The goalpost defining affordable, mid-range and premium smartphones segments keeps shifting. In 2019, the premium segment begins beyond 30K which means if that’s the budget you have for your next phone, you can score yourself an upper mid-range phone, yester-year flagship or perhaps a current flagship killer.

Though the premium phone market grew by 20 percent last year, the upper mid-range segment saw a hand full of device launches. So, if you want to know what are the best phones available under 30,000 INR, here are the options that you may consider.

Asus Zenfone 5z

The Asus Zenfone 5z is the best smartphone to buy under Rs 30,000. It’s a full fledged flagship phone with an iPhone-esque design and a heavy reliance on AI-centric features. There’s also an ultra-wide angle camera on the back, which combined with the Snapdragon 845 SoC and up to 8GB of RAM, makes it one of the best phones under Rs 30,000.

Poco F1

The Poco F1 offers flagship hardware at a mid-range price. As the cheapest Snapdragon 845-powered phone, the Poco F1 is a good phone for mobile gamers and also doubles up as a stable daily driver.

Nokia 7 Plus

If you are looking for a good phone under Rs 30,000 look no further than the Nokia 7 Plus which is being hailed as the Nexus that was never made. It features a sturdy design that stands out, an 18:9 display and a reliable camera. Top all of that with pure, stock Android and you get a device that will rarely fail you when the going gets tough.

Nokia 8.1

The Nokia 8.1 is a refined version of the Nokia 8 launched last year, without the flagship hardware. It introduces the Snapdragon 710 to the Indian market and sports an HDR 10 certified display with Carl Zeiss dual camera lens on the back. All this, combined with the promise of regular updates thanks to Android One makes it one of the best phones to buy under Rs 30,000.

Samsung Galaxy A7

The Samsung Galaxy A7 is the first Samsung phone to come with a triple camera setup where the additional sensors are for zoomed photography and ultra-wide shots. It also sports Samsung’s Super AMOLED display and with a Snapdragon 636 under the hood, it’s one of the best camera phones to buy under Rs 30,000.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy is not really the fastest phone around, but it evens things out offering a much premier design and is the only phone under 30K to be IP68 certified. This means, it can withstand the rain and the beach. It also has a really good battery life, but the camera quality is just good enough.

Nokia 8

The Nokia 8 from last year was the first flagship from Nokia after years. And for the most part, it doesn’t disappoint. With a 2K display, compact design and dual cameras, the Nokia 8 promises a hassle-free performance thanks to pure, stock Android.

Honor Play

The Honor Play may be made for gaming, but it’s also a good enough camera phone that uses a lot of AI-centric features to improve the images. You have the portrait mode, AI recognition and machine-learning based stabilisation to aid your low-light shots. Honor Play.

Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus

Premium is the word to describe the Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus. The device is a decent performer, offers a decent camera, excellent design and is perfect for compact phone lovers. It’s a viable alternative to the Nokia 7 Plus and one of the best smartphones under Rs. 30,000.

Moto Z2 Play

Not a lot has changed in terms of performance and other aspects, but the newest modular smartphone from Motorola has a better camera than its predecessor. It has the dual-pixel camera from the Moto G5 Plus, and regular user experience is as smooth as it was in older Motorola devices. The Moto Z2 Play is a phone worth buying for sure.

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