10 Best Phones You Can Buy Under/Around Rs 30,000

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

The goalpost defining affordable, mid-range, and premium smartphone segments keeps shifting. In 2020, we have seen several amazing phones debut in the under 30K price segment including OnePlus Nord, Samsung Galaxy M51, Pixel 4a, and Vivo V20.

If that’s the budget you have for your next phone, you have some very competitive phones to choose from. The sub- 30K segment includes some exceptional phones with capable cameras, excellent battery life, and modern design. In this article, we have cherry-picked the best available options

1. OnePlus Nord

OnePlus Nord is one of the most disruptive phones this year. That’s because it drags down the now-expensive OnePlus experience to a relatively affordable price point.

The Nord is 5G ready and is powered by Snapdragon 765G octa-core chipset and runs Android 10 based Oxygen OS. There are four cameras on the rear with a 48MP sensor in the lead. The 4115mAh battery supports 30W fast charging.

Features & Specifications

Display: 6.44-inch 1080 x 2400 , 90Hz| Processor: 2.96 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855+ | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: OxygenOS -Android 10| Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP + 8MP | Weight: 184g| Dimensions: 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm mm | Battery: 4115mAh

Main camera features: CINE aspect ratio video recording, ultrashot HDR, nightscape, super macro, portrait, pro mode, panorama, AI scene detection, RAW image, Filters, quick share

Front camera features - Face unlock, HDR, screen flash, face retouching, filters, ultra wide selfie Box also includes: Screen protector (pre-applied), Warp Charge 30 power adapter( 30 Watts) , Warp Type-C

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2. Google Pixel 4a

Google has launched its Pixel 4a at a competitive price in India – when compared to last years’ Pixel 3a, that is. This is perhaps not a phone that would suit everyone’s taste, but it’s also remarkably impressive and premium in many aspects.

The Pixel 4a is compact and light, is one of the best implementations of Android 11, is guaranteed access to upcoming Google software, has a great quality display and has a great camera (for still photography) when compared to others in its price segment.

On the downside, you’d be missing on trends like faster display refresh rate, fast charging, wide-angle camera, and will have to make do with a good-but-not-great battery.

Features & Specifications

Display: 5.81-inch (18:9) Full HD+ AMOLED

Processor: Snapdragon 730G SoC

RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB

Software: Android 10

CameraRear camera: 12.2MP | Front camera: 8MP Battery: 3140mAh | Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm

Capture great photos using your cell phone on the 12 MP dual pixel rear camera with features like Live HDR+, Night Sight, and Portrait Mode

The Adaptive Battery lasts up to 24 hours as it learns your favorite apps and reduces power to the ones you rarely use

HDR+ makes your photos look better by automatically adjusting for color and lighting

Night Sight lets you capture rich detail and color even in the dark

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3. Samsung Galaxy M51

Samsung Galaxy M51 (review) is the most impressive affordable-Samsung phone we have seen this year. Samsung’s design wizardry is epitomized by the fact that the Galaxy M51 harbors a whopping 7000mAh battery and still feels like a wieldy phone and not a power bank.

Other highlights include a capable Snapdragon chipset, intuitive OneUI software, a good quality AMOLED display, and a camera system that’s truly versatile (again, compared to other phones under INR 30,000).

Features & Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

Processor: Snapdragon 730G SoC

RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB Software: Android 10

Rear camera: 64MP+12MP+5MP+5MP Front camera: 32MP

Battery: 7000 mAh Weight: 213g

Dimensions:163.9 x 76.3 x 9.5 mm

Fast face unlock and Side Fingerprint sensor

Dual SIM (nano+nano) with dual standby and dual VoLTE 3.5 mm headphone jack

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4. Vivo V20 Pro

Vivo V20 Pro are camera-centric phones that should appeal to the youth. They benefit from all the hard work Vivo has put into improving photography algorithms this year.

The handsets offer AMOLED display (no high-refresh rate, though), a sizeable battery with fast charging, and cameras that are quite impressive (especially on the Pro). Vivo V20 is also the first phone to launch with Android 11 out of the box.

The Pro variant is powered by Snapdragon 765G and supports 5G connectivity. The base variant employs Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G and additionally retains the audio jack and SD card slot.

Vivo V20 Pro

Features & Specifications

Display: 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED|

Processor: Snapdragon 765G SoC

RAM: up to 8GB Storage: 128GB

Software: Android 11 Rear camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP Front camera: 44MP

Battery: 4000mAh Weight: 171g Dimensions: 161.3 x 74.2 x 7.4 mm

Funtouch OS 11 based on Android 10 operating system ( Android 11 will be available through OTA Update) with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G octa core processor 4000mAH lithium-ion battery Includes: Earphones

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5. Realme X3 SuperZoom

Realme X3 SuperZoom is powered by Snapdragon 855+ and, as the name suggests, has a zoom camera. Unlike the Realme X2 Pro that has an AMOLED screen, this one employs a 120Hz IPS LCD panel with a broad punch-hole cutout.

The powerful chipset driving the X3 Zoom is duly assisted by ample LPDDR4x RAM and fast UFS 3.0 storage, thus making this a great choice for gaming. The handset has a 4200mAh battery with 30W fast charging.

Features & Specifications

Display: 6.6-inch 1080 x 2400, 120Hz Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ Processor 2.96 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855+ RAM: up to 12GB Storage: up to 256GB, expandable up to 512GB Software: Realme UI -Android 10 Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Front camera: 32MP + 8MP

Battery: 4200mAh Weight: 202g Dimensions: 163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm

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6. Realme X2 Pro

Since It's launch, the Realme X2 Pro is still a very relevant option. For starters, it brings Snapdragon 855+ under Rs. 30,000 The barrage of features doesn’t end there. The X2 Pro also includes its 90Hz display, 64MP Quad Rear Camera, 50W fast charging, up to 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and UFS 3.0 storage.

Realme has kept the headphone jack as well as the USB-C port. Other things in the bag are Dual Stereo Speakers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res audio certification, and 4D game vibration.

Features & Specifications

Display: 6.55-inch 2400 x 1080 pixels, 90Hz Processor: 2.96 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855+ RAM: up to 12GB Storage: upto 256GB Software: Android 10 Rear camera: 64MP+8MP+13MP+2MP Front camera: 16MP Weight: 199g| Dimensions: 161 x 75.7 x 8.7 mm |Battery: 4000mAh

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7. Redmi K20 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro is currently the most affordable Snapdragon 855 phone around. The feature set includes AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, 4000mAh battery with fast charging, and triple rear cameras.

The handset flaunts a glass body with an attractive gradient finish and is also one of the most ambitious Redmi phones launched in India so far. This is certainly a great choice for power users and gamers restricted by a budget.

Features & Specifications

Display: 6.39-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

RAM: up to 8GB Storage: 256GB Software: Android 10 Weight: 191g

Rear camera: 48MP+13MP+5MP

Front camera: 20MP | Battery: 4000mAh

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8. Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy A71 (review) brings in all the A-series awesomeness without compromising on performance. It’s powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset, runs the pleasant One UI software, has triple rear cameras, and a gorgeous 6.7-inch Infinity-O AMOLED display.

The 4500mAh battery is aided by 25W fast charging (currently the fastest on any Samsung phone). So, overall, the Galaxy A71 currently represents the best of mid-range Samsung experience.

Features & Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Processor: Snapdragon 730 SoC

RAM: 8GB Storage: 128GB

Software: Android 10 Rear camera :

64MP + 8MP + 5MP Front camera: 32MP Battery: 4500mAh Weight: 179g

Dimensions: 163.6 x 76 x 7.7 mm

Quad Camera Setup - 64MP (F1.8),Main Camera +12MP (F2.2), Ultra Wide Camera +5MP (F2.2) Depth Camera +5MP (F2.4), Macro Camera and 32MP (F2.0),. front facing Punch Hole Camera

Android 9.0 operating system with Qualcomm SM7150, 2.3GHz, 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB internal memory expandable up to 512GB and dual SIM

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9. OPPO Reno 3 Pro

Oppo Reno 3 Pro recently debuted in international markets including India which slightly altered specifications from the Chinese version. Still, the MediaTek Helio P95 octa-core processor based Reno 3 Pro is a worthy option under Rs 30,000 budget

The Oppo Reno 3 Pro highlights include a 44MP+2MP dual punch-hole front camera. The phone has a 6.4-inches Super AMOLED screen and houses a 4025mAh battery. Proprietory VOOC 4.0 based 30W flash charger refills 50-percent battery in 20 mins.

Features & Specifications

Display: 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Processor: MediaTek Helio P95 SoC

RAM: up to 8GB Storage: 128GB/256GB Software: Android Pie-based MIUI10

Rear camera: 64MP+13MP+8MP+2MP | Front camera: 44MP+2MP

Battery: 4025mAh Weight: 175g Dimensions: 158.8 × 73.4 × 8.1mm

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10. Mi 10T Pro 5G

If you are willing to spend a bit more, you may also consider options like Xiaomi Mi10T

Experience flagship performance with this Mi 10T Pro 5G smartphone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G. Loaded with a 108 MP triple-rear-camera system and a 20-megapixel front camera, this phone ensures that your photography needs are well taken care of.

Features & Specifications

  • 108 MP Ultra-precision Triple Camera + OIS

  • 8K Video Recording with 33 MP Snaps

  • 144 Hz Intelligent Display

  • 8 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM

  • 7-Step Intelligent AdaptiveSync Display

  • 16.94 cm (6.67 inch) Full HD+ Display

  • 108MP Rear Camera | 20MP Front Camera

  • 5000 mAh Li-ion Polymer Battery

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Processor

  • 144Hz Intelligent AdaptiveSync Display

  • 33W Dual Split Flash Charge

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