Top 10 Phones under Rs 40,000 – Rs 45,000 in India (2019)

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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 (2019):

*Top 3 picks around Rs 45,000*

 

1. OnePlus 7

oneplus 7

What’s good:
The best processor? Yes. Much better fingerprint scanner than the 6T? Yes. Better cameras? Seems so. Fastest storage available in the market anywhere? Yes. Good amount of RAM and storage? Yep. Decent battery and charging times? Yes and yes.

 

What could have been better:
There’s no headphone jack here. Also, no wireless charging.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    182g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128/256GB UFS 3.0
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2.8 GHz x 1 + 2.42 GHz x 3 + 1.8 GHz x 4) Snapdragon 855
  • GPU
    Adreno 640
  • RAM
    6/8GB
  • Camera
    48MP, f/1.7, OIS
    5MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,700mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Internal memory
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Processor
  • RAM

 

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2. Huawei View 20

Honor View 20
128GB, 6GB RAM

256GB, 8GB RAM

What’s good:
We heard some of you hate notches. How about a punch hole in the screen? Well, that’s what you get with the Honor View 10 and we like it more than the notch. Also, this phone comes with the Kirin 980 which is built on 7nm fabrication. It consumes less energy and is obviously more powerful than the SD 845. Then there’s Android 9.0 too and a decent sized battery. Lastly, the 48-megapixel camera on the pack seems to hold great promise. There’s a secondary 3D ToF camera on the back, but its use is limited to AR and gaming. Although the primary camera has been praised by the reviewers. Great. Lastly, can you ever run out of 256GB storage on your phone?

 

What could have been better:
Have you heard about the recent tussle between Huawei and Google? These are uncertain times for the fate of Android on Huawei.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2310 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz (A76) & 2×1.9 GHz (A76) & 4×1.8 GHz (A55)) Kirin 980
  • GPU
    Mali-G76 MP10
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0, 25mm
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • RAM
  • Internal memory

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3. 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:
No wireless charging or NFC. Low light photography is mediocre.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.59 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2316 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    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, 22.5W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jun, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Near-zero bezel
  • RAM


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Google Pixel 3a

Google Pixel 3a

What’s good:
No, it doesn’t have four cameras on its back but the one that is there can beat phones with four. The Pixel 3a won’t beat other phones in terms of specs. It won’t probably even hold a candle. But for 40k, it will give you the best camera experience in this budget. Also, those of us looking for a phone that fits in the pocket, this seems like a blessing.

 

What could have been better:
Yes, it might have the best camera, but you can’t be expected to shell out 40k and survive on just 64 gigs of memory. There are a lot of sacrifices to make on this phone.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    147g
  • Display
    5.6 inch, OLED
    1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Qualcomm SDM670
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), OIS
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide)
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Single SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Camera
  • Processor
  • Single SIM
  • Non-expandable memory
  • RAM

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Google Pixel 3a XL

Google Pixel 3a XL

What’s good:
No, it doesn’t have four cameras on its back but the one that is there can beat phones with four. The Pixel 3a XL won’t beat other phones in terms of specs. It won’t probably even hold a candle. But for 44k, it will give you the best camera experience in this budget. It’s same to the Pixel 3a in terms of major specs and differs only in size and battery.

 

What could have been better:
Yes, it might have the best camera, but you can’t be expected to shell out 40k and survive on just 64 gigs of memory. There are a lot of sacrifices to make on this phone.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    167g
  • Display
    6.0 inch, OLED
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Qualcomm SDM670
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), OIS
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide)
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,700mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Single SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Camera
  • Processor
  • Single SIM
  • Non-expandable memory
  • RAM

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

best phones with android oreo - Samsung galaxy note 8

What’s good:
Note 8 is Samsung’s best phone from 2017 and comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a top of the line flagship product. Many would appreciate the large screen and the S-Pen that comes along. It also features 6GB RAM and Android 9.0

 

What could have been better:
That processor is starting to age, so is the phone.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    195g
  • Display
    6.3 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
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12MP, f/1.7+f/2.4, OIS (25mm wide + 52mm telephoto)
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/1.7, 25mm
  • Video
    2160p@30FPS 1080p@60FPS rear
    1440p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,300mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • 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. It also supports 18W quick charging.

 

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
    16 MP, f/1.6, 30mm, OIS
    16 MP, f/1.9, 16mm (ultra-wide)
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/1.9, 26mm
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p 60FPS front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • QHD+ display
  • Android 8.0
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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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. Also, it got updated to Android 9.0 recently.

 

What could have been better:
The successor is on the way.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • 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
    12MP, f/1.8, 24mm
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0, 24mm
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,300mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • 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 three years 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. We don’t see it as a lucrative buy in 2019 for anything above 35k. No 3.5mm audio jack either.

 

  • 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, 28mm, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    7MP, f/2.2, 32mm
  • Battery
    1,960mAh, non-removable
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps rear
  • Connectivity
    Single SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Sep, 2016
Pros and Cons
  • Display could have been 2K
  • Non-expandable memory
  • Makes sense to buy around 30k

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Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung Galaxy A70

What’s good:
So an affordable Samsung with a touch of premium. Let’s see. Things to like: massive battery; fast charging; Android 9.0; maybe the ultra massive screen. It also comes equipped with in-screen fingerprint scanner.

 

What could have been better:
Yes, it’s a Samsung but that doesn’t mean you put a processor that’s seen in 12k phones on a phone that sells for 30k.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    183g
  • Display
    6.7 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Qualcomm SDM675
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    32 MP, f/1.7
    8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,500mAh, 25W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Charging
  • Processor

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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.  A bigger aperture camera performs much better in low light situations and produces sharper images. It also produces a better brokeh.

Then, speaking about the focal length, it isn’t that different from what you see on DSLRs. A high focal length camera shoots zoomed in images, while ultra-wide capture as much landscape as possible. You can read more about this and dual rear cameras in our post here. 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)
    • Honor View 20 (4,000mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 9.0 • All of the Androids
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • OnePlus 7

 

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