There are seemingly infinite options when picking a smartphone in India, with tons 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 (~$445) in India!


Honor View 10

best phones under 30,000 rupees - Honor View 10

Honor is quickly becoming one of the best budget and midrange phone manufacturers, and thankfully it has several phones under 30,000 rupees that are worthy of your consideration. The View 10 treats you to a FullHD 18:9, 5.99-inch display, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage. The phone is powered by the powerful Kirin 970 processor, with a built-in neural processing unit (NPU) capable of performing complex AI functions on the device, rather than relying on the cloud.

On-device AI processing is awesome. It allows the phone to process photos on the fly, resulting in magnificent pictures based on what kind of scene the AI detects. Combining AI with the 20MP monochrome and 16MP RGB camera results in stunning photos you’ll have to see to believe. The Honor View 10 is currently priced at 29,900 rupees (~$443), so it just makes this list. 

Specs

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2160 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core Kirin 970 processor
  • Mali-G72 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • Dual 16MP and 20MP rear cameras, 13MP front-facing camera
  • 3,750mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 157 x 75 x 7mm , 172 grams

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Nokia 8

best phones under 30,000 rupees - Nokia 8

Nokia is one of the iconic names in mobile phones and it’s been killing it since jumping on the Android train. Nokia brings its great design tradition to the Nokia 8 in an affordable flagship that’s easy to love. The pure Android experience brings faster updates and a more secure experience, too.

As for specifications, the Nokia 8 has a gorgeous 2K display, perfect for snapping those bothies. A bothie is a split-screen simultaneous photo from your rear and front cameras. Add to that the Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM and you’ve got a powerful phone for around 28,000 rupees (~$414). This is easily one of the best phones under 30,000 rupees.

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • 2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • dual SIM (dual standby)
  • Dual 13MP rear cameras, 13MP front-facing camera
  • 3,090mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat upgradable to 8.0 Oreo
  • 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9mm, 160 grams

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OPPO F7

best phones under 30,000 rupees - Oppo F7 Oppo

As with any many flagship features, the iPhone X-style notch has made its way to mid-range Android smartphones as well. The 6.23-inch phone sports a Full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and an impressive 88 percent screen-to-body ratio. It runs the Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.o, powered by MediaTek’s Helio P60 chipset, with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage (expandable up to 256GB), and a 3,400mAh battery.

Much like its predecessor, the F7’s headline feature is its 25 MP selfie camera which supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) and what Oppo calls AI Beauty 2.0, a beauty effect system capable of scanning up to 296 facial points to alter the age and look of the subject. Oppo says its new AI-powered system is 20 percent better than the first-generation tech it introduced with the F5.

The 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage edition of the OPPO F7 is priced at just 21,990 rupees (~$325). The version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage will set you back 26,990 rupees(~$399) and is one of the best options on this list of best phones under 30,000 rupees. 

Specs

  • 6.23-inch IPS LCD display with 2280 x 1080 resolution
  • 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 4/6GB RAM
  • 64/128GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 16MP rear camera, 25MP front-facing camera
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 156 x 75.3 x 7.8mm, 158 grams

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Nokia 7 Plus 

best phones under 30,000 rupees - Nokia 7 Plus

The Nokia 7 Plus is the first phone from the company to jump on the 18:9 aspect ratio bandwagon with its 6-inch Full HD+ screen. The Nokia 7 Plus looks like a premium device despite its mid-range price-tag and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, backed by 4GB of RAM. 

Apart the expected bump in specifications, the biggest upgrade from the Nokia 7 is in the camera department. The Nokia 7 Plus sports a dual camera setup at the back with ZEISS optics, and the 12MP sensor is paired with a 13MP telephoto lens. The front-facing camera, meanwhile, clocks in at 16 MP.

The Nokia 7 Plus is an Android One device, which means you get a completely stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo on board. The phone will also likely receive software updates before many others. The Nokia 7 Plus is currently priced at 25,999 rupees (~$384), with a slew of launch offers that can be availed soon. 

Specs

  • 6-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
  • Adreno 512 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • Dual 13MP + 12MP rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera
  • 3,800mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.4 x 75.6 x 8mm, 183 grams

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Vivo V9

best phones under 30,000 rupees - Vivo V9

The Vivo V9 is the second phone on this list to feature a notch, and we will certainly be seeing more in the upcoming months. The device comes with a 6.3-inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and an impressive 85.2 percent screen to body ratio. Under the hood is an octa-core Snapdragon 626 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. 

As for the camera setup, the Vivo V9 makes use of a 16MP and 5MP dual rear camera with f/2.0 apertures, and a 24MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture up front. These are backed by some AI functions that automatically improve selfies, whether learning your preferences over time or offering lighting adjustments.

The V9 also has what Vivo refers to as an AI Smart Engine that “prioritizes processing and storage resources for an optimized experience,” and an updated version of its Game Mode that can block all messages, calls, and alerts while gaming. The Vivo V9 is currently priced at 22,900 rupees (~$338). Vivo might not be quite as popular as some of the other brands on this list, but don’t let that fool you. This is one of the best phones under 30,000 rupees you can buy. 

Specs

  • 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2280 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD card up to 256GB
  • Dual 16MP + 5MP rear cameras, 24MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,260mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 154.8 x 75.1 x 7.9mm, 150 grams

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Moto X4

best phones under 30,000 rupees - Moto X4

Motorola is one of the big names in midrange phones, and the X4 is one of it’s best offerings. This is actually one of the more expensive non-flagship Motorola devices around, but it’s still under 30,000 rupees. The glass and metal design looks great and the IP 68 rating will ensure your phone continues to work even through splashes and spills. Its 3,000mAh battery with turbocharging will keep you powered on through the day and well into the night.

The Moto X4 comes with a mostly stock Android experience and fast updates, so you’ll always have the latest and greatest version of Android. Motorola has turned additional features into an art form with gesture controls. Double chop for the flashlight. Twist your wrist to launch the camera.

Motorola is focused on bringing you the best Android experience you can buy and the X4 is definitely one of the best phones under 30,000 rupees. You can pick it up for just 22,999 rupees (~$341). 

Specs

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor
  • Adreno 508 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • /32/64GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • Dual 16MP + 12MP rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat upgradable to 8.0 Oreo
  • 148.4 x 73.4 x 8mm, 163 grams

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Honor 8 Pro

best phones under 30,000 rupees - Honor 8 Pro

The Honor 8 Pro replaces the Honor 8 on this list as one of the best phones under 30,000 rupees. The latter’s also received a price cut, moving down to the sub-20,000 rupees category. The Honor 8 Pro features the same beautiful metal and glass construction as its smaller sibling. It looks and feels great.

The device earns its Pro moniker by upping the ante in every other department. This phone comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of built in memory, expandable storage, and a large 4,000mAh battery.

The big selling point of the Honor 8 was its camera setup, and that is retained with the Pro iteration as well. The device packs dual 12MP cameras on the back. One lens captures color while the other is monochrome. Together they take better looking images. You can also use only the monochrome lens to take some classy-looking black and white shots. Up front is an 8MP shooter.

The Honor 8 Pro is currently priced at just 22,900 rupees (~$340) on Amazon but stays at the 29,000 rupees mark(~$430) on Flipkart. The price cut on Amazon may be a limited time offer, but is more likely a reaction to the upcoming launch of the Honor 10 on May 15 in India. 

Specs

  • 5.7-inch LTPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • Mali-G71 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • Single SIM
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 157 x 77.5 x 7mm, 184 grams

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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 here? Are there any you feel we should add? Let us know in the comments below!