Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.30,000

by | Jul 19, 2018

Are you the one looking to step-up your geek game a bit? With a bunch of choices lying around in mobile phones under Rs.30,000, you’re sure to sweat it out to find the best.

But don’t worry we will walk you through the tough part. This list has been curated to provide you with an insight into the best phones under Rs.30,000.

Whether you are an amateur photographer, an avid gamer or a selfie lover, we’ve tossed the best smartphones with these features in this price range so that you can take your pick quite easily.

Without any further ado, here are the choices we have shortlisted for you.

1. Asus Zenphone 5Z

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Best flagship grade phone in this budget
  • Excellent software support
  • Sleek and stylish design

Even though little overpriced, the Oneplus 6 was ruling this budget without competition for a brief period of time and then came the Asus Zenfone 5Z.

The Asus Zenfone 5Z is packing killer specs at a jaw dropping price point and doesn’t compromise neither on quality nor on the performance.

Featuring the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 inside, performance is snappy as ever. Assisted with a 6GB RAM on board, multitasking and gaming is a breeze to handle for this beast.

On the front, there’s a 6.2-inch Super IPS+ 19:9 aspect ratio display that has a resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels. The color accuracy of this panel is top notch so does the brightness levels.

Asus has added a true tone color enhancer which you can manually adjust to get the most out of this screen for your liking.

The front as well as the back is made of glass and is protected by 2.5D Gorilla glass. The rounded patterns etched on to the back of this phone is just awesome to stare at.

Asus this time has optimized its ZenUI with a lot of AI related features such as AI charge, AI phone boost and even AI modes on the camera app.

Talking about the optics, this phone features a rear 12MP + 8MP shooter and a 8MP front camera. The primary camera is equipped with 4-axis OIS and the videos are stabilized with the combination of OIS + EIS technology.

The photos look detailed and color accurate. The wide angle selfie camera captures pleasant selfies with almost little or no noise.

To please the audiophiles, LG has added Hi-Res audio chip inside. This will let you listen to your favourite tracks the way they were recorded in the studio.

The loudspeaker on this phone does have a stereo effect. The earpiece doubles up as a speaker along with the unit placed on the bottom.

Powered by a 3300 mAh battery, the Asus Zenfone 5Z easily lasts for a day even with intense usage. With fast charging support out of the box, juicing up this guy is no big deal.

Priced at just Rs.29,999, the Asus Zenfone 5Z is a flagship level smartphone that even outperforms the excellent OnePlus 6 in certain aspects. Considering the specs and the performance, we recommend you to think no further.

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Good build quality
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Great colour accuracy
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Excellent camera
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Hi-Res Audio
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No AMOLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Camera12MP + 8MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3300 mAh
Display6.2 – inch, 2246 x 1080, Super IPS+

2. OnePlus 6

Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Best Value for money flagship
  • Excellent display
  • Best in class processor

One Plus is a Chinese smartphone brand popular for its affordable flagships that often beat the big players in the market such as Samsung and Apple in providing the most value for money offering to the consumers.

One Plus 6 is their latest among the bunch with a slew of exciting new features on board.

Design wise, One Plus 6 isn’t something that looks disruptive in the smartphone market.

The phone features a wedge-shaped design that makes it easy to hold in the hand.

The frosted glass back feels premium as well.

The fingerprint sensor located on the back is now a bit rectangular shaped instead of the conventional rounded one on the One Plus 5T.

Inside this device, what powers the show is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with two RAM and storage variants.

The 6GB/64GB variant retails at Rs.34,999 and the 8GB/128GB variant is priced at Rs.39,999.

The device performs as fast as any flagship smartphones out there in the market at present.

The Oxygen OS on top of this device is based on Android 8.1 with very few modifications.

This makes the operations smooth and fast, also aids in achieving better battery life.

The 3300mAh battery on this device provides an impressive screen time of about 7 hours.

With the Dash fast charging feature, charging is quicker than ever before.

The OnePlus 6 has a 6.3-inch Optic-AMOLED display with a notch.

This full HD panel looks fantastic with true to life colour reproduction and excellent contrast levels.

This is by far the best looking 1080p AMOLED panel in any smartphones in the market.

Nifty additions like a super fast facial recognition, which works extremely well and the dedicated gaming mode improve the usability of the device to the next level.

This device comes with a dual 16+20MP dual camera at the rear and a 16MP front camera.

The 16MP sensor on the rear features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for steady smooth shots.

Electronic Image stabilisation is also present. The pictures taken by the camera is rich in details and exhibit great dynamic range.

Both the front and rear cameras perform great in good lighting conditions but the same can’t be said about front cameras.

Not everything is perfect with this device. It lacks wireless charging despite its glass back.

Also, the output from the single downward firing speakers is average.

One Plus 6 offers flagship level features at almost half the price of other devices from Samsung and LG offers at present. Apart from the build quality and rich feature set, excellent software support also makes this device well worth owning.

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Excellent 1080p AMOLED display
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Great build quality
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OIS + EIS in Rear Camera
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Flagship features at affordable price
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Fast charging and great battery life
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No Wireless charging
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Sound output from speaker is average

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
CameraDual 16MP + 20MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3300 mAh
Display6.28-inch, 1080*2280, 402ppi

3. Honor 10

Best Design Pick
Best Design Pick
  • Elegant design
  • System wide AI enhancements
  • Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

Honor 10 is the flagship smartphone from Huawei’s budget subsidiary Honor.

The company is giving emphasis on AI capabilities of this device, especially the camera.

The Honor 10 comes in attractive colour options that make it one of the most eye-catchy smartphones under Rs.35,000.

The Honor 10 features a powerful HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM.

Although the device lacks an expandable storage option, the phone comes with 128GB of internal memory out of the box.

For most users, this will be more than sufficient for storing their files and installing apps on the device.

The Kirin 970 performs so well without any lags even while having multiple apps open in the background.

The games do run smoothly without any frame drops as well.

Talking about the display, Honor this time decided to join the notch bandwagon.

The Honor 10 features a 5.84-inch full HD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

The notch up the front of the device accommodates the sensors, earpiece and the front camera.

The fingerprint situation on this device is a bit interesting, to say the least.

It is located on the bottom front chin of the Honor 10 under the glass.

Honor calls it as an ultrasonic sensor, which works as fast as any other direct to touch fingerprint sensors in the market.

This smartphone comes equipped with all the essential features that a device priced under Rs.35,000 should have.

There’s an IR blaster on this phone to control your home appliances.

Additionally, there’s the NFC for contact-less payments.

Optics front, this smartphone has a 16MP+24MP rear camera unit.

The 24MP is a monochrome sensor that captures details in the frames precisely.

The AI part, we feel is a bit of an exaggeration from Honor’s part.

The AI effect produces over processed photos which can be easily achieved by applying filters from one of the photo editing apps.

The camera app has a manual mode that will let you tweak finer aspects such as aperture size, white balance, ISO etc to get a more desired output.

Summarizing, the cameras on the Honor 10 are capable of producing images with great details, without the AI filters.

Honor 10 comes with Android 8.1 out of the box with the latest EMUI 8.1 on the top.

EMUI skin adds a lot of extra features that are useful for more tighter control over the operating system but frequent updates are a concern.

The 3400mAh battery holds pretty well and lasts well over a day with moderate to heavy usage.

The Honor 10 from Huawei is a smartphone that’s a stunner in terms of design and looks. The phone has capable internals and performs excellent as well.

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Powerful processor
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Great design and build quality
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Manual options in camera app
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Fast charging
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NFC
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No OLED display
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AI camera modes are less impressive

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 970
CameraDual 16 MP + 24 MP Rear, 24 MP Front
Battery3400 mAh
Display5.84-inch, 1080*2280, 432ppi

4. Vivo X21

Most Futuristic Phone
Most Futuristic Phone
  • First in Class In display fingerprint sensor
  • Bigger and better AMOLED screen
  • Ample onboard storage

Vivo is a Chinese smartphone company that always had its concentration focused on selfie cameras.

For so long, they marketed their products having the best selfie camera in the industry.

For a change, Vivo now has made even Samsung upset by introducing the world’s first phone with In Display fingerprint scanner in Vivo Apex during CES 2018. In India, they brought this technology for the first time in Vivo X21.

The fingerprint sensor on this device is placed below the display.

To unlock the device, you just need to place your finger on the screen where it visually indicates the sensor location.

The Vivo X21 doesn’t cut on other features as well.

The device features a huge 6.28-inch AMOLED display with good colour reproduction and contrast levels.

The 19:9 aspect ratio display has a notch on top which can be turned off in the settings if required.

This device is powered by the popular Snapdragon 660 which offers a balanced and power-efficient performance.

The device comes with Android 8.1 out of the box with Vivo’s own Fun Touch OS skin on top.

The rear of the Vivo X21 features a dual 12MP+5MP camera module that performs relatively well compared with other phones in the segment.

On the front is a 12MP selfie shooter. Images are rich with details and the colours look vivid.

With the inbuilt 128GB internal storage, saving your pictures and videos is no more a concern.

The hybrid sim slot on this smartphone accepts two SIM cards or one SIM and an SD card slot.

With the 128GB onboard storage, we don’t think it will be necessary for you to rely on an external SD card.

The battery on this device is a 3200mAh Li-Po cell.

The display is AMOLED and with the power efficient Snapdragon 660 inside, the phone easily lasts for a day worth of usage.

If you want a piece of future technology in your hands at present, the Vivo X21 is the best candidate as it comes with the industry first in display fingerprint sensor for commercial devices.

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In Display fingerprint scanner
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AMOLED display
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128 GB Internal Storage
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Has Micro USB port for charging
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FunTouch Skin on top of Android

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
CameraDual 12 MP + 5 MP Rear, 12 MP Front
Battery3200 mAh
Display6.28-inch, 1080*2280, 402 ppi

5. Mi MIX 2

Best Design Pick
Best Design Pick
  • Designed to perfection
  • Impressive screen to body ratio
  • Ceramic back

Even though Sharp started the bezel-less trend with Aquos range, it was Xiaomi who met success with this experiment on their Mi MIX phones.

At the time, Xiaomi was praised industry-wide for such an innovation and they are repeating the success with the Mi MIX 2 as well.

Mi MIX 2 features a pretty high screen to body ratio with it’s 5.99″ full HD+ display.

With a minimal bezel, this phone looks gorgeous from the front.

It comes with a 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage that will let you pack your stuff without bothering about the free space for a long time.

Mi MIX 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 that is currently the next best flagship offering from Qualcomm.

On the design front, Mi MIX 2 is a show stopper.

The awesome design will turn anyone’s head in awe and that gorgeous display is destined to get praises from the crowd.

The device features a ceramic back that is an industry first.

Ceramic is very tough and will resist the scratches much better than Corning gorilla glass.

Those who throw their devices around carelessly can calm your nerves.

Xiaomi, following other manufacturers, has decided to let the headphone jack to disappear on this phone.

Snapdragon 835 coupled with 6 GB RAM ensures your apps and games will run like a butter spread on the bread.

Multitasking and those memory intensive games you have been longing to play will not even bother to test the phone’s capability.

Xiaomi experimented with the design but it seems that they spared the camera from that test.

Mi MIX 2 features a single 12MP rear camera with some advanced modes that will take no time to master.

The phone is equipped with 4 axis Optical Image stabilization to keep your videos look like they are shot in a gimbal.

The 5MP front camera is nothing much to talk about and does it’s job fine although the awkward placement on the lower chin may raise many eyebrows for sure.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 comes with a 3400mAh battery that will let you catch up your favourite shows on the phone or gaming without the fear of a dying battery a no-frills experience.

MIUI is the last point of mention as some may like it, some may not.

It is highly customized skin on top of Android by Xiaomi and although it brings its own goodies in the bag, some may find the bloated experience less appealing.

The Mi Mix 2 from Xiaomi is an excellent smartphone that comes with all goodies loaded and then some. The ceramic back and the overall construction feels solid and durable making it one of the phones with the best build quality in this list.

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Minimum bezel
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Tough ceramic construction
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Excellent battery life
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Support for a wide range of brands
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Odd front camera placement
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No headphone jack
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Average camera

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835
Camera12 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
Battery3400 mAh
Display5.99-inch, 1080*2160, 403 ppi

6. Honor View 10

Most Feature Rich Phone
Most Feature Rich Phone
  • Flagship Honor series phone
  • Excellent display
  • Good front and rear camera

Honor has been playing lately in the budget segment with great success thanks to the well-built devices such as Honor 6X and Honor 7X.

Now they have realised it’s time to venture into the premium budget segment and with the release of Honor view 10, it looks like they are at it.

Honor view 10 looks and feel fresh. The minimal bezels with accentuated curves make this phone a delight to hold on to.

Honor view 10 is powered by Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor along with 6GB RAM and an ample 128GB storage.

Kirin series has already proved its mettle on Honor’s devices in the past. This one is no different.

Huawei has baked in an NPU ( Neural Processing Unit ) into the chipset that is yet to find a way to unleash its true potential.

We hope this would help in various Artificial Intelligent functions to be added into the device that would increase its functionality.

View 10 features a 5.99″ full HD+ display with a now industry standard 18:9 aspect ratio.

The colour reproduction is good and sunlight legibility is great.

The fingerprint reader is embedded in the front and includes various gesture functions that will greatly increase the usability of the phone as the screen real estate makes it somewhat difficult to operate the device with one hand.

Kirin 970 is a very much capable chipset. The phone runs tasks assigned to it with ease.

You won’t be limited to multitasking on this phone and games perform as intended without any stutter.

View 10 features a dual 16MP + 20MP camera that produces some fine pictures with a great level of detail and sharpness.

A 13MP front camera is present and accounted for with features such as portrait mode and various AI beauty modes that would cater selfie fanatics.

Honor View 10 packs a 3750mAh battery to power its needs.

The battery life seems to be average despite the higher capacity compared to other devices.

Maybe further optimizations and future software updates from Huawei will make the device last longer.

Honor has promised extensive developer support for the device and has even launched the kernel sources on day 1.

The phone launches with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

Honor View 10 is a feature packed smartphone from Huawei has released in India that comes with the AI prowess which is said to enhance the overall functionality of the device in days to come.

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Great in hand feel
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Feature packed EMUI
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Future proof chipset with added NPU unit
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Not so great low light photos
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No Optical image stabilization
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No optical image stabilization

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 970
CameraDual 16 MP + 20 MP Rear, 13 MP Front
Battery3750 mAh
Display5.99-inch, 1080*2160, 403 ppi

This list completes our hunt for the best smartphones under Rs.30,000.

The budget has been stretched by a couple of thousands to include those phone that you wouldn’t want to miss at this range.

We hope, we helped you alleviate some of your concerns about picking up a mobile in this price range.

Now it’s your turn to decide. Which phone are you going with?

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