It is an exciting time to buy a smartphone into sub-categories. 30,000 subscriptions since the 5G wave has hit this segment explosively, and we’ll only see more 5G deals in months. Premium features such as the IP rating for dust and water resistance have also started to flow into phones in this price range. We’ve looked at many new phones released since the previous update, but only a few have managed to make the cut.
Realme’s The spiritual successor to the X2 Pro, the X7 Pro 5G, has so far proven to be a strong offering. Samsung the new Galaxy A52 made a great opportunity thanks to its IP67 rating and sleek design. LG’s weird Wing smartphone had a substantial price cut soon after the company announced it would bow to the smartphone game. Some of our older recommendations are still strong competitors in this state.
Here is a quick look at the best phones that are worth considering if your budget is up to Rs. 30,000.
Best phones under 30,000
|Phones under Rs. 30,000||Gadget 360 Rating (out of 10)||Price in India (recommended)|
|Realme X7 Pro 5G||8||Rs. 29,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A52||8||Rs. 26,499|
|LG wing||8||Rs. 29,999|
|Vivo V20 Pro||8||Rs. 29,990|
|OnePlus Nord||9||Rs. 27999|
|Realme X3 SuperZoom||9||Rs. 27999|
Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G is a spiritual successor Realme X2 Pro, and in many ways it can be considered the “flagship killer” of this generation. It offers excellent gaming performance thanks to MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, 5G support, stereo speakers, excellent battery life, fast charging and a decent camera kit for daytime shooting. It is also available as an optional multi-color finish.
There are a few things we hoped for better – the design isn’t bad, but nothing special will help this phone stand out. The cameras don’t work too well in low light, and still wait until it gets Android 11. If you can bypass these small shortcomings, you’ll find that the Realme X7 Pro 5G offers great value for money.
Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52 differs from the now obsolete design of the older A-Series models, and has something quite different. It looks youthful and, dare we say, fashionable. It also offers excellent features such as IP67 rating, stereo speakers and a 90 Hz AMOLED display – a combination that is hard to find in this segment. We also found the overall performance to be stable, even though it uses the lower level Snapdragon 720G SoC.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with the latest One UI operating system based on Android 11. We have to deal with a little bloatware that we are not big fans of. Cameras, although sold during the day, generally deteriorated slightly in low light. To prevent these problems, the Galaxy A52 is still a good deal when you get a good set of features and the Samsung brand to support it.
LG wing is probably the last cheer from this innovative company, and while its design isn’t for everyone, it’s really hard to ignore this phone, especially since it recently got massive price reduction. The LG Wing has an ambitious dual-screen phone exterior that can be flipped open to reveal another screen below. In “converted” mode, you can use one screen to view media while using another application on another screen, or use one screen as a viewfinder while the other displays the camera controls.
The LG Wing offers very good performance thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G SoC, clean and functional software, good cameras and MIL-STD-810G rating. The downside of the two screens is that the Wing is a bit heavy and big. Charging is also slower. If you are looking for something unusual, you should check this out, especially when it is available at this price.
Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro is still a good choice below Rs. 30,000. The Vivo V20 Pro has a similar thin and light design as the V20, and features a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC that also supports 5G. The AMOLED screen is vibrant and offers very good brightness and color. It even supports HDR10 playback.
The battery life is quite impressive and the fast charge is 33 W, so you can charge the 4000 mAh battery very quickly. The 44 megapixel selfie camera has autofocus and can even shoot 4K 60 frames per second video. An ultra-wide front camera for group selfie is also included. Also, the rear cameras don’t disappoint, except when shooting videos at night, which could be better.
Although a 6GB conversion OnePlus Nord has now been discontinued, the 8GB conversion still offers good value for Rs. 27999. OnePlus offers all the staples in its premium models, including the AMOLED display, Warp Charge quick charge and large battery in Nord. However, it has made some cuts in terms of core features and building quality.
The SoC used is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, but it supports 5G, which is a great bonus. As a whole package, it’s really hard to find fault with OnePlus Nord. The applications and games perform well, it captures good photos and videos in daylight, and the display supports HDR10 + technology.
Realme X3 SuperZoom
Realme X3 SuperZoom is a bit old, but it is still one of the only phones in this segment to offer a periscope-style camera, which makes it unique. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC can handle anything thrown on the road. It has a sharp screen, a large battery and a fast fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom is capable of 5X optical zoom and a total of 60X digital zoom, which is impressive for a Rs priced phone. 30,000. The other cameras also work in very good light. Realme has also added a lot of night shooting modes to gaming, which is a great added value for night photography lovers.
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