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. Xiaomi POCO F1

Xiaomi POCO F1
6GB RAM, 64GB

6GB RAM, 128GB

8GB RAM, 256GB

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.

 

What could have been better:
The name’s a bit silly, no?

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • 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, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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2. ASUS ZenFone 5Z

ASUS ZenFone 5Z

What’s good:
Here is a worthy OnePlus 6 competitor at a very competitive price. It offers top of the line processor, gargantous RAM and internal storage, decent cameras (on paper at least) and other bells and whistles you’d expect from a flagship phone.

 

What could have been better:
We are yet to find one.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12MP, f/1.8 + 8MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Feb, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Processor

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3. Honor View 10

best phones under 35000 - Honor View 10

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.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    172g
  • Display
    6 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • 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)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Dec, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Internal storage
  • RAM

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Nokia 8

Best phones under rs 35,000 in India - nokia 8

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. Oh, and the QHD display too.

 

What could have been better:
No complains when it comes to the specs and the asking price, but we’ve heard that the camera is pretty average.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    160g
  • Display
    5.3 inch, IPS
    1440 x 2560 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,090mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Display
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

best phones under 35000 - mi mix 2

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 5T, 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.

 

What could have been better:
The front camera seems to be mediocre when looking at the specs.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    185g
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • OIS
  • Internal memory
  • RAM

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Nokia 7 Plus

Best phones under 30000 - nokia 7 plus

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.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    183
  • Display
    >
    6 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,800mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Feb, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Vivo V11 Pro

vivo v11

What’s good:
Hate notches but also need no bezels? Maybe the Vivo V11 would ease your pain as it comes with a minimal teardrop notch that’s noticeably smaller than those seen in competitor phones. It also stands out thanks to its in-screen fingerprint scanner. We also like the storage, RAM, and a decent processor for the budget.

 

What could have been better:
That’s hard to find for the moment.

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    156g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner

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Oppo F9 Pro

Oppo F9 Pro

What’s good:
If you’re not a fan of large notches but are willing to make some compromise for the full screen, the F9 Pro seems like a good bargain. It also comes with 6GB RAM and a promising 25MP front camera.

 

What could have been better:
Looks like a decent phone so nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    169g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHz A53) MT6771 P60
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 16 MP (f/1.8) + 2 MP (f/2.4)
  • Secondary camera
    25MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM

 


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Oppo F7

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

6GB RAM, 128GB memory

What’s good:
Android 8.0, 128 gigs of internal memory, 6GB RAM,  and an impressive (on paper at least) front camera make the Oppo F7 an attractive proposition.

 

What could have been better:

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    158g
  • Display
    6.23 inches, IPS
    1080 x 2280
  • 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
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,400 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Mar, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Internal memory
  • Front camera
  • RAM

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Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018)

best phones under 35000 - Samsung Galaxy A8

What’s good:
Galaxy A8 looks great. No, honestly it does. It also comes with 6GB RAM, a dual front camera setup and 64 gigs of memory. Samsung should be updating it to Android 8.0 soon hopefully too.

 

What could have been better:
The processor is at best mediocre and doesn’t do justice to this budget.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    191g
  • Display
    6 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53), Exynos 7885
  • GPU
    Mali-G71
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16MP (f/1.7)
  • Secondary camera
    16MP+8MP (f/1.9)
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Dec, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Dual front camera
  • 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 8.1, 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 8.0 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 7.0.

  • Best battery • Honor 8 Pro (4,000mAh)
    • POCO F1 (4,000mAh)
  • Best processor • ASUS Zenfone 5Z
    • POCO F1
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • Galaxy A8+
    • Moto X4
    • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Best value for money • ASUS Zenfone 5Z
    • POCO F1