Top 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 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.

 

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

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 30,000*

 

1. Oppo R17 Pro

OPPO R17 Pro

What’s good:
We kind of feel bad because we never recommended this phone when it was priced higher. That said, at 30k this phone offers a mind boggling charging rate (50W). Thats better than anything in the market. For comparison, the iPhone charges at 5W. That’s not all, it comes with a variable aperture lens similar to the S9 and also offers an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Also, optical image stabilization and 8GB RAM.

 

What could have been better:
Where’s that Android 9.0 update?

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    182g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 710 Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz & 6×1.7 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, OIS
    20 MP, f/2.6
    TOF 3D camera
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,700mAh, 50W charging Super VOOC
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Charging rate
  • Variable aperture
  • Battery
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Android 8.1
  • Non expandable memory

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2. Huawei View 20

Honor View 20
128GB, 6GB RAM

256GB, 8GB RAM

What’s good:
We heard some of you hate notches. How about a punch hole in the screen? Well, that’s what you get with the Honor View 10 and we like it more than the notch. Also, this phone comes with the Kirin 980 which is built on 7nm fabrication. It consumes less energy and is obviously more powerful than the SD 845. Then there’s Android 9.0 too and a decent sized battery. Lastly, the 48-megapixel camera on the pack seems to hold great promise. There’s a secondary 3D ToF camera on the back, but its use is limited to AR and gaming. Although, the primary camera has been praised by the reviewers. Great. Lastly, can you ever run out of 256GB storage on your phone?

 

What could have been better:
Have you heard about the recent tussle between Huawei and Google? These are uncertain times for the fate of Android on Huawei.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2310 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz (A76) & 2×1.9 GHz (A76) & 4×1.8 GHz (A55)) Kirin 980
  • GPU
    Mali-G76 MP10
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0, 25mm
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • RAM
  • Internal memory

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3. ASUS ZenFone 5Z

ASUS ZenFone 5Z

What’s good:
Here is a worthy OnePlus 6T competitor at a very competitive price. It offers top of the line processor, gargantuan RAM and internal storage, decent cameras (on paper at least) and other bells and whistles you’d expect from a flagship phone. Also, it got updated to Android 9.0 recently.

 

What could have been better:
The successor is out.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    256GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/1.8, 24mm
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0, 24mm
  • 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
  • RAM
  • Storage

 


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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
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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Vivo V15 Pro

Vivo V15 Pro
6GB RAM

8GB RAM

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
  • No-notch
  • Battery
  • RAM
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner

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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 616
  • 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
  • OIS
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung Galaxy A70

What’s good:
So an affordable Samsung with a touch of premium. Let’s see. Things to like: massive battery; fast charging; Android 9.0; maybe the ultra massive screen. It also comes equipped with in-screen fingerprint scanner.

 

What could have been better:
Yes, it’s a Samsung but that doesn’t mean you put a processor that’s seen in 12k phones on a phone that sells for 30k.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    183g
  • Display
    6.7 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Qualcomm SDM675
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    32 MP, f/1.7
    8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,500mAh, 25W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Charging
  • 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 • R17 Pro
    • POCO F1