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. (Read In English)

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.

Also Check: OnePlus 6T Review

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 

ASUS Zenfone 5Z Pros and Cons

Pros 

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

Cons 

  • No water resistance
  • No Gorilla Glass 5

2. Nokia 7 Plus

Nokia 7 Plus (Review) is an Android One phone that’s powered by Qualcomm’s 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

ALSO READ: 7 New OnePlus 6T Features – Is it better than OnePlus 6?

3. 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

4. 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 watch drop style notch screen and offers Infrared based face unlock feature.

Vivo is also expected to launch its trimmed down version sometime in October 2018 which likely to also feature an in-display fingerprint sensor and water drop notch screen.

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

5. 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.

Xiaomi Poco F1 specs 

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

6. 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

 

7. 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

8. 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

9. Moto G6 Plus

Motorola recently launched its much-awaited Moto G6 Plus is the cheapest stock-ish android phone in this range. The phone comes with a p2i water-repellent coating that keeps your phone safe from accidental splashes.

The Moto G6 Plus comes with Snapdragon 630 chipset alongwith 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Unlike Mi A2, it also has a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Display: 5.9-inch (18:9)full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 630 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 167g | Dimensions: 160 x 75.5 x 8 mm |Battery: 3200mAh

What we like (Pros)

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

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • Camera performance

10. 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

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 6

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

 

The base variant of OnePlus 6 with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage retails for 34,990 INR, but you can buy it at a slightly lower price from recurring online sales.

Display: 6.28-inch (19:9) Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear camera: 16MP+20MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm |Battery: 3300mAh

What we like (Pros)

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

What we don’t like (Cons)

  • No MicroSD card slot
  • No water resistance

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 6, Honor 10, or a higher variant of Zenfone 5Z. 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.

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