The goalpost defining affordable, mid-range, and premium smartphone segments keeps shifting. In 2021, we several amazing phones in the under 30K price segment including OnePlus Nord, Xiaomi Mi 10i, Samsung Galaxy M51, Pixel 4a, and Vivo V20. 

If that’s the budget you have for your next phone, you have some very competitive phones to choose from. The sub- 30K segment includes some exceptional phones with capable cameras, excellent battery life, and modern design. In this article, we have cherry-picked the best available options. (हिंदी में पढ़िए).

Best mobile phones under Rs. 30,000 in India in 2021

Flagship killers with the latest Snapdragon 865 or Snapdragon 865+ are no longer available under 30K. You can still get the very capable Snapdragon 765G or Snapdragon 855/855+ from last year. The camera performance in the segment has also drastically improved.  

1. OnePlus Nord 

OnePlus Nord is one of the most disruptive phones this year. That’s because it drags down the now-expensive OnePlus experience to a relatively affordable price point.

OnePlus Nord | Image credit: MKBHD/Youtube

The Nord is 5G ready and is powered by Snapdragon 765G octa-core chipset and runs Android 10 based Oxygen OS. There are four cameras on the rear with a 48MP sensor in the lead. The 4115mAh battery supports 30W fast charging.

Also Read: Reasons to buy and Reasons to not buy OnePlus Nord

Display: 6.44-inch 1080 x 2400 , 90Hz| Processor: 2.96 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855+ | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software:  OxygenOS Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP + 8MP | Weight: 184g| Dimensions: 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm mm | Battery: 4115mAh

2. Google Pixel 4a

Google has launched its Pixel 4a at a competitive price in India – when compared to last years’ Pixel 3a, that is. This is perhaps not a phone that would suit everyone’s taste, but it’s also remarkably impressive and premium in many aspects. 

The Pixel 4a is compact and light is one of the best implementations of Android 11, is guaranteed access to upcoming Google software, has a great quality display, and has a great camera (for still photography) when compared to others in its price segment.  

On the downside, you’d be missing on trends like faster display refresh rate, fast charging, wide-angle camera, and will have to make do with a good-but-not-great battery. 

Display: 5.81-inch (18:9) Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 730G SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 12.2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 3140mAh | Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm

3. Realme X7 Pro

Realme X7 Pro (review) has got a 6.55-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ 120Hz panel with a punch hole for the 32MP selfie camera. By the back, the X7 Pro houses quad cameras including a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP ultrawide sensor, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP portrait.

Under the hood, there is an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset with 5G, a Mali-G77 MC9 GPU, 8GB RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage. On top, there is Realme UI based on Android 10. Among other things, there’s an in-display fingerprint sensor, a 4500 mAh battery, and 65W fast charging.

Display: 6.55-inch sAMOLED FHD+ display; 2400*1080 resolution, 120Hz | Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 1000+; Mali-G77 MC9 GPU  | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP +8MP +2MP+ 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 184g | Dimensions: 160.8 x 75.2 x 8.5mm |Battery: 4500mAh, 65W fast charging supported

4. Xiaomi Mi 10i

Xiaomi Mi 10I (review) is a phone that should appeal to consumers who are looking for solid performance and an impressive camera quality without breaking the bank. There are also stereo speakers, a fast fingerprint sensor, and a beefy battery with fast charging support. 

On the downside, this is a big and bulky phone and the MIUI 12 doesn’t feel as refined as other current-gen UIs. 

Display: 6.67-inch, IPS LCD 120Hz adaptive sync| Processor: Snapdragon 750G SoC | RAM: up to 8GB LPDDR4x | Storage: up to 128GB UFS 2.2 | Software: Android 10 based MIUI12 | Rear camera: 108MP+8MP+2MP+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery: 4820mAh | Weight: 215g | Thickness: 9mm

5. Samsung Galaxy F62

Samsung Galaxy F62 (review) is an upgrade to the Galaxy M51, which was also impressive in its own right. Samsung’s design wizardry is epitomized by the fact that the Galaxy F62 harbors a whopping 7000mAh battery and still feels like a wieldy phone and not a power bank. The back panel now has a gradient design and a squarish camera module. 

 

This one is powered by Exynos 9825m, which results in snappy day-to-day usage. There is also Android 11 based OneUI software, a good quality AMOLED display, and a camera system that’s truly versatile (again, compared to other phones under INR 30,000).  

Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Exynos 9825 | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 11 | Rear camera: 64MP+12MP+5MP+5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Battery: 7000mAh | Weight: 218g | Dimensions:163.9 x 76.3 x 9.5 mm

6. Vivo V20 Pro and Vivo V20

Vivo V20 Pro (review) and Vivo V20 (review) are camera-centric phones that should appeal to the youth. They benefit from all the hard work Vivo has put into improving photography algorithms this year. 

The handsets offer an AMOLED display (no high-refresh rate, though), a sizeable battery with fast charging, and cameras that are quite impressive (especially on the Pro). Vivo V20 is also the first phone to launch with Android 11 out of the box. 

The Pro variant is powered by Snapdragon 765G and supports 5G connectivity. The base variant employs Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G and additionally retains the audio jack and SD card slot. 

Vivo V20 Pro specs

Display: 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 765G SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 11 | Rear camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP | Front camera: 44MP | Battery: 4000mAh | Weight: 171g | Dimensions: 161.3 x 74.2 x 7.4 mm

7. Realme X3 SuperZoom

Realme X3 SuperZoom (review) is powered by Snapdragon 855+ and, as the name suggests, has a zoom camera. Unlike the Realme X2 Pro that has an AMOLED screen, this one employs a 120Hz IPS LCD panel with a broad punch-hole cutout. 

The powerful chipset driving the X3 Zoom is duly assisted by ample LPDDR4x RAM and fast UFS 3.0 storage, thus making this a great choice for gaming. The handset has a 4200mAh battery with 30W fast charging. 

Display: 6.6-inch 1080 x 2400, 120Hz | Processor: 2.96 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855+ | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: up to 256GB, expandable up to 512GB | Software:  Realme UI -Android 10| Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP + 8MP | Weight: 202g| Dimensions: 163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm | Battery: 4200mAh

8. Realme X2 Pro

Months after its launch, the Realme X2 Pro (review) is still a very relevant option. For starters, it brings Snapdragon 855+ under 30k. The barrage of features doesn’t end there. The X2 Pro also includes its 90Hz display, 64MP Quad Rear Camera, 50W fast charging, up to 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and UFS 3.0 storage.

Realme X2 Pro

Realme has kept the headphone jack as well as the USB-C port. Other things in the bag are Dual Stereo Speakers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res audio certification, and 4D game vibration.

Display: 6.55-inch 2400 x 1080 pixels, 90Hz | Processor: 2.96 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855+ | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: upto 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP+8MP+13MP+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 199g| Dimensions: 161 x 75.7 x 8.7 mm | Battery: 4000mAh

9. Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy A71 (review) brings in all the A-series awesomeness without compromising on performance. It’s powered by an octa-core Qualcomm  Snapdragon 730 chipset, runs the pleasant One UI software, has triple rear cameras, and a gorgeous 6.7-inch Infinity-O AMOLED display.

Samsung Galaxy A71 Review

The 4500mAh battery is aided by 25W fast charging (currently the fastest on any Samsung phone). So, overall, the Galaxy A71 currently represents the best of mid-range Samsung experience.

Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 730 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Battery: 4500mAh | Weight: 179g | Dimensions: 163.6 x 76 x 7.7 mm

10. Asus 6Z

The Asus 6Z, which 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 10 | Rear camera: 48MP +13MP | Front camera: same| Weight: 190 g| Dimensions: 159.1 x 75.4 x 9.2 mm | Battery: 5000mAh

11. OPPO Reno 3 Pro

Oppo Reno 3 Pro recently debuted in international markets including India which slightly altered specifications from the Chinese version. Still, the MediaTek Helio P95 octa-core processor based Reno 3 Pro is a worthy option under Rs 30,000 budget.

Oppo Reno 3, Reno 3 Pro go official

The Oppo Reno 3 Pro highlights include a 44MP+2MP dual punch-hole front camera. The phone has a 6.4-inches Super AMOLED screen and houses a 4025mAh battery. Proprietory VOOC 4.0 based 30W flash charger refills 50-percent battery in 20 mins.

Display: 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: MediaTek Helio P95 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Software: Android Pie-based MIUI10 | Rear camera: 64MP+13MP+8MP+2MP | Front camera: 44MP+2MP | Battery: 4025mAh | Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 158.8 × 73.4 × 8.1mm 

The Best Smartphones Under Rs. 30,000 You Can Buy In India in 2021

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 Xiaomi Mi10T, iQOO 3 (review), and Realme X50 5G (review) and for a bit, lesser, Realme 7 Pro and Poco X3 are decent options. 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.

Best Mobile Phones Under ₹30,000

Price

OnePlus Nord

₹24,999

Google Pixel 4a

₹29,999

Realme X7 Pro

₹29,999

Xiaomi Mi 10I

₹20,999

Samsung Galaxy F62

₹23,999

Vivo V20

₹24,999

Realme X3 SuperZoom

₹27,999

Realme X2 Pro

₹28,483

Samsung Galaxy A71

₹29,999

Asus 6Z

₹23,999

 

22 COMMENTS

  1. i must say these tips about mobile phones are quite good and i appreciate you for sharing it with us..thank you ..keep sharing.

  2. Actually i want to the buy new mobile so this post is very helpful for me. after reading this post i decided to buy poco f1 mobile.

  3. Why U people wish to purchase that 3rd class Chinese mobiles those got publicity by paisa wasooli websites.
    Even 48 MP camera of Chinese phone can never compare to 8 MP of Google & 12 MP of Samsung. Chinese 5000 Mah batteries never beat 3000 MAH batteries of Samsung, Sony etc.

    Aakir Brand tho Brand hi hotha hai bhai.

    I feel itz a great insults to keep that third class Chinese mobile in my Hand eben for few minutes.

    • I love Chinese brand. DO you think that Samsung or Google pixel can provide same specification and camera than Chinese mobile can offer like One Plus 8 series. I hate Samsung because of its processor. Waiting for Miscromax.

  4. I’m using Nokia 8.1 for one month. The best display and build quality I’ve ever seen. Its build quality is even better than OnePlus 6t( that I’ve seen). It’s camera quality is even better than OnePlus and Poco. Google camera is working much more better than other devices. The brand told that battery life will be for 2 days. It’s a real matter what I did not think. Overall performance is really good with Snapdragon 710 a 2.2 GHz chipset. HDR 10 display and Android one deserves special mention in this respect. I thought that it was overpriced. But I had full confidence on NOKIA. Now I am realising that It’s really value for money💰. So, I think it’s the best phone in the price range.

  5. Really?? Vivo V11 pro is better than Poco F1?? in dream world? Check out the benchmark scores and compare them.Poco F1 is far better than V11 Pro in almost every aspects.

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