The prices of flagship-class smartphones have skyrocketed over the past few years, and it isn’t shocking at all to see people spend more than Rs. 70,000 for the latest iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel models. Thankfully, if your budget isn’t quite so generous, you can get very nearly the same performance, features, and style for less than half as much. The sub-Rs. 30,000 category has plenty of options, and some of the recently launched models at this price level even boast of features that much more expensive flagships don’t have yet.
If you can spend up to Rs. 30,000, you can get yourself a phone that does it all. You don’t have to compromise on camera quality, battery life, or modern conveniences. Some of our picks for the best smartphones priced below Rs. 30,000 might surprise you with their features, such as the Vivo V15 Pro’s pop-up selfie camera and in-display fingerprint sensor, or the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)’s four rear cameras.
We review hundreds of smartphones each year and put them through a number of tests to see whether they’re good enough to recommend. We check out their performance, cameras, displays, batteries, software, and physical construction quality, and we also tell you everything you need to know about how they hold up in day-to-day use. The following phones have scored the highest across the board, so you know that you’re getting the best possible bang for your buck.
Here are our current picks for the best smartphones priced below Rs. 30,000.
Here are the list of best smartphones under Rs 30000 worth considering:
. Realme X2 Pro
. OnePlus 7
. Redmi K20 Pro
. Samsung Galaxy A71
. Asus 6Z
. Oppo Reno 3 Pro
. LG V40 ThinQ
. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
. Google Pixel 3a
. iPhone 7
Best mobile phones under Rs 30,000 in India in 2020
1. Realme X2 Pro
Realme X2 Pro (review) is the brand’s crown jewel with the best of specs and features up its sleeve. For starters, it brings Snapdragon 855+ under 30k. The barrage of features doesn’t end there. The X2 Pro also includes its 90Hz display, 64MP Quad Rear Camera, 50W fast charging, upto 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage.
Realme has kept the headphone jack as well as the USB-C port. Other things in the bag are Dual Stereo Speakers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res audio certification, and 4D game vibration.
Display: 6.55-inch 2400 x 1080 pixels | Processor: 2.96 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855+ | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: upto 256GB | Software: Android 9 Pie with ColorOS | Rear camera: 64MP+8MP+13MP+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 199g| Dimensions: 161 x 75.7 x 8.7 mm | Battery: 4000mAh
2. OnePlus 7
OnePlus 7 (review) is currently one of the most affordable phones with Snapdragon 855 in India. It isn’t remarkably different than the 6T on the outside, but there are significant changes including UFS 3.0 storage, faster in-display sensor, an improved rear camera, and stereo speakers.
The OnePlus 7 starts at
32,999 ₹29,999 in India, which is a really competent price considering what’s on offer.
Display: 6.4-inch 1080 x 2312 | Processor: 2.5 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855 | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB, expandable up to 512GB | Software: Android 9 Pie with Oxygen OS | Rear camera: 48MP +5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 182g| Dimensions: 157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm | Battery: 3700mAh
3. Redmi K20 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (review) is currently the most affordable Snapdragon 855 phone around. The feature set includes AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, 4000mAh battery with fast charging, and triple rear cameras.
The handset flaunts a glass body with an attractive gradient finish and is also one of the most ambitious Redmi phones launched in India so far. This is certainly a great choice for power users and gamers restricted by a budget.
Display: 6.39-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 855 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Software: Android Pie-based MIUI10 | Rear camera: 48MP+13MP+5MP | Front camera: 20MP | Battery: 4000mAh
4. Samsung Galaxy A71
Samsung Galaxy A71 (review) brings in all the A-series awesomeness without compromising on performance. It’s powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset, runs the pleasant One UI software, has triple rear cameras, and a gorgeous 6.7-inch Infinity-O AMOLED display.
The 4500mAh battery is aided by 25W fast charging (currently the fastest on any Samsung phone). So, overall, the Galaxy A71 currently represents the best of mid-range Samsung experience.
Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 675SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Battery: 4500mAh | Weight: 187g | Dimensions: 164.3 × 76.7× 7.9 mm
5. Asus 6Z
The Asus 6Z, that comes with a swanky flip camera, is another great option that’s now available for under Rs. 30,000. The 6Z is powered by Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor has a gorgeous full-view IPS LCD screen, and runs a very refined Zen UI software (almost stock).
The Asus 6Z has two cameras – 48MP primary and 13MP wide-angle sensor – that serve as both front and rear cameras. Within its premium glass-metal body, 6Z houses a massive 5000mAh battery with fast charging support.
Display: 6.4-inch 1080 x 2340 | Processor: 2.5 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855 | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB, expandable up to 512GB | Software: Android 9 Pie with Zen UI | Rear camera: 48MP +13MP | Front camera: same| Weight: 190 g| Dimensions: 159.1 x 75.4 x 9.2 mm | Battery: 5000mAh
6. OPPO Reno 3 Pro
Oppo Reno 3 Pro recently debuted in international markets including India which slightly altered specifications from the Chinese version. Still, the MediaTek Helio P95 octa-core processor based Reno 3 Pro is a worthy option under Rs 30,000 budget.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro highlights include a 44MP+2MP dual punch-hole front camera. The phone has a 6.4-inches Super AMOLED screen and houses a 4025mAh battery. Proprietory VOOC 4.0 based 30W flash charger refills 50-percent battery in 20 mins.
Display: 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: MediaTek Helio P95 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Software: Android Pie-based MIUI10 | Rear camera: 64MP+13MP+8MP+2MP | Front camera: 44MP+2MP | Battery: 4025mAh | Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 158.8 × 73.4 × 8.1mm
7. LG V40 ThinQ
LG Mobiles might not be very popular as some of its counterparts but its V40 ThinQ makes a lot of sense under Rs 30,000 especially for music buffs. The flagship from LG offers top tier hardware and specifications.
The LG V40 is powered by Snapdragon 845, which is a powerful 800-series chipset. It features a 6.4-inch OLED display with a notch. The phone has 16 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP triple rear & 8 MP + 5 MP dual front cameras. Dedicated DAC should keep music lovers interested in LG V40.
Display: 6.4 QHD+ OLED| Processor: Snapdragon 845 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android | Rear camera: 16MP+12MP+12MP | Front camera: 8MP+5MP | Battery: 3300mAh | Weight: 169g | Dimensions: 158.8 × 75.7 × 7.6 mm
8. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is currently retailing at under Rs 30,000 which makes it a killer buy. The Galaxy S9 Plus has a very premium glass-finish design and flagship-grade cameras, and it makes sense at the new discounted price, especially if you prefer compact phones.
Display: 6.2-inch QHD+ AMOLED, HDR 10 | Processor: Exynos 9810SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP| Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 189g | Battery: 3500mAh | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
9. Google Pixel 3a
The Google Pixel 3a (review) is a very simple and compact mid-range phone, but its amazing camera makes it a worthy buy.
The Pixel 3a has a great quality AMOLED display, is powered by Snapdragon 670 octa-core chipset, and can be upgraded to Android 10. The new software update also brings dual SIM support (eSIM + regular SIM) to the Pixel 3a phones.
Display: 5.6-inch (18:9) Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 670 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 3000mAh | Weight: 147g | Dimensions: 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm
10. Apple iPhone 7
Those of you who love the iOS ecosystem and the premium experience you get out of the Apple devices, iPhone 7 is the option you can score under Rs. 30,000. This may be outdated when compared to the latest iterations. However, you can’t go wrong with the performance out of the Quad-core A10 Fusion chipset. You could enjoy iOS 12.1.3 software too.
Notably, this is the phone that kickstarted the whole no headphone jack trend. But this is compensated with a dual speaker audio output. It is also P67 dust and water-resistant certified. The home button is pressure-sensitive and vibrates to return haptic feedback.