The goalpost defining affordable, mid-range and premium smartphone segments keeps shifting. In 2019, the premium segment begins beyond 30K which means if that’s the budget you have for your next phone, you can score yourself an upper mid-range phone, yesteryear flagship or perhaps a current flagship killer (हिंदी में पढ़िए).
Though the premium phone market grew by 20 percent last year, the upper mid-range segment saw a hand full of device launches. So, if you want to know what are the best phones available under 30,000 INR, here are the options that you may consider.
1. OnePlus 7
OnePlus 7 (review) is currently one of the most affordable phones with Snapdragon 855 in India. It isn’t remarkably different than the 6T on the outside, but there are significant changes including UFS 3.0 storage, faster in-display sensor, an improved rear camera, and stereo speakers.
The OnePlus 7 starts at
32,999 ₹29,999 in India, which is a really competent price considering what’s on offer.
Display: 6.4-inch 1080 x 2312 | Processor: 2.5 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855 | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB, expandable up to 512GB | Software: Android 9 Pie with Oxygen OS | Rear camera: 48MP +5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 182g| Dimensions: 157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm | Battery: 3700mAh
- Design and build
- Battery mileage
- No audio jack
2. Redmi K20 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (review) is currently the most affordable Snapdragon 855 phone around. The feature set includes AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, 4000mAh battery with fast charging, and triple rear cameras.
The handset flaunts a glass body with an attractive gradient finish and is also one of the most ambitious Redmi phones launched in India so far. This is certainly a great choice for power users and gamers restricted by a budget.
Display: 6.39-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 855 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Software: Android Pie-based MIUI10 | Rear camera: 48MP+13MP+5MP | Front camera: 20MP | Battery: 4000mAh
- Design and build
- Battery mileage
- Retains 3.5mm audio jack
- Average haptic motor
- No IR blaster
- No OIS
3. Samsung Galaxy A70s
Samsung Galaxy A70s (review) brings in all the A-series awesomeness without compromising on performance. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 675, runs the pleasant One UI software, has triple rear cameras, and a gorgeous 6.7-inch AMOLED display.
The 4500mAh battery is aided by 25W fast charging (currently the fastest on any Samsung phone). So, overall, the Galaxy A70s currently represents the best of mid-range Samsung experience.
Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 675 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Battery: 4500mAh | Weight: 187g | Dimensions: 164.3 × 76.7× 7.9 mm
- Excellent display
- Reasonable performance
- Camera hardware
- Big battery and fast charging
- Refined software
- Quite big in size
- Dated Gorilla Glass 3
4. Asus 6Z
The Asus 6Z, that comes with a swanky flip camera, is another great option that’s now available for under Rs. 30,000. The 6Z is powered by Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor has a gorgeous full-view IPS LCD screen, and runs a very refined Zen UI software (almost stock).
The Asus 6Z has two cameras – 48MP primary and 13MP wide-angle sensor – that serve as both front and rear cameras. Within its premium glass-metal body, 6Z houses a massive 5000mAh battery with fast charging support.
Display: 6.4-inch 1080 x 2340 | Processor: 2.5 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855 | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB, expandable up to 512GB | Software: Android 9 Pie with Zen UI | Rear camera: 48MP +13MP | Front camera: same| Weight: 190 g| Dimensions: 159.1 x 75.4 x 9.2 mm | Battery: 5000mAh
- Excellent performance
- Excellent battery backup
- Great notch-less display
- Dedicated card slot and Audio Jack
- Daylight camera performance
- Great for selfies
- No water resistance
- Face unlock is a tad slow
5. Redmi K20
Compared to the pro variant, the Redmi K20 has a slightly weaker chipset and a bit downgraded camera hardware, but it’s still a compelling option, even for power users and gamers.
The Redmi K20 is powered by Snapdragon 730, which is a powerful mid-range chipset, includes an AMOLED display, a pop-up camera, and shares the same design and build as its ‘Pro’ sibling.
Display: 6.39-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 730 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Software: Android Pie-based MIUI10 | Rear camera: 48MP+13MP+5MP | Front camera: 20MP | Battery: 4000mAh | Weight: 191g | Dimensions: 156.7 × 74.3 × 8.8 mm
6. Google Pixel 3a
The Pixel 3a has a great quality AMOLED display, is powered by Snapdragon 670 octa-core chipset, and can be upgraded to Android 10. The new software update also brings dual SIM support (eSIM + regular SIM) to the Pixel 3a phones.
Display: 5.6-inch (18:9) Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 670 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 3000mAh | Weight: 147g | Dimensions: 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm
- Excellent cameras
- Pleasant notch-less display
- One of the few light phones around
- Decent Battery mileage
- Excellent software
- Stereo speakers and audio jack
- Not for heavy gaming
- After-sales support network in India needs improvements
7. Honor View 20
After fresh price cuts, the Honor View 20 (review) offers Huawei’s flagship 7nm Kirin 980 chipset for a very reasonable price. The handset has an IPS LCD screen with a punch hole accommodating the 25MP selfie camera on the front.
The View 20 offers 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, 48MP rear camera, runs the latest Huawei software and houses a 4000mAh battery with fast charging support.
Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+ IPS | Processor: 7nm Kirin 980 octa-core SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android Pie-based MIUI | Rear Camera: 48MP+ TOF depth sensor | Front Camera: 25MP | Weight: 180g | Battery: 4000mAh.
- Trendy design
- Excellent performance
- Long-lasting battery, fast charging
- No MicroSD card slot
- No AMOLED display
8. Samsung Galaxy S9
As a limited period offer, Samsung Galaxy S9 will retail at Rs. 29,999 during the festival sales. The Galaxy S9 has a very premium glass-finish design and a decent set of cameras, and it makes sense at the new discounted price, especially if you prefer compact phones.
Display: 5.8-inch (18.5:9) QHD+ AMOLED, HDR 10 | Processor: Exynos 9810 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 163g | Battery: 3000 | Dimensions: 147.69 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
9. Realme X
The handset includes an uninterrupted, notch-free AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, an elegant glass-finish body, and USB Type-C port with VOOC 3.0 fast charging. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 710 which is still a very capable mid-range chipset, more so for the attractive price.
- looks great
- notch-free AMOLED screen
- Capable performer
- Fast charging
- No MicroSD card slot
- Color OS needs improvements
10. iPhone 7
Those of you who love the iOS ecosystem and the premium experience you get out of the Apple devices, iPhone 7 is the option you can score under Rs. 30,000. This may be outdated when compared to the latest iterations. However, you can’t go wrong with the performance out of the Quad-core A10 Fusion chipset. You could enjoy iOS 12.1.3 software too.
Notably, this is the phone that kickstarted the whole no headphone jack trend. But this is compensated with a dual speaker audio output. It is also P67 dust and water-resistant certified. The home button is pressure-sensitive and vibrates to return haptic feedback.
- Good Camera
- Smooth performance
- Water and Dust Resistant
- Stereo Speakers
- Design feels dated
- No headphone jack
Best phones Under Rs. 30,000 To Buy In 2019
These are some of the best options available under 30,000 INR. If you are willing to spend a bit more, you may also consider options like OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T. And if you are curious what another Rs. 10,000 would get you, check out our article on the best phones under Rs. 40,000.
Here’s the summary list of best triple camera phones in India in 2019
|OnePlus 7||Rs 29,999||86/100|
|Redmi K20 Pro||Rs 27,999||86/100|
|Samsung Galaxy A70S||Rs 28,900||78/100|
|Asus 6Z||Rs 27,999||85/100|
|Redmi K20||Rs 21,999||80/100|
|Google Pixel 3a||Rs 29,999||81/100|
|Honor View 20||Rs 27,990||78/100|
|Samsung Galaxy S9||Rs 29,999||82/100|
|Realme X||Rs 19,999||81/100|
|iPhone 7||Rs 29, 990||76/100|