Best Smartphones Under Rs.30,000 (January 2021)

by | Jan 21, 2021

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 eight 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.

If you want to read reviews on other price ranges as well, please check out our articles on Best Smartphones under different budgets here.

Best Smartphone Under Rs.30,000

1. IQOO 3Overall Best Pick
2. OnePlus NordRunner-Up Pick
3. Google Pixel 4aStock Android Smartphone
4. Vivo V20 Pro 5GBest Build Quality
5. Realme X3 SuperzoomFeature-Rich Smartphone
6. Oppo Reno 3 ProCamera Centric Smartphone
7. Samsung Galaxy M51Smartphone with Best Battery Life
8. Samsung Galaxy A71Honourable Mention

 

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1. IQOO 3

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Overall Best Pick
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • UFS 3.1 storage
  • Long-lasting 4400mAh battery
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Elegant design

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Pressure-sensitive buttons

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Gorilla Glass 6 protection

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Bloated UI

IQOO is a sub-brand of Vivo dealing with flagship-grade smartphones.

IQOO has been marketing their smartphones in China for a while now and recently decided to foray into the competitive Indian smartphone market with the all-new 5G IQOO 3.

Design and Build Quality

With a glass front and back form factor sandwiched between an aluminium frame, this phone feels sturdy and durable with high-quality materials used for its construction.

The IQOO 3 has Gorilla Glass 6 protection in the front and the rear. There are two pressure-sensitive buttons on this phone for acting as trigger buttons during gaming.

Additionally, IQOO has given an AI button to launch the Google voice assistant.

The quality of construction of this phone is very much on par with other flagships and offers a durable and robust feel in hand.

Display

The IQOO 3 packs in a tall 6.44-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This HDR10 enabled display covers a screen to body ratio of about 84.3% and has a pixel density of 409ppi.

This HDR10+ display offers excellent colour reproduction and dynamic range to ensure the best immersive media consumption experience.

Being an OLED display, the rich blacks add vibrancy to the already perfect visual treat by the screen.

The IQOO 3 also comes with a 180Hz touch sampling rate which improves the touch accuracy.

Processor and Performance

The IQOO 3 packs in the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G processor made from the 7nm manufacturing process for powerful performance coupled with power efficiency.

With the 12GB onboard RAM and 256GB internal storage, this smartphone comes second to none in terms of raw performance.

Bet it multitasking or intense gaming sessions, the IQOO 3 will continue to perform without breaking a sweat.

Camera

The IQOO 3 features a quadruple rear camera setup. The main 48MP sensor has an aperture size of 1/1.8 and comes with phase detection autofocus.

Then there is the 13MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom capability. Following these units are the 12MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor for bokeh shots.

The quality of visuals and images from these cameras comes out decent in the daylight.

But honestly, these camera’s can’t be compared with that of flagships from Samsung or Huawei for that matter.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor which comes with AI integration features for better-looking selfies and portraits.

Miscellaneous

The IQOO 3 has an in-display fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device.
Compared to previous generation in-display scanners, the one on this device feels adequately fast and accurate.

Battery Life

IQOO has not skimped when it comes to battery capacity on this device. With 4400mAh Li-ion battery on board, the IQOO 3 will comfortably last over a day of moderate to heavy usage.

This device supports 55W fast charge and the charger comes in the box.

Verdict

If you’re in search of a flagship-grade smartphone with the 5G on board, there’s nothing that can beat the IQOO 3 in its price segment currently in the market.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 865
Camera48MP + 13MP + 13MP + 2MP Rear | 16MP Front
Battery4440mAh
Display6.44-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED

2. OnePlus Nord

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 90Hz FHD+ AMOLED display
  • 4115mah battery with 30W fast charging
  • 5G radio support
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Robust built quality

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Dedicated alert slider

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A fast and accurate in-display fingerprint scanner

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No 3.5mm jack

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No SD card slot

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.

Display

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 765Geven 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.

Camera

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.

Battery

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.

Verdict

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.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Camera48MP+8MP+5MP+2MP Rear, 32MP+8MP Front
Battery4115mAh
Display6.44-inch Full HD+ OLED 90Hz

3. Google Pixel 4a

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Stock Android Smartphone
  • Gorgeous FHD+ AMOLED display 
  • Excellent camera output quality
  • One day battery life
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Lightweight and comfortable

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A fast, accurate fingerprint scanner

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Stock Android OS with guaranteed updates

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Average processor for the price

The Google Pixel 4a was launched in the International market almost over a year ago with a lot of excitement behind it.

This smartphone has been officially launched in India just recently ironically following the latest Pixel 5 launch overseas.

Priced at Rs.29,990, is the Pixel 4a still a winner in the sub. Rs.30,000 price segment? Let’s check out.

Design and Build Quality

The Pixel 4a has the most minimal designs we have ever seen on a premium mid-range smartphone to date.

The unibody plastic construction weighs just 143g and feels extremely lightweight and easy to use.

The fit and finish as expected from Google are top-notch but obviously, the extensive use of plastic makes the overall structure a tad bit rigid than those devices with metal frame and back.

The power button and the volume rockers are located on the right side of the frame and offer excellent tactile feedback to the presses.

There is a 3.5mm headphone jack up top for wired audio connectivity while the USB type C charging port and the loudspeaker can be found in the bottom.

This device comes with a single nano-SIM slot and with the help of an e-SIM you can use two numbers at the same time.

Even though this smartphone comes with an AMOLED display, Google has resorted to the tried and tested physical fingerprint scanner on the backside.

Display

As we mentioned above, the Pixel 4a by Google features a 5.81-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This 19.5:9 aspect ratio display comes with a punch-hole camera towards the left side and has a screen to body ratio of 83.3%.

With a relatively smaller display and FHD+ resolution, this panel has an impressive ~443ppi pixel density with sharp and clean visuals and text reproduction.

Thanks to the OLED technology, the colours look bright and vivid and the dynamic range remains impressive as well.

If you are a media consumption enthusiast, you will love this panel for its colour accuracy and sharpness.

Do note that this is a standard 60Hz refresh panel, unlike the other smartphones in its price segment with high refresh rates.

Processor and Performance

The Google Pixel 4a is very modest when it comes to the processor firepower.

Even though this device retails around Rs.30,000 in India, it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor found on devices almost half the price.

This octa-core processor coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB of UFS2.1 storage runs the stock Android 10.0 OS very well without any lags or stutters.

Even gaming feels smooth and lags free but during multitasking with resource-heavy applications running in the background, a few occasional stutters are happening in between.

This device doesn’t come with an SD card slot, so remember 128GB is all you get in terms of storage.

Camera

This is one area where Google is possibly the best in terms of hardware as well as software.

The Pixel 4a features a single 12.2MP sensor assisted with a flash in the rear. Thanks to the complex image processing algorithms running in the background, the image and video output from this single-camera put to shame those devices with triple and quad cameras.

The images turn out to be very colour accurate, detailed and with excellent dynamic range.

Even the low light photos come out vivid and bright and the bokeh mode photos have excellent edge detection simulating artificial depth effect without a dedicated sensor.

Thanks to the OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), the videos and still photos remain largely shake free.

In the front, there is a single 8MP sensor with auto HDR capability for selfie shots with good dynamic range and white balance.

Battery Life

The Google Pixel 4a is powered by a relatively smaller 3140mAh Li-Po battery. This will last you for a day comfortably with moderate to heavy usage.

This smartphone supports 18W fast charging and the battery gets juiced up pretty quickly as well.

Verdict

If you want a smartphone with pure stock Android, excellent camera quality and decent everyday performance, the Pixel 4a is a great choice for a budget under Rs.30,000.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera12.2MP Rear ,8MP Front
Battery3140mAh
Display5.81-inch FHD+ AMOLED

4. Vivo V20 Pro 5G

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Best Build Quality
  • Super design and build
  • Excellent front and rear camera
  • Powerful Snapdragon processor
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33W flash charger

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Latest Android 11 OS

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Optical fingerprint scanner

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No 3.5mm audio jack

Vivo is one of the strong players in the premium smartphone segment in the Indian market.

The V20 Pro is one of the newest smartphones launched by the Chinese company with support for 5G network capability, priced at just Rs.29,999.

Design and Build Quality

Designwise, the Vivo V20 Pro is quite a stunner compared to the other smartphones in this segment.

The luxurious glass back with gradient colour finish makes this device much more appealing to the eyes than the rest.

Weighing at just 170g, the Vivo V20 Pro is lightweight and compact enough for single-hand usage for most people.

All the physical buttons including the volume rockers are placed on the right side, at an easy to reach position.

One major gripe with this device is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. You’ll have to use the bundled Type C to 3.5mm jack bundled in the box if you plan to use wired earphones with this smartphone.

Since this device sports an OLED display, the fingerprint scanner is tucked behind the panel. This optical fingerprint scanner unlocks the device in a jiffy and is significantly more accurate than the previous generation in-display fingerprint scanners.

Display

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G features a 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

Being an AMOLED panel, the inky blacks and the theoretically infinite contrast ratio makes the visuals look sharp, clean and delightful.

The colours pop out from the display and the dynamic range is impressive as well. This thin bezel 20:9 aspect ratio panel has a pixel density of 409ppi, making it one of the sharpest OLED panels out there in this price bracket.

Processor and Performance

What runs the Vivo V20 Pro beneath is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC with support for 5G network connectivity.

Assisting this processor in the graphics department is the Adreno 620 which is very much powerful enough to run the latest smartphone games available on the market smoothly.

The 8GB RAM onboard ensures that this smartphone won’t lag or stutter even while multitasking with resource-intensive apps side by side.

This device has 128GB of internal storage and do note the fact that there is no provision for further storage expansion.

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G is one of the first smartphones in India to run Android 11 out of the box.

The Funtouch OS 11 skin on top of the OS is a bit heavy and bloated, which is one thing we hate about Vivo smartphones.

Camera

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G comes with a triple rear camera consisting of a 64MP primary shooter with f/1.9 aperture. followed by the 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP depth sensor.

Photos taken with the 64MP camera in daylight have amazing outcomes, the details are precise and it maintains the natural skin tone.

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G features AI filters in the camera settings which you can try to have some fun with your friends and family.

The portrait shots look good with the depth-sensing camera doing its job as expected and the edge detection and the background blur comes out natural looking.

The front 44MP main selfie camera alongside the 8MP ultrawide lens delivers one of the best front camera performances you can experience on a sub. Rs.30,000 smartphone.

The selfie camera is loaded with features such as eye-tracking AF, slow motion video recording, 4K video recording.

Battery Life

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G is powered by a relatively low capacity 4000mAh battery inside. This device is rated to last for a day with heavy usage and a day and a half with moderate usage.

This smartphone supports Vivo flash charge technology with which the bundled 33W charger juices up the battery inside from 0-100% in just one hour.

Verdict

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G is a camera-centric smartphone with a gorgeous AMOLED display and 5G capable powerful Snapdragon processor inside facilitating a smooth, lag-free performance with games as well as apps.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 11
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 44MP+ 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

5. Realme X3 Superzoom

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Powerful SD 855+ SoC
  • 120Hz refresh rate FHD+ display
  • Decent battery life with 30W fast charge support
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Liquid cooling system

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Excellent Image stabilization

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Fast side-mounted fingerprint scanner

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No 3.5mm headphone jack

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No memory expansion slot

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.

Display

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 256GB UFS3.0 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.

Camera

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 8MP 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 8MP 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.

Verdict

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 stand out from the rest of the devices in this price segment.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM8 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Camera64MP + 8MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear,32MP + 8MP Front
Battery4200mAh
Display6.57 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD 120Hz

6. Oppo Reno 3 Pro

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Best Camera-Centric Smartphone
  • Capable quadruple rear cameras
  • Powerful Helio P95 processor
  • Excellent quality AMOLED display
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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

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 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.

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 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.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM8 GB
ChipsetMediaTek Helio P95
Camera64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear| 44MP + 2MP Front
Battery4025mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED

7. Samsung Galaxy M51

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Smartphone with Best Battery Life
  • Powerful Snapdragon 730G processor
  • Long-lasting 7000mAh battery
  • Gorgeous sAMOLED Plus display
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Reverse charging feature

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Intuitive One UI

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Non-Chinese smartphone

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Plastic back

Samsung M series devices are online exclusive smartphones that are priced aggressively to compete with the Redmi and Realme devices in the market.

The all-new Galaxy M51 has many firsts in the segment and for the first time features a Qualcomm processor instead of the homebrew Exynos chipset.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M51 comes with a glass front and plastic back, which is not uncommon for smartphones in this price range.

The plastic back on this device looks and feels similar to the glass, but makes it lightweight and less brittle in case of an accidental fall.

This smartphone from Samsung weighs just 213g, and considering the massive 7000mAh battery inside this device is surprisingly lightweight.

The single speaker, USB type C charging port and the 3.5mm headphone jack is present in the bottom portion of the phone while the right side has the fingerprint sensor embedded into the power button and the volume rockers on top.

The Samsung Galaxy M51 features a 2+1 SIM configuration meaning you can insert two SIM cards and a dedicated SD card for storage expansion.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M51 boasts of a 6.7-inch FHD+ sAMOLED Plus display with an effective resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

The company claims that the sAMOLED Plus panel is thinner and lighter than the conventional AMOLED panels found on other M series devices from the past.

This display is protected by the Corning gorilla glass 3 to prevent accidental scratches.

With a punch-hole camera upfront, this display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio display has a pixel density of 385ppi.

The colours look very vivid and punchy and the contrast levels, being an OLED display is outstanding.

Speaking of the brightness levels, this display gets adequately bright indoors as well outdoors.

Processor and Performance

As we mentioned earlier, Samsung has decided to go the Qualcomm route with this device.

The Samsung Galaxy M51 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and is assisted by the Adreno 618 GPU.

The 730G is one of the power-efficient processors with exceptional performance metrics in this price segment.

Together with the 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, this smartphone will deliver buttery smooth performance no matter what you throw at it.

The One UI2.0 on top of Android 10 is optimized very well not to create any sort of performance bottlenecks whatsoever.

Camera

This premium mid-range smartphone comes with a quad rear camera setup with a primary 64MP Sony sensor accompanied by 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro and 5MP depth-sensing unit.

The images and videos that come out of these cameras look very rich in details and colour accurate.

You can record 4K videos at 30fps with the rear camera while the front camera maxes out at 1080p @ 30fps.

The front camera is a 32MP shooter with HDR support and an aperture size of f/2.0 for good daylight selfies and decent low light photos.

Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy M51 is one of them, perhaps the only 7000mAh battery-powered smartphone available in India at present.

This monstrous battery helps this smartphone to last easily for two days even with heavy usage.

Samsung has also added support for reverse charging. With this feature, you can use the M51 to charge other devices in the vicinity via the supplied USB type C cable.

The company has also included a 25W fast charger in the box which will completely juice up this battery from zero to hundred within two hours.

Verdict

The Samsung M51 is one of a kind smartphone for those who want a battery monster device without any compromise on performance.

The AMOLED display and the non-Chinese brand factor is also a big factor worth considering while purchasing this device.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 730
Camera64MP + 12MP+ 5MP + 5MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED plus

8. Samsung Galaxy A71

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Honorable Mention
  • Gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Excellent cameras 
  • Dedicated SD card slot
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Robust build quality

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Intuitive UI

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Non-intrusive punch-hole cutout

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Slightly outdated processor

The Galaxy A series has been a major success for Samsung in capturing the upper mid-range smartphone market from the likes of Redmi and Realme.

With the latest Samsung Galaxy A71, the company is introducing a quad-camera smartphone running on a Qualcomm chipset as opposed to the regular Exynos variant processors that we are familiar with.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy A71 is gracefully designed to captivate the eyes as well as the minds with glass finish exteriors coated with slight gradient colours.

This colour scheme is the same most smartphone manufacturers have been doing with their smartphones off late, but here in A71, it comes with a more subtle effect.

This smartphone boasts about having 87.2% screen to body ratio, and has minimal bezels at the sides of the display, making it look more awesome.

There is the newer micro USB type C charging port at the bottom, accompanied with the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The rear part features a quad-camera setup arranged inside a rectangular bump with an LED flash beside.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A71 features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus Infinity O display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

Although not as clear and crisp as those displays found on premium Galaxy S 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 20:9 and pixel density around 393 ppi, watching media and playing games is a delightful experience.

The punch hole front camera cut out on this display is small and doesn’t feel obtrusive while watching media content on this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

Considering the price, the Galaxy A71 doesn’t feature the most powerful processor in its price category.

The included Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 clocked at 2.2GHz performs well in normal conditions and won’t give any trouble for most of the people using it.

The 8GB RAM is more than sufficient for most of the tasks you intend to perform on this mobile device, including gaming.

There is an inbuilt 128GB UFS2.1 storage with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the memory up to 512GB.

Camera

The quad-camera set up on the back has an interesting mix of sensors earmarked especially for various functions.

The first one is the 64MP primary shooter with f/1.8 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 12MP ultra-wide sensor, ideal for capturing panoramic images with more subjects in the frame.

Following the ultra-wide sensor, we have a 5MP macro camera for closeup shots and a 5MP depth sensor for those bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The front camera is a 32MP shooter with beauty modes and AI integration for manipulating your photos to look better than ever before.

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 details as well.

Miscellaneous

This mid-range Android smartphone features an in-display fingerprint scanner. It works very well and the accuracy is on par with other in-display fingerprint scanners found on similarly priced devices.

The Samsung Galaxy A71 is launched with Android 10.0 Q out of the box with Samsung One UI 2.5 on top.

Speaking about the 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 4500 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 A71 is an apt choice.

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

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP+12MP+5MP+5MP Rear, 32MP Rear
Battery7000mAh
Display6.7-inch Full HD+ sAMOLED

This list completes our hunt for the eight 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!