Smartphones priced between Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 are currently some of the best value-for-money devices that offer good performance and build quality along with good-looking designs and capable cameras. However, there are some phones in its price range which outperform the competitors in key areas like gaming, camera performance, etc. Here’s a list of the best phones under 30,000 rupees per category and why our pick outshines the competition. Note that all prices listed below are as of August 25th, and are stated without any offers.
Best Performance and Gaming Phone: Redmi K50i (Rs. 25,999)
If sheer performance or gaming capability is what you want from your next phone, the Redmi K50i is pretty much unmatched in the sub-Rs 30,000 category. The phone comes with a Dimensity 8100 chip, which you usually find in more expensive phones like the OnePlus 10R, Realme GT Neo 3, or Oppo Reno 8 Pro. This translates to fast daily performance and more in-game settings for graphics and frame rates.
The Redmi K50i comes with some cut corners like the LCD screen, but the flagship chip makes up for that. In addition to that, it also comes with a 144Hz refresh rate screen with seven-zone adaptive switching. You can read more about the Redmi K50i in our full review.
Best Camera Phone: Realme 9 Pro+ (Rs. 24,999)
Most of the good phones you’ll find under Rs 30,000 will click good, fun shots in the day, but when it comes to low light, not many phones come with the good processing and 50MP Sony IMX 766 combination that you’ll find in the Realme 9 Pro+. While the camera shots of the day could feature some extra processing and contrast to make colors pop, you’ll still be able to see great dynamic range with images captured on the Realme 9 Pro+.
If low-light scenarios and indoor lighting aren’t important to you, you can also consider the iQOO Neo 6, Poco F4 5G, and OnePlus Nord 2T, all of which come with very capable cameras and perform better than the Dimensity 920-power Realme 9 Pro+.
Software Clean: Moto Edge 30 (Rs. 29,999) and OnePlus Nord 2T (Rs. 28,999)
Clean software may have two different meanings that cater to different users. It either has the full stock Android you’re looking for, without a custom UI, extra customizations and pre-installed apps, or a custom user interface (UI) that’s packed with features, but doesn’t show unnecessary bloatware, suggestions, and ads at you.
For those looking for the first kind, you can consider the Motorola Moto Edge 30. The Moto Edge 30 comes with stock Android along with an ultra-compact form factor as well. You get some additional Moto-exclusive features like a twist-to-open camera and a karate gesture that switches the flashlight. But the software is just like using a Google Pixel-series phone. The phone is powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 778G chipset.
For those who want additional features without ads and bloat, we can recommend OnePlus Nord 2T. Yes, OxygenOS is not what it used to be since the OS database has been integrated with Oppo’s ColorOS. But you still get a feature-packed user interface with plenty of customizations and tricks, all neatly hidden in the menus so users don’t get overwhelmed. You also only get Google apps, Netflix, and a few others pre-installed, which isn’t much spam compared to something like Realme UI or FuntouchOS.
Fastest Charging: Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge (Rs. 23,899)
Faster charging is rapidly growing to be an important aspect of smartphones these days. If you are someone on the go and one of your biggest pain points is dealing with slow charging, the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge is the fastest charging phone in this segment at the moment.
The device comes with a 4,500mAh battery and 120W fast charging, which Xiaomi claims can get you to a full charge in 15 minutes. The phone also has a Dimensity 920 chipset, a 120Hz AMOLED display, a 108MP triple camera setup, up to 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage.
Best All-round Phone: iQOO Neo 6 (Rs. 29,999), Poco F4 5G (Rs. 27,999)
If you want a smartphone with a balanced performance in all aspects including overall performance, camera, gaming, battery life, and fast charging, look no further than iQOO Neo 6 and Poco F4 5G. Both phones are powered by the reliable Snapdragon 870 chipset and come with similar specifications. That includes large 120Hz AMOLED screens, a 64MP triple camera setup, stereo speakers, decent-sized batteries and fast charging.