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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 June 2017. 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 June 2017:

  • 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
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
    • Display: 2160 x 3840 pixels, 5.5 inch
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 810 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57
    • GPU: Adreno 430
    • Camera: 23MP, 5.1MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,420mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 180g
    Pros
    • Android 7.0
    • Display resolution
    Cons
  • Apple iPhone SE

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    16GB storage

    64GB storage

    • OS: iOS 10
    • Display: 640 x 1136 pixels, 4.0 inch
    • Memory: 16GB non expandable, 2GB RAM
    • Processor: Apple A9 Dual-core 1.84 GHz
    • GPU: PowerVR GT7600
    • Camera: 12MP, 1.2MP secondary
    • Battery: 1,624mAh
    • Connectivity: Single SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 113g
    Pros
    • Brand value
    • Ecosystem
    Cons
    • Non expandable memory
    • Screen resolution
    • Front camera
    • Overpriced
  • 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
  • Moto Z2 Play

    Moto Z2 Play

    • OS: Android 7.1
    • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 626 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Adreno 506
    • Camera: 12MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 145g
    Pros
    • Android 7.1
    • RAM
    • Internal memory
    Cons
    • Processor
  • 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
  • Apple iPhone 6

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    16GB

    32GB

    • OS: iOS 10
    • Display: 750 x 1334 pixels, 4.7 inch
    • Memory: 16GB non expandable, 1GB RAM
    • Processor: Apple A8 Dual-core 1.4 GHz
    • GPU: PowerVR GX6450
    • Camera: 8MP, 1.2MP secondary
    • Battery: 1,810mAh
    • Connectivity: Single SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 129g
    Pros
    • Brand value
    • Ecosystem
    Cons
    • Pretty mediocre specs otherwise
    • Non expandable memory
    • Screen resolution
    • Two years old
  • Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

    Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 6.4 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 652 octa-core 4×1.8GHz (A72) & 4×1.4GHz (A53)
    • GPU: Adreno 510
    • Camera: 16MP camera, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 4,050mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 259g
    Pros
    • RAM
    • Display
    • Internal storage
    • Battery
    Cons
    • Processor
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

    Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.2 inch
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 3GB RAM
    • Processor: Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53 Exynos 7880
    • GPU: Mali-T830MP3
    • Camera: 16MP, 16MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 157g
    Pros
    • Front camera
    • Processor
    Cons
  • Samsung C7 Pro

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    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 6 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 626 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU: Adreno 506
    • Camera: 16MP, 16MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,300mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 172g
    Pros
    • RAM
    • Front camera
    • Internal memory
    Cons
    • Processor could have been better
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro

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    • OS: Android 6.0
    • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 6 inch
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 652 Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.4GHz Cortex-A53)
    • GPU: Adreno 510
    • Camera: 16MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 5,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 208g
    Pros
    • Battery
    • RAM
    Cons
    • Processor could have been better
  • 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

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.