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, yester-year 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 didn see a hand full of devices launch. 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. Asus Zenfone 5Z

Asus Zenfone 5Z (review) offers excellent value for money. The base variant, that costs less than Rs 30k, comes with Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset, 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and 64GB of UFS2.1 storage.

The Zenfone 5Z is also one of the best camera phones in its class. Other highlights include a sharp Full HD+ display (19:9), intuitive ZenfUI 5.0 software, a 3300mAh battery with fast charging.

Display: 6.2-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear camera: 12MP + 8MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 153×75.65×7.85mm 

What We like (Pros)

  • Great audio output
  • Excellent performance
  • Good quality display
  • Great cameras for the price
  • Good battery backup

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • No water resistance
  • No Gorilla Glass 5

2. Nokia 8.1

Nokia 8.1 is an Android One phone that’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 octa-core mobile platform. The successor of Nokia 7.1 Plus runs the latest Android 9 Pie, has an improved 20MP selfie camera and features a wide notch at the top.

Nokia has made notable improvements to the camera performance, but the phone still feels a tad overpriced.

Display: 6.18-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS, HDR 10 | Processor: Snapdragon 710 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie | Rear camera: 12MP + 13MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 180g | Battery: 3500 | Dimensions: 154.8 x 75.8 x 8 mm 

What we like (Pros) 

  • Solid build
  • Excellent performance
  • Good cameras for the price
  • Pure Android software

What we don’t like (Cons) 

  • Hybrid SIM slot
  • A tad overpriced

 

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3. Vivo V11 Pro

Vivo V11 Pro (review) is the first smartphone under Rs 30,000 to boast of under display fingerprint sensor. That’s not all, it also features a water drop style notch screen and offers Infrared based face unlock feature.

Vivo is also launched a trimmed down version sometime Vivo V9 Pro which lacks in-display fingerprint sensor though.

Vivo V11 Pro specs 

Display: 6.41-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 660 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 12MP+5MP | Front camera: 25MP | Battery: 3400mAh

What we like (Pros)

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

What we don’t like (cons)

  • No USB Type C port
  • User interface

4. Xiaomi Poco F1

Xiaomi too making its presence felt in under Rs 30,000 segment with its newly launched Pocophone sub-brand. The Poco F1(review) caught everyone’s attention thanks to the Qualcomm flagship chipset making it cheapest Snapdragon 845 phone in the market today.

Xiaomi Poco F1 Review

Other talking points of the phone are liquid cooling, 4000mAh battery and dual cameras at the back.

Display: 6.18-inch (18.7:9) Full HD+ IPS LCD| Processor: Snapdragon 845 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 12MP+5MP | Front camera: 20MP | Battery: 4000mAh

What we like (pros)

  • Good Performance
  • Decent optics
  • Battery life

What we don’t like (cons)

  • Design
  • Display

5. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

In 2018 Samsung has put in a lot of emphasis on the cameras especially in the affordable and budget segment. It all started with the Galaxy A7 2018 (review) which came with a triple rear camera setup. Samsung for the first time squeezed in three cameras in a single setup. The primary camera is a 24MP sensor then there is a 5MP depth sensor and the third one is an 8MP wide-angle sensor.

Samsung is also punched in a 24MP sensor on the front for selfies. Other than a triple camera setup, the phone also supports Samsung Pay Mini and Dual SIM Dual VoLTE support out of the box.

Display: 6.-inch (18.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Exynos 7885 | RAM: up to 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 24MP+5MP+8MP | Front camera: 24MP | Weight: 168 g | Dimensions: 159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5mm | Battery: 3300mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • AMOLED Display
  • Ample RAM and Storage
  • Dual SIM Dual VoLTE support
  • Indoor camera performance
  • An accessible side-mounted Fingerprint sensor

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • Only mini version of Samsung Pay
  • No fast charging
  • Case cover not bundled in the box

6. Oppo F9 Pro

The Oppo F9 Pro holds the title of being the first phone to feature a waterdrop notch screen. It is also the first F-series phone to come with Oppo’s proprietary VOOC charging technology which claims to offer 2 Hours of Talk Time on 5 Minutes of Charging.

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

Display: 6.3-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Helio P60 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 16MP+2MP | Front camera: 25MP | Weight: 169 g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 74 x 8 mm | Battery: 3500mAh

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. Honor Play

From Huawei’s portfolio, Honor Play manages to make the cut. The phone rocks company’s own Kirin 970 chipset with GPU Turbo.

It has dual 16MP+2MP rear cameras and a 16MP selfie camera, and the camera performance is perfectly reasonable for the price. Other benefits include a beautiful 19.5:9 display, compact form factor, good battery backup (3300mAh) and awesome audio output.

 Display: 6.3-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 970 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 16MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 176g | Dimensions: 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm |Battery: 3750mAh

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

8. LG V30+ ThingQ

The LG V30+ ThinQ was one of the top tier phones in 2018. Since its official debut in India, LG has slashed its handsomely and currently it retails under Rs 30K which makes value for money phone. LG has used a QHD+(2880 x 1440) OLED screen which gets Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layers. It is driven by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM.

As for optics, the V30+ features a dual rear camera setup with 16-megapixel and 13-megapixel sensors and a 5-megapixel selfie camera.

Display: 6-inch (18:9) QHD POLED | Processor: Snapdragon 835 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 16MP + 13MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 158 g | Dimensions: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm | Battery: 3300mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • Solid build, Water resistant
  • Elegant design
  • Good camera performance

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • Average battery performance

 

9. Huawei View 10

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

10. 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

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 6T

If you are willing to extend your budget beyond 30K, you can also consider OnePlus 6T, which is currently one of the most popular all-rounders.

The base variant of OnePlus 6T with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage retails for 37,990 INR, but you can buy it at a slightly lower price from recurring online sales.

Display: 6.41-inch (19:9) Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB/ 256GB | Software: Android 9 Pie | Rear camera: 16MP+20MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm |Battery: 3700mAh

What we like (Pros)

  • Excellent performance
  • Intuitive software experience
  • Elegant design
  • Great display

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • No MicroSD card slot
  • No notification LED
  • 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 can opt for the OnePlus 6T or Samsung Galaxy A9. 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.

List Of Best Phones Under Rs. 30,000

Phones Price Score
Asus Zenfone 5Z Rs 29,999 82/100
Nokia 8.1 Vivo Rs 26,990 74/100
Vivo V11 Pro Rs 22,990 79/100
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Rs 19,990 81/100
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Rs 21,699 72/100
Oppo F9 Pro Rs 20,899 70/100
Honor Play 6GB Rs 19,999 71/100
Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) Rs 27,390 70/100
Honor View 10 Rs 29,999 80/100
Nokia 8 Rs 25,999 78/100

2 COMMENTS

  1. 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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