Best Under 25,000 Cellphones In India In December 2021: OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11 Lite Among Best Buys


The year is about to end and now is a great time to pick up on some of the best smartphones in each price segment, especially if you are planning to pick up a new one. This year, we’ve seen an increased focus on mid-range phones. Most of these devices, launched between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000, offer customers excellent features (some of which were previously only available on flagship phones) at a reasonable price.

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The category has been largely dominated by Xiaomi and OnePlus. Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 Lite and Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G for around Rs 25,000. These two phones focused more on feel and user experience than hardware. Meanwhile, OnePlus Nord CE is more of a all-rounder that has something to offer in every department. It also differentiates itself from others with better software experience.

So if you are planning to buy a new phone, here are the best cell phones under 25,000 rupees in India in December 2021.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G

Many people believed that OnePlus Nord CE 5G was unable to compete with the hype of the first and first Nord smartphone. In fact, it was as good as the first North. The OnePlus Nord CE 5% is an excellent value for money smartphone. It has a 6.43 inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080×2400 pixels and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor. The phone packs a 4,500mAh battery with support for Warp Charge 30T Plus fast charging. The smartphone has a 64-megapixel main sensor with an f / 1.79 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel lens. It brings a 16 mega-pixel selfie camera.

Our verdict – We’ve found the OnePlus Nord CE 5G to be an incredible value product that offers great performance, display, and battery prowess. Some of the only things that don’t go in its favor are the plastic construction and the performance of the camera which requires tuning. Otherwise the Nord CE 5G is a great buy under Rs 25,000.

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Mi 11 Lite

The only reason to skip Mi 11 Lite is probably the lack of 5G support. Otherwise, it is the best option in this price category. The phone looks great, is extremely light, and provides a great experience in the hand. It also has one of the best screens in this segment. The phone has a 6.55 inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080×2400 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor coupled with 6 GB RAM options and 8 GB. The smartphone packs a 4,250 mAh battery with support for 33 W fast charging. It sports a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide and a 5-megapixel macro sensor.

Our verdict – Mi 11 Lite is a decent package for those looking for a functional device that won’t let them down during everyday use. Yes, it lacks 5G support, but then that’s a trade-off you can make for a gorgeous device.

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Motorola Edge 20 Fusion

Motorola has tried to close the gap with Xiaomi, Realme, and OnePlus over the past couple of years. The Edge range is a perfect example. So the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion is our next pick on the list. The phone features a 6.7 inch OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate and centered hole punch for the camera. It has a side fingerprint scanner, a dedicated Google Assistant button and is rated IP52. The phone comes with the MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor and is paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The phone runs a lightweight Android 11-based MyUX interface that delivers a near-stock Android experience.

Our verdict – Motorola has done a fabulous job with the Edge 20 Fusion. The smartphone costs Rs 21,999 but comes with an excellent camera, interesting specs. In terms of performance, there were also no visible lags that could put a user off. The screen has excellent viewing angles, and if you’re a gamer, you’ll probably enjoy your playing time.

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The iQOO Z3 was one of the most underrated mid-range smartphones of 2021. It had almost all the features you want in a value-for-money phone. The iQOO Z3 is equipped with a 6.58-inch Full HD + display, a 4,400 mAh battery and a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor and a 2 megapixel macro. There is a 16-megapixel selfie camera on board. The smartphone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G 5G SoC coupled with 6GB and 8GB RAM options.

Our verdict – The iQOO Z3 5G is a great everyday smartphone that can handle multitasking and gaming with ease. It has an attractive design and offers solid battery life. However, the cameras aren’t great.

Read our full review here.


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