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Best smartphones to buy under Rs 40,000

If you are in the market for a smartphone that is priced below Rs 40,000, we have made a list of 8 smartphones that are worth buying.

  • Published: August 2, 2018 6:42 PM IST
OnePlus 6 Red (11)

Spending your hard earned money to buy a smartphone can be a difficult task especially if you are looking for your primary smartphone that costs a considerable amount. Smartphones under the tag of Rs 40,000 price range are likely to be your main device and not something of a back up smartphone that you may carry along with you in the case where you would want to stay connected on that third SIM or if you want to ensure that you have a mobile device in case your primary device malfunctions. However, if you are in the market for a smartphone that is priced below Rs 40,000, we have made a list of 8 smartphones that are worth buying.

Some of the devices in this price range are probably the best in the market when it comes to the value for money that they offer and some could be path-breaking in their own sense. Regardless, this is the ideal price range to look at a good functional smartphone without breaking your bank balance.

OnePlus 6

If we are looking at smartphones below Rs 40,000 price tag, OnePlus 6 is the first device that crosses our mind. The reason for this is how well the overall package is constructed right from the flagship-grade hardware with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 to the up to 8GB RAM, glass back design, 6.28-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio, and that notch.

On the software side of things, OnePlus 6 comes with Android 8.1 Oreo-based OxygenOS 5.1.9 and officially supports Android P Beta. The device does not disappoint when it comes to real-world performance.

Watch: OnePlus 6 Red First Look

The price of the device starts at Rs 34,999 and you can check our detailed review for the device.

Asus Zenfone 5Z

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Asus India launched a dark horse in the form of the Zenfone 5Z. The reason to call it the dark horse is the fact that it came out of nowhere and ended up beating OnePlus 6 in its own yard with good build quality, impressive display, impressive image quality, and extremely competitive pricing. The only place where the device may fall behind is likely to be the speed at which Asus would provide the software upgrades.

The device comes with Snapdragon 845 SoC, up to 8GB RAM and up to Rs 34,000. The base price of the device starts from Rs 29,999. You can choose either of the two if you are stuck between wanting to buy the best that the money has to offer in this price segment.

Vivo X21

Vivo X21 may not boast the flagship smartphone-like specifications as the OnePlus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5Z but it does come with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The device is powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC and 6GB RAM. The highlight of the device is that display and the lack of any visible fingerprint scanner. The device comes with 6.28-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel and 19:9 aspect ratio. On the software side, the smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.0.

It does not come with that motorized camera that the company has added in the NEX but it does not cost that much as well. X21 performs well when it came to the chipset, RAM, and camera and if you don’t really want something top of the line and simply want something that is different, then at At Rs 35,990 Vivo X21 is a good option to consider.

Huawei Nova 3

Huawei Nova 3 comes with a 6.3-inch display with FHD+ resolution and curved glass display along with a notch and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Nova 3 is powered by Kirin 970 SoC with octa-core CPU based and Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. Huawei has added an i7 co-processor, NPU and GPU Turbo technology for improved performance in gaming. It is backed by 6GB RAM coupled with 128GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB with a microSD card.

On the back of the device, Huawei Nova 3 comes with a 16-megapixel primary camera sensor with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, CAF, and a secondary camera sensor with 24-megapixel resolution and f/1.8 aperture. Huawei has added a dual-camera setup on the front of the device also with a 24-megapixel primary and 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The device is expected to act like an announcement that Huawei is taking the Indian market seriously. The company has priced the device at Rs 34,999 for the model with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

Honor 10

Honor 10 features a 5.84-inch screen with FHD+ resolution, IPS LCD panel, 19:9 aspect ratio and that notch on top. The smartphone is powered by Kirin 970 SoC with octa-core CPU that is based on a 10nm fabricated process along with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The company has also added a dedicated NPU for AI-related tasks.

The device comes with a combination of a 16-megapixel RGB (color sensor) with a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with EMUI 8.1 skin on top. Last but not the least, the device is powered by a 3,400mAh battery with support for fast charging. Honor 10 does not compete with the likes of OnePlus 6 or the Zenfone 5Z in terms of performance but it does stand tall when it comes to the finish and the looks of the smartphone for Rs 29,999.

Mi MIX 2

Mi MIX 2 is the successor to the revolutionary Xiaomi Mi MIX that introduced the concept of tall displays in the smartphone industry. The device comes with a 6-inch display with FHD+ resolution IPS-LCD panel, 18:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The phone comes with a metal frame on the sides and a glass rear panel. Xiaomi has also added a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device along with a 12-megapixel single-lens camera sensor.

It comes with dual camera setup, Android 8.0 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5, and USB Type-C for charging. Xiaomi added a 3,400mAh battery, along with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility, and a QC3.0 charger out-of-the-box. However, there’s no expandable storage or 3.5mm jack on the phone. Even though the hardware of the device is old but it still looks stunning and can hold its own when compared to most phones in this list at Rs 29,999.

Moto Z2 Force

Motorola Moto Z2 Force comes with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED screen while running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Moto has added 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage to the device and users can expand the storage with the help of the hybrid SIM slot in place of the second SIM. Moto Z2 Force is powered by a 2730mAh battery.

The device comes with a dual camera setup on the back of the device with two 12-megapixel sensors. The primary sensor is an RGB one, while the second sensor is monochrome. The company has added dual-tone LED flash modules both on the front as well as the back of the device. Z2 Force sports a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies. The device may not have the latest hardware but it is a good choice if you want to look at something sturdy from Motorola at the price of Rs 34,999.

LG V30+

LG has added a 6-inch display with QHD+ resolution, P-OLED panel and 18:9 aspect ratio. V30 Plus is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

The device is powered by a 3,300mAh battery with support for fast charging. LG has added a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 13-megapixel secondary sensor for a wide-angle lens on the back of the smartphone along with a 5-megapixel shooter for Rs 39,690 on Amazon India.

iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and Nokia 8

If you don’t mind older smartphones then you can even look at the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus on the iOS side of things. If you want to buy something from Nokia then you can look at the Nokia 8.

All of these devices are considerable old with more than three-year-old hardware but they can stand on their own as decent options in your quest to find the smartphone of your choice.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core Processor
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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2


Android Nougat with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core 2.35GHz Processor
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Motorola Moto Z2 Force


Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core 2.35GHz Processor
dual 12MP Camera
Asus Zenfone 5Z


Android Oreo with New Asus ZenUI 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core 64-bit Processor
12MP + 8MP dual Camera
Huawei Nova 3


Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
Kirin 970
Dual 16MP + 24MP
Vivo NEX


Android 8.1 Oreo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC
12MP + 5MP
Honor 10


Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.1
Kirin 970 octa-core SoC
Dual Cameras - 24MP + 16MP
OnePlus 6


Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC
16MP + 20MP
  • Published Date: August 2, 2018 6:42 PM IST