Motorola’s recent Moto Edge 20 makes our list thanks to solid specs and great performance. We also have some exciting new additions from last month, such as Realme GT Master Edition, OnePlus Nord 2, Poco F3 GT. All of these smartphones offer incredibly powerful SoCs and great features under Rs. 30,000.
Xiaomi’s Mi 11 series continues to make waves, and the Mi 11X is a serious contender on this list, making it one of the most powerful smartphones under Rs. 30,000. Realme recently launched the X7 Max 5G which replaces the X7 Pro 5G. The new model is more powerful but at a lower price, which makes its predecessor irrelevant even though it is still a good phone objectively.
Samsung’s Galaxy A52 caused a stir with its IP67 rating and funky design. Some of our old recommendations also remain strong competitors in this space.
It is an exciting time to buy a smartphone in this segment, as high-end features like an IP rating for dust and water resistance have also started to make themselves felt. We’ve looked at plenty of new phones launched since our last update, but only a few managed to tell the difference. Here is a quick rundown of the best phones you should consider if you are on a budget of up to Rs. 30,000.
Best Phones Under 30,000
|Phones under Rs. 30,000||Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Motorola Edge 20||8||Rs. 29,999|
|Realme GT Master Edition||8||Rs. 27,999|
|OnePlus Nord 2||8||Rs. 27,999|
|Poco F3 GT||8||Rs. 26,999|
|Mi 11X||8||Rs. 29,999|
|Realme X7 Max 5G||8||Rs. 26,999|
|Samsung galaxy a52||8||Rs. 26,499|
|Vivo V20 Pro||8||Rs. 29,990|
|Realme X3 SuperZoom||9||Rs. 27,999|
Motorola Edge 20
Motorola’s new Edge series is looking to break into the Indian smartphone market, and the Edge 20 is exactly what the doctor ordered. It has a powerful SoC, a super smooth 144Hz display refresh rate, promised on-time software updates, a versatile set of cameras and an IP52 rating for the camera. dust and water resistance. This phone is mainly focused on aesthetics, and it is thin and light, but as a result, its relatively low capacity battery requires frequent charging. If you’re looking for a slim smartphone or Android device without bloatware, the Motorola Edge 20 is worth considering for its price.
Realme GT Master Edition
The mid-range is gradually getting more and more crowded, and Realme’s GT Master Edition is competitively priced with a unique suitcase-shaped design. Intended to replace the X series of smartphones, the GT series is a new line from Realme, and the GT Master Edition packs a punch even if it’s not an all-rounder. There is a Super AMOLED display with a quality 120Hz refresh rate, ideal for gaming and watching movies. There are no stereo speakers, but you do have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The gaming experience is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor, which is a worthy upgrade from the 768G and is on par with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200. Camera performance is quite good in daylight, but low light performance is only recorded by Night mode. The battery life is pretty good for a slim mid-range smartphone, and it charges pretty quickly, dropping from zero to one hundred percent in about 35 minutes.
OnePlus Nord 2
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is the successor to the OnePlus Nord. It sports a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. It packs a 4,500mAh battery and supports 65W Warp charging. The Nord 2 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200AI processor and is available in 6 GB, 8 GB and 12 GB RAM options. Just like other OnePlus smartphones, the Nord 2 runs on OxygenOS and this version runs on Android 11.
The Nord 2’s camera performance is good for the price. Daylight shots are crisp, but shots from the ultra-wide-angle camera aren’t great. The Nord 2 handles close-ups and portraits very well. The camera’s performance in low light is also good, especially with Nightscape mode. Overall, the OnePlus Nord 2 is a good choice for someone on a budget.
Poco F3 GT
The Poco F3 GT is designed around gaming and focused on performance. This new model has a premium body with a metal frame and a glass back. There are “maglev” trigger buttons which can be activated by sliders on the side. You get a large 6.67 inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. It supports HDR10 + and can achieve 480Hz touch sample rate in gaming turbo mode. Poco chose SoC Dimensity 1200 to power the F3 GT and you can get it with 6GB or 8GB of RAM.
The Poco F3 GT has a tri-camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The smartphone delivered average photo quality in daylight as well as in low light conditions. On the other hand, the Poco F3 GT offers a great gaming experience for the price.
The Mi 11X is offered from just under Rs. 30,000, and it’s a very powerful smartphone thanks to the quasi-flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. We love that the Mi 11X looks refreshingly simple, with no elaborate frills and no exaggerated branding unlike some of its competition. Overall and gaming performance is great and the content looks great on the 120Hz AMOLED display. Small touches like fast charging, IP rating, and stereo speakers add to the overall experience. pleasant.
Of course, since MIUI is MIUI, spam notifications are plentiful. We also noticed that the Mi 11X got unusually hot when charging and that the overall camera quality was pretty average, although its telemacro camera was capable of delivering stunning photos. Ultimately, the Mi 11X isn’t the best all-rounder, but it’s definitely a serious contender, especially if you’re looking for a powerful gaming SoC on a budget.
Realme X7 Max 5G
The new Realme X7 Max 5G replaces the Realme X7 Pro 5G, which itself was the spiritual successor to the Realme X2 Pro. While the X7 Pro 5G won’t be long to launch, Realme has already released a much more powerful model with a few upgraded features, and that too at a lower starting price. The Realme X7 Max 5G can be considered a “flagship killer” and is ideal for gaming thanks to its MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC, 5G support, stereo speakers, great battery life and fast charging. It has a decent set of cameras for daytime shooting.
Realme made the design of the back more subtle, but the finish doesn’t make you think this is a premium phone. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, unlike its predecessor. Cameras don’t perform very well in low light, and the macro camera isn’t very useful. If you can get past these shortcomings, you’ll find the Realme X7 Max 5G to be very good value for money.
Samsung galaxy a52
The Samsung Galaxy A52 breaks with the now obsolete design of the older A-series models, with something completely different. He looks young and, dare we say it, trendy. It also offers great features like an IP67 rating, stereo speakers and a 90Hz AMOLED display, a combination hard to find in this segment. We also found the overall performance to be solid, even though it uses a lower-tier Snapdragon 720G SoC.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with the latest One UI skin, based on Android 11. There’s a bit of bloatware to deal with, which we’re not big fans of. The cameras, although sold during the day, tended to be a bit short in low light. Other than those issues, the Galaxy A52 is still a solid offering as you get a good feature set and the Samsung brand to back it up.
Vivo V20 Pro
The Vivo V20 Pro continues to be a good choice under Rs. 30,000. With a slim and light design similar to that of the V20, the Vivo V20 Pro has a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC that also supports 5G. The AMOLED screen is vivid and offers very good brightness and colors. It even supports HDR10 playback.
The battery life is quite impressive, and the 33W fast charge allows you to fill up the 4000mAh battery very quickly. The 44-megapixel selfie camera has automatic eye focus and can even shoot 4K videos at 60 fps. There’s also an ultra-wide front camera for group selfies. The rear cameras don’t disappoint either, except when shooting nighttime videos which could be better.
Realme X3 SuperZoom
The Realme X3 SuperZoom is a bit old, but it’s still one of the only phones in this segment to feature a periscope-style telephoto lens, which makes it unique. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC is more than capable of handling whatever happens. It has a crisp screen, a big battery, and a quick fingerprint sensor built into the power button.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom can do 5X optical zoom and 60X digital zoom in total, which is impressive for a phone priced below Rs. 30,000. The rest of the cameras also perform well in good lighting. Realme has also added plenty of night shooting modes to play around with which is great added value for night photography enthusiasts.