We live in very different times, compared to what it was like perhaps a year or so ago. Even though the flagship and premium Android smartphones continue to cost a lot of money, it is great news for customers that the 'flagship killer' smartphone category remains strong. In fact, there are now more options than ever before, all offering very good specifications and user experience while not costing an arm and a leg in the process. Xiaomi with its Redmi line-up of phones, Oppo and its sub-brand Realme, Honor and Samsung are just some of the phone makers who are now taking the price band Rs 30,000 incredibly seriously. And that is great news for consumers, since it means great performance and user experience.
Here are some of the best Android phones under the Rs 30,000 price point, which offer a great user experience overall.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
Priced at Rs 27,999 for the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage and Rs 31,999 for the 8GB variant with 256GB storage, the Redmi K20 Pro features a 6.39-inch AMOLED Full-HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. There is a triple camera setup at the back with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor and an f/1.75 lens, a 13-megapixel secondary camera with a wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel shooter with an f/2.4 lens. For selfies, there is a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera. There’s also a 4,000mAh battery with 27W fast charging support, dual SIM support, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and back. Apart from being a flagship smartphone under the Redmi branding, the K20 Pro is also the most affordable smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC in India, making it one of the best options available in the market under Rs 30,000.
The Realme X comes with an AMOLED full-view display without any notch or punch holes. There is a 6.53-inch AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution (2340x1080 pixels). There is also an in-display fingerprint scanner. Since there is no notch, you get a pop-up front camera mechanism with a 16-megapixel Sony IMX 471 sensor. On the inside, there is Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC similar to what we saw on the Realme 3 Pro, with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. At the back, there is a 48-megapixel camera with a Sony IMX586 sensor, paired with a 5-megapixel secondary depth camera. You get a 3,765 mAh battery with support for VOOC 3.0 charging. Rest of the features include ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie 9, Dolby Atmos audio support and Hyper Boost 2.0 gaming mode. Realme X is priced at Rs 16,999 for the 4GB RAM + 128GB storage variant while the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs 19,999 and goes in a direct battle with the Redmi K20.
Samsung Galaxy A70
Priced at Rs. 28,990, the Samsung Galaxy A70 features a Full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display and a glass finish at the back. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, paired with 6GB RAM and gets 128GB of onboard storage, that can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 512GB. At the back, there is a triple camera setup which features a 32-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 lens, an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.2 lens. At the front, there is a 32-megapixel sensor for taking selfies. Other prominent features on the A70, include an in-display fingerprint sensor, a USB Type-C port, with 25W Super-Fast Charging technology and a 4,500mAh battery. The smartphone runs on Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung’s One UI on top.
One Plus 6T
At Rs 27,999 the One Plus 6T handles almost like a flagship device but costs significantly lesser too. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and has a 6.41-inch Optic Full-HD+ AMOLED display.You get dual cameras at the back, including a 16-megapixel (Sony IMX 519 sensor) camera paired with a 20-megapixel (Sony IMX 376K sensor) secondary camera. The former has an aperture of f/1.7 and a pixel size of 1.22 microns, while the latter has an aperture of f/1.7. There’s also a 16-Megapixel front camera. There is an in-display fingerprint sensor as well, face unlock, a 3,700mAh battery, along with OnePlus’ fast charging tech, and of course, Android 9.0 Pie with OxygenOS. If the OnePlus 7 or the OnePlus 7 Pro is out of budget, this could be a good one to consider.
Oppo F11 Pro
Priced at Rs 24,990, the Oppo F11 Pro is powered by a MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, and is offered in two variants -4GB RAM + 64 GB and 6GB + 128GB internal storage configurations along with a 4,000mAh battery. The handset has a 6.5-inch bezel-less display with Full HD+ (2340×1080 pixels) resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, VOOC 3.0 fast charging support which can charge from zero to hundred in just 80 minutes, and a rear fingerprint sensor. It runs on Android 9.0 Pie with the company’s ColorOS 6 layered on top. The F11 Pro comes with a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera and a dual rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 aperture, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. For Marvel fans, there’s a special variant, The Oppo F11 Pro Avengers Limited Edition, which is priced at Rs 27,990. The limited-edition smartphone comes in Space Blue colour with a red Avengers logo at the back, a red-coloured power button, and a Captain America case. It also comes with one of the six Avengers collector badges.
Honor View 20
Priced at Rs 27,999, the Honor View 20 was one of the first smartphones with a punch-hole display to be launched in India. It has a 6.4-inch Full HD display, with a small hole for the 25-megapixel front camera. There’s also a 48-megapixel primary (rear) camera. This smartphone is powered by a Huawei Kirin 980 SoC, paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It runs on Android 9.0 with Magic UI layered on top and has a 4,000mAh battery.
Asus Zenfone 5Z
At Rs 24,999 the ZenFone 5Z is one of the most affordable smartphones in the market with the premium octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC. It has a 6.2-inch Full-HD (2248x1080) display, with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, and comes with a 3,300 mAh battery. The Zenfone 5Z has a 12-megapixel + 8-megapixel dual rear camera setup with an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
Xiaomi Poco F1
One of the most popular handsets from Xiaomi, the Poco F1 is still one of the best handsets to buy under 30K. The Armoured Edition, specifically featuring the flagship-quality Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage, at possibly one of the most affordable price-points in the market at the moment. It has 6.18-inch Full HD (2246x1080) display with Corning Gorilla Glass Protection and a 4000 mAh battery. The smartphone comes with a 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup on the back and a 20-Megapixel front camera.