Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.30,000

by | Nov 5, 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.

Best Mobile Phone Under Rs.30,000

1. LG G7 ThinQOverall Best Pick
2. Asus Zenphone 5ZRunner-Up Pick
3. Honor 10Smartphone with the Best Design
4. Mi Mix 2Best Build Quality
5. Vivo V11 ProBest Smartphone for Selfie Lovers
6. Honor View 10Honorable Mention

1. LG G7 ThinQ

overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Excellent screen brightness
  • Tough and durable build
  • Great multimedia performance

LG is one of the few brands that have a product in almost all the consumer electronics spectrum. Be it LED TVs or washing machines, LG has something to offer.

The G7 ThinQ is a flagship Android smartphone from LG that we feel is an updated and much-improved version of LG V30, an underrated yet capable smartphone of 2017.

Build Quality and Design

Being a flagship offering from LG that has to compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9 and Pixel 3, LG has made no compromises with the build quality of this smartphone.

This device features a glass back which is a bit of fingerprint magnet but looks way too nicer than a phone with a metallic back.

The design is similar to the previous LG models like the G6, but this time the G7 comes with a notch.

Furthermore, LG has added an extra button on the side that lets you access Google assistant in a flash.

Unfortunately, this button isn’t remappable, so you can’t use it to trigger other functions like opening the camera.

The camera module on the back is vertically aligned with the fingerprint sensor located below it. The camera bump is significantly small this time around.

Display

The front of the LG G7 has a 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. The display looks sharp and vibrant with good saturation levels.

The screen brightness can be further increased with the tap of a button if you’re to use this device under bright sunlight.

The notch in the top part houses the front camera and other sensors. LG has provided an option to hide the notch if you think that it is a sore thumb sticking out.

Camera

LG V30 was hailed as a smartphone with great camera. Same is the case with the LG G7 ThinQ.

The rear of this smartphone houses two 16MP shooters with Optical Image Stabilization enabled for buttery smooth videos. One of the sensors on the rear side is a super wide angle lens, which is quite a rare occurrence when it comes to dual camera smartphones.

The front camera is an 8MP shooter that offers decent portrait shots even under low light conditions.

AI cam is the new buzzword that the LG camera app is centred around. LG uses artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to enhance the quality of the clicks you take.

Audio Performance

LG hasn’t ditched the 3.5mm audio jack with this device unlike some other manufactures.

The quality of sound output from the LG V30 was hailed as a benchmark for phone manufacturers and LG decided to keep that intact.

This phone features a quad-DAC for enhanced sound amplification which will let you listen to the music as if it was recorded in a studio.

The loudspeaker of this device is loud as well. The sound clarity is excellent but with no stereo effect. The phone features only a single speaker at the bottom.

Processor, Performance and Battery Life

As any flagship smartphone in 2018 would come with, the LG G7 features the latest Snapdragon 845 processor inside with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options.

If you feel the storage space isn’t sufficient, there’s an SD card slot to expand the memory up to 256GB.

The Snapdragon 845 is a very powerful processor and can handle any tasks thrown to it like a breeze.

The 3000mAh Li-Po battery pack will let you use the phone for a full day without any problem.

Wireless charging and the quick charge support will make sure that the device will get juiced up pretty quickly.

Verdict

The LG G7 ThinQ is the perfect multimedia device that you can buy in the Indian market.

This smartphone features an excellent display that is detailed and colour accurate. With the 32-bit quad DAC, the quality of sound is great as well.

If you’re an audiophile and would love to buy a flagship smartphone, the LG G7 ThinQ is a compelling choice.

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Quad DAC audio

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Super wide angle camera

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Wireless charging

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No stereo speakers

Specifications

Operating SystemAdnroid 8.0 Oreo
Internal Storage64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Camera16 MP + 16 MP Rear, 8 MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display6.1 – inch QHD+ 3120 x 1440 pixels

2. Asus Zenphone 5Z

Overall Best Pick
Runner-Up 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.

Flagship grade SoC and the build quality

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.

Gorgeous 6.2-inch IPS+ panel…

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.

Excellent cameras on board…

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.

Dedicated audio amplifier inside…

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.

Battery life…

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.

Summary..

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+

3. Honor 10

Best Design Pick
 Smartphone with the Best Design
  • 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.

Powered by the Kirin 970 SoC…

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.

Stunning 18:9 display…

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.

Rich with sensors…

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.

AI dual camera setup…

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.

EMUI and battery life…

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.

Conclusion…

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. Mi MIX 2

Best Design Pick
Best Build Quality
  • 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.

Futuristic design and awesome build quality…

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.

Powerful and efficient Snapdragon 835 SoC!!

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.

Single feature packed camera at the rear!

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.

Adequate battery capacity…

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.

Should you buy it?

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

5. Vivo V11 Pro

Best Smartphone for Selfie Lovers
Best Smartphone for Selfie Lovers
  • AI-powered 25MP front camera
  • Excellent battery life
  • Midrange snapdragon 660 processor

Vivo is a Chinese smartphone company that always had its concentration focused on selfie cameras. For so long, they had marketed their products having the best selfie camera in the industry.

With the Vivo V11 Pro, the Chinese company is now taking the selfie obsession to the next level by including a 25MP front camera to quench the selfie lover’s thirst.

Design and Build Quality

Vivo phones have been copying the iPhone design since time immemorial and it continues to this date with the Vivo V11 Pro.

This premium budget Android smartphone boasts an impressive screen to body ratio of 85.2% and adorns a teardrop styled notch at the front that houses the front camera and an infrared sensor.

At the back, there is this glossy plastic backplate with textures that gets revealed when the light strikes the surface.

The build quality of this phone feel just average with this plastic case. However, the curved body makes this device easy to hold in your hand.

The golden accent lines around the camera bump give a premium feel to the device. The speaker and the headphone jack is located on the bottom side.

Unfortunately, Vivo has still decided to stick with the outdated micro USB connector on this late 2018 phone, which is nothing short of a huge disappointment.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

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.

When compared to the Vivo X21, which was the first smartphone to come equipped with an in-display fingerprint scanner, the sensor on the Vivo V11 Pro feels slightly faster and more accurate.

Display

The device features a huge 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display with good colour reproduction and contrast levels.

This full view display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 has really thin bezels all around. If you are a fan of mobile media consumption, this screen will prove to be a delight to use.

Since the teardrop sized notch is small and doesn’t take up much screen real estate, the immersive experience isn’t affected much.

With a pixel density around 402 ppi, this screen looks detailed and vibrant.

Being an AMOLED panel, the blacks remain pitch black, making the images and videos look visually more appealing to the eyes.

Processor and Performance

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

Multitasking is smooth and gaming performance is decent with this SoC.

However, looking from a price to performance standpoint, the Snapdragon 660 under Rs.30,000 isn’t the best among the bunch.

The 4GB RAM comfortably manages to process multiple tasks simultaneously without
any stutters or lag in between.

Camera

The Vivo V11 Pro features a dual rear camera setup that has a 12MP + 5MP sensor combo of which the latter is completely dedicated to depth sensing.

The main 12MP camera has a f/1.8 aperture that lets more light to enter the lens, resulting in better low light photos and videos.

The 25MP front camera is one of the main USP’s of this device.

This high-resolution sensor, combined with extensive AI features that Vivo has baked into the OS makes it perform much better than most of the selfie cameras out there.

With the inbuilt 64GB internal storage, saving your pictures and videos is no more a concern.

Battery Life

The battery on this device is a 3400mAh Li-Po cell.

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

The Vivo V11 Pro packs in a high-resolution selfie front camera that takes crazy good photos in both indoor as well as outdoor.

This AI-powered camera along with the futuristic in-display fingerprint sensor makes this an exciting deal worth checking out in this price segment.

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In Display fingerprint scanner

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AMOLED display

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Infrared face scanner

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No USB C

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Plastic construction

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Internal Storage64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm SNapdragon 660
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3400mAh
Display6.41 – inch 2340x1080 pixels SAMOLED

6. Honor View 10

Most Feature Rich Phone
 Honorable Mention
  • 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.

Sleek and elegant design feels fresh…

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.

18:9 display with good colour accuracy and brightness…

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.

Dual camera that output detail rich images…

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.

Battery life and much more…

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.

Our thoughts…

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.

With the dedicated NPU chip onboard and promised software updates, the future readiness of this device is bright and reassuring.

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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

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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