11 Best Smartphones under Rs. 30,000 in Nepal

As the base price for the flagship smartphones has peaked above Rs. 100K, more and more smartphone companies are also competing for the mid-range budget smartphones under 30000 or Rs. 30,000-40,000. Previously ruled by Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, Honor, Vivo, and OPPO, Samsung has recently entered this segment with its new Galaxy M and A-series smartphones. However, it’s always difficult to choose from the similar-looking smartphones, both in design and specs wise. And here’s why we have gathered all the top smartphones under 30000 in Nepal in this post.

Best smartphones under 30000 in Nepal 2020 to buy

To compile this list and rank the smartphones under Rs. 30000, we have considered the following things:

  • Camera quality
  • Mechanical moving parts (like pop-up cameras)
  • Processing power
  • Brand recognition
  • Battery capacity
  • Display tech and resolution
  • Release date and OS version
  • Adoption of waterdrop design or regular larger notches

Best Smartphones Under 30000 in Nepal in 2020

Smartphones under Rs. 30000 in Nepal 2020 Price in Nepal 2020
Redmi Note 8 Pro (New Release) Rs. 26,999 (6/64GB)
Rs. 29,999 (6/128GB)
Samsung Galaxy M30s (New Release) Rs. 27,990 24,399 (4/64GB)
Xiaomi Mi A3 (New Release) Rs. 27,999 (6/128GB)
Honor 9X (New Release) Rs. 29,990 (6/128GB)
Nokia 7.2 (New Release) Rs. 23,999 (4/64GB) (11% straight OFF)
Vivo S1 (New Release) Rs. 26,990 (4/128GB)
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Rs. 29,999 (6/128GB)
Samsung Galaxy M40 Rs. 36,190 25,499 (6/128GB)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Rs. 24,999 (6/64GB) / Rs. 25,999 (6/128GB)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Rs. 26,999 (4/128GB)
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Rs. 29,070 (4/128GB)
OPPO A5 2020 (New Release) Rs. 27,990 25,000 (4/128GB)
Samsung Galaxy A50 Rs. 29,999 26,700 (4/64GB)
Vivo Y17 Rs. 27,920 25,190
Mentionable Smartphones under 30000 in Nepal 2020
OPPO F11 Rs. 35,490 31,490
OPPO A7 Rs. 27,990
Honor 8X (Honor View 10 Lite) Rs. 27,875 25,300 (4/64GB) / Rs. 29,327 (4/128GB)
Nokia 6.1 Plus (Nokia X6) Rs. 25,150 24,959 (4/64 GB)

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11Vivo Y17

Vivo Y17 is an upgrade to the company 2013’s low-end Y15 smartphones. The phone performs better for the price range in the camera department with a triple-camera setup camera on its back. The main camera module is 13MP, f/2.2, while the other two are an 8MP, f/2.2 ultrawide lens, and a 2MP, f/2.4 depth sensor. On the front, a 20MP, f/2.0 selfie camera is housed by waterdrop notch.

However, the Y17 is a disappointment considering the display and processing power. The handset has a mediocre 6.35-inch with a 720-by-1544 resolution display and is powered by MediaTek Helio P35 chipset. But with a combination of 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage, priced 2K lower than for  Honor 8X’s similar memory variant, the Y17 could probably compensate for the disappointment for non-gamers.

Why should you buy?

  • Decent camera quality
  • Enough storage space
  • Less-distracting notch
  • Recently released, increasing the chances of getting newer versions of Android in the future.
Release Date April 2019
Display 6.35 inches, HD+ (720 x 1544 pixels)
Chipset MediaTek Helio P35 (12nm)
Memory 4GB RAM, 128GB (ROM) internal storage, expandable via dedicated slot up to 256GB
Primary Camera 13MP, f/2.2, 8MP, f/2.2 (Ultrawide), 2MP, f/2.4 (depth sensor), LED Flash, HDR
Secondary Camera 20MP, f/2.0
OS Android One 9.0 (Pie), Funtouch 9
Battery 5000mAh, 18W Fast Charging
Color Availability Mineral Blue, Mystic Purple, Peach Pink, Peacock Blue
Other Features Fingerprint Sensor (Rear-Mounted), Dual SIM, 4G Support, Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Vivo Y17 Price in Nepal 2019 Rs. 25,190

10
OPPO A5 2020

Recently launched OPPO A5 2020 (alongside OPPO A9 2020) is straight upgrade to the last year’s A5 but still, the A5 (2020) could have been more competing with the features. The A5 2020 does try to impress the smartphone enthusiasts with its larger 6.5 inches display with a water-drop notch, quad rear cameras (12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP) and massive 5000mAh battery with reverse charging.

But little did it know, the A5 2020 miserably failed with 720p display, SD665, MicroUSB, and 8MP selfie shooter. As you see the A5 2020 and the Mi A3 have similar flaws —poor screen resolution and low-tier SoC—  but Mi A3 covers this over better selfie sensor, more memory, and of course, swift Android One.

Why should you buy?

  • Decent rear cameras
  • Reverse charging
  • Massive battery
Release Date Sep 2019
Display 6.5 inches, IPS LCD, HD+ (720 x 1600 pixels)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (11nm)
Memory 4GB RAM, 128GB (ROM) internal storage, expandable via dedicated slot up to 256GB
Primary Camera 12MP, f/1.8 + 8MP, f/2.3 (ultra-wide) + 2MP, f/2.4 (depth) + 2MP, f/2.4 (mono)
Secondary Camera 8MP, f/2.0
OS Android 9.0 (Pie),
Battery 5000mAh, Reverse Charging
Color Availability Mirror Black, Dazzling White
Other Features Fingerprint Sensor (Rear-Mounted), Dual SIM, 4G Support, Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, microUSB 2.0
OPPO A5 2020 Price in Nepal Rs. 27,990 25,000 (4/128GB)

9Samsung Galaxy A50

The Galaxy A50 shares a similar design approach with the other A-series family smartphones, glass-like plastic body, waterdrop notch and little chin at the bottom. However, there are noticeable upgrades to the display size, processing power, and rear camera.

The handset has a 6.4-inch tall 1080-by-2340 resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio display, with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The A50 packs an in-house Exynos 9610 chipset with Mali-G72 MP3 as a graphics processing component. Besides, the phone sports a decent triple camera combination on its back; a 25MP as the main camera module, an 8MP for ultrawide aid, and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, teardrop notch confines a 25MP selfie camera.

Why should you buy?                  

  • Decent Chipset
  • Sweet triple-camera combination
  • Brand value
  • Under-display fingerprint scanner
Release Date Feb 2019
Display 6.4 inches, FHD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels)
Chipset Octa-core Exynos 9610 (10nm)
Memory 4GB RAM, 64GB (ROM) internal storage, expandable via dedicated slot up to 1TB
Primary Camera 25MP, f/1.7 + 8MP, f/2.2, ultrawide + 5MP, f/2.2 (Depth sensor), LED Flash, HDR
Secondary Camera 25MP, f/2.0
OS Android One 9.0 (Pie), OneUI
Battery 4000mAh, 15W Fast Charging
Color Availability Black, Blue, White, Coral
Other Features Fingerprint Sensor (under-display), Dual SIM, 4G Support, Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Type-C reversible connector
Samsung Galaxy A50 Price in Nepal 2020 Rs. 29,999 26,700

8Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is the latest installment for mid-range phones from Huawei. And it actually soars to be one of the best smartphones under the 30000 price segment in Nepal. In fact, the phone could rank #1 rank, only its the best highlighting feature mechanical pop-up camera hadn’t become the primary issue for the Nepali dusty and polluted environment.

Besides, the phone is a power-pack, powered by the company’s Kirin 710F (12nm) chipset and accompanied by 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, which can be further expanded to 512GB. The Y9 Prime 2019 houses an all-screen 6.59-inches Full HD+ display with a little chin on the bottom. To explore more about the phone check out: Why Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 could be the best mid-range smartphone?

Release Date May 2019
Display 6.59 inches, IPS LCD, 2340 x 1080 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio
OS Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9 skin
Chipset Hisilicon Kirin 710F (12nm)
Memory 4 GB RAM, 128GB storage, expandable up to 512GB
Front camera Motorized 16MP pop-up camera
Rear camera 16 MP, f/1.8 + 8 MP (ultra-wide)+ 2 MP, f/2.4
Battery 4000 mAh
Misc Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted), USB Type-C, Ambient light sensor, Gravity sensor, Digital compass, Gyroscope sensor
Colors Midnight Black, Emerald Green, Sapphire Blue
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 Price In Nepal Rs. 29,070

7Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 & 7 Pro 

Redmi Note 7 is, undoubtedly, the best contender, whether it be the price range under 25000, or under 30000. The handset comes in three variants, for under 25000, Redmi Note 7’s 3/32GB and 4/64GB variants are unbeatable and so is 4/128GB variants for under 30000.

However, recently made available, Redmi Note 7 Pro— with 6GB of whopping RAM and 128GB internal storage— tops all the game with extra RAM and storage added to Redmi Note 7. All these three variants of Redmi Note 7 and the 7 Pro have identical design and specs, the powerful combo of 48MP + 5MP dual rear camera, FHD+ 6.3-inch display, and 4000mAh battery. Except the Note 7 Pro also sees an upgrade on the processing side with Snapdragon 675 (11nm architect) to Redmi Note 7’s Snapdragon 660 (14nm architect). 

You can’t go wrong with either of Redmi Note 7 or 7 Pro, given your memory and storage requirements. Choose freely.

Why should you buy?

  • Powerful camera setup
  • FHD+ screen
  • Better performing SoC
  • Enough internal storage capacity
Release Date Redmi Note 7: Jan 2019 Redmi Note 7 Pro: March 2019
Display 6.3 inches, FHD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels)
Chipset Redmi Note 7: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (14nm) Redmi Note 7 Pro: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 (11nm)
Memory 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB (ROM) internal storage, expandable up to 512GB (dedicated slot)
Primary Camera 48MP, f/1.8, and 5MP, f/2.4 (depth sensor), Dual-LED Flash, PDAF, HDR
Secondary Camera 13MP, f/2.2
OS Android 9.0 Pie, MIUI 10 skin
Battery 4000mAh
Color Availability Redmi Note 7: Black, Blue Redmi Note 7 Pro: Nebula Blue, Nebula Red
Miscellaneous Fingerprint (Rear-mounted), Dual SIM, 4G Support, Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Type-C Reversible Connector
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Price in Nepal 2020 Rs. 26,999 (4/128GB)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Price in Nepal 2020 Rs. 24,999 (4/64GB)
Rs. 26,999 (6/64GB)
Rs. 29,999 (6/128GB)

Nokia is in love with Google, yeah, it seems so! Because recently all of the Nokia phones in the market come with bloatware-free stock Android one out of the box and Nokia 7.2 is no exception. And this guarantees 2 years of software updates and 3 years of security patches, which adds real value to the phone making it one of the best smartphones t buy under 30000 in Nepal.

Other than the delicious Android One, the Nokia 7.2 does justify its price with 48MP + 8MP dual rear cameras, 20MP front-facing camera, and Gorilla Glass 3 protected FHD+ display. However, the phone does fail to impress with mediocre SD660 chipset and 3500mAh battery.

The Nokia 7.2 available in the Nepali market is of 4/64Gb variant and is priced at a very reasonable price of Rs. 23,999. Read Nokia 7.2’s detailed initial impression here to discover if the device suits your requirements or not.

Why should you buy?

  • Delicious Android One
  • Decent camera quality
  • Reasonable price when compared to the global market price
Launch Date 2019, September
Body Built Front/black Gorilla Glass 3, Aluminum Frame
Display 6.3 inches LCD, 1080×2280 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 660
CPU Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPU Adreno 512
OS Android 9.0 Pie, Android One
CPU 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, expandable up to 512GB (dedicated slot)
Rear Camera 48MP f/1.8, 8MP f/2.2, 5MP depth sensor
Front Camera 20MP, f/2.0
USB 2.0, Type-C
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3500mAh battery
Nokia 7.2 Price in Nepal Rs. 23,999 for 4/64GB (with 11% discount)

The S1 is the Vivo’s latest take on the smartphones under 40000 price segment in Nepal. The phone comes with eye-pleasing gradients and patterns on the back and a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ display on the front.

There is a dewdrop notch, that confines 32MP selfie camera, to improve your immersive viewing experience, however, the chin at the bottom gives off. Sporting the first of the Helio P65 chipset, the device comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which can further be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.

On the camera department, there is nothing sort of amazing, as it houses a mediocre 16MP + 8MP + 5MP triple cameras on the back. On paper, it looks great, but performance-wise, the cameras don’t live up to it. The Vivo S1 comes with FunTouch OS 9 atop Android 9.0 Pie and packs a 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.

Why should you buy?

  • Mesmerizing design
  • Good battery size
  • Decent performance

Vivo S1 Specifications

  • Release Date: July 2019 (Global)
  • Display: 6.38 inches, Super AMOLED FHD + (1080 × 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • CPU: MediaTek Helio P65
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Internal Storage: 128 GB, expandable up to 256 GB via a dedicated microSD card slot
  • Rear Camera: 16MP, f/1.78 (primary) + 8MP, f/2.2 (ultra-wide) + 2MP, f/2.4 (depth sensor)
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0
  • OS: FunTouch OS 9 atop Android 9.0 Pie
  • Battery: 4500mAh, 18W fast charging
  • Colors: Cosmic Green, Skyline Blue
  • Features: E-Compass, Light Sensor, under-display fingerprint scanner, Proximity, Gravity, Accelerometer

Vivo S1 Price in Nepal: Rs. 28,990 26,990 (4/128GB)

4 Xiaomi Mi A3

Despite features packed for affordable prices, if the bloatware-d MIUI OS is stopping you to buy Xiaomi handsets, wait, Xiaomi has an answer to that; Mi A3. The A-series lineup from Xiaomi, from the start, has pure stock Android running in its veins and so Mi A3 is no different and what makes it appealing.

Everything on Mi A3 would be shiny and glittery (for the price it is sold for) only if it hadn’t gone with the HD+ display and low-tier Snapdragon 665 chipset. But still, Android 9.0 (Android One) out of the box which guarantees up to (at least) two years of software upgrades and an extra year of security patches saves the day. Not to forget, dual-glass back design and a capable 48MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera setup with 32MP selfie shooter.

If you are in a dilemma whether or not to buy this Android One smartphone, this Xiaomi Mi A3 impression post should help.

Why should you buy?

  • Sweetness of Android One
  • Capable cameras setup
  • Impressive build quality and design
Display
Size 6.08 inches
Resolution HD+ 720x 1560 pixels
Performance
CPU Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz + 4×1.8 GHz), Snapdragon 665
RAM 4 GB, 6 GB
Storage
Internal memory 64 GB, 128 GB
External memory Up to 256 GB (shared SIM card slot)
Camera
Primary camera 48MP (f/1.8) + 8MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4)
Secondary camera 32MP, f/2.0
Others
Battery Capacity 4030 mAH, Non-removable, 18W fast charging
Operating system Android 9.0 Pie; Android One
Xiaomi Mi A3 Price in Nepal Rs. 27,999 (6/128GB)

3 Samsung Galaxy M40

First seen back in June, the Galaxy M40 is first in the M-series family to sport an unobtrusive punch-hole display. The 6.3 inches Super AMOLED display on M30 is of 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution. Design-wise, given the plastic panel (disguised in glass finish), drops the weight of the device down to 168g.

Under the hood, Snapdragon S75 (11nm) powers the phone coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which can further be expanded up to 1TB via a shared SIM slot. And speaking of the cameras, a combination of 32MP + 8MP + 5MP rest on the back whereas the punch-hole houses a 16MP sensor. The handset is fueled by 3500mAh capable of 15W fast charging.

Why should you buy?

  • Decent SoC
  • Unobtrusive punch-hole display
  • Enough of memory packed
Release Date June 2019
Display 6.3 inches,  PLS TFT Full HD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, 11nm
Memory 4/6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, expandable up to 1TB
Primary Camera Triple-camera setup;
  • 32MP, f/1.7, PDAF
  • 8MP, f/2.2, Ultrawide, PDAF
  • 5MP, f/2.2, depth lens
Secondary Camera Punch-hole 16MP, f/2.0
OS Android 9.0 Pie, OneUI Skin
Battery 3500mAh, 15W Fast Charging
Color Availability Seawater Blue and Midnight Blue
Miscellaneous Rear-mounted Fingerprint Sensor, Dual SIM, 4G Support, Rear Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass
Samsung Galaxy M40 Price in Nepal Rs. 36,190 29,990 25,499 (6/128GB)

2 Samsung Galaxy M30s

Well, Samsung is not stopping, obviously. Just when thought Xiaomi and Realme are about to take over the mid-range smartphone category, Samsung respawned its Galaxy M30 and added a little spice to bring Galaxy M30s. The main aspects where the M30s is better than M30 are improved camera and increased battery capacity, rest is almost the same.

Check out more on how Galaxy M30s is different than the Galaxy M30. Also, since the M30s launched recently than the M40, it does top the Galaxy M40, too, in many areas. The Super AMOLED display, massive battery, and higher resolution rear cameras sure make the M30s better than M40, except for the M30s Exynos 9611 that lags behind the SD675 on M40 and a missing punch-hole display on M30s.

Why should you buy?

  • Convincing camera setup
  • FHD+ Super AMOLED screen
  • Massive battery
Release Date September 2019
Display 6.4 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 411 ppi, Super AMOLED
Performance Octa-core Exynos 9611, 10nm
Memory 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, or 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, 1TB storage expansion (dedicated slot)
Camera 48MP, f/2.0 + 8MP (ultrawide), f/2.2 + 5MP (depth), f/2.2 on the back 16MP, f/2.0 on the front
Battery 6000mAh, 15W
Others Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, gyro, compass, proximity, accelerometer
Colors Opal Black, Sapphire Blue, and Pearl White
Samsung Galaxy M30s Price in Nepal Rs. 27,990 24,399 (4/64GB)

1Redmi Note 8 Pro | #1 Smartphones under 30000 in Nepal 2020

Redmi Note lineup is a hit and recently, to continue the tradition, Xiaomi launched another iteration to the lineup; Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Note 8 Pro is a successor to the early-2019’s Redmi Note 7 Pro.

The phone comes in a solid dual-glass design with a 1080-by-2340p 6.53-inch IPS LCD display and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. On the back, there is a 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP  quad-camera setup, making it the first phone in Nepal to sport a 64MP camera. And on the fascia, there is a 20MP selfie camera confined in a dew-drop notch.

Under the hood, the Note 8 Pro packs an Helio G90T, a gaming-centered chipset from MediaTek, aided by Mali-G76MC4 on the graphics side. And to boost the gaming part, the phone is fueled by a 4500mAh battery and comes with an 18W fast charger brick. 

The Note 8 Pro comes in three different memory variants; 6/64GB base model, 6/128GB and 8/128GB. It is worth mentioning, the device, despite running on an unpopular MediaTek processor, is actually better than all the handsets featuring Snapdragon or Exynos processors in this price segment. Check out the comparison on how well MediaTek Helio G90T on Redmi Note 8 Pro performs better than Snapdragon 712 on Realme XT!

Why should you buy?

  • Elegant design
  • Powerful (first in Nepal) 64MP quad-camera setup
  • Gaming-centered chipset
  • IP52 rating

Redmi Note 8 Pro Specifications

Display
Size 6.53 inches
Resolution FHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels
Performance
CPU Dual-core, Cortex-A76 + Hexa Core, Cortex-A55, MediaTek Helio G90T
RAM 6 GB, and 8 GB
Storage
Internal memory 64 GB, 128 GB
External memory Up to 256 GB (shared SIM slot)
Camera
Primary camera 64MP (f/1.8) + 8MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4) + 2MP (f/2.4)
Secondary camera 20MP, f/2.0
Others
Battery Capacity 4,500mAH, Non-removable
Operating system MIUI 10, Android 9.0 Pie
Redmi Note 8 Pro Price in Nepal Rs. 26,999 (6/64GB)
Rs. 29,999 (6/128GB)
Rs. 32,999 (8/128GB)

So, what do you think about the phones we have listed and ranked for this “best smartphones under 30000 in Nepal” category? Did we miss any other note-worthy smartphones? If yes, please do let us know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: The prices for the smartphones are subjected to change at any given time, however, we will update in a regular manner!

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