When the price you are paying for a smartphone is more than 30K the compromises you make are minimal. So, here are our Top 5 Smartphones above INR 30,000 in 2016.

Samsung S7/S7 Edge


Even though it was launched at the start of the year, the popularity remained constant throughout the year, so it makes into the list, It offers 2 variant, 1 with a normal screen and other with Edge screen. The recent price drop makes buying this device even sweeter.

Here are the specs of device

  • 5.1/5.5inch 2k/QHD  (2560×1440 pixels)  Super AMOLED always-on screen
  • 577 Pixel Per Inch
  • Snapdragon 820 processor / Exynos 8 Octa 8890 processor (depending on market)
  • 32/64GB ROM plus expandable memory up to 200GB with microSD
  • Android Marshmallow
  • Hybrid SIM (nano + nano/ microSD)
  • 12MP Back Camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture with Smart OIS
  • 5MP front-facing camera, f/1.7 aperture
  • 3000/3600mAh battery with Fast Charging both
  • Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Barometer
  • IP68 rating water and dust resistance
  • 7.9mm thick and 152gm weight
  • 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS with GLONASS, USB 2.0, NFC

Google Pixel/Pixel XL

If the price is not a concern to you, this should be your go-to device, This year Google took a different approach by taking both Hardware and software to their control, resulting in high priced Pixel. The smartphones come with latest and greatest Software, with built-in Assistant. It also has one of the best cameras on the smartphone.screenshot-262

Google Pixel Specs

  • Aluminium unibody and polishes glass combination
  • 5/5.5″ inch Full HD display
  • Snapdragon 821 Quad-core processor clocked at 2.2Ghz
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB/128GB of internal storage
  • Android Nougat
  • 12.3 MP rear camera with 1.55-micron pixel and f/2.0 aperture, video stabilisation
  • 8MP front camera
  • 2,770/3450mAh battery
  • Rear mounted fingerprint scanner
  • 3.5mm  headphone jack, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C port

Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus

The best iPhone ever (sans the 3.5mm jack) backed by a well-optimised software and hardware. Powered by the best A10Fusion processor. The iPhone 7 Plus comes with Dual rear camera, which can take excellent pictures. Also, both new iPhones are now IP67 Rated.

Apple iPhone 7 Specs

  • 4.7″ 1334 x 750 pixels IPS with 3D Touch
  • Quad-core A10 Fusion 64-bit processor
  • 32GB/128GB/256GB storage options
  • 12MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, Quad-LED True Tone flash, 4K video recording at 30 fps, Slo‑mo FullHD at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps
  • 7MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording, Retina Flash
  • iOS 10
  • Water and dust resistant IP67
  • TouchID Fingerprint sensor(2nd gen), Stereo speakers
  • Thickness: 7.1 mm; Weight: 138grams
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS

Huawei P9

Another smartphone in our list with Dual Rear cameras is the Huawei P9 that comes with a 12-megapixel shooter with SUMMARIT lenses, dual LED flash, Laser AF, f/2.2 aperture and captures great pictures. It is also is the first smartphone to be co-engineered with the global iconic camera brand, Leica Camera AG.

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Specs of Huawei P9

  • 5.2″ Full HD AMOLED 2.5D curved glass display
  • 2.5Ghz Octa-Core Kirin 955 processor with Mali T880-MP4 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD card
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 skin
  • 3,000mAh battery with fast charging
  • 12MP dual rear cameras with SUMMARIT lenses, dual LED flash, Laser AF, f/2.2 aperture
  • 8MP front camera, f/2.4 aperture
  • Hybrid Dual SIM
  • Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, Stereo Speakers
  • 6.95mm thick and Weighs 144g
  • 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C

Moto Z

Motorola’s X series was replaced by Moto Z this year which had a different kind of approach with Moto Mods launching alongside, Moto Z comes with a modular design and have attachments that are called as Moto Mods. These Modules can be attached and detached via a 16 magical pin at the rear of the device.

The specs of the device are listed below.


Moto Z Play specifications

  • 5.5″  Full HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and 403ppi
  • 2.0GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 652 processor and Adreno 510 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB internal memory plus expandable up to 2TB with microSD
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Single Nano-SIM
  • 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, Laser Autofocus, PDFA and 1.3um pixel
  • 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash and Wide-Angle lens
  • 3510mAh battery with Turbo charging
  • Fingerprint sensor at the front
  • 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (Dual Band:2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), BT4.0 LE, NFC, USB Type-C port
  • Front loudspeaker,3-mic support
  • Thickness: 6.99mm; Weight: 165g
  • Moto Mods connector support, Water repellent nano-coating

Learn more about Moto Z and Mods.

So that was our Top 5 Smartphones above INR 30,000 (2016). Do let us know which would you pick for yourself, in the comments section. Also, follow us on Twitter @theunbiasedbog for more news and updates.

Fell in love with Android OS from the day I bought my first Smartphone in 2013. A budding Android Developer. Love to write about Android, Tech, and Smartphones. Technology enthusiast addicted to my smartphone, I love clicking photos with my smartphone, traveling and listening to music. Currently using a OnePlus 6T and Ticwatch S.