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. Asus ROG Phone II

Best phone under 40000 - Asus ROG Phone II
128GB/8GB RAM

512GB/12GB RAM

What’s good:
Why are gaming phones better at gaming despite having the same specs as other phones? Because they are designed keeping cooling in mind and that allows the processor to operate at higher performance for a longer duration. This phone offers a flagship processor, not just the 855 but Snapdragon 855+, up to 12GB RAM, and ample battery and storage options. There’s faster than most fast charging a mammoth battery, and cooling vents on the backside.

 

What could have been better:
Well, it could have had an in-built nuclear reactor because there’s nothing else to ask here. On a serious note, at 240g, it’s not feather-light

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    240g
  • Display
    6.6 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128/512GB UFS 3.0
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (3GHz x 1 + 2.42 GHz x 3 + 1.8 GHz x 4) Snapdragon 855+
  • GPU
    Adreno 640
  • RAM
    8/12GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
    13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm (ultrawide)
  • Secondary camera
    24MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@60fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    6,000mAh, 30W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Processor
  • Storage speed
  • Charging rate
  • Battery

 

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2. OnePlus 7T

OnePlus 7T
128GB memory

256GB memory

What’s good:
Whenever the competition starts to geta little intense, OnePlus usually comes with a new phone to beat them all. This is exactly what has happened again and the 7T is answer to all the Oneplus challengers. What makes it great is the fact that it now comes with the faster 855+ and a 90Hz display. The camera count on the back has gone up by one while the battery charges at an impressive 30W rate.

 

What could have been better:
No memory expansion slot and 3.5mm jack are a bummer.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    190g
  • Display
    6.55 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2400 pixels
    90Hz
  • Storage space
    128GB/256GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (3GHz x 1 + 2.42 GHz x 3 + 1.8 GHz x 4) Snapdragon 855+
  • GPU
    Adreno 640
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), OIS
    12 MP, f/2.2, 51mm (telephoto)
    16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide)
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide),
  • Video
    2160p@60fps, 1080p@30/120fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,800mAh, 30W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Sep, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Display
  • Storage
  • Fast charging
  • Non-expandable memory
  • No 3.5mm jack

 

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3. Oppo Reno 10X

best phone under 40000 - 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
  • Processor
  • No notch

 

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Xiaomi Black Shark 2

best phone under 40000 - Black Shark 2
256GB/12GB RAM

128GB/6GB RAM

What’s good:
Why are gaming phones better at gaming despite having the same specs as other phones? Because they are designed keeping cooling in mind and that allows the processor to operate at higher performance for a longer duration. This phone offers a flagship processor, up to 12GB RAM, and ample battery and storage options. The 240Hz display ensures butter smooth gaming.

 

What could have been better:
There’s no headphone jack here. We don’t think the cameras can match other flagships given the higher focus on gaming but could be wrong. Also, non-expandable memory.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    205g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128/256GB
  • 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
    6/12GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8
    12 MP, f/2.2, (telephoto)
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 27W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Mar, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • Processor
  • Charging rate
  • No headphone jack

 

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Asus Zenfone 6Z

best phone under 40000 - 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 affordable 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
  • Processor
  • Internal memory
  • No notch
  • Battery

 

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Lenovo Z6 Pro

lenovo z6 pro

What’s good:
It seems like 35k has become the new hotbed for competition with a number of flagship worthy phones ready to take on OnePlus. The Z6 Pro from Lenovo comes with a flagship processor, ample storage and RAM, four cameras on the back, and a decent-sized battery.

 

What could have been better:
Hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    185g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2.8 GHz x 1 + 2.42 GHz x 3 + 1.8 GHz x 4) Snapdragon 855
  • GPU
    Adreno 640
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto)
    16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), AF
    2 MP, f/1.8, 2.9µm, PDAF, OIS (dedicated video camera)
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/120fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Hybrid SIM slot

 

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ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3

best phone under 40000 - Nubia Red Magic 3

What’s good:
Why are gaming phones better at gaming despite having the same specs as other phones? Because they are designed keeping cooling in mind and that allows the processor to operate at higher performance for a longer duration. This phone offers a flagship processor, a cooling fan, 8GB RAM, and ample battery and storage options. The 90Hz display ensures butter-smooth gaming.

 

What could have been better:
We don’t think the cameras can match other flagships given the higher focus on gaming but could be wrong. Also, non-expandable memory. Lastly, niche brand so can’t vouch for the sales support.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    205g
  • Display
    6.65 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
    90Hz
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • 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
    8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    4320p@15fps, 2160p@30/60fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • Processor

 

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Google Pixel 3a

best phone under 40000 - 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. Also, Android 10.0.

 

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 10.0
  • 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
  • Android 10
  • Camera
  • Processor
  • Single SIM
  • Non-expandable memory
  • RAM

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Google Pixel 3a XL

best phone under 40000 - 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 the same as the Pixel 3a in terms of major specs and differs only in size and battery. Also, Android 10.0.

 

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 10.0
  • 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
  • Android 10
  • Camera
  • Processor
  • Single SIM
  • Non-expandable memory
  • RAM

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Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8

What’s good:
The iPhone 8 builds on a solid line of products from Apple. The last one of a kind so to say. Decent processor even by 2018’s standards.

 

What could have been better:
It still looks the same as the iPhone 6. We’re bored with this design. The other specs like the display, RAM, or limited storage aren’t great when you consider the price.

 

  • OS
    iOS 13
  • Weight
    148g
  • Display
    4.7 inch, IPS
    750 x 1334 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Apple A11 Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
  • GPU
    Apple GPU
  • RAM
    2GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/1.8, OIS
  • Secondary camera
    7MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@60FPS 1080p@240FPS rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    1,821mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Single SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Display
  • Non-expandable memory

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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, the bigger the aperture and sensor size, better is the camera. Which means a 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 bokeh.

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 • Asus ROG Phone II (6,000mAh)
    • Nubia Red Magic 3 (5,000mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 10• All of the Androids
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • Zenfone 6Z
  • Best gaming phone • Asus ROG Phone II

 

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