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

by | Sep 21, 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 toughest part. This list has been curated to provide you with an insight into the best smartphones under Rs.30,000 available for purchase in India.

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. OnePlus NordOverall Best Pick
2. Realme X3 SuperzoomRunner-Up Pick
3. Redmi K20 ProValue for Money Smartphone
4. Samsung A80Non-Chinese Smartphone
5. Oppo Reno 3 ProBest Camera Phone
6. Realme X2 ProFeature Rich Smartphone
7. Lenovo Z6 ProHonourable Mention


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1. OnePlus Nord

Overall Best Pick
  • 90Hz FHD+ AMOLED display
  • 4115mah battery with 30W fast charging
  • 5G radio support

One Plus Nord has been one of the most awaited smartphones this year – thanks to its budget pricing.

Priced under Rs.30,000, is this Oneplus device better than the competitor models from Realme and Xiaomi? Let’s find out!

Design and Build Quality

The One Plus Nord has a glass sandwich design with a plastic frame in the middle. Both the front and the back glass is protected by Corning’s gorilla glass 5.

Weighing just 184g, the OnePlus Nord is one of the lightest smartphones in this price segment. Thanks to the curved glass edges, this smartphone feels comfortable in the palm.

The design of this device has nothing much to write about. It’s easy for someone to mistake the OnePlus Nord as a Realme device.

The vertical camera bump and the LED flash besides reminds us of the Realme X3.

The OnePlus Nord has retained the alert slider that we all love in the premium OnePlus devices.

In the bottom portion of the phone rests the single speaker, USB type C charging port and the dual SIM slot.

This smartphone lacks both a memory expansion slot and the 3.5mm headphone jack.


The OnePlus Nord features a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an enhanced 90Hz refresh rate.

This 20:9 aspect ratio display has a pixel density of 408ppi, which makes this panel sharp and vibrant.

Even though the brightness levels are not too impressive, this AMOLED panel looks way better than the LCD one on the Realme X3.

Since this is an HDR10 certified panel, the dynamic range and the colour reproductions look stunning. The higher refresh rate makes this smartphone appear a lot smoother when watching media content and while playing games.

Processor and Performance

This budget smartphone from OnePlus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor. This 7nm octa-core CPU clocked at 2.4GHz offers excellent everyday performance, to be honest.

Games like Fortnite and PUBG ran well in the highest graphics settings without any lags or stutters, thanks to the Adreno 620 GPU clocked at 750MHz.

Thanks to the 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS2.1 storage, multitasking is a breeze. The data transfer speeds, app load and boot up times are significantly better as well.

The Snapdragon 765G even though not as powerful as the 855 or the 855+ found inside the likes of Redmi K20, K20 Pro or the Realme X3, comes with future-ready 5G radio support.


The quad rear camera system in this device consists of a primary 48MP sensor with PDAF and OIS (optical image stabilization) support.

Following the primary sensor in the rear is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, 5MP depth sensor and 2MP macro mode, shooter.

The pictures and videos from this camera unit come out very detailed and colour accurate. The dynamic range and the exposure levels are on par with other smartphones available in this price segment.

The OnePlus Nord also excels in low light photography. The night-time shots look sharp and relatively clean.

Thanks to the OIS, this smartphone offers smooth and steady video footage up to 4K @ 30fps.

In the front, there is the dual punch hole 32MP+8MP unit for selfies and video calls. The 8MP sensor is an ultrawide sensor which captures a wide-angle background with decent quality.

The photos from the 32MP primary camera come out clean and detailed when clicked under well-lit conditions.


The OnePlus Nord comes with a 4115mAh Li-Po battery powering its internals. This battery will last you for a full day with moderate to heavy usage and 90Hz refresh rate turned on always.

OnePlus has also included a 30W warp charger in the box that will juice up the device from zero to hundred in 60 minutes.


The OnePlus Nord is a well-built 5G enabled smartphone with a gorgeous 90Hz AMOLED display and a powerful processor capable of smooth and lag-free gaming, multitasking along with the casual everyday usage.


Robust built quality


Dedicated alert slider


A fast and accurate in-display fingerprint scanner


No 3.5mm jack


No SD card slot


Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Camera48MP+8MP+5MP+2MP Rear, 32MP+8MP Front
Display6.44-inch Full HD+ OLED 90Hz

2. Realme X3 Superzoom

Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful Snapdragon 855+ processor
  • Capable front and rear optics 
  • 120Hz refresh rate FHD+ LCD

Realme X3 Superzoom is the same Realme X3 with upgraded camera optics priced aggressively under Rs.30,000.

Packed with Qualcomm’s yesteryear flagship processor, the Realme X3 superzoom is no slouch when it comes to top-notch performance matching some of the flagship devices out there.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme X3 superzoom as we said looks and feels exactly similar to the Realme X3 smartphone.

The typical glass sandwich form factor with a gradient finish paint job and vertically aligned camera bump in the rear has become very repetitive by now, to be honest.

We wish that the Real Me had brought about some fresh breath into its smartphone designs.

That said, the fit and finish of this smartphone is premium. This smartphone weighs 202g but with uniform weight distribution and the curved edges, this phone feels comfortable to hold on to.

The fingerprint scanner is embedded into the power button and is placed right where the thump will rest naturally – on the sides.

The volume rocker buttons are tactile and responsive and are located on the left side of the plastic frame.

The lower section of this smartphone is populated with the single loudspeaker, USB type C charging port but lacks one major thing – a 3.5mm headphone jack.


The Realme X3 superzoom features a 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This 20:9 aspect ratio panel has a high refresh rate of 120Hz which makes the UI as well the visuals look very smooth and fluid.

With a pixel density count of 399ppi, this LCD panel is very sharp and vivid, with decent colour reproduction and contrast levels.

With a dual-camera punch-hole cutout in the front, this display has a screen to body ratio of 84.7%, making it one of the best panels in the segment for media consumption.

Realme has not only added Gorilla Glass 5 protection for the front glass but also with the glass back as well.

Processor and Performance

The Realme X3 superzoom is powered by the yesteryear flagship processor from Qualcomm – the Snapdragon 855+.

This 2.96GHz processor along with the Adreno 640 GPU performs blazingly fast with whatever you throw at the phone – be it gaming, video editing or intense multitasking.

The 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and the 128GB UFS 3.0 storage takes the overall performance of this laptop to the next level.

Realme has implemented a liquid cooling system in this smartphone to keep the internal temperature under check while handling resource-intensive tasks.

Do note that since this device doesn’t come with a memory expansion slot, the onboard storage is what you get.


The camera department is where we start to see the difference between the Realme X3 and the Realme X3 superzoom.

This smartphone comes with a quad rear camera setup arranged vertically, in a true Realme fashion with the LED flash besides sitting flush to the chassis.

The primary sensor is a 64MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture that takes images and videos with a lot of details.

There is an 8x sensor with a periscope lens capable of 5x optical zoom and features OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) to keep the images and videos jitter-free.

Then comes the 8x ultra-wide sensor followed by a 2MP macro camera for close up shots. Realme has implemented a special night mode feature with this smartphone for better night light photos.

In the front, there is the dual 32MP+8MP punch hole camera wherein the 8MP is an ultra-wide sensor which captures a lot more subject in the frame.

The rear camera can record 4K videos at 60fps whereas the front camera maxes out at 1080p@30fps.

Battery Life

The Realme X3 superzoom gets its power from a 4200mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage.

Realme has included a 30W fast charger in the box that can juice up this battery from zero to hundred within 70 minutes.


If you are interested in a photography oriented smartphone with powerful hardware inside for a budget under Rs.30,000, the Realme X3 superzoom is a great choice.

The periscope lens with 5X optical zoom and OIS makes this device stands out from the rest of the devices in this price segment.


Robust build quality


Superfast UFS 3.0 storage


Optimized Realme UI based on Android 10


No 3.5mm headphone jack


No memory expansion slot


Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Camera64MP + 8MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 32MP + 8MP Front
Display6.57-inch Full HD+ 120Hz


3. Redmi K20 Pro

Value for Money Smartphone
  • The powerful and efficient processor
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Stunning OLED display

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 to the budget Redmi K20 and competes directly with the likes of Realme X2 and Realme X2 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.


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 any of the competing devices in this price segment.

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

Since the front camera is a motorized unit, there are no notches or punch holes upfront, thus providing you with a seamless end to end display for immersive media consumption experience.

The in-display fingerprint scanner works well to unlock the device faster and is one of the accurate sensors available in this price segment.

Processor and Performance

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

Even though this is a yesteryear flagship processor, it performs well even now in terms of gaming, everyday usage and resource-intensive tasks such as mobile video editing and multitasking.

With the ample 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, this smartphone is one of the fastest in terms of performance out there.

Games and apps run buttery smooth and the larger RAM significantly helps this device in executing multitasking operations.


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 a similar price range.

The front camera is a 20MP motorized pop-up 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.


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.


Robust build quality


Active developer community


Frequent MIUI updates

No dedicated SD card slot


Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage256 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP Front, 20MP Rear
Display6.39-inch AMOLED Full HD+

4. Samsung A80

Non Chinese Smartphone
  • Gorgeous 6.7-inch sAMOLED display
  • One day battery life
  • The capable triple camera unit

Samsung Galaxy A80 is an A-series smartphone that was launched last year with an interesting trick up its sleeve – the motorized rising and flipping camera unit.

Right then it was a bit steeply-priced at Rs.44,000 but now the same device is available for just under Rs.30,000 here in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

In terms of build quality and the fit and finish, the Samsung Galaxy A80 stands second to none.

Featuring a glass sandwich design with an aluminium frame in between, this is one of the best robustly built smartphones available under the Rs.30,000 price range.

Both the front and the rear glass is covered with Corning’s gorilla glass for improved scratch resistance.

Unlike other smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy A80 features a rising backplate which houses a flipping camera unit.

The single firing speaker and the USB type C charging port is situated in the bottom section with the glaring omission of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Since this device comes with an in-display optical fingerprint scanner, there is no physical scanner to be seen.


Thanks to the flipping camera design, we get an uninterrupted 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

With a screen to boy ratio of 85.8%, this 20:9 tall aspect ratio panel has impressive colour reproduction and contrast levels.

The colours look vivid and punchy and the brightness levels are on par with the competitors in the segment as well.

If you watch a lot of media on your smartphone or play a lot of games, this display won’t disappoint you.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A80 is powered by the gaming-centric Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor.

Assisted by the Adreno 618 GPU, this processor has plenty of power to handle gaming, multitasking and buttery smooth everyday usage.

Thanks to the 8GB RAM and the 128GB UFS2.1 storage, everything felt snappy and responsive.

Running on Android 9.0 Pie with One UI skin on top, the software experience is very intuitive and one hand usage friendly.


As we mentioned above, the rising and flipping camera unit on the Samsung Galaxy A80 consists of a primary 48MP f/2.0 sensor along with an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 3D TOF (time of flight) sensor for accurate portrait mode shots.

The pictures from the primary sensor come out clean and rich in details with adequate exposure and dynamic range.

The ultra-wide sensor photos, even though lacking extensive details, turns out to be good enough to capture a lot of subjects in a single frame.

This smartphone is capable of recording 4K videos at 30fps but the digital stabilization is limited to FHD videos.


Even though the Samsung Galaxy A80 carried a relatively smaller 3700mAh battery, it lasts for a day easily with moderate to heavy usage.

Samsung has included a 25W fast charger in the box which juices up the battery from 0-50% in 30 minutes.


If you are looking for a non-Chinese smartphone with good gaming as well as everyday performance and decent camera quality, the Samsung Galaxy A80 is worth checking out.


Robust build quality


Intuitive One UI interface


Samsung pay support


No 3.5mm headphone jack


No SD card slot


Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Storage128 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera48+8MP+ TOF sensor
Display6.7-inch Full HD+ sAMOLED

5. Oppo Reno 3 Pro

Best Camera Phone
  • Capable quadruple rear cameras
  • Powerful Helio P95 processor
  • Excellent quality AMOLED display

Oppo Reno 3 Pro 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 3 Pro is a complete package with useful features making it one of the best devices for media consumption.

Design and Build Quality

The Reno 3 Pro 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 3 Pro 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.


The Oppo Reno 3 Pro comes with a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen having a resolution of 2400 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 3 Pro is the first smartphone in the Indian market to launch with a flagship MediaTek Helio P95 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 3 Pro doesn’t break a sweat.


The Oppo Reno 3 Pro comes with the quadruple rear camera setup. The primary 64MP sensor is a Samsung S5KGW1 which outputs photos and videos with rich details and natural colour tones.

There is a 13MP telephoto lens, accompanied by a 2MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide sensor.

The front camera is a dual 44MP +2MP punch hole camera which takes good quality selfies.


The Oppo Reno 3 Pro comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and an earphone in the box.

It does support the legendary VOOC fast charging as well.

Battery Life

The Oppo Reno3 Pro features a 4025mAh 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.


The Oppo Reno 3 Pro 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.


Elegant design


Gorilla Glass 5 protection


In-display fingerprint scanner




Operating SystemAndroid 10.0
Internal Storage256 GB
ChipsetMediaTek Helio P95
Camera64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 44MP + 2MP Front
Display6.4-inch AMOLED

6. Realme X2 Pro

Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Latest and greatest SoC
  • Vapour cooling system
  • Gorgeous OLED display

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.


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 8GB of RAM and 128GB 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.


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.


The Realme X2 Pro delivers one of the best premium flagship smartphone ownership experiences under a budget of just Rs.29,999.

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


Robust build quality


Up to 20x hybrid zoom


90Hz display


No stock Android UI


Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage128 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Camera64 MP + 12 MP +12 MP + VGA Depth Camera Rear, 10MP Front
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED


7. Lenovo Z6 Pro

Honourable Mention
  • Powerful Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Excellent quality OLED display
  • Decent battery life

Lenovo has been a dead horse with the influx of other Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo came to the international smartphone scene.

However, with the Z6 Pro, Lenovo does hit back with industry-leading internals and superior performance for a budget under Rs.30,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Lenovo Z6 Pro is quite a stunner when it comes to aesthetics. The front and back glass sandwich design with aluminium frame looks and feels premium in hand,

However, the company hasn’t made it clear what kind of protection these glass panels use.

The gradient back finish looks breathtaking under direct sunlight, to be honest. Even with the notch cut out in the front, the screen to body ratio is around 85.3%, which is quite impressive.

Lenovo supplies a transparent silicon case to use with the device for added protection.


This device features a 6.39-inch full HD+ sAMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This is an HDR10 compliant panel with excellent colour reproduction and contrast levels.

With a pixel density of 403ppi, the screen is sharp and vivid as it can get. Watching movies and playing games on this panel is a treat.

Processor and Performance

The Lenovo Z6 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU, which is proven to be a mobile powerhouse when it comes to performance.

The Adreno 640 GPU makes it blazing fast when handling graphics-intensive tasks such as gaming.

With the 8GB RAM out of the box, you will get to multitask with whatever you wish, without even a single hiccup.

However, the 128GB internal storage is of eMMC 5.1, and not the modern UFS type.

Not only does the CPU is powerful, but also the 7nm fabrication process makes it power efficient as well.


The Lenovo Z6 Pro has a quad rear camera setup just like most other smartphones in the segment.

The 48MP f/1.8 sensor is the same we have found on many other devices in the market, followed by an 8MP telephoto lens for close up pictures of distant objects.

There is a 16MP wide-angle camera which supports autofocus followed by a dedicated 2MP camera with OIS ( optical image stabilization ) for video recording.

There is a TOF ( time of flight ) sensor for accurate bokeh effects when taking portrait mode pictures.

The pictures come out excellent with great details and colour accuracy. The wide-angle camera images look almost identical to the main sensor in quality.

The front camera is a 32MP sensor with HDR capabilities for well-lit selfie shots.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Z6 Pro is powered by a 4000mAh battery which is rated to last for a day easily, even with heavy usage.

Lenovo bundles an 18W fast charger in the box, which will complete charging the device from zero to hundred in under two hours.


The Lenovo Z6 Pro is a premium mid-range flagship with features comparable to the likes of Redmi K20 Pro and Realme X2 Pro.

Stunning design

A fast and accurate in-display fingerprint scanner


Dolby audio support


Outdated eMMC storage


Operating SystemAndroid Q 10.0
Internal Storage128 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera48MP + 2MP + 16MP + 8MP Rear, 32MP Front
Display6.39-inch Full HD+ SAMOLED
This list completes our hunt for the seven best smartphones under Rs.30,000 available in the Indian market.

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. If you have any questions or queries regarding this article, let us know in the comments section below. As always thanks for your time and have a great day!

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