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 the 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, 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.

You can jump to the summary right away if you don’t want to go through a 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

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 9.0 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.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    177g
  • Display
    6.28 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • RAM
  • Android 9.0

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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 papaer 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
    128GB
  • 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
  • Internal memory
  • RAM
  • Processor

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3. 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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Honor 10

best phones under rs 35,000 - Honor 10

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 rarest looks.

 

What could have been better:
No sir, nothing.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    153g
  • 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
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Internal storage
  • RAM

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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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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:
The battery while not small, isn’t exactly large either.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    143g
  • Display
    5.5 inch, IPS
    1440 x 2560 pixels
  • 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)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    2,730mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Dec, 2017
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, 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
    2160p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,090mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2017
Pros and Cons
  •  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
  • Internal memory
  • RAM

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Samsung Galaxy A8 Star

samsung a8 star

What’s good:
An update to A8+ the A8 star comes with updated features such as a new processor, bigger battery, improved rear cameras, adequate RAM and battery.

 

What could have been better:
The phone loses out to the competition in terms of raw specs. Then there’s just 64GB memory and no dedicated expansion slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    191g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260), Snapdragon 660
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 16MP, f/1.7 + 24MP, f1.7
  • Secondary camera
    24MP (f/2.0)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,700mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jun, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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VIVO X21

best phones under 40,000 - VIVO X21

What’s good:
What makes the VIVO X21 stand out is the fact that it comes with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, something even Samsung or Apple haven’t achieved. The phone also comes loaded with tons of RAM and memory.

 

What could have been better:
Snapdragon 660 is no match for the Snapdragon 835 or 845. The camera lacks OIS, which is disappointing in this budget. Consider this a good buy close to 30k instead.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    156g
  • Display resolution
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Display
    6.28 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260) Snapdragon 660
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    12MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,200mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Mar, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Internal memory
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • RAM
  • Processor
What’s good:
What makes the VIVO X21 stand out is the fact that it comes with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, something even Samsung or Apple haven’t achieved. The phone also comes loaded with tons of RAM and memory.

 

What could have been better:
Snapdragon 660 is no match for the Snapdragon 835 or 845. The camera lacks OIS, which is disappointing in this budget. Consider this a good buy close to 30k instead.

 


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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 advise 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 (3,750 mAh)
    •Galaxy A8 Star (3,700mAh)
  • 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
    • ZenFone 5Z

 

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