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 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.

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. Apple iPhone 7

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  • OS iOS 11
  • Weight 138g
  • Display resolution 750 x 1334 pixels
  • 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
  • Connectivity Single SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Brand
  • – Display could have been 2K
  • – Non expandable memory
  • – Makes sense to buy around 40k
What’s good:
While the iPhone 7 is an 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 singe 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.

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2. Nokia 8

Best phones under rs 40,000 in India - nokia 8

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 160g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.3 inch, IPS
  • 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 Dual 13MP, f/2.0, OIS
  • Secondary camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,090mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual camera
  • + Processor
  • + Internal memory
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Nokia 8 is among the first phones to get updated to Android 8.0. Talking in terms of specs, it has been decently equipped with top of the line processor, dual cameras and a decently large internal memory.

 

What could have been better:
No complains when it comes to the specs and the asking price.

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3. LG V30+

lg v30

  • OS Android 7.1.2
  • 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
  • + Dual rear camera
  • + 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. 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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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

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  • OS Android 7.1
  • Weight 185g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Display 5.99 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) Snapdragon 835
  • GPU Adreno 540
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.0, 1/2.9″ sensor, OIS
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Design
  • + Processor
  • + Internal memory
  • + RAM
  • – Display resolution could have been 2K
What’s good:
Mi Mix 2 seems like an underdog. It’s one of the most good looking phones available in the market, has specs similar to the OnePlus, but doesn’t get enough credit. It comes with top of the line processor, has rather too much RAM and storage and a near bezel-less design.

 

What could have been better:
Xiaomi decided to stick with a 1080p+ display on this one instead of the more popular 2K in this segment. Also, the front camera seems to be mediocre when looking at the specs.

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OnePlus 5T

oneplus 5t

  • OS Android 7.1 – Nougat
  • Weight 162g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 6.01 inch, AMOLED
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) Snapdragon 835
  • GPU Adreno 540
  • RAM 8GB
  • Camera Dual 16 MP (f/1.7, 1/2.8″) + 20 MP, (f/1.7,1/2.8″)
  • Secondary camera 16MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,300mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 7.1
  • + Internal storage
  • + RAM
  • + Battery
  • + Dual camera
  • – Screen could have been 2K
What’s good:
The phone needs to introduction and sells like hotcakes. It’s an upgrade over the OnePlus 5 and now offers a better design and better cameras. Not overlooking the class-leading RAM, internal storage and the processor.

 

What could have been better:
OnePlus decided to stick to a 1080p display due to battery and performance concerns, but then some of us prefer 2K displays.

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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
  • + Processor
  • + Internal memory
  • – 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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Apple iPhone 6s

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  • 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
  • + Fluid
  • – 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 singe 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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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 157g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Quad-core 2.3GHz Mongoose & Quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 Exynos 8890
  • GPU Mali-T880 MP12
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/1.7, OIS, 1/2.5″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/1/7, 1/4.1″ sensor
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Curved display
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
  • – Overpriced for being last year’s flagship
What’s good:
If curved displays is your thing this is the only phone in the budget that can get you those. The phone is decent otherwise, although it’s starting to age.

 

What could have been better:
With S9 around the corner, we wouldn’t want to invest in a two year old phone unless it’s selling for around 35k.

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Apple iPhone 6s Plus

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  • 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 is also a very relevant phone. It’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 37k, it sounds like a bit overpriced.

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Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 168g
  • Display resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch AMOLED
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor Dual-core 2.35GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo Snapdragon 821
  • GPU Adreno 540
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12.3MP, f/2.0, 1/2.3″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 8 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.2″ sensor
  • Battery 3,450 mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Single SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • – Non expandable memory
What’s good:
It’s Google’s flagship from last year and comes with respectable specs. More importantly, it should be updated to at least Android 9 if not beyond.

 

What could have been better:
It’s single SIM. Also, no 2K display and that processor isn’t exactly 40k material anymore. Lastly non-expandable memory isn’t very convenient.

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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 advice 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 835 over 821. iPhone fans should only consider the iPhone 7. Other models are ancient.

  • Largest battery • Google Pixel XL (3,450mAh)
    • Mi Max 2 (3,400mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 8.0 • All of the Androids
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • OnePlus 5T
    • Nokia 8
  • Best value for money • Nokia 8
    • OnePlus 5T