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

best phones under 40000 rs in india

Which is the best phone under 40000 in India?

We’ve compiled a list of 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 the next version of Android. 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 a myriad of specs.

These are the best phones under Rs 40,000 – Rs 45,000 in India (2019):

*Top 3 picks around Rs 45,000*

 

1. Oppo Reno 10X

oppo reno

What’s good:
If the Reno seemed disappointing, this should make you feel better. The Reno 10X comes with the best processor in the market and offers enough storage and RAM. But that’s not its main selling point. That award goes to the 5X lossless zoom thanks to the telephoto lens. The shark-fin pop-up and no notch seem great too.

 

What could have been better:
No wireless charging or 3.5mm audio jack.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    210g
  • Display
    6.6 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB UFS 2.1
  • 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
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), OIS
    13 MP, f/3.0, 130mm (telephoto), OIS
    8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide)
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,065mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Processor
  • No notch
  • 5X lossless zoom

 

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2. 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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3. Asus Zenfone 6Z

zenfone 6Z
64GB, 6GB RAM

128GB, 8GB RAM

256GB, 8GB RAM

What’s good:
The OnePlus and the flagship Asus have always been fighting out for the afforable flagship crown and Asus has pit its Zenfone 6Z against the OnePlus 7. The phone offers a no notch display and probably one of the best front cameras in this budget thanks to its neat mechanically flipping back camera solution. Then there’s the best processor out in the market, a mammoth battery, a and the good ‘ol 3.5mm jack.

 

What could have been better:
You have to understand that this phone competes with the OnePlus 7 and not the 7 Pro. It comes with an IPS display instead of AMOLED, the charging rate is kinda disappointing, there’s no wireless charging and no water resistance. The camera doesn’t have OIS either which is a bummer.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    190g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128/256GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2.8 GHz x 1 + 2.4 GHz x 3 + 1.8 GHz x 4) Snapdragon 855
  • GPU
    Adreno 640
  • RAM
    6/8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
    13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm (ultrawide)
  • Secondary camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
    13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm (ultrawide)
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps rear & front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jun, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Internal memory
  • Processor
  • RAM
  • No notch
  • Battery

 

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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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Apple iPhone 7

best phones under 40000 - iphone-6s

What’s good:
While the iPhone 7 is four 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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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 855 over 845. iPhone fans should only consider the iPhone 7. Other models are ancient.

  • Largest battery • Zenfone 6Z (5,000mAh)
  • Phones likely to get next Android • All of the Androids
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • Zenfone 6Z

 

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