10 Best Camera Phones Under 30000 (30k) in India 2019 [Flagships]

Updated on 2019-03-20 by Geetansh Arora

If you are looking for a great camera phone under 30000 or 30k range then you are at the right place. We have compiled a list of top 10 best camera phones under 30000 available in India as of March 2019. We have included all the latest phones including the LG G7 ThinQ and Poco F1 which were launched recently.

All these camera smartphones under 30000 have high-end hardware and are capable of handling heavy usage with ease. You will see 4 to 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage on these mobile phones. The processor inside is Snapdragon 660 or Snapdragon 835 or 845. All of these chipsets are very powerful and were used in midrange and flagship devices of 2018. 

Regarding the design, you will see metal build or glass back in most of the phones. All these phones are sleek and look premium. On the camera side, you will see a dual camera setup on the back which has been the trend since 2017. You can take nice portrait mode pictures/selfies with a bokeh effect from both front and rear cameras.  You will see some stunning looking bezel-less notch display phones as well. If you need excellent battery backup then go for smartphones with a battery of 4000mAh or above.

Let's take a look at the review and ratings of best camera smartphones under 30000 in India.

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1. Vivo V15 Pro

V15 Pro

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.4 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
  • Front Camera: 32MP
  • 3700mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Topaz Blue, Ruby Red Colors

Best Price ₹28999



Brief Review:

Chinese Smartphone company BBK Electronics has been the dominating the smartphone market by introducing us with brands like Oppo, Vivo, Realme and even OnePlus. Vivo has launched the Vivo V15 Pro smartphone into the Indian market which is the successor of Vivo V11 Pro which was launched around 6 months ago at a price of around 25000. While being the 1st ever smartphone to be powered by the all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, Vivo also introduces a pop-up selfie camera like the one on the Vivo NEX but at a much lower price point at around Rs. 28,990. 

Beginning the Review with the main highlight of the V15 Pro, that is the camera on the V15 pro which has a triple camera setup at the back which includes a primary 48-Megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a Secondary 8-Megapixel Super Wide-Angle sensor along with f/2.4 and a 5-Megapixel Depth camera that too f/2.4 aperture. Now Vivo has claimed that to improve photosensitivity and picture quality, the V15 Pro uses professional “four-in-one pixel” technology that combines four adjacent pixels into a single 1.6μm large pixel, which delivers high-quality 12MP photos while ensuring that the user’s night shots are clearer than ever.

And speaking of the front, well it is a one of a kind pop-up 32-megapixel Selfie Camera with f/2.0 aperture that is a class to look at in its price segment.  The cameras are also equipped with features like AI Face Beauty, AI Scene Recognition, AI Portrait Framing, AI Super Night Mode, AI Selfie Lighting and AI Body Beauty. The camera performance of both and front cameras are really good and they are capable of taking beautiful pictures with good saturation, contrast, and dynamic range. The wide-angle camera pictures don't look that good and you might want to use the 48MP sensor only.

In terms of display, the Vivo V15 Pro comes with a 6.39” Ultra FullView Display which does not have a notch and produces Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels along with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. In simple terms, this is a real bezel-less-display phone with no notch and thin bezels all around. The Super AMOLED screen is also embedded with a 5th Gen in-display fingerprint reader, that is pretty fast and does the job perfectly. 

Now when we talk about performance, the V15Pro is the first smartphone with Qualcomm’s latest mid-range chipset, the Snapdragon 675 which is and Octa-core AIE processor that holds two Kryo 460 Gold cores running at 2.0 GHz and six Kryo 460 Silver cores clocked at 1.7 GHz., which clearly outperforms the Snapdragon 660 and in terms of Raw performance in single-core benchmark matches up to the Snapdragon 845. Although the new and improved Adreno 612 barely makes any impact when compared to its predecessor the Adreno 512 in the Snapdragon 660. While operating with FunTouch OS 5.0 that runs on Android 9 Pie OS. The V15 Pro offers Game Mode 5.0 for optimizing the Adreno 612’s performance during gaming. 

The Phone comes with a 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 256 GB with a micro SD card. Speaking of BenchMark scores, in terms of the multi-core score at GeekBench it scores 6527 and as for Single-core score, it is at about 2386 which is very impressive considering the Snapdragon 675. AnTuTu Benchmark score of the V15 Pro is 180774 and can be considered to be pretty fast at the mid-range processor segment. 

Taking on the exterior of the device, it comes with a polycarbonate back panel, which does looks premium in the eyes because of the subtle stripes pattern on the back but kind of feels plastic which held on to the hands, for which the Company provides an additional in-box back cover that has a transparent glass finish at the back along with rubber finish at the side for perfect grip of the phone.  While weighing around 185 grams, the phone measures 157.2 x 74.7 x8.2 mm. What’s also to take on notice is the 2.5 D glass on the notch less display which makes the smartphone to achieve an impressive 91.64% screen-to-body ratio. However, there isn’t any protection on the display as the company so users must take care of that beautiful screen on their hands. 

Coming to the rest of the features, Vivo offers its exclusive Dual-Engine Fast Charging, which claims to charge up to 24% in just 15 minutes. However, the phone does not offer any USB Type C leading it only support the normal Micro USB 2.0 for its 3700 MAh battery. The phone takes less than 2 hours to completely charge and will provide a backup of 1 to 1.5 days with normal usage.

Apart from this, the handset is equipped with the general connectivity features such as Dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. While it is said that V15 Pro models which NFC support will be available in some regions like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Russia.

Overall, Vivo V15 Pro is an interesting smartphone with a nice design, funky features like pop-up camera, good battery, powerful processor and great overall performance. The price of 29000 is a bit more than expected because if you can spend a bit more you can get flagships like LG G7 and OnePlus 6T.

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2. LG G7 ThinQ

G7 ThinQ

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 512 GB
  • 6.1 inch Quad HD+ Display 1440p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 16MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Platinum Colors

Best Price ₹29999



Brief Review:

LG has been a slow player in the smartphone market but has maintained the quality it is known for. This time LG has launched the LG G7 ThinQ which is a budget flagship smartphone and seems to have perfectly delivered in each aspect on the smartphone. As with the latest trend, it has a notch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and a very superior camera. Let us find out the complete list of features, specifications in this review of LG G7 ThinQ.

LG G7 Plus ThinQ comes with a 6.1-inch display which has a Quad HD Plus resolution(1440 x 3120 pixels). Talking about the display quality, it is an HDR screen and has a Dolby Vision Certification. It is amazingly bright which looks gorgeous and provides you with the best picture and visual quality and very punchier colors. On the design side, the front has a notch design which translates to an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and 564PPI. You get a corning gorilla glass 5 on the back which is sort of a fingerprint magnet but looks a premium smartphone.LG has also added a cloth in the box for cleaning the fingerprint smudges when you get them. There is a rigid aluminum frame in between the front and back giving a solid hold to the smartphone. The phone is narrower compared to the standard design in other smartphone and is easy to hold in hand. The notch has an option to be removed if you are not a fan of it. 

On the performance side, LG has left no stone unturned and has made no compromise. LG G7+ ThinQ is powered by the beast Snapdragon 845 smartphone which is seen on the likes of OnePlus 6, Zenfone 5Z etc. The processing is supported with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. G7+ like the other smartphones 845 powered smartphones scored a massive 260000 on the AnTuTu Benchmark. You will never feel short on performance whatsoever you ask this smartphone to do. It has an Adreno 630 GPU that very well enhances your gaming experience and no lag or heating issues could be observed in our usage. So not much to talk on the performance as it can handle everything you throw at it. To expand the storage over the inbuilt 64GB, there is a hybrid sim slot that can expand the storage up to 512 MB.

Coming to the camera of the LG G7 Plus ThinQ, it has a dual 16MP(f/1.6) + 16MP(f/1.9) on the back. The f/1.9 sensor also has a 16mm lens for wide-angle shots and can easily capture about twice the normal frame. Here the camera captures perfect shots having the best in class color reproduction and crispness in the image and works well in both well lit and low light shots. The portrait shots are also brilliant with proper edge detection. The front camera is an 8MP sensor which also supports bokeh shots, HDR mode etc and though the selfie clicks are really good and cover a lot of details but is a tad below when compared with the likes of the flagship phones like Samsung S9 or S9 Plus. Also, there is an option to vary the amount of blurriness(bokeh) you want to put in the image when it has been clicked.  Overall, the camera impresses us with its quality and features and certainly, LG has done a tremendous task for under 40k smartphone.

LG in this G7 Plus has put a special focus on the audio quality both via the speakers and the audio quality via the headphone jack. Here the speaker is a boombox speaker that is perfectly loud and amplifies the sound. The only disappointment here is the phone does not have a stereo speaker and the earpiece is not being used as a secondary speaker. The audio via the headphone jack is one of the best one compared to any smartphone and if you listen to a lot of music or watch videos, it will totally immerse you in the highest quality audio output. It uses the DTS X technology to deliver the excellent sound experience. LG has also bundled an LG branded in-ear styled earphone which is pretty good and has a top-notch quality.

The battery on this smartphone is rated at 3000 mAh and the box bundles an 18 W fast charger. There is a USB type C on the phone and the battery lasts for a complete day. This is because of the optimization LG has added optimization in the display and has low power mode to save the battery. Though, for a high-end user, the battery life may not last a complete day and charging may be required in between.

The phone runs on Android 8.0 and has an LG custom skin over it. The UI has very little bloatware but the interface looks clunky and cluttery compared to the standard UI seen in the other phones. You would take some time to adjust to the aesthetics of it. Also, LG has been very slow with the Android updates as the phone still runs on the Android 8.0 and not the 8.1 version. There is a separate button in the middle of the right side that by default launches the Google Assistant. The good thing is that they have added the feature to customize the functionality of the button.

Talking about the other features, we feel that it will be wrong calling this smartphone as a budget flagship, given it has all the flagship features seen in the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, Note 9 etc. Here the LG G7 Plus ThinQ has an IP68 certification which means it is completely water and dust resistant and will not harm the device. Also, the device supports wireless chargingThese are some features which have not been seen in the 30000 price segment. 

LG G7 offers a great flagship experience and is a true flagship killer because of its great price.

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3. Vivo V11 Pro

V11 Pro

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.4 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3400mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Starry Black, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹23990



Brief Review:

Vivo V11 Pro is the successor of Vivo V9 which was launched earlier this year and was one of the first mid-range phones with a notch display. Vivo V11 Pro is a big upgrade over V9 as Vivo has updated the internal hardware and has added some latest features as well. Let's take a look at the brief review of Vivo V11 Pro.

The first thing everyone is going to notice in a smartphone is its design and Vivo V11 Pro excels at that. V11 Pro has a beautiful design. The display on the front is a large 6.4 inch panel with minimal bezels. The notch is tiny and houses the front camera. The chin at the bottom is small as well. The screen to body ratio of over 90% which is something you don't see in midrange phones. Moreover, the display panel is Super AMOLED which looks beautiful which high contrast and rich colors. The back of the phone has a dual color design with a nice glossy finish. Overall, this is one of the most beautiful phones you will see in this range.

The rear camera on the Vivo V11 Pro is a dual setup with a 12MP color sensor + 5MP depth sensor for taking portrait mode pictures. On the front there is a 25MP sensor. Both front and rear cameras take excellent pictures in outdoor good lighting conditions. The pictures are sharp with plenty of details, good contrast and saturation. The dynamic range is pretty good as well. The front camera on the phone is one of the best selfie camera we have seen. It takes excellent selfie shots. You can also choose various filters, stickers and beautification levels. The camera performance of the phone is excellent. The only thing you won't like about the camera is the video recording which is average because of no OIS or EIS support.

Now coming to the internals. The Vivo V11 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 which is a powerful midrange chipset. There is 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on this device. Powerful processor and plenty of RAM means the device is able to handle multitasking and gaming with ease. You won't notice any lag during day to day usage. Heavy games like PUBG also run fine on this smartphone. 

If you need more storage then you can do that with the MicroSD slot which can increase the storage by up to 256GB. The MicroSD slot is dedicated so you won't be compromising with the dual sim functionality of the device. It is a dual VOLTE device so you can use two 4G sims simultaneously. 

The Vivo V11 Pro runs on Funtouch OS which is a skin based on Android Oreo 8.1. Funtouch OS is heavily customised skin with a lot of extra apps and features. If you like to use features like dual apps then you would like it. Things are a bit complicated though and the settings menu is not really ease to use and you might need sometime before getting used to it. 

Vivo V11 Pro comes with 2 new exiting features. First is the in-display fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is below the display and is not visible. Vivo says this is 4th generation in-display sensor and is faster and more accurate then the previous ones. The second exiting feature is the IR face unlock. Vivo is using the front camera for the face unlock and they have added IR as well which helps to unlock the phone in dark conditions. Both in-display fingerprint sensor and IR face unlock are nice to see in a mid-range smartphone. The performance is not the best but you can improve that by enabling a setting where the phone uses both fingeprint and face unlock together to unlock the device faster. 

The battery inside the V11 Pro is a 3400 mAh battery. It is not a big battery but V11 Pro does have power efficient AMOLED display and Snapdragon 660 chipset. Thanks to these, the battery backup of the phone is good and it will easily last for a day on a single charge. The phone supports fast charging and also comes with a fast charger inside the box and charges the phone completely in around 1 hours and 40 minutes. 

Overall, Vivo V11 Pro is an great mid-range phone. It offers a great design, gorgeous display, powerful processor, good cameras and latest features like in-display fingeprint and IR face unlock. If you have a budget of around Rs. 25000 then this is the phone you should buy.

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4. Xiaomi Poco F1 256GB

Poco F1 256GB

Features

  • 8 GB RAM | 256 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.18 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Graphite Black, Steel Blue Colors

Best Price ₹27999



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Pocophone is a sub-brand of Xiaomi like Realme is of Oppo and Pocophone or known as Poco has launched its first smartphone in India on 22nd August 2018. Pocophone has left everyone amazed with a very aggressive pricing despite being powered by the top shot Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which we saw in the OnePlus 6 and the Zenfone 5ZPoco F1 comes with a notch display, a powerful battery, a good to go camera and everything that a user looking to spend 25k would look for. It smashes all the record of the value for money score and here in this review, we discuss the specifications, features and every detail on the Poco F1, which you as a prospective buyer would look for.

Poco F1 comes with a 6.18 inch Full HD plus display having a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels. The display has a notch design which is slightly big and holds the front camera and the IR sensor. The software gives you the option to disable the notch if you do not like it and use the phone like a bezel-less display phone. The screen is of IPS LCD type and is of good quality with perfect brightness and no issues could be observed even using it in the direct sunlight with auto brightness. The one thing which we found a little weird are the thin bezels even above the notch which does affect its looks and design. 

On the build quality side, the Poco Phone comes with a polycarbonate body which is a small compromise comparing the beautiful and gorgeous glass design pattern which we see in the phones today. That does not mean the phone ranks poor on the build quality, overall it is good with metal in between back and front and is decent at the price point considering what all it offers as discussed below. The 8GB 256 GB variant comes in a Kevlar back material which is textured and looks better with a better build quality and is priced at 29k. You can take a look at the Kevlar variant here. The Pocophone is not a fingerprint magnet and there are no smudges as we see on the smartphones with glass designs. Also, there is a translucent case bundled in the box.

Coming to the highlight of this Poco F1, The Performance, and here everyone has their jaw dropped as we witness the all-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which till date was only seen in the budget flagship and the flagship smartphone. The Snapdragon 845 in a budget smartphone at 21k is totally insane and has put a big question in front of other manufacturers to think of what should they introduce next. Snapdragon 845 needs no introduction as it was seen in the OnePlus 6 and the Zenfone 5Z. It is an octa-core processor comprising of 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver along with Adreno 630 GPU. The Poco F1 also witnesses the LiquidCool Technology, which keeps the CPU temperature maintained that allows the Snapdragon 845 to perform to its full capacity when you are gaming in the super heavy mode.

The phone comes with a 6GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 256 GB with the hybrid micro SD card slot. Without any iota of doubt, the performance is mind-blowing and the RAM management is amazing, the multitasking is super smooth, the gaming performance is brilliant and we did not find even a small hiccup in our usage. The Poco F1 scores a massive 285302 on the Antutu Benchmark shattering any record that existed for a smartphone priced around 20000. On the GeekBench, the Poco F1 scores, 2467 on the Single Core and 9081 on the multi-core, and we would ask you, what else would you get for only Rs 20000. Full marks on the performance to the master of speed, Poco F1.

On the next important aspect of the Poco F1, the camera. Here we get a dual read camera placed vertically in the middle of the phone with 12MP Sony IMX363 + 5MP Samsung, f/1.75 sensors and dual LED flash. The colours in the photo look rich and the shots are pretty much detailed. The images are sharp and you are going to love it for 21000 bucks. Frankly speaking, the camera is not as great as the OnePlus 6 priced at 35000 but gives a tough competition to it.  There is support for 4K videos but the Poco F1 only supports Electronic Image stabilization (EIS) and does not support Optical Image stabilization (OIS). In the portrait mode, the edge detection in bang on and we could see even the hairline edges are very well aligned. There are some AI optimizations in the colours using the object detection. The low light shots are also very bright and contain very less noise, OnePlus 6 is better but only by a tad margin as it captures more light and has slightly better low light images. Also, OnePlus 6 has better image stabilization because of the presence of OIS and the difference could be seen in the videos recorded at 4K resolution of Poco F1 and OnePlus 6.

The front camera comes with a 20 MP sensor and it also supports the portrait mode. The shots are full of details and you might even look better than what you look in the real life. At the pricing of 21k, we are in love with what the camera has to offer. A budget flagship capability in a budget pricing in what Poco offers. The camera configuration, is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro and people had questions that if the camera performance in any better? So here, we do not think we should compare, because the camera image quality on the Poco F1 is far better and class apart than the Note 5 Pro which is also directed by a far better image signal processor in the Snapdragon 845.  Poco F1 has the best ever camera seen in any phone in India for a pricing of 21000.

The PocoPhone F1, runs on MIUI 9.6 with POCO specific optimization and is build over the Android Oreo. Poco has promised an update to the MIUI 10 and also the Android P (Pie). The MIUI has some bloatware but the POCO has enabled the gesture recognition which if enabled on your device removes the three button from the bottom and reads your gesture for all the tasks, something similar to what we saw in the iPhone X.

Poco F1 not just comes with a massive processor but a huge battery life. it features a non-removable 4000 mAh battery and gives a screen on time of around 6.5 to 7 hours and with medium usage, you can easily run with the phone for at least 1.5 days. Fro the heaviest of usage, you may still see a battery backup for a full day, this speaks volume of the optimization that comes with the phone and the efficiency of the Snapdragon 845 processor. The Poco F1 has a USB type C port and supports Quick Charge 3.0(quickly charges up the first 20%) with a fast charger bundled in the box. The total time it takes for the charging is about 100-110 minutes.  Poco F1 is not water or dust resistant and there is no IP rating so keep it protected from any damage.

For the unlocking, Poco F1 comes with a fingerprint sensor just below the rear camera and is super quick. It takes less time than the blink of the eye. For the face unlocking, which is also very accurate and fast comes with an additional feature of IR sensor, which enables you to unlock the phone even in darkness. It has a stereo speaker where the main speaker is located at the bottom and the earpiece is used as the second speaker but you do not get a true stereo speaker like seen in the Zenfone 5z but it is decent enough for the pricing. 

After all this, we can just say that Poco has entered the market with a band and is a total game changer for the industry. Without any doubt, the Poco F1 is the best smartphone under 25000 and we can hear the trumpets of the thumping victory this Poco F1 from Xiaomi is going to blow.

The Poco F1 sale starts from 29th August 2018 and is exclusively available on Flipkart via the flash sale. For the 21k variant, you are going to see huge demand as was for the Note 5 Pro. There is a launch offer with Poco F1 where you can get additional Rs 1000 discount if you pay via HDFC credit and debit card.

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5. OPPO F9 Pro

F9 Pro

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Red, Silver Colors

Best Price ₹19990



Brief Review:

Oppo has launched the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro which are the successors of the last year's Oppo F7. The latest phones have some improvements, we won't call it a big upgrade. The F9 and F9 Pro are exact same phones with only one difference which is the RAM. F9 comes with 4GB RAM and F9 Pro comes with 6GB RAM.

The Oppo F9/F9 Pro comes with a very modern design. Oppo has ditched the rectangular notch which we have been seeing on almost every other smartphone. Oppo has come up with a new notch called as waterdrop notch. The notch is really small and houses the front camera. The bezels are minimal and screen to body ratio is over 90% which is excellent for a phone priced under 20000. 

The display size is 6.3 inches with Full HD Plus resolution and an aspect ratio of around 19.5:9. The display is beautiful with rich colors, good saturation, and contrast. Because of the small notch and thin bezels, watching movies or playing games on this device is a great experience. 

On the back, you will see some 3D effects. Oppo has used 2 colors on the back with diamond cuts which can be seen from an angle. It is a fresh design and you will love it if you are bored of seeing boring plain black or white backs. If you don't like flashy stuff then you might hate the back of Oppo F9. The phone comes in 2 colors: Red and Blue. Blue one is our favorite. 

The thickness is under 8mm and it weighs around 170 grams. You will find it comfortable in hand. One hand usage might not be possible though.

On the back, we have a fingerprint sensor and a dual camera setup. The Oppo F7 came with a single 16MP camera but this time Oppo has added a secondary 2MP depth sensor to help with portrait mode pictures with depth/bokeh effect. The front camera is the same 25MP shooter as we saw on the F7. The camera performance is similar to F7. The outdoor pictures look vibrant with good amount of details. The indoor pictures under low light conditions are not that great and not bad either. Oppo is using AI to enhance the pictures depending on the scene. The selfies look great as well. The phone will beautify your face using AI. If you don't like that, you can turn it off. Overall, it is a good camera phone with shots that are rich, vibrant and well balanced.

Under the hood, Oppo F9 and F9 Pro have a MediaTek Helio P60. Helio P60 is a very capable SoC with 8 cores out of which 4 are high-performance Cortex A73s while the other 4 are high-efficiency Cortex A53s, all clocked at 2.0GHz. For all your gaming needs there’s a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU which also works well. The hardware is powerful and power efficient and you won't face any day while day to day usage or gaming. On Antutu, you can expect a score of around 135000 which is similar to the score of Snapdragon 660. 

The Oppo F9 and F9 Pro pack a 3500mAh battery, which is decent capacity. Thanks to the power efficient SoC, you can expect a day of backup with heavy usage and 1.5 days of backup with low to medium usage. The phone comes with VOOC fast charging which is really fast. You can get 2 hours of talking with 5 minutes of charge. This is crazy quick. Oppo has bundled a 20W Fast charger in the box which is great. 

The Oppo F9 runs on Color OS which is a skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Color OS is a heavily customized skin and has a lot of bloatware. If you are someone who likes the look and feel of stock Android then Oppo F9 is not for you. If you absolutely hate the skin and like the phone then installing Nova launcher is a good option.

And to your caution, there’s no IP rating on this one so keep it as far from liquids and dust as possible.

The Oppo F9 is priced at 19990 and the F9 Pro is priced at 23990. We think F9 provides more value for money. The F9 Pro has just 2GB of extra RAM so spending extra 4000 for it doesn't make a lot of sense. 

Oppo F9 is a gorgeous smartphone with latest features at the decent price. Go for it if you need a fresh looking smartphone with good cameras, a powerful processor at around 20k.

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6. Huawei Nova 3i

Nova 3i

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • 3340mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Colors

Best Price ₹20990



Brief Review:

Huawei and Honor have been looking to acquire a good share of the market with the introduction of their smartphone in all the price range. Huawei Nova 3i seems to be a good bet which offers a notch display beautiful design, good camera with a plethora of AI features and dual camera as both rear and front. Nova 3i has a good value for money score with a premium feel for a budget of under 20000. Let us look at the reviews, features, specifications and every minute details of the Huawei Nova 3i.

Huawei Nova 3i comes with a big 6.3-inch notch type full view display with a glass design at back and a metal frame in between front and back. the display has perfect viewing angles, colour reproduction and we have no complaints of this great Full HD plus resolution display on the Nova 3i. With the notch design, the aspect ratio in 19.5:9 and we just cannot think of anything beautiful than this in an under 20k budget. The glass back design looks amazing which produces different blue and purple colour shades at different angles.

The design looks pretty amazing and eye-catchy and is a total premium option to consider. But the back glass, as in all the phones is a fingerprint magnet, so keep a cover handy (maybe transparent one). The smartphone weighs around 169 gm and a 7.6 mm in width which enables easy hold and usage.

With Nova 3i, Huawei seems to have finally moved over the Kirin 659 as seen in almost all the budget range phones. Nova 3i comes powered with a Kirin 710 processor clubbed with 4 GB of RAM. Kirin 710 is much powerful than the Kirin 659 and Nova 3i scores around 1,38,000 on the Antutu giving a good challenge to the likes of Mi A2 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the performance. The gaming and multitasking experience is super smooth and no lags or hiccups could be observed.

Let us talk about the camera where the nova 3i comes with the dual camera on both front and back as was seen in the Honor 9i and the Honor 9 lite. The rear camera is vertically placed with dual sensors of 16MP and 2MP where the 2 MP is a depth sensor to take the portrait shots for bokeh effects. Here the shots are good in the daylight which crisp shots. The camera has AI features, where if you are clicking in the AI mode, it detects the objects and beautifies the image based on the algorithms. You also have the option to select the non-AI image if you like that for certain scenarios. you also get Qmoji support to animate your expression and voice. For the rear camera,  it struggles a bit on the low light shots and there is no 4K video support which is a bit of disappointment. If you are into shooting a lot of videos from the rear camera, we will not suggest you go for this as there a lot of better options available.

The front camera has a 24MP and 2MP dual sensors are located inside the notch and does not fail to impress us anytime. The front camera of Nova 3i clicks some exceptional photos and with a dedicated depth sensor for the bokeh effect, and the portrait clicks are also just amazing and spot on. We also get the AI support for the front camera as well on the 3i and helps to beautify the scenes with its AI recognition. 

This smartphone supports some other features like AI shopping and AI to directly buy by clicking any object in the image. It also supports AI gallery that allows you to search for similar images based on the sample images.

Nova 3i comes with a 128 GB of internal storage which can be expanded using the hybrid micro SD card slot up to 256 GB. The smartphone runs on EMUI 8.2 built on Android 8.1 Oreo and has a smooth usage. It supports both face (throught the front camera) and fingerprint unlock and both are quick and accurate. 

The battery on Huawei Nova 3i is rated at 3340 mAh and runs through the day with a normal day to day usage like messaging, listening to songs and browsing over the internet. Nova 3i has a micro USB slot and not a Type C  and neither does the screen has scratch protection which are some of the disappointments. Also, there is no IP rating on this phone so keep it safe from the water and dust.

So what you get in this 20k budget smartphone are beautiful looks, decent camera and good performance. But before you make a decision and have a knack of powerful performance over the looks, then look at the Honor play review which was launched a few days after the Huawei Nova 3i and comes with Kirin 970 and offers much better performance, better battery but harder to grab as it comes in flash sale.

 

 

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7. Asus Zenfone 5Z

Zenfone 5Z

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6.2 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 8MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8 MP
  • 3300mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Silver, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹21999



Brief Review:

Asus Zenfone 5Z looks like a great bet from Asus for capturing the budget flagship market in India which is dominated by the likes of OnePls 6 and Honor 10. It has a very powerful configuration and some great features which makes it a true competitor in the budget flagship space. We are expecting Asus to be very competitive with the pricing and it can cost around 29999. We will update this review when the official pricing and unveiled. Let us talk about its specifications and reviews as a smartphone priced under 30000. The phone will be officially launched in India on 4th July 2018 and sale would start a week after that. It will be sold exclusively via Flipkart.

Asus Zenfone 5Z comes with a beautiful 6.3-inch display which has a Full HD Plus resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. It comes with a notch design and the IPS display has a perfect colour reproduction. With a screen to body ratio of 90 per cent, the phone looks amazing. The back of the phone has a reflective design that looks attractive and stylish. Both the back and front are protected by a 2.5 D Gorilla Glass. Despite a big screen size, the phone is sleek, lightweight and is easily operatable by one hand. The display also has a feature where its colour temperature is adjusted automatically based on the ambient lighting conditions. Zenfone 5Z has a solid build quality and feels sturdy holding in hand. 

This Zenfone 5Z is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor as seen in the OnePlus 6, which is one of the best in the smartphones segment and scores heavily(274449) on the Antutu Benchmark. This smartphone has one heck of a performance, with the apps, usage and gaming even on the highest setting being super smooth. The performance with the most powerful processor is simply top notch. It has an Adreno 630 GPU  that basically escalates your gaming experience to an all new level. It can easily handle multiple games without any lag and no heating issues were observed. This phone has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage and comes in multiple variants. It also has a dedicated microSD card which can help expand the storage by 2TB.

Let us know talk about the camera part. It has a vertically stacked dual rear camera of 12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor and a 5MP sensor with 120-degree wide angle view. The camera performance is flagship grade and both the daylight and low light shots are amazingly beautiful with no shortfall observed. The images are sharp, clear and bright and have perfect saturation level. With a dual camera, it supports bokeh mode and has perfect edge detection. The front camera is an 8 MP sensor and clicks clear selfies and supports HDR, beauty, portrait mode among others. This phone also supports slow motion video and time lapse video and they look amazing.

There is also support for 4K video recording with the rear camera and it has OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) and EIS(Electronic Image Stabilization) that results is super smooth video recording without any noise or disturbance even while moving. The camera comes with an AI mode, where it automatically detects the type of object and recreates the captured image by adjusting the saturation level, white balance, to output the best images.

Inside the notch design, there is an earpiece and where front camera located. The earpiece also works as a speaker for stereo audio. This phone has a 3.5 mm jack and the phone only 7.8 mm thick. The box comes with an in-ear type headphones, a transparent case, a fast charger with USB Type C cable.  This phone supports fast charging and has a USB type C port. 

There is a fingerprint sensor on the back and uses the front camera for face unlocking. Both the methods are accurate and fast so you will not face any issue. This phone comes with the "AI Features". Apart from AI in the camera, it has AI boost that can be accessed from the drop-down menu when scrolled from the top and gives a one-time boost to the speed of the phone.  It also has basic applications of AI like AI charging, which optimized the charging based on the current charging percentage and improves the lifespan of a battery. It also has an AI in ringtone volume control that adjusts the volume of your phone depending on if you are in a noisy environment or not and can be a lot helpful at times.

It has a battery rated at 3300 mAh which can backup the phone for around a day. This phone runs on Android 8.0 with a custom ZenUI over it. The skin is smooth with stock android (no bloatware) and is user-friendly. There is no IP rating so you will have to keep your phone protected from dust and water.

Asus has launched Zenfone 5Z in 3 variants: 6GB 64GB, 8GB 128GB and 8GB 256GB. As you can see there are plenty of options to choose from. Price of 6GB 64GB is 29999, 8GB 128GB is 32999 and 8GB 256GB is 36999. We think the middle variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage provides the best value for money.

Overall at this price, it is a brilliant phone from Asus with perfect quality and performance and with no major shortcoming. Compared to the likes of OnePlus 6 and Honor 10, Asus Zenfone 5Z offers better value for money and makes it the best and our favorite budget flagship smartphone.

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8. Huawei Honor 10

Honor 10

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM
  • 5.8 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 24MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP
  • 3400mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Midnight Black, Phantom Blue, Colors

Best Price ₹32999



Brief Review:

Honor 10 from Huawei comes at a time of OnePlus 6 launch and is poised to give a good competition to the same. While the OnePlus 6 remains Amazon exclusive, the Honor 10 is being sold exclusively via Flipkart. Coming to the display part, this smartphone has a 5.84 Fullview Full HD Plus display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and has a notch design. The colour and clarity on this Honor 10 display is absolutely amazing and is one of the finest seen till date. You would have a good experience watching videos or viewing your photos.

On the design side, Honor 10 has a glass body design with an aluminium frame that looks very premium. The back of the phone gives different colour tint when seen from different angles and has a 2.5 glass protection. Honor claims that it has stacked more than 15 layers of glass over each other to achieve it. The back has an Honor logo and AI Camera embedded indicating that the camera has AI capabilities.

Much of the design and display, let us take about the performance now, Honor 10 is powered by Kirin 970 processor which scores a massive 213000 on the antutu benchmark. This score lies midway of the OnePlus 5T (powered by Snapdragon 835) and the recently launched OnePlus 6(powered by Snapdragon 845). The performance is simply amazing with no lag or any bug, crash or any issue faced with any level of multitasking. 

Let us now discuss the most important part of Honor 10, the camera.  It is a camera-centric phone with AI capability on both the front and rear camera. The shutter speed is very fast and the camera clicks the images almost instantly. It auto-detects the object in the image and changes the colour and the sharpness on the basis of AI analysis. The rear camera is a dual camera with a 16MP monochrome sensor + 24MP RGB sensor and has all the features of portrait shots, AI shots, pro mode, moving pictures mode to click different types of the photograph and a lot more. The quality of the camera images is just amazing and you would love it all the time. The image clarity is perfect, the sharpness is perfect and is one of best camera phone for a budget of 30000. On the rear camera, there is a feature to adjust the aperture and before clicking the photos.

On the front camera of Honor 10, we have a 24 MP sensor with a 1.8 um pixel size which is higher than seen in any front camera and hence clicks beautiful low light images. The camera images are again stupendous and you will not have any reason to dislike it whatsoever in any condition. The front camera also has AI mode, pro mode and beautification mode. The AI can recognize more than 500 scenarios in 22 different categories in real time and also had the capability of subject recognize like building, sea, lake etc. You also have the option to enable/disable the AI at any time.

Honor 10 has a battery pack of 3400 mAh that keeps it alive for a minimum of a day with normal usage. Heavy usage can somewhat skid the backup timings to less than a day but the fast charger will be available for your rescue which can charge 50 percent in just 24 minutes while the full phone charging takes approx 90 minutes. There is a headphone jack, a Type C port and a speaker at the bottom. There is no IP rating so protect your phone from any damage by dust and water.

Honor 10 has an internal memory of 128GB, has dual sim usage but no SD card to expand the memory. Though we believe, 128 GB of internal storage would be very much sufficient for most of the users. For unlocking, Honor 10 has a face unlock feature and a fingerprint unlock. The fingerprint sensor is on the front which is embedded on the display itself, on the glass part at the bottom of the screen. Both the methods of unlocking are very accurate and are super quick. This smartphone runs on EMUI 8.1 which is a custom skin based on Android Oreo 8.1. The UI has some bloatware but is smooth is usage. There is no app drawer by default but can be added from settings.

There is one small shortcoming we observed was at the time of gaming. After 15-20 minutes of gaming, there was some heating observed but it could be due to some optimization and Honor can fix with a quick software update.

Overall, Honor 10 has stunning looks clubbed with great usage and camera performance. It is a good competitor to the OnePlus 6. Both Honor 10 and OnePlus 6 misses out on some points like wireless charging, Quad HD display, IP67 or IP68 certified for water and dust proof to be a flagship killer. But the pricing of 32999 and some launch discounts make it an attractive buy and a good value for money smartphone.

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9. Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus

Galaxy A8 Plus

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP
  • Front Camera: 16MP + 8MP Dual Camera
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹26990



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Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is an Amazon Exclusive Product and another budget flagship smartphone that comes with latest features and upgrades. Samsung is finally following the Bezel Less (18:9 Aspect Ratio) trend and this smartphone supports a 6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display. This phone comes with a unibody metal design which has very premium design and build quality, you would simply love it holding in the hand. The display also looks good with vibrant colours and good viewing angles. This Samsung Smartphone also supports an Always On Display which looks beautiful.

Let us now check the performance, camera and other important aspects of this phone.

Samsung Galaxy A8+ is powered by an Octa-core Exynos 7885 which has an Antutu Benchmark Score of 132496 which lacks way behind when compared to a similarly priced OnePlus 5T (Antutu 1,70,000) which has a 2017 best Processor(Qualcomm Snapdragon 835). In the speed test, obviously, OnePlus 5T wins by a margin but in the normal day to day usage you will not find any issues with the multitasking as the smartphone is powered by a 6GB of RAM (good work from Samsung for moving from 4GB to 6GB in mid-range flagship devices). It comes with an internal memory of 64GB with a dedicated SD card slot and dual sim feature so you can expand the memory and use it as a proper Dual Sim smartphone

Let us now look at the camera of this Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus, it comes with a single rear camera sensor of 16MP (f/1.7) and on the front, it has a dual sensor setup of 16MP and 8MP. So it looks like Samsung it focussing on the selfie-centric phone and ditching the trend of having a dual camera setup at the back.

The rear-facing camera performed really well in the outdoor lighting conditions with the images being sharp and good color reproduction but in the artificial lighting conditions, it struggles a lot of time and the images are blurry as the phone does not support Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which is really saddening considering the price point this phone comes at. The other disappointing aspect of the rear camera of Galaxy A8 Plus is that it does not support 4K video, which should have been available at this price point. 

While when it comes to a front camera, with the dual camera setup it is capable of bokeh effects and it comes with live focus where you can adjust the blur of the background, it has full view to capture images from the full 6-inch screen and the performance is also great, you certainly get better selfie than other phones in this price range.

On the software front, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus comes with Experience UI as was seen in Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Samsung Note 8. With 6GB of RAM, the performance would be smooth with this UI and you would find easy and swift usage. The gaming performance is also perfectly smooth with no heating at all observed in the heavy games.

On the back of the phone, there is a fingerprint sensor which is really fast and accurate and unlocks the phone in a snap but the position of the sensor is somewhat little above the comfort level of your hand. you would have to stretch a bit to get your finger reach to the sensor. This Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus also supports face unlocking, where it uses the front camera to unlock, it is fast but not secured enough as on the iPhone X which has a dedicated hardware for face unlocking.

Talking about the most important aspect of the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is the IP rating as this phone is IP68 Certified making it completely dust and water resistant giving you a peice of mind. Know more about IP68 here. 

In the battery department, this phone supports a 3500mAH battery which easily lasts for over a day in normal usage. The battery life is certainly 20% higher than the OnePlus 5T as the processor in Samsung Galaxy A8+ is weaker than on the OnePlus 5T and hence lesser power requirements.

In the box, you get an in-ear style headset, Type C USB cable and a plastic case, and a fast charger which supports (9V 1.6A or 5V 2A). So the Galaxy A8 Plus supports fast charging and can charge a phone in less than 1.5 hours.

On the speaker side, it comes with a single speaker that is located near the power on-off button. The speaker performance is brilliant, it is stable and quite loud and feels perfect while gaming, watching videos etc.

We would recommend this only if you are looking for a Samsung Smartphone that has brilliant build quality, a fairly good selfie camera and IP68 protection. It is a big no if you are looking for a phone with a good rear camera, you can look at OnePlus 5T or Honor View 10, which have an equivalent build quality and design but are not IP68 Certified.

Also if you are looking for a Samsung flagship device, you can take a look at Samsung Galaxy S7 which is around 2 years old now but is a more practical device in all the departments and still has that shine of a premium phone with one the best camera and build quality. You can get it from Flipkart for around 25000 now (it was launched at Rs 60,000) and has a good value for money.

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10. LG V30 Plus

V30 Plus

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch Quad HD+ 1440p
  • Back Camera: 16MP+13MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 3300mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Silver Colors

Best Price ₹24999



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LG launched Its flagship of the year, LG V30+ in August 2017. Reinforcing the trend of bezel-less displays, V30+ ditches bezels, and is packed in a beautiful design that never fails to impress. On the top and bottom, you do get some bezels, for housing the camera and speakers.

The smartphone flaunts a 6.0-inch P-OLED by LG, similar to one found on Google Pixel 2 XL, but with no widespread controversies to go along with it. The edge to edge screen, at an aspect ratio of 18:9, with a resolution of 1440 x 2880, packs an enormous pixel density of ~537 PPI. The screen justifies the praise with Its colors, crispness, and vibrancy. It handles contrast quite well too. With mercy on your eyes as the colors are not Samsung level saturated but still not the most natural and accurate like iPhone X.

The LG V30 Plus display has a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, to give you some assurance with your careless handling. Nonetheless, the display is really impressive and tops everything else from LG, right now. It's not in the league of Samsung and Apple, but LG is doing pretty well.

The LG V30 Plus has a Snapdragon 835 at its core, much like every other flagship of 2017. The performance is undoubtedly blazing fast. The SoC is supported by 4GB of RAM, which might seem less on a flagship level to you compared with others like the OnePlus and Samsung Note 8, It still is a lot more than you would require for your multitasking dreams.

On the graphics front, we have Adreno 540 packed inside the Snapdragon 835, that makes the heaviest of games, quite smooth on this device. The performance as expected is flagship grade, with smoothness and fluidity in all the workloads, no hiccups on stutter whatsoever.

That’s what you expect from a flagship and LG promises that with V30 Plus. When comparing with other flagships of 2017, do expect a little less on benchmarking numbers compared to others with more RAM or better system optimisations, in real life, It really doesn’t matter much. On AnTuTu benchmark, the V30+ scores a bit higher than the Samsung Galaxy S8+ at 174456 points. On the GeekBench, It scores 1903 in single core, less than the Samsung Galaxy S8+’s 2006. On multi-core tests, LG V30+ scores 6495.

LG V30+ is LG’s flagship of the year 2017, and It clearly shows in the camera performance as well. There’s a dual camera organization with a 16MP sensor (f/1.6, OIS, PDAF) + 13MP (f/1.9), on paper this is probably the best camera setup of the year in all flagships, the performance doesn’t justify those numbers fully, though. It doesn’t match up or even put up an edge to edge competition with other contemporaries like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 or the HTC U11 or Apple iPhone X. Google’s Pixel 2 is in another league. The smartphone does good with low-light photos, all thanks to those wide aperture lenses. LG’s Image processing is to blame here, and certainly, It can get better with updates to software, which isn’t the case here.

The video prowess of LG V30+ is also supreme, LG’s camera software is great with tons of configuration options, inside the camera app itself. If you are into raw videography and editing, you’ll fall in love for sure. Again, the numbers don’t match up with the performance but It is not that bad either. Pro Tip: Don’t compare it with the likes of Pixel 2, iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8 and you’ll be at peace.

On the front, you get a 5MP sensor, which is again decent but not the best of the lot. The low-light selfie lovers aren’t going to be much pleased with a f/2.2 aperture on the front shooter.

LG V30+ is powered by Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) out of the box, with no solid promises from LG regarding the coveted Oreo update. Android Nougat no doubt is good, but It is a 2-year old software, Oreo is considerably better and brings a lot more to the device, sadly V30+ doesn’t have that update in sight.

The LG V30 Plus comes with an average 3300 mAH battery, which works fine and will pull you through the day, but If you are a heavy user, the battery might not last for a full day. The smartphone is also enabled with Wireless charging if you are into it.

Also into the mix is QuickCharge 3.0, with 50% of battery in just 36min of charge. Let's talk about the IP Rating now, the V30+ is IP68 certified, so totally dust and water resistant, Peace of Mind.

The LG V30+ comes in at a price of Rs.44,990 in India and can be bought from  Amazon. The pricing is certainly aggressive but doesn’t match up against the likes of OnePlus 5T. If you need great performance and stunning design then go for it.

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So this was our list of best camera phones under 30000. We hope the list was helpful for our users. We will be updating this list whenever new smartphones are launched. Let's see what are our favorites of this list.

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Vivo V15 Pro is a great option which comes with a large bezel-less display, in-display fingerprint sensor, and great cameras. It will cost you around 25000. 

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Poco F1 is another a powerful device with a great dual camera on the back. It comes with flagship grade hardware and offers great performance.

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