Do you ever look the mobile prices and think to yourself ‘oh I wish I could still get a premium mobile for 30k-40k.
What if I told you that you that you actually can? Don’t want to believe me? Well, let us play the wish-granting genie to your Aladdin today. Here is a list of the 5 best smartphones under 40000 in India that are to help you get your money’s worth.
Best Smartphone Under 40000 in India
OnePlus 6T: From an attention-grabbing design to battery backup, display, hardware etc. it has features that would give any high-end phone a run for its money making it ideal for high-end mobile gaming, movies, Netflix etc. (pretty much anything you can throw at it).
Smartphone Under 40000 for the Apple Lovers
Apple iPhone 7: But if you really cannot ignore the allure of an iPhone, the iPhone 7 is the ideal choice within this price range with its camera being its best feature.
Best Phones Between 30000 to 40000 in India
In-Depth Phone Reviews
#1: OnePlus 6T
Often known as the best alternative to the more expensive iPhones, OnePlus mobiles have stormed the Indian market. Thus it comes as no surprise that their newly launched 6T is already one of the best-sellers (even upstaging the OnePlus 6).
- Camera: 16+20 MP Dual rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization, Super slow motion, Nightscape and Studio Lighting | 16 MP front camera
- Display: 6.41-inch(16.2 cms) Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display with 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution and an 86% screen-to-body ratio
- Memory, Storage & SIM: 6GB RAM | 128GB storage | Dual nano SIM with dual standby (4G+4G)
What we like
The precise curves and the shiny, glossy finish of the Mirror Black variant gives it the look and feel of premium mobile (we’d bet our money on you getting a few compliments).
This design ensures the 6.41-inch Full-HD display has a higher screen to body ratio. Well, viewing movies, Netflix or even playing PUBG just became a whole lot more immersive. And protecting that display and back panel from shattering is the Corning Gorilla 6 Glass.
The 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core Processor and 6GB RAM are a lethal combination of speed and power that will turn you into the ultimate mobile gamer (6T’s gunning for the win and now, so should you).
Also, so your Instagram and Snapchat followers always get to see the best of you, the 6T is equipped with a whopping 20+16MP dual rear camera and a 16MP front camera (your daylight photos will look like a work of art).
And with so many photos, videos, movies, and music on-board your mobile, a good amount of storage is a must and 128GB is just that.
Now, with so much power and space, it would be a bummer if the mobile needed constant charging, right? Well, not the 6T. With 3700 mAH battery, this baby will by your side the entire day on a single charge. But in case you do run out of battery, the fast charging ensure you have it back ASAP.
And top all of that, the mobile is water-resistant. While you cannot take a dip with it, light rains, or using it with wet hands should cause no trouble.
Lastly, the mobile supports dual 4G Sims and has both facial recognition and on-screen fingerprint scanner so you have access to all the apps, games etc. within nanoseconds.
The major drawback of the OnePlus 6T is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack (that’s one iPhone similarity it could have done without) which means you can only either charge or listen to music. On the bright side, that is always the safer option.
Also, storage cannot be extended but 128GB should be ample storage space in any case.
#2: Google Pixel 2XL (Best Camera Phone Under 40000 in India)
Google Pixel needs no Introduction. It has been one of the top mobiles for quite some time now and even with the release of the 3 and 3XL, 2XL remains an excellent budget alternative to them.
- 12.2MP primary camera and 8MP front facing camera
- 15.24 centimeters (6-inch) capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution
- Android v8.0.1 Oreo operating system with 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa core processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory and single SIM
What we like
Well, if you are a hardcore traveler or a photographer looking for a phone that can deliver professional grade images, Pixel 2XL is just the partner in crime you need (your images will look like a work of art).
The 12.2MP rear and 8MP front cameras works amazingly well even in low light which is mainly because the f/1.8 aperture (because some the best photographs are under a candlelight).
Plus, the vastly superior HDR+ gives you detailed colors unmatched by other smartphones so far. Is that through your phone or camera? Questions you’d be getting tired of answering. But the buck doesn’t stop there.
The 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 64-bit Octa-core processor and 4GB RAM also allow you to enjoy uninterrupted game time or movies with your friends. And further enabling that is the 6-inch Full-HD crystal clear display.
With a 3520 mAH battery your phone will easily last you the entire day even with heavy use. Plus, there’s always the fast-charging if need be.
Lastly, the fingerprint scanner at the back and face unlock make accessing the phone hassle-free without compromising on safety
Just like the 6T it also does not feature a headphone jack.
Also, it allows for a single 4G sim
But the major drawback for me was the storage which is only 64GB and cannot be extended any further.
#3: Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Best Battery Phone Under 40000 in India)
If you aren’t happy with the battery specs so far, the A9 Pro is sure to bring a huge smile on your face and here’s why.
- 16MP primary camera with f/1.9, auto focus, OIS, LED flash, 1/2.8-inch sensor size, geotagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR and 8MP front facing camera
- 15.24 centimeters (6-inch) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, 367 ppi pixel density and 16M color support
- Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system with 1.8GHz Cortex-A72 + 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 octa core processor, Adreno 510 GPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory expandable up to 256GB and dual (nano+nano) dual-standby (4G+4G)
What we like
Like I mentioned above, the long lasting battery life (and I mean really long) is the A9’s standout feature. This is mainly down to the 5000 mAH battery, one of the highest you will across in under 40000.
So whether you forgot your charger at home or simply hate to carry it along, with the A9 has got you covered (this baby can easily last you for 10-13h ours or more on a single charge).
Also, the Adreno GPU in tandem with the 4GB RAM and Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor make the A9 a gamer’s favorite (PUBG or Fornite, it can handle it all).
And obviously high-end gaming requires a good display which is why the A9 is equipped with a 6-inch super AMOLED Full-HD display (Samsung displays never disappoint).
Yup, you might look at the specs and thing the 32GB isn’t enough and your right but on the bright side, it can be easily extended to 256GB using a Micro SD.
The front 16MP rear camera 8MP front camera is ideal for everyday photos and stories and comes with face detection, HDR, Touch Focus etc. (so you have the best possible shots)
Lastly, even the A9 can be unlocked either through the Fingerprint scanner or it also supports face recognition for the same.
Firstly, it comes loaded with an older version Android i.e. Marshmallow whereas most mobile comes with Oreo and thus will need to be updated.
Also, like most Samsung phone, even in this price range, it is not waterproof.
The cameras are not at their best in low-light. Lastly, considering the price range, you would be right to expect a better processor but personally, I had no real trouble with the current one.
#4: LG V30+
With so much hype around the OnePlus and Google Pixel, the LG V30+ has kind of sneaked under the radar. But you are solely reliant on features rather than the hype, the V30+ is definitely worth a consideration.
- 16MP (71˚Standard, f/1.6)+13MP (120˚Wide, f/1.9) Primary Dual & 5MP (120˚ Wide Angle) Front Camera
- 15.24cm (6.0) QHD+(2880 x 1440) 18:9 OLED FullVisionTM, 538 PPI, Cover Glass:2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Android v7.1.1 Nougat OS with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa core processor
What we like
One of the plus points of the V30+ is its storage as it is one of the very few mobiles within this price range to provide 128GB of space. From the heaviest of games to apps to even your favorite music, there is room for everything.
The 6-inch Full-HD OLED display is everything you could have asked for in a display making watching movies, playing games etc. a surreal experience.
And protecting that screen from shattering is the corning gorilla glass 5 which makes the mobile dust and water resistant (perfect for the clumsy you).
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core Processor and 4GB RAM is just the kind of hardware a powerful mobile phone comes loaded for multi-tasking, gaming etc.
The 16MP rear camera and 5MP front camera will give you excellent images all day long. And in case you run out of battery with all that clicking and gaming, the mobile charges to 50% in just 30-35 minutes because of the fast charge and also supports wireless charging.
Lastly, the mobile supports dual 4G Sims. Plus, it can be unlocked using face unlock, fingerprint scanner or even voice recognition (now, access your mobile without even having to touch it).
On the downsides, the cameras are not that great when shooting in low light.
Also, it features a battery of 3300 mAH which means it will need to be charged every 5-6 hours but that is where the fast charge comes in handy.
#5: Apple iPhone 7
Last but the least, in a generation where iPhone is more than just a mobile but also a status quo, it almost criminal to leave it out. But iPhone 7 isn’t limited to just that, it has some excellent features as well, making it a worthy buy.
- Camera: 12 MP Rear camera with Optical image stabilization, Quad-LED True tone flash and Live Photos, 4K Video recording at 30 fps and Slow-motion video recording in 1080p at 120 fps | 7 MP front camera with HD Face time
- Display: 11.93 centimeters (4.7-inch) HD 3D-touch touch capacitive touchscreen display and home button with 1334x750 pixels and wide color, splash, water and dust resistant
- Memory, Storage & SIM: 2GB RAM | 32GB storage | Single nano SIM
What we like
The iPhone 7 is another one of my camera favorite mobiles under 40000. The 12MP rear camera features image stabilization, 4k recording, slow-motion etc. while the front 7MP camera makes facing timing with far of loved ones a delight.
And being an iPhone you would expect it to look and feel premium, and the iPhone 7 does not disappoint. But apart from good looks, it is also durability that makes the iPhone premium.
This stems from its dust and splash-proof build and top that, it is also water-resistant (the perfect mobile for all those pool parties or water park visits).
The 4.7-inch Full HD display lets you enjoy movies and TV shows to the fullest and is also brighter and clearer than previous versions.
The 3D touch gives you on the go access to all important apps like the camera, gallery etc. (now everything will be just a click away).
Powering the iPhone 7 is iOS 10, 2GB RAM and M10 Coprocessor which. These together are ideal for everyday browsing, music, movies etc.
And lastly, the iPhone 7 has a 1960 mAH battery is good enough to last you about 6-8 hour on a single charge.
Well, to start off it, as it is quite evident, considering the other phones on the list iPhone 7 lacks both power and space and thus not suitable for high-gaming as it may drain out quickly or hang.
With 32GB of space, I feel like my hands are tied. Yup, you can always opt for either 128GB or 256GB variant but will cost you well over 50k.
Also, it does not come with a headphone jack.
But considering the fact the most of us use a MacBook for work the iPhone 7 and iPods are just the arsenal you need for the ultimate work package (after all, connecting an android to a MacBook can be really tedious).
Smartphone Under 40000 Buying Guide
But before you the best smartphone under 40000 in India, you should consider these factors because the product is not an everyday purchase.
When it comes to durability of a phone, one needs to check its build quality. And your phone is either made of metal or plastic. Well, there are some different models having glass-coated panels, but they are very limited.
If you’re the one who is prone to dropping his/her smartphone, get a metal or plastic built one because a glass-coated handset will shatter for sure in a go.
The resolution and size of the display clearly depend on how a person uses his/her smartphone.
If you use your phone often then a 5.5-6-inch, full HD or QHD will be just the perfect choice for you. A bigger screen than 6” would definitely make your phone bulky and difficult-to-carry.
OS version, UI, and bloatware are some of the factors that are considered while considering the processing power of a smartphone and it varies from device to device.
If you’re one of the heavy users who need to do multitasking in their phone then a smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 or Snapdragon 820/821 would be the best choice. Otherwise, you’ll be satisfied with MediaTek processors.
Does your smartphone’s camera have a higher number of megapixels? That’s good if it is so but this is not the only factor that makes your phone’s camera better. Other specifications include camera aperture, ISO levels, pixel size, autofocus and much more. So,
Well, technically, a phone has nothing to do with the battery life; it varied from user to user and how he/she uses their smartphone.
Your phone should have a 3500 mAh battery or above if you’re more likely to play games, work on apps, stream videos etc. On the other hand, if you’re an average or light user, a 3000 mAh battery would be enough for you.
A phone with 16 GB is just a rip-off nowadays where a large part of the phone’s storage is taken from the OS and the pre-installed apps. If you don’t like keeping a number of apps in your device, you can go with 32 GB storage. But those who prefer to keep a larger number of apps likely to go for 64 GB or 128 GB storage.
Operating System: Android oriOS?
Android: They are used by a maximum number of people and of course, for a good reason. You’ll definitely find a number of choices interms of display size, specs, design, price, and capabilities than iOS. Also, they are an open OS that means you’ll find it a whole lot easier to customize with widgets and launchers.
iOS: No matter you have an older or the latest iPhone, all of them run the updated version of Apple’s operating system. If compared with an android’s features, iOS11 offers you different enhancements with a more useful control center, real files app, and editing of live photos.
A Final Word
A mobile is something we are constantly in touch with. It is the source for most of our communication, learning, and even entertainment and thus having the right mobile can be a game-changers and with our buyer’s guide, you cannot go wrong.
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