Thanks to the advancements in technology, even mid-range smartphones today offer a great overall experience. However, if you’re willing to stretch your budget a little further, there are plenty of choices available in the sub-Rs 40,000 price segment. From maxed-out variants of mid-range smartphones to proper flagships, there’s something for everyone. If that has piqued your interest and you’ve been planning to buy a smartphone for quite some time, here are some of the best options available under Rs 40,000 right now.
OnePlus 6 is undeniably the most popular smartphone in this price segment. Having a starting price of Rs 34,999, OnePlus’ 2018 ‘flagship killer’ is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM. There’s also 64GB of internal storage, but no microSD card support. Up front, you get a 6.28-inch notched display with a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and 19:9 aspect ratio. Being an Optic AMOLED panel, it features deep blacks and rich contrast levels.
For imaging, OnePlus 6 has a dual-camera system at the back, comprised of a 16-megapixel sensor and a 20-megapixel sensor. There’s also a 16-megapixel selfie camera on-board. All modern connectivity options are there, and a 3,300mAh battery (with OnePlus’ super-fast ‘Dash Charge’ support) rounds off the spec sheet. It’s worth mentioning that for an extra Rs 5,000, you can get a beefier variant, having 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
LG G7+ ThinQ
LG’s smartphones have always been underrated performers, and the G7+ ThinQ is no exception. Priced at Rs 39,990, the South Korean technology major’s latest flagship comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood. It’s complemented by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 2TB. The smartphone features a 6.1-inch notched IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1440×3120 pixels and 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Taking care of the photography department on the G7+ ThinQ is a dual-camera setup at the rear. It’s comprised of two 16-megapixel sensors, one standard and one wide-angle. An 8-megapixel front-facing snapper handles selfies and video calls. LG G7+ ThinQ comes with a ‘Boombox Speaker’ feature, which amplifies the audio output from the smartphone by using the smartphone’s chassis as a resonance chamber. From the humble 3.5mm audio port to wireless charging, the G7+ ThinQ has everything. It’s powered by a 3,000mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S8
It may have been superseded by the Galaxy S9 duo, but Samsung Galaxy S8, launched last year, is still a top-tier smartphone that’s going to be great for quite a few years. Even though the Galaxy S8 is priced at Rs 45,990, cashbacks and offers reduce that price to just Rs 37,990. For that, you get a gorgeous-looking smartphone that has a 5.8-inch curved Super AMOLED panel, with a resolution of a 1440×2960 pixels, and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Samsung Galaxy S8 is powered by an Exynos 8895 chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s also support for microSD cards of up to 512GB.
For those who love taking photos, the Galaxy S8 has a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and 4K video recording capabilities. There’s also an 8-megapixel (f/1.7 aperture) selfie shooter. From iris scanning to Samsung DeX support, the Galaxy S8 has a plethora of goodness baked in. It’s backed by a 3,000mAh battery, with both fast and wireless charging support.
Xiaomi Poco F1
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard about Poco F1. The first smartphone launched under Xiaomi’s newly-minted sub-brand, Poco F1 offers insane value for money. Having a starting price of just Rs 20,999, this thing is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Even if you go for the top-specced ‘Armoured’ edition, which has 8GB of RAM and 256 of on-board storage, you still have to shell out Rs 29,999, well below the Rs 40,000 threshold. Xiaomi Poco F1 sports a 6.18-inch notched display with a resolution of 1080×2246 pixels and 18.7:9 aspect ratio.
As far as the imaging department is concerned, the Poco F1 has a dual camera system at the back to take care of that. It’s comprised of a 12-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor. There’s a 20-megapixel front-facing shooter as well. Having everything from fast charging to USB Type-C, Xiaomi Poco F1 is backed by a 4,000mAh powerpack.
Vivo V11 Pro
Xiaomi isn’t the only Chinese brand making waves in the (Indian) smartphone market. Ever since Vivo showed what it’s capable of with the NEX, the company has launched some great smartphones, with the V11 Pro being the latest. For Rs 25,990, Vivo V11 Pro offers a nearly bezel-less 6.41-inch ‘Halo FullView’ display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. Yes, there is a notch, but thanks to a waterdrop shape, it’s barely noticeable. Oh, and by the way, that display also comes with a fingerprint sensor. The smartphone is packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 under-the-hood, paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s also an expansion slot that takes microSD cards of up to 256GB.
For photography, Vivo V11 Pro has a dual-camera system at the back, comprised of a 12-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor. A 25-megapixel sensor handles selfies and video calls. With all standard connectivity options accounted for, the V11 Pro has a 3,400mAh battery keeping the lights on.
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Oppo F9 Pro
Earlier this year, Oppo made the entire technology world sit up and take notice, when it launched the motorized slider-toting Find X. But that’s not the only innovative smartphone that Vivo’s sister company has. Unveiled in India last month, the Oppo F9 Pro is a great all-round device that also happens to be quite a looker. Priced at Rs 23,990, it’s powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The highlight of the F9 Pro is its 6.3-inch bezel-less display, which comes with a non-obtrusive waterdrop-style notch. The display has a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels, and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Taking care of the photography department on the F9 Pro is a dual-camera system at the back. It’s made up of a 16-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel sensor. There’s also a 25-megapixel selfie snapper included in the mix. All standard connectivity options are on-board, and a 3,500mAh battery rounds off the spec sheet.
Asus Zenfone 5Z
Asus’ smartphones have always offered value for money, and the Taiwanese company’s 2018 flagship – Zenfone 5Z – is no different. Bearing a starting price of 29,999, the smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s also an expansion slot that can take up microSD cards of up to 512GB. The smartphone has a 6.2-inch notched display with a resolution of 1080×2246 pixels and 18.7:9 aspect ratio.
Handling imaging duties on the Zenfone 5Z is a dual-camera system at the rear. It’s made up of a 12-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor. There’s also an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfies and video calls. Asus Zenfone 5Z has all standard connectivity options, and is backed by a 3,300mAh battery that supports fast charging.