Top 10 Phones under Rs 30,000 in India (April 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 (April 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
  • + Android 8.0
  • + Internal memory
  • – 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.

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3. 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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LG V20

best phones under 30000 - lg v20

  • 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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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
  • + Internal storage
  • + 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
  • + Internal memory
  • + 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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Moto Z

best phone under 30000 in India - moto-z

  • 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. Did we mention it will be updated to Android 8.0?

 

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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Apple iPhone SE

best mobile phones under 30000 rs - iphone se

32GB storage

128GB 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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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
  • + Internal storage
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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Samsung C7 Pro

best phones under 25000 - a9 pro

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 172g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Display 5.7 inch, S AMOLED
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 626 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/1.9
  • Secondary camera 16MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Front camera
  • + Internal memory
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
It’s a Samsung and comes with a large battery and an impressive front camera. We also like the fact that you might not need an external card with that storage.

 

What could have been better:
We don’t like the hybrid SIM slot, though 64GB memory should be enough.

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

 

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