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5 Best Phones under 30000 Rs (October 2016)

5 Best Phones under 30000 Rs (October 2016)

by Rahul DubeyOctober 15, 2016

Looking for the best phone under 30000 Rs? Then you have a difficult task at hand, as, this price range has flagship phones from smaller brands or next to flagship phones from bigger brands, so there are lots of good choices for every type of users. But then, as every phone has some pros and cons or a speciality for certain user type, finding the best smartphone under 30000 Rs. according to your needs is a tough job. So, to help you out in buying your next smartphone, we have written the list of 5 Best Phones under 30000 Rs. in India.

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This list includes the rankings of the best mobiles under 30000 Rs. The list includes short reviews for all the phones and suggests readers, which phone will be suitable for which types of buyers/requirements. We also suggest the alternatives at the same price and also recommend our readers to increase their budget a little if better deals are available at little higher prices. We update this list every month and it is serving as the perfect solution for buyers in India since years.

So relax! Choosing the best mobile under 30000 Rs. will be very easy for you now. If you still have any question, feel free to ask it in the comments section at the end. 🙂

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Best Smartphone under 30000 Rs. since July-16

1. OnePlus 3:

OnePlus has launched its most awaited phone the OnePlus 3. Since the time the company’s last flagship phone – the OnePlus 2 was launched, many serious competitors like the Xiaomi Mi 5 were launched so, it was clear for OnePlus, to stay in the race it has to produce a phone which has to be much better than the competition and which stands as a clear winner for months. Now let’s see if the company has succeeded or not. For the first time, OnePlus, in its flagship phones has ditched the Sandstone finish back and came up with a full metal unibody design although, you get the Sandstone, Bamboo and all the other back finishes in the form of cases this time. Design wise, the OnePlus 3 is simple and elegant, the company hasn’t tried anything fancy. It sports a 5.5 inches Full HD display, disappointing many who thought it will be a 2k display this time but, we are quite happy with it, as 2k is still not mainstream in India and not to forget it uses more battery. It uses the Optic AMOLED display (built by Samsung) which is excellent and almost perfect, full marks in the display department. The OnePlus 3 runs on Qualcomm’s latest flagship Snapdragon 820 Processor paired with Adreno 530 GPU and 6 GB RAM. It is a beast in terms of performance, throw anything and it can handle it. It is currently one of the most powerful Android smartphones in the world. The OnePlus 3 features a 16 MP rear camera with Sony’s IMX298 sensor with 1.12 µm pixel size and f/2.0 aperture, it also comes with OIS. The camera has got good balance of everything and it can capture some really good quality images. The 8 MP front camera has also top-notch quality. The OnePlus 3 can also record 4K videos. The phone runs on latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based company’s Oxygen OS which has a near stock Android UI, it just brings in few enhancements. The fingerprint scanner situated below the screen is ultra fast and accurate and works even when the screen is sleeping. The phone packs a 3,000 mAh battery which gives good battery backup but more importantly, it comes with Dash Charging (OnePlus’s fast charging technology) support which charges the phone from 0% to 60% in under 30 minutes without overheating the phone, which is just amazing. It is a dual sim phone with 4G support and comes with 64 GB internal storage but there is no microSD slot. Overall, the OnePlus 3 which has one of the best performances in the world, is a great complete package, it packs very powerful hardware and works efficiently with its stable software. It is near perfect in most departments and delivers all the latest flagship features at a very impressive price and is undoubtedly the best phone under 30000 Rs. in India at present.

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PRICERs. 27,999 @ 
OSAndroid v6.0.1 Marshmallow | UI - Oxygen OS
CPU2.2 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 16 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No
SIMDual SIM (4G+4G)
STORAGEInternal: 64 GB, Expandable: No
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery | Fast Charging: Yes (Dash Charging: 0% to 60% in under 30 minutes)
BODYWeight: 158 grams, Thickness: 7.4 mm
OTHERSType-C USB, Fingerprint Scanner, OIS, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


2. Asus ZenFone 3 ZE552KL:

The Zenfone 2 series of Asus was a good hit in India and recently, Asus has launched its much awaited Zenfone 3 series of smartphones. When compared to the Zenfone 2, the Zenfone 3 comes with great improvements in the design department, both in terms of looks and build quality. It comes with a metal body and a 2.5D curved glass on the front and back, the metallic edges on the side are also rounded, which makes the phone very comfortable to hold. The back panel has concentric circle design, which gives a good glossy reflection when brought under light. It weighs at 155 grams and has a thickness of 7.7mm. Summing up the design, the Zenfone 3 packs excellent looks, great premium build quality and a comfortable to use design. It sports a 5.5 inches Full HD display which has a very good display quality. It has 600nits brightness which means the visibility under outdoor conditions or direct sunlight is good. The Zenfone 3 ZE552KL is powered by the 2.0 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor designed with the 14nm process, which is advanced technology designed to improve performance, use lesser power and save battery. It is coupled with Adreno 506 GPU and 4 GB RAM and delivers excellent performance for every usage. Although, at this price the Snapdragon 820 processor was expected but still the Snapdragon 625 is also very good, obviously we cannot compare it with the Snapdragon 820 but still it will not disappoint you for heavy usage also. Coming to the camera, the Zenfone 3 packs a 16 MP rear camera with Sony’s latest IMX298 sensor (also used in Xiaomi Mi5), f/2.0 aperture, 4-axis OIS, 3-axis EIS, dual-LED flash and supports 4K video recording. Asus has also introduced TriTech AF which combines laser, phase detection and continuous auto-focus, which results in really fast auto-focus. It can capture really good quality images and gets full marks. The camera lens is also protected with Sapphire Glass. The 8 MP front camera is also very good. Also, Asus’s camera app is also very feature rich, it has lots of filters and modes and also includes a complete manual mode which lets you adjust the camera’s raw settings the way you want. The phone runs on the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Asus’s ZenUI 3.0 running on top. The ZenUI comes with lots of added features and customizations. It has good speakers and a good fingerprint scanner situated at the back. It uses USB Type-C 2.0 for fast data syncing and charging. It is a dual sim phone with 4G support on both the slots. It packs 64 GB of internal storage which is expandable upto 2 TB with a microSD card, using a hybrid slot. It is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery which delivers acceptable battery backup but a bigger battery would have made the phone much better. Overall, the Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL is a great phone, it packs great design, good performance, excellent cameras and all the latest features and delivers a true flagship like experience. A very good buy at this price. Asus has also launched a more compact Zenfone 3 ZE520KL with 5.2 inches screen at Rs. 21,999, you should go with it if you need a more comfortable phone.

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PRICERs 27,999 @  Rs 27,668 @  Rs 27,320 @ 
OSAndroid v6.0.1 Marshmallow | UI - ZenUI 3.0
CPU2.0 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, Super IPS+ capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 16 MP, Flash: Yes (Dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No
SIMDual SIM (4G + 4G)
STORAGEInternal: 64 GB, Expandable: up to 2 TB via microSD (hybrid slot)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 155 grams, Thickness: 7.7 mm
OTHERSUSB Type-C, Fingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, Infrared

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Newly Launched

3. Huawei Honor 8:

Huawei has launched its much awaited mid-range smartphone Honor 8 in India. Starting with the design of the phone, the Honor 8 comes with a very stylish and premium design. It packs 2.5D curved glass on both front and rear and has a metallic frame in between. It looks beautiful and feels great and gets full marks for build quality. The Honor 8 comes with a 5.2 inches Full HD screen, the screen size is good for one-handed usage and the display quality is very good. The phone runs on Huawei’s own 2.3 GHz Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 950 processor coupled with 4 GB RAM and Mali-T880 GPU. The processor’s performance is good but at this price, the Honor 8’s rivals come with Qualcomm’s much more powerful Snapdragon 820 processor. However, if we consider the performance of the phone standalone, it works well for normal usage, heavy multitasking and heavy gaming also and, doesn’t heat up much while gaming. The greatest part of the Honor 8 is its camera department. It packs two 12 MP rear cameras which work simultaneously, out of which one clicks color images and the other one clicks monochrome (black and white) images. Both the images are then merged, it allows good depth in the images and also allows you to change the aperture size even after clicking an image. It also includes laser assist autofocus which is very fast and the camera app provides lots of options and a full manual mode. Talking about the image quality, the camera performance is great. The 8 MP selfie shooter which comes with auto beautification is also very good. The Honor 8 runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow with company’s Emotion UI 4.1 which comes with lots of added features and customizations. The phone packs a fast and accurate fingerprint scanner situated on the back, it can also be used for some extra activities like, to swipe photos in the gallery. A very disappointing thing in the phone is, it is a single sim device. The phone supports 4G but lacks support for VoLTE, which is now much more important after the entry of Reliance Jio in the Indian market. For storage, it comes with 32 GB internal memory which is expandable upto 128 GB via microSD card. It has USB Type-C port for data syncing and charging. The Honor 8 is backed by a non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery which comes with fast charging support and provides good battery backup. The audio quality via the speaker on the phone is rich and loud. Overall, the Huawei Honor 8 is a very good smartphone, it packs great cameras, great design, good performance and a very good all round experience. Almost everything about the phone is good and it can be another good choice under 30000 Rs.

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PRICERs 29,999 @  Rs 27,890 @ 
OSAndroid v6.0 Marshmallow | UI - Emotion UI 4.1
CPU2.3 GHz Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 950 Processor
SCREEN5.2 inches, LTPS capacitive touchscreen
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 423 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 12 MP + 12 MP Dual Cameras, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No
SIMSingle SIM (nano sim)
STORAGEInternal: 32 GB, Expandable: Yes, up to 128 GB via microSD card
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery | Fast Charging: Yes
BODYWeight: 153 grams, Thickness: 7.5 mm
OTHERSFingerprint Scanner, USB Type-C, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, Infrared, NFC, WiFi, GPS


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4. Moto X Style:

Motorola is having a great run in the Indian market from last year, all of its phone have been hit since its comeback in India and the same is bound to happen with the new Moto X Style. Its name includes ‘Style’ so let’s talk about the design first. The Moto X Style comes with metallic sides and premium back covers which are available in different colors and textures like other Moto phones. The back of the phone is curved due to which it fits in perfectly in hands however it comes with a pretty large 5.7 inches screen but, Motorola has really reduced on the size of bezels around the screen so despite the bigger screen it only feels as big as a 5.5 inches phone. To finish with design, the phone looks similar to other Moto phones like the Moto X (2nd Gen) and the Moto Nexus 6 but, if you spare that, it is indeed beautiful. The 5.7 inches screen has a 2k (1440 x 2560 pixels) resolution with a great 520 ppi pixel density, the display quality is amazing. It is powered by the popular flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa Core Processor clocked at 1.8 GHz and paired with 3 GB RAM and delivers great performance. It comes with a 21 MP rear camera which is by far the best rear camera seen on any Moto phone till now, it features f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detect Auto-Focus (PDAF), Dual Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash, 4X digital zoom, Video Stabilization and 4K video recording at 30fps. The 5 MP front camera comes with f/2.0 aperture, Wide-Angle lens and a front flash, it is also good in picture quality. The Moto X Style is now upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is a Dual Sim 4G enabled smartphone and comes with 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage options and is also expandable upto 128 GB. The Moto X Style is backed by a non-removable 3000 mAh battery but, the Quad HD display needs much more power and the phone disappoints a little in battery life, it can still run throughout the day with medium usage. But it comes with really fast Turbo Charging feature which the company says can charge the phone for use upto 8 hours in just 15 min of charging! The dual front speakers on the phone have rich & loud sound quality. It is also worth noting that, the Moto X Style doesn’t include a fingerprint scanner which is a disappointment. Overall, the Moto X Style is a powerful well designed phone with good cameras and Stock Android UI which will be upgradable for years. A complete package with great user experience, the Moto X Style can still be a very good buy. The powerful Moto Turbo and Moto X Force can be strong alternatives.

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PRICE16 GB - Rs. 26,999 @             32 GB - Rs. 28,999 @
OSAndroid v5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradable to v6.0 Marshmallow | UI - Stock Android
CPU1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992 Hexa Core Processor
SCREEN5.7 inches, TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYQuad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels), 520 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 21 MP, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: Yes
SIMDual Sim (LTE + LTE)
STORAGEInternal: 16/32 GB | Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery | Fast Charging: Yes (Turbo Charging)
BODYWeight: 179 grams, Thickness: 11.1 mm
OTHERS4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, NFC

5. LG Google Nexus 5X (32 GB):

Google has just refreshed its two years old and very popular Nexus 5 with the Nexus 5X. The new Nexus 5X brings in lots of new features and improvements over its predecessor. Starting with the design, it carries forwards the design language of the Nexus 5 and rather than looking muscular, it looks cute! The phone is built with plastic and has soft touch finish on the back which gives a good grip and feels good in hands. Summing up, the design and build quality is good but lot better options are available at the same price. It comes with a 5.2 inches Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) display with 423 ppi pixel density, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display of the phone is very good. The Nexus 5X is powered by a 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa Core Processor coupled with 2 GB RAM and delivers excellent performance. It runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and being a Nexus device, it will be one of the few phones in the world to get the future Android updates for years. The Nexus 5X runs on the stock and purest form of Android which means there are no additional layers of UI & extra services downgrading performance and making your device slow. The Nexus 5X features a strong 12.3 MP rear camera with 1.55μm pixels,  f/2.0 Aperture, 4K video recording, dual-LED flash & Laser Assisted Autofocus and clicks very good images. The 5 MP front cameras is decent too. The phone comes with a fingerprint scanner situated on the rear side just below the camera, it is fast and easy to use. It also comes with USB Type-C port for faster data transfer and quick charging. Sadly, it is a single sim device. The Nexus 5X comes with 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage options and again for a disappointment misses out on microSD slot. It is backed by a Non-removable 2700 mAh battery which gives average performance but the quick charging feature is upto the mark and charges the phone quickly. Overall, the Google Nexus 5X is a powerful future proof phone excelling in most departments and delivering great Android experience but, lack of expandable storage and dual sim might be deal breaker for many but, if you are okay with it, it is a great device to have in your pockets, really! LG’s older flagship, the LG G4’s price is consistently falling from past few months and it is now priced close to Rs. 30,000, it can also be a good choice.

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PRICERs 28,990 @  Rs 28,290 @  Rs 31,990  @ 
OSAndroid v6.0 Marshmallow | UI - Stock Android
CPU1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa Core Processor
SCREEN5.2 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 423 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 12.3 MP, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal: 16/32 GB | Expandable: No
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 2700 mAh battery | Fast charging: Yes
BODYWeight: 136 grams, Thickness: 7.9 mm
OTHERSFingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

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There are few more…

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (good phone but very large screen), Sony Xperia XA Ultra (good phone but very large screen), Sony Xperia Z3+Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)HTC One MeApple iPhone 5S (32 GB), Microsoft Lumia 950 and BlackBerry Passport are some of the other phones under 30,000 Rs. which are also good but couldn’t make into the Top 5, you can consider these phones also but, going with the top phones will be always better.

So, here is the quick summary of the 5 best mobiles under 30000 Rs:

Best Phone under 30000

Rank Phone Price
1 OnePlus 3 Rs. 27,999
2 Asus Zenfone 3 Rs. 27,396
3 Huawei Honor 8 Rs. 29,999
4 Moto X Style Rs. 26,999
5 LG Nexus 5X Rs. 28,990

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