Best Phones under Rs 30,000 – Rs 35,000 in India (2019)

best phones under 35000

We’ve compiled a list of best phones under Rs 35,000 for this month. These phones should continue to get the latest Android updates (Android 9.0) 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, the better is the camera. This means the smaller the 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 bokeh. 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 best phones under Rs 35,000  in India (2019):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 35,000*

 

1. Lenovo Z6 Pro

best phone under 35000 - lenovo z6 pro

What’s good:
It seems like 35k has become the new hotbed for competition with a number of flagship worthy phones ready to take on OnePlus. The Z6 Pro from Lenovo comes with a flagship processor, ample storage and RAM, four cameras on the back, and a decent-sized battery.

 

What could have been better:
Hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    185g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2.8 GHz x 1 + 2.42 GHz x 3 + 1.8 GHz x 4) Snapdragon 855
  • GPU
    Adreno 640
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto)
    16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), AF
    2 MP, f/1.8, OIS (dedicated video camera)
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/120fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • RAM
  • Hybrid SIM slot

 

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2. OnePlus 7

best phone under 35000 - oneplus 7

What’s good:
The best processor? Yes. Much better fingerprint scanner than the 6T? Yes. Better cameras? Seems so. Fastest storage available in the market anywhere? Yes. A good amount of RAM and storage? Yep. Decent battery and charging times? Yes and yes.

 

What could have been better:
There’s no headphone jack here. Also, no wireless charging.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    182g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB UFS 3.0
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2.8 GHz x 1 + 2.42 GHz x 3 + 1.8 GHz x 4) Snapdragon 855
  • GPU
    Adreno 640
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48MP, f/1.7, OIS
    5MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,700mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Internal memory speed
  • Processor

 

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3. Asus Zenfone 6Z

best phone under 35000 - zenfone 6Z
64GB, 6GB RAM

128GB, 8GB RAM

What’s good:
The OnePlus and the flagship Asus have always been fighting out for the affordable flagship crown and Asus has pit its Zenfone 6Z against the OnePlus 7. The phone offers a no notch display and probably one of the best front cameras in this budget thanks to its neat mechanically flipping back camera solution. Then there’s the best processor out in the market, a mammoth battery, a and the good ‘ol 3.5mm jack.

 

What could have been better:
You have to understand that this phone competes with the OnePlus 7 and not the 7 Pro. It comes with an IPS display instead of AMOLED, the charging rate is kinda disappointing, there’s no wireless charging, and no water resistance. The camera doesn’t have OIS either which is a bummer.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    190g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128/256GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2.8 GHz x 1 + 2.4 GHz x 3 + 1.8 GHz x 4) Snapdragon 855
  • GPU
    Adreno 640
  • RAM
    6/8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
    13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm (ultrawide)
  • Secondary camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
    13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm (ultrawide)
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps rear & front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jun, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • No notch
  • Battery
  • RAM

 

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Redmi K20 Pro

best phone under 35000 - Redmi K20
6GB RAM, 128GB

8GB RAM, 256GB

What’s good:
The successor to 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, up to 256 gigs of storage and 8GB RAM.

 

What could have been better:
No scope for memory expansion. Also, no wireless charging or waterproofing.

 

  • 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
  • No notch
  • Memory
  • RAM
  • Non-expandable storage

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Google Pixel 3a

best phone under 35000 - Google Pixel 3a

What’s good:
No, it doesn’t have four cameras on its back but the one that is there can beat phones with four. The Pixel 3a won’t beat other phones in terms of specs. It won’t probably even hold a candle. But for 40k, it will give you the best camera experience in this budget. Also, those of us looking for a phone that fits in the pocket, this seems like a blessing. Also, Android 10.0.

 

What could have been better:
Yes, it might have the best camera, but you can’t be expected to shell out 40k and survive on just 64 gigs of memory. There are a lot of sacrifices to make on this phone.

 

  • OS
    Android 10.0
  • Weight
    147g
  • Display
    5.6 inch, OLED
    1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Qualcomm SDM670
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), OIS
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide)
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Single SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Android 10
  • Camera
  • Processor
  • Single SIM
  • Non-expandable memory
  • RAM

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ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3

best phone under 35000 - Nubia Red Magic 3

What’s good:
Why are gaming phones better at gaming despite having the same specs as other phones? Because they are designed keeping cooling in mind and that allows the processor to operate at higher performance for a longer duration. This phone offers a flagship processor, a cooling fan, 8GB RAM, and ample battery and storage options. The 90Hz display ensures butter-smooth gaming.

 

What could have been better:
We don’t think the cameras can match other flagships given the higher focus on gaming but could be wrong. Also, non-expandable memory. Lastly, niche brand so can’t vouch for the sales support.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    205g
  • Display
    6.65 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
    90Hz
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2.8 GHz x 1 + 2.42 GHz x 3 + 1.8 GHz x 4) Snapdragon 855
  • GPU
    Adreno 640
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    4320p@15fps, 2160p@30/60fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • Processor

 

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Oppo Reno 2Z

best phone under 35000 - 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:
Pretty average processor for the segment.

 

  • 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
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Processor

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Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8

What’s good:
The iPhone 8 builds on a solid line of products from Apple. The last one of a kind so to say. Decent processor even by 2018’s standards.

 

What could have been better:
It still looks the same as the iPhone 6. We’re bored with this design. The other specs like the display, RAM, or limited storage aren’t great when you consider the price.

 

  • OS
    iOS 13
  • Weight
    148g
  • Display
    4.7 inch, IPS
    750 x 1334 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Apple A11 Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
  • GPU
    Apple GPU
  • RAM
    2GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/1.8, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    7MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@60FPS 1080p@240FPS rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    1,821mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Single SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Display
  • Non-expandable memory
  • Storage

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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 855 leads the pack, but we won’t mind the Kirin 980 or the Snapdragon 845. 6GB RAM is preferable. 8GB is excellent.

Get something with Android 9.0 onboard instead of waiting for an update down the line. 128 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. Maybe this post can help.

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

  • Largest battery • Zenfone 6Z (5,000 mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 9.0 • All of the Androids
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • Zenfone 6Z