In search of a better phone at a mid-range price? You are at the right place.
The limited spending capacity limits our options and there are certainly compromises to be made. However, the smartphone market has become so competitive that you can get an almost flagship like phone even under 30,000 in Nepal.
Let’s see what you can get under (or around) 30,000 bucks here in Nepal?
A quick note here; there isn’t really the best phone, but there is a phone that will be perfect for you. Take a look at our carefully picked phones list below and decide for yourself.
Redmi Note 4 SD 64GB (Rs. 28,000)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4SD has become my personal favorite mid-range phone in this range. My friend and I keep arguing over the Redmi Note 4SD and Coolpad Cool 1, but I am biased.
The phone has a powerful Snapdragon 625 processor instead of a MediaTek processor, thus providing a little bit of better processing power. Besides the processor, Redmi Note 4 Snapdragon has the same 5.5 inch Full HD IPS LCD display and comes with a 4GB of RAM. It comes with a 64GB internal storage that can be increased by the addition of a microSD card.
The phone has a basic fingerprint scanner at the back and is powered by a 4100 mAh battery. Cameras on this phone are good. But, it doesn’t turn any heads. The phone snaps average photos and does a good job at it. The MIUI camera software in Redmi Note 4 doesn’t tend to over process photos and produces natural looking images. With a 13MP main camera, the pictures look detailed and of good quality. The 5MP selfie camera, however, is subpar.
Coolpad Cool Play 6 (Rs. 30,000)
Coolpad Cool Play 6 is the rival for the best phone at this price range. My friend has this phone as his favorite because of a more powerful processor and the dual camera. Coolpad Cool Play 6 is a great smartphone. While I won’t test it against the higher end flagships, the phone does wonders at the price.
It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor that boasts better performance over the Redmi Note 4 and other competitors. As tested in our review, the benchmarks and gaming tests make it a beast of a phone. If you ignore minor issues, the phone with its 6GB RAM handles daily multitasking and performance well. Unfortunately, the phone comes with a 64GB internal storage without the option of adding an SD card. This limits the phone in some areas.
Where the phone really shines is the camera. The Dual 13MP main camera can capture good regular and portrait shots with blurred backgrounds. The 8MP front-facing camera is also good for selfies. In addition to that, the main camera can also capture 4K videos, which doesn’t seem to be as good as the number suggests.
The handset has the usual 5.5-inch Full-HD display with protection and comes with a fingerprint scanner. A 4,000mAh battery holds up the phone a full day and more. With the addition of USB Type-C port, the phone charges faster and makes up for its weaknesses.
Huawei GR5 2017 (Rs. 25,500)
This phone has somewhat similar features to Coolpad Cool1. The phone has an inferior battery capacity of 3340mAh and a 3GB RAM(there’s also 4GB variant) that comes with its custom Kirin 655 CPU clocked at 2.1GHz. The software experience of Huawei’s EMUI is smoother than Coolpad and unlike Coolpad comes with an expandable 32GB storage.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (Rs. 30,000)
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is a superior version of Samsung’s successful J-series lineup. Galaxy J7 Pro is powered by an Exynos 7870 Octa-Core CPU along with a 3GB of RAM. It has a 5.5-inch Full-HD Super AMOLED screen that features better saturation and contrast compared to other phones in the list.
The phone has a 3,600 mAh battery and comes with a fingerprint scanner. The 64GB internal storage is expandable up to 256GB via micro SD card. The handset’s camera doesn’t differ much from many others. At the back, there’s a 13MP camera sensor along with an impressive 13MP selfie camera either.
Xiaomi Mi A1 (Rs. 30,000)
Xiaomi’s Mi A1 is a take on Google’s Android One project on providing stock Android and timely updates. Thanks to the stock Android, the Mi A1 seems like a smartphone from a new brand. The handset runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with, of course, a planned upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo. In terms of camera, the phone isn’t a slouch either. It comes with a dual 12MP telephoto camera, while selfies are assisted by a 5MP camera.
The phone boasts a 5.5-inch Full-HD display while being powered by a 3,080mAh battery. In terms of hardware, the device packs Snapdragon 625 chipset accompanied by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.
HTC Desire 10 Pro (Rs.29,990)
HTC’s Desire 10 Pro is an appropriate choice for those looking for an all-around phone. The metallic rims and a rubbery back of the phone, despite not sounding premium, does feel a perfect choice of materials for grip purpose. The 5.5-inch Full-HD display of the phone is protected with a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 ensuring you a peace of mind.
The major highlight of this phone though tends to be its camera. The 20MP rear camera of the phone comes with f/2.2 camera and laser focus for faster focusing on objects. There’s also a treat for those selfie fanatics; the absurd 13MP front camera will definitely lure in most of the Instagram and Snapchat users. The phone, though, lacks the processing power with rather less powerful Helio P10 chipset from MediaTek, however, to cover the flaw, there’s 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ample internal storage.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Rs. 23,499)
The Redmi 5 Plus is the third device from Xiaomi in this list. This shows the dominance Xiaomi have on the mid-range market in Nepal. And that’s for a reason. The Redmi 5 Plus is a mixture of beautiful design and a powerful hardware, all for a budget-friendly price tag.
The 5.99-inch 18:9 display of the phone is what most people would be looking for this phone. It’s something the aforementioned phones can’t offer. Akin to the Mi A1, the handset houses a Snapdragon 625 chipset but with a downgraded 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Though, that shouldn’t be a much of a problem.
It might be a deal-breaker that the Redmi 5 Plus has only one camera at the back as opposed to the Mi A1’s two. However, the 12MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF could get the job done for the majority of people. The front, though is not surprising; it just boasts an average 5MP sensor for selfies. The battery is where the phone shines the most. It has an impressive 4,000mAh battery, touted to last you a day long of usage. Booting the phone is Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Huawei Y9 2018 ( Rs. 25,900)
While the whole is going crazy about bezel-less displays and dual-cameras, Huawei’s Y9 2018 promises to deliver much more than that, all thanks to its quad-camera setup. The Y9 2018, just like its brother Nova 2i comes with dual-camera setup both at the front and back.
The rear of the phone boasts a 16MP and 2MP camera with f/2.2 aperture — both lenses support PDAF and is accompanied by a LED flash. The front also bears an equally impressive setup. It has 13MP and 2MP f/2.0 lenses for selfies, though, it misses out on LED flash.
The 5.93-inch 18:9 1080p display is also there for your necessities.
Internally, the phone is no slouch either. It comes with Huawei’s Kirin 659 chipset, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The whole phone is powered by a commendable 4,000mAh battery and runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo. Bearing all the specs in mind, the phone totally justifies its price tag.
OnePlus 2 (Rs. 25,000)
Old doesn’t necessarily mean bad. It’s even more true in the case of OnePlus 2. Launched in late 2015, this phone has aged pretty well. OnePlus 2’s Snapdragon 810 processor is still a beast and can handle each and every task, though, the powerful chipset has some heating issues during heavy use. It comes with a 4GB RAM and a 64GB storage.
The best aspect of OnePlus 2 is the design. The build of this phone is premium. You can only appreciate the phone’s build and sturdiness by holding it yourself. The excellent finish and the variety of back cover options make it a delight to the eyes and for daily use.
OnePlus 2 also holds great cameras. The 13MP cameras shoot great detailed photos and the 5MP selfie camera doesn’t disappoint. It is powered by a 3300 mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner at the home button.
There are much more options in the market, and you might prefer other options. But, in order to keep this list short and avoid confusing readers with more options, I have listed my top picks for the price range here.
Let us know which phone you like from the list or any other phones that you might buy at this budget in the comments.