Top 10 Phones under Rs 40,000 – Rs 45,000 in India (2018)

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Which is the best phone under 40000 in India?

We’ve compiled a list of 10 best mobile phones under Rs 40,000 – Rs 45,000 in India for this month. These phones are flagship phones from this year or last year and should continue to get the latest updates in the months to come. As for gaming, you shouldn’t have problems running the most intensive games on these handsets. Also, expect all these mobiles to get updated to at least Android 9.0 Pie. We’re also covering some models under priced below Rs 45,000 in the list. Also, check the list of top 10 phones under Rs 35,000. Or, if you’re looking for more premium, here’s our pick on the best phones above Rs 50,000.

Just to clarify, phones with hybrid SIM slot allow you to either place a second SIM or a microSD card, but not both at the same time, so it’s a disadvantage.

You can jump to the summary right away if you don’t want to go through myriad of specs. So here are the 10 best smartphones around Rs 40,000-Rs 45,000 in India for this month.

These are the 10 best phones under Rs 40,000 – Rs 45,000 in India (2018):

*Top 3 picks around Rs 45,000*

1. OnePlus 6T

oneplus 6t
6GB RAM, 128GB

8GB RAM, 256GB

What’s good:
What has changed since the Oneplus 6? The ugly notch is now a beautiful teardrop notch, the front camera has a larger aperture and more megapixels, and the battery size has gone up. We always loved the 8GB RAM, 256 gigs of storage, and Android 9.0. Lastly, did we mention the in-screen fingerprint scanner?

 

What could have been better:
Nothing worth pointing out. Oh, unlike the OnePlus 6, there’s no headphone jack here.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    185g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128/256GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.8GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    6/8GB
  • Camera
    Dual 16MP, f/1.7,OIS + 20MP, f/1.7
  • Secondary camera
    20MP, f/1.7
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,700mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Internal memory
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Processor
  • RAM

 

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2. Vivo NEX

vivo nex

What’s good:
Beautiful things don’t come cheap, even if made in China. The Vivo NEX has found a remarkable solution to the notch and looks simply gorgeous. Did we mention the embedded fingerprint scanner in the display or the pop-up front camera?

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.59 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2316 pixels
  • Storage space
    256GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12 MP, f/1.8, OIS + 5 MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    8MP (f/2.0)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps rear
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jun, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Near-zero bezel
  • Internal memory
  • RAM

 


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3. Samsung Galaxy S8

best phones under 45000 rs - Samsung Galaxy S8

What’s good:
S8 is Samsung’s flagship from 2017 and with that appealing design, manages to stand apart from the crowd. Even after almost a year since the announcement, the phone still looks like a good deal at the asking price.

 

What could have been better:
The phone has a hybrid slot and might not have the best battery backup time compared to competitors. Also, 4GB RAM isn’t the standard in this budget.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    5.8 inch, sAMOLED
    1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) Exynos 8895
  • GPU
    Mali-G71 MP20
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/1.7, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/1.7
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1440p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Feb, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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LG G7+ ThinQ

LG G7+ ThinQ

What’s good:
Here is a OnePlus challenger under 40k that’s from a reputable brand and doesn’t, well, suck. We like the fact that the G7+ comes with Snapdragon 845, a QHD+ display and enough storage and RAM options. Also, the phone is expected to be updated to Android 9.0 soon.

 

What could have been better:
Maybe the battery could have been slightly bigger.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    162g
  • Display
    6.1 inch, IPS
    1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 16 MP, f/1.6, OIS + 16 MP, f/1.9
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/1.9
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p 60FPS front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • QHD+ display
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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Google Pixel 2 XL

best phones above rs 50,000 - Google Pixel 2 XL

What’s good:
Single rear camera on the back is one of the best in the market. Period. Also Android 9.0 and QHD+ display.

 

What could have been better:
Too many issues with this phone including screen burn-ins and crackling speakers. Also overpriced for last year’s specs.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6 inch, P-OLED
    1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) Snapdragon 835
  • GPU
    Adreno 540
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12.2 MP, f/1.8, OIS, 1/2.6″ sensor
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.2″ sensor
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,520mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Single SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Oct, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • QHD+ display
  • Camera
  • Non expandable memory

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ASUS ZenFone 5Z

ASUS ZenFone 5Z

What’s good:
Here is a worthy OnePlus 6 competitor at a very competitive price. It offers top of the line processor, gargantuan RAM and internal storage, decent cameras (on paper at least) and other bells and whistles you’d expect from a flagship phone.

 

What could have been better:
We are yet to find one.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12MP, f/1.8 + 8MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Feb, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Internal memory
  • RAM
  • Processor

 


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Apple iPhone 7

best phones under 40000 - iphone-6s

What’s good:
While the iPhone 7 is a year old, it has aged really well. What helps more is that the iPhone 8 isn’t a monumental upgrade. So this one still feels pretty solid, is fast and does most of the things an iPhone 8 can.

 

What could have been better:
When you decide to buy an Apple iPhone you should be aware of the fact that it comes with a non-expandable memory, close to 720p display resolution and a single SIM slot. If that doesn’t bother you, go ahead with the purchase. Although, this phone should be bought when it’s closer to Rs 40,000.

 

  • OS
    iOS 12
  • Weight
    138g
  • Display
    4.7 inch, IPS
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Quad-core 2.34 GHz A10
  • GPU
    PowerVR Series7XT
  • RAM
    2GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/1.8, 1/3″ sensor, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    7MP, f/2.2
  • Battery
    1,960mAh, non-removable
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps rear
  • Connectivity
    Single SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2016
Pros and Cons
  • Display could have been 2K
  • Non-expandable memory
  • Makes sense to buy around 40k

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Samsung Galaxy A9

Samsung Galaxy A9
6GB RAM

8GB RAM

What’s good:
And you thought two cameras on the rear were an overkill? How about four? No, they all don’t work on the same photo but serve different purposes. While the main camera does what it does, a second camera is for depth, the third one is a telephoto (zoom) and the fourth is an ultrawide (mostly for capturing landscapes). We also like the large storage and RAM options.

 

What could have been better:
The Snapdragon 660 for Rs 35k. Seriously? That’s a deal breaker even if the phone’s back had nothing but cameras. That’s the same processor as seen in some sub-20k phones.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    183g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6/8GB
  • Camera
    24 MP, f/1.7 + 8 MP, f/2.4 (ultrawide) + 10 MP f/2.4, (telephoto) + 5 MP, f/2.2 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,800mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Quad camera
  • Processor

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Moto Z2 Force

Moto Z2 Force

What’s good:
Another reliable phone from Motorola’s stables that’s been packed with all the bells and whistles this budget demands. First things that come to mind are a QHD display, 6GB RAM, dual cameras and a shatterproof screen.

 

What could have been better:
The battery while not small, isn’t exactly large either.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    143g
  • Display
    5.5 inch, IPS
    1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) Snapdragon 835
  • GPU
    Adreno 540
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12 MP (f/2.0, 1/2.9″)
  • Secondary camera
    5MP (f/2.2)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    2,730mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Dec, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Shatterproof display

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Sony XZ1

Sony Xperia XZ1

What’s good:
While Sony phones aren’t that popular among the masses, it doesn’t mean they fall on any parameter. The XZ1 packs the best processor available in the market. 64GB internal memory is more than sufficient to handle your storage needs. Then it comes with Android 8.0 out of the box.

 

What could have been better:
Maybe the hybrid Slot?

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    5.2 inch, IPS, HDR 10 compliant
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) Snapdragon 835
  • GPU
    Adreno 540
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    19 MP (f/2.0, 1/2.3″)
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP (f/2.0, 1/3″)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p@30fps rear
  • Battery
    2,700mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Aug, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above, we’ve listed the specs as (megapixels), (aperture), (OIS-if present), (sensor size). Generally speaking, bigger the aperture and sensor size, better is the camera. Which means smaller number in the denominator, the bigger the aperture or sensor size is. For example, f/1.9 is a bigger aperture and than f/2.0. Also 1/2.2″ is a bigger sensor than, say, 1/2.6″. A bigger aperture camera performs much better in low light situations and produces sharper images. It also produces a better brokeh. Also, OIS refers to optical image stabilization, which helps in reducing blur.

Standout features in the top smartphones under Rs 45,000:

When you’re splurging so much on a phone, we’d advise to not get something that is more than 18 months old. The specifications at this budget are all the same usually but do choose Snapdragon 845 over 835. iPhone fans should only consider the iPhone 7. Other models are ancient.

  • Largest battery • ViVo NEX (4,000mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 9.0 • All of the Androids
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • OnePlus 6T

 

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