Top 10 Phones under Rs 30,000 in India (2017) – Best Gadgetry

best phones under Rs 30,000

Looking for the top mobile phone under Rs 30,000? We’ve compiled the list of 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 update delivery on these handsets. All of them should get updated to Android 6.0, and hopefully to Android 7.0 as well.

Also, most of these handsets are 4G LTE compatible and should work on Airtel and other 4G networks, so consider this the list of best 4G phones in the budget. 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 myriad of specs. So here are the top 10 mobile phones under Rs 30,000.

 

10 best 4G smartphones under Rs 30,000 in India (2017):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 30,000*

 

1. Honor 8 Pro

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  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 184g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.7 inch, LTPS
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Kirin 960
  • GPU Mali-G71 MP8
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera 12MP dual cameras, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Processor
  • + RAM
  • + Display
  • + Internal memory
What’s good:
Talking in terms of specs, the Honor 8 Pro is a much better buy than the OnePlus 5. Why? Because it’s got a 2K display, more internal memory, same RAM and a bigger battery for a considerably lower price. This is flagship material phone and at this price, honestly it’s a steal.

 

What could have been better:
No sir, nothing.

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2. LG V20

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  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Weight 174g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.7 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo Snapdragon 820
  • GPU Adreno 530
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/1.8, OIS + 8MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,200mAh, removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual rear camera
  • + Dual screen
  • + Display
  • + Internal memory
What’s good:
One from a premium brand, the V20 was LG’s flagship phone for 2016. As such, expect couple of more Android updates. Also, the camera aperture is large enough to allow good low light photography. We like the dual screen setup and the main screen is also a 2K display. Then it’s got 64 gigs of internal memory which is more than sufficient.

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3. HTC U Ultra

HTC U Ultra

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 170g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.7 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Dual-core 2.35GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo Snapdragon 821
  • GPU Adreno 530
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera Dual 12 MP, f/1.8, OIS,1/2.3″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 16MP
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Internal storage
  • + Secondary display, 160 x 1040 pixels
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
HTC U Ultra is confirmed to get updated to Android 8.0. We like the dual screen setup and the main screen is also a 2K display. Then it’s got 64 gigs of internal memory which is more than sufficient.

 

What could have been better:
It’s got a hybrid slot, so choose between SIM2 or a microSD card.

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Moto Z

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  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 136g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Quad-core 2×2.15GHz Kryo + 2×1.6 GHz Kryo Snapdragon 820
  • GPU Adreno 530
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/1.8, OIS
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 2,600mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Aperture on the camera
  • + Display
  • – Battery
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Flagship phone from a premium brand. It’s got a nice 2K display that’s also shatterproof. Also the rear camera aperture is large enough to allow good low light pics. Also, it’s light and slim.

 

What could have been better:
That battery is puny. Also, it’s got a hybrid slot, so choose between SIM2 or a microSD card.

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OnePlus 3T

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  • OS Android 7.0 – Nougat
  • Weight 158g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, AMOLED
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo Snapdragon 821
  • GPU Adreno 530
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8″ sensor size
  • Secondary camera 16MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Internal storage
  • + Processor
  • + RAM
What’s good:
An old horse, this one still offers enough value for money. It’s got great internal storage and RAM. The battery on the phone is by no means small either.

 

What could have been better:
It won’t get updated beyond Android 8.0, but then a lot of phones around Rs 25,000 won’t.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

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  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 152g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.1 inch
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Quad-core 2.3GHz Mongoose & Quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 Exynos 8890
  • GPU Mali-T880 MP12
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/1.7, OIS, 1/2.5″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/1/7, 1/4.1″ sensor
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Display
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
It’s Samsung’s flagship from 2016. It would surely be updated at least to Android 8.0. Also, it comes with a 2K display.

 

What could have been better:
C9 Pro is still stuck on Android 6.0 when everyone else is looking at Android 8.0. Also, Snapdragon 653 in this budget doesn’t look too great.

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Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

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  • OS Android 6.0
  • Weight 189g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Display 6 inch, S AMOLED
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes
  • Processor Snapdragon 653 Octa-core Octa-core (4×1.95GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.4GHz A53)
  • GPU Adreno 510
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/1.9, OIS, 1/2.8″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 16MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + RAM
  • + Front camera
  • + Internal memory
  • – Processor
  • – Android 6.0
What’s good:
Yes, it’s a Samsung. It’s got a huge battery, more than enough RAM, large storage and a nice front camera. All those seem like this phone’s best features to us.

 

What could have been better:
C9 Pro is still stuck on Android 6.0 when everyone else is looking at Android 8.0. Also, Snapdragon 653 in this budget doesn’t look too great.

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Moto Z2 Play

Moto Z2 Play

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 145g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920
  • Display 5.5 inches, S AMOLED
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 626 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/1.7
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Internal memory
  • – Processor
  • – Slightly expensive
What’s good:
Z2 Play comes with a large internal storage to take care of all your memory needs.

 

What could have been better:
We’ve seen that processor on phones as cheap as Rs 12,000. Yes, it’s a Motorola but not really worth Rs 28,000 if you ask us.

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Apple iPhone 6

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16GB

32GB

  • OS iOS 11
  • Weight 128g
  • Display resolution 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Display 4.7 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 16GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor 1.4GHz dual core Apple A8
  • GPU PowerVR GX6450
  • RAM 1GB
  • Camera 8MP, f/2.2, 1/3″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 1.2MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 1,810mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Single SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Brand
  • – Cameras
  • – Specs are no match against Android devices in the budget
  • – Single SIM
What’s good:
It’s an iPhone. It’s small and Apple has been kind enough to make 32GB the least storage option.

 

What could have been better:
This phone is 4 generations old now. We’d say don’t waste your money.

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Apple iPhone SE

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32GB storage

64GB storage

  • OS iOS 11
  • Weight 113g
  • Display resolution 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Display 4.0 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 16GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor 1.84GHz dual core Apple A9
  • GPU PowerVR GT7600
  • RAM 2GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.2, 1/3″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 1.2MP, f/2.4
  • Battery 1,624mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Single SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Brand
  • + Fluid
  • – Display resolution
What’s good:
This phone is for those people who really miss the iPhone 5/5s. It’s compact and that’s what some of us want. Also, you get the internals of the 6s for a much lower price.

 

What could have been better:
It’s old. Doesn’t have the best specs compared to Androids and might be a bit overpriced.

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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above, Ww’ve listed the specs as (megapixels), (aperture), (OIS-if present), (sensor size). Generally speaking, bigger the aperture and sensor size, better is the camera. Which means 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 7.1, QHD displays, up to 128 gigs of internal memory and 6GB of RAM. On the other hand, 4GB RAM, 3,000mAh+ battery, full HD display and Android 7.0 have become the norm rather than the exception. At this budget, go for something that’s sure to get updated to Android 8.0. 3GB RAM in this budget doesn’t make sense, neither does Android 6.0.

  • Best battery • Samsung C9 Pro (4,000mAh)
    • Honor 8 Pro (4,000mAh)
  • Best processor • Honor 8 Pro
    • HTC U Ultra
    • OnePlus 3T
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • HTC U Ultra
    • OnePlus 3T
    • Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
  • Best value for money • Honor 8 Pro
    • HTC U Ultra