As consumer tastes become more sophisticated and people start switching from their first Android smartphones, demand has risen to Rs. Rs 25,000 or less. 30,000 segments in India. It is also true that prices in general markets and industries have risen over the last year or so, and so even cost-conscious buyers are looking to higher budgets than before. If you want to spend less Rs. 30,000, you can now get a lot of very functional smartphones with premium features, modern hardware and versatile cameras.
Here is a Gadgets 360 selection of the best phones under Rs. 30,000 in India, at random. We reviewed all the phones on this list and tested them extensively, including their performance, camera capabilities, software and ease of use, physical design, battery life, and charging speed.
The best phone under Rs. 30000 buy in India
|Phone up to 30,000||Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G||8||rupees 26,999|
|Motorola Edge 20||8||rupees 29 999|
|Realme GT Master Edition||8||rupees 27,999|
|Oppo Reno 7 5G||8||rupees 28,999|
|OnePlus Nord 2||8||rupees 27,999|
|Poco F3 GT||8||rupees 26,999|
|Mi 11X||8||rupees 29 999|
|Realme X7 Max 5G||8||rupees 26,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A52||8||rupees 26 499|
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G
Xiaomi certainly knows how to stand out – the 11i Hypercharge 5G lives up to its name with 120W fast charging, which means its 4,500mAh battery can go from zero to 100 percent in about 20 minutes. Of course, you’ll need to carry around its rather bulky charger if you need fast charging outside. Other than that, the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G looks stylish with its frosted glass back but weighs 204g.
You get a MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on which option you choose. There’s 128GB of storage, a 6.67-inch Full HD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, stereo speakers, and an IR emitter. You get MIUI 12.5 running on top of Android 11. Xiaomi 11i without 120W charging costs a little less and is otherwise almost identical, so you should pay more for this feature if you think it’s important enough.
Motorola Edge 20
The Motorola Edge series has taken the Indian smartphone market by storm and the Motorola Edge 20 could be the best in terms of price and performance. It features a powerful SoC, a super-smooth 144Hz display, a versatile camera suite, and an IP52 dust and water resistance rating. Motorola also uses a near-standard Android user interface and promises timely software updates. This phone looks great, it’s thin and light, but the result is a relatively small battery that requires frequent recharging. If you’re looking for a slim or malware-free Android smartphone, you should consider the Motorola Edge 20.
Realme GT Master Edition
The Realme GT Master Edition is offered at a competitive price with a unique suitcase-like design. This Master Edition model from the first GT series makes an impression, if not quite versatile. The high quality Super AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate is good for gaming and watching movies. You don’t have stereo speakers, but this phone does have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor powering the Realme GT Master Edition gaming experience is a worthy upgrade over the 768G and is on par with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200. Camera performance is quite good in daylight, but low-light performance is only maintained by Night Mode. Battery life is pretty good for a thin mid-range smartphone, and it also charges fairly quickly, going from zero to 100 percent in about 35 minutes.
Oppo Reno 7 5G
Even though the new Oppo Reno 7 5G looks a lot like its Reno 6 predecessor, it has some upgrades that keep it on our list. It’s thin and light, and the new laser-etched pattern on the back looks good, but the whole body is made of plastic. The Reno 7 uses the same MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC as the Oppo Reno 6, and this phone is only available with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. 4500 mAh is slightly more than the previous model. It runs ColorOS 12 based on Android 11. The 64-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and 2-megapixel macro camera are pretty much the same as the Reno 6. Overall, it’s a good phone and performed well in our review. , but some others in this price tier offer better features, and the near-identical OnePlus Nord CE 2 comes in at a lower price.
OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus Nord 2 is the successor to OnePlus Nord. It features a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It packs a 4500mAh battery and supports 65W Warp charging. The Nord 2 is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1200AI processor and is available in 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB of RAM. Like most other OnePlus smartphones, the Nord 2 runs OxygenOS.
The camera performance of the Nord 2 is good for its price. Daylight photos are clear, but shots taken with the ultra wide-angle camera aren’t great. The Nord 2 handles close-ups and portrait shots very well. Camera performance in low light is also good, especially in Nightscape mode. Overall, the OnePlus Nord 2 is a good choice for people on a budget.
Poco F3 GT
The Poco F3 GT is designed with gaming features and performance in mind. This new model has a premium body with a metal frame and a glass back. There are maglev trigger buttons that can be activated using the sliders on the side. You get a large 6.67-inch HDR10+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and up to 480Hz touch sampling rate in Game Turbo mode. Poco has chosen a Dimensity 1200 SoC to power the F3 GT, and you can get this phone with 6GB or 8GB of RAM.
The Poco F3 GT has a triple camera setup consisting of a 64MP main, 8MP ultra wide and 2MP macro camera. It took average quality photos in both daylight and low light. On the plus side, the Poco F3 GT delivers a great gaming experience for the price.
Mi 11X 5G
Mi 11X 5G price starts just under Rs. 30,000 and it’s very powerful thanks to the almost flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. We love the fact that the Mi 11X 5G looks refreshingly simple, without the intricate embellishments and over-the-top branding unlike some of its competitors. Overall and gaming performance is excellent, and content looks very good on the 120Hz AMOLED display. Little touches like fast charging, an IP rating, and stereo speakers add to the overall pleasant experience.
MIUI showed a lot of spam notifications during our review period. We also noticed that the Mi 11X gets very hot while charging. The quality of the camera as a whole was fairly average, although its “tele macro” camera is capable of taking some great shots. Ultimately, the Mi 11X 5G isn’t the best all-rounder, but it’s a strong contender, especially if you want an SoC powerful enough for gaming.
Realme X7 Max 5G
The Realme X7 Max 5G replaced the Realme X7 Pro 5G shortly after its launch, and that too with a much more powerful SoC and a few improved features at a lower starting price. The Realme X7 Max 5G can be considered a “flagship killer” and is great for gaming thanks to its MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC, 5G support, stereo speakers, long battery life and fast charging. It has a fairly decent set of cameras for daytime shooting.
Realme has made the back design relatively thin, but the basic finish makes it a much less expensive phone. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack that its predecessor didn’t have. The cameras don’t perform very well in low light, and the macro camera isn’t very useful at all. If you can overlook these shortcomings, you will find that the Realme X7 Max 5G offers very good value for money.
Samsung Galaxy A52
The Samsung Galaxy A52 caught everyone’s attention when it was released thanks to its brand new A-series design. Looks youthful and, shall we say, fashionable. It also offers great features like an IP67 rating, stereo speakers, and a 90Hz AMOLED display, a combination that’s hard to find in this segment. We found its overall performance to be solid even though it uses a lower end Snapdragon 720G SoC. The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with the latest One UI skin based on Android 11. There are several malware to deal with. not big fans. The cameras, while stable throughout the day, tended to drop a bit in low light. Barring these issues, the Galaxy A52 is still an attractive proposition as you get a good feature set.