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

by | Jun 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 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. Realme X2 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Oppo Reno 3 ProBest Camera Phone
4. Vivo V19Best Selfie Camera
5. Lenovo Z6 ProFeature Rich Smartphone
6. Asus Zenfone 6ZHonourable Mention

 

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1. Redmi K20 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Powerful processor
  • Long-lasting battery

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 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 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 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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An excellent thermal cooling system

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Dedicated Game turbo mode

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Attractive Aura design

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No SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP Front, 20MP Rear
Battery4000mAh
Display6.39-inch AMOLED Full HD+

2. Realme X2 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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.

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 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.

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.29,999.

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

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Robust build quality

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Up to 20x hybrid zoom

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90Hz display

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No stock Android UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Camera64 MP + 12 MP +12 MP + VGA Depth Camera rear, 10MP front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

3. Oppo Reno 3 Pro

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Best Camera Phone
  • Quadruple rear cameras
  • Powerful Helio P95 processor
  • Excellent 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.

Display

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 128GB 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.

Camera

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.

Miscellaneous

The Oppo Reno 3 Pro 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 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.

Verdict

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.

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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 10.0
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P95
Camera64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 44MP + 2MP Front
Battery4025mAh
Display6.4-inch AMOLED

4. Vivo V19

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Best Selfie Camera
  • The capable quad rear camera
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Power-efficient Snapdragon 712 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 V19, the Chinese company is now taking the selfie obsession to the next level by including a punch hole 32MP+8MP front camera to quench the selfie lover’s thirst.

Design and Build Quality

Vivo was one of the first smartphone companies to experiment with gradient colour back designs along with Honor.

This premium Android smartphone boasts an impressive screen to body ratio of 83.7% and comes with a double cutout 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 V19 belongs to the newer fifth generation and feels considerably faster and more accurate.

Display

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

This full view display with an aspect ratio of 20:9 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 712 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 712 under Rs.30,000 falls short of the Snapdragon 730G found in the much more affordable Redmi K20.

The 8GB RAM comfortably manages to process multiple tasks simultaneously without
any stutters or lag in between.

Camera

The Vivo V19 features a quad rear camera setup that has a 48MP + 8MP + 2MP+ 2MP sensor.

The main 48MP camera has an f/1.8 aperture that lets more light 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 2MP macro sensor captures closeup 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 punch hole 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.

Battery Life

The battery on this device is a 4500mAh Li-Po cell.

The display is Super AMOLED and with the power-efficient Snapdragon 712 inside, the phone easily lasts for a day and half worth of usage.

Verdict

The Vivo V19 packs in a high-resolution dual 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 makes this an exciting deal worth checking out in this price segment.

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33W fast charging

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Excellent in-hand feel

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Long-lasting battery life

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Less intuitive Fun touch UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 712
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 32MP +8MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.44-inch SAMOLED Full HD+

5. Lenovo Z6 Pro

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • 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.

Display

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.

Camera

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.

Verdict

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

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Stunning design

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A fast and accurate in-display fingerprint scanner

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Dolby audio support

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Outdated eMMC storage

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Q 10.0
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera48MP + 2MP + 16MP + 8MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.39-inch Full HD+ SAMOLED

6. Asus Zenfone 6Z

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Honourable Mention
  • 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

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+

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 ease some of your concerns about choosing up a mobile in this price range.

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

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