BEST MOBILE PHONES UNDER 30000 IN INDIA

The prices of flagship-class smartphones have skyrocketed over the past few years, and it isn’t shocking at all to see people spend more than Rs. 70,000 for the latest iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Pixel models. Thankfully, if your budget isn’t quite so generous, you can get very nearly the same performance, features, and style for less than half as much. The sub-Rs. 30,000 category has plenty of options, and some of the recently launched models at this price level even boast of features that much more expensive flagships don’t have yet.

If you can spend up to Rs. 30,000, you can get yourself a phone that does it all. You don’t have to compromise on camera quality, battery life, or modern conveniences. Some of our picks for the best smartphones priced below Rs. 30,000 might surprise you with their features, such as the Vivo V15 Pro’s pop-up selfie camera and in-display fingerprint sensor, or the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)’s four rear cameras.

We review hundreds of smartphones each year and put them through a number of tests to see whether they’re good enough to recommend. We check out their performance, cameras, displays, batteries, software, and physical construction quality, and we also tell you everything you need to know about how they hold up in day-to-day use. The following phones have scored the highest across the board, so you know that you’re getting the best possible bang for your buck.

Here are our current picks for the best smartphones priced below Rs. 30,000.

The Realme 9 Pro+ elevates the 9 series from the mainstream segment to the mid-range. The 9 Pro+ is priced higher than the 9 Pro and offers some added features such as optical image stabilisation (OIS) in the camera, which has been missing from Realme’s lineup for a long time.

The Realme 9 Pro+ is available in a colour-changing Sunrise Blue finish. The back panel transitions from blue to red upon exposure to UV light if you choose this. It has a slim profile overall and is also quite light, which makes it comfortable for one-handed use.

The phone offers enough grunt with its MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC and it can easily handle demanding 3D games as well as take care of day-to-day tasks. Battery life is also quite good and it charges quickly using its bundled 60W charger.

Still camera performance is quite impressive. The primary camera with its OIS system captures clear and crisp photos in daylight and performs well in low-light conditions too. Android 12 also makes it here with Realme UI 3.0 and it brings most of its highlight features with it.

Realme 9 Pro+ 5G Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 920
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Realme GT isn’t a flagship killer but it is a premium all-rounder. Priced starting from Rs 37,999, the Realme GT lacks features like an IP rating and wireless charging but still turned out to be a good all-rounder. With its top variant available only in a Racing Yellow vegan leather finish, it is aimed at the youth who want a no-frills performance-oriented smartphone. It has a Super AMOLED display with a high refresh rate that will appeal to gamers. There’s a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and plenty of RAM, so this phone is more than capable of handling the most high-end games. The cameras also perform quite well for still photos and video recording. Battery life is good, and the 65W charger that’s included in the box charges this phone very quickly.

Realme GT 5G Specifications
Display 6.43-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G is also very slim and light, measuring 7.6mm in thickness and weighing just 173g. The flattened top has a ‘Designed for Reno' inscription, while the dual-SIM tray, USB Type-C port, and a single speaker are on the bottom. Build quality is also very good, despite this phone having a plastic frame, and the rear cameras barely protrude at all.

The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G is the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, which is built on a 7nm process featuring four ARM Cortex-A77 and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores. It has an integrated 5G modem and supports wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. The Reno 5 Pro runs ColorOS 11.1, which is based on Android 11.

I found the display to be excellent. Brightness was more than adequate, and even under sunlight, content was very legible. In the real world, the Reno 5 Pro 5G is able to handle demanding apps and games with relative ease.

The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G is a good package overall for the price. It has a premium design, a vivid display, long battery life, very fast charging, and fairly competent cameras. Video quality could be improved though, especially in low light, and I would like to see stabilisation at 4K. It wouldn't have hurt to have stereo speakers either.

Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G Specifications
Display 6.55-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 1000+
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4350mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Specifications
Display 6.70-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 900
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 108MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 920
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 108MP + 8MP
Front Camera 16MP

The new design of the Oppo Reno 7 looks nice. The rounded frame and curved edges of the back gives the phone a sleek aesthetic. The Reno 7 also gets the same laser-etched pattern on the back like on the Reno 7 Pro, which looks good and does’t attract fingerprints. The 6.4-inch AMOLED display is similar to the one on the previous phone. It has a full-HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Oppo hasn’t bothered refreshing the SoC in the Reno 7 as it’s still the MediaTek Dimensity 900, along with has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The software experience of the Oppo Reno 7 is identical to the 7 Pro. Day-to-day performance has been solid so far with the Oppo Reno 7. The SoC is plenty powerful for handling the usual productivity and social apps. The bump in battery capacity to 4,500mAh (from 4,300mAh) seems to have made a noticeable impact on battery life.

It’s a good phone overall without any glaring faults but just know that there are better feature-packed offerings available online, that offer a lot more bang for you buck.

 

Oppo Reno 7 5G Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 900
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

The Realme GT Neo 2 is a solid contender as a mid-range gaming smartphone. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor offers plenty of raw performance and the phone’s cooling system does a good job of sustaining that performance during long gaming sessions.

The Neo Green finish of the GT Neo 2 does stand out quite a bit and bright neon green colour can be a bit too much for some buyers. Thankfully, Realme offers two other subtle colourways that also look equally unique.

Battery life with the 5,000mAh battery is excellent and easily lasts a day and half even with some gaming sessions. The dual speakers are quite loud and clear and make for an immersive experience while gaming and are loud enough for watching movies as well.

Camera performance is a mixed bag at best. While daylight performance is good, it's not consistent. Low light camera performance isn’t great and the same can be said about video. And this also means that the GT Neo 2 is not an all-rounder.

Realme GT Neo 2 Specifications
Display 6.62-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Samsung Galaxy A52s is a quality mid-range smartphone with a premium price tag. This makes it a hard sell, both to a premium smartphone buyer and someone who is looking for a solid mid-range smartphone.

The Galaxy A52s is positioned higher than the Galaxy A52 because it has a faster display, a new and updated processor with better overall performance, and 5G.

While its design is identical to that of the Galaxy A52, it retains the IP67 rating which appears to be the only standout feature against its competitors. The upgraded 120Hz display keeps up with the competition and offers deep blacks, while its stereo speakers deliver loud and clear sound.

Camera performance is quite good in daylight, but low-light photos and videos leave a lot to be desired. Battery life is quite good and charging speed is average, even though some competing smartphones priced much lower do better.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G Specifications
Display 6.50-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Front Camera 32MP

The mid-range smartphone market is becoming more crowded and Realme’s GT Master Edition is a quality offering at a competitive price with a unique suitcase-like design. Meant to replace the X series of smartphones, the GT series is a new lineup from Realme, and the GT Master Edition packs a punch. There’s a high-quality 120Hz Super AMOLED display which is good for gaming and watching movies on. There aren’t stereo speakers but you do get a 3.5mm headphone jack. Powering the gaming experience is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor, which is a worthy upgrade over the 768G and is on par with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200. Camera performance is quite good in daylight but is only saved by the Night mode in low light. Battery life is quite good for a slim mid-range smartphone and charging is quite fast, going from zero to 100 percent in about 35 minutes.

Realme GT Master Edition Specifications
Display 6.43-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4300mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

The Motorola Edge 20 is sleek but with a protruding camera bump at the back. Motorola has focused on design making it sling and light at 163g. It has a 6.7-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The device is well built and has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back and an aluminium frame in between. It is IP52 rated for dust and water resistance.

 

It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC. paired 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It packs in a 4,000mAh battery and gets a 30W charger in the box. Motorola ships near-stock Android 12 with few of its customisations in the form of MyUX. The phone offers good performance and will appeal to those who prefer style and performance. It isn’t the best when it comes to battery life though because of the small battery.

 

The Edge 20 has a triple camera setup, with a 108-megapixel primary camera, a16-megapixel ultra-wide camera and.an 8-megapixel 3X telephoto camera. Photos from the Edge 20 were good in daylight and closeups were better. Low light camera performance was not upto the mark.

Motorola Edge 20 Specifications
Display 6.70-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 108MP + 16MP + 8MP
Front Camera 32MP

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is the successor of the OnePlus Nord. It is a part of the affordable Nord series and is affordable compared to the OnePlus 9 Series. The OnePlus Nord 2 sports a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with fullHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The smartphone has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and the back, giving it a premium look and feel. 

OnePlus has managed to keep the weight of the smartphone down to 189g. It packs in a 4,500mAh battery and supports 65W Warp charging., the charger is bundled in the box. At the back, it has a triple camera setup, comprising of a 50-megapixel primary camera with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and a 2-megapixel mono camera.

The Nord 2 is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1200AI processor and is available in 6GB, 8GB and 12GB RAM options. OnePlus offers 128GB and 256GB storage options but these aren't expandable further Just like other OnePlus smartphones, the Nord 2 also gets OxygenOS and it is running on top of Android 11. You also get two years of software updates and three years of security updates. The Nord 2 is a good performer and can handle heavy tasks and apps without any issues. The 4500mAh battery can go for a day and a half without any issues. Charging is super quick and the phone can get topped up from a drained state in just 32 minutes.

Camera performance of the Nord 2 is good for the price. Daylight photos are good but shots from the ultra-wide angle camera aren't great. The Nord 2 manages close-ups and portrait shots very well. Low light camera performance was also good and with Nightscape mode, the phone can click better shots in lowlight. Overall, the OnePlus Nord 2 is a good pick for someone on a budget.

OnePlus Nord 2 Specifications
Display 6.43-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 1200
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

The Poco F3 GT is a successor to the original Poco F1 and focuses on delivering performance. The Poco F3 GT has a premium build quality, it has a metal frame and a glass back. This metal frame has “maglev” trigger buttons which can be engaged by sliders on the side.

 

You get a big 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It has support for HDR10+ and can reach a touch sampling rate of 480Hz while in game turbo mode. Poco has picked the Dimensity 1200 SoC to power the F3 GT and has paired it with 6GB and 8GB of RAM. You do get 128GB and 256GB storage options with this device.

 

Poco has managed to pack in a 5,065mAh battery and had bundled a 67W fast charger in the box. The phone can go beyond a day and a half on a single charge and did manage to score well in our HD video loop test. The supplied charger too was quick to top the big battery off very quickly.

 

The Poco F3 GT has a triple camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and a. 2-megapixel macro camera. The smartphone delivered average performance in daylight as well as lowlight. The macro camera managed decent details but had a lower resolution.

 

Overall, the Poco F3 GT is a gaming focussed smartphone that offers very good performance for the price. However, it isn’t a though all-rounder and could do with a few camera improvements.

Poco F3 GT Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 1200
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5065mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

Realme has launched the new X7 Max 5G shortly after the X7 Pro 5G, and this new phone offers a much more powerful SoC but at a lower starting price. The Dimensity 1200 SoC is great for gaming and general productivity. You get a 4500mAh battery and 50W fast charging, with a 65W charger unit supplied in the retail box. Battery life is excellent and you should be able to last well over a single day on each charge. The 6.43-inch Super AMOLED scren is crisp but not the best we've seen. Stereo speakers make games and movies more engaging. Realme UI's default apps do throw up some spammy notifications but there are lots of features too. The cameras are disappointing overall, especially in low light. You also might not like the plastic rear panel which doesn't feel too premium.

Realme X7 Max Specifications
Display 6.43-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 1200
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Oppo Reno 6 shares a lot of features with the Pro model, such as the Bokeh Flare Portrait filter in the camera app, 65W fast charging, and a high refresh rate AMOLED display. The design gives off strong iPhone 12 vibes, but it really seems to work in its favour. The 6.42-inch AMOLED display looks very good. It has a full-HD+ resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 90Hz refresh rate, and a claimed peak brightness rating of up to 700nits.

Oppo says this is India's first phone to sport the MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC which is plenty powerful to handle daily tasks and games at the full-HD+ resolution. The 4,300mAh battery capacity might not sound too impressive, but with day-to-day usage, I was easily averaging more than a full day on single charge. The Oppo Reno 6 misses out on the rear depth camera that the Reno 6 Pro has, but apart from this, it has the same set of sensors on the front and back.

While the Reno 6 is definitely better value than the Pro model, it might be hard to justify buying it after comparing it to the OnePlus Nord 2 and the Poco F3 GT.

Oppo Reno 6 Specifications
Display 6.43-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 900
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4300mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP
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Mi 11X

The Xiaomi Mi 11X offers the very powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC at a surprisingly low price, and the tradeoff is camera quality. While this phone is great for gaming and entertainment, it takes just about average photos and videos in the daytime, while low-light performance is quite below par. You get a big, bright vibrant 6.67-inch 120Hz full-HD+ display and a battery that will easily last you through a full day. There are also some premium touches such as Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, an IP53 rating, and stereo speakers. You can buy the Mi 11X with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, but storage is constant at 128GB. Games run very well, and videos look great on the screen. The 48-megapixel main rear camera is serviceable and the 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera is much weaker, but the surprise standout is the 5-megapixel "telemacro" camera which allows for some very creative shots.

Mi 11X Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4520mAh
Rear Camera 48-Ultrapixel + 8MP + 5MP
Front Camera 20MP

The Realme X7 Pro 5G looks quite similar to the Realme 7 Pro, especially the design of the rear camera module. One-handed use is quite comfortable thanks to the slim body and relatively low weight of 184g. The display is one of the highlights of the Realme X7 Pro which is a 6.55-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED panel with an in-display fingerprint sensor, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5, and support for HDR video playback.

Another feature worth noting is the use of MediaTek's Dimensity 1000+ 5G SoC which is a power-efficient SoC with strong CPU and GPU performance. The Realme X7 Pro 5G ran smoothly in the short time I had to test it. I didn't notice any unwarranted heating, system lag, or slowdowns of any kind.

The Realme X7 Pro 5G is still running Realme UI 1.0, based on Android 10. There's not much that we haven't already seen. It's still flooded with bloatware, although most of that can be removed. The Realme X7 Pro 5G posted strong benchmark numbers, and games such as Oceanhorn and Call of Duty Mobile ran effortlessly.

The Realme X7 Pro 5G has a familiar camera configuration which we've seen on some of its previous smartphones. You get a 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front, and at the back, there are four sensors which include a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Daylight performance is good but it struggles to give satisfactory results in low light.

Realme X7 Pro 5G Specifications
Display 6.55-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 1000+
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

Best Mobile Phones Under 30000 In India (24 May 2022)

Best Mobile Phones Under 30000 In India Price in India
Realme 9 Pro+ 5G Rs. 25,049
Realme GT 5G Rs. 27,999
Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G Rs. 29,990
Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Rs. 25,999
Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G Rs. 26,999
Oppo Reno 7 5G Rs. 28,999
Realme GT Neo 2 Rs. 29,990
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G Rs. 28,790
Realme GT Master Edition Rs. 25,899
Motorola Edge 20 Rs. 26,999
OnePlus Nord 2 Rs. 27,999
Poco F3 GT Rs. 28,999
Realme X7 Max Rs. 25,999
Oppo Reno 6 Rs. 29,989
Mi 11X Rs. 27,999
Realme X7 Pro 5G Rs. 26,990
List of Best Mobile Phones Under 30000 In India, last updated on 24 May 2022
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