August 8, 2022
The best phone you can buy under Rs.  30,000

Our latest additions for sub-Rs. 30,000 guides are OnePlus Nord 2T 5G, Poco F4 5G, iQoo’s Neo 6 5G and Moto Edge 30. Samsung’s Galaxy A52s 5G launched at Rs. 35,999 has now seen a hefty price cut, and is around Rs. 28,000, which makes it a one-of-a-kind all-rounder in this price segment.

If you want to spend less than Rs. 30,000, you can now get very capable smartphones with premium features, modern hardware and versatile cameras. There has been an increase in the demand for Rs. 25,000 and sub-Rs. 30,000 volumes in India. Furthermore, it is also true that in general, prices across markets and industries have risen over the past year or so, and therefore price-conscious buyers are also looking to budget more than before.

Here are Gadgets 360’s picks of top phones under Rs. 30,000 in India, in no particular order. We’ve reviewed and tested all the phones on this list in depth, including their raw performance, camera capability, software and ease of use, physical design, battery life, and charging speed.

Best phone under Rs. 30,000 to buy in India

phones under 30,000Gadgets 360 Rating (out of 10)Price in India (as recommended)
Samsung Galaxy M53 5G8Rupee. 26,499
Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G8Rupee. 26,999
realme gt master edition8Rupee. 27,999
Oppo Reno 7 5G8Rupee. 28,999
Poco F3 GT8Rupee. 26,999
Mi 11X8Rupee. 29,999
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G8Rupee. 27,299
OnePlus Nord 2T 5G8Rupee. 28,999
moto edge 308Rupee. 27,999
iQoo Neo 6 5G8Rupee. 29,990
Poco F4 5G8Rupee. 27,999

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G

The Galaxy M53 5G now sits at the top of Samsung’s M series, which now spans a wider range of prices. Samsung’s latest smartphone boasts of some interesting hardware such as a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC with vapor cooling, and a 108-megapixel primary camera. One of the main things that works in favor of the Galaxy M53 5G is the guarantee of Android OS and security updates, which should keep it relevant for much longer than some of its direct competitors. In our opinion, the 6GB RAM variant offers much better value for money than the 8GB variant, and gets the same.

Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G

Xiaomi certainly knows how to stand up – the 11i HyperCharge 5G lives up to its name with 120W fast charging, which means its 4500mAh battery can get from zero to 100 percent in about 20 minutes. Of course you’ll have to carry the bulky charger with you instead if you need that quick charge. Furthermore, the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G looks smart with its matte glass rear panel, but is relatively heavy at 204g.

You get the MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on which variant you opt for. There’s 128GB storage, a 6.67-inch full-HD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, stereo speakers, and an IR emitter. You get MIUI 12.5 runs on top of Android 11. The Xiaomi 11i without 120W charging costs a bit less and is otherwise almost the same, so you’ll pay a premium for the feature if you think it’s important enough.

realme gt master edition

The GT Master Edition from Realme comes at a competitive price with a unique suitcase-like design. This Master Edition model in the first GT series packs a punch, even if it isn’t quite an all-rounder. The high quality 120Hz refresh rate Super AMOLED display is good for gaming and watching movies. You don’t get stereo speakers but this phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Powering the gaming experience on the Realme GT Master Edition is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor, a worthy upgrade over the 768G and on par with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200. Camera performance is quite good in daylight but low light performance is only saved by Night mode. Battery life is pretty good for a slim mid-range smartphone, and it charges pretty quickly, from zero to 100 percent in about 35 minutes.

Oppo Reno 7 5G

Although similar to its predecessor Reno 6, the new Oppo Reno 7 5G has a few updates that keep it on our list. It’s slim and lightweight, and the new laser-etched pattern on the back looks good, but the entire body is made of plastic. The Reno 7 uses the same MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC as the Oppo Reno 6, and the phone is only available with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The 4500mAh is a bit bigger than the previous model. It runs ColorOS 12 based on Android 11. The 64-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and 2-megapixel macro camera are also the same as the Reno 6. It’s a good phone overall and did well in our review, but offers few other better features at this price level, and the nearly identical OnePlus Nord CE 2 starts at a lower price point.

Poco F3 GT

Poco F3 GT has been designed according to gaming features and performance. This new model has a premium body with a metal frame and glass back. There are “maglev” trigger buttons that can be engaged using the sliders on the side. In Game Turbo mode, you get a 6.67-inch HDR10+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and touch sampling rate of up to 480Hz. Poco has opted for the Dimensity 1200 SoC to power the F3 GT and you can get this phone with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM.

The Poco F3 GT packs a triple camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel main, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and a 2-megapixel macro camera. It captured average quality photos in both daylight as well as low light. On the plus side, the Poco F3 GT delivered a great gaming experience for the price.

Mi 11X 5G

The price of Mi 11X 5G is just under Rs. 30,000, and it’s pretty powerful thanks to the near-flagship-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. We like the fact that the Mi 11X 5G looks fresh, with no elaborate flourishes and no over-the-top branding unlike some of its competitors. General and gaming performance is great, and content looks great on the 120Hz AMOLED display. Small touches like fast charging, IP rating and stereo speakers add to the overall pleasant experience.

MIUI showed a lot of spam notifications during our review period. We also noticed that the Mi 11X would get unusually hot while charging. Overall camera quality was average, although its “telemacro” camera is capable of producing some great shots. Ultimately, the Mi 11X 5G isn’t the best all-rounder, but it’s a strong contender, especially if you’re after an SoC that’s powerful enough for gaming.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

Samsung’s Galaxy A52s 5G is an all-rounder for less than Rs. 30,000 vol. It is the successor to the Galaxy A52 and has received a solid processor upgrade with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G. Its design is similar to that of its predecessor with the frame and rear panel made of polycarbonate. The build quality isn’t bad at all as it is one of the few phones that offer an official IP67 rating. There is a quality Super AMOLED display, a long lasting battery and very capable cameras that perform well in daylight. However, the low-light camera performance isn’t the best in class and the bundled 15W charger isn’t the fastest.

OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G is the first ‘T’ model in the Nord series of devices. There has been no major change in its design as it is just a ‘T’ refresh. Most of the changes have happened under the hood. There is an upgraded MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, which is an upgrade over the Dimension 1200-AI SoC in the Nord 2. While its battery capacity remains unchanged, OnePlus has bumped up the charging to 80W. Unlike some other competing smartphones, the software experience with Android 12 is also fluid and free of bloatware. Overall, the new Nord 2T 5G isn’t a major upgrade over the Nord 2, but it remains distinctly the ‘OnePlus’ in terms of performance.

moto edge 30

As with its predecessor, the Edge 20, Motorola’s Edge 30 continues to prioritize design over everything else. It may switch to a polycarbonate frame and an acrylic rear panel, but it claims to be the thinnest and lightest smartphone in its segment. It has also got an IP52 rating which makes it resistant to splashes of water. You get a very capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC (also available in Nothing Phone 1). There’s also a 144Hz refresh rate display along with a 360Hz touch sampling rate, both of which should work well for gaming. There are two quality 50-megapixel rear cameras and a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Something that’s a concern is its smaller-than-usual 4,020mAh battery, so those looking for a road warrior may want to avoid it.

iQoo Neo 6 5G

iQoo Neo 6 5G offers the best value as compared to other phones in this segment. It’s not focused on looks, but more about raw performance, and it all comes from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, which is gaming-grade stuff. There is an E4 AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate which works well while playing games. There is no IP rating but you do get stereo speakers. Battery life is also pretty decent, thanks to the 4,700mAh battery, and it’s also fairly quick to charge using the 80W bundled charger. While it looks like this phone is just about gaming, it has a very capable 64-megapixel primary camera (with OIS) that is a capable shooter whether it is day or night.

Poco F4 5G

The Poco F4 5G is another solid contender that combines design and raw performance to deliver incredible value. Priced from Rs 27,999, it offers a 120Hz AMOLED display (with Dolby Vision support), IP53 rating for dust and water resistance, and a monstrous Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC that is good for gaming. The phone is powered by a 4,500mAh battery and offers 67W wired charging. Did we mention that it also looks great with its glass back and slim frame? In fact, the only drawback of the Poco F4 5G is its software which is littered with third-party apps and bloatware, even though software performance was not an issue.

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