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The best phones under 30,000 rupees in India

Plenty of affordable flagships are now available in the price segment.
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January 19, 2022
Realme X7 Pro 5G top shot showing back and camera
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There are many great options to choose from when picking a smartphone in India, spread across the price, feature, and specification spectrum. While some popular flagships fall at the upper end of the price range, quite a few alternatives are available with premium features and considerably lower prices. Here are some of the best phones under 30,000 rupees in India!

Best phones under 30,000 rupees in India:

Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list as more phones under 30,000 rupees are released in India.


Realme X7 Pro

Realme X7 Pro 5G side profile with focus on camera
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Realme’s smartphone portfolio continues to get more impressive with every release. The company has a handful of different ranges on the go simultaneously, with the X-series toeing the affordable flagship line. The Realme X7 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus processor, backed by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, to deliver top-level performance.

You’re also getting a quad rear camera setup here, featuring a 64MP primary shooter (IMX686), 8MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP macro sensor, and 2MP monochrome camera. The phone’s biggest selling points, though, are the beautiful Full HD display with a 120Hz refresh rate and super-fast 65W charging. Realme has been among the first to bring premium features to their relatively affordable devices, and the X7 Pro is no different. It’s definitely one of the best phones you can get for under 30,000 rupees in India.


Realme X7 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 1000 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 8, and 2MP
  • Front cameras: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Xiaomi Mi 11X

Mi 11X top down view of rear
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The India-exclusive Mi 11X series, comprised of the Mi 11X Pro and standard Mi 11X, is almost a carbon copy of the Redmi K40 line that didn’t launch in the country. While the Pro edition gets flagship specs and an understandably higher price point, the standard Mi 11X manages to sneak on to this list of the best phones under 30,000 rupees.

The Mi 11X keeps some high-end features, though. You get a display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a big battery and fast-charging capability, and an IP53 rating for water resistance. The most significant differences are when we look at what’s under the hood. The Mi 11X Pro gets a Snapdragon 888 and a 108MP primary shooter, while the Mi 11X gets the Snapdragon 870 and a 48MP main camera. If the Mi 11 Ultra is a little too expensive, the Mi 11X is the affordable flagship you’re looking for.


Xiaomi Mi 11X specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front cameras: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,520mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy M52

Samsung Galaxy M52 review showing back of the phone
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Samsung adds to its M-series of smartphones, an India-only range, with the Galaxy M52 5G. The newest addition to the range impresses on the specs side of things and has a huge selling point that makes it worth buying.

Its performance and features put the phone at par with a slew of mid-rangers in this price range. The Snapdragon 778G processor powers it, and you get 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The triple-camera setup includes a 64MP primary shooter, and you get a 32MP camera up front. Since it’s Samsung, it’s not surprising that you also get a gorgeous Super AMOLED display, with Samsung bringing a 120Hz refresh rate to this phone.

Its big selling point is literally huge. Like many of Samsung’s mid-range releases in India, the Galaxy M52 comes with a 5,000mAh battery. It’s not the biggest around (Samsung has phones with 7,000mAh units), but it will undoubtedly last a long time. The phone is also 5G-ready, but it’ll be a while before that is a must-have feature. Like its predecessor, it’s no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy M52 is one of the best phones you can get for under 30,000 rupees.


Samsung Galaxy M52 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 778G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus Nord 2

OnePlus Nord 2 showing rear panel of the phone and camerra
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In a world where OnePlus’ flagships continue to get more and more expensive, the company’s Nord range has become the affordable alternative for plenty for OnePlus fans. The first Nord was an impressive device, and OnePlus hopes to continue that streak with the OnePlus Nord 2.

The Nord 2 is a decent update over its predecessor as well. Key upgrades include a faster processor, a slightly larger battery, and super-fast 65W charging. It drops a couple of cameras compared to the six total that the Nord had (front and back), but the quality goes up in this regard. It also comes with a design that is quite similar to the flagship OnePlus 9. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to differentiate between the two at first glance. Like its predecessor, the Nord 2 comfortably slots into our list of the best phones in India under 30,000 rupees.

The OnePlus Nord 2 misses out on some features that you get with a few other phones on this list, like a 120Hz refresh rate (the Nord 2 has a 90Hz refresh rate) and an IP rating. It’s still an excellent phone, though, that OnePlus fans should be happy with.


OnePlus Nord 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 1200
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Poco F3 GT

Poco F3 GT showing back of phone in hand
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If you’re looking for a relatively affordable gaming smartphone, Poco has the device for you! The Poco F3 GT redefines the idea of a value-focused gaming smartphone. The company has found the right balance of performance and hardware additions like triggers to create a phone that delivers all the goods smartphone gamers need.

First, there’s a 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED panel with HDR 10+ support and DC Dimming. Then there are two retractable magnetic levitation triggers that flick out with a slider on the side of the phone, programmable to any spot on the screen for your favorite mobile shooters. It also packs an impressive 5,065mAh battery and a triple camera setup on the back. If there’s one letdown, it’s the camera performance, but that’s pretty much par for the course with gaming phones.

Considering the fact that the Poco F3 GT is cheaper than most other phones on this list, it’s a great option for anyone not looking for a gaming-centric phone either.


Poco F3 GT specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front cameras: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,065mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11i Hypercharge

Mi 11i HyperCharge showing back panel
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Last year’s Mi 10i debuted a 108MP camera in the mid-range category, and Xiaomi continues to bring flagship features to the series once again with the Mi 11i Hypercharge. If the “Hypercharge” wasn’t a dead giveaway already, the selling point of this version of the Mi 11i is the super-fast 120W charging speeds to the mid-range segment. But there’s plenty else to love about this phone as well.

The design is modern and premium and the performance is satisfactory, even if not best in class. While the cameras might not live up to alternatives like the more expensive Samsung Galaxy A52s, the primary sensor still manages moments of brilliance and is a marked step above the middling cameras on the OnePlus Nord 2.

However, for value-conscious buyers, the surprise winner might be the standard Xiaomi 11i. It’s 2,000 rupees cheaper but delivers much of the same experience, longer battery life on paper, and still fast 66W charging, while saving you a pretty penny.


Xiaomi Mi 11i Hypercharge specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 920
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

That’s it for this roundup of the best phones under 30,000 rupees in India! Looking for more options? Be sure to check out our best phone guide, as well as our guides on the best phones under 10,000 rupees, best phones under 15,000 rupees, best phones under 20,000 rupees, and finally, best phones priced at under 40,000 rupees.