Samsung Galaxy M51, Vivo V20, Redmi K20 Pro: best smartphones under Rs 25,000 (November 2020)


The meaning of the mid-range smartphone segment has now changed. Even phones that fall under Rs 25,000 are now called mid-range phones. But if your budget is now less than Rs 25,000 and you want a good smartphone then you can get many smartphones equipped with flagship features. OnePlus Nord recently caused panic in this segment and now Vivo and Samsung have turned up the heat by launching their two powerful smartphones in this segment. Vivo V20 and V20 SE are above OnePlus Nord in our list of the best smartphones under Rs 25,000 and the most powerful in this segment is the Samsung Galaxy M51 which has a massive 7,000 mAh battery, not 5,000 mAh or 6,000 mAh. Apart from this, Samsung has equipped the latest M51 with many more great features. Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 series still remains a part of this list. So don’t wait any longer and let’s get started with this November list of best mobile phones under Rs 25,000.

Samsung Galaxy M51

Samsung calls its Galaxy M51 the “battery monster” and it’s true. The Galaxy M51 is equipped with a massive 7,000 mAh battery, the highest battery capacity of any Samsung Galaxy smartphone. If you’re looking for the best battery life on a smartphone, the Galaxy M51 is definitely the best option. We were able to use the smartphone for about 2 days on a single charge. Charging was also fast, as it comes with a 25W fast charger.

Samsung Galaxy M51 boasts a large 6.7-inch screen with Full HD+ resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. There is a perforated screen on the top, which can be seen in most smartphones these days.

Samsung has opted for the Snapdragon 730G chipset to power the Galaxy M51 and it performs well. The Samsung Galaxy M51 is available in two variants including 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage in the base variant and 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage in the high-end variant. The phone will get a quad-camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. Galaxy M51 runs on Samsung’s OneUI OS based on Android 10.

Vivo V20

The main focus of Vivo’s latest V-series is design and camera setup. The Vivo V20 looks stunning in its new color options and is 7.38mm thin. If you prioritize design over other things, the V20 might be for you. On the front is a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor. At the top is the dewdrop notch.
The Vivo V20 will get three color options, with only the Sunset Melody color option getting a gradient finish. You get a glass back on the Vivo V20, which makes it feel more premium. The phone comes with a triple camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a macro camera, and a 2-megapixel mono camera. It has a 44-megapixel selfie shooter with i-autofocus.

The Vivo V20 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, which is paired with 8GB of RAM. Only one configuration is available with 128 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 1 TB. Vivo phone comes with Android 11.

Vivo V20 SE

The Vivo V20 SE was launched right after the Vivo V20, but is actually quite different. This smartphone has been launched at a low price, so it will get a lower resolution camera sensor and a different processor. It comes with a 6.44-inch AMOLED display like the Vivo V20 and also gets an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The Vivo V20 SE is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, which is relatively weak compared to the rest of the smartphones on this list. There is 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 1 GB. The performance is good enough to keep users happy with normal use, but users who use a lot may find it insufficient.

The V20 SE comes with a triple rear camera with a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera that supports macro photography and a 2-megapixel bokeh lens. It is equipped with a 32-megapixel selfie shooter that takes decent photos in different lighting conditions. Vivo V20 SE runs on FunTouch OS 11, which runs on Android 10. You also get a 4,100mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging.

OnePlus North

OnePlus Nord is OnePlus’ budget offering, which offers the same software experience as the OnePlus 8 and the camera also fits the flagship series to a great extent. The good thing for the fans is that the company has introduced OnePlus Nord at an aggressive price. OnePlus has amoled display, warp charge fast charging and keep a good battery in this phone. However, compared to the flagship series, the company has also made some cutbacks such as the chipset and build quality. The OnePlus Nord still has glass on the back, but instead of the metal frame, a plastic frame is included, which looks like metal.
OnePlus Nord is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset. However, Nord comes with 5G support, which is not a useful feature in India at the moment, but you won’t feel left behind in the future. The app and game performance is good. It takes good photos and videos in daylight and the display comes with HDR 10+ support.

Quality is compromised in low light and this is the only major weakness of this phone. Battery life is great and the single speaker performs average but doesn’t disappoint. An impressive feature of OnePlus is the ability to shoot 4K selfie videos at 60fps, which even the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro can’t.

Redmi K20 Pro

The Redmi K20 Pro has gradually moved into the less than 25,000 range. It is a powerful smartphone with a pop-up selfie camera module. It gets a large 6.39-inch screen with no notch or perforation. The selfie camera has a resolution of 20 megapixels and is housed in a pop-up module.

The Redmi K20 Pro is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which was the flagship processor until last year. Redmi K20 Pro is available in two variants: 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. During the sale, you can get this phone for less than Rs 25,000. Xiaomi has used a 4000mAh battery in the Redmi K20 Pro and the phone supports 27W fast charging, but you only get an 18W charger in the box.

The Redmi K20 Pro’s triple rear camera features a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. The primary camera takes great photos in good light and the details are good too. There is a slight ton effect in the photos taken with the wide angle camera. The camera’s low-light performance was decent, but zooming in showed fine grain in the output.

Redmi K20

The Redmi K20 is a well-designed smartphone and at this price it can still outperform some of the recently launched devices. The Redmi K20 gets the same design as the Redmi K20 Pro, with a glass back and a striking gradient pattern on the back. The 6.39-inch AMOLED screen is good. It has a pop-up selfie camera, which gives a full view of the screen.

Redmi K20 runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset. There are two variants of the device, with the base variant coming with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The second will get 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. This phone does not have a microSD card slot to expand the storage, so you have to choose the variant according to your need. It performs very well although it can be compared to devices in the less than Rs 20,000 price range.

Xiaomi has given the Redmi K20 a triple camera setup on the back and a 20-megapixel selfie shooter on the front. We found that the performance of the camera was very good and the details in the photos came out better too. There is also an improvement in the wide-angle camera. The low-light performance of the camera was a little slow. Selfies were good but the selfie camera is a bit slow to come on. This phone also gets a 4,000mAh battery and gives a good backup.