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Best smartphone under Rs. 40,000 You Can Buy In India

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We have made some notable additions to our sub-Rs. 40,000 list with the Realme GT, Samsung Galaxy A52s and Motorola Edge 20 Pro. Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro is still one of the most popular smartphones in this segment due to its very aggressive pricing and impressive specifications. OnePlus remains a household name in this segment, thanks to its recent entry, the OnePlus 9R. Oppo too surprised us this year with the Reno 5 Pro 5G, as it is the thinnest and lightest phone in the segment without completely compromising. Older models from Xiaomi, OnePlus and Samsung are also part of our list as they have aged quite well by now.

If you are not able to decide which smartphone is right for you under Rs. 40,000, then read on to see some of Gadgets 360’s top picks, in no particular order.

Best phone under Rs. 40,000

Phones under Rs. 40,000 Gadgets 360 Rating (out of 10) Price in India (as recommended)
Motorola Edge 20 Pro 8 Rupee. 36,999
realme gt 9 Rupee. 37,999
Samsung Galaxy A52s 8 Rupee. 35,999
iQoo 7 Legend 9 Rupee. 39,990
Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 9 Rupee. 39,999
OnePlus 9R 8 Rupee. 39,999
Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G 9 Rupee. 35,990
OnePlus 8T 9 Rupee. 38,999
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 9 Rupee. 37,990
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G 8 Rupee. 36,999

Motorola Edge 20 Pro

Motorola Edge 20 Pro is the top-of-the-line smartphone of the Edge 20 series. It has a 6.7-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate. This phone really excels when it comes to its fluid performance, powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, impressive 5X telephoto camera and promises of timely software updates. Some areas in which it could have done better are low-light camera performance and charging speed. Overall, Motorola Edge 20 Pro is a good alternative to OnePlus 9R.

realme gt

The Realme GT isn’t a flagship killer, but it is a premium all-rounder. At a price starting at Rs 37,999, it lacks features like IP rating and wireless charging but still turns out to be a good all-rounder. Its top variant, available only in Racing Yellow Wagon Leather finish, is aimed at youngsters who want a performance-oriented smartphone without the frills. It has a Super AMOLED display with a high refresh rate that gamers will love.

It has a great Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and plenty of RAM, so the phone is capable of handling high-end games. The cameras also perform fairly well for recording still photos and videos. Battery life is good, and the 65W charger included in the box charges this phone very quickly.

Samsung Galaxy A52s

Samsung Galaxy A52s is a premium priced mid-range smartphone. This makes it a tough sell for both a premium smartphone buyer and one looking for a solid mid-range smartphone. It ranks higher than the Galaxy A52 as it has a faster display refresh rate, a new and updated processor with better overall performance, and 5G.

Its design is similar to that of the Galaxy A52, and it retains the IP67 rating of its predecessor which seems to be the only standout feature against the current competition. The upgraded 120Hz display keeps up with today’s trends and offers deep blacks, while its stereo speakers deliver loud and clear sound. Camera performance in daylight is quite good, but low-light photos and videos leave a lot to be desired. Battery life is quite good and charging speed is average. That’s good enough to earn a spot on our list, even though some competing smartphones perform better with much lower prices.

iQoo 7 Legend

iQoo is back in India after a long hiatus with the iQoo 7 series, and the iQoo 7 Legend earns a spot on our list. The Legend Edition of this smartphone features a more powerful Snapdragon 888 SoC (compared to the Snapdragon 870 in the iQoo 7), a telephoto camera, and a unique looking paint job inspired by BMW Motorsport. We found the design, display and performance of this phone to be excellent. The cameras aren’t too bad either. Overall, the iQoo 7 Legend represents excellent value for money starting at just Rs. 39,990.

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro

The Mi 11X Pro garners the title of “flagship killer” from OnePlus as it literally delivers true flagship-grade performance at the lowest possible price. You get a top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, a vibrant 120Hz AMOLED display, and impressive cameras. The feature list includes a great design, a vivid display, good-sounding stereo speakers, and even an IP53 rating for basic dust and water resistance. The spammy nature of MIUI is probably the biggest gripe we have with this phone, and the fact that it gets quite hot when charging. Other than these things though, it’s largely a slam-dunk, and you can’t ask for more at this price.

OnePlus 9R

The OnePlus 9R is a peace offering from the company for its fans in India, which it is expected to soften the blow of the more expensive OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. It’s a minor refresh of the OnePlus 8T with a new SoC and a different coat of paint, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC in the 9R is essentially a modified version of last year’s Snapdragon 865+ SoC, which offers a slight increase in performance. However, not much has changed from the 8T – the OnePlus 9R continues to offer 65W fast charging, the same set of cameras, a vivid 120Hz display, and great software.

Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G

The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G is one of those rare smartphones that balances ergonomics and performance very well. If you hate big and bulky smartphones, the Reno 5 Pro 5G with its 173g weight and 7.6mm thickness is what the doctor ordered. However, Oppo hasn’t compromised much in other areas to offer it. The smartphone uses MediaTek’s powerful Dimensity 1000+ SoC, along with a bright and vivid 90Hz curved-edge AMOLED display. You get 65W fast charging, a decent set of cameras, smooth gaming performance, and great battery life.

OnePlus 8T

OnePlus has continued to sell the 8T at a new lower price even after launching the OnePlus 9R. The OnePlus 8T is still a dependable smartphone with great performance, support for 5G, a great display, good cameras and of course one of the best custom versions of Android in the market. This phone is a bit small, and the low-light camera performance is a bit average. However, apart from these minor issues, it is still a very good smartphone if you are looking to save a little money compared to the 9R.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE was an instant hit when it launched last year, as it offered all the essential features of Samsung’s S20 flagship line at a very low price. With this phone, you get features like IP68 rating, wireless charging, flagship Exynos SoC, telephoto camera, and 120Hz AMOLED display for well under Rs. 50,000 with the launch of the Galaxy S20 FE 5G this year, the price of the old model has come down even further, to just Rs. 37,990 on the online marketplace. If you’re not willing to jump on the 5G bandwagon just yet, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is still an excellent smartphone at its current selling price.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G

Xiaomi’s Mi 10T Pro 5G throws everything but the kitchen sink at an incredible price of just Rs. 36,999. It offers a flagship-grade 5G Qualcomm SoC, a 144Hz LCD display, a massive battery, and a very capable 108-megapixel camera that supports 8K video recording. If you can bear the spammy nature and 218g weight of MIUI, then you will love the price this smartphone offers. Xiaomi hasn’t compromised on the construction of the Mi 10T Pro 5G, as the frame is aluminum and you get Corning Gorilla Glass on the front, back and camera module.


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