There are seemingly infinite options when picking a smartphone in India, with tons of choices across the price, feature, and specification spectrums. Of course, the popular current generation flagships fall at the upper end of price range, but there are quite a few alternatives available with premium features and considerably lower prices.

Here are some of the best phones under 30,000 rupees (~$421) in India!


Nokia 8.1

Nokia 8.1

Despite the confusing nomenclature, the Nokia 8.1 isn’t the next iteration of the flagship Nokia 8 or the Nokia 8 Sirocco. In fact, the device can be considered the spiritual successor of and replaces the Nokia 7 Plus (which seems to be discontinued in India even though it was launched only in April last year).

This premium mid-range smartphone is one of the first to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. The beautiful glass design goes beyond what its price point would indicate and the Nokia 8.1 continues the company’s tradition of offering a pure Android software experience on-board.

Nokia’s continued focus on the camera department is evident as well. The Nokia 8.1 sports a 12MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture combined with a 13MP depth sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The Zeiss optics are combined with some AI smarts like automatic scene detection and professional portrait shots. On the front, there’s a 20MP adaptive selfie camera with pixel binning technology that helps you take better shots in dimmer conditions.

The Nokia 8.1 is currently priced at 26,999 rupees (~$380), but a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage is expected to launch in the country later this year.

Specs

  • 6.18-inch IPS LCD display with 2280 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor
  • Adreno 616 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 400GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Dual 13MP + 12MP rear cameras, 20MP front-facing camera
  • 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 154.8 x 75.8 x 8mm, 180grams

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Vivo V11 Pro

Vivo V11 Pro

The Vivo V11 Pro is not only the successor of the Vivo V9, but also takes its place on this list of best smartphones in India under 30,000 rupees. The V11 Pro introduces some key upgrades when compared to its predecessor and also manages to add certain features that were previously seen with Vivo’s flagship offerings like the Nex and the X21.

One of these features is an in-display fingerprint scanner, making the Vivo V11 Pro the first smartphone in this price range to come with one. It’s not the fastest in-display sensor around and is definitely not as fast as a standard capacitive scanner, but the fact that this feature is available on a mid-range device is a great sign of things to come. Further adding to its security features, the Vivo V11 Pro also comes with an infrared sensor to allow for face unlock.

The phone’s other headline-grabbing feature is its 25MP selfie camera with an AI Face shaping feature to go along with it, for modeling and beautifying your face, and an improved AI Selfie Lighting mode. At the back, there’s a dual camera setup with a wide f/1.8 aperture 12MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor. The AI branding extends to the rear cameras too, starting with AI Backlight HDR and AI Low Light options as well as AI Scene Recognition and AI Portrait Framing.

It’s a good looking smartphone too, with the waterdrop notch and minimal bezels resulting in an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 91.27%. The device comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage and is priced at 25,990 rupees (~$365).

Specs

  • 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display with 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
  • Adreno 512 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • Dual 12MP + 5MP rear cameras, 25MP front-facing camera
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 157.9 x 75 x 7.9mm, 156grams

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Xiaomi POCO F1

Xiaomi Poco F1

Xiaomi introduced a new sub-brand called POCO in India last year, and its first device – the POCO F1 – not only remains one of the best smartphones in India under 30,000 rupees but a great choice across a couple of other price ranges.

The phone’s name promises speed, and Xiaomi certainly delivers in that department. The Poco F1 is the only smartphone in its price range with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It’s crazy to think there are two phones — this and the Honor Play — with flagship processing packages. Backing the fast processor is 6GB or 8GB of RAM, with up to 256GB of built-in storage available.

Unfortunately, the phone’s underwhelming design betrays its flagship specs. The polycarbonate backing is simple, and the large notch and relatively thick bezels don’t look great. That’s nitpicking though. Aside from the design, the POCO F1 delivers in every other department.

The phone absolutely flies and the large battery ensures impressive battery life. If performance and battery life are important to you, the POCO F1 is one of the best in this price range. The cameras are good, though inconsistent. The software experience is great, with Xiaomi aiming for a more stock-like feel with the new Poco Launcher (based on MIUI 9.6 based on Android 8.1 Oreo).

The POCO F1 starts at just 19,999 rupees (~$281) for the 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage version. The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage version will set you back just 22,999 rupees (~$323) and even the highest-end iteration with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage finds a place on this list with a price point of 27,999 rupees (~$394).

Specs

  • 6.18-inch IPS LCD display with 2,246 x 1,080 resolution
  • 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 12MP and 5MP rear cameras, 20MP front-facing camera
  • dual-SIM (dual standby) – hybrid slot
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm, 180grams

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Honor Play

The Honor Play on a table.

Gaming phones are powerful smartphones built to offer optimal performance when playing high-end, graphics-intensive games. Futuristic designs and optimized performance features aside, the one thing these devices usually have in common is a high price. Honor is hoping to buck that trend with its first gaming smartphone, the Honor Play, which features flagship specs at a mid-range price.

The Honor Play comes with the Kirin 970 SoC, which also powers the far more expensive Huawei P20 Pro. The processor is made from the 10nm manufacturing process and comes with onboard NPU chip for AI functionality. You also get the company’s new GPU Turbo technology to increase processing efficiency and reduce power consumption when playing games.

If you’re looking for flagship power and a smartphone that can handle gaming easily on a budget, the Honor Play is one the best smartphones under 30,000 rupees you can buy. It’s not the easiest phone to get your hands, as Honor uses the dreaded flash sale model unfortunately quite common in the Indian market. The device goes on sale every Friday at 12 p.m. on Amazon.

Like the POCO F1, the Honor Play starts at just 19,999 rupees (~$281) price tag is for the version that comes with 4GB of RAM. There is also a 6GB RAM iteration that is priced at 23,999 rupees (~$337). Both come with 64GB of built-in storage.

Specs

  • 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2 slot)
  • 16MP and 2MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby) hybrid slot
  • 3,750 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5mm, 176grams

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Oppo F9 Pro

Oppo F9 Pro

The Oppo F9 Pro is another enticing option in the under 30,000 rupees range. However, before diving into the details of the device, we have to clear up Oppo’s confusing naming system. The Oppo F9 Pro that was launched in India is basically the 6GB version of the Oppo F9 global edition. An F9 is also available in India, that is cheaper but with less RAM and a less impressive front-facing camera compared to the F9 Pro.

All versions of the device (F9 India, F9 Global, F9 Pro India) feature large 6.3-inch displays with a waterdrop notch, resulting in an impressive screen-to-body ratio above 90% and are powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 processor. The Oppo F9 Pro comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of built-in storage. A 16MP and 2MP dual rear camera setup is coupled with a 25MP front-facing camera.

There are a whole lot of bells and whistles here, but the Oppo F9 Pro certainly gets the basics right. The highlight of the device though is its VOOC fast charging feature, allowing you to get up to 2 hours of talk time by charging the device for just 5 minutes.

The Oppo F9 Pro is also one of the cheaper options on the list, priced at 21,990 rupees (~$309) for the version with 64GB of built-in storage. If you are looking for double the storage, you will have to shell out 23,990 rupees (~$337).

Specs

  • 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution
  • 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 16MP and 2MP dual rear cameras, 25MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,500 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 156.7 x 74 x 8mm, 169grams

That’s it for the best phones under 30,000 rupees, but if you are looking for more options – we have them! Be sure to take a look at the best phones for under 10,000 rupeesunder 15,000 rupees, and under 20,000 rupees. Also be sure to check out our list of the best Indian smartphone brands and the best smartphones you can buy in India.

What did you think of our selections of the best phones under 30,000 rupees here? Are there any you feel we should add? Let us know in the comments below!