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Packing a punch of premium smartphones but with a smaller hit to your wallet, here are the best budget smartphones under Rs 30,000 that’ll make for a promising buy.

Whether you’re going back to basics or simply looking for a device that’s built for utility and humble affordability, the internet is brimming with options. When the price is directly proportionate to the specs, things can get deceptive, even when exploring a mid-range spectrum of premium smartphones. To assist you in this tech hunt and to find you a worthwhile deal, we’ve made a quick list of some of the best smartphones under Rs 30,000 to spare you the trouble of surfing through endless e-brochures.

Samsung Galaxy A70s

Samsung’s A70s matches serious players in its upper league, but it also fits within the affordability bracket. The A70s comes loaded with a top-shelf 64-MP Camera with Night Mode and an ultra-steady cam for videos. It has a gorgeous Super AMOLED 6.5″ screen. In terms of speed, it runs on an 8-GB RAM paired with a 2GHz, 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor, which isn’t the best but definitely above average. All of this, powered by a 4,500-mAh battery.

Priced at Rs 28,000* and is available at Samsung’s online store.

Redmi K20 Pro

Best smartphones under Rs 30000

Redmi is a true budget smartphone brand, but don’t be fooled by the price, they make no compromise in specs. At hand is the K20 Pro, one of the big boys from Redmi’s fleet. With a hefty 6.39″ AMOLED FHD+ display paired with a lightning-quick Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, it promises A-Grade performance and visual brilliance when it comes to gaming. In terms of its cameras, we see a 48-MP + 13-MP + 8-MP setup to the rear and a 20-MP camera to the front. It boasts a 4000mAh battery and supports 27W SonicCharge.

Priced at Rs 26,999* and is available at Mi’s online store.

Asus 6Z

Best smartphones under Rs 30000

First things first, The 6Z comes the coolest camera setups we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. While also being one of the best smartphones under Rs 30000 to buy in India, the Asus 6Z is built to ‘Defy Ordinary’. It takes smartphone cameras and photography to new heights as it bares the world’s first horizontal and vertical panoramic camera. With a 48-MP main and 13-MP Ultra-Wide lens, it can take a 180-degree shot on still mode. Under the hood, we have a Snapdragon 855 processor that runs on a gargantuan 5000-mAh battery. Additionally, it has customisation buttons on its side for quick commands.

Priced at Rs 28,000 onwards and is available at Asus’ online store.

Vivo V19

Best smartphones under Rs 30000

Is it just us or the camera setup here looks quite similar to Samsung’s current flagship S20 model? Regardless, as far as the V19 is concerned, Vivo takes pride in what its camera can do. We’re talking super-efficient night photography and something called Aura Screen Light, which helps create an ambience for pictures. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 and 8-GB of RAM and is powered by a 4500-mAh battery that supports 33W Vivo FlashCharge 2.0. We also see four cameras, two 2-MPs an 8-MP and a 48-MP main camera.

Priced at Rs 27,999* onwards and is available at Vivo’s online store.

Lenovo Z6 Pro

Best smartphones under Rs 30000

It’s strange how we’ve forgotten that Lenovo still makes great smartphones, and the Z6 Pro is the perfect example. Built for gaming and ace photography, the Z6 Pro packs a Vulkan 1.1 graphics kit along with an AMOLED Waterdrop Full-screen Display. Z6 runs on a Qualcomm Flagship SDM8150, Adreno 640 processor and 8-GB of RAM. It comes with a quad-camera setup of 48-MP, 16-MP, and two 2-MP cams while having a 32-MP camera for selfies. It also boasts a 4000-mAh battery that supports 18W rapid charging.

Priced at Rs 26,999* onwards and is available at Lenovo’s online store and Flipkart

Oppo F15

We’ve been keeping a close eye at Oppo and how they’ve been pushing the mid-range smartphone space forward for the past couple of years. One of their coolest pieces so far is the F15, and it is a pretty serious package. The AI quad-camera features a 48MP sensor that uses 4-in-1 pixel combination technology to deliver sharp images with more detail, especially in low light conditions. It comes with a 16-cm fully AMOLED display to boast over a million colours. It runs on a ColorOS 6.1.2, based on Android 9 and uses 8-GB of RAM. F15 is powered by a 4000mAh battery.

Priced at Rs 22,900 onwards and is available exclusively at Flipkart.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.