10 Best Phones under Rs 30,000 – Rs 35,000 in India (2018)

best phones under 35000

We’ve compiled a list of 10 best phones under Rs 35,000 for this month. These phones should continue to get latest Android updates (Android 8.0) in the months to come and shouldn’t have problems running the most intensive games. They are also equipped with decent cameras to deliver good quality images.

Also, check the list of top 10 phones under Rs 30,000 and the top 10 phones under Rs 40,000. These phones are compatible with 4G LTE network offered by Airtel and upcoming ones such as Vodafone, Idea and Reliance, so no worries there.

Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed below. We’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.

You can jump to the summary right away if you don’t want to go through myriad of specs.Also, we’ve highlighted our top 3 picks in this budget at the beginning of the list. So here are the top phones under 35k in India for this month.

 

These are the 10 best phones under Rs 35,000  in India (2018):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 35,000*

 

1. OnePlus 6

best phonesns under rs 35,000 - oneplus 6

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 177g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Display 6.28 inch, AMOLED
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU Adreno 630
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera Dual 16MP, f/1.7,OIS + 20MP, f/1.7
  • Secondary camera 16MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 8.1
  • + Processor
  • + RAM
  • – Display could have been 2K
What’s good:
The OnePlus keeps getting better every year albeit with a price bump. This yea’s phone offers the Snapdragon 845 which makes it among the cheapest phones to offer it in the market. The controversial notch also gets added. At 6.3 inches, it’s not exactly small though even for a 18:9 display phone. As usual, OnePlus has loaded it with enough RAM and internal memory along with Android 8.1 and as many cameras as you’d want in your phone. The camera has been given rave reviews too.

 

What could have been better:
There’s no microSD slot and the internal memory is limited to 64GB.

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2. Honor 10

best phones under rs 35,000 - Honor 10

  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight 153g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Display 5.84 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • 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) + 24 MP (B/W)
  • Video 2160p 30FPS rear, 1080p 30FPS front
  • Secondary camera 24 MP (f/2.0)
  • Battery 3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual rear camera
  • + Internal storage
  • + RAM
  • + Android 8.1
What’s good:
Honor 10 is a cheaper version of the Pro 20, but is rather similar to the Honor View 10. We love how it comes with an AI function for better photos. 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. Oh, and did we mention the brilliant material used in its construction to give it one of the most rare looks.

 

What could have been better:
No sir, nothing.

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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 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
  • + Internal storage
  • + RAM
  • + Android 8.0

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Moto Z2 Force

Moto Z2 Force

What’s good:
Another reliable phone from Motorola’s stables that’s been packed with all the bells and whistles this budget demands. First things that come to mind are a QHD display, 6GB RAM, dual cameras and a shatterproof screen.

 

What could have been better:
We wish it came with Android 8.0 out of the box. The battery while not small, isn’t exactly large either.

 

  • OS Android 7.1
  • Weight 143g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) Snapdragon 835
  • GPU Adreno 540
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera Dual 12 MP (f/2.0, 1/2.9″)
  • Secondary camera 5MP (f/2.2)
  • Battery 2,730mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + QHD display
  • + RAM
  • + Shatterproof display

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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.

 

  • 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
  • + Internal memory
  • – 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, 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 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
  • + Internal memory
  • + RAM
  • – Display resolution could have been 2K

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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 7.1.1
  • Weight 191g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Display 6 inch, sAMOLED
  • 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)
  • Battery 3,500mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual front camera
  • – Processor

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

best phones under 35000 - Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

What’s good:
If curved displays is your thing this is the only phone in the budget that can get you those. The phone is decent otherwise, although it’s starting to age.

 

What could have been better:
With S9 out, we wouldn’t want to invest in a two year old phone unless it’s selling for around 35k.

 

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 157g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.5 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
  • + Curved display
  • – Processor
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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HTC U Ultra

best phones under 35000 - HTC U Ultra

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. The processor is also getting old for this budget.

 

  • 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
  • – Processor
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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Apple iPhone 6s

best smartphones under 40000 - iphone-6s

  • OS iOS 11
  • Weight 143g
  • Display resolution 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Display 4.7 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • 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 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 1,715mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Single SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Brand
  • – Display
  • – Non expandable memory
What’s good:
iPhone 6s is still a very relevant phone. It’s a decent upgrade over the iPhone 6 and offers respectable specs.

 

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 singe SIM slot. It is also quite old now, so that’s there. Plus, at 34k, it sounds like a bit overpriced.

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Standout features in the top smartphones under Rs 35,000:

When you’re splurging so much on a phone, we’d advice to not get something that is more than 18 months old. In terms of the fastest, the Snapdragon 845 leads the pack, but we won’t mind the Kirin 970 or the Snapdragon 835. 6GB RAM is preferable, although 4 works well too.

Get something with Android 8.0 on board instead of waiting for an update down the line. 64 gigs of memory is standard and usually adequate. We’d say instead of the megapixel count, take time out and read some camera reviews on these phones. That should make things more clear for you.

Anything above 3,000mAh seems decent battery-wise.

  • Largest battery • Honor View 10 (3,75mi 0mAh)
    •Galaxy A8+ (3,500mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 8.0 • All of the Androids
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • OnePlus 6
    • Honor 10
  • Best processor • OnePlus 6

 

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