Flagship smartphones have now become cheaper in India thanks to Xiaomi and OnePlus’ arrival last year. We now has another value for money device maker in LeEco LeTv mobiles. You can now buy great smartphones with flagship specs under 30K price in India. There are also companies launching Android smartphones with ads calling it “Flagship specs, Budget price tag”. So let’s define Flagship first.
What is a Flagship smartphone ?
A flagship smartphone should come with at least a Full HD display, 3GB of ram, 3000mAh+ battery and the latest flagship Qualcomm processor. Currently, the fastest Qualcomm processor is Snapdragon 820. So devices like HTC 10, LG G5, OnePlus 3, Xiaomi Mi 5, Samsung Note 7 ( US Version ), Galaxy S7 ( US version ), Le Max 2 etc all fall in to that category. All these phones comes with great, if not decent cameras as well.
So which Flagship Android smartphones are priced under 30K in India ?
There are currently 3 android mobiles powered by Snapdragon 820 available to purchase in India. They are OnePlus 3, Le Max 2 and Xiaomi Mi 5. Of these OP3 comes with 3GB ram and is priced at Rs 27,999 on Amazon. Other two now sells for Rs 22,999 on Flipkart.
Xiaomi Mi 5 : Even though this comes with Snapdragon 820, the variant currently available in India has it clocked at 1.8Ghz , which is very slightly less powerful than the one seen on OnePlus 3 and Le Max 2 ( 2.2 Ghz ). Mi 5 only has 3GB of ram ( Indian variant ) while Le Max 2 has 4GB. OnePlus 3 comes with a massive 6GB of ram.
Mi 5 Verfiied Customer reviews on Flipkart and Amazon India are mixed. Some are very much satisfied with the phone and some have experienced plenty of issues with the device. There are plenty Certified Customers recommending not to buy this phone as well. You can read the reviews here and here.
Le Max 2 on paper has great specs overall. However, like Mi 5, it too has some issues making many reviewers recommending not to buy the smartphone. Read those reviews on Flipkart here.
OnePlus 3 on the other hand gets hugely positive reviews from almost all tech websites. There are also plenty of satisfied customer reviews on Amazon.in. Like every smartphone, it too has some issues. Check out the reviews here.
Conclusion : The best under 30K Android smartphone you can buy in India is OnePlus 3. It doesnt come with a 2K Quad HD display or as good a camera as Galaxy S7. However overall features make it a great value for money device for Rs 27,999. It runs close to Stock Android – which means much better overall performance than Mi 5 and Le Max 2 which comes with heavily modified user interfaces.
Find the Current lowest price for OnePlus 3 here.
Asus Zenfone 3 has excellent specs as well. However currently launched Zenfone 3 available under 30K in India are powered by less powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. There is a Snapdragon 820 / 825 Zenfone 3 coming soon, but for sure will be priced much higher.