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

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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.

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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. 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 paper at least) and other bells and whistles you’d expect from a flagship phone. ALso, the recent update to Android 9.0

 

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
    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
  • Android 9.0
  • Processor

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2. 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 8.0
  • 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, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Feb, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Internal memory
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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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. Also, Android 9.0

 

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.

 

  • 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, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 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, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0

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Honor View 10

best phones under 35000 - Honor View 10

What’s good:
You get top of the line processor and internal storage. This is flagship material phone.

 

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

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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, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 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.

 

What could have been better:
The processor isn’t suited for this budget.

 

  • 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, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • 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

 

  • 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, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Quad camera
  • Processor

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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
  • Internal memory
  • 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 • Xiaomi POCO F1 (4,000 mAh)
    •Galaxy A8 Star (3,700mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 9.0 • All of the Androids
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • Oppo R17