In 2022, smartphones retailing between Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 have seen tremendous growth. It is probably the fastest-growing smartphone segment in India. With rising input costs, the average selling price for smartphones has gone up in the past year and a half. This resulted in phones which once priced under Rs 20,000 are now retailing from Rs 23,000 to Rs 25,000. The impact is also visible on recently launched phones as most of the good mid-range, and value premium smartphone segments are now retailing under Rs 30,000. In fact, we have several amazing phones in the under 30K price segment including OnePlus Nord 2, iQOO Neo 6 5G, Samsung Galaxy M53, and iQOO 7.
If that’s the budget you have for your next phone, you have some very competitive phones to choose from. The sub- 30K segment includes some exceptional phones with capable cameras, excellent battery life, and modern design. In this article, we have cherry-picked the best available options. (हिंदी में पढ़िए).
Best mobile phones under Rs. 30,000 in India in 2022
Flagship killers with the latest Snapdragon 865 or Snapdragon 865+ are no longer available under 30K. You can still get the very capable Snapdragon 778G or Snapdragon 870-based phones in this price segment. The camera performance in the segment has also drastically improved.
Best mobile phones under Rs. 30,000 in India in 2022
1. iQOO Neo 6
iQOO recently expanded its smartphone lineup with the launch of the first-ever “Neo” series phone called – iQOO Neo 6 (review) in India. With this launch, iQOO is looking to strengthen its position under Rs 30,000 segment.
The iQOO 6 smartphone has the right mix of performance and value. Powered with Snapdragon 870 SoC, it can handle everything without heating up. The FHD+ E4 AMOLED screen on top makes it a good candidate for content consumption. It offers a 120Hz screen refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate which makes it good for gaming as well.
It also boasts of a capable 64MP primary camera which delivers good pictures in most lighting conditions. It comes with a super-fast 80W fast charger which can refill its 4700mAh battery in just 38 minutes.
iQOO Neo 6 Specs
|Display- 6.62-inch FHD+ AMOLED
120Hz refresh rate
|Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 870||Weight- 190 grams|
|RAM- up to 12GB||Dimensions-163×76.2×8.5mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-4700mAh, 80W fast charging|
|Software- Android 12 with FunTouch OS 12||5G bands-1,41,77,78 SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera-64MP+8MP+2MP||Variants available- 2 (8GB/128GB 12GB/256GB)|
2. Motorola Edge 30 5G
The Motorola Edge 30 is the base variant of the Moto Edge 30 Pro that launched last year. It is the only smartphone in the segment to come with a 144hz refresh rate. Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G+. the Moto Edge 30 is also a capable device with a 5G connectivity. It rocks a 6.5-inch POLED panel that can deliver 10-bit colours which makes content consumption a delightful experience on this device. It comes with Dolby Atmos support and has the lightest and slimmest body ever.
It has a good camera setup and starts at a price of Rs. 27,999. The colour variants available are Aurora Green and Meteor Grey. Read our review here.
Motorola Edge 30 5G Specs
|Display-6.5-inch AMOLED 1B Colors
144Hz refresh rate
|Front Camera- 32MP|
|Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G||Weight- 155g|
|RAM- 8GB||Dimensions- 159.4x 74.2 x 6.8mm|
|Storage- 256 GB||Battery-4020mAh, 33W fast charging|
|Software- Android 12||5G Bands- 1,2,3,5,7,8,20,28,38,
|Rear Camera- 50MP+50MP+2MP||Variants Available- 3 (6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB)|
3. OnePlus Nord 2
The successor of Oneplus Nord has received a major bump up in specs and rightly so. The biggest upgrade has happened under the hood as it is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200AI chipset. Upfront, there’s a 6.43-inches AMOLED display with thin bezels and a thicker chin.
Oneplus Nord 2 has a cleaner UI in comparison to its competitors and guarantees 2 years of software updates and 3 years of security updates too. The fingerprint scanner is responsive and face recognition is quick too. Heavy games like BGMI are playable with HD graphics without stutter or lags. Its price starts at Rs. 27,999 in India and is available in 3 colour options- Blue Haze, Grey Sierra, and Green-Wood.
Oneplus Nord 2 Specs
|Display-6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED 90Hz refresh rate||Front Camera- 32MP|
|Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 1200AI||Weight- 189g|
|RAM- up to 12GB||Dimensions- 159.12 x 73.31 x 8.25mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-4500mAh|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 1,3,28,40,41,78,79 SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 50MP+8MP+2MP||Variants Available- 3(6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB,12GB+256GB)|
4. Samsung Galaxy A52s
The Samsung Galaxy A52s is a quality mid-range smartphone with a premium price tag. It is positioned above A52 because it has a faster display, a new and updated processor with better overall performance, and 5G.
Although its design is identical to Galaxy A52, it retains an IP67 rating which is a standout spec. Camera performance is good in daylight, but low-light photos and videos are not up to the mark. It comes in Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, and Awesome Mint colours.
Samsung Galaxy A52s Specs
|Display-6.50-inch Super AMOLED 120Hz refresh rate||Front Camera- 32MP|
|Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G||Weight- 189g|
|RAM- up to 6GB||Dimensions- 159.90 x 75.10 x 8.40mm|
|Storage- up to 128GB||Battery-4500mAh, 25W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11 with One UI 3||5G Bands- 1,3,5,7,8,20,38,28,40,41,66,78|
|Rear Camera- 64MP+12MP+5MP+5MP||Variants Available- 1 (6GB+128GB)|
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5. IQOO 7 5G
The IQOO 7 5G is an excellent option for under Rs 30,000. The runs on an intelligent Snapdragon 870 chipset that gives elaborate performance visuals. It comes with a 66W flash charger that recharges it in less than 30 minutes. It has a z-axis linear motor with powerful 4D game vibration so you can feel the intensity of battle games in your hand.
Its liquid cooling system has a graphite sheet covering the area of 6000mm square for faster and even heat dissipation. It has a sophisticated 120Hz AMOLED screen with translucent AG glass protection on top that delivers refreshing colours and excellent contrast. It is available in 2 colour variants- Storm black and Solid Ice Blue and its starting price are Rs. 29,990.
IQOO 7 5G Specs
|Display- 6.62-inch HDR10+ AMOLED 120Hz refresh rate||Front Camera- 16MP|
|Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 Octa||Weight- 196g|
|RAM- up to 12GB||Dimensions- 163.3 x 76.4 x 8.4mm|
|Storage- up to 126GB||Battery- 4400mAh, 66W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 48MP+13MP+2MP||Variants Available- 3 (8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB,12GB+256GB)|
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6. Samsung Galaxy M53 5G
The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is one of the latest options in this segment. It has a plastic body and is 7.4mm in thickness. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core processor and runs Android 12. It comes with 128GB of in-built storage which is expandable up to 1TB.
The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G comes in Emerald Brown, Deep Ocean Blue, and Mystique Green colours and its price starts at Rs. 26,499.
Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Specs
|Display- 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus
|Front Camera- 32MP|
|Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 900||Weight- 176 grams|
|RAM- up to 8GB||Dimensions- 164.7x77x7.4mm|
|Storage- up to 128GB||Battery- 5000mAh, 25W fast
|Software- Android 12 with
One UI 4.1
|5G Bands- 1,3,5,7,8,20,28,38,40,41
|Rear Camera- 108MP+8MP+2MP+2MP||Variants available-3 (6GB/128GB,
7. Realme 9 Pro Plus
Realme 9 Pro Plus (review) belongs to the upper mid-range smartphone series. It is a good-looking handset with a photochromic layer on the back which turns into different colours when viewed at certain angles. The smartphone is 7.99 mm thick despite housing a large battery. It has a good grip and feel-in-hand.
The Realme 9 pro plus gives a smooth performance during graphics-intense games and using the camera. Its price starts at Rs. 24,999 and it comes in Sunrise Blue, Aurora Green, and Midnight Black colours.
Realme 9 Pro Plus Specs
|Display- 6.4-inch Super AMOLED
90Hz refresh rate
|Front Camera- 16MP|
|Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 920||Weight-182 grams|
|RAM- up to 8GB||Dimensions- 160.2×73.3x8mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-4500mAh, 60W fast
|Software- Android 12 with Realme
|Rear Camera- 50MP+8MP+2MP||Variants available- 3 (6GB/128GB, 8GB/
8. Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge
Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge launched in January 2022 and claims to give Hyper performance in every department. It comes with 5G connectivity and Gorilla Glass protection. It has a triple camera setup at the back with a 108MP main sensor.
11i HyperCharge runs MIUI based on Android 11 and supports dual-SIM cards. It comes in Camo Green, Pacific Pearl, Purple Mist, and Stealth Black colours.
Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge Specs
120Hz refresh rate
|Front Camera- 16MP|
|Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 920 MT6877T||Weight- 204g|
|RAM- up to 6GB||Dimensions- 163.65x 76.19 x 8.34mm|
|Storage- up to 128GB||Battery-4500mAh, 120W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 1,3,5,8,28,40,77,78 SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 108MP+8MP+2MP||Variants Available- 1(6GB+128GB)|
9. Realme GT Master Edition 5G
Realme’s GT Master Edition 5G has a bold suitcase design by renowned designer Naoto Fukasawa. It is made of vegan leather and has the designer’s signatures engraved with a nano-level process. GT mode can be activated with a tap to get peak performance.
The camera has a street photography mode that can capture fleeting moments. Photography enthusiasts will find the 64MP camera sensor appealing. It runs on UI 2.0 based on Android 11 and has a multi-functional NFC. It is available in 3 colors-Voyager greys, Luna white, and Cosmos Black. Pricing starts at Rs. 24,323 in India. Click here to read our review.
Realme GT Master Edition 5G Specs
|Display-6.43-inch Super AMOLED 120Hz refresh rate||Front Camera- 32MP|
|Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G||Weight- 174g|
|RAM- up to 8GB||Dimensions- 159.2 x 73.5x 8.7mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-4300mAh|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 1,3,5,7,8,20,28,38,40,41,66,77,78, SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MP||Variants Available- 3 (6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB)|
10. Vivo V23 5G
Vivo V23 5G was launched in January 2022 and comes with a 6.44-inch display offering a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels. It runs FunTouch OS 12 based on Android 12 and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage.
It has a host of connectivity options including Bluetooth 5.2, USB OTG, Type-C, 3G, 4G LTE, and 5G. It has a sleek body and features a dual selfie camera at the front including 50MP and 8MP sensors. It comes in Stardust Black and Sunshine Gold colours.
Vivo V23 5G Specs
|Display-6.44-inch AMOLED 120Hz refresh rate||Front Camera- 50MP+8MP|
|Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 920 MT6877T||Weight- 179g|
|RAM- up to 12GB||Dimensions- 157.20x 72.42 x 7.39mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-4200mAh, 44W fast charging|
|Software- Android 12||5G Bands- 1,3,5,8,7,20,28,38,40,41,77,78 SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MP||Variants Available- 2(8GB+128GB,12GB+256GB)|
11. Realme X7 Max 5G
Realme X7 Max boasts of being powered by India’s first Dimensity 12005G processor. It has a stainless-steel vapour cooling system that can reduce the core temperature by up to 15 degrees Celsius. It supports Wi-Fi 6 and has Dolby Atmos Dual Stereo Speakers.
The X7 Max supports 5G+5G Dual SIM Dual standby technology and has a triple camera setup. The design is a combination of the futuristic matte with a lustrous gloss that creates a unique visual synergy of texture and elements. It is available in Asteroid Black and Mercury Silver colours and starts for Rs. 26,999 in India.
Realme X7 Max 5G Specs
|Display-6.4-inch Super AMOLED 120Hz refresh rate||Front Camera- 16MP|
|Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 1200||Weight- 179g|
|RAM- up to 12GB||Dimensions- 158.5 x 73.3 x 8.4mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-4500mAh, 50W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 1,28,40,41,77,78,79, SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MP||Variants Available- 2(8GB+128GB, 12GB+256GB)|
12. Poco F3 GT 5G
Poco F3 GT 5G is rated IP53 which makes it splash resistant. It has a metal frame that gives it a premium look and feels. The four corners are flattened and the top and bottom sections of the frame are designed to make it comfortable to hold in landscape mode too.
It can multitask smoothly and the AMOLED display is bright and sharp. Gaming does not affect battery life much and close-up shots taken with its camera are very detailed and clear. It starts for Rs. 26,999 and is available in Predator Black and Gunmetal Silver colors.
Poco F3 GT 5G Specs
|Display-6.67-inch HDR10+ AMOLED 1B colors, 120Hz refresh rate||Front Camera- 16MP|
|Processor- MediaTek Dimensity 1200||Weight- 205g|
|RAM- up to 8GB||Dimensions- 161.9 x 76.9 x 8.3mm|
|Storage- up to 256GB||Battery-5065mAh, 67W fast charging|
|Software- Android v11||5G Bands- 77,78 SA/NSA|
|Rear Camera- 64MP+8MP+2MP||Variants Available- 3(6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB,8GB+256GB)|
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Top 12 Smartphones in under 30k Price Range
|iQOO Ne 6 Rs 26,999|
|Oneplus Nord 2 Rs 27,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G Rs 29,400|
|IQOO 7 5G Rs 29,990|
|Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Rs 26,499|
|Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge Rs 26,999|
|Realme GT Master Edition 5G Rs 24,323|
|Vivo V23 5G Rs 29,990|
|Motorola Edge 30 5G Rs. 27,999|
|Realme X7 Max 5g Rs. 26,999|
|Realme 9 Pro+ Rs. 24,999|
|Poco F3 GT 5G Rs. 26,999|