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 in India!


Vivo V15 Pro

Vivo V15 Pro

The Vivo V15 Pro is not only the successor of the Vivo V11 Pro, but also takes its place on this list of best smartphones in India under 30,000 rupees. As expected, the V15 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.

One of these features is an in-display fingerprint scanner that was also available with its predecessor. It’s still not the fastest in-display sensor around and is definitely not as fast as a standard capacitive scanner, but it is certainly getting closer with every subsequent device.

The headline-grabbing feature though is the pop-up selfie camera that the device now sports, making it another flagship feature that Vivo is bringing to the mid-range segment. One of the main advantages of this setup is that you get as close to bezel-less as possible up front, with no notch in sight. Going beyond just the novelty of a pop-up design, the selfie camera comes with a 32MP sensor that should offer detailed selfies, and there are “AI” modes for reducing camera shake and night mode.

Adding to its gorgeous design is the gradient style finish on the back of the phone. The color shift looks great, and coupled with the ripple-like design underneath, the V15 Pro is certainly going to get some attention.

The highlights continue with the rear cameras of the phone. Vivo’s main shooter is now a triple-camera, with the 48MP main sensor, an 8MP 120-degree wide-angle lens, and a 5MP sensor for depth. Using pixel binning, the 48MP sensor combines four 0.8-micron physical pixels into one 1.6-micron “quad pixel” that can collect more data. The result is higher-quality 12MP images, especially in lower light and other types of challenging shooting conditions.

Excellent mid-range specifications, a beautiful design, flagship features, and a great camera round out what is easily one of the best phones under 30,000 rupees in India. The Vivo V15 Pro is priced at 28,990 rupees (~$419).

Specs

  • 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with 2316 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor
  • Adreno 612 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • Triple 48MP + 8MP + 5MP rear cameras, 32MP front-facing camera
  • 3,700mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 1157.3 x 74.7 x 8.2mm, 185grams

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Oppo F11 Pro

Oppo F11 Pro display

The smartphone space is all about trends, so it’s no surprise that Vivo isn’t the only new smartphone on this list to come with a pop-up selfie camera. However, apart from that, there isn’t a whole lot that is similar between the two. In fact, even the placement of the pop-up camera – to the right on the Vivo V15 Pro and in the middle on the Oppo F11 Pro – is different.

Another feature the Oppo F11 Pro shares with the Vivo V15 Pro is the 48MP rear camera. However, while Vivo goes the triple camera route, Oppo sticks with the “traditional” dual camera setup. Oppo also touts the camera’s low-light abilities and even includes an ultra night mode. The pop-up selfie camera comes with a 16MP sensor, which should be quite capable.

The Oppo F11 Pro is also a beautifully designed phone. The pop-up front-camera allows for a notch-less and near bezel-less front, and the gradient color scheme on the back is guaranteed to catch the eye. It also offers all the power you’d expect from a premium mid-range smartphone, with the Helio P70 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage under the hood.

The Oppo F11 Pro is currently priced at 24,990 rupees (~$361).

Specs

  • 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution
  • 2.1GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Dual 48MP + 5MP rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 161.3 x 76.1 x 8.8mm, 190grams

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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 replacement to 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.

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, which 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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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 on the 10nm manufacturing process and comes with an onboard NPU chip for improved 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 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 on, as Honor uses the dreaded flash sale model unfortunately quite common in the Indian market. The device goes on sale every Friday at 12pm IST on Amazon.

Like the POCO F1, the Honor Play starts at just 19,999 rupees (~$281); this 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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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 rupees, under 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!

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