Smartphone components have progressively turned cheaper bringing down the overall cost of making smartphones with decent specifications. Along with the decrease in pricing, the progressing technology has enabled manufacturers to reduce the size of the said components to take lesser space inside the device. Smartphone processors and RAM are two of the most essential parts that have evolved over the years to keep pace with the increasing computing demand of latest technologies and improving the software.
Evolution of technology and decreased pricing has enabled a number of smartphone makers to pack more RAM inside smartphones with each progressing year. A few years back, it was almost impossible to imagine smartphones with 3-4GB RAM. Such amount of RAM was only limited to laptops with 8GB RAM reserved for high-end gaming PCs or laptops. But now, flagship devices like the OnePlus 6, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S, and Razer Phone come with 8GB RAM with rumors of companies working on smartphones with 10GB RAM.
The increased RAM has enabled smartphones to provide a much smoother experience with no lag or stutter. It was also ensured that there is sufficient memory in the device for hassle-free multitasking where users can switch between multiple apps without any delay. The increase in competition between Chinese smartphone makers has pushed the price point of smartphone devices to affordable point where interested buyers don’t need to shell out Rs 35,000 to Rs 45,000 for a smartphone with good specifications. If you are looking for a smartphone with 4GB RAM and don’t want to shell out more than required, we have compiled a list of smartphones under Rs 25,000 to help your decision.
Oppo Realme 1
Realme 1 is the latest smartphone brand to enter the Indian market with the intent to push the pricing lower to keep up with the existing competition in the market. The company is offering the 4GB RAM variant with 64GB internal storage for Rs 10,990, and the 6GB RAM variant with 128GB internal storage for Rs 13,990. The highlight of the device is that it packs MediaTek Helio P60, and that diamond-cut finish on the back of the device to give is a premium finish, something that we only get to see in mid-range or mid-premium range of smartphones.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Xiaomi is one of the first companies to bring smartphones with good specifications down to the budget. It’s the latest offering in the Redmi Note series, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, is priced starting Rs 14,999 and comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant is priced at Rs 16,999. The highlight of the device is the dual camera setup on the back along with 20-megapixel front camera, and the 4,000mAh battery.
Xiaomi Redmi 5
The Redmi 5 is the second lineup by Xiaomi that pushes the price further down by introducing a 2GB RAM variant with 16GB internal storage, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 for Rs 7,999. The 4GB RAM variant of the device along with 64GB internal storage is priced at Rs 10,999, an easy Rs 6,000 cheaper than the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Rs 1,000 cheaper than the Redmi Note 5 with similar storage and RAM configuration.
Honor 9 Lite
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor took the fight to Xiaomi with its Honor 9 Lite. The company focused on bringing a dual camera setup both on the front as well as the back of the device along with stellar glass-finish on the back. This made it look like the company took the design from mid-range to mid-premium devices, and pushed it down in the budget segment. The device comes with HiSilicon Kirin 659 with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage variant, and 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant. Honor has priced the 4GB RAM variant of the device at Rs 14,999, which is an easy Rs 2,000 cheaper than the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and Rs 4,000 more than the Redmi 5.
Huawei P20 Lite
Huawei P20 Lite is the toned down version of the premium offering, the Huawei P20 Pro. The company has packed the similar glass-back finish design with the P20 Lite that it shipped with the P20 Pro. The unique selling point of this device is the design, the 19:9 aspect ratio and notch along with the dual camera setup on the back. One thing to note here is that it comes with the same processor as in the Honor 9 Lite, HiSilicon Kirin 659. P20 Lite is selling in the Indian market for a price of Rs 19,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.
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Samsung Galaxy J6
Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) is the latest, 2018 version of the Galaxy J series from Samsung. The device comes with 64GB RAM and Exynos 7870 SoC for the 4GB RAM version. The highlight of the device is its 16-megapixel front and back camera sensor along with the dedicated microSD card slot. Samsung has priced the device for Rs 16,490, and the competition is giving the smartphone titan a fierce fight.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1)
Asus launched its Zenfone Max Pro (M1) earlier this month to bring the competition to other Chinese smartphone players in the Indian market. The company took the same approach as Xiaomi to push the pricing even lower to offer a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 device along with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage for Rs 12,999 and the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant for Rs 14,999. The highlight of this device is the dual camera setup on the back with 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors along the 16-megapixel camera setup on the front of the device and the 5.99-inch LCD display with 18:9 aspect ratio.
HMD Global launched its Nokia 6.1 in April 2018 along with Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The company is offering near-stock Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out-of-the-box along with a 16-megapixel camera featuring Zeiss optics for Rs 18,999. The highlight of this device is that it is part of the Android One Program, which means that it will be updated with the latest updates as soon as they are available. HMD Global has already promised that the device will get Android P update.
Vivo India launched its Vivo V9 in March with Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The highlight of the device is the 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 19:9 aspect ratio and the dual camera setup with 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel camera sensors on the back of the device. Vivo has priced the device at Rs 21,199.
Oppo F7 was launched around the same time when Vivo launched its V9 in the Indian market. F7 comes with MediaTek Helio P60, a 4GB RAM variant with 64GB internal storage and a 6GB RAM variant with 128GB internal storage. The highlight of the device is its Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.0 Operating system along with the 6.23-inch LCD display with 19:9 aspect ratio. The 4GB RAM variant is selling in the market for Rs 21,990 while the 6GB RAM variant is selling for Rs 26,990 making it out of the budget for this list.
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