Best Smartphones Under Rs.30,000 (September 2019)

by | Sep 18, 2019

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. Redmi K20 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Asus Zenphone 5ZRunner-Up Pick
3. Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)Feature-Rich Smartphone
4. Vivo V15 ProFeature Rich Smartphone
5. Oppo Reno 2 ZBest Camera Phone
6. Pocofone F1Honorable Mention

1. Redmi K20 Pro

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Overall Best 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+

 

2. Asus Zenfone 5Z

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Close to stock UI
  • Excellent build quality
  • Capable camera

Even though little overpriced, the Oneplus 6 was ruling this budget without competition for a brief period of time and then came the Asus Zenfone 5Z.

The Asus Zenfone 5Z is 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 845 inside, performance is snappy as ever before.

Assisted with 8GB RAM onboard, multitasking and gaming is a breeze to handle for this beast.

The 256GB 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 6.2-inch Super IPS+ 19:9 aspect ratio display that comes with a resolution of 2246 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 rear 12MP + 8MP shooter and an 8MP front camera.

The primary camera is equipped with 4-axis OIS and the videos are stabilized with the combination of OIS + EIS technology.

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

Miscellaneous

To please the audiophiles, LG has added Hi-Res audio chip inside. This will let you listen to your favourite tracks the way they were recorded in the studio.

The loudspeaker on this phone does have a stereo effect. The earpiece doubles up as a speaker along with the unit placed on the bottom.

Battery Life

Powered by a 3300 mAh battery, the Asus Zenfone 5Z easily lasts for a day even with intense usage.

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

Verdict

Priced at just Rs.29,999, the Asus Zenfone 5Z is a flagship level smartphone that even outperforms the excellent OnePlus 6 in certain aspects.

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

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Dedicated audio DAC

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Powerful processor

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256GB internal storage

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No AMOLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Camera12MP + 8MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3300 mAh
Display6.2 inch 2246 x 1080 Super IPS+

 

3. Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)

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Smartphone with the Best Design
  • Designed to perfection
  • Impressive screen to body ratio
  • Ceramic back

Samsung usually reserves major technological breakthroughs for its higher-end Galaxy S series and Note series smartphones.

But with the latest edition of Samsung Galaxy A9, the company is introducing the world’s first quad camera setup on a smartphone, which of course is its main selling point.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung A9 2018 is gracefully designed to captivate the eyes as well as the minds with glass finish exteriors coated with gradient colours.

This colour scheme is the same Honor has been doing with their smartphones off late, but here in A9, it comes with a more subtle effect.

This smartphone brags about having 80.5% screen to body ratio, and has minimal bezels at the sides of the display, making it look more awesome.

There is the USB C charging port at the bottom, accompanied with the 3.5mm headphone jack ( Thank God!).

The rear part is where this phone starts to look unfamiliar. It features a quad camera setup arranged as a vertical strip with an LED flash beneath.

Other than the camera bump and the physical fingerprint scanner, the back side is left blank for that awesome paint job to flaunt its style.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 features a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels.

Although, not as clear and crisp as those displays found on premium Galaxy series lineup, this panel is sufficiently bright and has impressive colour reproduction when compared with other phones in the similar price bracket.

With an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and pixel density around 392 ppi, watching media and playing games is a delightful experience.

Processor and Performance

Considering the price, the Galaxy A9 2018 doesn’t feature the most powerful processor in its price category. In Fact, the Snapdragon 660 is kind of like an entry-level chipset that’s found on smartphone priced around Rs.15,000.

However, this processor performs well in normal conditions and won’t give any trouble for most of the people using it. With the available 6/8GB RAM variants, multitasking and gaming are perfectly fine with this smartphone.

There is an inbuilt 128GB UFS storage with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the memory up to 512GB.

Quad Camera Setup

This is the biggest USP of this smartphone – having four cameras. No, not including the one in the front.

The Quad camera set up on the back has an interesting mix of sensors earmarked specially for various functions.

The first one is the 24MP primary shooter with f/1.7 aperture.

This sensor has all the standard features such as PDAF found on almost all the mid-range smartphone cameras.

The second in line is a 5MP depth sensor for those bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The third one is a 10MP telephoto lens with 2X zoom for capturing distant objects with lossless zoom.

The fourth and final sensor is the 8MP ultrawide sensor with a 120-degree field of view.

Apart from the physical hardware, Samsung has delivered a feature-rich camera interface with a multitude of functions for taking smartphone photography to the next level.

The photos and videos come out pretty clean and sharp. The shots taken are rich in detail as well.

Miscellaneous

The Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is launched with Android Oreo out of the box with Samsung experience UI on top.

Based on Samsung’s past commitments in updating their phones, the Android Pie update cannot be expected soon, at least not until the second half of 2019.

Speaking about connectivity, this device has the latest Bluetooth v5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi capability.

Battery Life

Surprisingly, Samsung has started to include higher capacity batteries in its smartphones off late.

This Android smartphone is powered by a 3,800 mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last for a day and a half on moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

If you are a smartphone photography enthusiast and wants to stand out a notch above everyone in terms of smartphone camera capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is an apt choice.

With its Super AMOLED display and excellent build quality, there is much more than just the optics to cherish about this device.

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Elegant and stylish design

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Excellent build quality

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Decent battery life

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Next level photography choices

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Snapdragon 660 is a lower mid-range chipset

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8 Oreo
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Camera24MP + 5MP + 10MP +8MP Rear, 24MP Front
Battery3800mAh
Display6.3-inch FHD+ SAMOLED

 

4. Vivo V15 Pro

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Best Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Motorized 32 MP front camera
  • Excellent battery life
  • Powerful Snapdragon 675 processor

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 V15 Pro, the Chinese company is now taking the selfie obsession to the next level by including a motorized 32MP 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 V15 Pro.

This premium Android smartphone boasts an impressive screen to body ratio of 85.9% 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.

Unfortunately, Vivo has still decided to stick with the outdated micro USB connector on this 2019 phone, which is nothing short of a huge disappointment.

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 V15 Pro belong to the newer fifth generation and feels considerably faster and more accurate.

Display

The device features a huge 6.4-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 40 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 V15 Pro features a triple rear camera setup that has a 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 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.

As we have described this 48MP camera myth in the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which was the best smartphone under Rs.15,000 pick, this phones takes four 12MP shots and combines them to deliver a sharper and better-looking image.

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 5MP tertiary sensor is purely for depth perception which is used for creating DSLR like bokeh and portrait mode shots.

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

This high-resolution sensor, 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 back inside the chassis.

Battery Life

The battery on this device is a 3500mAh 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 V15 Pro packs in a high-resolution selfie front camera that takes 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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In-Display fingerprint scanner

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AMOLED display

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Infrared face scanner

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No USB C

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Plastic construction

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675
Camera48MP+8MP+5MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery3700mAh
Display6.39-inch SAMOLED Full HD+

 

5. 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

 

6. POCO F1

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Honorable Mention
  • Performance beast
  • Undermines most of the other flagships
  • Value for money device

As you might have already known, Pocofone is a new subsidiary of Xiaomi that was recently unveiled in the country.

The company’s first launch in the market, the Poco F1 is already the new talk of the town even before the device is being released to the hands of the public.

Build and Design

For a premium budget smartphone priced under Rs.25,000, the Poco F1 has exceeded our expectations. The metallic body feels firm and easy to hold in hand.

The curved edges help this comparatively large device easy to hold and operate with a single hand.

The Poco F1 looks similar to many of the expensive flagships in the market with a vertical dual camera set up at the back and a notched display up front.

What makes this device stand out from the pack is the inclusion of a liquid cooling technology that will avoid the device from getting hot while gaming or any other intense resource-hungry operations.

Mighty Snapdragon 845 – Yes, not a typo!

Most of the mid-range smartphones today feature perfectly capable, but not necessarily high-end processors.

The last greatest SoC to be used in a premium budget smartphone was the Snapdragon 660 which is powerful and efficient.

The absolute beasts like Sandragon 845 were only reserved for the elite flagship smartphones that priced a fortune. But not anymore.

The Poco F1 comes with the top of the line Snapdragon 845 processor for under Rs.25,000.

This beast is supported by a fast LPDDRX 8GB RAM to chew through whatever apps or games you throw at it.

This device also comes with a massive 256GB storage and gives the option to increase the storage capacity by a hybrid SIM slot.

Large 6+ Display. With a Notch !

The Poco F1 features a large 6.18-inch full HD+ display that reproduces stunning lifelike images with true to life colours.

This IPS display has excellent viewing angles and gives a sharp and crisp output, thanks to the 403 ppi pixel density even with this large size.

The display has a notch up top, which is of fairly big size.

If you don’t like the intrusion of a notch, you can technically turn it off in the settings but with a slight reduction in screen real estate.

AI Cameras at its Best

The Poco F1 comes loaded with a rear dual camera setup that has a 12MP+5MP setup of which a second lens is a depth-sensing unit.

Along with the physical depth calculations, the AI integration that the company has built in will give you possibly one of the best image output in the segment.

The front camera is a 20MP shooter assisted with infrared sensors to give clear selfies even in low-light environments.

The only gripe we had with the camera department is that there is no Optical Image Stabilization available.

OIS houses a physical motor unit on top of which the camera sensor is mounted. This tiny motor moves in three or more axis to counteract the shakes arising from the movement of your hands while filming and aids in a perfectly balanced smooth frame.

Battery

The Poco F1 has a 4000mAh Li-ion battery inside which will easily last over a day even with heavy use.

Xiaomi is already known for including higher capacity batteries on their certain models such as the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

This time the company has even bundled a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 certified fast charger that will let you charge the device even faster.

Final Verdict

If you can get hold of a unit while the lottery like flash sales in Flipkart, this might be the best mobile money can buy in recent times.

The absolute beast of a performer, the Snapdragon 845 is the centrepiece of all attractions and won’t definitely fail your expectations – be it multitasking or gaming.

With the slightly modified, less cartoony MIUI interface, you are going to get a plethora of customization options as well.

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Snapdragon 845 SoC

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Liquid cooling technology

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Fast charger bundled with the box

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No OIS

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 845
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.18 inch FHD+ Display

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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