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From Honor 8 Pro to Oppo F3 Plus: Top smartphones to buy this Diwali under Rs 30,000

Marcia Sekhose | Staff
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From Honor 8 Pro to Oppo F3 Plus: Top smartphones to buy this Diwali under Rs 30,000

Diwali is just around the corner and you’re probably still stuck with a pending gift list. For gadget lovers, there are a lot of products to choose from. To ease things for you, we’ve been collating best smartphones under the sub-Rs 10,000, sub-Rs 15,000 and sub-Rs 20,000 categories. Raising the price tag higher, today we’ve gathered the best smartphones you can choose to purchase or gift under the sub-Rs 30,000 category. Honor 8 Pro The Honor 8 Pro sits at the border of this category with a price tag of Rs 29,999 and offers a premium experience. The highlight of the Honor 8 Pro is its dual-camera setup at the rear which includes a pair of 12-megapixel sensors of f/2.2

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Here's a list of seven smartphones under Rs 30,000 that you can choose to purchase this Diwali.


Diwali is just around the corner and you’re probably still stuck with a pending gift list. For gadget lovers, there are a lot of products to choose from. To ease things for you, we’ve been collating best smartphones under the sub-Rs 10,000, sub-Rs 15,000 and sub-Rs 20,000 categories. Raising the price tag higher, today we’ve gathered the best smartphones you can choose to purchase or gift under the sub-Rs 30,000 category.

Honor 8 Pro

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The Honor 8 Pro sits at the border of this category with a price tag of Rs 29,999 and offers a premium experience. The highlight of the Honor 8 Pro is its dual-camera setup at the rear which includes a pair of 12-megapixel sensors of f/2.2 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, autofocus, and 4K video recording capabilities. The smartphone is powered by in-house Kirin 960 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM. ALSO READ: Honor 8 Pro Review: A premium smartphone at less than a premium price

OnePlus 3T

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Just second to the flagship OnePlus 5 is the OnePlus 3T which is priced at Rs 29,999. The smartphone is a tested performer with specifications like Snapdragon 821 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 16-megapixel rear and front cameras. The OnePlus 3T is fueled by a 3,400mAh battery, and features a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display with a 2.5D curved glass and Gorilla Glass 4 on top. DON’T MISS: OnePlus 5 Review: Feel the power

Oppo F3 Plus

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Oppo is known for its selfie-centric smartphones and the company’s most expensive of the lot makes it in this category. The Oppo F3 Plus features a combination of 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel front cameras. Of the two, the 16-megapixel is a wide-angle sensor allowing for group selfies. The smartphone also houses a 16-megapixel rear camera of f/1.7 aperture. Rest of its specifications include a 6-inch full HD display, 4GB of RAM, 4,000mAh battery with Oppo’s VOOC fast charging support. ALSO READ: Oppo F3 Plus Review: The rise of the ‘selfie’ flagship

Moto Z2 Play

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Successor to the Moto Z Play, the Moto Z2 Play also comes with modular functionality. Priced at Rs 27,999, the Moto Z2 Play features a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is powered by Snapdragon 626 SoC, and armed with a 3,000mAh battery along with Turbo Power fast charging support. On the software front, the smartphone runs near-stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat. ALSO READ: Moto Z2 Play Review: Sub-flagship modular phone, version 2.0

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro

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Another selfie smartphone is the recently launched Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro which is available at Rs 23,999. Like the Oppo F3 Plus, the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro also sports a dual-camera setup at the front which is a combination of 24-megapixel DuoPixel lens of aperture f/1.8 and a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens of aperture f/2.2.

You can choose to take standard and wide-angle photos by turning on the 24-megapixel resolution. The default resolution is 12-megapixels which allows you to take photos with DSLR-like blur effects. More details on the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro include Android 7.1.1 Nougat with ZenUI, Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery. ALSO READ: Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro review: For your portrait and wide-angle selfies

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

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The 2017 iteration of the Galaxy A7 series, the smartphone is currently priced at Rs 25,900. With a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy A7 (2017) offers 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 1.9GHz octa-core SoC, 3,600mAh battery. You can also avail Samsung’s ‘Never Mind’ offer of one-time screen replacement at Rs 990 with the purchase of the Galaxy A7 (2017). DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: The beast unleashed!

Apple iPhone 6

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The Apple iPhone 6 also makes for a worthwhile purchase in this category. The Apple iPhone 6 32GB is priced at Rs 29,500 but you can get it at discounted prices on e-commerce websites. In terms of specifications, the iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, and is powered by the A8 dual-core chipset. It comes with 1GB of RAM, a 1,810mAh battery, and sports an 8-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front camera. The iPhone 6 runs iOS 8 but is upgradable to iOS 10.3.2. DON’T MISS: Apple iPhone 8 Review: When you know you want it, but still ask questions