Best Phones with Android 9.0 Pie Available in India under Rs 30,000 (2019)

best phones with Android 9.0 pie

Note: A lot of phones are available with Android 9.0 in the market for even as low as Rs 15,000. We have stopped updating this article and would advice visiting one of our other articles here for the best phones across budgets.

Getting a phone with the latest software not only ensures it is safe from malware, but also gets you the most optimized, most up to date, and most feature rich options. To this, we have listed down phones with Android 9.0 available in the market in India under Rs 30,000. No, we are not covering phones that will get updated to Android Pie in the future, but only ones that have it right now.

The list goes from least expensive to the most expensive model. Also, the pros and cons have been mentioned according to the budget.

Lastly, speaking of latest, also check the most recently launched smartphones in India. So here are the best phones in India running Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.

Best  mobile phones with Android 9.0 Pie in India (2019):

 

Nokia 3.1 Plus

Nokia 3.1 Plus

What’s good:
Decent chap with a powerful processor and a large battery.

 

What could have been better:
Umm, nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6 inches, IPS
    720 x 1440 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MT6762 Helio P22 Octa-core 2.0 GHz A53
  • GPU
    PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM
    3GB
  • Camera
    13MP, f/2.0 + 5 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,500 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery

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Nokia 5.1 Plus

Nokia 5.1

What’s good:
The Nokia 5.1 Plus is among the more affordable Nokia phones with a notch. We like the fact that it comes equipped with a fairly powerful processor and has decent overall specs for the asking price even if they are not the leading ones in this budget. Also, Nokia recently updated the phone to Android 9.0.

 

What could have been better:
We’d have preferred a full HD display for the asking price and a dedicated memory card slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    160g
  • Display
    5.8 inches, IPS
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    MediaTek P60 Octa-core (4×2.0GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHz A53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    3GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/2.0 + 5MP
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,060 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Display
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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Redmi Note 7

Redmi Note 7
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

What’s good:
If Redmi 6 series didn’t impress you much the new generation of Redmi phones should change that. Meet the Redmi Note 7 which delivers an extremely competitive processor and a large battery at a compelling price point. You also get a 48 megapixel camera on the back that should hopefully deliver some stunning smaller sized pictures. Making things better is Android 9.0 Pie onboard.

 

What could have been better:
Only the hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Camera
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Redmi Note 7 Pro

Redmi Note 7 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 128GB storage

What’s good:
Xiaomi was under the heat from competitors who had released much more compelling products than the Redmi Note series in recent past. However, all that goes for a toss with the new Note 7 Pro. The only difference between this and the Note 7 is the faster processor on the Pro. Other than that, we love the camera, Android 9.0, large battery, and what looks like an impressive camera on paper at least.

 

What could have been better:
Only the hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 675 octa-core 2.0GHzx2 + 1.7GHzx6
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Nokia 6.1 Plus

Nokia 6.1 Plus

What’s good:
Nokia’s answer to the notch mania and for a change comes equipped surprisingly well for the asking price. Everything about this phone seems to be on the spot (not too great, nothing too bad).

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid slot if that bothers you.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Android Pie
  • Weight
    151g
  • Display
    5.8 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/2.0+5MP f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,060mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Huawei Honor 10 Lite

Huawei 10 Lite

What’s good:
Finally a sub-15k phone from Huawei that comes with a brand new processor. The Kirin 710 is a massive upgrade over the Kirin 659 and is on par with the Snapdragon 660. However, the Mali GPU is weaker compared to the one found on the 660. Although built on 12nm fabrication, it should be less power hungry. Given the competition in this budget is SD636, the processor is definitely a plus. The phone also has a respectable battery and a likable design. Also, Android 9.0.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    162g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.8, + 2MP (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Nov, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Moto G6 Plus

moto g6 plus

What’s good:
The RAM and the recent update to Android 9.0.

 

What could have been better:
So Motorola lost the plot with the Moto G6 series. No, the phones aren’t bad, they’re just ridiculously overpriced. Consider this phone for instance. You’ll find the same specs in decent brands for under 15k.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    167 g
  • Display
    5.9 inches, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 630 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU
    Adreno 508
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/1.7 + 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,200 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor

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Xiaomi Mi A2

mi a2

What’s good:
The Mi A1 didn’t stay long enough in the market to make a lasting impression but its successor is here to change that. Mi A2 comes with promising cameras and a decent processor.

 

What could have been better:
There’s no expandable memory here.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Android One
  • Weight
    166
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8 + 20MP f/1.8
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    3,010mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Non-expandable memory

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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, why is there no 6GB/128GB variant? Also, hybrid SIMvslot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 710 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.7GHzx6
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    4GB
  • 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, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • OIS
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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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, not necessarily a deal breaker, but there’s no NFC, wireless charging, or IP certification for water and dust resistance. Oh, and 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
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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Samsung Galaxy A30

Samsung Galaxy A30

What’s good:
So Samsung isn’t just sitting idle anymore and is offering products that can stand up against the competition. The A30 is a mid-budget offering that comes with Android 9.0 and a capable battery. We also like the Super AMOLED display.

 

What could have been better:
The processor is only as good as the Snapdragon 632. You pay around 4k premium over other brands for the Samsung tag.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Weight
    165g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Exynos 7904 Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz & 6×1.6 GHz)
  • GPU
    Mali-G71MP2
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/1.7
    5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Feb, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50
4GB RAM

6GB RAM

What’s good:
So Samsung isn’t just sitting idle anymore and is offering products that can stand up against the competition. The A50 is one such phone that offers a processor which is comparable to the Snapdragon 660 (but has a faster GPU), up to 6GB RAM, and a sizeable battery. The main selling point for the phone is the three cameras on the back. The depth sensor can get you the blurry backgrounds, while the ultra-wide should offer a wider field of view. We also like the Super AMOLED display.

 

What could have been better:
It’s a good phone, but then, overpriced compared to the competition. You pay around 4k premium over other brands for the Samsung tag.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Weight
    166g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Exynos 9610 Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.6 GHz)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    25 MP, f/1.7
    8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.2 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    25MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Feb, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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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, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Feb, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • No-notch
  • Battery

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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
  • Internal memory
  • RAM
  • Processor

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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above, We’ve listed the specs as (megapixels), (aperture), (OIS-if present), (sensor size). Generally speaking, bigger the aperture and sensor size, better is the camera. Which means 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.