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

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 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, 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 (2019):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 35,000*

 

1. Vivo NEX

vivo nex

What’s good:
Beautiful things don’t come cheap, even if made in China. The Vivo NEX has found a remarkable solution to the notch and looks simply gorgeous. Did we mention the embedded fingerprint scanner in the display or the pop-up front camera? 22W charging is the fastest in this budget.

 

What could have been better:
No wireless charging or NFC. Low light photography is mediocre.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.59 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2316 pixels
  • Storage space
    256GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8, OIS
    5 MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    8MP (f/2.0)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps rear
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 22.5W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jun, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Near-zero bezel
  • Internal memory
  • Charging rate
  • RAM

 


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2. ASUS ZenFone 5Z

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, gargantuan 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:
We are yet to find one.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • 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
    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
  • Internal memory
  • RAM
  • Processor

 


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3. Samsung Galaxy S8

best phones under 45000 rs - Samsung Galaxy S8

What’s good:
S8 is Samsung’s flagship from 2017 and with that appealing design, manages to stand apart from the crowd. Even after almost a year since the announcement, the phone still looks like a good deal at the asking price. The camera will be leagues better than the budget flagships too.

 

What could have been better:
The phone has a hybrid slot and might not have the best battery backup time compared to competitors. Also, 4GB RAM isn’t the standard in this budget.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    5.8 inch, sAMOLED
    1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) Exynos 8895
  • GPU
    Mali-G71 MP20
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/1.7, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/1.7
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1440p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • RAM
  • Internal memory
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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Xiaomi POCO F1

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 and 18W Quick Charge 3.0.

 

What could have been better:
The name’s a bit silly, no? Also, no NFC, wireless charging, or waterproofing. And you get a plastic body unless you pick the kevlar variant.

 

  • 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
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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Huawei Nova 3

Huawei Nova 3

What’s good:
Honor Nova 3 is one of the many Huawei phones in this budget. Again, this one is similar to the Honor View 10. You get a top of the line processor from last year and decent internal storage. The battery size looks adequate enough as well. Lastly, there’s Android 9.0 here.

 

What could have been better:
No sir, nothing. Although, the specs are way too similar to the much cheaper View 10.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    166g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • 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, f/1.8 (B/W)
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS, 1080p 60fps rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP (f/2.0) + 2MP (depth)
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0

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Nokia 8.1

Nokia 8.1

What’s good:
While the Nokia 8 was a flagship, this one is sort of a mid-range flagship (yeah, that doesn’t make any sense). Anyway, the good thing about this phone is that it comes with Android 9.0, OIS on the camera, and a processor that, while not as good as the SD845, is ahead of the Snapdragon 660.

 

What could have been better:
Umm, hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 710 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.7GHzx6
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8, OIS + 13 MP
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • OIS
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7+ ThinQ

What’s good:
We like the fact that the G7+ comes with Snapdragon 845, a QHD+ display, and decent cameras. Also, the phone is expected to be updated to Android 9.0 soon.

 

What could have been better:
Maybe the battery could have been slightly bigger.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    162g
  • Display
    6.1 inch, IPS
    1440 x 3120 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
    4GB
  • Camera
    Dual 16 MP, f/1.6, OIS + 16 MP, f/1.9
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/1.9
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p 60FPS front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • QHD+ display
  • Internal memory
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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Oppo R17

Oppo R17

What’s good:
8GB RAM, 128GB storage, in-screen fingerprint scanner, and an AMOLED display make the R17 an attractive enough proposition. 20W charging ensures quick charging times

 

What could have been better:
The processor isn’t suited for this budget. No 3.5mm jack either.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    182g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz & 6×1.7 GHz) Snapdragon 670
  • GPU
    Adreno 615
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    Dual: 16 MP (f/1.8) + 5MP (depth)
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Charging rate
  • Processor

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Samsung Galaxy A9

Samsung Galaxy A9
6GB RAM

8GB RAM

What’s good:
And you thought two cameras on the rear were an overkill? How about four? No, they all don’t work on the same photo but serve different purposes. While the main camera does what it does, a second camera is for depth, the third one is a telephoto (zoom) and the fourth is an ultrawide (mostly for capturing landscapes). We also like the large storage and RAM options.

 

What could have been better:
The Snapdragon 660 for Rs 35k. Seriously? That’s a deal breaker even if the phone’s back had nothing but cameras. That’s the same processor as seen in some sub-20k phones. Also, most reviews have bashed the image quality on the photos clicked by the phone.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    183g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6/8GB
  • Camera
    24 MP, f/1.7 + 8 MP, f/2.4 (ultrawide) + 10 MP f/2.4, (telephoto) + 5 MP, f/2.2 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,800mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Quad camera
  • Processor

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Vivo V15 Pro

Vivo V15 Pro

What’s good:
We have never liked notches. No, not even punch hole or teardrops. As such, we’re glad that the V15 Pro is here with its motorized pop-up selfie camera that results in an all screen front. Oh, and the pop-up camera is 32 megapixel. On the back, there’s an array of three impressive looking cameras lined up as well. You also get 128GB storage and 1 super AMOLED display. ANd did we mention Android 9.0 Pie and a large battery. The in-screen fingerprint scanner is a given.

 

What could have been better:
Don’t expect flagship performance from that processor. It’s not bad, no. It’s nothing too great either.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    185g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2316 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Qualcomm SD675 Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz & 6×1.7 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8 + 8 MP + 5 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    32MP
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,700mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • No-notch
  • Battery
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner

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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.

Get something with Android 9.0 on board 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 • Xiaomi POCO F1 (4,000 mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 9.0 • All of the Androids
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • Vivo V15 Pro