Best Smartphones Under Rs.30,000 (January 2020)

by | Jan 11, 2020

Are you the one looking to step-up your geek game a bit?

With a bunch of choices lying around in mobile phones under Rs.30,000, you’re sure to sweat it out to find the best.

But don’t worry we will walk you through the tough part. This list has been curated to provide you with an insight into the best phones under Rs.30,000.

Whether you are an amateur photographer, an avid gamer or a selfie lover, we’ve tossed the best smartphones with these features in this price range so that you can take your pick quite easily.

Without any further ado, here are the choices we have shortlisted for you.

Best Smartphone Under Rs.30,000

1. Realme X2 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Redmi K20 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Asus Zenphone 6ZBest all Round Smartphone
4. Samsung Galaxy S9 PlusFeature-Rich Smartphone
5. Vivo V17 ProValue for Money Smartphone
6. Oppo Reno 2 ZBest Camera Phone

1. Realme X2 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Flagship Snapdragon 855+ processor
  • An excellent quality AMOLED display
  • 50W Super VOOC fast charging

Realme is fighting tooth and nails with the Redmi lineup it seems. Whenever Redmi comes up with a smartphone that awws the market, Realme quickly follows the same.

This time the Realme comes with the Realme X2 Pro which is the flagship model launched as the successor to the original Realme X2.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme X2 Pro features a refreshing design which differs from the recent glass-backed design trend plagued in certain aspects.

Yes, the Realme X2 also features the gradient coloured glass back, but subtle changes like the camera placement make the device much more pleasing to look at.

The Realme X2 has a vertical left centred camera placement whereas the Realme X2 Pro features a centrally tucked camera system, similar to the one found on the Redmi Note 8 Pro from Xiaomi.

The fit and finish of this mid-range Android smartphone are excellent for its price.

The overall construction seems to be of good quality, which Realme phones are famed for, starting from the original Realme 1.

Display

The Realme X2 Pro features a large 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels.

This display, thanks to the pop-up camera extends almost all across the front. The 3D curved bezels make the display blend with the chassis seamlessly.

The quality of this AMOLED display is excellent. With deep blacks and high contrast ratio, the visuals look stunning with this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

This mid-range Android smartphone packs the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor clocked at 2.9GHz.

With 6GB of RAM and 64GB of UFS 3.0 storage, the performance is blazing fast and smooth.

Be it games or resource-hungry apps, the Realme X2 Pro cuts through them effortlessly.

Camera

The Realme X2 Pro has a quadruple rear camera setup mounted in the centre vertically.

The primary sensor is a 64MP sensor with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor for photos with an enhanced field of view.

There is a 2MP macro sensor for close up shots and the regular 2MP depth-sensing unit for accurate bokeh shots.

The main sensor captures four images of 16MP each and stitches them together to deliver a crisp and clean final image output.

The macro shots from this unit deliver greatly detailed photos with excellent colour accuracy.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor with a 70-degree field of view to capture more subject in the frame.

Battery Life

What powers the Realme X2 Pro is 4000mAh Li-ion battery which is advertised to last for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage.

Realme has also included a VOOC enabled fast charger in the box to juice up the device as quick as it can.

Verdict

The Realme X2 Pro delivers one of the best premium flagship smartphone ownership experiences under a budget of just Rs.27,999.

With an excellent screen and processor, this is one of the best devices you can grab at this price point.

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Elegant and premium design

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Dual stereo sound with Dolby Atmos

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Faster UFS 3.0 Storage

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No stock Android UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Camera64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

2. Redmi K20 Pro

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Punchy and vibrant display
  • Flagship Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Fast in-display fingerprint scanner

Redmi K20 Pro is the flagship Android smartphone from Xiaomi, which incidentally is its highest priced Redmi series smartphone in the country.

The Redmi K20 Pro comes as a spiritual successor the budget Redmi K20 and competes directly with the likes of One Plus 7 Pro.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi K20 Pro has the same glass sandwich design which follows the current trend in the budget smartphone segment.

The interesting gradient two-tone colour scheme lends this smartphone a unique personality on its own.

The front and rear glass are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for avoiding accidental scratches and marks.

The Redmi K20 Pro is a very well built phone with a sturdy chassis and good overall fit and finish.

Display

The Redmi K20 Pro features a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an approximate pixel density of about 410ppi.

With a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, this display is sharp and vibrant. With a contrast ratio of 60000:1, the blacks are deep and the saturation levels are on par with the competing device.

The fingerprint scanner is tucked beneath the display and unlocks the device in an instant without any noticeable delay.

Processor and Performance

The all-new Redmi K20 Pro comes with the latest and greatest Qualcomm flagship SoC , the Snapdragon 855.

With the ample 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, this smartphone is one of the fastest in terms of performance out there.

Games and apps run buttery smooth and the larger RAM considerably helps in executing multitasking operations.

Camera

The Redmi K20 Pro from Xiaomi features a triple rear camera setup and a pop-up motorized front camera.

The rear camera system consists of a 48MP primary sensor accompanied with a 13MP wide-angle and an 8MP telephoto lens capable of 2x zoom.

The quality of the photos and videos are quite good and on par with other devices in the same price range.

The front camera is a 20MP sensor with AI beauty modes to make your selfie shots look more professional.

Battery Life

Battery life is one of the most crucial aspects people look for while buying a smartphone. Redmi phones are famed for packing high capacity batteries in the past and the same is the case with K20 Pro.

The 4000mAh battery can hold the phone to live up to one and a half days on a single charge comfortably.

Verdict

Packed with features to the brim, Redmi K20Pro is one of the best mid-range Android devices in the Indian market priced under Rs. 30,000.

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Smooth and faster performance

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Elegant design

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18W fast charger

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No SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP Front, 20MP Rear
Battery4000mAh
Display6.39-inch AMOLED Full HD+

 

3. Asus Zenfone 6Z

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Best all Round Smartphone
  • Powerful processor
  • Motorized dual camera
  • Long-lasting battery life

Even though little overpriced, the Oneplus 6 was ruling this budget without competition for a brief period and then came the Asus Zenfone 5Z which was well received in the Indian market.

The Asus Zenfone 6Z is a true successor to the Zenfone 5z packing killer specs at a jaw-dropping price point and compromise neither on quality nor on the performance.

Build Quality and Performance

Featuring the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 inside, performance is snappy as ever before.

Assisted with 6GB RAM onboard, multitasking and gaming is a breeze to handle for this beast.

The 128GB storage ensures you can save all your files and media content offline without having to worry about the space left.

The front as well as the back is made of glass and is protected by 2.5D Gorilla glass.

The rounded patterns etched on to the back of this phone is just awesome to stare at.

Display

On the front, there’s a 6.39-inch Super IPS+ 19:9 aspect ratio display that comes with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

The colour accuracy of this panel is top-notch, so does the brightness levels.

Asus has added a true tone colour enhancer which you can manually adjust to get the most out of this screen for your liking.

Asus this time has optimized its ZenUI with a lot of AI-related features such as AI charge, AI phone boost and even AI modes on the camera app.

Camera

Talking about the optics, this phone features a single retractable 48MP + 13MP camera setup.

This motorized rotation enabled camera will flip back and forth depending upon the rear or front camera activation.

The photos look detailed and colour accurate. The wide-angle selfie camera captures pleasant selfies with almost little or no noise.

Battery Life

Powered by a 5000 mAh battery, the Asus Zenfone 6Z easily lasts for a day and a half even with intense usage.

With 18W fast charging support out of the box, juicing up this guy is no big deal.

Verdict

Priced at just Rs.28,999, the Asus Zenfone 6Z is a flagship-level smartphone that even outperforms the excellent OnePlus 7 in certain aspects.

Considering the specs and the performance, we recommend you to think no further.

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User-friendly design
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FHD+ nano edge display

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Loud and clear audio output

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No AMOLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera48MP+13MP
Battery5000mAh
Display6.39-inch Full HD+

4. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Excellent AMOLED display
  • Best in class processor
  • Variable aperture rear camera

Samsung, the South Korean technology conglomerate has always pioneered the smartphone industry with its latest technological advancements in this space.

They have built the best AMOLED displays, unique sensors and many other hardware devices for mobile phones in the past.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ follow the same pattern.

Design and Build Quality

Starting with the design, the Galaxy S9 Plus looks almost similar to its predecessor, the S8 with the same glass body design and curved infinity display.

The build quality of this 2018-flagship from Samsung as expected is awesome. The unibody chassis is carefully crafted to perfection.

The curved glass on the front meets the glass back panel with ultimate precision.

The build quality of S9 Plus is simply amazing thanks to the glass body build at the front and back.

The glass is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which is protected with IP68 certification for water and dust proofing.

The glass back can catch some fingerprint smudges and it’s always advised to apply a back cover or skin for extra protection from accidental drops.

A noticeable difference between the S8 and S9 is the fingerprinting positioning.

The S9 Plus has a physical fingerprint scanner located right below the rear cameras, which is a welcome move.

Headphone jack and Bixby button are retained on this phone as well.

Display

The 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display on this device is the best you can get on any smartphone.

The colours look accurate and the viewing angles are amazing.

It has a very thin bezel at the top and bottom.

Processor and Performance

The Galaxy S9+ is powered by the Exynos 9810 SoC which is an octa-core processor and Mali-G72 GPU.

This SoC is comparable in performance to the flagship SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845.

The phone is running on Android Oreo with Samsung Customization.

The S9+ has a 6GB RAM with either 64GB or 256GB internal storage with memory expandability via micro SD card.

Smooth performance is guaranteed on this smartphone.

Camera

The key highlight of the Galaxy S9+ is its new dual rear camera setup with variable aperture.

The 12MP + 12MP rear camera on this phone can adjust its aperture based on the outside lighting.

Thanks to this feature, there’s a considerable improvement in low light camera performance and this is the best camera for low light photography.

The camera performance, on the whole, is pretty damn good but it’s still a bit overexposed and can’t beat the camera performance of Pixel 2 or even iPhone X.

The front camera is an 8MP shooter.

The S9+ have 4K video recording capability at 60fps and a cool super slow-mo at 960fps.

Miscellaneous

Usual suspects like USB Type C, Iris Scanner and all the required sensors are present on this device.

Samsung has even added a heartbeat sensor and blood pressure sensor for those health-conscious users.

Face unlock feature is also added with an added Intelligent Scan support that uses a mix of Iris and face to unlock the device.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ features a 3500mAh battery that will last for over a day quite comfortably with normal usage.

The phone also comes with wireless charging and quick charging features.

Verdict.

The Galaxy S9+ is the best budget yester-year flagship phones in India for most users.

If you love the headphone jack or expandable memory storage or dual SIM capability, the Galaxy S9+ won’t disappoint you.

It also has the best display for a smartphone, a re-imagined camera for great low light shots and the latest SoC under the hood for blazing-fast performance.

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Amazing AMOLED display

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Great low light camera

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Super Slow-mo at 960fps

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Limited onboard storage

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 9810
Camera12MP + 12MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.2-inch QHD SAMOLED

5. Vivo V17 Pro

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Best Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Dual front camera 
  • Excellent AMOLED display
  • Long-lasting battery life

Vivo is a Chinese smartphone company that always had its concentration focused on selfie cameras. For so long, they had marketed their products having the best selfie camera in the industry.

With the Vivo V17 Pro, the Chinese company is now taking the selfie obsession to the next level by including a motorized dual 32MP+8MP pop-up front camera to quench the selfie lover’s thirst.

Design and Build Quality

Vivo phones have been copying the iPhone design since time immemorial and it continues to this date with the Vivo V17 Pro.

This premium Android smartphone boasts an impressive screen to body ratio of 84.3% and comes without a notch in the front – yes, you heard it right.

At the back, there is this glossy polycarbonate backplate with textures which gets revealed when the light strikes the surface.

The build quality of this phone feels excellent. However, the curved body makes this device easy to hold in your hand.

The clear glass case which comes in the box has a rubber padding along the edges, which protects the device and doesn’t obstruct the beauty of the device at the same time.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

The fingerprint sensor on this device is placed below the display. To unlock the device, you just need to place your finger on the screen where it visually indicates the sensor location.

When compared to the Vivo X21, which was the first smartphone to come equipped with an in-display fingerprint scanner, the sensor on the Vivo V17 Pro belongs to the newer fifth generation and feels considerably faster and more accurate.

Display

The device features a huge 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display with good colour reproduction and contrast levels.

This full view display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 has really thin bezels all around. If you are a fan of mobile media consumption, this screen will prove to be a delight to use.

With a pixel density around 409 ppi, this screen looks detailed and vibrant.

Being an AMOLED panel, the blacks remain pitch black, making the images and videos look visually more appealing to the eyes.

Processor and Performance

This device is powered by the popular Snapdragon 675 which offers a balanced and power-efficient performance.

Multitasking is smooth and gaming performance is decent with this SoC.

However, looking from a price to performance standpoint, the Snapdragon 675 under Rs.30,000 falls short of the Snapdragon 845 found in the much more affordable Poco F1.

The 6GB RAM comfortably manages to process multiple tasks simultaneously without
any stutters or lag in between.

Camera

The Vivo V17 Pro features a quad rear camera setup that has a 48MP + 8MP + 13MP+ 2MP sensor.

The main 48MP camera has an f/1.8 aperture that lets more light to enter the lens, resulting in better low light photos and videos.

The 8MP sensor is a wide-angle shooter with a 120 degrees field of view. The camera switches to the 8MP sensor automatically when you select the wide-angle mode in the camera application.

The 13MP telephoto lens offers a 2X optical zoom to capture distant subjects in full resolution without compromising on the details.

The 2MP sensor is purely for depth perception which is used for creating DSLR like bokeh and portrait mode shots.

The 32MP+8MP motorized front camera is one of the main USP’s of this device.

These high-resolution sensors, combined with extensive AI features that Vivo has baked into the OS makes it perform much better than most of the selfie cameras out there.

When you select the front camera option, the sensor pops up from the inside and snaps the photo, returns inside the chassis.

Battery Life

The battery on this device is a 4100mAh Li-Po cell.

The display is Super AMOLED and with the power-efficient Snapdragon 675 inside, the phone easily lasts for a day worth of usage.

Verdict

The Vivo V17 Pro packs in a high-resolution motorized dual selfie front cameras that take crazy good photos in both indoor as well as outdoor.

This AI-powered camera along with the futuristic in-display fingerprint sensor and the motorized front camera makes this an exciting deal worth checking out in this price segment.

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Elegant and premium design

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2x telephoto lens in the rear

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18W fast charging support

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Less intuitive Fun touch UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 32MP +8MP Front
Battery4100mAh
Display6.39-inch SAMOLED Full HD+

6. Oppo Reno 2Z

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Best Camera Centric Smartphone
  • Quadruple rear cameras
  • Powerful Helio P90 processor
  • Excellent AMOLED display

Oppo Reno 2Z is the improved version of the original Oppo Reno smartphone that sported one of the best cameras in its segment.

Priced conveniently under Rs.30,000, the Oppo Reno 2Z is a complete package with useful features making it one of the best devices for media consumption.

Design and Build Quality

The Reno 2Z is one of the best-looking smartphones currently on sale in the Indian market.

With a curved front and back glass body, the Oppo Reno 2Z comes in interesting gradient colours that are subtle and striking at the same time.

The Gorilla glass covering in the front and the rear offers protection from accidental scratches.

The buttons are clicky and responsive so is the haptic feedback from the vibration motors.

Display

The Oppo Reno 2Z comes with a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen having a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This panoramic screen offers excellent contrast levels and vivid colour reproduction, making it suitable for immersive media consumption experience.

The fingerprint scanner is placed beneath the front display and is pretty fast and accurate.
Processor and Performance

The Oppo Reno 2Z is the first smartphone in the Indian market to launch with a flagship MediaTek Helio P90 processor.

This phone comes in a single variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

The ample amount of RAM and the powerful processor makes this device perform faster and more efficiently than most of its competitors in a similar price category.

Be it gaming or multitasking, the Oppo Reno 2Z doesn’t break a sweat.

Camera

The Oppo Reno 2Z comes with the quadruple rear camera setup. The primary 48MP sensor is a Sony IMX586 which outputs photos and videos with rich details and natural colour tones.

There is an 8MP wide-angle lens, accompanied by a 2MP monochrome sensor and a 2MP depth sensor for portrait mode photos.

The front camera is a 16MP pop-up camera which takes good quality selfies inadequate daylight.

There is a dedicated night mode option in the camera app that works well. There is no OIS but Oppo has included electronic image stabilization for smooth video footage.

Miscellaneous

The Oppo Reno 2Z comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and an earphone in the box.

It does also support the legendary VOOC fast charging as well.

Battery Life

The Oppo Reno 2Z features a 4000mAh battery that will last for well over a day and a half, even with heavy usage.

The VOOC fast charging technology ensures that you can juice up the device quickly.

Verdict

The Oppo Reno 2Z is a perfect media consumption device priced under Rs.30,000 which ticks all the boxes.

The large capacity battery, a powerful processor and capable cameras make it to our list of best phones under Rs.30,000 with relative ease.

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Elegant design

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Gorilla Glass 5 protection

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In-display fingerprint scanner

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No OIS

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P90
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.5-inch AMOLED

 

This list completes our hunt for the best smartphones under Rs.30,000.

The budget has been stretched by a couple of thousands to include those phone that you wouldn’t want to miss at this range.

We hope, we helped you alleviate some of your concerns about picking up a mobile in this price range.

Now it’s your turn to decide. Which phone are you going with?

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