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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 March 2019. 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 March 2019:

  • Xiaomi POCO F1

    Xiaomi POCO F1
    64GB, 6GB RAM

    128GB, 6GB RAM

    256GB, 8GB RAM

    • OS: Android 9.0
    • Display: 1080 x 2246 pixels, 6.2 inch
    • Memory: 64/128/256GB expandable, 6GB/8GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 845 Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385)
    • GPU: Adreno 630
    • Camera: Dual 12 MP+ 5 MP, 20MP secondary
    • Battery: 4,000mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 180g
    Pros
    • Android 9/0
    • Processor
    • RAM
    • Battery
    Cons
  • Vivo V15 Pro

    Vivo V15 Pro

    • OS: Android 9.0
    • Display: 1080 x 2316 pixels,6.4 inch
    • Memory: 128GB expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz & 6×1.7 GHz) Snapdragon 675
    • GPU: Adreno 512
    • Camera: Triple 48MP + 5MP + 8MP back, 32MP front
    • Battery: 3,700mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 186g
    Pros
    • In-screen fingerprint scanner
    • No-notch
    • Front camera
    Cons
  • Nokia 8.1

    Nokia 8.1

    • OS: Android 9.0
    • Display: 2280 x 1080 pixels, 6.2 inch
    • Memory: 128GB expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 710 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.7GHzx6
    • GPU: Adreno 612
    • Camera: 12MP+13MP, 20MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,500mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 180g
    Pros
    • Android 9.0
    Cons
  • ZenFone 5Z

    ASUS ZenFone 5Z

    • OS: Android 9.0
    • 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
    • Android 9.0
    • Processor
    Cons
    • Storage
  • Vivo X21

    Vivo X21

    • OS: Android 8.0
    • Display: 1080 x 2280 pixels,6.28 inch
    • Memory: 128GB expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260) Snapdragon 660
    • GPU: Adreno 512
    • Camera: Dual 12MP + 5MP back, 12MP front
    • Battery: 3,200mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 156g
    Pros
    • In-screen fingerprint scanner
    Cons
    • Processor
  • Vivo V11 Pro

    vivo v11

    • OS: Android 8.1
    • Display: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 6.4 inch
    • Memory: 128GB expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 660 Octa-core (2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4)
    • GPU: Adreno 512
    • Camera: Dual 12 MP+ 5 MP, 25MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,400mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 156g
    Pros
    • In-screen fingerprint scanner
    Cons
    • Processor
  • Oppo R15 Pro

    oppo r15

    • OS: Android 8.1
    • Display: 1080 x 2280 pixels, 6.3 inch
    • Memory: 128GB expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 660 Octa-core (2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4)
    • GPU: Adreno 512
    • Camera: Dual 16 MP+ 20 MP, 20MP secondary
    • Battery: 3,430mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 156g
    Pros
    Cons
    • Processor
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Star

    Samsung Galaxy A8 Star

    • OS: Android 8.0
    • Display: 2220 x 1080 pixels, 6.3 inch
    • Memory: 64GB expandable, 6GB RAM
    • Processor: Snapdragon 660 Octa-core (2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4)
    • GPU: Adreno 512
    • Camera: 16MP+ 24MP rear, 24MP front
    • Battery: 3,700mAh
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
    • Weight: 191g
    Pros
    • Battery
    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 845 is the best processor in this budget, followed by the Snapdragon 835. Kirin 970 is a good processor too. Snapdragon 63x 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.