Best Budget Smartphones Under PKR 25,000

Do you feel uncomfortable with the idea of dishing out over Rs. 50,000 for a top-of-the-line smartphone? It’s not at all surprising to note that many people can’t reason with squandering so much on a smartphone. Good news is that you can pay significantly lesser and still enjoy the complete smartphone experience.

Motorola Moto G (2014 edition)

moto g 2014

This iteration of Moto G simply builds on the impressive mix that the predecessor proved to be. The new dual SIM Moto G brings along a slightly bigger display and a much enhanced camera. It features a 5-inch 720p IPS display that is nearly as sharp as the original Moto G’s. The camera has an improved 8-megapixel sensor that is capable of capturing better quality images and videos.

The new Moto G packs a Snapdragon 400 Quad core processor under the hood. It’s well capable of running most operations with Android 4.4 KitKat at its back. The addition of microSD card now means that users can finally exapand storage; a feature that wasn’t available before. Motorola advertizes the dual front facing speakers with much zest but they aren’t really something to write home about.

Minimum price: Rs. 19,999

Sony Xperia M2

sony xperia m2

If looks matter to you atleast as much as the phone specs and price, you probably shouldn’t overlook this beauty. The M2 resembles the stylish Z2 if you look at it from a distance. That doesn’t mean it looks displeasing up close; quite the contrary actually. The phone homes a 4.8-inch qHD display with a resolution of 960×540 pixels. The resolution may be on the lower side but that also contributes to speed.

Snapdragon 400 Quad core processor keeps things ticking and runs the Android 4.3 that rests below Sony’s own interface. An 8-megapixel camera takes advantage of the exciting camera modes introduced on Xperia Z2. Moreover, the battery will last you up to two days depending on your usage. There’s even 4G support to help you connect to the world significantly faster.

Minimum price: Rs. 22,499

Asus Zenfone 5

asus zenfone 5

Asus is renowned for the build quality of its phones. Lately, it has made a mark with bang for buck smartphones in Zenfone series. The Zenfone 5 is no exception. The smartphone manages to offer itself for cheap while offering so much to the user. It’s the second smartphone in this range to offer 2GB of RAM.

The 5-inch 720p IPS display is a treat to look at. Besides that, there is an 8-megapixel shooter to satisfy your urge for photography. The Intel Atom Z2580 Dual core processor takes charge of running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box. Users can always upgrade it to Android 4.4 KitKat if they wish.

Minimum price: Rs. 21,999

Motorola Moto E

Motorola Moto E

If you thought Moto G was cheap, Motorola went even crazier with the pricing of Moto E smartphone. Frankly, it’s not the revolutionary that Moto G proved to be but Moto E still manages to better most in terms of basics. The phone comes equipped with a 4.3-inch display that is passable, to be fair. The Gorilla Glass 3 does add an extra bit of protection to the 540p screen, though.

With features such as Motorola Migrate, Alert and Assist apps, it runs Android 4.4.2 without hogging it with a customized layer. Dual core Snapdragon 200 processor is a moderate addition but one that gets the job done. Don’t expect wonders with graphics intensive games, though. The 5-megapixel camera without a front-facer and flash might be a bummer for some. However, the front-facing speaker and above average battery life qualify as nice additions to the mix.

Minimum price: Rs. 12,900

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi has made quite a name for itself with the value for money that its smartphones promise. Xiaomi Redmi Note mimics the specs of Galaxy Note 3 while costing so much lesser. That says a lot about a Chinese company trying to take the competition head first. The hardened glass for screen protection adds a bit of bulk to the phone but that may not worry many given the phone’s impressive specs.

The 5.5-inch 720p IPS display sports a pixel density of 267ppi. There’s Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean with Xiaomi’s own MIUI 5 to complement it. The 1.7GHz Octa core Cortex A7 CPU along with 2GB of RAM power this dual SIM beast like no other in this range. There’s also a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash that records videos at 1080p. Moreover, the 5-megapixel front facing camera will fulfill your selfie desires.

Minimum price: Rs. 23,990

Note 1: The minimum price reflects the lowest manufacturer pricing. The prices are higher when imported or purchased in Pakistan but still fall under PKR 25,000.

Note 2: These phones are readily available at most online Pakistani shops. 


  • I think you forgot to mention the beauty by Samsung which is Galaxy Grand Prime(SM-G530H) which is available for Rs.21000 with
    Kitkat 4.4.4
    Dual Sim
    8 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera

    • i believe Its way too mainstream and not the kind of powerhouse other phones with that price are. Just look at Moto G and Asus Zenfone 5!

      • So you want a powerhouse :) Read this:

        Qmobile Noir X800 (Price: 20,500 Rs)
        Internal 16GB, 2GB RAM, 1.4GHz Cortex-A7 Octa-Core Processor, 3G, 7.6 mm slim, 4.7 inch HD (1280 x 720) screen, 13MP (Sony Sensor) Auto Focus rear Camera with LED Flash, 5MP front camera, Android 4.4, Dual SIM (Micro SIMs only),GPS, Battery 2000 mAH, External 32GB supported, Bluetooth 4.0 etc (Only drawback is 4G unsupported).

  • Frankly speaking, if I were to buy a new phone right now, it wouldn’t be any of these models listed above, but a year old flagship be it new or used. Just sounds more value for money to me.

  • Nice list. Moto G set the trend for these phones no doubt. I also love the look of Zenfones and Xperia M2. Xiaomi Redmi Note is such a powerful phone for so cheap!

    • You cant possibly get anything besides Nokia, Samsung, Qmobile, Oppo and the likes with warranty in Pakistan. They are not good enough and dont provide value for money like most other phones. They are just cashing on their name if you ask me. If we keep going after warranty we will be stuck with these few brands.

      • Tajdar bhai, Sony phones are now available with official warranty. Inovi Technologies is the supplier. Check their website and FaceBook page if you don’t trust my comment

  • I guess the survey was not been conducted properly, the name of Huawei Honor 3C is not been included in the list.

    • Look at my comment below. That could be one reason why. I dont think its as good as others on the list to be honest.

  • Kisi Indian blog ko to copy nhi kar liya? Moto E 19 ka or Moto G 29 ka mil rha hai..

    • Shaykh sahab, pricematch.pk pe verify kar lain. pakistani qeemtain hi hain. Aap kaheen bhaarat ke doray par to naheen?

  • The writer has no knowledge of Pakistani market is seems and has written the article in isolation. Please be more realistic when making such lists.

    • Yet another troll. Go back to the hole you came from unless you’ve got suggestions to contribute rather than spilling your filth around posts.

  • I think Huawei Honor 3C is one of the best too…
    Rs 21000
    8 GB internal , 2 GB RAM
    8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash and 5 MP fornt camera
    Li-Po 2300 mAh battery
    5.0 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

  • As a professional i would suggest LG G-2 i this budget. Because all the models mentioned above have unfortunately no resell value in Pakistani market.

  • None of these phones are officially available in Pakistan. Can you please post something more useful like where to buy these phones at that price in Pakistan.

  • I wanna to buy new cell or tab in the range of 15000 to 25000, but i am confused which cell phone is best for me….???

  • Just forget all these phones because moto g (3rd gen) makes all these phones look like toys….. The best budget phone yet


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