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5 Best Smartphones under 30000 Rs in India (August 2016)

5 Best Smartphones under 30000 Rs in India (August 2016)

by Rahul DubeyAugust 1, 2016

Are you looking for the best phones under 30000 Rs.? If yes, then congratulations, you are going to buy one of the greatest smartphones in the world. So, it is for sure you want to be 100% confident to choose the best one for you, but this task is not so easy as all the phones under 30000 Rs. are equally good. So to make this task easier for you, we have written the latest ranking of 5 Best Smartphones under 30000 Rs. for the month of August. Apart from the rankings, we have also mentioned which phone will be suitable for which types of users so, read it and choose the best phone under 30000 Rs. for you.

Checkout best phones in other price ranges and many other gadgets in our Buyer’s Guide.

From more than last 2 years, every month hundreds of readers of ‘Best Tech Guru’ comment and ask us which phone they should choose from the crowded market. Which has enabled us to better understand the requirements and view-point of the buyers. So with this experience, we have tried to make this list even more helpful for you but, if you still have any question, please feel free to ask it in the comments section at the end. 🙂

So, let’s take a look at the Best Phones Under 30000 Rs:

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We believe that specifications of the phones just tell the half story, a great user experience matters more than great specifications. So, while preparing this list we have considered everything, the specifications, hardware, software (UI), real-world performance, user experience, brand value, after sales service and more. We see a phone as a complete package which should at the end deliver great satisfaction to the user and our rankings are based on the same principles. We consider hundreds of phones, from biggest to the smallest brands and come with our honest rankings every month.

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.

OnePlus-3 - Best Smartphones under 30000

Rs. 27,999 @ Amazon
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. 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 be a very good buy. The powerful Moto Turbo can be a strong alternative.

Moto-X-Style-Black-BTG - Best Phones under 30000 Rs

16 GB - Rs. 26,999 @ Flipkart            32 GB - Rs. 28,999 @ Flipkart
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

3. 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.

lg-google-nexus-5x - Best Phones under 30000 Rs

Rs 28,990 @ Flipkart Rs 28,290 @ Amazon Rs 30,900  @ Snapdeal
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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4. Sony Xperia XA Ultra Dual:

Sony has recently launched a new phone in its new X series, the Xperia XA Ultra in India. When you hold the Xperia XA Ultra in your hands, you notice two things instantly, first it looks very premium and beautiful and second it’s very big in size. Talking about it’s design first, the Xperia XA Ultra comes with the traditional perfect design language of Sony. It has metal frame and good polycarbonate back. On the front, it has a 2.5D curved glass that blends perfectly with the sides and a great thing about the Xperia XA Ultra is that, it has really very slim bezels and the company’s claim of edge-to-edge display feels absolutely right. And due to it, the Xperia XA Ultra looks very beautiful. Next, talking about its size, it sports a massive 6 inches screen with Full HD display and 367 ppi pixel density, the display quality is decent but could have been better. A 6 inches phone is not meant for all types of users but those who have high multimedia consumption will love it. The phone with 8.4 mm thickness is not very thick but with the weight of 202 grams it feels heavy, although due to its good design the phone still feels comfortable in hands but one handed usage is not comfortable at all. The next big thing in the Xperia XA Ultra is its cameras, it packs a 21.5 MP rear camera and boasts of a 16 MP selfie shooter, it includes a single LED flash for both the front and rear cameras and also includes a dedicated physical shutter button. The rear camera clicks beautiful images with good depth and saturation and scores full marks whereas, the front camera which also includes OIS is also a good shooter, it also clicks good selfies in low light conditions. Talking about the performance, the Xperia XA Ultra is powered by the 2 GHz MediaTek Helio P10 Octa Core Processor coupled with 3 GB RAM, although the processor delivers decent performance but still, at this price a better processor is expected. However, the phone runs smoothly, the Android 6.0.1 based Sony’s Xperia UI is very beautiful and runs lag free, it also handles gaming well. It is a dual sim phone with 4G support and packs 16 GB of internal storage which is expandable upto 200 GB. The phone is backed by a Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery, which has average battery backup. For a phone which is intended towards multimedia consumption, great battery life is must. The phone at this price, also doesn’t include the Fingerprint scanner or the IR blaster. Overall, the Xperia XA Ultra has its own sets of pros and cons, it has great cameras and an almost bezel less premium design but, a better processor, a bigger battery and sensors like the fingerprint scanner would have made it great. And the huge 6 inches screen won’t be perfect for most but will be great for its intended users. It still is a pretty good phone and can be bought for its advantages. Sony’s last year’s flagship, Xperia Z3 Plus is also available under Rs. 30,000, it still is a very good phone and if you want a more compact phone, you should go with it.

Sony-Xperia-XA-Ultra - Best Smartphones under 30000

PRICERs 27,490 @  Rs 27,490 @  Rs 25,990  @ 
OSAndroid v6.0.1 Marshmallow | UI - Xperia UI
CPU2 GHz MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 64-bit Octa Core Processor
SCREEN6.0 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with Scratch-resistant glass
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 367 ppi pixel density, Mobile BRAVIA engine 2
CAMERARear Camera: 21.5 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 16 MP, Flash: Yes
SIMDual SIM (4G + 4G)
STORAGEInternal: 16 GB, Expandable: upto 200 GB via microSD
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 202 grams, Thickness: 8.4 mm
OTHERSOIS, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS,


5. Samsung Galaxy Note 4:

The Note series of Samsung has been its unique strength since the beginning. It is known for its stylus or the ‘S Pen’ as the company likes to call it, which does multiple jobs and very often proves quite useful. In the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung has further improved the S Pen over the previous generation phones. The new S Pen can be used to select and copy text or images using the ‘Smart Select’ feature, which makes selecting things on the phone as easy as on the computer. Samsung has also improved the pressure sensitivity which which improves the handwriting and gives a more natural feeling, the S Pen can also be used to quickly edit and share images and it can do a lot more. Design wise, the Galaxy Note 4 has metallic edges which look and feel good but the fake leather plastic back doesn’t impress much. The phone looks good from front. It sports a 5.7 inches Super AMOLED Quad HD display which has amazing colors, sharpness, saturation and an overall great display quality. The screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by the 2.7 GHz Quad Core Exynos Processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and delivers excellent performance, the TouchWiz UI can lag a bit at times though. The phone runs on Android Kitkat out of the box but it is now upgradable to the latest Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow. Talking about the camera department, where the Note 4 excels again, it comes with a 16 MP rear camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and clicks great images in good lighting as well as low lighting conditions. The 3.7 MP front camera is decent but there are much better selfie camera focused phones at this price. It includes the fingerprint scanner and comes with almost all of the sensors expected in a Flagship smartphone, the heart rate sensor present in the Note 4 is a rarity and isn’t seen on many smartphones. It has 32 GB of onboard storage which is further expandable upto 128 GB via microSD card. It is backed by a 3220 mAh battery which gives a decent battery backup and the great thing is, it comes with fast charging (0% to 50% in 30 minutes) support. One disadvantage with the phone is that it is a single sim device. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 after many price drops since its launch is now available at a price where it makes a very good value for money. It delivers good performance, great multimedia experience, great cameras, many extra features with the S Pen and a lot more. Although it is a little older, it still packs all the expected features of a flagship phone and can be a very good buy under 30,000 Rs. If you can extend your budget a little the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be a great choice, its blue color variant is priced close to Rs. 32,000 while, other colors still cost more. You can also go with the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016).

Samsung-Galaxy-Note-4 - Best Smartphones under 30000

PRICERs 27,900 @
OSAndroid v4.4.4 KitKat, upgradable to v6.0.1 Marshmallow | UI - TouchWiz UI
CPU2.7 GHz Quad Core Exynos Processor
SCREEN5.7 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
DISPLAYQuad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels), 518 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 16 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 3.7 MP, Flash: No
SIMSingle Sim (4G)
STORAGEInternal: 32 GB, Expandable: Yes, upto 128 GB via microSD
BATTERYRemovable Li-Ion 3220 mAh battery | Fast Charging: Yes (0% to 50% in 30 minutes)
BODYWeight: 176 grams, Thickness: 8.5 mm
OTHERSFingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, Infrared, NFC, Heart Rate Sensor, OIS

There are few more…

The 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.

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Rahul Dubey
Rahul is a Professional Blogger and the Founder of 'Best Tech Guru'. He is a Computer Science & Engineering graduate and the passion for Technology & Entrepreneurship kept him away from a regular job, now he spends all his time with latest technology and loves to help people. He is a Tech enthusiast and has written hundreds of articles over the years on this blog.
  • Ravi
    August 31, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Hi , please suggest best camera phone rear and front, price 30k. MI 5 , 1 plus 3, zenfone 3 , lg4, Samsung A8

  • s megala
    August 28, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I bought lenovo k4 note two months back. There was an update for Marshmallow, I updated. But from that day my Mobile’s speaker is not working. I can hear ringtone, but couldn’t hear the voice. I have to on loudspeaker. Please any solution…help me

  • Harshal Gadda
    August 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Hows Gionee M5 plus which is around 24k????

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