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

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

by Rahul DubeyMay 5, 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 May. 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. 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 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 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 great package with great user experience, the Moto X Style is currently the best phone under 30000 Rs. in India. 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

2. 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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3. HTC One ME Dual Sim:

The HTC One ME comes loaded with all the flagship specifications at this price. Starting with the design, the phone looks very good, it has a metallic frame, good mate finish back and chromium linings on the rear camera circle. It sports a 5.2 inches Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display with 565 ppi pixel density which is just amazing. The phone is powered by the 2.2 GHz Octa-core Mediatek Helio X10 Processor coupled with 3 GB RAM which offers excellent performance. When it comes to camera, it has a 20 MP rear camera and 4 MP (HTC Ultrapixel) front camera. Both the cameras work really well, they can capture great images in low light conditions also, the rear camera with f/2.2 aperture can record 4K videos while the selfie camera has many features and also produces good-looking selfies. The HTC One ME comes with a fast fingerprint scanner below the screen. The phone comes with 32 GB internal storage which is expandable upto whooping 2 TB with the help of a microSD card. The phone comes with Android v5.0.1 (Lollipop) with HTC’s sense UI 7.0 running on top of it, it looks beautiful and offers many customization options. It supports 4G and dual sim. It offers a Non-removable 2840 mAh battery which delivers decent battery backup. The phone also comes with HTC BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio which gives great music quality. Overall, the phone offers a great value for money and a complete package as well so, it is definitely a great smartphone to go forThe newly launched HTC One A9 can also be a good choice if you want a 5 inches phone.

HTC-One-ME - Best Phones under 30000 Rs

PRICERs   @  Rs @  Rs  @ 
OSAndroid OS, v5.0.1 (Lollipop) | UI - HTC Sense UI 7.0
CPU2.2 GHz Octa-core Mediatek Helio X10 Processor
SCREEN5.2 inches, Capacitive touchscreen
DISPLAYQuad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels), 565 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim
CAMERARear Camera: 20 MP, Flash: Dual-LED flash | Front Camera: 4 MP (Ultrapixel camera), Flash: No
MEMORYInternal Storage 32 GB, microSD expandable upto 2 TB
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 2840 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 155 grams, Thickness: 9.75 mm
OTHERSFingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

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4. Oppo F1 Plus:

Oppo has recently launched its new flagship phone, the Oppo F1 Plus in India which, the company is touting as ‘Selfie Expert’. The USP of the phone is its 16 MP front camera which comes with a f/2.0 aperture lens. It can click some really amazing selfies with great depth both in normal and low light conditions, however low light selfies would have been the best if it also included a front flash but to compensate, it turns the screen white and uses ‘Screen Flash’ which does the job to some extent. The Oppo F1 Plus also allows to take Selfie Panorama and comes with ‘Beautify 4.0’ which makes your selfies even more beautiful. On a rare occasion, it packs a smaller than the front, 13 MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash, it also captures good quality images. Talking about the design, the Oppo F1 Plus looks inspired from the iPhone 6s to a great extent, whether you like this fact or not, it looks beautiful and feels very premium with its metallic unibody design and it has just 6.6 mm of thickness. The Oppo F1 Plus looks inspired from the iPhones from the inside as well, the Android 5.1 lollipop based Color OS 3.0 on which the phone runs has very similar icons and UI like the iPhones, again, it isn’t bad and looks beautiful. The phone packs a 5.5 inches Full HD AMOLED display protected with Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by a 2 GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 Processor coupled with 4 GB RAM, it delivers good performance and handles everything well but at this price, better processors are expected and if you are a hardcore gamer, you can give this a miss. It also includes a fingerprint scanner situated on the physical home button on the front below the screen, it is fast and accurate. It is a dual sim smartphone with 4G support. It packs 64 GB of internal storage which is further expandable upto 128 GB via microSD card. The phone is backed by a non-removable Li-Po 2850 mAh battery which comes with Oppo’s own VOOC Flash Charge, fast charging technology. At the same time, the phone misses out features like NFC and IR blaster which must be present at this price. Overall, the Oppo F1 Plus is a very good smartphone, it packs a good selfie camera, good design and delivers a good complete experience. However, it is a bit overpriced but if you like the phone you can go with it.

Oppo-F1-Plus - Best Phones under 30000

Rs 24,900 @ Flipkart Rs 24,490 @ Amazon
OSAndroid v5.1 Lollipop | UI - Color OS 3.0
CPU2 GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 16 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal: 64 GB | Expandable: Yes, upto 128 GB via microSD (Hybrid Slot)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 2850 mAh battery | Quick Charging: Yes, VOOC Flash Charging
BODYWeight: 145 grams , Thickness: 6.6 mm
OTHERSFingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

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5. Apple iPhone 5s (32 GB):

The Apple iPhones have got lots of price cuts over the period of last few months and now, for the first time we are getting a worthy/complete Apple iPhone under 30,000 Rs. in India. It’s not like that the iPhones weren’t available under 30,000 Rs. but they used to be the iPhone 5c (16 GB & 32 GB) or the iPhone 5s (16 GB) and in the current time you get much better designed and feature packed phones than the iPhone 5c at this price, while the iPhone 5s with its premium design and fingerprint scanner is a good package but its 16 GB version isn’t worth buying as it is not expandable. But now we are getting the iPhone 5s (32 GB) at just under 30,000 Rs. or around. The iPhone 5s sports a 4 inches retina display (640 x 1136 pixels) packed in a compact premium metal body. The 4 inches screen has a very good quality but it feels really small so, if you want a phone for watching videos or multitasking or gaming this won’t be a good pick and there are lots of better options at this price. The phone is powered by the 64-bit Dual-core 1.3 GHz Apple A7 Processor and M7 Motion Co-processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM and gives good performance. The iPhone 5s can be updated to the latest iOS 9.2 which brings all the beauty and the latest features into the iPhone 5s, except few which requires new hardware (just like Force Touch or Apple Pay, although it’s currently not available in India). It has 8 MP rear camera which can click really good images but the 1.2 MP front camera falls behind the competition so, selfie lovers are advised to stay away from this phone. The iPhone 5s includes a Fingerprint scanner built into the home key and it can be used for unlocking the phone and for Touch ID. It is a single sim device with nano sim slot. The phone is powered by non-removable Li-Po 1560 mAh battery which gives average battery backup. Overall, the iPhone 5s is the weakest on the spec sheet but it still gives a great user experience. Still, it isn’t a good buying choice for all and only those who have low usage or have more of a regular usage like calling, messaging, social networking and browsing should go for it.

Apple-iPhone-5S-2 - Best Phones under 30000 Rs

PRICERs   @  Rs    27,500.00 @  Rs  @ 
OSiOS 7, upgradable to iOS 9.3
CPU64-bit Dual-core 1.3 GHz Apple A7 Processor and M7 Motion Co-processor
SCREEN4.0 inches, LED-backlit IPS Capacitive Touchscreen
DISPLAYRetina Display (640 x 1136 pixels), 326 ppi pixel density
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM)
CAMERARear Camera: 8 MP, Flash: Yes (Dual-LED Flash) | Front Camera: 1.2 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal: 32 GB | Expandable: No
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 1560 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 112 grams, Thickness: 7.6 mm
OTHERSFingerprint scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

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There are few more…

The newly launched Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) priced at 29,900 is a good phone but it is very overpriced, still if you like the phone you can go with it, it is a good package.

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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.

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