Top 10 Phones under Rs 30,000 in India (2018) – Best Gadgetry

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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 updates on these handsets. All of them should get updated to Android 7.0, and hopefully to Android 8.0 as well.

Also, all 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 smartphones under Rs 30,000 in India (2018):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 30,000*

 

1. Honor View 10

best phones under 30000 - Honor View 10

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 172g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Display 6 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • 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) + 20 MP
  • Secondary camera 13 MP (f/2.0)
  • Battery 3,750mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual rear camera
  • + Internal storage
  • + RAM
  • + Android 8.0
What’s good:
Honor View 10 has been discounted in India. It actually sells for a higher price abroad. Then it comes with an AI chip. You also get top of the line processor, RAM and internal storage. 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. Nokia 8

Best phones under rs 30,000 in India - nokia 8

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 160g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.3 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) Snapdragon 835
  • GPU Adreno 540
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera Dual 13MP, f/2.0, OIS
  • Secondary camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,090mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual camera
  • + OIS
  • + Android 8.0
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Nokia 8 is among the first phones to get updated to Android 8.0. Talking in terms of specs, it has been decently equipped with top of the line processor, dual cameras and a decently large internal memory. Also, the QHD display is a plus.

 

What could have been better:
No complains when it comes to the specs and the asking price. The DxO Mark score for the camera is just 68, which implies that the camera isn’t all that great.

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3. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

best phones under 35000 - mi mix 2

  • OS Android 7.1
  • Weight 185g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Display 5.99 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) Snapdragon 835
  • GPU Adreno 540
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.0, 1/2.9″ sensor, OIS
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Design
  • + Processor
  •  + OIS
  • + Internal memory
  • + RAM
  • – Display resolution could have been 2K
What’s good:
Mi Mix 2 seems like an underdog. It’s one of the most good looking phones available in the market, has specs similar to the OnePlus, but doesn’t get enough credit. It comes with top of the line processor, has rather too much RAM and storage and a near bezel-less design. The rear camera gets a DxO Mark score of 97, which is not that bad actually.

 

What could have been better:
Xiaomi decided to stick with a 1080p+ display on this one instead of the more popular 2K in this segment. Also, the front camera seems to be mediocre when looking at the specs.

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Honor 8 Pro

best phones under 30000 - honor-8

  • OS Android 8.0
  • 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
  • + Android 8.0
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. Or the fact that Honor 10 View is a better phone from the same company at the same price.

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Nokia 7 Plus

Best phones under 30000 - nokia 7 plus

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 183
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Display 6 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260) Snapdragon 660
  • GPU Adreno 512
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera Dual 12MP (f/1.75) + 12MP (f/2.6)
  • Secondary camera 16MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,800mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual camera
  • + Android 8.1
  • + Processor
  • – Hybrid SIM slot
What’s good:
Nokia 7 Plus is a decent mid ranger and comes with the latest Snapdragon 660 processor. It also comes with an 18:9 display and has dual cameras on the back like most of the phones in this budget. It also comes with Android 8.1 out of the box and a decent 3,800mAh battery than should easily last beyond a day. Lastly, 64 gigs of internal memory should be adequate for your storage needs.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing except the hybrid SIM slot.

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Oppo F7

best smartphone under 30000 - Oppo F7
4GB RAM, 64GB memory

6GB RAM, 128GB memory

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 158g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2280
  • Display 6.23 inches, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor MediaTek P60 Octa-core (4×2.0GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHz A53)
  • GPU Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16 MP, f/1.8
  • Secondary camera 25 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,400 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Internal memory
  • + Android 8.0
  • + Front camera
  • + RAM
What’s good:
Call it a shameless clone, but it’s the only phone besides that from its sister company in the Android stables with the iPhone X styled notch. Android 8.0, 128 gigs of internal memory, 6GB RAM,  and a impressive (on paper at least) front camera make it an attractive proposition.

 

What could have been better:

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HTC U Ultra

best phones under 30000 - HTC U Ultra

  • OS Android 8.0
  • 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
  • + Android 8.0
  • + OIS
  • + Secondary display, 160 x 1040 pixels
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
HTC U Ultra is on 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 X4

best phones under rs 30000 - moto x4
32GB/3GB RAM

64GB/4GB RAM

64GB/6GB RAM

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 163g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 630 Cortex-A53 Octa Core 2.2GHz
  • GPU Adreno 508
  • RAM 3/4/6GB
  • Camera Dual 12 MP f/2.0 + 8 MP f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 16 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Android 8.0
  • + RAM
  • + Processor
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Moto phones are known for their build quality, but that’s not the only thing good about this phone. It has been updated to Android 8.0 and comes with the newer Snapdragon 630 which is better than the 625 seen on other phones. Then, Moto is known for the quality of its dual cameras and this one comes with a pair. 64GB memory should be enough for your storage needs too.

 

What could have been better:
The 32GB variant comes with just 3GB RAM. Also, it’s got a hybrid slot, so choose between SIM2 or a microSD card.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

SAMSUNG Galaxy S7

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 157g
  • 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
  • + QHD display
  • + OIS
  • – Internal memory
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Samsung’s old horse comes with respectable specs. We like the QHD display the most. The phone is decent otherwise, although it’s starting to age.

 

What could have been better:
32GB internal memory isn’t great to start with and on top of that, a hybrid SIM slot doesn’t make things better.

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LG G6

best phones under 30000 - LG G6

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 163g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.7 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Dual-core 2.35GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo Snapdragon 821
  • GPU Adreno 530
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera Dual 13 MP,f/1.8, OIS,1/3″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual rear camera
  • + OIS
What’s good:
While it has a Snapdragon 821 (which is starting to show its age), it is LG’s flagship phone for 2017. As a result, expect premium build, more Android updates and good support. Also, LG is known for its dual cameras. The internal memory is also more than adequate.

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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 n8.1, 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 • Honor 8 Pro (4,000mAh)
  • Best processor • Honor 10
    • Nokia 8
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • HTC U Ultra
    • Moto X4
    • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Best value for money • Honor 10 View
    • Nokia 8