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Which are the best phones under Rs 30,000 in India?

We’ve compiled a list of best phones under Rs 30,000 in India for December 2016. Most of these are flagships from last year and offer solid performance. Also, many phones in this budget are 32GB versions of phones, which have their 16GB versions available for Rs 20,000-24,000, so we are excluding them from the list. Instead, you can check them in the list of best phones under Rs 25,000. Also check this list of top phones under Rs 35,000 on our sister site.

Most of these handsets are 4G compatible. Of course, these phones will be able to handle your gaming needs smoothly and should offer decent camera performance. So here goes the list of best smartphones under Rs 30,000.

 

Best mobile phones under Rs 30,000 in India for December 2016:

  • OnePlus 3T

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    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch
    • Memory: 64GB non-expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 821 Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
    • GPU: Adreno 530
    • Camera: 16MP, 16MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,400mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 158g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • Internal storage
    • RAM
    • Front camera
    • Battery
    Cons
  • Moto X Force

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    32GB version

    64GB version

    • OS: Android 5.1
    • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.4 inch
    • Memory: 32/64GB expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 810 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57
    • GPU: Adreno 430
    • Camera: 21MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,760mAh
    • Connectivity: Single SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 169g
    Pros
    • Shatterproof display
    • Battery
    Cons
  • Honor 8

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    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inch
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Kirin 950 Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
    • GPU: Mali-T880 MP4
    • Camera: 12MP dual camera, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 153g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • RAM
    • Dual camera
    Cons
  • OnePlus 3

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    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch
    • Memory: 64GB non-expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 820 Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
    • GPU: Adreno 530
    • Camera: 16MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 158g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • Internal storage
    • RAM
    • Front camera
    Cons
  • Xiaomi Mi 5

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    • OS: Android 6.0 – Marshmallow
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.15 inch
    • Memory: 32GB non-expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 820 Dual-core 1.8 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.36 GHz Kryo
    • GPU: Adreno 530
    • Camera: 16MP, 4MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 129g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • Internal storage
    Cons
    • Non expandable memory
  • LeEco Le Max 2

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    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.7 inches
    • Memory: 32GB  non expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 820 Dual-core 2.1GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6GHz Kryo, Adreno 530
    • Camera: 21MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,100mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 185g
    Pros
    • Internal memory
    • Processor
    • Display
    • RAM
    • Android 6.0
    Cons
    • Non expandable memory
    • New entrant in the Indian market so limited service in small cities
  • Moto X Style

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    16GB variant

    32GB variant

    • OS: Android 5.1
    • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.7 inch
    • Memory: 16GB expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 808 Dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Adreno 418
    • Camera: 21MP, 5MP secondary with flash
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 179g
    Pros
    • Display
    Cons
    • Overpriced
    • Processor
  • LG G4

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    • OS: Android 5.1
    • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.5 inch
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 808 Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57
    • GPU: Adreno 418
    • Camera: 16MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Single SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 155g
    Pros
    • Display
    Cons
    • Processor
  • Lumia 950

    lumia 950

    • OS: Windows Phone 10
    • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.2 inch
    • Memory: 32GB non expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 808 quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57
    • GPU: Adreno 418
    • Camera: 20MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 150g
    Pros
    • Display
    Cons
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2016

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    • OS: Android 5.0.2
    • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.5 inch
    • Memory: 16GB expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Exynos 7580 Octa 1.6GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Mali-T720MP2
    • Camera: 13MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,300mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 169g
    Pros
    • Battery
    Cons
    • Processor could have been better
  • Nexus 5X

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    • OS: Android 7.0 – Nougat
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inch
    • Memory: 32GB non expandable, 2GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 808 quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57
    • GPU: Adreno 418
    • Camera: 12MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 2,700mAh
    • Connectivity: Single SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 136g
    Pros
    • Android 7.0
    Cons
    • Non expandable memory
    • RAM
  • Asus Zenfone 3

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    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.GHz
    • GPU: Adreno 506
    • Camera: 16MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 155g
    Pros
    • Internal storage
    • RAM
    Cons
    • Processor
  • OnePlus 2

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    • OS: Android 5.1 (Android 6.0 incoming)
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch IPS
    • Memory: 64GB non expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Octa-core Snapdragon 810
    • GPU: Adreno 430
    • Camera: 13MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,300 mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 175g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • RAM
    Cons
    • Non expandable memory

Features to expect in the best phones under Rs 30,000:

Here’s what to expect from the best smartphones under Rs 30,000. In terms of display, 1080p should be the bare minimum on Android phones, while you can easily get smartphones with QHD (2K) display in this budget. As for the processor, in the Qualcomm camp, Snapdragon 821 is the best processor in this budget, followed by the Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 810. Snapdragon 6xx series doesn’t seem like a right fit in this budget and you should avoid phones with those processors.

Speaking about the camera, look for phones that support 4K video recording, have a large aperture and pixel size. Again, megapixels don’t matter beyond a point (which has been crossed already). 4GB RAM is pretty much the norm for smartphones around Rs 30,000, while you might even find some handsets with 3GB RAM, which is adequate too. Lastly, look for something that is scheduled to be upgraded to Android 7.0 at least (better, if it is already upgraded). Happy shopping.