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

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 7.0 nougat. 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. Samsung Galaxy S8

best phones under 45000 rs - Samsung Galaxy S8

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Display 5.8 inch, sAMOLED
  • 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
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 8.0
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
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 an year since 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.

 


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2. Vivo NEX

vivo nex

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 186g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2316 pixels
  • Display 6.59 inch, AMOLED
  • 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
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Near-zero bezel
  • + Internal memory
  • + RAM
  • – Display resolution
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:
The display resolution at the asking price should have been 2k.

 


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3. ASUS ZenFone 5Z

ASUS ZenFone 5Z

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Display 6.2 inch, IPS
  • 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
Pros and Cons
  • + Internal memory
  • + RAM
  • + Processor
What’s good:
Here is a worthy OnePlus 6 competitor at a very competitive price. It offers top of the line processor, gargantous RAM and internal storage, decent cameras (on papaer 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.

 


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3. OnePlus 6

best phonesns under rs 40,000 - oneplus 6
6GB/64GB memory

8GB/128GB memory

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 177g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Display 6.28 inch, AMOLED
  • Storage space 64/128GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.7GHz 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 16MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 8.1
  • + Internal memory
  • + Processor
  • + RAM
  • – Display could have been 2K
What’s good:
The OnePlus keeps getting better every year albeit with a price bump. This yea’s phone offers the Snapdragon 845 which makes it among the cheapest phones to offer it in the market. The controversial notch also gets added. At 6.3 inches, it’s not exactly small though even for a 18:9 display phone. As usual, OnePlus has loaded it with enough RAM and internal memory along with Android 8.1 and as many cameras as you’d want in your phone. The camera has been given rave reviews too.

 

What could have been better:
We’d have to think really hard to find some flaws.

 


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LG V30+

lg v30

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 158g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Display 6 inch, OLED
  • Storage space 128GB
  • 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 Dual 16 MP (f/1.6, 3-axis OIS) + 13 MP (f/1.9)
  • Secondary camera 5 MP (f/2.2)
  • Battery 3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 8.0
  • + Internal storage
  • – Hybrid SIM slot
What’s good:
Direct competitor to the Note 8, LG has managed to price the V30 much below the Note 8. It comes with the latest generation Snapdragon 835, 18:9 display and dual cameras on the back and got recently updated to Android 8.0. The OLED display is a treat to watch.

 

What could have been better:
The front camera is kind of mediocre. While there’s a hybrid SIM slot, with 128GB internal storage, it won’t matter.

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Moto Z2 Force

Moto Z2 Force

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 143g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • 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)
  • Battery 2,730mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + RAM
  • + Shatterproof display
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:
We wish it came with Android 8.0 out of the box. The battery while not small, isn’t exactly large either.

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Sony XZ1

Sony Xperia XZ1

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch, IPS, HDR 10 compliant
  • 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″)
  • Battery 2,700mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Internal memory
  • – Display resolution
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
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?

 


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VIVO X21

best phones under 40,000 - VIVO X21

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 156g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Display 6.28 inch, AMOLED
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260) Snapdragon 660
  • GPU Adreno 512
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera Dual 12MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera 12MP, f/2.0
  • Video 1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery 3,200mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 8.1
  • + Internal memory
  • + In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • + RAM
  • – Processor
What’s good:
What makes the VIVO X21 stand out is the fact that it comes with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, something even Samsung or Apple haven’t achieved. The phone also comes loaded with tons of RAM and memory.

 

What could have been better:
Snapdragon 660 is no match for the Snapdragon 835 or 845. The camera lacks OIS, which is disappointing in this budget. Consider this a good buy close to 30k instead.

 


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Apple iPhone 6s Plus

best smartphones under 40000 - iphone-6s

  • OS iOS 11
  • Weight 192g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor 1.84GHz dual-core Apple A9
  • GPU PowerVR GT7600
  • RAM 2GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.2, 1/3″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 2,750mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Single SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Brand
  • – Display could have been 2K
  • – Non-expandable memory
What’s good:
iPhone 6s Plus i’s a decent upgrade over the iPhone 6 Plus and offers respectable specs.

 

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 singe SIM slot. It is also quite old now, so that’s there. Plus at 39k, it sounds like a bit overpriced.

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Apple iPhone 6s

best smartphones under 40000 - iphone-6s

  • OS iOS 11
  • Weight 143g
  • Display resolution 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Display 4.7 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor 1.84GHz dual core Apple A9
  • GPU PowerVR GT7600
  • RAM 2GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.2, 1/3″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 1,715mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Single SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Brand
  • – Display
  • – Non expandable memory
What’s good:
iPhone 6s is still a very relevant phone. It’s a decent upgrade over the iPhone 6 and offers respectable specs.

 

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. It is also quite old now, so that’s there. Plus at 37k, it sounds like a bit overpriced.

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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 8.0 • All of the Androids
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • OnePlus 6

 

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