The smartphone market is divided into three core segments viz. top-end, mid-range and entry-level, but in the past few years, a new category called ‘affordable flagships’ has also emerged. This section was brought to the mainstream by OnePlus, and it hosts smartphones that offer a top-tier performance without burning a hole in the pocket of buyers and are usually priced around Rs. 30,000.
If you are planning to buy a smartphone whose cost hovers around the Rs. 30,000 margin, we have compiled a list to make the task of selecting the best smartphone in this price bracket easier for you. The smartphones included in our list have been selected after evaluating parameters like their processing power, camera performance, build quality and design as well as the user interface to name just a few. Let’s get started with the list:
10 Best Phones Under 30000 INR (October 2018)
1. Poco F1
Finding a smartphone which brings the top of the line processor while costing less than INR 30000 might have been a dream in the past, but as of 2018, Xiaomi has made this a reality. If you are looking for a smartphone below Rs. 30000, this is one of the best smartphones you can buy. When it comes to the guts of the smartphone, the Poco F1is powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor and Adreno 630 GPU. That means you are getting the same processor which is powering Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 9, in a smartphone which costs less than one-third of its price.
What more can you want from a smartphone? Talking about the display, the front of the smartphone is sporting a 6.18 inch IPS LCD screen which has a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels. On the camera front, the phone is bringing a great dual 12MP + 5MP setup at the back while a 20MP front camera is handling all your selfie needs. Finally, there’s a huge 4000 mAh battery which is enough to easily last you the whole day. Overall, the phone is offering way more than its asking price and you should definitely buy it if you can. The only problem with this phone is that it is being sold in Xiaomi’s flash-sale program and it can be a while before you can get your hands on this product.
2. Asus ZenFone 5Z
Taking the top spot on the list is the new Zenfone 5Z from Asus, which is on its way to dethrone the OnePlus 6 as the new flagship killer. The Zenfone 5Z packs in Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 processor clocked in at 2.8GHz coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Much like most other Android flagships in the market today, the Zenfone 5Z has also adopted the dreaded notch, despite having a substantial chin at the base of the display. The smartphone sports a 6.2-inch FHD+ Super IPS+ display which gets really bright and has a modern 19:9 aspect ratio.
The Zenfone 5Z packs in a respectable 3,300mAh battery to keep the device going and features support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology for fast charging. In the camera department, the Zenfone 5Z sports a 12MP+8MP dual camera setup with OIS and EIS on the back, along with an 8MP selfie camera up front. Asus has packed in a ton of AI features, especially in the camera, which make it a great performer even in low light conditions. The device also features a hybrid SIM tray, which will allow you to expand your storage up to 2TB.
3. Honor View 10
The Honor View 10 is the flagship offering from Huawei’s Honor sub-brand, and it’s quite surprising that this device packs the same processor, RAM, and internal storage as the Mate 10 flagships which cost twice as much. The Honor View 10, which comes with an integrated NPU for enabling AI-based features, fared exceptionally well in our review, with particular praise going to its sleek metallic design and stellar build quality. Thanks to a recent update, the Honor View 10 has also gained support for Face Unlock as an authentication measure.
The Honor View 10 packs a 5.99-inch 1080 x 2160 IPS display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and it is kept lit by a 3750mAh battery. As for the hardware, the Honor View 10 packs the powerful Kirin 970 SoC which is paired with 6GB of RAM and a hefty 128GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB. In the imaging department, the Honor View 10 holds its own against other high-end smartphones, thanks to its capable dual rear camera set-up (20MP + 16MP) and a 13MP selfie snapper, which can click some really good quality shots with sufficient detail and vivid color output.
4. Vivo V11 Pro
Just like Oppo, Vivo is yet another company which focuses a lot on its selfie camera performance. So, the new Vivo V11 Pro is a nice smartphone for all the selfie lovers to buy. The smartphone is packing a 25 MP camera at the front allowing you to take some amazing and detailed selfies. The primary camera is not half bad either with its dual 12 MP + 5 MP camera taking some decent pictures.
Enough about the camera, let’s talk a little bit about its other features, shall we? Well, the smartphone is being powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor which is being paired with Adreno 512 GPU. There’s also 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which will really come in handy. On the front, there’s a 6.41-inch display which sports a tear-drop notch which looks beautiful. The display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 402 PPI. Finally, there’s a 3400 mAh battery powering the setup which should be enough to last a whole day.
5. Mi MIX 2
The Mi MIX 2 is a pretty great phone from Xiaomi that didn’t really make it in India too much. However, it has since received some price cuts and is now available under Rs. 30000 making it a pretty solid phone to get. The highlight of the Mi MIX 2 is definitely the bezel-less display that it comes with. There are absolutely no bezels on the top and the sides of the phone, and a slim chin holds the front camera (which means you have to rotate it upside down to take selfies or for video calls).
The Mi MIX 2 comes with the Snapdragon 835 processor, which is old by today’s standards, yes, but is definitely a pretty solid performer nonetheless and the phone will not let you down when it comes to performance. Paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage, the Mi MIX 2 can easily handle anything you throw at it, including heavy games like PUBG Mobile.
In terms of cameras though, the MIX 2 is slightly disappointing. The phone comes with a single 12MP camera on the back, and in good lighting, the phone can take really crisp shots with great color and details. However, in low light, things fall apart quickly for the phone, so if you’re looking for a phone to take pictures with when you’re on a night out with friends, the MIX 2 is probably not for you. Other than low light though, the MIX 2’s camera is definitely good.
On the front, the MIX 2 comes with a 5MP camera placed on the bottom bezel of the phone and it’s nothing very exciting. The pictures are fine, but they’re definitely nowhere near what you’ll get with phones like the Poco F1. So yeah, if you’re looking for a phone with good cameras, I’d suggest you skip the MIX 2, but if you’re looking for a phone with awesome design and good performance, the MIX 2 is definitely worth considering.