Xiaomi 11i 5G, Samsung Galaxy M52 5G to iQOO Z5 5G- Technology News, Firstpost
Ameya DalvicFebruary 15, 2022 16:40:24 IST
Our full list of phones under Rs 25,000 this month is ready for 5G. And the good doesn’t stop there. We’ve got phones with 108MP cameras, powerful processors, high-refresh AMOLED displays, and more to appeal to a wider audience. Pick the one that ticks the most boxes for you. Time to meet the couple.
Best phones to buy under Rs 25,000 in India
iQOO Z5 5G/ Z3 5G
The iQOO duo keeps its spot on our list. The iQOO Z5 5G and Z3 5G are not much different from each other and offer impressive features and performance. The top-end variant of the iQOO Z3 5G with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage can be bought comfortably on this budget, and Amazon India is currently offering an additional Rs 1,500 off it. It is powered by Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 768 SoC.
It has a sharp 6.58-inch Full HD+ LCD display with HDR10 compliance and 120 Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling in compatible apps. Photography is handled by three rear cameras consisting of a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide snapper, and a 2MP macro camera. A 16MP selfie camera is housed in a drop-notch at the top of the screen. A 4400 mAh battery will keep the phone powered for more than a day of moderate use. You also get a 55W fast charger in the bundle for quick charging.
The iQOO Z5 5G offers minor but significant upgrades over the Z3. It has a faster and more recent Snapdragon 778 SoC. Internal storage has been upgraded to a faster UFS 3.1 standard from version 2.2. It has a larger 6.67-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The battery capacity has been bumped up to 5000 mAh, but you get a relatively slower 44W fast charger, which promises to charge 50% of the battery in 23 minutes.
You will generally get the 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant in this budget, but due to a Rs 3,000 direct discount on Amazon India, you can also get the 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage variant under 25K while the offer is valid. Each of the phones runs Android 11 with FunTouch UI, and the company promises two major Android updates on both devices. While the Z3 comes with FunTouch UI 11.1, the Z5 offers the newer version 12 out of the box. The camera department is identical on both phones.
iQOO Z3 5G price in India: Rs 21,490 to Rs 22,990 for 8GB RAM / 256GB storage
iQOO Z5 5G price in India: Rs 21,990 to Rs 23,990 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage; Rs 23,990 (discounted) for 12GB RAM / 256GB storage
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G
Samsung has a great option for a change in this budget, and without going overboard with the thickness or weight. The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is also powered by a Snapdragon 778 SoC and is accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal (expandable) storage. It has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Despite the larger screen and 5000 mAh battery, it weighs less than 175 grams and is quite slim with a thickness of only 7.4 mm.
The camera department is quite versatile with a combination of a 64MP primary camera, 12MP ultrawide shooter and a 5MP macro camera to take some quality photos in different modes. The 32 MP selfie camera embedded in a small hole at the top of the display will interest the selfie enthusiasts. The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G runs on Android 11 with One UI 3.1.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G price in India: Rs 24,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage
Xiaomi 11i 5G
The fairly recent Xiaomi 11i 5G is something that photo enthusiasts love to look at, thanks to its 108MP camera. The supporting cast consists of an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP macro camera. The 16MP front camera is good enough for selfies and video calls. This 5G phone is powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 920 SoC and you get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which can be further expanded with a microSD card.
The Xiaomi 11i 5G has a 6.67-inch Full HD+ HDR10 compatible Super AMOLED display that can get up to 1200 nits bright. This also supports a 120Hz refresh rate for a flicker-free experience in compatible apps, and is protected from scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. A 5160 mAh battery lasts for nearly a day and a half with moderate use, and the bundled 67W turbo charger claims to go from 0 to 50% in just 13 minutes. This Xiaomi phone runs Android 11 with MIUI 12.5.
Xiaomi 11i 5G price in India: Rs 24,999 for 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is the second phone on this list to show off a 108MP camera, which is one of its main selling points. The supporting cast consists of an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Not to mention the 32MP front camera that does an excellent job of taking selfies and video calls. This phone is powered by a modest Mediatek Dimensity 800U chip and you get a choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM along with 128GB of internal (expandable) storage.
This phone has a 6.7-inch Full HD+ HDR10+ compatible OLED display that can display over a billion shades of color. A refresh rate of 90 Hz makes scrolling significantly smoother than standard 60 Hz screens. The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion has a 5000 mAh battery that lasts more than a day and a half with moderate use and supports 30W fast charging. And since this is a Motorola phone, it runs Android 11 with a clean and near-stock user interface, which means another plus.
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion price in India: Rs 21,499 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage; Rs 22,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage
OnePlus North CE
And finally, we have the cheapest OnePlus smartphone in this country, the Nord CE. We’ve included this phone on this list primarily for one reason: OxygenOS, which we believe is still one of the best Android UIs (before version 12). The OnePlus Nord CE runs Android 11 with OxygenOS 11. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 750G SoC, which may not be as powerful as some of the chips above but is good enough to keep things running smoothly here.
Speaking of smooth, this phone has a 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. You get 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage variant in this budget. The camera department is staffed by a 64MP primary camera along with an 8MP ultra-wide shooter and a 2MP depth sensor. The 4500 mAh battery can keep the phone running for more than a day of moderate use, and the included 30W charger will get it back up to date in no time.
OnePlus Nord CE price in India: Rs 24,999 for 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage