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 Samsung Galaxy A70 is being marketed as a multimedia powerhouse that can also deliver good photography results with its triple rear cameras and offer a smooth performance. The Samsung phone packs a beautiful 6.7-inch full-HD+ (1080x2400 pixels) Super AMOLED display which is vibrant, has good viewing angles and great sunlight legibility, making it a great choice for watching videos and playing games.
The phone runs Samsung's One UI based on Android Pie which has a modern design and comes with a host of useful features such as an always-on display mode and 'Face Widgets' to name a few. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 675 processor paired with 6GB of RAM. The Galaxy A70 handles day-to-day tasks and gaming with ease, and the phone also does not heat up during intensive tasks. The Galaxy A70 also comes with Dolby Atmos support, but the in-display fingerprint sensor is a little slow at recognition.
The triple rear cameras help the Galaxy A70 capture crisp photos with good edge details and decent dynamic range. However, the camera struggles to reproduce true colours under harsh daylight and there is also some softening at the periphery. But the phone lacks EIS and OIS support, but the slow-mo videos turned out very smooth. The Galaxy A70 packs a 4,500mAh battery which easily lasts through a full day of heavy usage, while the bundled Super Fast Charging adapter takes the battery from 0-100 in less than two hours.
|Samsung Galaxy A70 Specifications|
|Display||6.70-inch, 1080x2400 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675|
|Rear Camera||32-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 Vivo Nex is a smartphone from the future which is gorgeous, immensely powerful, and loaded with impressive technologies like the pop up camera. However, the software has niggles, the in-display fingerprint scanner is unreliable, and many flagship features such as waterproofing and wireless charging are conspicuous by their absence. As of now, the Vivo Nex is best looked upon as a technology showcase, rather than owned as a daily driver.
|Best Mobile Phones Under 30000 In India||Prices|
|OnePlus 6T||Rs. 26,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A70||Rs. 27,000|
|Oppo R17 Pro||Rs. 25,799|
|Vivo Nex||Rs. 29,999|