Price List: Best smartphones under Rs 30,000 in Nepal

Best smartphones under Rs 30,000 in Nepal.
Best smartphones under Rs 30,000 in Nepal.

The budget smartphone market is huge in Nepal. Like in earlier years, 2023 has seen a lot of budget from in and around Rs 30,000 entering the market. These phones, even though popular, are not as good as mid-range or flagship phones but they offer decent all-around performance.

Today we bring you a list of the eight best smartphones under Rs 30,000 that are popular in Nepal.

List of smartphones

1Xiaomi Redmi 12Rs 20,999 (8/256GB)
2POCO M5Rs 20,499 (4/64GB)
Rs 23,999 (6/128GB)
3Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 4GRs 22,999 (4/128GB)
Rs 24,999 (6/128GB)
Rs 27,999 (8/256)
4Samsung Galaxy A14 5GRs 27,999 (6/128GB)
Rs 29,999 (8/128GB)
5Vivo Y36Rs 28,999 (8/128GB)
6Realme 10 4GRs 29,999 (8/128GB)
7Redmi Note 12 5GRs 29,999 (6/128GB)
8Samsung Galaxy A24 Rs 28,999 (6/128GB)

1. Xiaomi Redmi 12

Xiaomi Redmi 12. Photo: Xiaomi Global
Xiaomi Redmi 12. Photo: Xiaomi Global
DimensionsHeight: 168.60mm
Width: 76.28mm
Thickness: 8.17mm
Weight: 198.5g
Display size6.79-inch
Display typeIPS LCD DotDisplay
Resolution1,080 x 2,460
Refresh rateUp to 90Hz
IP ratingIP53 dust and splash resistance
ChipsetMediaTek Helio G88
12nm manufacturing process
2 x Arm Cortex-A75 @ 2GHz
6 x Arm Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
GPUArm Mali-G52
OSMIUI 14 based on Android 13
RAM6 GB | 8 GB
Storage128 GB | 256 GB
Supports expandable storage: up to 1 TB
Rear camera50MP main camera, f/1.8
8MP ultra-wide camera, 120° FOV, f/2.2
2MP macro camera, f/2.4
Selfie camera8 MP, f/2.1
Wi-Fi2.4 GHz | 5 GHz
SIMSIM1 + Hybrid* (SIM or MicroSD)
*Hybrid slot can be used either for a second SIM or a MicroSD card(1TB expandable)
Audio3.5 mm headphone jack
SecuritySide fingerprint sensor
AI face unlock
Battery5,000mAh (typ)
Charging18W fast charging
Fingerprint (side-mounted)
ColoursSky Blue | Polar Silver | Midnight Black
PriceRs 17,999 (6/128GB)
Rs 20,999 (8/256GB)

First on the list of the best smartphones under Rs 30,000 is the Xiaomi Redmi 12.

The Redmi 12 presents an elegant glass design housing a triple camera system. Slim at 8.17mm, it flaunts a 6.79-inch FHD+ DotDisplay with adaptive refresh rates. Powered by MediaTek Helio G88, it offers 6GB/128 GB and 8GB/256 GB memory options.

Its camera array includes 50MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, and 2MP macro cameras. An 8MP front camera complements the setup. The phone boasts a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging and supports dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, and dual SIM or expandable storage. The Redmi 12 also integrates a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, AI face unlock, accelerometer, and E-compass.

Sky Blue | Polar Silver | Midnight Black colour option in Redmi 12. Photo: Mi Global
Photo: Mi Global

Available in Sky Blue, Polar Silver, and Midnight Black, the Redmi 12 starts at Rs 17,999 for the 6/128 GB option and Rs 20,999 for the 8/256 GB option. It is arguably the best budget smartphone given the specs and the price.

2. POCO M5

Photo: Mi
DimensionsHeight: 163.99mm
Width: 76.09mm
Thickness: 8.9mm
Display size6.58-inch
Display typeFHD+ DotDrop display
Resolution1,080 x 2,408 (FHD+)
Refresh rate90 Hz
Touch sampling rate240 Hz
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
OSMIUI 13 for POCO, based on Android 12
ChipsetMediaTek Helio G99 (6nm)
CPUOcta-core CPU, 2x Performance core (A76-based), 2.2GHz 6x Efficiency cores (A55-based), 2.0GHz
GPUArm Mali-G57 MC2
RAM4 GB | 6 GB
Storage64 GB | 128 GB
Selfie camera8MP
Rear cameraWide camera: 50MP primary camera
Macro camera: 2MP
Depth camera: 2MP
Fingerprint sensorSide-mounted fingerprint sensor
BluetoothBluetooth 5.3
Wifi2.4G Wi-Fi / 5G Wi-Fi
Audio3.5mm audiojack
SensorsAmbient light sensor | Proximity sensor | E-compass | Accelerometer | Gyroscope | Hall sensor | Barometer | Fingerprint scanner
Battery5,000mAh (typ) lithium-ion polymer
Charging22.5W inbox supports 18W
USB type C
ColoursBlack | Green | Yellow
Prices4/64GB: Rs 20,499
6/128GB: Rs 23,999 

Next up on the list of smartphones under Rs 30,000 is the POCO M5. The POCO M5 showcases a sleek design with a textured plastic back for improved grip. Its rear boasts a square camera module housing three cameras and an LED flash, while the display offers a 6.58-inch FHD+ DotDrop screen with 1,080 x 2,408 resolution, and a 90Hz refresh rate, and is safeguarded by Gorilla Glass.

Under the hood, the POCO M5 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G99 processor featuring an octa-core CPU and Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. It operates on the MIUI 13 interface, built upon Android 12. Users can opt for 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM paired with 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, expandable up to 1 TB via MicroSD. The camera system encompasses a 50MP main sensor, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensors, while the front camera offers 8MP. The device houses a 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. It is available in black, green, and yellow colour options.

The POCO M5 costs Rs 20,499 for the 4/64 GB option and Rs 23,999 for the 6/182 GB option in Nepal.

3. Redmi Note 12 4G

Xiaomi Redmi 12. Photo: Xiaomi Nepal
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 4G. Photo: Xiaomi Nepal
Dimensions165.66 x 75.96 x 7.85mm
Display6.67 inches, AMOLED DotDisplay, FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080 pixels), 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
OSMIUI 14 on top of Android 13
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G (6nm)
CPUOcta-core (2×2.8 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 6×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver)
GPUAdreno 610
RAM4 GB | 6GB | 8 GB
Storage128 GB | 256 GB
Rear camera50MP main camera
8MP ultra-wide camera
2MP macro camera
Selfie camera13MP
Battery5,000 mAh
Charging 33 W wired
SensorProximity sensor | Ambient light sensor | Accelerometer | Electronic compass | IR blaster |Gyroscope
ColoursOnyx Gray
Ice Blue
Mint Green
PriceRs 22,999 (4/128GB)
Rs 24,999 (6/128GB)
Rs 27,999 (8/256GB)

The next smartphone is again from Redmi, the Redmi 12 4G. The Redmi Note 12 4G is a 6.67-inch smartphone with a sleek and lightweight design. The display is an AMOLED DotDisplay with FHD+ resolution (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) and a 120Hz refresh rate. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 4G chipset, which is fabricated on a 6nm process along with an Adreno 610 GPU. The phone comes in three RAM configurations: 4 GB, 6 GB, and 8 GB, accompanied by storage choices of 128 GB or 256 GB. The camera setup on the Redmi Note 12 4G consists of a 50MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro camera. Selfies are captured through a 13MP front camera. The phone is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with 33W wired charging.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12. Photo: Xiaomi Nepal
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12. Photo: Xiaomi Nepal

The Redmi Note 12 4G is available in three colours: Onyx Gray, Ice Blue, and Mint Green. Prices start at Rs 22,999 for the 4GB/128 GB variant, Rs 24,999 for the 6GB/128 GB model, and Rs 27,999 for the 8GB/256 GB configuration.

4. Samsung Galaxy A14 5G

Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Photo: Samsung India
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G. Photo: Samsung India
DimensionsWidth: 78mm
Height: 167.7mm
Weight: 202 grams
Display6.6-inch, IPS LCD, 90hz
SimDual sims
Resolution1,080 x 2,408 (FHD+)
OSOne UI based on Android 13
ChipsetExynos 1330
GPUMali-G68 MC4
Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB | 8 GB
Selfie camera13 MP, f/2.0
Rear camera50MP primary
2MP macro
2MP depth
ColoursDark red, black and light green
PriceRs 27,999 (6/128GB)
Rs 29,999 (8/128GB)

Of course, a listicle isn’t complete without a Samsung smartphone. This year the A series from Samsung is getting the hype in the Nepali market with the Samsung A14 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A14 5G. Photo: Samsung
Photo: Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy A14 5G stands apart with its distinctive design, notably featuring a 6.6-inch rounded display. This IPS LCD panel boasts 16M colours and a full HD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,408. The smartphone is equipped with a triple camera setup on its back and features a waterdrop notch on the front.

The camera system includes a 50MP primary camera, accompanied by 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensors. The smartphone is powered by the Exynos 1330 octa-core chip, paired with a Mali-G68 MC4 GPU. It is available with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, expandable up to 1 TB via an SD card slot. The battery capacity is of 5,000mAh and colour options include dark red, light green, and black.

The price of the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G for the 6/128 GB option is Rs 27,999 and Rs 29,999 for the 8/128 GB option.

5. Vivo Y36

Vivo Y36. Photo: Vivo Nepal
Vivo Y36. Photo: Vivo Nepal
Dimensions164.06 × 76.17 × 8.07 mm
Weight202 grams
Display size6.64-inch
Display typeIPS LCD
Resolution1,080 x 2,388 (FHD+)
Refresh rate90Hz
IP ratingIP54 dust and water resistant
ChipsetSnapdragon 680
CPUOcta-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver)
GPUMali-G57 MC2
OSFuntouch OS 13 (Based on Android 13)
Storage128 GB
Selfie camera16MP
Rear camera50MP main camera
2MP depth camera
Wi-Fi2.4 GHz/5 GHz
BluetoothBluetooth 5.1
Battery5,000 mAh (typ)
Charging44W wired
Ambient light sensor
Proximity Sensor
Gyroscope (Entity)
ColoursMeteor Black | Vibrant Gold
PriceRs. 28,999 (8/128GB)

The Vivo Y36 features a matte glossy finish in black and a shiny texture-like finish in gold. The dual-camera setup sits within a curved rectangular frame called a fantasy frame. The 6.64-inch IPS LCD display boasts a 1,080 x 2,388 pixels resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and 650 nits peak brightness.

Vivo Y36. Photo: Vivo Nepal
Vivo Y36. Photo: Vivo Nepal

The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 680 chipset with an octa-core CPU and runs Funtouch OS 13 based on Android 13. It offers 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage, with an option to add 8 GB more via virtual memory and expand storage through a Micro SD card. The camera setup includes a 50MP wide lens and a 2MP depth sensor on the back whereas the 16MP front camera handles selfies. The phone boasts a 5,000mAh battery with 44W wired charging, IP54 dust and water resistance, and dual SIM functionality.

The smartphone is available in Meteor Black and Vibrant Gold, with the 8/128 GB variant priced at Rs 28,999 in Nepal.

6. Realme 10 4G

Realme 10 4G. Photo: Realme
Realme 10 4G. Photo: Realme
DimensionsLength: 159.9mm
Width: 73.3mm
Depth: 7.95mm
Weight178 grams
Display size6.4-inch
Display type90Hz super AMOLED display
Resolution1,080 x 2,400
Refresh rate90Hz
OSRealme UI 3.0 based on Android 12
RAM8GB (can be expanded up to 16GB using DRE technology)
ChipsetHelio G99 chipset
Rear camera50MP main camera
2MP depth camera
Selfie camera16MP selfie camera
Charger33W SUPERVOOC Charge
Buttons and ports3.5mm Headset jack
2 nano sim card slots
Type-C Port
2 microphones
1 speaker
Power button
Volume buttons
SensorsMagnetic induction sensor
Light sensor
Proximity sensor
Acceleration sensor
ColoursClash white and rush black
PriceRs 29,999 (8/128GB)

The Realme 10 4G has a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with a 1,080 x 2,400 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, guarded by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Fueling performance is the Helio G99 chipset, an octa-core CPU, and ARM G57 MC2 GPU, suitable for demanding games and tasks.

Realme 10. photo: Realme
Realme 10. photo: Realme

The smartphone’s camera setup comprises a 50MP main camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The smartphone on the rear has a 50MP sensor and a 16MP front camera. The 5,000mAh battery supports the smartphone’s extended usage, with the 33W SUPERVOOC charger enabling a swift 50 per cent charge in 28 minutes. The device offers a single speaker, a 3.5mm headset jack, dual nano SIM slots, and a type-C port.

It is priced at Rs 29,999 in Nepal with two colour options of Clash white and Rush black.

7. Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Photo: Xiaomi India
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G. Photo: Xiaomi India
DimensionsHeight: 165.88mm
Width: 76.21mm
Depth: 7.98mm
Weight: 188g
Display6.67-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
SimDual sims
Resolution1,080 x 2,400 pixels
OSMIUI 13 based on Android 12
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon® 4 Gen 1
GPUAdreno 619
Selfie camera13MP (F2.45)
Rear camera48MP Main camera (F1.8)
8MP Ultra wide camera (F2.2)
2MP Macro camera(F2.4)
SensorsAmbient Light
Sensor E Compass
Side Mounted Fingerprint Scanner
ColoursFrosted green, matte black, mystique blue
PriceRs 29,999 (6/128GB)
Rs 31,999 (8/256GB)

The next smartphone on the list is the Redmi Note 12 5G. It features a 6.67-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with 1,200 nits brightness, IP53 splash and dust resistance, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The rear camera setup on the smartphone includes a 48MP Main camera, an 8MP Ultra-wide camera and a 2MP Macro camera whereas the front includes a 13MP selfie camera.

Redmi Note 12 5G Photo: Xiaomi
Redmi Note 12 5G Photo: Xiaomi

The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon® 4 Gen 1 chipset and Adreno™ 619 GPU. A 5,000 mAh li-polymer battery supports 33W max charging, facilitated by the provided 33W fast charger. The device includes a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, ambient light and proximity sensors, and a hybrid SIM slot, accommodating dual 5G SIM connectivity.

It is available in three colour options; frosted green, matte black and mystique blue. The smartphone costs Rs 29,999 for the 6/128 GB option in Nepal.

8. Samsung Galaxy A24

Samsung Galaxy A24. Photo: Samsung
Samsung Galaxy A24. Photo: Samsung
Dimensions162.1×77.6×8.3 mm
Weight195 grams
Display size6.5-inch
Display typeSuper AMOLED
Resolution1,080 X 2,340 (FHD+)
Refresh rate90Hz
ChipsetMediatek Helio G99 (6nm)
GPUMali-G57 MC2
CPUOcta-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
OSAndroid 13, One UI 5.1
RAM6 GB | 8 GB
Storage128 GB
Selfie camera13MP
Rear cameraMain camera: 50MP
Ultrawide camera: 5MP
Macro: 2MP
BatteryLi-Po 5,000 mAh
Charging25W wired
SensorsAccelerometer, fingerprint sensor, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, light sensor, virtual proximity sensing
ColoursBlack, silver, green
PriceRs 28,999 (6/128GB)
Rs 31,999 (8/128GB)

Last on the list and one of the best is the Samsung Galaxy A24. It has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and a 90Hz refresh rate.

Under the hood, the smartphone has a MediaTek Helio G99 (6nm) chipset and Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. The smartphone comes in two RAM options, 6 GB and 8 GB paired with 128 GB of storage, expandable through a dedicated MicroSD card slot.

The camera setup features a 50MP main camera, 5MP ultrawide lens, and 2MP macro lens on the rear, with OIS for improved stability with a 13MP front camera. The smartphone houses a 5000mAh non-removable battery with 25W charging support and features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, compass, and virtual proximity sensor. The Samsung Galaxy A24 supports dual SIMs and offers a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy A24. Photo: Samsung
Samsung Galaxy A24. Photo: Samsung

It comes in black, green, and silver colour options. The price of the Samsung Galaxy A24 for the 6/128 GB option in Nepal is Rs 28,999.

So these are the list of 8 best smartphones under Rs 30,000 in Nepal as of August 2023. There are sure to be new and more exciting smartphones on the way along with a lot of new smartphones bringing in power-packed performance in the year 2024.

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