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
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 rate||Front Camera- 32MP|
|Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 1200AI||Weight- 189g|
|RAM- up to 12GB||Dimensions- 159.12 x 73.31 x 8.25mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-4500mAh|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 1,3,28,40,41,78,79 SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 50MP+8MP+2MP||Variants 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.
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 rate||Front Camera- 32MP|
|Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G||Weight- 173g|
|RAM- up to 8GB||Dimensions- 164.2 x 76.4 x 7.4mm|
|Storage- up to 128GB||Battery-5000mAh, 25W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- SA/NSA/Sub6|
|Rear Camera- 64MP+12MP+5MP||Variants Available- 2(6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB)|
3. 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.
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 brightness||Front Camera- 7MP|
|Processor- A13 Bionic, Hexa Core||Weight- 148g|
|RAM- 3GB||Dimensions- 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-1821mAh, 18W fast charging|
|Software- IOS V13||5G Bands- N/A|
|Rear Camera- 12MP||Variants 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.
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.
IQOO 7 5G Specs
|Display- 6.62-inch HDR10+ AMOLED 120Hz refresh rate||Front Camera- 16MP|
|Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 Octa||Weight- 196g|
|RAM- up to 12GB||Dimensions- 163.3 x 76.4 x 8.4mm|
|Storage- up to 126GB||Battery- 4400mAh, 66W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 48MP+13MP+2MP||Variants Available- 3 (8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB,12GB+256GB)|
5. 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 rate||Front Camera- 20MP|
|Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 870||Weight- 196g|
|RAM- up to 8GB||Dimensions- 163.7x 76.4 x 7.8mm|
|Storage- up to 128GB||Battery-4520mAh, 33W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 77,78, Sub6|
|Rear Camera- 48MP+8MP+5MP||Variants 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.
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 rate||Front Camera- 32MP|
|Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G||Weight- 174g|
|RAM- up to 8GB||Dimensions- 159.2 x 73.5x 8.7mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-4300mAh|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 1,3,5,7,8,20,28,38,40,41,66,77,78, SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MP||Variants Available- 3 (6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB)|
7. 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 rate||Front Camera- 16MP|
|Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G||Weight- 193g|
|RAM- up to 12GB||Dimensions- 164.7x 76.6 x 8.53mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-5000mAh, 44W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 1,3,8,28,41,77,78 SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MP||Variants 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.
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 rate||Front Camera- 32MP|
|Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G||Weight- 163g|
|RAM- 8GB||Dimensions- 163.26x 75.99 x 6.99mm|
|Storage- 128GB||Battery-4000mAh, 30W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 1,3,5,7,8,28,38,41,66,77,78, SA/NSA/Sub6|
|Rear Camera- 108MP+16MP+8MP||Variants Available- 1 single variant|
9. Realme X7 Max 5G
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 rate||Front Camera- 16MP|
|Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 1200||Weight- 179g|
|RAM- up to 12GB||Dimensions- 158.5 x 73.3 x 8.4mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-4500mAh, 50W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 1,28,40,41,77,78,79, SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MP||Variants 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.
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.
Poco F3 GT 5G Specs
|Display-6.67-inch HDR10+ AMOLED 1B colors, 120Hz refresh rate||Front Camera- 16MP|
|Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 1200||Weight- 205g|
|RAM- up to 8GB||Dimensions- 161.9 x 76.9 x 8.3mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-5065mAh, 67W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 77,78 SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MP||Variants 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