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

best phones under rs 30000 in india

Looking for the best phone under 30000? 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 10.0 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.

 

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

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 30,000*

 

1. Redmi K20 Pro

best phone under 30000 - Redmi K20
6GB RAM, 128GB

8GB RAM, 256GB

What’s good:
Successor to the POCO F1, the K20 Pro is a true flagship killer without a price that kills. Packing top of the line Snapdragon 855, it gives the best performance on an Android available in the market. Also, no notch, in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a large battery sound like value propositions. Then there’s ample storage, a telephoto and a wide angle lens along with a regular camera, and 6GB RAM.

 

What could have been better:
No scope for memory expansion.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    191g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128/256GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz + 3×2.42 GHz + 4×1.8 GHz) Snapdragon 855
  • GPU
    Adreno 640
  • RAM
    6/8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto)
    13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide)
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 27W QC4+ charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • No notch
  • Non-expandable storage

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2. Oppo R17 Pro

best phone under 30000 - 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). That’s 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
  • Processor
  • Non expandable memory

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3. Huawei View 20

best phone under 30000 - 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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Oppo Reno 2Z

best phone under 30000 - OPPO Reno 2Z

What’s good:
Well, the first one in the updated Reno series, this one offers a brand new P90 processor, which we expect will be rivaling the Snapdragon 7xx series. It also features four cameras on the back, with one being for wide-angle shots, as well as 256GB storage and 8GB RAM. The battery size is decent too.

 

What could have been better:
None so far but we’ll keep you posted.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    195g
  • Display
    6.53 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    256GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes
  • Processor
    Helios P90 Octa core (2.2 GHz x 2 (A75) + 2 GHz x 6 (A55))
  • GPU
    PowerVR GM9446
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.7
    8 MP, f/2.2 (wideangle)
    2MP
    2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 20W charging VOOC 3.0
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Charging rate
  • Battery
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Storage

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ASUS ZenFone 5Z

best phone under 30000 - 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, enough 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
  • Storage
  • RAM

 


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Redmi K20

best phone under 30000 - Redmi K20
6GB RAM, 64GB

6GB RAM, 128GB

What’s good:
Clearly, it is a competitor to the Realme X and goes one ahead by packing a faster processor. Also, no notch, in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a large battery sound like value propositions. Then there’s ample storage, a telephoto and a wide-angle lens along with a regular camera, up to 128 gigs of storage and 6GB RAM.

 

What could have been better:
No scope for memory expansion.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    191g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.2GHz & 6×1.8GHz) Snapdragon 730
  • GPU
    Adreno 618
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto)
    13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide)
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • No notch
  • Processor
  • Non-expandable storage

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Xiaomi POCO F1

best phone under 30000 - 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 V17 Pro

best phone under 30000 - Vivo V17 Pro

What’s good:
This is less of a phone with a camera and more of a cameras with a phone. Four on the back and two on the front. Honestly, sounds ridiculous, but for all the camera fans, maybe this is the one. 8GB RAM is nice to have too.

 

What could have been better:
The Snapdragon 675 in htis budget is a joke, that too on a Vivo

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    202g
  • Display
    6.44 inch, AMOLED
    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
    8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
    13 MP, 2x optical zoom
    2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0, (wide)
    8 MP, 17mm (ultrawide)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,100mAh, 18W charging Super VOOC
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Sheer number of cameras
  • RAM
  • Battery
  • Processor

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Samsung Galaxy A70

best phone under 30000 - 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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Apple iPhone 7

best phones under 35000 - iphone-6s

What’s good:
While the iPhone 7 is four years old, it has aged really well. What helps more is that the iPhone 8 isn’t a monumental upgrade. So this one still feels pretty solid, is fast and does most of the things an iPhone 8 can.

 

What could have been better:
When you decide to buy an Apple iPhone you should be aware of the fact that it comes with a non-expandable memory, close to 720p display resolution and a single SIM slot. If that doesn’t bother you, go ahead with the purchase. We don’t see it as a lucrative buy in 2019 for anything above 35k. No 3.5mm audio jack either.

 

  • OS
    iOS 13
  • Weight
    138g
  • Display
    4.7 inch, IPS
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Quad-core 2.34 GHz A10
  • GPU
    PowerVR Series7XT
  • RAM
    2GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/1.8, 28mm, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    7MP, f/2.2, 32mm
  • Battery
    1,960mAh, non-removable
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps rear
  • Connectivity
    Single SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Sep, 2016
Pros and Cons
  • Display could have been better
  • Non-expandable memory

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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 256 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.

  • Best battery • Galaxy A70 (4,500mAh)
  • Best processor • K20 Pro
  • Best value for money • K20 Pro