Nokia X30 launched in India: 6 cheaper alternatives worth checking out instead

Here are the phones Nokia X30 will be competing against in India

HMD Global’s new mid-range smartphone Nokia X30 has been launched in India, five months after making its global debut. The handset is the most expensive Snapdragon 695 SoC phone in the country. For the unaware, the Nokia X50 price in India is set at Rs 48,999 for a limited time. The handset’s specifications include a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a 50MP primary camera, and a 4,200mAh battery with 33W fast charging. That said, the core focus of the X30 is its design. The handset has been manufactured using recycled materials. The phone is also IP67 water and dust resistance rated and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection.

If you are not that much into design, then there are cheaper alternatives to Nokia X30 worth checking out. Take a look:

6 cheaper Nokia X30 alternatives in India: 

Realme 10 Pro

Realme 10 Pro

Starting off with the Realme 10 Pro (review), the handset comes at one-third of the price of the Nokia X30 and packs in the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset. Upfront, the Realme 10 Pro flaunts a 120Hz enabled 6.72-inch FHD+ LCD display with extremely thin side and top bezels that make the phone look a lot premium for its price. The handset misses out on an ultra-wide angle lens and instead features a 108MP primary camera along with a 2MP portrait lens. For selfies, it carries a 16MP front unit, just like the Nokia X30. When it comes to software, the Realme 10 Pro boots on Android 13-based Realme UI 4.0 skin out of the box. Powering up the Realme 10 Pro is a 5000mAh cell that can be charged at 33W using the supplied charging adapter.

Realme 10 Pro price and availability

The Realme 10 Pro can be purchased at Rs 18,999 for the 6GB + 128GB storage on Flipkart.


The POCO X5 Pro (review) is another worthy alternative to the Nokia X30 that offers superior specifications in various departments at a much lower price. For starters, the device features a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz adaptive refresh rate along with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support. It carries the Snapdragon 778G processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. A 16MP front shooter takes care of selfies while the rear camera module houses a 108MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro lens. Lastly, the POCO X5 Pro comes with a 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast charging support. The company ships the phone with MIUI 14 built on top of Android 12.

POCO X5 Pro price and availability

The POCO X5 Pro can be purchased from Flipkart at Rs 22,999 for the 6GB + 128GB model.

Redmi Note 12 Pro

Redmi Note 12 Pro

Moving on, the Redmi Note 12 Pro (review) shares similar specifications with the Poco X5 Pro and adds an improved set of rear cameras which includes the 50MP OIS-enabled IMX 766 primary sensor in place of the 108MP ISOCELL HM2 lens. The rest of the cameras include an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP macro camera, and a 16MP selfie snapper. The Nokia X30 on the other hand carries a 50MP OIS main camera along with a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens. Coming to the performance side of things, the Redmi Note 12 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC coupled with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB UFS 2.2 storage. Furthermore, just like the Nokia X30, the Redmi Note 12 Pro also runs on Android 12 but with MIUI 13 custom skin on top.

Redmi Note 12 Pro price and availability

The Redmi Note 12 Pro is priced at Rs 24,999 for a 6GB + 128GB model and can be bought online through Flipkart.

Nothing Phone 1

Nothing Phone (1)

If you’re on the lookout for a smartphone that looks unique, then the Nothing Phone (1) is the way to go. Just like the Nokia X30, the Phone (1) offers a stock Android experience with no unnecessary third-party apps installed. Besides that, it comes with a much more powerful processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778+ and a larger 4,500mAh battery than the Nokia X30. The rest of the key specifications of the Phone (1) include a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, a 50MP main camera, a 50MP ultra-wide lens, a 16MP front snapper, and 33W wired and 15W wireless charging. The device is also slated to receive the Android 13 update by the end of the third week of February.

Nothing Phone (1) price and availability

The Nothing Phone (1) is currently priced at Rs 27,999 for the 6GB + 128GB model on Flipkart. However, the prices across all the storage variants tend to drop during sales.

Google Pixel 6a

Next up on the list is the Pixel 6a (review) which comes with incredible camera capabilities for its price thanks to Google’s years of camera tuning efforts and software prowess. Speaking of software, the Pixel 6a runs on Pixel UI which is Google’s take on Android that comes with exclusive features and day-one OTA updates. As for the specifications, the device carries a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED display capped at 60Hz, a 12MP dual camera setup comprising a 12.2MP main shooter, and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor. Selfies are taken care of by an 8MP unit. Ticking under the hood is Google’s custom mobile chipset, Tensor SoC which is paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB UFS 3.1 storage. Lastly, a 4,410mAh battery runs the show on the Pixel 6a that comes with up to 18W charging support.

Google Pixel 6a price and availability

The Pixel 6a can be purchased online at Rs 30,999 from Flipkart.

iQOO 9

Unlike the Nokia X30, the iQOO 9 (review) is a performance powerhouse that comes packed with the 5nm fabricated Snapdragon 888+ SoC. On top of that, the device flaunts a much larger 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1200 nits peak brightness support. The rear optics on the iQOO 9 consist of an OIS-enabled 48MP primary camera, a 13MP telephoto camera, and a 13MP ultra-wide lens with a 16MP selfie shooter within the punch-hole of the display. As for the battery, the iQOO 9 packs a 4350mAh cell which is ever so slightly larger than the Nokia X30’s 4,200mAh unit. However, when it comes to charging, the iQOO 9 boasts lightning-fast charging speeds of 120W that can be attained using the in-box charging adapter.

iQOO 9 price and availability

The iQOO 9 starts at Rs 42,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM storage variant on Amazon.