photos, all thanks to those wide aperture lenses. LG’s Image processing is to blame here, and certainly, It can get better with updates to software, which isn’t the case here.

The video prowess of LG V30+ is also supreme, LG’s camera software is great with tons of configuration options, inside the camera app itself. If you are into raw videography and editing, you’ll fall in love for sure. Again, the numbers don’t match up with the performance but It is not that bad either. Pro Tip: Don’t compare it with the likes of Pixel 2, iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8 and you’ll be at peace.

On the front, you get a 5MP sensor, which is again decent but not the best of the lot. The low-light selfie lovers aren’t going to be much pleased with a f/2.2 aperture on the front shooter.

LG V30+ is powered by Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) out of the box, with no solid promises from LG regarding the coveted Oreo update. Android Nougat no doubt is good, but It is a 2-year old software, Oreo is considerably better and brings a lot more to the device, sadly V30+ doesn’t have that update in sight.

The LG V30 Plus comes with an average 3300 mAH battery, which works fine and will pull you through the day, but If you are a heavy user, the battery might not last for a full day. The smartphone is also enabled with Wireless charging if you are into it.

Also into the mix is QuickCharge 3.0, with 50% of battery in just 36min of charge. Let's talk about the IP Rating now, the V30+ is IP68 certified, so totally dust and water resistant, Peace of Mind.

The LG V30+ comes in at a price of Rs.44,990 in India and can be bought from  Amazon. The pricing is certainly aggressive but doesn’t match up against the likes of OnePlus 5T. If you need great performance and stunning design then go for it.

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So this was our article on best camera phones under 25000. We hope it was helpful and you were able to find a suitable smartphone. If you are still confused and thinking about which one you should buy then go with our favorite

Our Favorite Camera Phone Under 25000

Our favorite phone under 25000 is the Vivo V11 Pro. It looks stunning, comes with decent hardware, has a dual camera on the back. 

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