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. OnePlus 7

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. 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
    128/256GB 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
    6/8GB
  • 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
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Processor

 

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2. Asus Zenfone 6Z

zenfone 6Z
64GB, 6GB RAM

128GB, 8GB RAM

What’s good:
The OnePlus and the flagship Asus have always been fighting out for the afforable 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

 

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3. Redmi K20 Pro

Redmi K20
6GB RAM, 128GB

8GB RAM, 256GB

What’s good:
Successor to the 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 watr.

 

  • 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
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • No notch
  • RAM
  • Processor
  • Non-expandable storage

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Oppo R17 Pro

OPPO R17 Pro

What’s good:
We kind of feel bad because we never recommended this phone when it was priced higher. That said, at 30k this phone offers a mind-boggling charging rate (50W). That’s better than anything else in the market. For comparison, the iPhone charges at 5W. That’s not all, it comes with a variable aperture lens similar to the S9 and also offers an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Also, optical image stabilization and 8GB RAM.

 

What could have been better:
Where’s that Android 9.0 update (it’s coming though)?

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    182g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 710 Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz & 6×1.7 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, OIS
    20 MP, f/2.6
    TOF 3D camera
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,700mAh, 50W charging Super VOOC
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Charging rate
  • Variable aperture
  • OIS
  • Battery
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Android 8.1
  • Non expandable memory

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Huawei Honor 20

Honor 20

What’s good:
We heard some of you hate notches. How about a punch hole in the screen? Well, that’s what you get with the Honor 20 and we like it more than the notch. Also, this phone comes with the Kirin 980 which is built on 7nm fabrication. It consumes less energy and is obviously more powerful than the SD 845. Then there’s Android 9.0 too and a decent sized battery. Lastly, the four-camera setup on the back looks promising.

 

What could have been better:
Have you heard about the recent tussle between Huawei and Google? These are uncertain times for the fate of Android on Huawei. Also, non-expandable storage.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    174g
  • Display
    6.23 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz (A76) & 2×1.9 GHz (A76) & 4×1.8 GHz (A55)) Kirin 980
  • GPU
    Mali-G76 MP10
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide)
    16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
    2 MP, f/2.4, 27mm (wide), dedicated macro camera
    2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, 22.5W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Fast charge

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Huawei View 20

Honor View 20
128GB, 6GB RAM

256GB, 8GB RAM

What’s good:
We heard some of you hate notches. How about a punch hole in the screen? Well, that’s what you get with the Honor View 10 and we like it more than the notch. Also, this phone comes with the Kirin 980 which is built on 7nm fabrication. It consumes less energy and is obviously more powerful than the SD 845. Then there’s Android 9.0 too and a decent sized battery. Lastly, the 48-megapixel camera on the pack seems to hold great promise. There’s a secondary 3D ToF camera on the back, but its use is limited to AR and gaming. Although, the primary camera has been praised by the reviewers. Great. Lastly, can you ever run out of 256GB storage on your phone?

 

What could have been better:
Have you heard about the recent tussle between Huawei and Google? These are uncertain times for the fate of Android on Huawei.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2310 pixels
  • Storage space
    128/256GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz (A76) & 2×1.9 GHz (A76) & 4×1.8 GHz (A55)) Kirin 980
  • GPU
    Mali-G76 MP10
  • RAM
    6/8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0, 25mm
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • RAM
  • Internal memory

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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:
The successor is out.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    256GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    8GB
  • 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
  • RAM
  • Storage


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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
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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Oppo Reno

oppo reno

What’s good:
So what has the Reno got going for itself? Well, it comes with a shark-fin pop-up selfie that does look more sturdy than the cylindrical modules we’ve seen on other phones. There’s also 8GB RAM and fast charging.

 

What could have been better:
Not sure why this phone is so expensive. It offers a pretty mid-range processor and nothing worth 32k honestly. Why would anyone get this instead of the OnePlus 7? Also, no wireless charging.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    185g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz & 6×1.7 GHz ) Snapdragon 710
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide)
    5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,765mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • No notch
  • RAM
  • Processor

 

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Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung Galaxy A70

What’s good:
So an affordable Samsung with a touch of premium. Let’s see. Things to like: massive battery; fast charging; Android 9.0; maybe the ultra massive screen. It also comes equipped with in-screen fingerprint scanner.

 

What could have been better:
Yes, it’s a Samsung but that doesn’t mean you put a processor that’s seen in 12k phones on a phone that sells for 30k.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    183g
  • Display
    6.7 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Qualcomm SDM675
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    32 MP, f/1.7
    8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,500mAh, 25W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Charging
  • Processor

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