OnePlus Nord 2, iQOO 7 5G to Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G- Technology News, Firstpost
Ameya BhiseFebruary 21, 2022 15:41:02 IST
The list of phones under Rs 30,000 gets better and better every quarter. Aside from 5G compliance, you can expect some flagship features in most of the handsets chosen this month. That varies from powerful processors to a sleek design to vibrant displays with a high refresh rate, impressive cameras and more. Time to look at your best options under Rs 30,000 in February.
Best phones to buy under Rs 30,000 in India
Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G
Xiaomi’s Mi 11X 5G comfortably holds its place in our list. You can get the 8GB RAM variant in this budget with a few bucks of space. It is powered by a flagship Snapdragon 870 SoC and has 128 GB of internal storage. It has one of the best displays in terms of sharpness and color accuracy. You get a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance and 1300 nits peak (theoretical) brightness. Both the display and the glass back are protected against scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
It has an impressive design and is quite slim with a thickness of less than 8mm. The photography department is handled by a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide shooter and a 5MP macro camera. You also get a 20MP front camera for selfies and video calls. The 4520 mAh battery lasts more than a day with moderate use, and the included 33 W fast charger charges it fully in less than an hour. Mi 11X 5G runs Android 11 with MIUI 12 on top.
Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G price in India: Rs 27,490 for 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
iQOO 7 5G
Thanks to a significant drop in price, the iQOO 7 5G can now be bought under Rs 30,000. It’s another handset powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 chip, and again you get its 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant in this budget. It has a 6.62-inch HDR10+ compliant Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling in compatible apps. Like the Mi 11X, it boasts a peak brightness of 1300 nits.
The rear camera department is quite versatile, with a 48MP primary camera with OIS. The company will get a 13MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The 4400 mAh battery will last more than a day with average use, and the company bundles a 66W fast charger that promises to fully charge it in less than 30 minutes. That’s correct! The iQOO 7 runs Android 11 with FunTouch OS 11, and one can expect two more major Android updates for this device in the future.
iQOO 7 5G price in India: Rs 28,990 for 8 GB RAM / 256 GB storage
Motorola Edge 20
The Motorola Edge 20 has some really interesting features that no other phone on this list can boast of. For starters, it’s less than 7mm thin; something that is incredibly rare in smartphones these days. The 6.7-inch Full HD+ OLED display boasts a 144Hz refresh rate (another rarity in the segment), along with HDR10+ compliance and the ability to display a billion color tones. It is protected from scratches by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
If you thought that was all, the camera department is powered by a 108MP primary camera. Support is also impressive with a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens and an 8MP telephoto camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) offering 3x optical zoom. Not to mention the 32MP selfie camera which is bound to impress the selfie crowd. This Motorola phone is powered by a fairly powerful Snapdragon 778G and you get 8GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage.
The 4000 mAh battery is sufficient for a day of moderate use and supports 30 W fast charging. It runs Android 11, and like most Motorola phones, you get a clean and almost standard user interface that still appeals to many Android purists. All said and done, the Motorola Edge 20 is an impressive all-round package and one of the best options in this budget.
Motorola Edge 20 price in India: Rs 27,190 for 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
OnePlus North 2
Speaking of good UI, here’s OnePlus Nord 2. It’s powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 1200 chip that was a sleeper hit in 2021 in terms of processing power and value. This 5G-ready phone has a sharp 6.43-inch Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ compliance. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the protection extends to the back of the phone’s glass as well. In this budget you get the 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage variant. This phone runs OxygenOS 11.3 based on Android 11 and the Android 12 update has already started rolling out for this device.
The rear camera department consists of a 50MP main camera with OIS and Sony’s recent IMX766 sensor that works well in a variety of lighting conditions. Supporting cast includes an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP monochrome camera. The 32MP front camera is good enough to keep selfie enthusiasts happy. The OnePlus Nord 2 has a 4500 mAh battery that lasts almost a day and a half with moderate use, and the included 65W fast charger charges it insanely fast in just over half an hour.
OnePlus Nord 2 price in India: Rs 29,999 for 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G
We had to choose between Samsung Galaxy A52s and M52 5G as they both have a similar feature set. The latter got our nod thanks to better pricing and availability in this budget. The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is powered by a Snapdragon 778 SoC and is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal (expandable) storage. It has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a 120 Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling in compatible apps.
Despite the large display and 5000 mAh battery, it weighs less than 175 grams and is only 7.4 mm thick. The camera department here is quite stacked with a combination of a 64MP primary camera, 12MP ultrawide snapper, and a 5MP macro camera. The phone can take some quality photos in different modes. This phone also has an impressive 32 MP selfie camera embedded in a small hole at the top of the screen. The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G runs on Android 11 with One UI 3.1.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G price in India: Rs 26,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage