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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 July 2018. Most of these are flagships from last year and offer solid performance. You can check the list of top phones under Rs 35,000 on our sister site for a slightly higher budget.

All 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 July 2018:

  • ZenFone 5Z

    ASUS ZenFone 5Z

    • OS: Android 8.0
    • Display: 1080 x 2246 pixels, 6.2 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 845 Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385)
    • GPU: Adreno 630
    • Camera: Dual 12 MP+8 MP, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,300mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 155g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • RAM
    • Dual camera
    Cons
  • Nokia 8

    nokia 8

    • OS: Android 8.0
    • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.3 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 835 Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
    • GPU: Adreno 540
    • Camera: Dual 13 MP+ 13 MP, 13MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,090mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 160g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • Front camera
    • Dual cameras
    • Display
    Cons
  • Honor View 10

    Honor View 10

    • OS: Android 8.0
    • Display: 1080 x 2160 pixels, 6  inch
    • Memory: 128GB expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Kirin 970
    • GPU: Mali-G72 MP12
    • Camera: Dual: 16 MP + 20 MP, 13MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,750mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 172g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • Internal storage
    • RAM
    • Camera
    • AI engine
    Cons
  • Mi Mix 2

    mi mix 2

    • OS: Android 7.1
    • Display: 1080 x 2560 pixels, 5.99 inch
    • Memory: 128GB expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 835 Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
    • GPU: Adreno 540
    • Camera: 12MP, 5MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,400mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 185g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • Internal storage
    • RAM
    Cons
    • Android 7.0
  • Honor 8 Pro

    honor-8 pro

    • OS: Android 8.0
    • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.7 inch
    • Memory: 128GB non-expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Kirin 960
    • GPU: Mali-G71 MP8
    • Camera: 12MP dual cameras, 8MP secondary
    • Battery: 4,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 184g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • Internal storage
    • RAM
    • Battery
    Cons
  • HTC U Ultra

    HTC U Ultra

    • OS: Android 7.0
    • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.7 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 821 2×2.35GHz Kryo + 2×1.6GHz Kryo
    • GPU: Adreno 530
    • Camera: Dual 12 MP, 16MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 170g
    Pros
    • Secondary display
    • Front camera
    Cons
    • Android 7.0
  • Nokia 7 Plus

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    • OS: Android 8.1
    • Display: 2160 x 1080 pixels, 6 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 660 Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
    • GPU: Adreno 512
    • Camera: 12MP+12MP, 16MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,800mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 182g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • Dual cameras
    • RAM
    Cons
  • Moto X4

    moto x4

    • OS: Android 8.0
    • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.2 inch
    • Memory: 32GB/64GB expandable, 3GB/4GB/6GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 630 2.2GHz octa core
    • GPU: Adreno 508
    • Camera: 12MP+8MP, 16MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 163g
    Pros
    • Processor
    • Dual cameras
    • RAM
    Cons
    • 3GB RAM (on the 32GB variant)
  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    Samsung Galaxy S7

    • OS: Android 8.0
    • Display: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.1 inch
    • Memory: 32GB expandable, 4GB RAM
    • Processor: Quad-core 2.3GHz & Quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 Exynos 8890
    • GPU: Mali-T880 MP12
    • Camera: 12MP back, 5MP front
    • Battery: 3,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 152g
    Pros
    • QHD display
    Cons
    • Internal memory
  • Oppo F7

    Oppo F7

    • OS: Android 8.0
    • Display: 1920 x 2280 pixels, 6.23 inch
    • Memory: 128GB expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: MediaTek P60 Octa-core (4×2.0GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHz A53)
    • GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
    • Camera: 16MP, 25MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,400mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 158g
    Pros
    • Front camera
    • Processor
    • Internal memory
    • RAM
    Cons

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 835 is the best processor in this budget, followed by the Snapdragon 821. Kirin 970 is a good processor too. 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. Lastly, look for something that is scheduled to be upgraded to Android 8.0 at least (better, if it is already upgraded). Happy shopping.