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5 Best Mobile Phones under Rs 30,000 – December 2017

We update our list of best phones under Rs 30,000 every month by replacing the outdated mobile phones with good quality phones available in the Indian market. All the mobile phones listed here are arranged after comparing each other and by considering the specifications, features, hardware, software (UI), performance, user experience, after sales service, value for money, reliability and more.

Within the modest budget of 30,000 Rs, you are sure to get an unostentatious smartphone with fully packed features; good performance specs, ample RAM space, satisfactory battery backup, a dual primary camera etc. There is no reason to compromise your imperative requirements for the purchase. You are, for sure, within the budget to vouch for the best new-gen smartphone available in the market today.

Basically, most of the mobile phones available within Rs 30000 budget are enhanced prototypes of their respective 16GB/ 32GB variants available within 20K- 25K range. Please do check out my review list for best phones under Rs. 25000, to get more detailed exposure.

Which one to choose?

To make your task in-hand manageable, I have scrutinized the best from the available ones prioritizing the phone’s performance, camera quality, hardware, battery backup and has exhibited the same in this article, which falls within the budget range of Rs 30000.

List of best smartphones under 30000 INR:

 

Honor 8 Pro

This is one of the mobile phones enhanced with Kirin 960 processor, engineered for improved performance and to induce new cutting-edge features in the smartphone world, are all set to challenge SoC premiers like Qualcomm and Samsung. Comes packed with 5.7 inch Quad HD Display, Multi-Touch Sensitive Screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. 6GB RAM, 128GB internal memory, intensified with the Kirin 960 octa-core processor for enhanced performance with latest stock Android, Nougat 7.0 for a better user interface. Moreover, the smartphone comes with Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery, smart enough to hold the charge for 2 days for average daily use.

Another important feature to note is its 12MP+12MP dual primary camera with Rear Dual Color Temperature Flash with features like Auto Focus, Laser Focus + Contrast Focus, Support Wide Aperture, Light Painting, Super Night Mode, Voice Activated Shooting, Slow Motion Recording and 8MP front camera with 77° wide-angle lenses, guarantees You a professional photographic exposure. Sensors include Hall Sensor, Infrared Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope. Best to purchase for 30K!

9.1/10 Read review
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Last Amazon price update was: December 14, 2017 9:04 pm (Info)
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Key Specifications

  • Android v7.0 Nougat, UI – EMUI 5.1
  • 2.4 GHz, Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 960 Processor, Mali-G71 MP8 GPU
  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB internal storage, expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card
  • 5.7 inches, Quad HD display with 515 ppi
  • 12 MP + 12 MP rear cameras with dual-LED flash
  • 8 MP front facing camera without flash
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
  • Fast charging supported

What's good:
  • Latest stock Android: Nougat 7.0
  • Superb battery reserve: 4000mAh Li-polymer battery. Holds charge for up to 30hrs 3G talk-time.
  • Unique Design: Lightweight and sleek.
  • Exceptional Cameras: 77° wide-angle lenses offers immense photographic experience.
  • Ample storage: 128GB internal memory, expandable up to another 128GB.
  • Shipped with VR lens.
  • Dual Sim 4G VoLTE.

What could have been better:
  • Too slippery: Recommended to use a back cover.
  • Do not ship with a headset.

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Moto Z2 Play with Style Mod

Intensified by Moto Mods, this smartphone is all set to induce new revolution and is surely one of the best next-gen mobile available in the market today. You can magnetically attach Moto Mods (sold separately) to the back of your phone to stimulate its unlimited possibilities. There are Zoom mods, Sound mods, Power bank mods also even an Insta-Share Moto Projector mod. Many features get engaged as the mods get attached, which makes this mobile one of the best to recommend within the budget range of 30K.

Featured with 5.5″ Full HD OLED display. 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal memory, amplified by Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Octa Core 2.2GHz Processor which operates Android Nougat 7.1.1 expertly. Moreover, this smartphone comes with 3000 mAh battery with TurboPower charging option for quicker recharge, is one of the best Moto has ever produced. Comes with 12 MP Primary Camera (f/1.7), with Optical Image Stabilization, 8X Digital Zoom, Burst Mode, Night Mode, Auto HDR, Video Stabilization, 1080p HD Video (60fps), 4K Video (30fps), Slow Motion Video, Video HDR (1080p and 4K) etc are some features and with a 5MP front camera (f/2.2) with a wide-angle lens, lets you take dazzling selfies. Sensors include Fingerprint Reader, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Hall Effect, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor. Plausible for 30K!

Moto Z Play, the predecessor of Z2 is also a good phone for the budget.

9.3/10 Read review
93 %
Last Amazon price update was: December 5, 2017 7:14 am (Info)
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Key Specifications

  • Android v7.1.1 Nougat, UI – Stock Android
  • 2.2 GHz, Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Processor, Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4 GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and up to 2 TB microSD support
  • 5.5 inches, Full HD display
  • 12 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash
  • 5 MP front-facing with dual-LED flash
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
  • Turbocharging is supported

What's good:
  • Moto Mods: Many features get engaged as mods get attached.
  • Excellent battery backup: 3000 mAh battery TurboPower charging option for faster recharge.
  • Ample storage: Expandable up to 256GB.
  • Unique design: Sturdy, Durable and Sleek.
  • Ships with a wired headset.
  • 4G VoLTE compatible.

What could have been better:
  • Hybrid sim slot: If you are using 2 SIM cards, you will not be able to expand the phone’s memory using a MicroSD card.
  • Costly Mods: Moto Mods are costly and have limited functionality.

Update - 2017.10.16Added Moto Z2 Play
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LG V20

LG’s V20 is one of the best LG has ever offered. Aggregated with 5.7″ Quad-HD display, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, supplemented with 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz Kryo Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, Adreno 530 GPU, on which is loaded Android Nougat 7.0 for proficient interaction with the end-user. 3200mAH lithium-ion battery capacity with Quick charge 3.0 to provide talk-time of 14 hours and standby time of 136 hours for dignified service. The mobile phone encases 16MP+8MP dual primary cameras with wide-angle lens, 135° (F/2.4) and 75° (F/1.8) viewing angles and 5MP front-facing selfie-camera, F/1.9, with 120° viewing angle, are some of the best features to avail for the 30K budget. Sensors include a Fingerprint sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Gyroscope, Hall IC, Barometer.

8.9/10 Read review
89 %
Last Amazon price update was: December 12, 2017 7:31 pm (Info)
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Key Specifications

  • Android v7.0 Nougat with LG UX 5.0 – UI
  • 2.15 GHz, Octa Core Snapdragon 820 Processor, Adreno 530 GPU
  • 4 GB RAM + 64GB storage / 8GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • 5.7 inches, Quad HD display, 513 ppi
  • 2.1 inches secondary display
  • 16 MP + 8 MP rear cameras with dual flash
  • 5 MP front facing camera without flash support
  • 3200 mAh Li-Ion battery (Removable)
  • Fast charging supported

What's good:
  • Quick Charge 3.0: For fast and efficient charging.
  • Exceptional Dual cameras: Wide viewing angle, best for large group shots.
  • Hybrid Auto Focus: The mobile phone features LDAF (Laser Detection Auto Focus), PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) and Contrast AF technologies lets capture everything with ease.
  • Hi-Fi Quad DAC with B&O Play Collaboration: Provides best in class audio output.
  • Steady Record 2.0: This feature lets you capture sharp, smooth video in any condition by minimizing unintentional shuddering.
  • Secondary Screen: For excellent multi-tasking.
  • Removable battery.
  • 4G VoLTE.

What could have been better:
  • Low RAM spec: Most devices offer 6GB RAM for the budget of 30K.

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OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5 comes as one of the latest edition this year, 2017, to the OnePlus series. This is a smartphone pioneered to excellence in every aspect of performance and delivery as precisely as advertised, “Never Settle”.

Enhanced with 5.5″ FHD screen- 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 makes the smartphone scratch resistant. 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal memory, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, built to crack and execute much demanding apps and games. Oxygen OS on OnePlus 5 is unique, powerful yet simple, built on Android Nougat 7.1.1, the latest stock Android mesmerizes you with its unique performance. 3300mAH Lithium Polymer battery with Dash Charge technology, sure to hold the charge for 1.5 days on moderate usage, is another important spec to note. Another important feature is its 20MP+16MP primary dual cameras with Smart capture, Fast AF, Portrait Mode, Pro Mode etc and 16MP front camera which beautifies and enhances everything filmed on this mobile phone. Sensors include a fingerprint sensor, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope. These features are the best to avail of the budget range around 30K. Worth a shot!

9.3/10 Read review
93 %
Last Amazon price update was: December 12, 2017 7:33 pm (Info)
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Key Specifications

  • Android v7.1.1 Nougat, UI – Oxygen OS
  • 2.45 GHz, Octa Core Snapdragon 835 Processor, Adreno 540 GPU
  • 6GB RAM + 64GB storage / 8GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • 5.5 inches, Full HD display
  • 16 MP + 20 MP rear cameras with dual flash
  • 16 MP front facing camera
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
  • Fast/dash charging supported

What's good:
  • Latest stock Android: Nougat 7.1.1 on Oxygen OS for improved performance.
  • Excellent battery backup: 3300mAH Li-Polymer battery with Dash Charge technology for fast and efficient charging.
  • Unique Design: Slim and light-weight.
  • Gaming DND Mode: To mute notifications and temporarily disable soft keys to avoid accidental taps while gaming.
  • Reading Mode: Optimizes display for reading and can be toggled manually.
  • Dual-Sim VoLTE.

What could have been better:
  • Not expandable: Do not have provision for external memory card slot.
  • Do not ship with a headset.

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Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

6″ FHD with the sAMOLED screen with 2.5D Gorilla Glass protected for superior display. 6GB, 64GB internal memory, augmented with Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 Octa-Core 1.95GHz processor and Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU for robust multitasking. The smartphone comes preloaded with Android Marshmallow 6.0. 4000mAh battery with the USB Type C charger is an important spec to be noted. Also, the mobile has 13MP primary camera with Dual LED Flash, f/1.9, and a 16MP selfie-camera, f/1.9, allows you to take stunning pictures even in low light conditions. Sensors include Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor. Economical for the budget!

8.8/10 Read review
88 %
Last Amazon price update was: December 5, 2017 7:13 am (Info)
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Key Specifications

  • Android v7.0 Nougat with LG UX 5.0 – UI
  •  Octa Core, 1.95GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 – Qualcomm Adreno 510
  • 6 GB RAM + 64GB storage and expandable up to 256 GB
  • 6 inches, Full HD display
  • 16 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash
  • 16 MP front facing – no flash
  • 4000 mAh Li-Ion battery (non-removable)

What's good:
  • Great battery backup: 4000mAh battery with USB Type C charging is best in class.
  • Superb camera: 16MP primary and 16MP selfie cam’s offer you a prodigious photographic experience.
  • Sturdy Performance: The 1.95GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 Octa-Core processor with Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU is made to decipher and execute any app or game without a slack.
  • Ample storage: Expandable up to 256GB.

What could have been better:
  • Preloaded Android 6.0: Upgradable to Nougat 7.0.
  • No VoLTE: Supports 4G LTE.
  • Heating issues are a cause for concern.

Are you still confused? Check the hardware comparison below:

Which is the best phone for gaming?

When it comes to performance and gaming, all the top mobile phones of the list are equally capable of running low to high intensive games. LG V20 and Moto Z2 Play comes with 4GB of RAM whereas the rest offers 6GB RAM. OnePlus 5 has the best gaming spec under Rs 30000.

OnePlus 5
10
Honor 8 Pro
9
Moto Z2 Play
8
LG V20
8
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
9

? Winner: OnePlus 5

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Which is the best selfie-camera phone?

While OnePlus 5 and Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro comes with the best quality front camera among the top 5 mobile phones of the list, Moto Z2 Play and LG V20 offers the weakest.

OnePlus 5
16MP
Honor 8 Pro
8MP
Moto Z2 Play
5MP
LG V20
5MP
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
16MP

? Winner: OnePlus 5

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Which phone has the best rear camera?

In real experience, all the devices perform really well. If we only look at what’s on paper, then OnePlus 5 has the best camera specifications to offer, but that doesn’t mean that it is the best camera phone. Honor 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro look slightly refreshing than other phones though it has lesser camera resolution.

OnePlus 5
16MP
Honor 8 Pro
12MP
Moto Z2 Play
12MP
LG V20
16MP
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
13MP

? Winner: Honor 8 Pro

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Which phone has the best display?

More resolution means crisper and sharper screen. Although in real world experience it’s very difficult to figure out the phone with best display, Honor 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro leads the spec score.

OnePlus 5
1080p
Honor 8 Pro
1440p
Moto Z2 Play
1080p
LG V20
1440p
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
1080p

? Winner: Honor 8 Pro & LG V20

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Which phone has the best battery?

All the mobile phones of the list offer excellent battery backup. However, Honor 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro has bigger battery.

OnePlus 5
3300mAh
Honor 8 Pro
4000mAh
Moto Z2 Play
3000mAh
LG V20
3200mAh
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
4000mAh

? Winner: Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro & Honor 8 Pro

These are the most notable merchandise for you to cross-check before getting phones under Rs 30,000.
These mobiles are sure to offer latest upgraded specifications available today along with transcendent cameras and an unambiguous performance. Most of them offer you a wide range of possibilities for you to choose from. Choose wisely!

Also, check the video:

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Also, check the Full specs comparison of the best phones under Rs. 30000

2 Comments
  1. Reply
    Pranesh October 15, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Which one is better for gaming? OnePlus 5 or Moto Z?

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