“We list the best smartphones you can buy priced between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000”
The mid-range smartphone segment in India is chockful of options, with the notable presence of loaded yet affordable flagships. The trend that was set by the likes of Xiaomi was quickly picked up by several others and soon, the Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 price bracket saw an exponential increase in contenders. Suffice it to say, the budget flagship segment has mainly centred itself around offering the best processor and the most RAM at the lowest possible price, without giving much thought to the rest of the features. That is until the recent launch of the Honor 8 which not only scores big on performance but also delivered on other features.
Since there are several options for buyers to go for, we took it upon ourselves to filter the list and bring you the cream of the crop… so here are the best smartphones you can buy, all priced between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000.
While the eye-catching glass-metal design of the Honor 8 would have been enough to woo buyers, the USP of the device however, is the dual-camera setup at the back which features two 12MP sensors. One of the sensors is an RGB sensor while the other is a monochrome one, and they both work in unison to capture incredible stills with great colour and contrast. Below the camera module, users will find a fingerprint sensor for added security as well.
Other specifications of the phone include a homebred HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core processor along with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone sports a 5.2-inch full HD display and extremely thin bezels which make it the perfect device for one-handed usage without compromising much on the screen size. The Honor 8 sources its power from a 3,000mAh battery and runs EMUI 4.1 on top of Android Marshmallow.
The USP of the OnePlus 3 upon launch was the 6GB of RAM that the device shipped with. Paired with the Snapdragon 820 processor, the OnePlus 3 guarantees no lags or stutters. The phone features a pair of 16MP and 8MP sensors on the back and the front and is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery. OnePlus has a fairly active dev community which constantly updates the device and the CEO has also guaranteed that the flagship will get Android Nougat by the year’s end. Having been the go-to phone in this price bracket, the OnePlus 3’s fifteen minutes of fame might be over with the recent launch of the Honor 8.
Xiaomi recently introduced the Mi Note 2 in China and many believed that the device will be making its way to India as an upgrade over the Mi 5. However, that is not the case and if you are specifically looking for a smartphone from Xiaomi, the Mi 5 is the best that the company has to offer right now in India. The phone features an under-clocked Snapdragon 820 processor along with 3GB of RAM. Sporting a 5.15-inch full HD display, the Mi 5 will be a snug fit in your hands. The 16MP primary camera can capture stills with decent quality and the 4MP front facing shooter also does a good enough job at capturing selfies. The Mi 5 is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery and comes with 32GB of memory with no room for further expansion.
The Moto Z Play is a stripped down version of the beefier Moto Z. Equipped with a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM, the Moto Z Play won’t baffle you in terms of performance. However, the smartphone makes up for it by offering support for Moto Mods which are modular accessories to give some of the features of the smartphone a boost. Other specifications of the device include a 5.5-inch full HD display along with a pair of 16MP and 5MP camera sensors on the back and the front. Fuelled by a 3,510mAh battery, the smartphone runs on a near stock version of Android Marshmallow.
While not as explosive as the Galaxy Note7, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is the biggest device we have on this list and comes equipped with a 6-inch full HD display. The smartphone features a mix of glass and metal in its construction and sports a beefy 5,000mAh battery. Powered by a Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor and with 4GB of RAM working in tandem, the A9 Pro is a great device for consuming media. The phablet comes with 32GB of internal storage which can be further expanded to 256GB via a microSD card slot which will be helpful with storing the pictures captured by its 16MP primary camera. Those interested will have to spend slightly more than Rs 30,000 to call themselves proud owners of the Galaxy A9 Pro.
With phones like Honor 8 and OnePlus 3 retailing for less than Rs 30,000, it is clear that buyers don’t necessarily have to spend lots to get a good smartphone these days. We hope that you enjoyed our picks for this price segment and do let us know which smartphone is the best fit for you in the comments below.