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Best Mobile Phones Under 30,000 (Sep 2022)

By Shekhar Thakran Prices as on 28 Sep 2022

The best phones under Rs 30,000 in India now feature some of the top-notch specifications to go along with premium design. In certain cases, the best Android smartphones under Rs 30,000 are indistinguishable from their flagship counterparts as they come with dual cameras, up to 6GB RAM, bezel-less design with notch displays, 4G VoLTE connectivity, and more. With latest phones under Rs 30,000, you get to choose from popular brands including Samsung, Apple, and Nokia or go for some of the other brands like Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO and ASUS, which claim to offer true value-for-money in this segment. The best new smartphones under Rs 30,000 offer large battery capacities with support for fast charging (aka quick charging in some cases) and USB Type-C port to offer true flagship performance for half the price. The latest mobiles under Rs 30,000 tick almost all the boxes needed for a great smartphone. If you are interested in buying a gaming smartphone or a camera beast, you can find your pick from our curated list of top 10 mobiles under Rs 30,000

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    Xiaomi Redmi K50i price in India
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    Rs.24,999

    Expert comment:   The Redmi K50i ticks most of the right boxes as a valuable offering under Rs 30,000. It has the flagship-grade Dimensity 8100 running processing tasks making it the fastest phone in its segment. Apart from that there is also the presence of 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM along with 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. A 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor enables photography on the phone and it is ably supported by an 8MP ultra-wide lens. On the battery front you get 5,000mAh cell with a 67W charging support and the LCD display can refresh at an incredible 144Hz.

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    POCO F4 5G price in India
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    Rs.21,999

    Expert comment:   The POCO F4 5G checks all the right boxes while being priced below the Rs 30,000 mark. With a 64MP primary camera that can snap impeccable photos and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 870 SoC at the helm to offer lightening fast processing speeds, the POCO F4 is truly a breakthrough device. The phone doesn't cut corners in the viewing department thanks to the 6.67-inch E4 AMOLED panel up front that can refresh at 120Hz. Combine that with a sturdy build quality, 80W fast charging and more, the POCO F4 is the smartphone to beat this year.

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    iQOO Neo 6 5G price in India
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    Rs.27,999

    Expert comment:   Very few phones can offer the performance reliablility in the mid-range segment as well as the iQOO Neo 6. Starting at Rs 29,999, the phone certainly has a stellar spec sheet under its belt including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset and an E4 AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. The fast UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5 memory act as catalysts to boost any kind of processing tasks lined up for the device. On the camera side of things, the 64MP Samsung GW1P sensor handles primary photo taking abilities and the device has a 4,500mAh battery that can charge at 80W.

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    Xiaomi Mi 11X price in India
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    Rs.27,999

    Expert comment:   Mi 11X directly enters the list at the top as the phone isn't just loaded with specs but also translates these specs on paper to real world performance extremely well. With a flagship-grade processor, brilliant AMOLED display with butter-smooth 120Hz refresh rate, and premium design, Mi 11X definitely separates itself from other offerings on this list by some margin. While the cameras and software definitely have some room for improvement, the phone still needs more competition to dethrone it from the top.

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    OnePlus Nord 2T 5G price in India
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    Rs.28,999

    Expert comment:   The OnePlus Nord 2T is quite remeniscent of the Nord 2 from last year with a few iterative upgrades. In terms of design the Nord 2T has a premium touch to it with a respectable in-hand feel. Processing-wise MediaTek's Dimensity 1300 SoC debuts on the phone and keeps up the Nord 2T's performance metrics for daily usage along with heavy-duty gaming. Cameras remain the same from last year including the 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor while the AMOLED panel upfront has a FHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. Lastly the device has 80W of charging speeds complimenting the 4,500mAh battery.

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    realme X7 Max price in India
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    Rs.26,999
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    Expert comment:   Realme X7 Max is one of the most affordable flagships in the market at the moment. The phone comes with the backing of extreme performance along with a pleasing design, and a set of cameras that delivers excellent results. The handset runs Android 11-based Realme UI out of the box, which will later be upgraded to Android 12 via OTA update. Having said that, the phone comes with bloatware and lacks an expandable storage option.

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    POCO F3 GT price in India
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    Rs.28,999

    Expert comment:   The POCO F3 GT is arguably the most interesting smartphone under Rs 30K, thanks in no small part to its shoulder trigger buttons that should come in handy whilst playing games on the phone. It also helps that the handset is backed by MediaTek's top-tier Dimensity 1200 SoC that should entail buttery smooth performance.

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    Samsung Galaxy M53 5G price in India
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    Rs.21,499

    Expert comment:   Samsung has been instrumental with its M series to grab a firm foothold in the budget and mid-range market. With the M53 5G, the company has made a worthy challenger that looks to get on even footing with other OEMs. For starters the M53 is extremely thin while still harbouring a 5,000mAh battery. The Super AMOLED display happens to be the best in the segment like any other Samsung device. The phone has a 108MP primary sensor along with three other lenses for varied functionality. MediaTek's Dimensity 900 SoC runs things for perormance needs on the device.

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    Motorola Edge 30 price in India
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    Rs.26,999

    Expert comment:   The Moto Edge 30 from Motorola is thinnest and lightest 5G capable device on the market. With extremely premium looks for its price, the Moto Edge 30 is definitely a head turner. It has the performance specs to back up its pricetag thanks to the Qualcomm Snpadragon 778G+. On top of that the device also has a 144Hz pOLED panel with excellent colour accuracy, brightness levels and HDR10+ certification. The Edge 30 runs on one of the cleanest sofftware skins with almost no bloatware. However, the phone does have a smaller 4,000mAh cell than most competing phones.

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    OnePlus Nord 2 price in India
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    Rs.27,999

    Expert comment:   OnePlus Nord 2 is a stripped-down version of the company's flagship. The handset comes with a very similar camera bump to the OnePlus 9, and although the sensors are a bit different, its cameras offer similar functionality. At its core lies MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI SoC, which may not be as fast as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC but should get the job done. Additionally, the phone packs a gorgeous AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, respectable 4,500mAh battery, and 65W WarpCharge solution.

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    Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge price in India
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    Rs.24,899

    Expert comment:   The Mi 111i HyperCharge, as the name suggests, is a device with supremely fast charging speeds. It is the first phone in the Indian market to make use of 120W charging that juices up the 4,500mAh battery in about 17 minutes flat. Apart from that the device also debuts MediaTek's Dimensity 920 chipset for performance needs. As for the cameras, Xiaomi has included a 108MP triple-camera setup including an 8MP ultra-wide shooter and 2MP macro sensor. Finally the phone has the finest of displays which uses an 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate.

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    vivo V23 5G price in India
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    Rs.29,790

    Expert comment:   The Vivo V23 amplifies its nature as a selfie centred phone with two shooters up front. The primary 50MP camera brings in the cleanest selfies you can get in the segment while the 8MP ultra-wide is very useful for group selfies. Other aspects of the device include a Dimensity 920 SoC with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The display is AMOLED with HDR10+ and 90Hz refresh rate. The main cameras on the back consist of a 64MP triple-lens setup. Android 12 runs on the device and there is a 4,200mAh battery with 44W charging support. The V23 is the sleekest phone in its price range.

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    Xiaomi Mi 10T price in India
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    Rs.32,998

    Expert comment:   Xiaomi has really upped its game in the upper mid-range price category and the Mi 10T can easily be described as a flagship phone disguised as a mid-range handset. In the most crucial departments, Mi 10T blows the competition out of the water. The phone has powerful hardware that breezes through most tasks that you throw at it. On top of it, you get a 144Hz display, which isn't even present on most flagships worth twice this phone's price. In this price range, Mi 10T is an absolute steal.

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    realme X7 Pro price in India
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    Rs.29,999

    Expert comment:   Realme X7 Pro is one of the few mid-range smartphones that offers truly flagship features at a reasonable price. Whether it is a butter-smooth 120Hz AMOLED display or a powerful processor, the handset shines on most fronts. The phone offers impressive camera performance but especially if you are a selfie enthusiast, you need to check this one out. Support for fast-charging and a premium design combine to make this an all-around package that is worth every penny.

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    realme GT Master Edition 5G price in India
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    Rs.25,999
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    Expert comment:   Realme GT Master Edition is an excellent choice in this price range but just like Realme GT 5G, the phone underperforms in the camera department. Do not get us wrong, by underperforming, we do not mean that these phones are not capable of taking excellent images, because they are, however, in comparison to some other phones on the list, they do present some issues in certain conditions. Apart from that, you get a phone that has a brilliant display and performs like a champ. The phone has a distinct look to go along with its powerful hardware.

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    Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G price in India
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    Rs.23,999

    Expert comment:   The Mi 11 Lite NE 5G is a phone that plays on the super-slim form factor, and also brings a number of interesting specs. Priced at Rs 26,999 the device packs in a Snapdragon 778G SoC and weighs 157g, making it truly one of the lightest phones in the segment. The handset offers a 64MP triple-camera setup and a 4,230mAh battery which supports up to 33W fast charging. The Dolby Vision support on the display adds to the viewing experience on the device.

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    Samsung Galaxy M52 5G price in India
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    Rs.24,999

    Expert comment:   The Galaxy M52 5G brings the best of Samsung at price point of under Rs 30,000. The large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED panel is very capable and the 120Hz refresh is just the cherry on top. Optics are handled by the tried and tested 64MP primary shooter while there is also a 12MP wide angle for support. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 778 chipset that offers smooth performance for day-to-day tasks, and is backed up by a 5,000mAh battery.

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    Motorola Edge 20 price in India
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    Rs.27,999

    Expert comment:   The Motorola Edge 20 comes with a solid 10bit HDR10+ AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 567Hz touch latency that should provide some of the best viewing experience in its class. The 108MP primary camera on the back along with a 16MP ultra-wide shooter and 3X optical zoom make up for the optics on the device. It is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 chipset and runs on Android 11. Lastly the 4,000mAh battery running the whole setup supports 30W fast charging.

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    iQOO Z3 8GB RAM price in India
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    Rs.20,990
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    Expert comment:   Vivo iQOO Z3 is a compelling smartphone for budget-conscious buyers. The handset cut some corners to bring the price of the phone down with plastic chassis and LCD screen, but offers excellent performance, owing to the latest Snapdragon 768G SoC ticking at its core. The phone also has capable main and selfie cameras. What’s more, the iQOO Z3 can charge rapidly at 55W, and power users will also benefit from the phone’s 120Hz display immensely.

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    Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite price in India
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    Rs.19,999
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    Expert comment:   Mi 11 Lite is one of the most talked about phones in the category for all the good reasons. For starters, the handset is slim as well as lightweight. The phone also boasts of premium design, IP53 rating, and Gorilla Glass 5 both on the front as well as back. The handset's display tout 90Hz refresh rate, while the rear cameras are headlined by 64MP primary sensor. The chipset is a little dated, but you won't find the Mi 11 Lite slowing down with day-to-day usage - unless it involves heavy-duty gaming.

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    Xiaomi Mi 10i 8GB RAM price in India
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    Rs.23,329
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    Expert comment:   Quite simply put, Xiaomi Mi 10i is one of the best phones in this price segment.The handset packs an extremely capable chipset, a whopping 108MP primary camera, display with butter-smooth 120Hz refresh rate, and comes with support for 5G connectivity. All things considered, if you're planning to buy a phone you want to keep for the next 2-3 if not 4-5 years, Mi 10i would be one of the best choices for you as it can be called 'future-proof', thanks to its power-packed specifications.

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Best Mobile Phones Under 30,000 (Sep 2022)

Best Mobile Phones Under 30,000 Prices
Xiaomi Redmi K50i Rs. 24,999
POCO F4 5G Rs. 21,999
iQOO Neo 6 5G Rs. 27,999
Xiaomi Mi 11X Rs. 27,999
OnePlus Nord 2T 5G Rs. 28,999
realme X7 Max Rs. 26,999
POCO F3 GT Rs. 28,999
Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Rs. 21,499
Motorola Edge 30 Rs. 26,999
OnePlus Nord 2 Rs. 27,999
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