The goalpost defining affordable, mid-range and premium smartphone segments keeps shifting. In 2018, 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, yester-year flagship or perhaps a current flagship killer.

Though the premium phone market grew by 20 percent last year, the upper mid-range segment didn’t see many launches. So, if you want to know what are the best phones available under 30,000 INR, here are the options that you can consider.

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1. Nokia 7 Plus

Nokia 7 Plus (Review) is an Android One phone that’s powered by Snapdragon 660 octa-core mobile platform. The handset is extremely solid, has 18:9 display panel, and a long-lasting 3800mAh battery.

All the three cameras (two on the rear, one on the front) have Zeiss branded lenses. Overall, it’s a great option for its price at the time of writing.

Display: 6.0-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 660 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear camera: 12MP + 13MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 183g | Dimensions: 158.4 x 75.6 x 8 mm 

What we like (Pros) 

  • Solid build
  • Excellent performance
  • Good cameras for the price
  • Pure Android software
  • Can stream HD content
  • Long lasting battery

What we don’t like (Cons) 

  • Hybrid SIM slot
  • Big Bezels
  • Selfie camera

2. Nokia 8

Nokia 8 (Review) is now the most affordable Snapdragon 835 phone in India (after the latest price cut). The handset is solidly built has a great set of dual rear cameras with Zeiss optics and is one of the rare few stock Android phones in this segment.

The major drawback has to be the lack of 18:9 panel. But on the plus side, the phone retains a front fingerprint sensor. The Nokia 8 still can’t compete with the likes of OnePlus 5T, but if you are looking for a more affordable mid-range phone with a relatively more popular branding, you can consider it as an option.

Display: 5.3-inch (16:9) 2K IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 835 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 13MP + 13MP | Front camera: 13MP | Weight: 160g | Dimensions: 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm |Battery: 3090mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • Solid build, Splash resistant
  • Front fingerprint sensor
  • Powerful chipset
  • A reasonable set of cameras

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • No full-view or 18:9 display

3. LG G6

The LG G6 is about a year old now, but it’s now available for a subsidized price and is an option worth considering.

The G6 is powered by Snapdragon 821 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It has dual 13MP rear cameras and a 5MP selfie camera, and the camera performance is perfectly reasonable for the price. Other benefits include a beautiful 18:9 display, compact form factor, good battery backup (3300mAh) and awesome audio output.

 Display: 5.7-inch (18:9) 2K HDR10 IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 821 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.1.2 | Rear camera: 13MP + 13MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 155.4 x 71.9 x 7.9mm |Battery: 3300mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • Compact, elegant design
  • Great display quality
  • Excellent audio output
  • Water and drop resistant

What we don’t like (cons)

  • Slightly dated chipset

4. Moto X4

Motorola recently launched the 6GB RAM variant of Moto X4 (Review), a glass and metal body phone that features a regular 16:9 display, is IP68 water and dust resistance certified, and runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box.

The 6GB RAM variant gets a much-needed performance boost. The Moto X4 also has several interesting software enhancements like its ability to stream to 4 Bluetooth devices simultaneously.

Display: 5.7-inch (18:9) 2K HDR10 IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 630 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 13MP + 13MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 155.4 x 71.9 x 7.9mm |Battery: 3300mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • Compact form factor, solid build
  • Water resistant
  • Software tricks and enhancements

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • Camera performance

5. Honor View 10

Huawei’s Honor View 10 is a feature packed phone that’s powered by Kirin 970 octa-core chipset paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and has a good quality 18:9 screen.

The ‘AI phone’ checks all the right boxes and has a decent camera for a mid-range phone.

Display: 5.2-inch (16:9) Full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 630 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 148.4 x 73.4 x 8 mm |Battery: 3300mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • Good quality display
  • Powerful chipset
  • Decent camera

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • EMUI software
  • camera bump

6. Oppo F7

The Oppo F7 is a trendy full-view display selfie phone and a good option for anyone who’s looking forward to buying from offline stores.

The handset has a powerful octa-core Helio P60 chipset, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, 25MP selfie camera, and a 34000mAh battery.

Display: 6.23-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Helio P60 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 25MP | Battery: 3400mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • Looks elegant
  • Battery backup
  • Good selfie camera
  • Dual SIM Dual VoLTE

What we don’t like (cons)

  • Rear camera quality

7. Samsung Galaxy A8+

The only mid-range phone that can challenge OnePlus 5T for now is the Galaxy A8+. The Galaxy A8+ retails for the same price, can match OP5T in terms of rear camera performance, includes a better selfie camera and offers more battery mileage.


Display: 6-inch (18:9) Full HD AMOLED | Processor: 2.2GHz Exynos 7885 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.0 | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 16MP +8MP | Weight: 191g | Dimensions: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm |Battery: 3500mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • Solid build, Water resistant
  • Elegant design
  • Great camera performance
  • Excellent battery backup
  • Dedicated card slot

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • Heavy


8. Vivo V9

Vivo V9 (Review) is a stylish phone with an appealing selfie camera meant for offline markets. The handset runs the latest Android Oreo-based Funtouch UI out of the box.

Vivo has also launched a trimmed down youth edition, but the V9 looks better and has the more powerful hardware.

Vivo V9 specs 

Display: 6.3-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 626 SoC | RAM: up to 4GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 16MP+5MP | Front camera: 24MP | Battery: 3260mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • Excellent design
  • Great display
  • Exciting selfie camera
  • Dedicated microSD card slot

What we don’t like (cons)

  • No fast charging

9. HTC U Ultra

HTC U Ultra far originally launched in India for Rs. 60,000 less than a year ago, but as of now, the handset is retailing for a more reasonable price of 27,000 INR.

If you don’t mind a big phone, HTC U Ultra has a lot to look forward too. The phone has a gorgeous display, a secondary ticker display, Boomsound audio, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, OIS for the rear camera, and liquid crystal design. The 3000mAh battery lasts more than what one would initially anticipate. Besides, the fast charging can top it up to 70 percent in just one hour.

Display: 5.7-inch 2K IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 821| RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.1.2 | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 170g | Dimensions: 162.4 x 79.8 x 8 mm |Battery: 3000mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • Elegant design
  • Gorgeous display
  • Intuitive software
  • Camera with OIS

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • Big and bulky

10. Asus Zenfone 5 (upcoming)

Asus Zenfone 5 that was introduced at MWC 2018 is a very competitive phone with a 6.2 -inch display, Snapdragon 636 chipset, and dual rear cameras.

It looks extremely premium, has an iPhone X like notch, and flaunts a glass body. Asus also highlights some AI capabilities but it will take some more time before we get to judge their efficacy. The Zenfone 5 seems to check all the boxes and Asus did hint at an aggressive pricing.

If you are willing to spend a little more:

If you are willing to spend just a little more, there are a couple of options you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

OnePlus 5T

The big T currently overshadows all mid-range phones. That’s because it offers immaculate performance, looks premium, has an extremely well designed, and light software, and a long-lasting battery.


The base variant of OnePlus 5T retails for 32,990 INR, but you can buy it at slightly lower effective using bank discounts and exchange offers.

Display: 6-inch (18:9) Full HD AMOLED | Processor: 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 16MP+20MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm |Battery: 3000mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • Excellent battery backup
  • Excellent performance
  • Intuitive software experience
  • Elegant design and solid build
  • Great audio output

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • No MicroSD card slot
  • Base variant available in only one color

Best phones under Rs. 30,000 To Buy In 2018

These are some of the best options available under 30,000 INR. If you are willing to spend a bit more, you can opt for the OnePlus 5T. And if you are curious what another Rs. 10,000 would get you, check out our article on best phones under Rs. 40,000 linked below.

10 Best Phones Under Rs 40,000 That You Can Buy Today


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