The sub 30,000 remains the category that offers the best bang for your bucks, with flagship killers, and sometimes, flagships themselves fighting it out. We present 5 that stand out.
There are many high-end smartphones available in the Indian market from multiple brands which are priced under Rs 30K and falls almost in flagship category, but choosing the best one is a daunting task. So to make it easy for you, here we have shortlisted top five smartphones from all major smartphone brands, which provide you with a lag free performance and packs a great hardware.
OnePlus 3T (64GB)
OnePlus has launched its flagship OnePlus 3T (64GB) smartphone in India in December last year at Rs 29,999. The smartphone is available in Soft Gold and Gunmetal colour options exclusively via Amazon India.
As far as specifications are concerned, the OnePlus 3T features a 5.5 inches Full HD Optic-AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset clocked at 2.35GHz, along with Adreno 530 GPU. Both the 64GB and 128 GB variants have 6GB RAM. The device runs on Oxygen OS based on Android Marshmallow.
On the camera front, the OnePlus 3T sports the 16-megapixel sensor on its back as well as on its front panel. The OnePlus 3T also comes with a fingerprint scanner and Type C port as well. The smartphone is backed up by a 3400 mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charge support. Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SM, 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and GPS/Glonass. The handset measures 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm and weighs 158 grams.
Moto Z Play
The Moto Z Play was launched in India back in October 2016 for Rs 24,999 (available on Flipkart) along with the flagship, Moto Z. Last week, the company rolled out the latest Android Nougat update for Moto Z Play smartphone in India.
Quickly briefing out the specifications, the smartphone comes with an aluminium frame and glass back wrapping a 5.5 inch full HD Super AMOLED display. Moto Z Play is packed with a 3510 mAh non-removable battery which promises up to 45 hours of battery life and is said to be Moto’s longest-lasting battery ever. It supports TurboPower charging technology as well through which one get juice for up to 8 hours in just 15 minutes.
Moto Z Play is powered by a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor (Snapdragon 625) coupled with Adreno 506 and 3GB RAM (LPDDR3 RAM). The device features a 16-megapixel primary camera that has laser autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, 1.3 um pixel size, 4x digital zoom, burst mode, auto HDR, 4K video recording ability, slow motion video recording feature, and professional mode. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel camera with f2.2 aperture, 85-degree wide angle lens, flashlight, professional mode, beauty mode and auto night mode.
Further, the device has 32 GB of internal storage which is expandable up to a 2 TB via micro SD card. The device is only 6.99 mm thick and comes with water repelling coating on its body. For connectivity, the device comes with dual SIM functionality and has Bluetooth 4.0 LE, WiFi (a/b/g/n), NFC, AGPS, USB Type-C port, 3.5 mm port etc. Being a device sporting a modular concept, it comes with Moto Mod connectors through which one can attach various Moto Mods. Apart from that, it sports 3 microphones, a fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, proximity, and audio monitor.
Huawei launched Honor 8 smartphone in October last year at Rs 29,999, along with two more smartphones, Honor 8 Smart and Holly 3. The smartphone comes in Pearl White, Sapphire Blue and Sunrise Gold colour options.
Straight jumping onto specifications, Huawei Honor 8 comes with a 5.2-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display. Underneath the hood, the device is powered by a 2.3GHz Octa-Core Kirin 950 processor paired with a Mali T880-MP4 GPU and 4GB RAM. Besides, there is 32GB of internal storage which is further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system wrapped under EMUI 4.1 and gets its strength from a 3000 mAh battery with fast charging support. The handset measures 145.5 x 71 x 7.45 mm and weighs 153 grams with a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device.
In the photography department, the Honor 8 sports a dual-camera setup, both being 12-megapixel shooters with f/2.2, 35mm, laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. At the front, the device boasts an 8-megapixel shooter with f/2.4 aperture. For connectivity, It has USB Type-C port for data syncing and charging plus hybrid Dual SIM tray apart from connectivity options like 4G LTE, WiFi (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and NFC. Currently, Honor 8 is available for Rs 29,999 on Flipkart for the 32GB variant.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro smartphone was launched earlier this month at Rs 27,990 and comes in Navy Blue & Gold colour variants.
The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro offers a 5.7-inch display with full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display. It is powered by a 2.2 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor and Adreno 506 GPU. The phone has 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 256GB expandable memory slot, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system and a 3,300 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The device also features a fingerprint sensor which is embedded in the physical home button in the front. Moreover, the Galaxy C7 Pro has Samsung’s Always-On display and supports Samsung Pay.
The Galaxy C7 Pro flaunts a 16-megapixel shooter on the back and a 16-megapixel camera at the front with f/1.9 aperture. Both the cameras can record full-HD videos at 30 frames per second. On the connectivity front, the device offers hybrid Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC and a USB Type C port. The handset measures 156.5 x 77.2 x 7.0 mm and weighs 172 grams. The smartphone also has acceleration sensor, a gyro sensor, a geomagnetic sensor, proximity sensor and RGB light sensor.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
Another Samsung’s smartphone in this list is Galaxy A5 2017, which was launched in India last month at Rs 28,990. The major highlight of this device is its glass built which is curved at the back as well. Apart from this, the smartphone come with IP68 certification which means it can be submerged in 1-meter deep water for up to 30 minutes.
>> 5.2-inch full HD Super AMOLED 2.5D curved display | Corning Gorilla Glass 4
>> Octa-Core 1.9 GHz Exynos 7880 Processor | Mali-T830MP3 GPU
>> 3GB RAM | 32GB internal storage | Expandable 256GB (dedicated slot)
>> Rear Camera: 16-megapixel with f/1.9, 27mm, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p video recording
>> Front Camera: 16-megapixel with f/1.9, 1080p video recording
>> Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
>> Battery: 3000 mAh | Fast Charging
>> Colours: Black Sky and Gold Sand
>> Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C
>> Fingerprint Scanner
>> Dimension: 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm | Weight: 157 g