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.
The new OnePlus 6T introduces an in-display fingerprint sensor that is sure to draw attention and be the one feature that you really want to show off. It also has a smaller notch, bigger screen and higher capacity battery, but loses the notification LED and 3.5mm audio jack. Nearly everything else is the same as it was with the OnePlus 6. There's still no wireless charging or IP rating, which are the only ways in which this phone doesn't feel like a true flagship. Camera performance is pretty good, though it suffers at night. The battery will get you through a full day. The OnePlus 6T replaces the OnePlus 6 but isn't necessarily a compelling upgrade.
The Asus ZenFone 5Z sports a 6.2-inch display with FullHD+ resolution and has a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor that is clocked at 2.8GHz. It has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable upto 2TB. The phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5 on top. It sports a dual camera setup at the back consisting of a 12-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel secondary camera with a wide-angle lens. At the front, it has an 8-megapixel selfie camera. It has a 3300mAh battery and the company ships an 18W charger in the box. The ZenFone 5Z is a dual SIM device with a hybrid SIM slot and has support for Dual 4G and VoLTE.
|Asus ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) Specifications|
|Display||6.20-inch, 1080x2246 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel + 8-megapixel|
|Samsung Galaxy A70 Specifications|
|Display||6.70-inch, 1080x2400 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675|
|Rear Camera||32-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 5-megapixel|
The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is the world's first quad-camera smartphone, and also represents a striking new aesthetic for Samsung. However, the rest of its specifications are weaker than other phones it's priced up against. If you're buying it just for the cameras, you should know that the zoom and wide-angle cameras don't deliver very good results, especially in low light. The primary camera works quite well though. Battery life is good, and the 6.3-inch display is this phone's biggest highlight. The SoC is weak, and you don't get flagship-class features. Buy this phone if you like new features that you can show off and play with, but avoid it if you want an all-rounder.
|Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Specifications|
|Display||6.30-inch, 1080x2220 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660|
|Rear Camera||24-megapixel + 10-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 5-megapixel|
The Oppo R17 Pro sports a 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop notch and has an in-display fingerprint scanner. Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It has two 1850mAh batteries totalling the capacity to 3700mAh. Oppo ships a 50W SuperVOOC Flash charger in the box. The R17 Pro has a dual camera setup consisting of a 12-megapixel primary and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor. It also has 3D sensors which help it for 3D scanning. It has a 25-megapixel selfie camera.
The View 10 from Honor sports a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 1080x2160 pixels. It has a metal unibody which packs in a 3750mAh battery. The phone has a dual camera setup consisting of a 16-megapixel RGB sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. At the front, it sports a 13-megapixel selfie camera. Powering the smartphone is a Huawei Kirin 970 AI processor that has specialised hardware to compute Artificial Intelligence faster. The View 10 runs EMUI 8 on top of Android Oreo. It is a hybrid dual-SIM device and supports 4G and VoLTE on both SIM cards.
|Best Mobile Phones Under 30000 In India||Prices|
|OnePlus 6T||Rs. 29,999|
|Asus ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL)||Rs. 27,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A70||Rs. 27,998|
|Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)||Rs. 25,990|
|Oppo R17 Pro||Rs. 29,200|
|Honor View 10||Rs. 27,299|