Top 10 Phones under Rs 30,000 in India (2019) – Best Gadgetry

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Looking for the top mobile phone under Rs 30,000? We’ve compiled the list of the 10 best phones under Rs 30,000 for this month in India. These include some of the champs of yesteryear. You can expect lag-free performance and future updates on these handsets. Yes, they will run PUBG and what not. All of them come with Android 8.1 and above, and hopefully should get updated to Android 9.0 as well.

Also, all of these handsets are 4G LTE compatible and should work on Airtel and other 4G networks. Also, check the 10 best smartphones under Rs 25,000.

You can jump to the summary right away if you don’t want to go through a myriad of specs. So here are the top 10 mobile phones under 30k.

 

10 best smartphones under Rs 30,000 in India (2019):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 30,000*

 

1. Xiaomi POCO F1

Xiaomi POCO F1
6GB RAM, 64GB

6GB RAM, 128GB

8GB RAM, 256GB

8GB RAM, 256GB, Kevlar back

What’s good:
Here is a solid OnePlus challenger that costs way less than it. Snapdragon 845 under Rs 25,000 is good enough to obliterate the competition. Think of a flagship feature and this phone has it/ From dual cameras, to 8GB RAM, to mammoth storage, to a decent battery. Also, Android 9.0.

 

What could have been better:
The name’s a bit silly, no? Also, not necessarily a deal breaker, but there’s no NFC, wireless charging, or IP certification for water and dust resistance. Oh, and plastic body, unless you pick the kevlar version.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    64-256GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    6/8GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12 MP, f/1.9 + 5 MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging QC3
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Android 9.0
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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2. ASUS ZenFone 5Z

ASUS ZenFone 5Z

What’s good:
Here is a worthy OnePlus 6 competitor at a very competitive price. It offers top of the line processor, gargantous RAM and internal storage, decent cameras (on paper at least) and other bells and whistles you’d expect from a flagship phone. Also got updated to Android 9.0 recently.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12MP, f/1.8 + 8MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,300mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Android 9.0

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3. Samsung Galaxy S8

best phones under 45000 rs - Samsung Galaxy S8

What’s good:
S8 is Samsung’s flagship from 2017 and with that appealing design, manages to stand apart from the crowd. Even after almost two years since the announcement, the phone still looks like a good deal at the asking price. It is the only phone in the budget to offer a 2K display. The camera will be leagues better than the budget flagships too.

 

What could have been better:
The phone has a hybrid slot and might not have the best battery backup time compared to competitors. Also, 4GB RAM isn’t the standard in this budget.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    5.8 inch, sAMOLED
    1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) Exynos 8895
  • GPU
    Mali-G71 MP20
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/1.7, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/1.7
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1440p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Display
  • RAM
  • Internal memory
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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Vivo V15 Pro

Vivo V15 Pro

What’s good:
We have never liked notches. No, not even punch hole or teardrops. As such, we’re glad that the V15 Pro is here with its motorized pop-up selfie camera that results in an all screen front. Oh, and the pop-up camera is 32 megapixel. On the back, there’s an array of three impressive looking cameras lined up as well. You also get 128GB storage and 1 super AMOLED display. ANd did we mention Android 9.0 Pie and a large battery. The in-screen fingerprint scanner is a given.

 

What could have been better:
Don’t expect flagship performance from that processor. It’s not bad, no, it’s nothing too great either.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    185g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2316 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Qualcomm SD675 Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz & 6×1.7 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8 + 8 MP, 13mm + 5 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    32MP
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,700mAh, 18W charging VOOC
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • No-notch
  • Battery
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner

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Huawei Nova 3

Huawei Nova 3

What’s good:
Honor Nova 3 is one of the many Huawei phones in this budget. Again, this one is similar to the Honor View 10. You get a top of the line processor from last year and decent internal storage. The battery size looks adequate enough as well. Lastly, there’s Android 9.0 here.

 

What could have been better:
No sir, nothing. Although, the specs are way too similar to the much cheaper View 10.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    166g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Kirin 970
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP12
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual: 16 MP (f/1.8) + 24 MP, f/1.8 (B/W)
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS, 1080p 60fps rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP (f/2.0) + 2MP (depth)
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0

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Nokia 8.1

Nokia 8.1

What’s good:
While the Nokia 8 was a flagship, this one is sort of a mid-range flagship (yeah, that doesn’t make any sense). Anyway, the good thing about this phone is that it comes with Android 9.0, OIS on the camera, and a processor that, while not as good as the SD845, is ahead of the Snapdragon 660.

 

What could have been better:
Umm, hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 710 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.7GHzx6
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8, OIS + 13 MP
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • OIS
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Vivo V15

Vivo V15

What’s good:
Sibling to the F11 Pro the new V15 comes with a motorized pop up selfie cam which does away with the need for a notch. You also get a P70 which is as fast as the 660 (perhaps better). 6GB RAM and a 4,000mAh battery add to the value proposition along with 20W fast charging. It also features triple cameras on the back. Overall, we honestly like this more than the F11 Pro.

 

What could have been better:
We aren’t saying the processor is bad, but it’s the same processor that features on the Redmi 7. Also, 64GB storage looks underwhelming. Overall, we see this phone being overpriced.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    190g
  • Display
    6.53 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Mediatek Helio P70 Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz (A73) + 4×2.0 GHz (A53))
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8
    8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Mar, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Battery
  • No notch

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Oppo F11 Pro

OPPO F11 Pro

What’s good:
If you want a cheap phone with no-notches and all display, go no further. The F11 Pro comes with a motorized pop up selfie cam which does away with the need for a notch. You also get a P70 which is as fast as the 660 (perhaps better). 6GB RAM and a 4,000mAh battery add to the value proposition. That battery also charges at 20W.

 

What could have been better:
We aren’t saying the processor is bad, but its the same processor that features on the Redmi 7. Also, 64GB storage looks underwhelming. Overall, we see this phone being overpriced.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    190g
  • Display
    6.53 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Mediatek Helio P70 Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz (A73) + 4×2.0 GHz (A53))
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8
    5 MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Mar, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Charging rate
  • Battery
  • No notch

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VIVO X21

best phones under 40,000 - VIVO X21

What’s good:
What makes the VIVO X21 stand out is the fact that it comes with an in-screen fingerprint scanner. The phone also comes loaded with tons of RAM and memory.

 

What could have been better:
Snapdragon 660 is no match for the Snapdragon 835 or 845. Take out the in-screen fingerprint scanner and the AMOLED display and the specs are nothing different from a sub-20k phone.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    156g
  • Display resolution
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Display
    6.28 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260) Snapdragon 660
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    12MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,200mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Mar, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Processor

 


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Samsung Galaxy A9

Samsung Galaxy A9
6GB RAM

8GB RAM

What’s good:
And you thought two cameras on the rear were an overkill? How about four? No, they all don’t work on the same photo but serve different purposes. While the main camera does what it does, a second camera is for depth, the third one is a telephoto (zoom) and the fourth is an ultrawide (mostly for capturing landscapes). We also like the large storage and RAM options.

 

What could have been better:
The Snapdragon 660 for Rs 35k. Seriously? That’s a deal breaker even if the phone’s back had nothing but cameras. That’s the same processor as seen in some sub-20k phones. Also, most reviews have bashed the image quality on the photos clicked by the phone.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    183g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    24 MP, f/1.7 + 8 MP, f/2.4 (ultrawide) + 10 MP f/2.4, (telephoto) + 5 MP, f/2.2 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,800mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Quad camera
  • Processor

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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above, We’ve listed the specs as (megapixels), (aperture), (OIS-if present), (sensor size). Generally speaking, the bigger the aperture and sensor size, better is the camera. Which means the smaller number in the denominator, the bigger the aperture or sensor size is. For example, f/1.9 is a bigger aperture and than f/2.0. Also 1/2.2″ is a bigger sensor than, say, 1/2.6″. A bigger aperture camera performs much better in low light situations and produces sharper images. It also produces a better brokeh. Also, OIS refers to optical image stabilization, which helps in reducing blur.

 

Standout features in the top smartphones under Rs 30,000:

The best phones under Rs 30,000 these days come with flagship grade specs including dual cameras, Android 9.0, QHD displays, up to 128 gigs of internal memory and 8GB of RAM. On the other hand, 6GB RAM, 3,000mAh+ battery, full HD display and Android 8.0 have become the norm rather than the exception. At this budget, go for something that’s sure to get updated to Android 9.0. 4GB RAM in this budget doesn’t make sense, neither does Android 7.0.

  • Best battery • POCO F1 (4,000mAh)
  • Best processor • ASUS Zenfone 5Z
    • POCO F1
  • Best value for money • ASUS Zenfone 5Z
    • POCO F1