Best smartphones under Rs 30,000 to buy in August 2019; Redmi K20, Vivo V15 Pro, Galaxy A70 and more

With the launched of Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro, the premium mid-range smartphones under Rs 30,000 has got really exciting. You get the flagship Snapdragon 855 SOC, a 48-megapixel rear camera and triple camera setup. The current trend of full-screen display with pop-up selfie snapper is increasing as well for smartphones under Rs 30,000. This particular segment includes the likes of Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and Samsung. We have handpicked the best smartphones ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 to buy in August 2019, and here is our list.

Xiaomi Redmi K20-series

The Redmi K20 series comes with triple rear cameras with 48-megapixel primary snapper, pop-up selfie camera, glass back design and more. The Redmi K20 price in India starts at Rs 21,999, whereas the Redmi K20 Pro with Snapdragon 855 SoC starts at Rs 27,999. You will be able to buy the smartphones from Flipkart and starting July 22. Considering the features you get for the price, the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro are surely one of the best smartphones under Rs 30,000 you can buy. After putting on weekly sales, Xiaomi has now announced that the smartphones will now go on open sale.

Vivo V15 Pro

Vivo V15 Pro is currently available for Rs 23,990 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model. It is pretty affordable compared to the launch price of Rs 28,990. The V15 Pro features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, a 6.39-inch Full HD+ display with in-display fingerprint sensor, and more. It sports a triple rear camera setup with 48-megapixel main sensor paired with 8-megapixel and 5-megapixel additional sensors. For selfies, there is a pop-up 32-megapixel shooter. The Vivo V15 Pro comes in blue and red colors, runs Android Pie, and is backed by a 3,700mAh battery.

Nokia 8.1

Nokia 8.1, the mid-premium smartphone from HMD Global, was launched late last year. The smartphone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage for Rs 19,999 after the recent price cut. In terms of specifications, the Nokia 8.1 sports a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC. It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and supports up to 400GB via hybrid memory card slot. The Nokia 8.1 has an aluminum frame with glass back, and is backed by a 3,500mAh battery. There is dual rear camera setup with 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel sensors and a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and it runs Android 9 Pie.

Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung’s latest A-series smartphone, the Galaxy A70 carries a price tag of Rs 28,990 for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage in the country. It is available via all offline retail stores, Samsung Opera House, Samsung’s own online store and more.

The Galaxy A70 is equipped with a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display. The handset flaunts a fancy waterdrop-style notched display design. Furthermore, the Galaxy A70 features an in-display fingerprint sensor. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset under the hood, which is backed by 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

As far the cameras are concerned, the Galaxy A70 offers triple cameras at the back, and a single on the front. The rear camera setup includes a 32-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. On the front of the phone, there is a 32-megapixel selfie camera sensor. It ships with the latest Android Pie operating system with One UI out of the box. It is backed by a large 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging support. We reviewed the Galaxy A70, and it is one of the best smartphones under Rs 30,000 to offer flagship experience.

Oppo F11 Pro

The Oppo F11 Pro is now available for Rs 20,990 in India for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. Those considering to purchase the handset can directly head to Flipkart and Amazon India’s online website. It is also available for purchase via Paytm, Snapdeal, Reliance Digital, Croma and across all Oppo stores. The smartphone is available in two color options – Aurora Green and Thunder Black.

The F11 Pro features a 6.53-inch Full HD+ display, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage and uses MediaTek Helio P70 chipset. The smartphone features dual rear camera with 48-megapixel main sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, Oppo has equipped the smartphone with a 16-megapixel camera. The smartphone runs ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie, and packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging.

Asus Zenfone 5Z

Asus launched the Zenfone 5Z in India exclusively via Flipkart in July. The flagship smartphone comes with 6GB and 8GB RAM options with Snapdragon 845 SoC. It sports a 6.2-inch full HD+ edge-to-edge notch display with a dual-camera setup at the back. This includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor with large 1.4-micron pixels, and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor that allows 120-degree wide-angle shooting and portrait mode shots. The Asus Zenfone 5Z variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model is available for Rs 24,999, whereas the 8GB RAM with 256GB storage is available for Rs 28,999.

Poco F1

Poco F1 by Xiaomi could qualify as the best contender in the list. The flagship smartphone packs top-of-the-line hardware including Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM and 64GB storage at just Rs 17,999. But there are two variants with 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage model has been priced at Rs 18,999. There is an 8GB RAM variant with 256GB inbuilt storage and it costs Rs. 22,999. The smartphone is available through Flipkart and via open sale. It comes in Rosso Red, Steel Blue and Graphite Black color options.

The Poco F1 features a 6.18-inch display and is powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with Adreno 630 GPU. It comes with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB or 256GB storage. It sports dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors. At the front, there is a 20-megapixel camera and it runs MIUI 10 based on Android Pie. The Poco F1 is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.

LG G7 ThinQ

The LG G7 ThinQ at present costs Rs 29,999 for the 4GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration on Amazon India. It offers a a 6.1-inch FullVision Super Bright Display with QHD+ resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC. There is a dual rear camera setup, comprising of a 16-megapixel super wide-angle lens with f/1.9 aperture, and a 16-megapixel standard angle lens with f/1.6 aperture. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens on the front. The company has also added face unlock feature, boombox speaker, and Hi-Fi Quad DAC for good audio experience.

Samsung Galaxy A50 (6GB)

The Galaxy A50 comes in Samsung’s refreshed Galaxy A lineup, which it launched in February 2019. The company launched two variants of the Galaxy A50 in India. The base model with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM is priced at Rs 18,490. The top model with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM is priced at Rs 21,490.

Among the highlights of the smartphone is the camera setup at the back. There is a triple-camera setup at the back consisting of a 25-megapixel primary sensor, a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a third 8-megapixel sensor with ultra-wide lens. For selfies and video calling, there’s a 25-megapixel fixed focus camera on the front. As far as specifications are concerned, the Galaxy A50 flaunts a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. Under the hood is an Exynos 9610 SoC, and for security, there’s an in-display fingerprint sensor. The device comes with a 4,000mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging.

Vivo V15

The latest Vivo V15 triple-camera phone is one of the few in starting Rs 19,990 and above range to offer a full-screen experience and a front elevating selfie camera. The Vivo V15 offers a triple rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel (dual-pixel) primary sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary f/2.2 lens and a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture. There is a full-screen 6.53-inch full-HD+ display on offer with a 32-megapixel pop-up camera selfie camera. It has been priced at Rs 23,990 in India for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model.


FeaturesSamsung Galaxy A50Xiaomi Redmi K20 ProXiaomi Redmi K20
ChipsetSamsung Exynos 9610Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC
OSAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie
DisplaySuper AMOLED-6.4-inch full HD+AMOLED-6.39-inch full-HD+6.39-inch full HD+ display, 19.5:9 aspect ratio-2340×1080 pixels
Internal Memory4GB RAM+ 64GB storage6GB RAM + 128GB storage6GB RAM with 64GB storage
Rear Camera25MP+5MP+8MP48MP + 8MP + 13MPTriple cameras – 48MP + 8MP+ 13MP
Front Camera25MP20MP20MP

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