Best smartphones in India under Rs 30,000 (March 2018)

By | 5th March 2018

There are a seemingly unending number of options when it comes to picking a smartphone in India with choices spread across the price, features, and specifications spectrum. Of course, there are the popular current generation flagships that fall at the upper end of price range, but the great news is there are quite a few alternatives available that come with premium features, but don’t put as much of a strain on the wallet. Here are some of the best smartphones in India with phones under 30,000 Rs that are currently available!

Editor’s note: This list includes phones that essentially fall in the price range between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000. There will be separate lists to showcase devices priced below Rs 20,000 and below Rs 10,000 as well. 

 Honor 8 Pro

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The Honor 8 Pro replaces the Honor 8 on this phones under 30,000 Rs list, with the latter also receiving a price cut and moving to the sub-Rs 20,000 category. The Honor 8 Pro features the same beautiful metal and glass construction as its smaller sibling, which looks and feels great in the hand.

However, the device earns its Pro moniker by upping the ante in every other department. This phone comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, and under the hood is the HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of built-in storage that is further expandable, and a large 4,000 mAh battery.

The big selling point of the Honor 8 was its camera setup, and that is retained with the Pro iteration as well, with the device packing dual 12 MP cameras on the back. One of the lenses capture color while the other is monochrome. Together you take better looking images, and you can also use only the monochrome lens to take some classy-looking black and white shots. Up front is an 8 MP shooter.

The Honor 8 Pro boasts extremely impressive specifications and features, and it is great to see such a powerful device be priced at just Rs 29,999, which puts it barely in our phones under 30,000 list.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch LTPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 2.4 GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • Mali-G71 GPU
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 128 GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256 GB
  • Single SIM
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front-facing camera
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 157 x 77.5 x 7 mm, 184 grams

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Honor View 10

Honor is quickly becoming one of the best manufacturers of budget and midrange phone. The View 10 is no exception and one of the best phones under 30,000 Rs. You’re treated to a FullHD 18:9, 5.99-ich display, 6 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of onboard storage. The phone is powered by the powerful Kirin 970 processor, featuring a built-in AI processor, which is capable of performing complex AI functions on device, rather than relying on the cloud.

The benefit of on device AI processing is awesome. On board AI allows the phone to process photos on the fly, resulting in magnificent pictures based on what kind of scene the AI detects. Combining AI with the 20MP monochrome and 16 MP RGB camera results in stunning photos you’ll have to see to believe.

Specs

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2160 resolution
  • Kirin 970 Octa-core processor
  • Mali-G72 GPU
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 128 GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • Dual 16 MP + 20 MP rear cameras, 13 MP front-facing camera
  • 3,750 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0
  • 157 x 75 x 7 mm , 172 grams

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Moto X4

Motorola is one of the big names in midrange phones, and the X4 proudly advances that reputation, which allows it to be on our phones under 30,000 list Rs list. The glass and metal design is great looking and the IP 68 rating will ensure that your phone continues to work even through splashes and spills. Add to that a 3,000 mAh battery with turbo charging, and you’ll stay online through the day and well into the night.

The Moto X4 comes with a mostly-stock Android experience and fast updates, so you’ll always have the latest and greatest version of Android. Plus, Motorola has turned additional features into an art form with gesture controls. Double chop for the flashlight. Twist your wrist to launch the camera.

Motorola is focused on bringing you the best Android experience you can buy, and you can pick that up for under Rs 23,000.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • Snapdragon 630 processor
  • Adreno 508 GPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • Dual 16 MP + 12 MP rear cameras, 16 MP front-facing camera
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 upgradable to 8.0
  • 148.4 x 73.4 x 8 mm, 163 grams

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Nokia 8

Nokia is one of those iconic names in mobile phones. Once it jumped aboard the Android train, Nokia has been killing it. Nokia brings its great design tradition to the Nokia 8 in an affordable flagship that’s easy to love. With a pure Android experience, you’ll get fast updates and keep your phone secure.

As for specifications, the Nokia 8 has a gorgeous 2K display, perfect for snapping those bothies. A bothie is a split screened photo from your rear and front cameras simultaneously. Get in on the action! Add to that Snapdragon’s flagship 835 processor and 4 GB of RAM and you’ve got a powerful phone for under RS. 28,000, making it a good choice for our phones under 30,000 list.

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • dual SIM (dual standby)
  • Dual 13 MP rear cameras, 13 MP front-facing camera
  • 3,090 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 upgradable to 8.0
  • 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm, 160 grams

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OnePlus 5T

 

OnePlus is becoming one of the best values in smartphones, and the OnePlus 5T exemplifies that trend. In terms of sheer bang for the buck, the OnePlus 5T has it all – 18:9 aspect ratio on the 6.01-inch screen, Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64 GB of onboard storage. This phone is ready to go.

The cameras, front and back, will give you incredible shots. You can capture smooth video in 4K and get great low light shots. The phone also includes dash charging, which gives you a day’s power in just 30 minutes of charging. Add all that up and you have a phone that is worth every bit of its price, which is usually half of what its competitors charge and perfect for our phones under 30,000 list.

Specs

  • 6.01-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 2160 resolution
  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 64 GB built-in storage
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 20 MP + 16 MP rear camera, 16 MP front-facing cameras
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 upgradable to 8.0
  • 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm, 162 grams

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OPPO F3 Plus

Speaking of large display smartphones, it doesn’t get bigger than the OPPO F3 Plus, which features a 6-inch Full HD display. Other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of built-in storage that is further expandable, and a large 4,000 mAh battery. Apart from the solid premium mid-range specifications, the biggest selling point of the OPPO F3 Plus is its camera setup, particularly up front.

The device comes with a 16 MP shooter on the back, but dual front-facing cameras, a 16 MP unit and an 8 MP unit with a wide angle lens. Dubbed the “selfie expert,” the OPPO F3 Plus is the perfect device for you if you take a lot of self portraits or group selfies.

The OPPO F3 Plus is currently priced at Rs 27,990, making it a good choice for our phones under 30,000 list.

Specs

  • 6-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.95 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 64 GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 16 MP rear camera, 16 MP + 8 MP front-facing cameras
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 163.6 x 80.8 x 7.4 mm, 185 grams

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Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus could be a flagship phone in its own right. THe fact that it is made by Samsung – one of the most popular phone manufacturers in the world, gives it an entirely new credibility. Samsung knows how to make phones, and the Galaxy A8 Plus is one of the best. The incredible 6-inch screen on the front has little bezel around it, creating an immersive video experience. The 2.2 Ghz Octa-core processor is a powerhouse, aided by 6 GB of RAM and a 3,500 mAh battery.

Groilla glass on the front and aluminum on the back makes this phone delightful to hold. IP68 water resistances ensures that your phone will survive accidental spills and splashes. The dual front facing camera setup ensures that your selfie game in top notch including a portrait mode and a bokeh effect.

Specs

  • 6-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 2220 resolution
  • Exynos 7885 Octa
  • Mali-G71 GPU
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 64 GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256 GB
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 16 MP rear camera, 16 MP + 8 MP front-facing cameras
  • 3,500 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1
  • 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, 191 grams

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

One of the first nearly bezel free phones, the Xioami Mi Mix began the revolution. Xiaomi’s followup to that device continues the tradition on our best phones under 30,000 list. The 5.99-inch screen extends all the way to the top of the phone notch free. The ceramic and aluminum construction on the back gives the phone a super premium look and feel – you will love to hold this phone.

The phone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage standard. The non-removable 3,400 mAh battery lasts all day and more. This is a flagship phone with a gigantic screen and a small footprint that you will love to carry with you, every day.

Specs

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2160 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 128 GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 3,400 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1
  • 151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm, 185 grams

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Phones under 30,000 Rs. – Conclusion

We’re just scratching the surface! Whether you’re looking specifically for Indian phone brands, phones under RS 10,000, under RS 30,000, and anything in between — we have a guide for you.