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Best Smartphones Under 30000 in Nepal

Budget smartphones have completely taken over the smartphone market in Nepal. Not just the price-to-performance ratio, but the entire market as a whole. The polarity between the budget and flagship smartphones have gotten so minuscule that one cannot now differentiate between a budget and a flagship smartphone, just by using them for a while.best phones under 30000 in nepalThe smartphone market has thrived so tremendously that a smartphone costing 25 grand can completely obliterate a flagship smartphone from two years ago because of the insane hardware developed in the recent years. This has been a boon to the consumers and budget smartphone manufacturers, while for the companies that focus on the expensive smartphones, it has become a solemn utterance of a curse.

Cheap phones are getting good and good phones are getting cheap.

– Marques Brownlee

There is always a battle between companies to introduce a smartphone with the best specifications and at the same time, at the least possible price. We, the team here at TechLekh, have compiled a list of 10 best smartphones under 30000 in Nepal. While the term “best” might sound ambiguous, because you know, there are a million different elucidation for the meaning of “best”. The following are some of the phones that provide a great value for your money.

Best Smartphones Under 30000 in Nepal

#10. Sony Xperia X

While Sony is a very famous brand that has made its name in many different fields of Arts and technology, it hasn’t been quite able to make a similar impact in the smartphone market. However, that doesn’t mean that its smartphones are poor performers. Sony makes one of the best performing and best-looking handsets, and the Sony Xperia X is no exception. Though this phone was released in February of 2018, and you should mostly avoid phones released so early, there is a certain quality in flagships that they attract consumers even after their days of glory.

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The performance on the Xperia X belongs to the mid-range. And the 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage are not particularly huge either. But its cameras are very good for the price. We have some reservations for the battery though; a 2620 battery for a FHD display combined with the older processor will probably leave you struggling by the end of the day.

Sony Xperia X Key Specifications

  • Display: FHD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels @ 441 ppi
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650
  • GPU: Adreno 510
  • OS: Android 7.1 (planned upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo)
  • Memory: 3GB and 32GB
  • Primary Camera: 23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, check quality
  • Secondary Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0, 22mm, 1/3″ sensor size, 1080p
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2620 mAh battery

Sony Xperia X Price in Nepal: Rs. 27,625

Pros Cons
Great cameras Very old processor
Decent performance Average battery life

#9. Nokia 6 2018 (Nokia 6.1)

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Nokia 6 has now been updated for 2018. It now has a more powerful chipset. The Snapdragon 630 paired with 3 Gigabytes of RAM gives you an insane performance. The build quality and the battery are surely past the threshold of a decent smartphone. Its additional features such as Zeiss Lens and Nokia OZO audio adds more specialty to it. This device certainly meets the expectations that people have from a smartphone under 30 thousand in Nepal.

Nokia 6 Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM630 Snapdragon 630
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 508
  • OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Memory: 3GB and 32GB
  • Primary Camera: 16 MP Zeiss Lens (f/2.0, 1.0 µm)
  • Secondary Camera: 8 MP (f/2.0, 1.12 µm)
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Nokia 6 Price in Nepal: Rs. 29,399 (32GB)

Pros Cons
Seamless metal Build Outdated microUSB instead of USB-C
SD 630 provides great performance Display could be better

#8. Oppo F5 Youth

Oppo F5 Youth comes with a 6.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 pixels, which is an 18:9 aspect ratio screen. It is powered by octa-core MediaTek MT6763T Helio P23 processor and comes with 3GB of RAM which gives you pretty decent performance, while it might lag behind in some areas.

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The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card which is a bonus. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Oppo F5 Youth packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for better selfies. It runs ColorOS 3.2, based on Android 7.1 and is powered by a 3200mAh nonremovable battery which is going to give you surprisingly decent battery life.

Oppo F5 Youth Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.0 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6763T Helio P23
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-G71 MP2
  • OS: ColorOS 3.2 based on Android 7.1
  • Memory: 32 GB (Expandable up to 256GB, 3 GB RAM
  • Primary Camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
  • Secondary Camera: 16 MP (f/2.0, 2.0 μm)
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery

OPPO F5 Youth Price in Nepal: Rs. 26,590

Pros Cons
Great camera performance Oppo's overlay may not be liked by everyone
Modern updated design

#7. Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

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You cannot really go wrong with Samsung smartphones. The J7 Max is a phone that can be said the “jack of all, ace of none”. It has a decent processor, good amount of RAM and a decent sized battery. The cameras on all Samsung phones are good. However, an AMOLED screen would be better instead of an LCD screen. This phone too has an appealing design which might be a top selection factor for some consumers.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.65 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: Mali-T880MP2
  • OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • Memory: 4GB and 32GB
  • Primary Camera: 13 MP, f/1.7 aperture
  • Secondary Camera: 13 MP, f/1.9 aperture
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Price in Nepal: Rs. 26,290

Pros Cons
Helio P20 provides ample performance It doesn't have a lot of features
Sleek aluminum build AMOLED screen instead of IPS screen would be better

#6. Xiaomi Note 4

Xiaomi Note 4 is one of the most popular smartphones in Nepal. For every 10 people you meet, you are likely to find two people with this smartphone. This phone is not popular because of customer loyalty, it is popular because of the specs Xiaomi delivers at this price point. This phone is basically spot on in every department besides the camera.

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However, the camera also isn’t a total abomination but it certainly falls behind in the multitude of other smartphones. In a nutshell, it is a phone with a great battery life, a great performance and of course a great build quality. So, if you are the kind of person who doesn’t take a lot of photos, this phone will be great for you.

Xiaomi Note 4 Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • Memory: 4GB and 32GB
  • Primary Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0 aperture sensor
  • Secondary Camera: 5 Megapixel f/202 aperture Sensor
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-po 4100 mAh battery

Xiaomi Note 4 Price in Nepal: Rs. 25,999

Pros Cons
Huge 4100 mAh Battery Only a 13 Megapixel camera and doesn't shoot 4K
SD 625 provides fairly decent performance A lot of unwanted bloatware

#5. Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus looks identical to the Redmi 5. But it is a different phone on the inside. The Redmi 5 Plus has a slightly larger 5.99 inch 18:9 screen which is now full HD+ so you can view even more content. Also, the battery jumps up from 3300mAh to 4000mAh. You understand that larger battery means longer screen time (i.e. longer battery life). The processor takes a jump too. It now uses Snapdragon 625 instead of the 450 which is a significant leap in performance.

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The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus performs well and the design looks sharp and modern. The cameras capture impressive photos at well-lit conditions. We have no complaints about its price either. But if you don’t like the Xiaomi MIUI on top of Android you should look at the Xiaomi Mi A1, which contains stock Android and is similar in price and performance to the 5 Plus.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.99 inches (2160*1080), 18:9 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • CPU: Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • OS: Android OS, v7.1.2 (Nougat)
  • Memory: 3GB/ 64 GB, expandable up to 128 GB
  • Primary Camera: 12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25 μm), phase detection autofocus, LED flash
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP, 1080p
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, Infrared, Ambient light sensor

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Price in Nepal: Rs. 22,999 (64GB)

Pros Cons
Modern Updated design
Large battery

#4. Vivo V9 Youth

Vivo V9 Youth has a large screen and an impressive camera. It comes with a gigantic 6.3-inch 19:9 ratio IPS LCD display. It has 1080 by 2280-pixel resolution, which is fantastic for the price. The camera has a dual 16MP + 2MP in the rear that has dual-LED flash with Bokeh mode shot refocus support and much more.

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The Vivo V9 Youth is a toned-down form of the Vivo V9 but is quite similar. Compared to the V9, V9 Youth has an inferior processor. The Snapdragon 450 is an entry-level Qualcomm processor. It is a good enough processor for normal everyday tasks but will struggle with games. The fact this comes at only a few thousand rupees less than its bigger brother (Vivo V9) might be a deal breaker for some people.

Vivo V9 Youth Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.3-inch IPS HD LCD display with Gorilla Glass
  • Resolution: 1080×2280 pixels
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • CPU: Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • Memory: 32GB internal storage with microSD expandable storage (up to 256GB), 4GB RAM
  • OS: Funtouch OS based on Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Primary Camera: Dual 16 MP + 2 MP phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • Secondary Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3260 mAh battery
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass

Vivo V9 Youth Price in Nepal: Rs. 29,390

Pros Cons
Great dual cameras Performance could be better
Android Oreo out of the box Lot of unwanted bloatware that cannot be removed

#3. Xiaomi Mi A1 

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Xiaomi Mi A1 is an impressive device and is certainly one of the best budget choices in 2018. The reason why this phone is so up top on this list is that nothing is quite wrong with this phone. This might not be the best phone out there, but it certainly is very good. You get great performance, great camera, decent battery life, and whatnot. Xiaomi Mi A1 can be very well counted as one of the best phones under 30000.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.5-inches LTPS FHD capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels (~403 PPI pixel density)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • CPU: Octa-core processor 2.0 GHz
  • GPU:  Adreno 506
  • OS:  Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)
  • Memory: 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
  • Primary Camera: Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/2.2, PDAF & 50mm, f/2.6), Autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3080 mAh battery

Xiaomi Mi A1 Price in Nepal: Rs. 24,999 (64GB)

Pros Cons
Great Dual 12 MP cameras Still Android Nougat out of the box
SD 625 provides great performance

#2. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2

Samsung updated the Galaxy J7 Prime to meet the expectation of 2018. It has been dressed in a metal back with plastic at the ends. The screen is the unmatched and famed AMOLED screen from Samsung that kills the competition in terms of screen quality. It looks gorgeous. The performance on this phone is decent. The in-house Exynos processor performs similar to the midrange processor from Qualcomm. We would have loved to see 4GB RAM at least but Samsung has been so long in the business that they have probably learned something about RAM management. So, 3 GB might serve you well.

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The main feature of this phone is the camera. Especially the front one. Samsung makes one of the best smartphones cameras and that experience may trickle down to its midrange phone. The cameras click bright vibrant pictures at adequate lighting conditions and a hold well in low light too. And many people will thank Samsung for including a 13MP sensor for their front-facing camera. All in all, this is a great phone that gives you a great value for your money.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.5 inches PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
  • Chipset: Exynos 7870
  • GPU: Mali – T830 MP1
  • OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • Memory: 3GB and 32GB
  • Primary Camera: 13 MP (f/1.9, 28mm), autofocus, LED flash
  • Secondary Camera: 13 MP, f/1.9, 1080p
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-ion 3300 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 Price in Nepal: Rs. 27990

Pros Cons
Beautiful AMOLED screen The phone should have had 4GB RAM
Great camera performance

#1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5AI

The Redmi Note 5 AI looks like a phone launched in 2018 – the screen is fullHD+ 18:9 aspect ratio IPS LCD display panel and the primary cameras on the back are vertically stacked. The back panel is metal which is a better material than glass. The phone ships with Android Oreo out of the box and the performance from this phone is top notch for the mid-range category. Thanks to the 4GB of RAM and the new Snapdragon 636 processor. It has  64GB of internal storage to store your photos and apps which must be adequate for most people. 

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Redmi Note 5 AI have cameras that click great photos in daylight. Low-light shots are acceptable. If you want a better low light photography experience, you should look at phones like Galaxy S8 or the iPhones. What impresses the most about this phone is its price. To get this amount of performance and this good design at this price is unprecedented. We highly recommend you to buy this phone if you are looking for a phone around Rs. 30000.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Key Specifications

  • Display – 5.99 inches FHD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution – 1080×2160 18:9 Aspect ratio @ 403 ppi
  • Chipset – Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636
  • CPU – Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260
  • GPU – Adreno 509
  • Memory – 64GB internal storage with microSD expandable storage (up to 256GB)
  • RAM – 4GB
  • OS – Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Primary Camera – Dual: 12 MP (f/1.9, 1.4µm) + 5 MP (f/2.0, 1.25µm), dual pixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • Secondary Camera – 13 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm), LED flash, 1080p
  • Battery – Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
  • Sensors – Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Price in Nepal: Rs. 28,499

Pros Cons
Great performance
Very good value
Great camera for the price

Best Smartphones Under 30000 in Nepal
Smartphone Models Price
Sony Xperia X Rs. 27625
Nokia 6 2018 Rs. 29399 (32GB)
Oppo F5 Youth Rs. 26590
Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Rs. 26290
Xiaomi Note 4 Rs. 25999
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Rs. 22999
Vivo V9 Youth Rs. 29390
Xiaomi Mi A1 Rs. 24999
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 Rs. 27990
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5AI Rs. 28499

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Rankings aren’t always the best representation of which smartphone might be the best one. This is our view and some other person might have a different view on what they think is a great smartphone.

So, taking into account the differences, we have created a poll where you can vote, which of the above smartphone you think is the best phone under Rs. 30,000 in Nepal. We look forward to your vote in the following poll.

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