The list of phones under Rs 30,000 is getting better and better quarter by quarter. 5G compliance aside, you can expect some flagship features in most of the select handsets this month. Ranging from powerful processors to sleek designs, vibrant high-refresh rate displays, impressive cameras and more. Time to look at your best options under Rs 30,000 in February.
Best phones to buy in India under Rs 30,000
Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G
Xiaomi’s Mi 11X 5G comfortably retains its place in our list. You can get the 8GB RAM variant in this budget with a few bucks of space. It is powered by a flagship SoC Snapdragon 870 and has 128 GB of internal storage. It has one of the best displays in terms of sharpness and color accuracy. You get a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance, and a (theoretical) peak brightness of 1300 nits. Both the display and the glass back are protected from scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
It has an impressive design and is quite slim at less than 8mm thick. The photo department is managed by a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and a 5-megapixel macro camera. You also get a 20MP front camera for selfies and video calls. The 4520mAh battery lasts over a day with moderate use, and the included 33W fast charger fully charges it in less than an hour. The Mi 11X 5G runs Android 11 with MIUI 12 on top.
Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G price in India: Rs 27,490 for 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage
iQOO 7 5G
Thanks to a significant price drop, the iQOO 7 5G can now be purchased under Rs 30,000. It’s another handset powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 chip and again in this budget you get the variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It features a 6.62-inch HDR10+ compatible Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling in compatible apps. Just like the Mi 11X, it shows a peak brightness of 1300 nits.
The rear camera department is quite versatile, boasting a 48MP main camera with OIS. This is joined by a 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Its 4400mAh battery comfortably lasts for over a day with moderate use, and the company bundles a 66W fast charger that promises to fully charge it in less than 30 minutes. That’s right! The iQOO 7 runs Android 11 with FunTouch OS 11 and one can expect two more major Android updates for this device in the future.
iQOO 7 5G price in India: Rs 28,990 for 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage
Motorola Edge 20
The Motorola Edge 20 has some really interesting features that no other phone on this list can boast of. First off, it’s less than 7mm thin; something incredibly rare in smartphones these days. Its 6.7-inch Full HD+ OLED display offers a 144Hz refresh rate (another rarity in this segment), as well as HDR10+ compliance and the ability to display a billion shades of color. It is protected from scratches by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
If you thought that was all, the camera department is headed by a 108-megapixel primary camera. The support cast is also impressive, with a 16MP ultra-wide shooter and an 8MP telephoto camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) that offers 3x optical zoom. Not forgetting the 32MP selfie camera that will impress the selfie crowd. This Motorola phone is powered by a pretty powerful Snapdragon 778G, and you get 8GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage.
Its 4000mAh battery lasts a day of moderate use and supports 30W fast charging. It runs Android 11, and like most Motorola phones, you get a clean and near-stock UI that will still appeal to many Android purists. All in all, the Motorola Edge 20 is an impressive all-rounder and one of the best options on this budget.
Motorola Edge 20 price in India: Rs 27,190 for 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage
OnePlus North 2
Speaking of good UI, here’s the OnePlus Nord 2. It’s powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 1200 chip, which was a sleeper of 2021 in terms of processing power and value. This 5G-enabled phone features a sharp 6.43-inch Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ compliance. It’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and the protection extends to the glass back of the phone as well. In this budget you get the variant with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. This phone runs OxygenOS 11.3 based on Android 11 and Android 12 update has already started rolling out for this device.
The rear camera department includes a 50-megapixel main camera with OIS and Sony’s current IMX766 sensor, which does a good job in a variety of lighting conditions. The support cast includes an 8 MP ultra wide camera and a 2 MP monochrome camera. The 32MP front camera is good enough to keep the selfie enthusiasts happy. The OnePlus Nord 2 has a 4500mAh battery that lasts almost a day and a half with moderate use, and the included 65W fast charger tops it up insanely fast in just over half an hour.
OnePlus Nord 2 price in India: Rs 29,999 for 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G
We had to choose between the Samsung Galaxy A52s and M52 5G as both have a similar feature set. The latter got our nod thanks to better pricing and availability in this budget. The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is powered by a Snapdragon 778 SoC and accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal (expandable) storage. It features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling in compatible apps.
Despite the large display and a 5000mAh battery, it weighs less than 175 grams and is only 7.4mm thick. The camera department is pretty crammed here, with a combination of a 64-megapixel primary camera, 12-megapixel ultrawide snapper, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. The phone can take some quality photos in different modes. This phone too has an impressive 32MP selfie camera embedded in a tiny hole at the top of the screen. The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G runs Android 11 with One UI 3.1.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G price in India: Rs 26,999 for 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage
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