Motorola’s recent Moto Edge 20 has made it to our list thanks to strong specifications and capable performance. We also got some exciting new additions from last month such as Realme GT Master Edition, OnePlus Nord 2, Poco F3 GT. All 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 strong contender in 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 comes at a lower price point, which makes its predecessor irrelevant, even though it’s still a good phone.
Samsung’s Galaxy A52 stunned with its IP67 rating and funky design. Some of our earlier recommendations are still strong contenders in this area.
This is an exciting time to buy a smartphone in this segment as even premium features like IP rating for dust and water resistance are starting to dwindle. We’ve reviewed several new phones that have launched since our last update but only a few have managed to make the cut. If you have 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||Rupee. 29,999|
|realme gt master edition||8||Rupee. 27,999|
|oneplus nord 2||8||Rupee. 27,999|
|Poco F3 GT||8||Rupee. 26,999|
|Mi 11X||8||Rupee. 29,999|
|realme x7 max 5g||8||Rupee. 26,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A52||8||Rupee. 26,499|
|Vivo V20 Pro||8||Rupee. 29,990|
|realme x3 superzoom||9||Rupee. 27,999|
Motorola Edge 20
Motorola’s new Edge series is looking to make a mark in the Indian smartphone market and the Edge 20 is just what the doctor ordered. It promises a powerful SoC, a very fluid 144Hz display refresh rate, timely software updates, a versatile set of cameras, and an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance. This phone is primarily focused on aesthetics, and it’s thin and light, but this results in its relatively low-capacity battery that requires frequent charging. If you’re looking for a slim smartphone or a smartphone running bloatware-free Android, the Motorola Edge 20 is worth considering for the price.
realme gt master edition
The mid-range is slowly getting more crowded, and the GT Master Edition from Realme comes at a competitive price with a unique suitcase-like design. The GT series is a new lineup from Realme, to replace the X series of smartphones, and the GT Master Edition packs a punch, even if it isn’t an all-rounder. 120Hz refresh rate Super AMOLED display which is good for gaming and watching movies. There are no stereo speakers but you do get a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Powering the gaming experience is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor, which is a worthy upgrade over the 768G and is on par with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200. Camera performance is quite good in daylight but in low light the performance is saved only by Night mode. Battery life is pretty good for a slim mid-range smartphone and it charges fairly quickly, going from zero to 100% in about 35 minutes.
oneplus nord 2
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is the successor to the OnePlus Nord. It has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with full-HD + resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. It packs in a 4,500mAh battery and supports 65W Warp charging. Nord 2 is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200AI processor and is available in 6GB, 8GB and 12GB RAM options. Like other OnePlus smartphones, the Nord 2 runs OxygenOS and this version runs on top of Android 11.
For the price, the camera performance of Nord 2 is good. Daylight photos are sharp but photos taken with an ultra-wide angle camera are not very good. The Nord 2 manages close-up and portrait shots very well. Low-light camera performance is also good, especially with Nightscape mode. Overall, the OnePlus Nord 2 is a good pick for anyone on a budget.
Poco F3 GT
Poco F3 GT has been designed around gaming and it focuses on delivering performance. This new model has a premium body with a metal frame and glass back. There are “maglev” trigger buttons that can be engaged by sliders on the side. You get a large 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. It has support for HDR10+ and can reach a touch sampling rate of 480Hz in Game Turbo mode. Poco has opted for the Dimensity 1200 SoC to power the F3 GT and you can get it 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. The smartphone delivered average photo quality in both daylight as well as low light. On the other hand, Poco F3 GT offers great gaming experience for the price.
The price of Mi 11X is just under Rs. 30,000, and this is a very powerful smartphone thanks to the near-flagship-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. We like the fact that the Mi 11X looks refreshingly plain unlike some of its competitors, with no elaborate flourishes and no over-the-top branding. 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.
Of course, MIUI being MIUI, spam notifications abound. We also noticed that the Mi 11X would get unusually hot while charging, and overall camera quality was average, though its telemacro camera is capable of delivering some stunning shots. Ultimately, the Mi 11X isn’t the best all-rounder, but it’s definitely a strong contender, especially if you’re after a powerful gaming SoC on a budget.
realme x7 max 5g
The new Realme X7 Max 5G replaces the Realme X7 Pro 5G, which was itself a spiritual successor to the Realme X2 Pro. Although the X7 Pro 5G hasn’t been around for long, Realme has already introduced a more powerful model with some better features, and that too at a lower starting price. The Realme X7 Max 5G can be considered the “flagship killer” and is great for gaming thanks to its MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC, 5G support, stereo speakers, great battery life and quick charging. It has a decent set of cameras for day time shooting.
Realme has made the rear design more subtle, but the finish doesn’t make you think this is a premium phone. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack which was missing from its predecessor. The cameras don’t work very well in low light and the macro camera isn’t very useful. If you look at these drawbacks, you will find that the Realme X7 Max 5G offers great value for the price.
Samsung Galaxy A52
The Samsung Galaxy A52 differs from the older design of the older A-series models with something completely different. It looks youthful and, dare we say, trendy. It also offers excellent features like IP67 rating, stereo speakers and 90Hz AMOLED display – a combination that is hard to come by in this segment. We also found the overall performance to be solid, even though it uses the lower-end Snapdragon 720G SoC.
Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with the latest One UI skin based on Android 11. There is some bloatware to deal with, which we are not big fans of. The cameras fell a bit short in low light during the day when sold out. Barring these issues, the Galaxy A52 is still a solid offering as you get a decent set of features and the Samsung brand to back it up.
Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro remains a good option under Rs. With the same slim and lightweight design as the 30,000 V20, the Vivo V20 Pro features the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC that also supports 5G. The AMOLED display is vivid and offers great brightness and colours. It also supports HDR10 playback.
Battery life is pretty impressive and there’s 33W fast charging, so you can fill up the 4,000mAh battery pretty quickly. The 44-megapixel selfie camera has autofocus and can also shoot 4K 60fps videos. There is also an ultra-wide front camera for group selfies. Apart from shooting video at night, the rear cameras also don’t disappoint, which could be better.
realme x3 superzoom
The Realme X3 SuperZoom is a bit old, but it is still one of the only phones in this segment to offer a periscope-style telephoto camera, which makes it unique. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC is more than capable of handling anything that comes its way. It has a sharp display, a bigger battery, and a quick fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom can do 5X optical zoom and 60X digital zoom in total, which is impressive for a phone under Rs. The rest of the 30,000 cameras perform well even in good light. Realme has also added a lot of night shooting modes to play with, which is a great value for night photography lovers.