Best iPhone under ₹30,000

Best iPhone under ₹30,000
The best iPhone available at reasonable prices are very rarely seen selling in the market especially since most of them are discontinued by Apple and hence they are available at a lower price. Officially, Apple’s most affordable iPhone is the iPhone SE 2022 but it’s priced slightly above ₹30000 in India which leaves phones such as the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone 11, to name a few. However, you will most likely only be able to get these via resellers or refurbished sellers. Another way to get an iPhone under ₹30,000 is to wait for special sales like Festive or Prime day sales where you can get iPhone SE or iPhone 11 easily. So, if you’re looking to buy an iPhone, here are the best iPhone under ₹30,000 you can buy today in India.
How we do our research
Our ranking criteria

When creating the guide, we consider the features of each iPhone, including things like the display, camera and storage. We also consider user ratings and reviews.
Things to look for while buying
Before purchasing an iPhone, one must look for features that fulfil their requirements. Choosing from the Apple models might not be an easy task, hence one should look for the specifications and prices of each model and then make a purchase.

Apple iPhone SE (2nd generation)

Best iPhone under ₹30,000
The Apple iPhone SE 2nd generation (also known as iPhone SE 2020) is one of the best iPhones under ₹30,000 you can buy in India. You get the essential iPhone experience with the best-in-class features that Apple is known for. The iPhone SE 2020 features a 4.7-inch Retina display with a classic 16:9 aspect ratio which means there are thick bezels on top and the bottom. The screen has been reinforced with an oleophobic coating to prevent smudges and makes it more durable for use daily. This iPhone SE has a solid build and a design that’s reminiscent of the iPhone 8 lineup. It’s quite thin at 7.3mm and lightweight at 148 grams and is also IP67 rated for protection against dust and water ingress.
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Powered by the A13 Bionic chip (the same one as inside the iPhone 11), you can expect stable and fluid daily performance with efficient battery life. The iPhone SE 2020 is also upgradable to the latest iOS 16.0.2. It’s got a 12-megapixel main camera with OIS and a 7-megapixel selfie camera. There are stereo speakers onboard along with a Touch ID fingerprint reader. You can choose between three colours: Starlight, Midnight and Product Red.

Apple iPhone 11

Best iPhone under ₹30,000
The Apple iPhone 11 is the next best iPhone you can get for under 30000 in India. It features a 6.1-inch Retina display with oleophobic coating and has a metal-glass build measuring 8.3mm and 194 grams. The iPhone 11 is also iP68 rated which protects it against dust and water for up to 2 metres. Under the hood, you will find the A13 Bionic chipset which can power through any and every app or game you throw at it. It’s also upgradable to the latest iOS 16.0.2 version.

There are dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back, a regular main camera with OIS and an ultra-wide sensor with 120-degree FOV. On the front, there’s a 12-megapixel camera alongside the Face ID biometric system. The iPhone 11 can record in 4K UHD at up to 60FPS from both the main and selfie cameras. It’s also got stereo speakers, 18W charging speeds and wireless charging support. The colours on offer are Black, Green, Purple, Red, White and Yellow.

Apple iPhone SE (3rd generation)

Best iPhone under ₹30,000
The Apple iPhone SE 3rd generation (also known as the iPhone SE 2022) is an affordable 5G iPhone that is the successor to the iPhone SE 2020. It’s powered by the same A15 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 so you can be rest assured of stable and powerful performance. It’s got the same durable build and design which comprises an aluminium chassis and Ion-strengthened glass on the front and back. It measures 7.3mm and weighs a meagre 144 grams. The display is the same as on the iPhone 2020 measuring 4.7-inches so it’s very compact and comfortable to hold in hand.
At the time of its launch, it was running iOS 15 and is now upgradable to iOS 16. You get an option to choose between 64GB, 128GB and 256GB of storage variants. There is a 12-megapixel camera on the back with OIS and can record in 4K UHD at upto 60FPS. On the front, there is a 7-megapixel selfie camera that’s good enough for some casual pictures or video calls. The iPhone SE 2022 also has stereo speakers and supports 20W fast charging, however, the charging adapter has to be bought separately.

Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Best iPhone under ₹30,000
The iPhone 12 Mini is yet another iPhone that has now got affordable pricing bringing it under the ₹40,000 mark. It’s got a 5.4-inch Retina OLED display which is both HDR10 and Dolby Vision certified. The iPhone 12 Mini has a Full HD+ resolution display with ceramic glass coating which makes it tough and resistant to scratches and smudges. The aluminium frame is flanked by Gorilla Glass on the front and the back and the 12 Mini is also IP68 rated. Being a compact and lightweight phone, it measures 7.4mm and weighs 135 grams.
The iPhone 12 Mini is powered by the A14 Bionic chip which is really powerful and efficient and works in tandem with the slick iOS 16 interface. The storage variants on offer include a 12-megapixel main camera with OIS and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The rear cameras record in 4K UHD at upto 60FPS and on the front we get a 12-megapixel selfie camera with the Face ID biometrics system. Additionally, the iPhone 12 Mini has stereo speakers and supports 20W fast charging.


Apple iPhone XS

Best iPhone under ₹30,000
The iPhone XS is available for under ₹30,000 with refurbished retailers or local shops so it’s not an easy find. However, if you manage to get one, the iPhone XS is a great affordable iPhone that features a 5.8-inch Retina OLED display surrounded by a stainless steel frame and Gorilla Glass on the front and back. It’s IP68 rated and measures 7.7mm in thickness while weighing 177 grams. The iPhone XS is also one of the few end-of-life iPhones that gets support for the latest version of iOS, iOS 16.0.2 and it is powered by the A12 Bionic chipset.
The cameras on the iPhone XS include a 12-megapixel main camera with OIS and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. The rear cameras can record in 4K UHD at upto 60FPS and on the front, we get a 7-megapixel camera with Face ID. The iPhone XS also has stereo speakers and supports 15W charging speeds.