TOP 10 Best Phones Under 30000 (30k) in India 2018

Updated on 2018-09-18 by Geetansh Arora

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If you are looking for a mobile phone under 30000 or 30k range then you are at the right place. We have compiled a list of top 10 best phones under 30000 available in India as of September 2018. We have included all the latest phones including the Asus Zenfone 5Z and Poco F1 which were launched recently.

All these 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 821 or Snapdragon 835 or 845. All of these chipsets are very powerful and are being used in flagship devices of 2017 and 2018. 

Regarding the design, you will see metal build 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 in 2017. You can take nice portrait mode pictures with bokeh effect.  You will see some stunning looking bezel-less display phones as well. Some phones also have notch displays. If you need excellent battery backup then go for smartphones with a battery of 4000mAh or above.

We have included ratings on this list for every smartphone so you can see which phones better than others in camera quality or battery backup or performance. 

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

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1. 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 ₹25999



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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2. Xiaomi Poco F1

Poco F1

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 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 ₹20999



Brief Review:

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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3. 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 ₹23990



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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4. Honor Play

Play

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.29 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3750mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Blue, Black Colors

Best Price ₹19999



Brief Review:

Honor is on a roll in India and they are launching phones at a crazy rate. Till August, we have seen more than 10 launches from Honor. Honor Play is the latest one which is priced under Rs. 20000 and specifications are going to surprise you. Let's take a look at the brief review of Honor Play.

Honor Play is a nice looking phone. The phone has a metal unibody design and has a matte finish on the back which gives it a nice look. Both Black and Blue color looks great. The dua camera setup is placed vertically at the corner and the fingerprint sensor is placed at the center. The fingerprint sensor is quick and responsive.

On the front, we have a notch display of 6.3 inches. The resolution is Full HD+ and the aspect ratio is 19:9. Notch was more of a compromise when it showed up on iPhone X and after that, every OEM copied it like it was some kind of feature. We are not really a fan of the notch but some people do like it. Overall, the phone looks really good and is comfortable to hold.

Honor Play is powered by Huawei's own Kirin 970 chipset which is there on their other flagship phones like P20 Pro, Honor 10, View 10 etc. The Kirin 970 is an octa-core SoC with 4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 cores. It is similar to Snapdragon 835 in performance.  For handling the graphics workloads, Kirin 970 packs an impressive Mali G72 MP 12 as GPU, and It has serious power. Honor has made things even better with GPU turbo which provides better performance and more efficiency. With 4GB of RAM and Kirin 970, you are going to see flagship like performance on the Honor Play. Whether it is switching between multiple apps or playing heavy games, this phone is going to handle it with ease. 

The performance is visible in Antutu benchmark as well. You can expect an Antutu score of around 200000 which is 30-50% more than other phones in this price range.On Geekbench, you will see a single core benchmark score of around 1800 and multi-core score of around 6800.

Honor Play comes in just 1 variant which packs 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage. You can expand the storage via MicroSD up to 256GB. But it is a hybrid sim slot so you cannot use 2 sim cards with a MicroSD. The RAM and storage are again flagship grade which is something you don't usually see in this price range.

Honor Play comes with a dual 16MP+2MP camera setup on the back and 16MP single camera on the front. The dual camera setup on the back has a 16MP color sensor and the 2MP sensor helps to give a bokeh effect to the pictures also known as portrait mode. The camera can record 4K videos and has EIS-AIS stabilization as well. The camera performance is good in outdoor natural light conditions. The pictures have a good amount of details with natural looking colors. The portrait mode works well.

Honor Play is also using AI in the camera which detects the category and surrounding to optimize the pictures. If you are taking a picture in a park in daylight, it will tweak settings according to it and if you are taking pictures inside a room in low light conditions then settings will be tweaked according to that. It all happens in real time and you don't have to do anything. 

The front 16MP camera also takes decent shots indoors and outdoors. It also uses AI to enhance/beautify your face. Plenty of options are provided to make your selfies look better. Selfie camera is also used for Face unlock which works well and unlocks your phone in less than a second.

Honor is pitching Honor Play as gaming smartphone. In addition to GPU Turbo, there's one other interesting feature which is 4D gaming mode. It takes the gaming experience to next level by providing feedback like vibrations while you are shooting in a game. It is going to drain the battery faster but it is a cool feature.

Honor Play comes with EMUI 8.2 which is a custom skin based on Android 8 Oreo. EMUI has some bloatware but it is not laggy. It has some useful features like dual apps which can come in handy if you want to use multiple accounts on apps like WhatsApp. Overall, the UI looks good and it is responsive as well. You won't face any lag during the day to day usage.

Honor Play comes with a 3750mAh battery which is a good capacity. You can expect a backup of around 1 day on medium to heavy usage with a screen on time of around 6 hours. With low usage, it would last for 1.5 days on a single charge. The phones come with a 9V 2A fast charge in the box which is another plus point.

Honor Play is not water or dust proof and there is no IP rating so keeping it away from the water will be a good option.

So what are we getting at a price of 20000? A good looking phone with a nice large display on the front, a powerful chipset, 4GB of RAM, dual camera, large battery and excellent performance. We think Honor Play is the best phone under 20000 as of now. The only negative point is the availability. It is available via flash sales and the stock is very limited so getting hands on a device is going to be difficult. 

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5. 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 ₹29999



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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6. 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 ₹39999



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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7. Nokia 7 Plus

7 Plus

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 13MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3800mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Colors

Best Price ₹27599



Brief Review:

When we saw all new Nokia 6, we knew HMD isn’t gonna stop there and here we have one more - The all new Nokia 7 Plus. Announced in February 2018, Nokia 7 Plus aims to consolidate HMD’s ground in the under 25000 smartphone segment. As always, Nokia 7 Plus speaks volumes about Nokia’s commitment to design and build supremacy. It is built with 6000 series Aluminium and has copper edges looks amazing and feels amazingly solid in hand. As is with other Nokia smartphones, the pursuit of durability and sturdiness often lets ergonomics down.

Nokia 7 Plus has the all-new 18:9 aspect ratio with almost no side bezels but considerable ones on top and bottom. There’s a 6-inch, Full HD+1080 x 2160 pixels, IPS LCD display packing 403 PPI. There’s some protection with Gorilla Glass 3 on top. At the back, we have the same iconic vertical cutout for the camera and the flash with emblazoned Zeiss branding. Nokia 7 Plus has a dual camera setup, followed by a circular cutout for a fingerprint scanner.

Let’s talk about the performance of Nokia 7 Plus because the guys at HMD have been bailing on that previously. The Nokia 7 Plus has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 at its heart backed by Adreno 512 for gaming. There’s a big 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, which makes the operation swift and smooth. The storage is expandable via MicroSD up to 256GB. In the numbers game, the superb performance of this smartphone is pretty evident - 141822 on AnTuTu 7 Benchmark and 1641, 5920 on GeekBench single and multi-core tests respectively. These numbers are certainly better than smartphones like Xiaomi’s Redmi 5 Pro and Oppo R11s.

Photography is one thing we expect a Nokia smartphone to be excellent at. There’s not one but dual camera setup on Nokia 7 Plus to give fodder to our excitement. There is a 12 MP sensor which is the main lens and 13 MP sensor being the telelens for optical zoom. The camera has gyro EIS(Electronic Image Stabilization), dual pixel phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom along with the very famous Carl Zeiss Optics. The camera is undoubtedly one of the best we have seen in the bracket, It takes great low-light shots with low levels of noise and great detail. On the front, there’s an equally impressive 16 MP (f/2.0, 1.0 µm) sensor which guarantees great looking selfies.  If you want a great camera on a smartphone and avoid spending fortunes on flagships - Nokia 7 Plus just might be for you.

The camera app of Nokia 7 Plus has options for HDR mode, Bothie mode that allows capturing pictures from both front and rear camera together, beautification mode, and a Pro mode. Like the Nokia 8, Nokia 7 Plus comes with OZO Audio technology that captures the right sounds and reduces the noise while capturing videos.

Nokia 7 Plus runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, under Google’s Android One Program - which means timely and hassle-free updates to pure stock Android on Nokia 7 Plus. HMD promises the Android P and Q updates to Nokia 7 Plus as they are out. We really admire the stock Android experience and mixed with timely updates - Nokia smartphones are really doing great with software.

There is a big 3800mAh battery, which is great for the smartphone to be up all day long and when you do need to charge - there’s USB-C based fast charging to sweeten the experience. Nokia 7 is built with all the major connectivity features including VoLTE and Bluetooth 5.0. The smartphone is very robust in build and would hardly take a dent and has an IP54 rating which is better than nothing for protection against water. Don’t know about IP ratings? Here’s an amazing-amazing article.

Nokia 7 Plus would cost ₹ 25,999 which is again Nokia-grade overpriced. There are some amazing alternatives but If you want to go with amazing build quality and some supercool Zeiss shots, Nokia 7 Plus won’t disappoint. You can pre-book the phone on April 20th and it will go on sale on April 30.

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8. Vivo V9

V9

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP
  • 3260mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Gold, Black Colors

Best Price ₹18990



Brief Review:

Vivo V9 is the latest smartphone launched by Vivo on 23rd March 2018. Vivo has always been focused towards the selfie camera, but this time, in addition to the Selfie Camera, Vivo has come up with many new features and yeah the notch as well. In terms of design, V9 looks mesmerizingly beautiful with a bezel-less display of 6.3 Inches Full HD+ display having 1080 x 2280 resolution. It is a FullView Display panel with19:9 aspect ratio (90% Body to Screen Ratio) and a notch at the top similar to iPhone X, but is smaller and narrower.

Talking about the specifications, Vivo V9 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 which scores approximately 67000 on the Antutu Benchmark Score. It has 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256 GB with a dedicated SD card slot and Dual sim usage.

In the camera department, Vivo V9 has a rear dual sensor of 16MP and 5MP which is placed vertically on the back. The Rear Camera produces perfect bokeh shots and uses AI techniques to improvise on the images. The dual camera has a wide angle lens so you can capture more in a single shot.  You can even shoot first and focus later, transforming every photo into an artistic masterpiece.

The front camera is a 24 MP sensor and reflects the inclination of Vivo towards Selfie, the selfie also supports depth/bokeh effect using Artifical Intelligence(AI) .V9 comes with AI Face Beauty that uses Machine Learning to find users' age, skin tone, sex and other features to "truly represent the person beauty". It also features a Selfie Lighting feature as was seen in iPhone X. So you will never be short of a great camera and selfie images anytime. It also has AR stickers for selfies which is just like Snapchat filters.

Vivo V9 also puts emphasis AI Smart Engine that is responsible to handle storage and app launching based on user behavior and AI Attention Scanning that lowers the volume of notification when the user is looking on the display. In terms of unlocking, it comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back and also supports face unlocking that again uses AI and Machine Learning (AI Face Access) that improves the accuracy of the Face Unlock Feature. Both the methods work smoothly and have very good accuracy.

On the Software front, Vivo V9 runs on Funtouch OS 4.0 which is a custom skin built over Android Oreo 8.1. The UI is clean and comes with many software features to ease your day to day activities. The battery of Vivo V9 is rated at 3290mAH and given the big screen size it lasts only for a day. Fast Charging is supported in Vivo V9 with the mobile getting fully charged in less than 1.5 hours  The battery is not a huge one to keep the check on the thickness and weight which just measure 7.9 mm and 150gm respectively. Vivo V9 is not water resistant or dust proof as it does not have any IP rating.

So if you are looking for a great camera setup and Fun of AI in your life, you can go for it, there is only one small disappointment that it runs 2 years old Snapdragon 626 which has been preceded by Snapdragon 630 and 636. Still, the overall performance is good and you won't face any lags while multi-tasking or gaming.

It is available both on Flipkart and Amazon at 22990 with different offers which can be checked on the links above. Overall, it is a great looking smartphone with excellent cameras. Go for it if your budget is around 25000.

Launch Offer on Flipkart: Flipkart is offering extra 2000 off on exchange. Plus, 5% instant discount (Rs. 1150) if you pay with HDFC cards. 0% Interest EMI also available.

Launch Offer on Amazon: Amazon is also offering extra 2000 off on exchange. Plus, 5% cashback in Amazon Pay if you with any credit or debit card. 0% Interest EMI also available.

 

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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 ₹29990



Brief Review:

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. Nokia 8

8

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.3 inch Quad HD Display 1440p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 13MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 13MP
  • 3090mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Blue, Copper and Gold Colors

Best Price ₹29999



Brief Review:

Nokia 8 is the flagship phone of 2017 from Nokia. Nokia is coming back after a long time and fans like us are excited.

At first look, Nokia 8 looks stunning especially the blue color variant. It has a metal unibody design carved out of Series 6000 aluminum. This is the same material used in iPhone 6 Plus which started the bendgate. Nokia might have used the same 6000 series material but the phone is very durable. Nokia has used a metal frame inside which keeps the phone rock solid. If you still have any doubts take a look at durability check out this video from JerryRigEverything.

Coming to the display, Nokia 8 has a Quad HD 5.3 inch display. The display is very sharp and bright. It is one of the most bright displays because of which the sunlight legibility is great. The display can be set to always on mode where it will display time and notifications. You can change for how do you want to have the always on display. Keeping it low will surely help to get better battery backup. Below the display, we have a fingerprint sensor with navigation keys which are backlit. 

Inside the Nokia 8, we have the latest Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The experience is super snappy thanks to the stock android with no bloatware at all. The device is able to handle heavy games and apps with ease. We did not notice any lag at all. Nokia 8 scores around 175000 on Antutu benchmark which is similar to other flagship devices.

The battery is 3090 mAh which is not great but still, it manages to give a full day of backup with medium usage. Plus, there is fast charging which helps to charge the device from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes.

The camera setup on the back comes with Zeiss branding and is made of two 13MP f/2.0 sensors. One of the sensors is a color sensor and the other one is a monochrome sensor. There is no telephoto lens so you cannot zoom without losing image quality. You can take portrait shots though. The pictures taken from the back camera are very detailed and sharp. You can take black and white shots as well which also have high level of details. The night or low light pictures also look great. Nokia has done a good job with the camera setup of Nokia 8.

The front camera on the front is a 13MP f/2.0 sensor with autofocus. The front camera also performs really well and takes high-quality shots. 

Video recording can be done at 4K 30FPS. While video recording sound is captured through 3 microphones which results in clear recordings. Better than most of the other phones in this price range.

There is a new feature from Nokia where you can record video from both front and back camera at the same time. Nokia is calling it Bothies. We have to wait and see it this trend picks up in future. 

Overall, Nokia 8 is a pretty solid smartphone from Nokia in flagship segment. It is will give tough competition to LG G6 and OnePlus 5 which are selling at similar price point.

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So this was our list of best phones under 30000. We hope the list was helpful for our users. We will be updating this list whenever new smartphones are launched. 

Our Favorites Under 30000

Vivo V11 is a great option which comes with a large bezel-less display and great cameras. It will cost you around 25000. 

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Asus Zenfone 5Z is another a gorgeous device with a great dual camera on the back. It comes with flagship grade hardware and offers great performance.

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