Ameya DalviAugust 16, 2021 15:31:22 IST
For the first time, all the handsets on our list of the best phones under 30,000 rubles are 5G compatible. Nearly all of the phones listed here can be called flagship killers with serious processing power, sleek design, vibrant high-refresh rate displays, reliable cameras, and more. The list is also dominated by phones with Mediatek’s new Dimensity 1200 chip, which offers excellent value for money. Time to meet the best of the lot, which will cost less than 30,000 rubles this month.
The best phones in India for less than 30,000 rubles
Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G
Among other things, the Xiaomin Mi 11X 5G has the highest possible processing power in this price segment. It has a powerful Snapdragon 870 SoC, and you get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The screen of this phone is one of the finest and it is not only sharp but also color accurate. You get a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED Full HD + display with 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10 + compatibility and 1300-bit peak brightness. It is protected from scratching with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, as well as its glass. The phone’s high processing power and excellent display guarantee a great gaming experience.
It also gets high marks for its impressive design and thinness (it’s less than 8mm thick). The camera compartment consists of a 48-megapixel primary camera as well as an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and a 5-megapixel macro camera. You also get a 20 megapixel front camera for selfies and video calls. Its 4,520 mAh battery lasts comfortably for more than a day in moderate use, and the included 33W quick charger promises to fully charge your phone in less than an hour. The Mi 11X 5G has Android 11 and MIUI 12 on.
Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G price in India: From 27,499 rubles on Flipkart 6GB RAM / 128GB storage
The time for the trifecta of Mediatek Dimensity 1200 SoC-based phones has come. Since the introduction of the chip, several brands have introduced it and delivered phones that offer high processing power at a reasonable price. This list includes phones from three different brands.
Realme X7 Max 5G
The Realme X7 Max 5G was the first of three to use the Dimensity 1200 SoC and is a solid and versatile device. You get two versions of this phone – either 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage or 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, both conveniently available on this budget. Its 6.43-inch Full HD + Super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz claims to achieve a brightness of 1000 nits and is vibrant and flexible. The structure on the back of the phone is quite interesting and combines a matte and glossy finish to make the phone look stylish.
Behind the Realme X7 Max 5G is a triple camera driven by a 64-megapixel primary camera that works well in a variety of lighting conditions. It comes with an 8 megapixel ultra wide camera and a 2 megapixel macro camera. The 16 megapixel front camera is more than worthy of sharp selfies and video calls. The 4,500 mAh battery lasts well over a day, and the included 50 W quick charger makes it juicy. The phone has Android 11 and Realme UI 2.0. Continued sales and the arrival of the OnePlus Nord 2 have led to great deals on the X7 Max 5G, with its top model selling for less than 28,000 rubles.
Realme X7 Max 5G price in India: 27,999 rubles for 12GB RAM / 256GB storage
OnePlus Nord 2
Speaking of Nord 2, we could not keep it off this list. Unlike Nord CE, which did not deserve our recommendation, the OnePlus Nord 2 marks a lot of boxes and offers great features in addition to powerful processing equipment. This 5G-compatible phone has a mobile 6.43-inch Full HD + Fluid AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and HDR10 + compatible. It is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and the protection also extends to the glass of the phone. With this budget, you get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This phone has the new Android 11 based OxygenOS 11.3.
The rear camera compartment is supported by a 50 MP main camera with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and Sony’s new IMX766 sensor, which does a good job in varying lighting conditions. Support includes an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera. A single 32 megapixel front camera hooks selfie enthusiasts. OnePlus has moved out of that capsule-shaped opening with two front cameras into a plain small hole, which is a smart decision. The OnePlus Nord 2 has a 4,500 mAh battery that lasts nearly a day and a half in moderate use, and the included 65W quick charger charges it insanely fast, in just over half an hour.
Price of OnePlus Nord 2 in India: 29,999 rubles with 8GB RAM / 128GB storage
Poco F3 GT
The third Dimensity 1200 phone is for mobile gamers. The Poco F3 GT has a cool design, glass back and physical game triggers (own game buttons). It has a large 6.67-inch Full HD + AMOLED display and a 120 Hz refresh rate that is HDR10 + compatible and can display a billion colors. There is a Corning Gorilla Glass cover on the front and back. With this budget, you get either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
Its 5065 mAh battery lasts for long gaming sessions, and the included 67W SonicCharge 3.0 quick charger takes the battery from zero to 100 percent in just about 45 minutes. You have almost everything a budget mobile gamer could hope for, and more in the Poco F3 GT. Even in the search for the dominance of games, photography has not been forgotten. You get a 64-megapixel primary camera as well as an 8-megapixel ultra-wide graph and a 2-megapixel macro camera. There is also a 16 MP selfie camera. The phone has Android 11 and MIUI 12.5.
Poco F3 GT price in India: 26,999 rubles for 6GB RAM / 128GB storage; 28,999 rubles for 8 GB of RAM / 128 GB of storage
Oppo Reno6 5G
Last but not least, the Oppo Reno6 5G, which is also based on the Mediatek Dimensity chip but not the 1200. It is powered by the Dimensity 900 SoC, which may not be as efficient as the 1200 but is qualified enough. You get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. However, we have chosen this phone primarily because of its design and style, and I dare say it has the shades of the Apple iPhone 12. Despite the 6.43-inch screen, it is the smallest phone on this list and only 7.6mm thick. The AMOLED display has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, Gorilla Glass 5 protection and can achieve a peak brightness of 750 nits.
Despite its slim profile, it has a respectable 4300 mAh battery that keeps the phone powered for more than a day in moderate use. The company also packs a 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 quick charger. The camera compartment is similar to the Poco F3 GT or Realme X7 Max 5G, and consists of a 64-megapixel primary camera supported by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide clicker and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The front camera has 32 megapixels to attract a selfie audience. This 5G phone has Android 11 and ColorOS 11.3.
Price of Oppo Reno6 5G in India: 29,990 rubles with 8GB RAM / 128GB storage