The goalpost defining affordable, mid-range, and premium smartphone segments keeps shifting. In 2021, we have several amazing phones in the under 30K price segment including OnePlus Nord 2, IQOO 7 5G, Samsung Galaxy M52, and Apple iPhone SE 2020. 

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.  

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

1. OnePlus Nord 2

OnePlus Nord 2

The successor of Oneplus Nord has received a major bump up in specs and rightly so. The biggest upgrade has happened under the hood as it is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200AI chipset. Upfront, there’s a 6.43-inches AMOLED display with thin bezels and a thicker chin.

Oneplus Nord 2 has a cleaner UI in comparison to its competitors and guarantees 2 years of software updates and 3 years of security updates too. The fingerprint scanner is responsive and face recognition is quick too. Heavy games like BGMI are playable with HD graphics without stutter or lags. Its price starts at Rs. 27,999 in India and is available in 3 color options- Blue Haze, Grey Sierra, and Green-Wood.

Oneplus Nord 2 Specs

Display-6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED 90Hz refresh rateFront Camera- 32MP
Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 1200AIWeight- 189g
RAM- up to 12GBDimensions- 159.12 x 73.31 x 8.25mm
Storage- up to 256GBBattery-4500mAh
Software- Android v115G Bands- 1,3,28,40,41,78,79 SA/NSA
Rear Camera- 50MP+8MP+2MPVariants Available- 3(6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB,12GB+256GB)

2. Samsung Galaxy M52 5G

Galaxy M52 5G is the latest in the line of Samsung’s M series smartphones which offer value and performance. The aesthetics of the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is one of its main plus points. On the front, the taller M52 fields a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with a 120Hz refresh rate.

Samsung Galaxy M52 5G

Despite its large real estate and massive 5000mAh battery the Galaxy M52 5G is one of the lightest devices in its segment. It lacks an audio jack, though. Gaming performance is decent too and the battery life is also amazing. Its price starts at Rs. 24,999 and it is available in 2 colors- Blazing Black and Icy Blue.

Samsung Galaxy M52 Specs

Display-6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus 120Hz refresh rateFront Camera- 32MP
Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778GWeight- 173g
RAM- up to 8GBDimensions- 164.2 x 76.4 x 7.4mm
Storage- up to 128GBBattery-5000mAh, 25W fast charging
Software- Android v115G Bands- SA/NSA/Sub6
Rear Camera- 64MP+12MP+5MPVariants Available- 2(6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB)

3. Apple iPhone SE 2020

Apple iPhone SE 2020

Apple’s iPhone SE 2020 is identical to iPhone 8 in terms of its looks and many features but gives you a newer A13 Bionic SoC, that enables new software camera tricks. If you want a compact but powerful smartphone, this can be your pick.

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 It is very slick and weighs very little. Build quality is good and games run smoothly at High graphics settings. It has an IOS ecosystem that is user-friendly and simple and its 12MP single camera gives great quality photographs. It is currently priced at around Rs. 30,000 currently and is available in 3 colors- White, Black, and ProductRED.

Apple iPhone SE 2020 Specs

Display-4.7-inch Retina IPS LCD 625 nits peak brightnessFront Camera- 7MP
Processor- A13 Bionic, Hexa CoreWeight- 148g
RAM- 3GBDimensions- 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm
Storage- up to 256GBBattery-1821mAh, 18W fast charging
Software- IOS V135G Bands- N/A
Rear Camera- 12MPVariants Available-3 (64GB,128GB,256GB)

4. IQOO 7 5G

The IQOO 7 5G is an excellent option for under Rs 30,000. The runs on an intelligent Snapdragon 870 chipset that gives elaborate and performance visuals. It comes with a 66W flash charger that recharges it in less than 30 minutes. It has a z-axis linear motor with powerful 4D game vibration so you can feel the intensity of battle games in your hand.

IQOO 7 5G

Its liquid cooling system has a graphite sheet covering the area of 6000mm square for faster and even heat dissipation. It has a sophisticated 120Hz AMOLED screen with translucent AG glass protection on top that delivers refreshing colors and excellent contrast. It is available in 2 color variants- Storm black and Solid Ice Blue and its starting price are Rs. 29,990.

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IQOO 7 5G Specs

Display- 6.62-inch HDR10+ AMOLED 120Hz refresh rateFront Camera- 16MP
Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 OctaWeight- 196g
RAM- up to 12GBDimensions- 163.3 x 76.4 x 8.4mm
Storage- up to 126GBBattery- 4400mAh, 66W fast charging
Software- Android v115G Bands- SA/NSA
Rear Camera- 48MP+13MP+2MPVariants Available- 3 (8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB,12GB+256GB)

5. Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G

Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G

Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G is the most affordable of the three new models in the Mi 11 family. It looks refreshingly plain with no elaborate flourishes or no over the top branding elements. It is water and dust resistant up to IP53 and both sides are made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The OS has loads of customization options like themes, optional app drawer, navigation gestures, lite mode, etc. Dolby Atmos Speakers are well balanced and produce an engaging sound. The MIUI 12.5 update is also on its way. Its price starts at Rs. 24,340 and is it is available in 3 color variants- Cosmic Black, Frosty White, and Celestial Silver.

Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G Specs

Display-6.67-inch HDR10+ Super AMOLED 120Hz refresh rateFront Camera- 20MP
Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 870Weight- 196g
RAM- up to 8GBDimensions- 163.7x 76.4 x 7.8mm
Storage- up to 128GBBattery-4520mAh, 33W fast charging
Software- Android v115G Bands- 77,78, Sub6
Rear Camera- 48MP+8MP+5MPVariants Available- 2(6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB)

6. Realme GT Master Edition 5G

Realme’s GT Master Edition 5G has a bold suitcase design by renowned designer Naoto Fukasawa. It is made of vegan leather and has the designer’s signatures engraved with a nano-level process. GT mode can be activated with a tap to get peak performance.

Realme GT Master Edition 5G

The camera has a street photography mode that can capture fleeting moments. Photography enthusiasts will find the 64MP camera sensor appealing. It runs on UI 2.0 based on Android 11 and has a multi-functional NFC. It is available in 3 colors-Voyager gray, Luna white, and Cosmos Black. Pricing starts at Rs. 24,323 in India. Click here to read our review.

Realme GT Master Edition 5G Specs

Display-6.43-inch Super AMOLED 120Hz refresh rateFront Camera- 32MP
Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778GWeight- 174g
RAM- up to 8GBDimensions- 159.2 x 73.5x 8.7mm
Storage- up to 256GBBattery-4300mAh
Software- Android v115G Bands- 1,3,5,7,8,20,28,38,40,41,66,77,78, SA/NSA
Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MPVariants Available- 3 (6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB)

7. IQOO Z5 5G

IQOO Z5 5G

The IQOO Z5 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset which is certainly one of the better SoCs available under Rs 30,000. The phone is offered with up to 12GB RAM and has a triple camera setup at the back. Its simple design looks elegant with the color and its texture throughout. There is a matte finish to the color, which ensures that there are fingerprint smudges left on it.  massive 5000mAh battery and comes with a 44W flash charger.

IQOO Z5 5G packs an LCD display delivering good picture quality with decent brightness levels. It runs on FunTouch OS that has a series of widgets to choose from like Nano Music Player. All kinds of games can be played without any hassles and the camera works well in decent lighting conditions. It starts at Rs. 23,990 and is available in 2 colors- Arctic Dawn and Mystic Space.

IQOO Z5 5G Specs

Display-6.67-inch HDR10 IPS LCD 120Hz refresh rateFront Camera- 16MP
Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778GWeight- 193g
RAM- up to 12GBDimensions- 164.7x 76.6 x 8.53mm
Storage- up to 256GBBattery-5000mAh, 44W fast charging
Software- Android v115G Bands- 1,3,8,28,41,77,78 SA/NSA
Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MPVariants Available- 3(8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB,12GB+256GB)

8. Motorola Edge 20 5G

The Motorola Edge 20 5G is another good smartphone available for Rs 30,000. It boasts of a 6.7-inch OLED screen with a 144Hz refresh rate.  The phone is IP52 rated for dust and water resistance. It weighs about 163 grams which is very light. The frame is made of an aluminum alloy and feels sturdy to touch.

Motorola Edge 20

The power button has an integrated fingerprint scanner and a nice clicky feel when pressed. The side frame has a dedicated button for Google Assistant camera module is huge. It runs on Android 11 with its MyUX interface on top that lets you customize icons, fonts, and even accent colors to suit your liking. Moto Edge 20 5G has a quad-camera functionality despite a triple camera setup with an 8MP 3X telephoto camera with OIS. It is available in 2 colors-Frosted Pearl and Frosted Emerald. Priced at Rs. 29,999 in India.

Motorola Edge 20 5G Specs

Display-6.7-inch HDR10+ OLED 1B colors 144Hz refresh rateFront Camera- 32MP
Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778GWeight- 163g
RAM- 8GBDimensions- 163.26x 75.99 x 6.99mm
Storage- 128GBBattery-4000mAh, 30W fast charging
Software- Android v115G Bands- 1,3,5,7,8,28,38,41,66,77,78, SA/NSA/Sub6
Rear Camera- 108MP+16MP+8MPVariants Available- 1 single variant

9. Realme X7 Max 5G

Realme X7 Max

Realme X7 Max boasts of being powered by India’s first Dimensity 12005G processor. It has a stainless-steel vapor cooling system that can reduce the core temperature by up to 15 degrees Celsius. It supports Wi-Fi 6 and has Dolby Atmos Dual Stereo Speakers.

The X7 Max supports 5G+5G Dual SIM Dual standby technology and has a triple camera setup. The design is a combination of the futuristic matte with a lustrous gloss that creates a unique visual synergy of texture and elements. It is available in Asteroid Black and Mercury Silver colors and starts for Rs. 26,999 in India.

Realme X7 Max 5G Specs

Display-6.4-inch Super AMOLED 120Hz refresh rateFront Camera- 16MP
Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 1200Weight- 179g
RAM- up to 12GBDimensions- 158.5 x 73.3 x 8.4mm
Storage- up to 256GBBattery-4500mAh, 50W fast charging
Software- Android v115G Bands- 1,28,40,41,77,78,79, SA/NSA
Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MPVariants Available- 2(8GB+128GB, 12GB+256GB)

10. Poco F3 GT 5G

Poco F3 GT 5G is rated IP53 which makes it splash resistant. It has a metal frame that gives it a premium look and feels. The four corners are flattened and the top and bottom sections of the frame are designed to make it comfortable to hold in landscape mode too.

Poco F3 GT 5G

 It can multitask smoothly and the AMOLED display is bright and sharp. Gaming does not affect battery life much and close-up shots taken with its camera are very detailed and clear. It starts for Rs. 26,999 and is available in Predator Black and Gunmetal Silver colors.

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Poco F3 GT 5G Specs

Display-6.67-inch HDR10+ AMOLED 1B colors, 120Hz refresh rateFront Camera- 16MP
Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 1200Weight- 205g
RAM- up to 8GBDimensions- 161.9 x 76.9 x 8.3mm
Storage- up to 256GBBattery-5065mAh, 67W fast charging
Software- Android v115G Bands- 77,78 SA/NSA
Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MPVariants Available- 3(6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB,8GB+256GB)

Top 10 Smartphones in under 30k Price Range

Oneplus Nord 2 Rs. 27,999
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Rs. 24,999
Apple iPhone SE 2020 Rs. 30,000 approx.
IQOO 7 5G Rs. 29,990
Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G Rs. 24,340
Realme GT Master Edition 5G Rs. 24,323
IQOO Z5 5G Rs. 23,990
Motorola Edge 20 5G Rs. 29,999
Realme X7 Max 5g Rs. 26,999
Poco F3 GT 5G Rs. 26,999

updated by Shivangi Agarwal on 18/10/2021

24 COMMENTS

  1. What about Oppo Reno 6 5G? Why is it not in competition though it is kept above Nord 2.. whoever wrote this blog, is he really mad who does not know about many smartphone under 30k which are not mentioned in this blog..

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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