Best Smartphones with Stock Android in India (April 2021)

by | Mar 27, 2021

Nowadays, most smartphone manufacturers slap their custom skin on top of the smartphone to differentiate between the competitor models.

Custom skins are often memory intensive than the stock Android interface even though they might offer much more features and a unique look.

Because of this, there are a lot of people who prefer smartphones with the stock Android implementation with zero bloatware pre-installed.

This curated article lists the eight best Android smartphones available in the Indian market with stock Android UI.

Without any further ado, let’s get started!

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 smartphones with Stock Android UI

1. Google Pixel 4aOverall Best Pick
2. Motorola Edge PlusRunner-Up Pick
3. Motorola Moto G 5GBudget 5G smartphone
4. Micromax IN Note 1Value for money smartphone
5. Motorola One Fusion+Feature Rich Smartphone
6. Nokia 5.3Android One smartphone
7. Moto G30Entry Level Android Smartphone
8. Micromax IN 1bHonorable Mention

 

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1. Google Pixel 4a

Google Pixel 4a
Overall Best Pick
  • Gorgeous FHD+ AMOLED display 
  • Excellent camera output quality
  • One day battery life

R

Lightweight and comfortable

R

A fast, accurate fingerprint scanner

R

Stock Android OS with guaranteed updates

Q

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 at 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 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 11
ROM128 GB
RAM6 GB
Camera12.2MP Rear | 8MP Front
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Battery3140mAh
Display5.81-inch Full HD+ OLED Display

 

2. Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge+
Runner-Up Pick
  • Flagship Snapdragon 865 processor
  • UFS3.0 ultra-fast internal storage
  • 90Hz OLED waterfall display
R

HDR10 certified OLED display

R

Loud and clear speakers

R

3.5mm headphone jack

Q

Only 18W charger in the box

Motorola has been quite silent when it comes to the flagship Android smartphone scene but with the Razr foldable and now with the Edge Plus smartphone it seems they are back with a bang.

The Edge Plus from Motorola is a true flagship grade Android smartphone comparable to the likes of the Samsung S20 series.

Design and Build Quality

The Motorola Edge Plus features the familiar glass sandwich design that we are familiar with.

The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protected front and back panels have an oleophobic coating to repel water droplets easily.

This smartphone is considerably narrower than all other flagships and this makes holding the phone with one hand a delightful experience.

Another important point to note here is that the Edge plus does feature a 3.5mm jack, which almost unheard of when it comes to flagship smartphones.

As the name suggests, the Edge plus has a rounded screen that curves into the glass back, which looks and feels unique as well as premium.

Overall, the construction and build quality are top-notch on this device, as expected from a flagship Android smartphone.

Display

The Motorola Edge plus features a massive 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate.

This display covers around 96% of the front of the phone and also curves into the back glass.

This HDR10 certified OLED panel can display up to 10 billion colours. The colours pop out to your face and the contrast levels are excellent.

The 90Hz refresh rate ensures the visuals and the interface in total feels silky smooth and refined.

Edge plus utilizes the waterfall curved portion of the display for edge lighting notifications, which is cool and very practical when the phone is kept on top of a table or somewhere.

Processor and Performance

This device is powered by the latest flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor built on a 7nm process for better power efficiency.

With 12GB of RAM and 256GB of ultra-fast UFS3.0 storage, this smartphone performs as well as the Samsungs and One Plus devices out there.

The Adreno 650 is now beefier to handle graphics and gaming,

With specs and raw performance matching a mid-range laptop, you won’t have any trouble using this phone anytime soon.

Camera

This flagship smartphone from Motorola has a 108MP primary sensor in the rear with OIS for stabilized photos and videos.

Additionally, there is the 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom for long-distance photography followed by a 16MP ultra-wide sensor which can also double up as a macro camera.

The portrait and bokeh mode shots take leverage of the 3D TOF ( time of flight ) sensor for accurate depth data.

The front camera is a 25MP sensor with HDR for high dynamic range selfie shots.

The images and videos turn out to have excellent details and colour accuracy. The OIS helps in reducing the jitters and shakes significantly.

Even with the ultra-wide sensor, there is not much colour noise. One of the important things to note is that the rear camera can record 6K videos at 30fps, although it is overkill, to be honest.

Battery Life

The Motorola Edge Plus packs in a 5000mAh battery to power up the beefy internals inside.

This battery will easily last for a day worth of heavy usage before you need to plug in the device.

This device supports wireless charging and also has the reverse wireless charging feature which might come in handy at times.

Motorola bundles an 18W fast charger in the box, which is quite an irony considering the price.

Verdict

The Motorola Edge Plus is a well-built smartphone with best in class internals.

It also has a significant advantage of having the near-stock Android 10 OS, untouched with bloatwares and fancy UI skins.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10
ROM256 GB
RAM12 GB
Camera108MP + 8MP + 16MP + Depth sensor Rear | 25MP Front
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 865
Battery5000mAh
Display6.7-inch 90Hz Full HD+OLED Display

3. Motorola Moto G 5G

Motorola Moto G 5G
Budget 5G smartphone
  • Full HD+ HDR10 display
  • IP52 dust and water-resistant design
  • 5G capable smartphone

R

Excellent battery backup

R

Pure stock Android experience

R

Good build quality

Q

60Hz display refresh rate

Motorola was once a highly revered brand when it came to smartphones, thanks to the Moto G lineup of affordable Android smartphones.

The company somewhere lost its pace to the competitors, partly because of the high-priced lacklustre G series phones it came with.

But as of late, the company has shown some promise by releasing value for money devices such as the Motorola One Fusion+ which we had discussed earlier in the Best Smartphones in India under Rs.20,000 article.

Following the trend, Motorola has now launched the Moto 5 5G which the company touts as the cheapest 5G smartphone available as of now in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Moto G 5G has an overall plastic construction with a glossy finish. The curved edges in the corners make this smartphone feel premium as well as comfortable to hold in hand.

With the IP52 certified design, this device has a water repellent exterior finish which will keep the phone safe from accidental water spills or splashes.

The volume rockers and the power button can be found on the right side, of which the power button is textured. These buttons are tactile and offer a good click response. There is an additional one-touch button on the left side for the Google assistant summon.

The fingerprint sensor is located on the rear beside the camera and performs well with quick locking and unlocking.

The single loudspeaker, USB type C charging port and the 3.5mm headphone jack is positioned on the lower side of the smartphone, leaving the upper section blank, except for the microphone.

Display

The Moto G 5G features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

The panel supports HDR10 and for excellent colour accuracy and dynamic range, making the media consumption experience on this device a delightful experience.

The Moto G 5G comes with Widevine L1 certification for full HD playback in OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

This 209 aspect ratio panel has a pixel density of around 393ppi and has a screen to body ratio of 85.7%.

The visuals and text appear sharp enough without any sort of pixelation effects whatsoever.

Processor and Performance

The Motorola Moto G 5G runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC.

This is a 5G enabled octa-core processor with two high powered cores and six normal cores to hit the sweet spot between performance and battery life.

The 6GB RAM on board with the 128GB storage manages to run games, apps and whatnot with relative ease on this device.

At no point does this smartphone lags or stutters, even while multitasking with two or more applications.

This device comes with a hybrid SIM slot with which you can either use two SIM cards at once or a SIM card and an SD card.

Motorola is known for its stock Android OS and the same is the case with the Moto G 5G. This device runs on Android 10 OS with a promised update to the latest Android 11.

Camera

The Moto G 5G features a triple rear camera setup with the 48MP sensor being the primary shooter.

This 48MP sensor has an aperture size of f/1.7, capable of good daylight as well as low light performance.

The colours from the photos turn out to be natural with a good amount of details and dynamic range.

The fully-fledged camera app has a multitude of modes including a pro mode with manual settings.

This device makes use of the pixel binning technology to capture four 12MP shots and merge them to deliver a detailed output.

The 8MP ultrawide lens captures subjects as wide as 118 degrees. The colour accuracy takes a hit with the ultrawide sensor, but it is quite expected from a budget smartphone.

The 2MP macro mode shooter captures close up shots with a decent amount of details, given the lighting conditions are favourable.

The 16MP front camera supports HDR and takes selfies with good dynamic range and details.

The rear camera supports video recording up to 4K at 30fps while the front camera video is limited to 1080p at 30fps.

Battery Life

The Motorola Moto G 5G is powered by a 5000mAh battery inside which is rated to last for a day and a half easily, even with heavy usage.

Motorola has bundled a 20W fast charger inside the box, which takes around 2-2.15 hours to juice up the battery completely.

Verdict

The Moto G 5G is one of the best 5G enabled smartphones that you can buy for a budget of around Rs.20,000.

The stock Android experience and the support for all major 5G bands make this smartphone a wise choice as a future-ready smartphone.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10
ROM128 GB
RAM6 GB
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear | 16MP Front
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 750G
Battery5000mAh
Display6.7-inch Full HD+ Display

4. Micromax IN Note 1

Micromax IN Note 1
Value for money smartphone
  • Powerful MediaTek Helio G85
  • Dedicated memory expansion slot 
  • AI quad camera

R

Excellent battery life

R

USB Type-C port

R

Decent build quality

Q

Average selfie camera

Micromax was one of the popular Indian smartphone players back in the day until Chinese brands came in and dominated the market ever since.

The Micromax IN Note 1 is touted as a Made in India smartphone that is pitted against the likes of Redmi and Realme smartphones.

Design and Build Quality

Micromax has come a long way forward in terms of the design of this smartphone. The X-factor gradient design on the backplate makes this device stand out from the rest of the competitors.

The polycarbonate back panel feels durable and premium. The curved panel feels ergonomic and comfortable to hold the phone in hand.

The button placements on this smartphone are similar to that of most other smartphones. The USB Type-C charging/data syncing port and the 3.5mm audio jack is positioned on the bottom frame whereas the power and the volume rockerz is on the right side.

The rear section houses the quad rear camera setup and the physical fingerprint scanner. The overall fit and finish of this smartphone feels durable and well built for the asking price.

Display

The Micromax IN Note 1 features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ punch-hole display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

With a pixel density of 395ppi, this display offers sharp and clean visuals as well as text, without any noticeable pixelations.

The colours appear vivid and punchy, providing an enjoyable media consumption experience.

This panel can get adequately bright indoors as well as outdoors but under direct sunlight, you might face some difficulties.

Processor and Performance

What runs the show beneath the Micromax IN Note 1 is the MediaTek Helio G85 which is a gaming-centric chip designed for budget gaming smartphones.

To be fair, even with the 4GB RAM onboard don’t expect this smartphone to run games at constant high frame rates however you can effortlessly play the recent battle royale style games with decent graphics settings.

In day to day usage, you won’t feel any lags or stutters with this smartphone. One of the main incentives of purchasing this phone is indeed the stock Android UI.

Camera

The Micromax In Note 1 has an AI quad-camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary lens, 5MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor.

The primary lens works fine as expected. The photos have enough details with good colours and dynamic range.

The ultrawide lens captures decent images with a lot of subjects but with a slightly warmer colour tone. The macro and the depth sensor does their job but nothing impressive enough to write about.

The 16MP punch-hole camera in the front provides decent results in daylight conditions but as the lighting condition deteriorates, noise creeps in.

Battery Life

The Micromax In Note 1 is powered by a 5000mAh battery which is rated to last for up to one and a half days of moderate to heavy usage.

Micromax has included an 18W fast charger in the box that juices up the battery from 0-100% in less than two hours.

Verdict

The Micromax In Note 1 is a well-built budget Android smartphone that rivals the likes of Redmi and Realme smartphones in the price bracket of around Rs.12,499.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10
ROM128 GB
RAM4 GB
Camera48MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear | 16MP Front
ChipsetMediaTek Helio G85
Battery5000mAh
Display6.67-inch Full HD+ Display

5. Motorola One Fusion+

Motorola One Fusion+
Feature Rich Smartphone
  • HDR10 certified FHD+ display
  • Powerful Snapdragon 730G processor
  • Long-lasting 5000mAh battery

R

Near stock Android 10 OS

R

Water repellent coating

R

Good quality loudspeaker

Q

No dedicated SD card slot

Motorola was lagging behind the competitors in the smartphone market once Lenovo acquired it from Google.

The all-new Motorola One Fusion+ is a sign of Motorola trying to up its ante against brands like Xiaomi and Realme to capture the lost foothold in the market.

Design and Build Quality

The Motorola One Fusion+ has a glass front and plastic back shell with a polycarbonate plastic frame in between.

The backplate has a lined pattern with a glass-like subtle glossy texture which looks and feels good.

This smartphone has a dedicated button to summon Google voice assistant. The fingerprint scanner rests on the rear at a comfortable position within normal hand reach.

The USB type C port is placed in the button portion along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and the speaker grill.

Since this device features a pop-up selfie camera, the display has no notches or cutouts to obstruct a seamless UI experience.

Display

The Motorola One Fusion+ features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with HDR10. This is one of the best displays in this segment, with vivid and bright colour reproduction and inky deep blacks.

This is the only sub. Rs.20,000 smartphone with Youtube signature device certification, capable of playing HDR10 youtube content in all its glory.

Since there is no notch or cutouts in the display, the Motorola One Fusion+ delivers an immersive media consumption experience.

This device also comes with Widevine L1 certification for full HD Netflix and Amazon prime video playback.

Processor and Performance

This budget smartphone from Motorola runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset.

Along with the 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB storage, this CPU performs flawlessly.

The gaming performance is smooth with all the popular titles such as PUBG and COD which are currently in trend.

The multitasking and day to day casual usage is buttery smooth, thanks to the Android 10 OS with almost zero customization.

Camera

The Motorola One Fusion+ has a familiar quad camera setup in the rear, now common with most devices at this price point.

The primary sensor is the 64MP one with f/1.8, followed by an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro camera with autofocus and a 2MP depth-sensing unit.

This device is capable of recording 4k videos at 30fps and full HD videos at 120fps. You can even use the macro camera for video recording.

When it comes to the front, a motorized 16MP pop-up selfie camera does the job without any issues.

The images and videos appear adequately detailed and colour accurate. The post-processing is minimal, which helps the camera retain most of the natural colours we see with our eyes.

Miscellaneous

This device comes with a dedicated audio DAC for 32-bit audio playback via wired earphones and headphones.

Battery Life

The Motorola One Fusion+ is powered by a 5000mAh battery which Motorola claims to have a standby time of 23 days.

You can get over a day and a half with heavy usage like gaming and video consumption with this device.

Motorola provides an 18W fast charger in the box which, by today’s standards is not that fast but can expedite the charging process quite a bit.

Verdict

We feel that the Motorola One Fusion+ is a winner in this price segment with all the right elements to be the best in the business.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
ROM128 GB
RAM6 GB
Camera64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP |Rear, 16MP Front
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Battery5000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+

6. Nokia 5.3

nokia-5.3
Android One smartphone
  • Good battery life
  • Decent everyday performance
  • Capable quad-rear cameras

R

Non-Chinese smartphone

R

Elegant, stylish design

R

Stock Android 10.0 OS

Q

Outdated processor

Q

The display is not FHD

Nokia isn’t the old Nokia anymore. With HMD making the Nokia phones rather than the Microsoft, they’ve decided to go en route Android.

The Nokia 5.3 is a stock Android smartphone priced well under Rs.15,000 that bears the Android One tag – making this a suitable candidate for those who prefer assured future software support.

Design and Build Quality

The Nokia 5.3 has a glass front and plastic back design this time, instead of the signature aluminium unibody chassis of the yesteryear devices.

The Finnish design exudes confidence and stands on par with the design of any other smartphone available at this price range.

The Nokia 5.3 comes with an edge to edge display that is protected by 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 that blends in with the chassis seamlessly.

The backside of the chassis is adorned by a unique rounded quad-camera module with a centrally located flash and a fingerprint scanner beneath.

The power button and the volume rockers are situated on the right side of the plastic frame. The notification LED is tucked under the power button, which is a wise decision as it is easily visible when we keep the phone down, in its resting position.

Nokia has also added a dedicated Google voice assistant button, which is a nice gesture and an essential one considering the phone comes with the Android one tag.

Yes – the charging port is USB type C and not the outdated micro USB port as we had seen with some Nokia devices in the past.

Processor and Performance

The Nokia 5.3is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, a yesteryear processor which was one of the mid-range champions when it comes to the efficient mix of performance and battery life.

To be honest, there are other smartphones in the same price category with much more powerful processors out there.

With 4GB high-speed LPDDR RAM onboard, this device can blaze through apps and can handle multitasking without any sort of lags or stutters.

The Adreno 610 GPU inside lets you play high-end games such as COD mobile and Fortnite, but at low graphics settings.

The built-in 64GB ROM provides you with a sufficient starting point to store all your data – be it movies or songs on the phone offline, without the fear of running out of memory too soon.

This device also comes with a dedicated SD card slot which is another luxury that we are used not to expect from budget smartphones nowadays.

Display

The Nokia 5.3 features a 6.55-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

This notched display has a 20:9 aspect ratio and has a pixel density of around 268 ppi.

The colours appear vivid and the contrast levels despite being an LCD is excellent. The texts appear sharp for the normal untrained and clear so do the images.

This being an IPS LCD, the viewing angles are great and there is no colour shift when viewed from extreme angles as well.

However, we feel that Nokia should have gone with an FHD display instead of a 720p one at this price range.

Camera

The Nokia 5.3 comes with a quad rear camera setup which consists of a 13MP primary sensor accompanied by a 5MP ultra-wide sensor, 2MP macro mode shooter and a 2MP depth-sensing unit for accurate edge detection and portrait mode photos.

On the front, there is an 8MP shooter which has autofocus capabilities and an aperture size of f/2.0.

The pictures from both the front and rear cameras come out detailed and colourful in daylight conditions but suffer from oversharpening in photos shot at low light environments.

When it comes to the video, this phone does support capturing up to 4K videos at 30fps.

Battery Life

The Nokia 5.3 is powered by a non-removable 4000 mAh Li-ion battery which easily lasts over a day of moderate to heavy usage.

The Snapdragon 665 is very much an energy-efficient processor and combined with the stock Android 10.0 Q OS running on this smartphone, energy consumption is very minimal when sitting idle.

However, Nokia has only included a regular 10W charger with this phone and considering the price, this is not just disappointing but outright atrocious.

Verdict

For those who love Nokia, this device is one of the best devices that the company has launched this year.

Under the Android One programme promised future updates for up to two years will make this device one of the most desirable gadgets to own in its price segment.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10
ROM64 GB
RAM6 GB
Camera13MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear | 8MP Front
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Battery4000mAh
Display6.55-inch HD+ Display

7. Moto G30

Motorola G30
Entry Level Android Smartphone
  • Latest Android 11 with Stock UI
  • 90Hz smooth display
  • Decent 64MP camera

R

Secondary noise-cancellation microphone

R

Bundled 20W fast charger

R

Minimal design

Q

No dedicated SD card slot

The G series from Motorola is one of the most popular smartphone lineups in the country and the G30 is the latest iteration launched recently in the market.

The Motorola Moto G30 currently retails in the Indian market at just Rs.10,000 for the 4GB/64GB variant.

Design and Build Quality

As expected from a budget Android smartphone, the Moto G30 has a plastic back, plastic frame and a glass front design.

The subtle purple gradient colouring on the otherwise black backplate looks unique and refreshing.

Weighing at 200g, the Moto G30 feels durable and sturdy when held in the hand. Motorola has added a water repellent coating on top of this smartphone as a measure to keep the device safe from water splashes and spills.

The rear section of this smartphone houses a quad-camera bump and the physical fingerprint scanner with the iconic Motorola logo in the middle.

Speaking of the connectivity ports, this smartphone features a 3.5mm audio jack and a secondary noise cancellation mic at the top of the frame whereas the USB Type-C and primary microphone are located at the bottom section.

Display

The Moto G30 features a 6.09-inch 90Hz IPS LCD HD+ display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels.

The 90Hz refresh rate comes as a surprise in this price segment, but we wish the display resolution had been 1080p instead of 720p.

This 20:9 aspect ratio display has a pixel density of 269ppi, which is decent enough for a 6-inch form factor smartphone.

The visuals and text appear clean and sharp when viewed from a normal distance. The punchy colours and the decent brightness levels make this one of the best displays in the sub. Rs.12,000 price bracket.

Processor and Performance

The Motorola Moto G30 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.0GHz.

The 4GB RAM onboard makes everyday tasks run smooth and lag-free without any stutters. Even with this light multitasking, this device handles it just fine.

Gaming isn’t the strong forte of this smartphone. Don’t expect a smooth gaming experience with demanding titles. Games will run fine but expect frame drops and lags.

This device comes with 64GB storage out of the box with the option to expand the capacity further via an SD card slot. Note that this device has a hybrid SIM slot, so you can either insert two SIM cards or a SIM card and an SD card at once.

The Moto G30 comes pre-installed with the latest Android 11 OS with little to no bloatwares or customizations.

Camera

The Motorola Moto G30 features a quad-lens rear camera setup that consists of a main 64MP sensor followed by an 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor.

The primary 64MP lens has an aperture size of f/.7 which is ideal for low light photography given the sensor can capture more light.

The colours appear natural and vivid in those photos taken under daylight but at times digital noise creeps up if you’re clicking pictures at night.

The ultrawide sensor delivers a wide-angle perspective of the subject while the macro shooter turns out to be average in terms of performance. The depth sensor onboard helps in clicking portrait mode shots with decent edge detection and background blur.

In the front, we have a 13MP selfie shooter with HDR support. This camera too performs decently enough in daylight conditions, delivering selfie shots with accurate skin tone.

While the rear camera is capable of recording FHD videos at 60fps, the front camera can record FHD videos at 30fps.

Battery Life

The Motorola Moto G30 is powered by a 5000mAh battery which will last easily for a day and a half even with heavy use.

The 20W fast charger in the box takes somewhere around two hours to completely juice up the battery.

Verdict

With the 90Hz refresh rate display, long-lasting battery life and decent everyday performance, the Motorola Moto G30 is an ideal choice as an entry-level Android smartphone for a budget under Rs.12,000.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 11
ROM64 GB
RAM4 GB
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear | 13MP Front
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 662
Battery5000mAh
Display6.09-inch 90Hz HD+ Display

8. Micromax IN 1b

MicroMax IN 1b
Honourable Mention
  • Powerful entry-level processor
  • Stock Android experience
  • Impressive battery life

R

Fast and secure fingerprint scanner

R

Stock Android 10.0 Q OS

R

Decent dual rear camera

Q

Slow charging

Micromax is making a comeback in the Indian smartphone market with its all-new avatar – the IN series with the Make in India campaign.

This entry-level smartphone from Micromax aims to compete with entry-level Xiaomi and Realme smartphones available in the market as of now.

Design and Build Quality

Made from plastic materials throughout, the Micromax IN 1b feels pretty much well built for its asking price.

There are no squeaks or any noticeable flex on the chassis whatsoever. The gradient colour finish on the rear with a matte strip housing the IN logo looks very attractive, to be honest.

This budget Android smartphone from Micromax weighs just 188g, which considering the large-capacity battery inside is quite acceptable.

Apart from the camera unit and the fingerprint scanner, the back section houses the single speaker. Even though this speaker is adequately loud, there is a chance for the sound to get muffled when you place this smartphone on top of a table.

In terms of the charging port, Micromax hasn’t skimped in including a modern USB Type C port in this device, which we are glad about.

Display

The Micromax IN 1b features a 6.52-inch HD+ IPS water-drop notch display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

Even though this is a 720p display, the images and text look rather sharp and clean when viewed from a distance, thanks to the 269ppi pixel density.

The colours look quite decent for the price, so does the dynamic range. This panel can get as bright as 400nits, meaning this display is fairly legible even under direct sunlight.

This modern 20:9 aspect ratio display has a decent 82.3% screen to body ratio along with minimal bezels on three sides except for the bottom chin.

Processor and Performance

The Micromax IN 1b is powered by the 12nm based MediaTek Helio G35 octa-core processor with a clock speed of 2.3GHz.

This is a fairly good entry-level processor which performs reasonably well at everyday tasks and light multitasking.

This device comes with 4GB of RAM, which is sufficient enough to run the standard Android 10.0 OS ( the base variant of this device runs on Android 10.0 Go edition) without any lags or stutters.

Since the interface is nearly stock, there is no heavy UI holding back the performance of this device.

With 64GB ROM and the dedicated SD card slot, you’ve got it pretty covered in terms of storage.

Camera

The Micromax IN 1b sports a dual-rear camera setup consisting of a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP depth-sensing unit for portrait shots.

The assisting LED flash works well to light up the surroundings while taking low light photos and videos.

The pictures and videos captured by the rear camera come out clean and detailed when taken under well-lit circumstances.

The 8MP front camera delivers some nice looking selfies in daylight and performs decently in video calls as well.

Both the front and rear cameras on this device are capable of capturing Full HD videos at 30fps.

Battery Life

With a sizable 5000mAh battery inside, the Micromax IN 1b will last you for almost two days with moderate to heavy usage.

Under normal circumstances, this device delivers an impressive 10-hour screen on time with a single full charge.

The included 10W charging adapter takes almost three hours to completely juice up the battery from zero to a hundred per cent.

Verdict

Priced under Rs.8,000, the Micromax IN 1b offers a clean stock Android OS experience combined with decent everyday performance and camera quality.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10 (Go Edition)
ROM64 GB
RAM4 GB
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear | 8MP Front
ChipsetMediaTek Helio G35
Battery5000mAh
Display6.52-inch HD+ Display

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