If you’re looking for a smartphone between Rs 26000 – Rs 30000 with the best features and specifications, you have come to the right place. Choosing a phone at this price range can be tricky because almost all phones are equally good. So it all comes down to the brand value (i.e whether you prefer established brands like Samsung, Sony and HTC or Chinese brands like Xiaomi and Huawei) nearby service centres in your city and also smartphones that do most things right – i.e good camera, less heat, smooth user interface and as few bugs as possible!
Here is our list of Best Mobile phones under 30000 rupees.
1. Honor 8 -Rs 21,500
The 5.2 inch Full HD display is clear and bright with well defined and accurate colours.
The phone is sleek and stylish with glass build. The phone comes in 3 colours : Sapphire blue, Pearl White and Sunrise gold. Both look very classy and premium.
Honor 8 is powered by Hisilicon Kirin 950 Processor with 4GB RAM which is fast enough for most tasks. Good for multi-tasking and doesn’t lag.
Finger print sensor is placed at the back and works exceptionally well, can unlock the phone within seconds
Runs on Android 6.0 Marshamallow with EMUI custom user interface. Takes a bit of time to get used to it, Nevertheless the phone is great.
The main feature of the phone is the dual rear camera with 12MP each and 8 MP front, The pictures taken both indoor and outdoor come out really good. One of the best cameras under RS 30000.
Comes with Optical Image Stabilisation, big advantage to have if you capture videos on the move.
The 3000 mAh battery can last for more than a day.
Supports USB on to go that lets you transfer files.
Good for gaming and the heat produced is moderate even after heavy gaming.
Comes with 32GB internal storage with 256Gb expandable storage
It is a hybrid sim device, thats a disappointment as you won’t be able to use both sim and Micro SD card together.
The phone feels a bit slippery while holding
2. OnePlus 3 64GB (Dual Sim) – Rs 28000
One of the sleekest and best looking phone under Rs 30000, The back looks very premium with metal build. Even though it is a 5.5 inch phone, unlike it’s predecessor, the OnePlus 3 fits perfectly in the hand.
The 5.5 inch screen with AMOLED display is truly an eye catcher, the colour reproduction is stunning. Although the brightness of the screen could have been a little higher, especially in bright sunlight. We think it’s the second best display in the market today – after the Samsung Galaxy S7 series of phones.
The fingerprint sensor is placed in the front of the phone, this button also acts as the home button. The fingerprint sensor is quick and one of the fastest finger print scanners in the market today. It also has the ‘always-on’ feature so even when the phone is ‘sleeping’ you can use the fingerprint scanner to unlock it.
The notification slider on the left is also one of the best features in the phone, it allows you to switch between all notifications, priority notifications and do not disturb (silent).
Speakers are placed at the bottom of the phone and the sound is clear and audible enough.
The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Oxygen OS user interface. This lets you to customise on gestures like if you draw a O on the screen the camera app opens and double tap on the screen to wake up the phone.
The OnePlus 3 comes with the Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 graphics and performance-wise the phone is top-notch. It’s comparable or probably even better than the flagship Samsung / Nexus devices when it comes to smoothness of the interface, giving you a completely lagfree experience. The 6GB RAM out of which 4.3 GB is available is probably an over-kill. You don’t see 6GB of RAM, but for those who like using their devices for 2-3 years, the OnePlus 3 is future-proof. You should get lag free performance even with future Android updates. Gaming wise, it can play any games you throw at it. High end games can be played without any loss of frame rates. There is no major heating issue either.
The phone comes with a 3000 mAh battery, we did expect a bigger battery. The camera module pops out and the surrounding area could have been filled with a larger battery. But in today’s times, when a lot of people look at the ‘sleekness’ of phones, OnePlus opted to make their third phone as sleek as they possibly could. The phone lasted for a day with moderate usage. However it does come with a dash charger meaning it charges relatively fast without heating the phone. You can charge your phone from 0 to 100% in less than 75 minutes (1 hour 15 minutes).
OnePlus has packed the phone with a good camera too. The pictures come out good in outdoor conditions. The colours are accurate and we quite liked the white balance in photos too. In low lighting condition, the photos are still good, but could have been better.
64GB internal storage is more than sufficient to store files.
Thankfully, OnePlus 3 is easily available on Amazon.in, the invite system is not there anymore.
Supports NFC and USB on to go.
Doesn’t come with MicroSD card
Only available on Amazon.in, you cannot buy in any retail shop or other e-commerce websites.
Non removable battery (it’s not a big deal anymore)
The 5.2 inch super AMOLED display is bright and sharp with good viewing angels.
Glass and metal build makes it look premium
The phone supports dual sim and both are 4G enabled
Fast and responsive finger print scanner
16GB internal memory with 128 GB expandable storage
Samsung known for their camera take good pictures
Speaker and call quality is good.
Good performance with 2GB RAM
The phone comes in Android Lollipop 5.1, might get a Marshmallow update very soon.
2900 mAh battery lasts for more then a day
The phone doesn’t heat up even after intensive gaming
Supports quick charging technology
A bit pricey, At Rs 28000 there are other phones which offers better features then Samsung Galaxy A5. Except for the looks there is nothing much to look for.
4. Moto X Style 16GB (Single Sim) – Rs 27000
The 5.7 Inch QHD display is actually sharp and bright but not as good as AMOLED displays in Samsung.
Phone looks very stylish with metal edges and rubber back.
Like most other motorola phones even Moto X style is water resistant.
Comes with snapdragon 808 processor which is decently fast with 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 808 has some heating issue unlike other phones with this processor, Moto X style doesn’t produce excessive heat but after heavy gaming. We noticed a bit of heating.
Excellent camera with 21MP Rear and 5MP front, takes good pictures indoor and outdoor.
Features like swipe hand to wake up the phone and shake to open the camera works very well
Good battery life (3000 mAh). Comes for a whole day with moderate usage
Comes with Android Marshmallow
Speakers are placed in the front that produce good music
Phone supports quick charging (charges from 10% to 50% within half an hour)
Games like Asphalt 8 and other heavy games can be played without any lag
16GB internal memory with 128GB expandable memory slot
At 180 Grams, phone feels heavy
Heats up after intensive gaming
Doesn’t come with finger print scanner
5. HTC One A9 32GB (Single sim) – Rs 25,500
Bright and sharp 5 inch full HD display
The metallic sleek build looks and feels premium
Unlike the camera in other HTC devices. A9 captures incredibly good pictures both indoor and outdoor. Looks like HTC has finally improved on their camera
Fast processor with 3GB RAM
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
Fast and responsive finger print sensor
Latest Android update (Marshmallow 6.0)
Gaming performance is good, Heavy games can be played with ease
While testing, we did not experience any heating issue
32GB Internal storage
Supports quick charging technology, however the phone doesn’t come with the fast charger
The phone doesnt come with expandable memory card slot
Average battery life (2150 mAh), The phone doesn’t even last for a day with moderate usage.