The Best Android Smartphones Under 30000 in India

by Oct 23, 2019

Gone are the days when buying a premium smartphone meant focusing on just one aspect at a time and compromising on all others. An ardent gamer wouldn’t get the best camera configuration and a selfie lover won’t be able to play PUBG on the same handset.

Today, the Indian smartphone arena is buzzing with a dramatic level of competition with every brand vying to offer the best features at the lowest prices. This has brought an unimaginable fluidity in the definition of categories. Flagship phones are generally available above 50000 while the sub-30000 category is considered upper mid-range or lower end of the premium spectrum! Whatever be the case, the gadget lovers are the ultimate winners as they get to use the best compromise-free combination of hardware and software available in the market at half the price of true flagships. Here is a look at the Best Android Smartphones Under 30000 in India.

The 10 Best Android Smartphones Under 30000

1.

Redmi K20 Pro

Redmi K20 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.39" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

The galloping ascent of Xiaomi to the top of the Indian smartphone market is the stuff of legends. After completely dominating the budget and mid-range arenas, Xiaomi brought the same aggressive combination of high-end features and disruptive pricing in the sub-30000 category with Redmi K20 Pro. Right from its launch, the moniker ‘Flagship Killer’ started following it around, and here is a look at what makes Redmi K20 Pro the best-rated option among android smartphones under 30000.

Additional Features

There are good designs, there are excellent designs and then there are drop-dead gorgeous designs. Redmi K20 Pro is not only the best looking Redmi phone, but it is also one of the best-looking Android smartphones in India. Metal meets Glass in the back panel ‘Aura Design’ that features a constantly transforming multi-hued 3D curved gradient, a cascade of colorful waves leaping in and out of focus depending on ambient lighting.

The easy-to-hold curved edges and reinforced corners combine with P2i nano-coating for protection from liquid splashes, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both sides for durability. The 6.39-inches HDR-capable FHD+ AMOLED screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio provides an immersive media watching experience.

Adaptive brightness, sharp colors and HD details pop up while watching videos or playing games. One-handed usage is difficult but the In-display fingerprint sensor works super fast.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor combined with Adreno 640 GPU and 8GB RAM is enough to handle anything a user may throw at it, be it multitasking, opening graphics-heavy apps, switching between apps at blazing fast speed, working on intensive productivity apps, watching HD videos or even playing PUBG Mobile, the current rage of the nation, at its highest settings.

Game Turbo ensures enhanced happiness of hardcore gamers. With 8 layers of graphite stack cooling system in place, heat dissipation is at its best, making thermal heating issue a thing of the past. Xiaomi’s customized MIUI has been severely criticized for immense bloatware, spammy notifications and ads in the past. This time, they seem to have taken note.

The frequency of ads and notifications is much less. MIUI 10 running atop Android 9 Pie still has bloatware but the overall experience is smooth and satisfactory. To top it all, 4000 mAh battery lasts more than a day for moderate usage and charges faster with the bundled 18W charger.

Redmi K20 Pro flaunts an impressive AI-enabled Triple Rear Camera setup with a 48MP Sony sensor, 8MP Telephoto sensor, and 13MP ultra-wide-angle sensor that takes very versatile photos at par with any flagship device.

With modes and features such as AI scene correction, motion tracking, HDR and dedicated Night Mode, every click possesses sharp colors, vivid details, accurate focus, good exposure, and ample post-process enhancements. Even low-light photography is a pleasing experience that is a good leap forward from most mid-range smartphones.

The 20MP pop-up front camera takes decent pictures in well-lit conditions and struggles a bit in indoor or low-light conditions. Overall, the camera is still one of the best that can be found in the sub-30000 category.

With a gorgeous design, stunning display screen, strong performance, and gaming capabilities, Redmi K20 Pro has shown it is capable of creating a storm in the upper mid-range smartphone segment and deserves the title of ‘The Alpha Flagship’ to the hilt.

What We Loved

  • Most beautiful design
  • Stunning AMOLED display screen
  • Great rear cameras
  • Flagship features at a mid-range price
  • Powerful performance and smooth gaming
  • Fast charging

What We Didn’t Like

  • Average selfie camera
  • Moderate battery
  • UI still has bloatware
2.

Vivo V15 Pro

Vivo V15 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.39" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3700 mAh

Overview

Vivo is a global smartphone giant, also consistently featuring in the annual list of Top 5 Smartphone Brands in India in the past couple of years. With continuous innovation and a special focus on design plus camera capabilities of all its models, Vivo has managed to make inroads into the young blood's hearts as a reliable smartphone brand.

Vivo V15 Pro launched in March 2019 quickly became the star performer in the mid-range to premium segment. Here is a look at all the reasons Vivo V15 Pro deserves to be considered as the best phone under 30000 in India.

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Vivo constantly pushes the envelope when it comes to its design schemes and Vivo V15 Pro is no exception. It features a high-quality polycarbonate body with 'Spectrum Ripple Design' on the glossy reflective dual-toned rear panel where the shifting of light subtly creates visual brilliance.

Usage of a cover is strongly recommended to keep the surface free of smudges. The delicately curved edges and rounded corners make it a compact and sturdy phone. The notch-less 6.39-inches Full HD+ SuperAMOLED Ultra Full-View screen provides a nearly bezel-less fantastic immersive viewing experience with excellent brightness, sharp colors and vivid details in all lighting conditions. This is perfect for the young generation that is glued to media content 24/7.

As far as performance goes, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 AIE combined with 6GB RAM provides buttery smooth operational capacity for everyday tasks and gaming. Multitasking is smooth and no lags are experienced even while playing highly intense games such as Wrestling Revolution.

Unless one does nothing but play graphics-intensive games side-by-side all day long, there is nothing to worry about in terms of performance here. The custom FunTouch OS running atop Android 9 Pie is a task to learn for newbies to Vivo ecosystem as it is full of pre-installed junkware. The stock Android lovers will miss the streamlined user experience.

Of course, FunTouch offers many nifty features too such as Smart Motion, Smart Lock and Game Cube for hardcore gamers. But any new user will be confused at first with the UI complexity. The 3700 mAh battery lasts longer when combined with Vivo's Dual Engine Fast Charging feature but for hardcore gamers, it would still last less than a day on a full charge.

With an AI-enabled 48MP primary sensor + 8MP wide-angle sensor + 5 MP depth sensor, Vivo V15 Pro has an excellent Triple Rear Camera setup to satisfy even the most demanding amateur photographer. Photos are crisp, vibrant, pleasing with the help of many modes and features such as HDR, Bokeh, Panorama, Night Mode, Pro Mode, AI scene detection and more.

The AI Beautification enabled 32MP pop-up front camera takes richly detailed selfies and 'groupfies' that can be considered among the best in this category. The striking feature of Vivo V15 Pro is that both the rear + front cameras take beautiful photos even in low-light conditions.

Looking at the astonishingly beautiful display, great selfie camera, and stellar performance, it is easy to understand why Vivo V15 Pro broke several sales records within weeks of its initial release and continues to feature among the best android phones under 30000.

What We Loved

  • Elegant design
  • Immersive display
  • Front camera among the best
  • Powerful processor

What We Didn’t Like

  • Average battery
  • FunTouch OS is complex and has bloatware
3.

Samsung Galaxy A50s

Samsung Galaxy A50s
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.4" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

Samsung enjoys a big chunk of goodwill and brand loyalty in India based on its heydays of a nearly unanimous ruling of the early Android-based smartphone arena. Today, in the face of unrelenting competition from Chinese tech conglomerates, it has successfully upped the ante by combining old-time durability with new-age innovation. Its latest mid-range winner Samsung Galaxy A50s is built with the sole aim to do more for the generation that wants more.

Additional Features

The high-quality polycarbonate rear sports a glossy finish in a premium '3D Prism' design scheme that creates a fascinating dance of colors and shapes every time the phone catches light in a different spot. Compact and sleek, the curved edges give Samsung Galaxy A50s a comfortable fit in the palm, however, the glossy surface is a smudge magnet and may feel slippery without a protective cover.

Samsung is renowned for great display experience and the 6.4-inch Full HD+ SuperAMOLED Infinity-U screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio carries the excellent legacy forward with great clarity, sharpness, vibrancy, brightness and sunlight legibility.

Samsung Exynos 9611 octa-core processor combined with 4GB/6GB RAM leads to smooth everyday social and productivity multitasking. Even gaming for long hours is a cool pleasure with Game Booster feature, provided there isn't a bunch of graphics-intensive apps running in the background.

For a normal user performing tasks such as social media browsing or multimedia content consumption, the performance is top-notch lag-free even though on paper the processor may feel dated. Samsung's custom OneUI runs atop Android 9 Pie and while it does contain some bloatware, overall experience remains smooth and easy-to-use.

A newbie to Samsung ecosystem would take some time to learn the ropes but it is not a painful transition. 4000 mAh battery lasts reasonably well but takes a good 3 hours to charge fully. In the era of fast charging being a standard feature in almost all smartphones, this is one area of improvement in Samsung Galaxy A50s.

The Triple Rear Camera setup with 48MP primary sensor + 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor + 5MP depth sensor is loaded with Autofocus, Pro Mode, Panorama, Bokeh, Night Mode, Super Steady Video Mode and multiple other features to help every photographer capture beautiful memories.

The 32MP front camera takes pleasing selfies in ample ambient lighting. In low-light conditions, the quality drops a lot with noise creeping in the photos clicked by both cameras despite dedicated night mode. This is at par with most of its competitors who all struggle with night and indoor photography.

Aimed at pleasing the young generation who demand innovation at their fingertips, Samsung Galaxy A50s provides a solid winner with good performance and great looks. It has been making a lot of noise since before its launch and seems like it is here to stay as one of the best phones under 30000.

What We Loved

  • Striking 3D Prism design
  • Immersive Infinity-U display
  • Good performance
  • 4000 mAh battery

What We Didn’t Like

  • Below-average low-light camera performance
  • Fast charging does not work as well as other phones
  • The glossy rear panel is a smudge magnet
4.

OPPO F7

OPPO F7
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.23" (1080 x 2280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3400 mAh

Overview

Oppo is a global smartphone giant with several firsts to its name in the arena of image processing. Oppo launched the first selfie camera with an in-built beautifying feature way back in 2012! It is no wonder that it has captured the attention of every camera lover in India with the tag of 'Selfie Expert' following every Oppo smartphone model and has become a coveted member of Top 5 smartphone brands in India. Oppo F7 was launched in March 2018 to shake up the mid-range segment with the help of path-breaking camera capabilities.

Additional Features

Oppo F7 looks the part of a stylish mid-range smartphone by offering a stable and durable plastic frame with a glass-like reflective surface and beautiful colors in a compact size. The glossy surface, true to its nature in all phones, needs a protective cover to stay clean of smudges and scratches.

The 6.3-inches Full HD+ LCD notched screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio provides a completely immersive experience while watching any media content. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 provides the latest level of protection to the front screen panel. Sunlight legibility is a bit of a downer but acceptable for a mid-range phone.

A lot of gadget enthusiasts would point out that MediaTek is perhaps a weaker choice when compared to Snapdragon. But numerous benchmark tests have proven otherwise. Oppo F7 uses a MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core processor in combination with 4GB/6GB RAM to power up day-to-day tasks smoothly.

The custom Oppo ColorOS 5 UI running on Android Oreo 8.1 seems clunky at first, especially for those used to a clean stock Android experience, but has many nifty features and modes to make life easier, such as Quiet Time, Full-Screen Multitasking, Kids Space, Secure Keyboard, and Game Acceleration.

Casual Gamers have no reason to stay away from this speedy little gaming station. Having said all this, a newbie would find this a cluttered and chunky user experience. 3400 mAh battery lasts more than a day for moderate usage and heavy users will miss the presence of fast charging options here.

For a brand with the title of 'Selfie Expert', its camera capabilities have to be stellar beyond doubt. Oppo F7 comes with an AI-enabled 16MP rear camera with LED Flash and an industry-leading AI Beauty and HDR-enabled 25MP front camera with a Sony sensor.

Both cameras click lovely pictures with ample detailing, accurate colors, sharpness, and vibrancy as they come equipped with multiple modes such as Ultra HD, Super Vivid, Autofocus and so on. The rear camera struggles a bit in low-light conditions but the selfie camera comes out aces in every lighting condition.

True to its promise, Oppo F7 is a selfie expert for the new generation of selfie brigade. Combined with a brilliant content watching and game playing experience, there is ample reason for India to consider it as the best phone under 30000.

What We Loved

  • Superb Selfie Camera
  • Immersive Display Screen
  • Good performance

What We Didn’t Like

  • Rear Camera has average low-light photography performance
  • No fast charging for battery
  • UI is complex
5.

Asus ZenFone 5Z

Asus ZenFone 5Z
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.2" (1080 x 2246)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 12 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3300 mAh

Overview

Asus has got a loyal following when it comes to its strong and powerful laptops. In terms of smartphones, however, it took some time to find its footing. Today it has got a strong portfolio offering some high-end specifications at disruptive price points and everybody is taking note of its strategy. Asus ZenFone 5Z takes the same policy towards its competition and undercuts them on the price point by offering premium specifications within the mid-range segment.

Additional Features

Like all ASUS products, Asus ZenFone 5Z also looks and feels simple but premium thanks to the use of glass and metal in its construction with a concentric circles design on the rear panel making it stand out in a crowd. The glossy surface is, as expected, a smudge magnet and also incredibly slippery, thus making a strong protective case a must-use here.

It is tall and lightweight with the broadness of the display making one-hand usage difficult. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protected huge 6.2-inch FHD+ LCD screen has some amazing customization options and presents a gorgeous viewing experience even under direct sunlight.

The 2.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor with 6GB/8GB RAM is simply put, a beast performer at par with any high-end flagship smartphone. From browsing through social media channels to playing Mortal Kombat and Asphalt Extreme, from working on a heavy photo-editing app to switching between more than 30 tabs at one time, this processor does it all without breaking a sweat.

The experience of working on Asus ZenFone 5Z is no less than working on a full laptop or playing games on a high-end gaming console. The custom Asus ZenUI running atop Android 8 is clean and streamlined enough to let any newbie learn it quickly too. Many AI-enabled features optimize the phone's performance such as AI Boost, AI Charging and so on, features that analyze the user's behavior patterns and suggest tweaks to increase performance benchmarks. Smart is the word to be used here. User experience is exemplary.

Battery performance is equally impressive with 3300 mAh battery lasting a full day of moderate usage and by supporting fast charging, it refuels immediately too.

AI-enabled 12MP primary camera and 8MP wide-angle lens take clear, well-detailed and pleasing photos in daylight and above-average pictures in low-light conditions. Modes and features such as HDR, AI Scene Detection, Panorama, Night View and so on ensure that photos have minimal noise, accurate colors, and good focus. HDR-enabled 8MP front camera also clicks bright and clear selfies in good lighting but not indoors or in low-light conditions.

Looking at all the fantastic specifications and powerful performance of Asus ZenFone 5Z, it is clear that this can be truly called a 'Flagship Killer's Killer'. It is painstakingly created to bring the best of premium features at a very competitive price that ensures it remains one of the best Android Phones under 30000 in India.

What We Loved

  • Very powerful processor
  • Good camera performance
  • Clean user interface
  • Supports fast charging
  • Fantastic display
  • High-end features at a mid-range price

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low-light photography experience is below average
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection is dated
  • Slippery rear panel
6.

OPPO K3

OPPO K3
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.5" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3765 mAh

Overview

Oppo, one of the smartphone market leaders in India, has got its finger on the pulse of the youth who wants innovation wrapped in head-turning packaging. Oppo provides this by focusing on a combination of stunning designs with strong performance especially in terms of its camera configuration.

Launched in July 2019, Oppo K3 made waves in the market not only due to its camera but a striking similarity to Realme X. Let us see how it managed to capture the imagination of masses.

Additional Features

Despite being a mid-range phone, Oppo K3 provides a premium feel with a dual-hued 3D curved radian shaped gradient rear panel with a glossy finish. The surprise is that this glossy finish is not as big a smudge magnet as most other glossy rear panels, still, a protective cover is much needed to protect the elegant design from scratches and falls.

While it is compact to fit in the palm, it is also a little on the heavier side that adds to its sturdy feel. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protected display screen is a knockout and a high point in Oppo K3. Sharp and vibrant pictures with beautiful details are guaranteed on its 6.5-inch Full HD+ SuperAMOLED notch-less full-view screen with a 91% screen ratio. Additionally, true HD resolution streaming content can be enjoyed thanks to Widevine L1 certification.

Talking about performance, Oppo K3 is powered by 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor that is, in combination with 6GB RAM, powerful enough for daily multitasking as well as gaming to one's heart content. Oppo's custom UI ColorOS6 running atop the latest Android 9 Pie is full of pre-installed junk but it can be uninstalled and a cleaner interface created as per personal preference.

There are several nifty shortcuts that Oppo loyalists would love. Even for a newbie, the OS does not push spam notifications or ads in an annoying quantity. In terms of battery power, 3765 mAh provides enough fuel to last more than a day for moderate usage and is also bundled with VOOC Flash Charge to juice it up rapidly.

The camera interface, clearly the highlight of any Oppo smartphone, is easy to understand and use. With modes like Panorama, Night, Expert and features like Autofocus, HDR, Chroma Boost, Dazzle Color and so on, the 16MP primary + 2MP secondary sensor combo takes stunning photos with amazing clarity and vibrant colors in daylight.

The AI Beautify enabled 16MP front camera clicks clear and pleasing selfies in daylight. Both the cameras struggle in low-light photography, a drawback almost all the budget and many mid-range smartphones possess.

With a stunning design, superb display, fast performance, gaming acumen, and good daylight photography capability, Oppo K3 has cemented its position as one of the best android phones under 30000 in India.

What We Loved

  • Elegant Radian Design
  • Great Immersive Display
  • Powerful Performance, including Gaming
  • Fast Charging with VOOC

What We Didn’t Like

  • Glossy panel is slippery
  • Below average low-light photography
  • For a newbie, UI is clunky and full of bloatware
7.

OPPO Reno2

OPPO Reno2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.5" (1080 x 2400)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Quad 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

Oppo has been renowned to create the most stunning combinations of design and performance that become instant bestsellers. Everybody looks forward to an Oppo release to see the greatest leap when it comes to camera abilities. Launched in May 2019, Reno created a splash as the most luminous looking Oppo smartphone ever.

September 2019 saw the launch of Oppo Reno2 that is garnering appreciation in every circle as the most powerful camera + design combination in the mid-range smartphone arena. A look follows at what makes Oppo Reno2 the best android phone under 3000.

Additional Features

With a sleek glass unibody sporting a seamless curved gradient rear panel of luminous deep colors that shine elegantly like a halo on shifting light, Oppo Reno2 redefines the term 'stunning design'. It is not flashy or gimmicky, just pure craftsmanship to create a head-turning design scheme.

There is no flimsiness while holding it, the grip is good, feel is premium and this is one of those outstanding beautiful phones anybody would be proud to own. The Gorilla Glass 6 protected 6.55-inch Dynamic FHD+ AMOLED screen with 93.1% screen ratio is bezel-less and notch-less thus providing a sharp, clear, detailed and rich immersive viewing experience for multimedia content. Watching movies, streaming online videos and playing games is as delightful here as on any high-end premium flagship smartphone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor with Adreno 618 GPU and 8GB RAM is a formidable setup to enjoy multitasking, social media browsing, working on productivity apps, watching movies and playing non-stop games without any lags, stutters, crashing, freezing or frame drops. Oppo Reno2 is a dream come true for gaming enthusiasts.

The custom Oppo ColorOS 6 running atop Android 9 Pie is much cleaner and easy to use interface than most other brands whose custom OSs are full of spam, ads, bloatware. There are nifty features like Game Space and Night Shield to enhance the user experience and even a newbie would not find it difficult to learn the ropes here. And in terms of battery capacity, 4000 mAh is big enough to last a full day on moderate usage.

Additionally, VOOC Flash Charge recharges the battery rather quickly, so no anxious moments in this regard are necessary.

Coming to the star performer category, Oppo Reno2 flaunts a superlative Quad Camera setup on the rear with a 48MP primary Sony sensor in combination with a 13MP telephoto sensor, a 2MP macro sensor, and an 8MP wide-angle sensor. With HDR, Chroma Boost, AI Scene Detection and more excellent features + modes, it is not a surprise that all photos come out sharp, vivid, vibrant, and super-detailed.

For low-light photography, Ultra Dark Mode adds ample brightness and clarity to consider photos more than good, an area where most mid-range smartphones are still struggling. The 16MP shark-fin pop-up front camera takes very good selfies in a well-lit environment but struggles understandably in low-light conditions.

Oppo Reno2 has aimed for the stars and succeeded in giving life to a beautiful dream. With fast performance, stunning design and exceptional quad camera, it is set to continue its winning streak as the best android phone under 30000.

What We Loved

  • Phenomenal Glass Design
  • Powerful Performance
  • Immersive Dynamic Display
  • Fantastic Gaming Experience
  • VOOC Flash Charging
  • Excellent Rear Quad Camera

What We Didn’t Like

  • Average Low-Light Front Camera Performance
  • Glossy Rear Panel could be Dust and Smudge Magnet
8.

Apple iPhone 6s (32GB)

Apple iPhone 6s
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    4.7" (750 x 1334)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 12 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    1715mAh

Overview

There are only two kinds of apples in this world- the one made famous by Newton, and the one made famous by Steve Jobs. Trying to introduce an Apple iPhone is as simple as trying to answer 'why did Katappa kill Bahubali' in less than 5 words.

Suffice to say, Apple iPhone on the back of relentless innovation, futuristic vision, uncompromising emphasis on quality and of course genius marketing, has become the gold standard when it comes to smartphone technology, design, and performance. Here is a look at what makes Apple iPhone 6s (32GB) tick as perhaps the best smartphone under 30000.

Additional Features

With Apple's famous fine craftsmanship, bordering on compulsive behavior when it comes to accuracy, the iPhone 6s is a plain, delicately colored, very slim, and seamless aluminum smartphone that does not need any flashy gimmicks to set it apart. The iconic partially-eaten apple logo on its rear panel is more than enough to start revered whispers of 'oh, it's an iPhone'.

It feels delicate to touch but any iPhone user will be glad to report that in real life, the frame is as durable as they come. The curved edges make it a delight to hold and operate. With a contrast ratio of 1542:1 and 326 pixels per inch density, the 4.7-inch Retina HD screen is one of the sharpest, most beautiful and detailed display schemes in the market, right up there with the most premium display from other brands' flagship models. The multimedia viewing experience is second to none on an iPhone 6s screen.

The 3D Touch feature on the touchscreen is the unique factor that enhances the user experience by letting them explore the various options iPhone conjures in response to different pressure of touch exerted on the screen. Peak, Pop, Customize and more, the user can go inside an app, check emails, forward links and more with the help of this 3D Touch feature.

The humble-sounding HDR-enabled 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash takes excellent photos in most conditions. Sharp details, vivid colors, good contrasts, and an overall clean feel is guaranteed with an Apple iPhone 6s camera setup. In low-light conditions, the performance dips in comparison with any android flagship but compared to any average mid-range smartphone, the photos are still excellent.

The 5MP HDR front camera is good enough to take good selfies, though it is an open secret that selfies are not iPhone's forte. The camera app, like all things Apple, is extremely user-friendly and apart from the already included modes (such as Live Photo), there are tonnes of third-party apps that can be downloaded to enhance photographs to make them appear professional.

1.8GHz dual-core A9 chip combined with 2GB RAM powers Apple iPhone 6s (32GB) for the smooth functioning of daily multitasking, multimedia consumption, and gaming too. The modest configuration may look like a feeble performance precursor but this is one processor that handles everything without any lag, hang or freeze issues.

Continuous heavy gaming or opening multiple heavy apps might lead to a little bit of thermal heating. Apple's iconic iOS 12 is a breeze to understand even for a newbie. The battery remains a sore point. While it would last adequately on low usage, it barely touches a full day for moderate or heavy usage.

The fact remains-Apple does not sell iPhones based on their reviews. It sells them because these phones provide immense value in terms of beautiful hardware, stellar software and a prestige component for far longer than the competition. Apple iPhone 6s (32GB) provides the trademark Apple quality, support, updates, and tenacity for years to come, thus making it THE best phone under 30000.

What We Loved

  • Simple, slim, iconic design and display
  • Seamless super-fast performance
  • UI is user friendly
  • 3D Touch and Siri enable unique user experience
  • Excellent rear camera

What We Didn’t Like

  • Limited storage
  • Below-average battery
  • Price is directly proportional to brand prestige
  • Low-light photography of front camera is below-average
9.

Honor View20

Honor View20
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.4" (1080x2310)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

Honor is one of the biggest smartphone brands in China and is renowned for being young at heart and focusing on chic innovation in terms of design as well as performance. It has a streamlined portfolio in India where it offers high-end flagship-level smartphones at competitive prices. Here is a look at Honor View20, launched in 2018, that aims to be regarded as the best android phone under 30000.

Additional Features

A seamless blend of glass and metal, the rear glossy panel has a striking V-pattern that catches light in the most glorious of ways. As all glossy panels do, this one also attracts dust and behaves in a very slippery fashion. The front panel is the first in India to display a punch-hole to accommodate the front camera in place of a notch.

The huge 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD screen provides ample brightness, sharpness and full-screen viewing angles for watching media as well as playing games. The brightness levels struggle outdoors and under direct sunlight.

The flagship Kirin 980 chipset combined with 6GB RAM is powerful for completely hiccup-free multitasking and gaming experience. GPU Turbo and Nine Liquid Cooling Technology optimize the gaming and heat dissipation process so the user does not feel the heat even with long hours of gaming, literally! The MagicUI running atop Android 9 pie is not a big hub of bloatware or ads which means even newbies can learn it fairly painlessly. 4000 mAh battery bundled with Super Charger lasts nearly 2 days on moderate or low usage and charges extremely fast.

The 48MP primary camera (equipped with 3D photography feature) and 25MP front camera are both AI-enabled and arrive loaded with all standard modes and features to take some excellent shots in well-lit as well as low-light conditions. One aspect where most smartphone cameras struggle is the night photography but Honor View20 depends on AI managed Night Mode to take much better photos than any other phone in the mid-range segment.

It won't be wrong to say that Honor View20 is the underdog that is giving tough competition to higher-priced flagship smartphones with its powerful processor, excellent cameras and brilliant gaming experience.

What We Loved

  • Powerful gaming experience
  • Lag-free seamless multitasking performance
  • Superlative AI-enabled cameras
  • Great Battery with Super Charger

What We Didn’t Like

  • Slippery Rear Panel
  • For stock Android experience lovers, MagicUI will feel clunky
10.

Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung Galaxy A70
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.7" (1080 x 2400)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 32 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4500 mAh

Overview

After ruling the roost for the better part of the last decade when it came to Android smartphones, Korean giant Samsung had to completely overhaul its strategy due to intense competition from Chinese behemoths such as Xiaomi and OPPO. Samsung Galaxy A70 was launched in April 2019 under a refreshing policy of providing the millennials with an all-round winner in the upper mid-range segment, a smartphone that helps them stay 'Live' 24/7 without compromising on any premium feature.

Additional Features

Standing out from the crowd, Samsung Galaxy A70 presents a distinct blend of metal and 'Glasstick' (Glass-like Plastic). The 3D curved glossy back panel flaunts a gorgeous subtle prism effect and the thoughtfully rounded edges make it easy to hold. It is a scratch and smudge magnet too like all other reflective panels.

It is slim and sturdy but one-handed usage is difficult thanks to the massive display. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the massive screen real estate provided by 6.7-inches waterdrop notched SuperAMOLED FHD+ Infinity-U design with a 20:9 aspect ratio. Gorgeous vibrant colors, excellent viewing angles, enjoyable levels of brightness in all conditions, this screen is a delight for non-stop multimedia content consumers.

The Triple Rear Camera setup consists of a 34MP primary sensor combined with a 5MP depth sensor for portraits and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle (123-degrees) sensor. With an intuitive camera app together with a bevy of modes and features such as Panorama, Live Focus, Slo-Mo, Flaw Detection, Scene Optimizer and more, it clicks very good pictures in bright light and outdoors.

Due to a lack of Image Stabilization and Night Photography mode, both 4K video recording and low-light/indoor photography are a struggle. But the 32MP front camera takes beautiful, well-balanced, sharp selfies with AI Beauty mode able to enhance them even further.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core 2GHz processor combined with 6GB RAM is excellent for daily usage, multitasking, productivity tasks, and playing games. No thermal heat issues or stuttering are encountered even while playing graphics-intensive PUBG. On paper, it might not look like a powerful configuration but real-life benchmarks tests say otherwise.

The Samsung OneUI running atop the latest Android 9 Pie version has its own share of bloatware, still, it manages to be smooth and easy-to-understand. The massive 4500 mAh battery combined with 25W fast charger lasts more than a day for moderate usage and nobody is going to get sleepless nights due to charging issues.

Samsung Galaxy A70 has gone for dependable design, ample performance, excellent display, and amazing battery to ensure that the current generation hooked to multimedia content considers it as one of the best Android smartphones under 30000 in India.

What We Loved

  • Gorgeous display
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Beautiful rainbow effect on the rear panel
  • Very fast charging
  • Latest Android and intuitive UI
  • Easy-to-use camera app

What We Didn’t Like

  • Average low-light and indoor photography
  • Lack of Image Stabilization
  • UI has bloatware