There’s a new heavy hitter in the Sub-Rs. 30,000 smartphone segments, the Vivo V20 Pro. It’s one of the few phones that seriously competes with the OnePlus Nord. Realme and OnePlus continue to offer strong options. Both the Realme X3 and Realme X3 SuperZoom offer powerful specs and impressive telephoto cameras for the price. The highly hyped OnePlus Nord is relatively affordable and has many of the features that people care about most. We had to remove the Google Pixel 4a from our list because it is no longer available at the introductory price.
These new phones join several models that first appeared in previous editions of our list of the best phones at prices below Rs. 30,000 in India. We have updated our recommendations based on the most recent Gadgets 360 reviews and taking into account any price changes. Here is the November 2020 edition of the best smartphones you can buy for less than Rs. 30,000 at the moment.
Best phones under 30,000
|Phones at Rs. 30,000||Gadgets 360 Review (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Vivo V20 Pro||8th||Rs. 29,990|
|OnePlus North||9||Rs. 24,999|
|Realme X3 SuperZoom||9||Rs. 25,999|
|Realme X2 Pro||9||Rs. 29,999|
|Oppo Reno 3 Pro||8th||Rs. 24,990|
Vivo V20 Pro
The OnePlus Nord is still an unwavering force in this segment, but Vivo’s new V20 Pro is about to turn it off. With a similarly slim and light design as the V20, the Vivo V20 Pro has a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC that also supports 5G. The AMOLED display is vibrant and has very good brightness and colors. It even supports HDR10 playback. Vivo didn’t come all the way here, however, as the display runs at the standard 60Hz and not higher.
The battery life is very impressive. The Vivo V20 Pro easily lasts more than a day on one charge. With a quick charge of 33 W, you can fill the 4,000 mAh battery very quickly. Cameras are another area where the V20 Pro does well and competes aggressively with the OnePlus Nord. The 44-megapixel selfie camera has eye autofocus and can even record 4K videos at 60 frames per second. There’s also an ultra-wide front camera for group selfies. The rear cameras don’t disappoint either, except when recording video at night, which could be better.
Overall, the Vivo V20 Pro is a strong offering and offers a great alternative to the OnePlus Nord at Rs. 30,000.
The OnePlus Nord is a new budget offering from OnePlus that manages to offer a comparable Android experience to the OnePlus 8, but at a cheaper price. OnePlus kept all the staples like the AMOLED display, Warp Charge fast charging and a big battery in the north. It has made some cutbacks when it comes to the SoC and build quality, however. The OnePlus Nord still has glass on the back, but instead of a metal frame, it’s plastic.
The SoC used is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G and not a chip from the 800 series as we are used to. However, the Nord supports 5G, which is a cool bonus. Overall, the OnePlus Nord is hardly objectionable. The app and game performance is good, good photos and videos are taken in daylight and the display supports HDR10 +.
Image quality suffers a bit in low light, but that’s pretty much the phone’s only major weakness. The battery life is very good and the single speaker gets decently loud. An impressive feature of the OnePlus Nord is its ability to record selfie videos at 4K 60fps, which even the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro can’t.
The basic variant costs under Rs. 25,000 but is still competitive with more expensive smartphones. If you upgrade to higher levels of RAM and storage, you can get a great phone for under Rs. 30,000.
Realme X3 SuperZoom
The Realme X3 SuperZoom is the powerhouse of a smartphone. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC is more than capable of handling anything that gets in its way. It has a sharp display, a large battery and a fast fingerprint sensor integrated in the power button. The highlight of this model is of course the telephoto camera.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom can do 5x optical zoom and a total of 60x digital zoom, which is impressive for a sub-Rs phone. 30,000. The rest of the cameras work fine even in good light. Realme also added a lot of night recording modes that you can play with. This is great added value for night photography lovers. The Realme X3 is identical to the SuperZoom model in every way except for the cameras. The standard model can only perform the 20x hybrid zoom and has a 16-megapixel selfie main camera instead of 32 megapixels in the SuperZoom model. Apart from these differences, both phones are identical.
Although we haven’t tested this cheaper model yet, the rest of the functions and performance should be very similar to those of the X3 SuperZoom. So we can say it is worth thinking about when you are on a tight budget.
Realme X2 Pro
The Realme X2 Pro does a little bit of everything right for a fraction of the price of a true flagship. It has a large 6.5-inch Full HD + AMOLED display with a built-in fingerprint scanner and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. It is well designed and feels a lot more expensive than it actually is. Realme also put in a 4,000 mAh battery that offers great battery life. That is not all. This phone is equipped with a 50W fast charger that can charge the device in approximately 31 minutes.
It also receives the flagship SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ and has three variants: 6 GB RAM with 64 GB storage, 8 GB RAM with 128 GB storage and 12 GB RAM with 256 GB storage. The 6GB / 64GB variant was introduced after launch and is now available in retail for Rs. 29,999. Previously, the 8 GB / 128 GB variant was fixed at Rs. 29,999 but after the GST hike it went up to Rs. 31,999.
The Realme X2 Pro has a quad camera configuration and can take good photos in different lighting conditions. We had a low-light video quality issue on this device and also noticed that it heats up a bit under load.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro
Oppo Reno 3 Pro is the newest smartphone on this list. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display as well as a built-in fingerprint scanner. Oppo chose the Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P95 SoC to power this smartphone. It also has 8 GB of RAM and there are two storage options, 128 GB and 256 GB.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro has a 4025 mAh battery and supports 30W VOOC charging. On the back is a quad camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary sensor. There is a 44-megapixel selfie shooter on the front of this phone as well as a 2-megapixel depth sensor. We found that photo quality is good in daylight and average in low light, although there is a night mode that allows you to get better shots. The video recording in low light was a bit disappointing.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro’s battery performance was good, and the phone took about a day and a half before it needed to be charged.