Most of the Indian consumers are price-conscious, especially when it comes to purchasing smartphones. After all, not everyone’s rich enough to shell out nearly thousand bucks on ultra premium smartphones like the iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 XL or Samsung Galaxy Note 8. With several companies releasing smartphones that offer much better value, there’s no real reason to go for these expensive devices either. Smartphones falling under the Rs. 40000 price bracket are generally classified as mid-range devices, but some of the brands offer hardware that could give certain flagships a run for their money. Well, if you’re in the market looking to buy a great mid-range smartphone, here are the 10 best phones under 40000 INR you can buy:
10 Best Phones Under 40000 INR (October 2017)
1. OnePlus 5 – The Best All-Round Smartphone
Looking for a smartphone that manages to check almost all the boxes when it comes to flagship qualities? The OnePlus 5 that launched earlier this year might just be the smartphone that you’re looking for. Sure, the device has taken design cues from the recent iPhones, which you might love or hate, but you’ll certainly be impressed with the hardware it packs for the price point. The device sports a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display and is powered by Qualcomm’s bleeding edge Snapdragon 835 processor along with either 6 or 8 GB of RAM for exceptional multitasking performance in the long run.
Moving on to the camera department, this is the first OnePlus smartphone featuring a dual-camera setup, following the footsteps of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. The dual 16 MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture lets you take some impressive portraits with shallow depth of field. The front-facing 16 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture is good enough to snap some crisp high resolution selfies and groupies with your friends. Lastly, in terms of battery performance, the 3300 mAh battery is good enough to last you all day without even breaking a sweat, so there are no concerns in this regard.
Buy: (Starts at Rs. 32,999)
2. Nokia 8 – The Best Value For Money Smartphone
Ever since HMD Global acquired the rights to use the iconic Nokia brand, people were all excited to see the company’s next flagship smartphone. With the announcement of Nokia 8, they did manage to re-enter the smartphone business in style. Sure, it might not have the gorgeous bezel-less design that can make you drool all day long, but we don’t really expect that from a mid-range smartphone either. The latest Nokia flagship sports a 5.3-inch IPS color-accurate display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, which is nothing short of impressive, when you pit it against the competition. Under the all-aluminium chassis, the device packs Qualcomm’s cutting-edge Snapdragon 835 chip coupled with either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM for stellar multitasking performance.
There are no sacrifices made in the camera department either as the Nokia 8 boasts a dual-13 MP camera setup with an f/2.0 aperture and Carl Zeiss optics that lets you take some breathtaking stills under good lighting conditions. On the front, the device sports a secondary 13 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture that allows for some crisp selfies and groupies with your friends. Lastly, let’s talk about battery performance. The 3090 mAh unit on the Nokia 8 is good enough to last you through the day under moderate usage, so we’ve got no complaints in this department.
Buy: (Rs. 36,999)
3. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 – The Best Bezel-less Smartphone
There’s no doubt regarding the fact that bezel-less display is the tech trend of 2017. Right on top of the list, we’ve got the successor to the smartphone that kickstarted the bezel-less trend just a year ago. Yes, we’re talking about the Mi Mix 2 and believe us, this smartphone is sure to turn some heads immediately after you take it out of your pocket. For starters, it’s got a 5.99-inch IPS panel that manages to cover just over 80% of the device’s front. The 18:9 inch display has a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, so there’s no shortage when it comes to pixel count. Under the hood, it’s powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chip coupled with either 6 or 8 GB of RAM, for exceptional multitasking performance in the long run.
However, our impressions change significantly when it comes to the camera department, as the 12 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture does a mediocre job when it comes to taking stills especially in low-light conditions, which is not expected from a smartphone at this price point. Moreover, the lack of a dual-camera setup in 2017 might certainly disappoint some consumers, especially after they’ve seen smartphones like the OnePlus 5 and Nokia 8. The secondary 5 MP camera with the same f/2.0 aperture doesn’t do any justice either as lot of details are missing in the selfies which we’ve managed to take on the unit that we received at our office. That being said, the camera is good enough to shoot 4K video at 30 fps, so there are no worries in this regard. As far as the battery is concerned, the Mi Mix 2 packs a 3400 mAh battery that’s good enough to make sure you don’t run out of juice all day.
Buy: (Rs 35,999)
4. Google Pixel XL – The Best Camera Smartphone
Although this is a smartphone from last year, the Pixel XL is still one of the most powerful Android smartphones out there. Moreover, if you want the pure Android experience and quick software updates without shelling a chunk of your hard-earned cash on the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, this is definitely the way to go. The Google Pixel XL sports a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (QHD) for all the eye candy that you’ll need, especially while consuming media. The device is powered by last year’s top tier Snapdragon 821 processor that’s still quite capable and 4 GB of RAM that’s good enough to handle almost anything that you throw at it.
That being said, what’s most impressive about the Google Pixel XL is its camera. For over 10 months, the smartphone packed the highest rated camera by DxOMark with an overall score of 89 until it was dethroned by the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus last month. The 12.3 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture does a stellar job when it comes to taking stills even in dim lighting conditions. The secondary 8 MP camera with an f/2.4 aperture managed to do a great job in taking some high resolution selfies as well as groupies. Lastly, the 3450 mAh battery on the Pixel XL is good enough to last you all day, without breaking a sweat, so this is not the department that you should be concerned about.
Buy: (Starts at Rs. 39,999)
5. Apple iPhone 6S – The Best iOS Smartphone
iPhones have always been expensive for the most of us, but not an iPhone that was released a couple of years ago. That’s right, we’re talking about the iPhone 6S that’s still ample for the year 2017, and after multiple price cuts, it’s quite a tempting deal to say the least. Moreover, if you want to experience iOS in all its glory without spending a chunk of your hard-earned cash, this is definitely the smartphone you should be going for. It sports an 4.7 inch IPS panel with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels which is color-accurate despite the low pixel count in comparison to the competition. The all-aluminium iPhone 6S is powered by the Apple A9 chip which is still comparable to the top-of-the-line Snapdragon processors when it comes to performance. The 2 GB of RAM might sound disappointing at first, but since it’s running iOS instead of Android, you won’t notice any hiccups.
Moving on to the camera department, the iPhone 6S sports a 12 MP primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture that lets you take some great stills under good lighting condition, especially considering the fact that the sensor is two years old. The secondary 5 MP front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture is good enough to take some impressive selfies and groupies with your friends. There are no compromises in the video department either, as the 6S is fully capable of shooting 4K video with a 30 fps frame rate, which is quite impressive for a smartphone from 2015. As far as battery life is concerned, the 1715 mAh battery might sound weak on paper, but it’s good enough to last you through the day under moderate usage, thanks to iOS optimizations.
Buy: (Rs. 36,990)
6. Huawei Honor 8 Pro – The Flagship Killer Smartphone
Next on the list, we’ve got a smartphone that manages to give the OnePlus 5 that we just discussed, a run for its money, especially when it comes to the price point. Well, this is yet another smartphone that follows the design aesthetics of the iPhone, but the all-metal chassis is definitely a welcome addition. The Honor 8 Pro sports 5.7-inch QHD IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, which is nothing short of impressive to say the least. Under the hood, it packs the company’s own HiSilicon Kirin 960 chip coupled with 6 GB of RAM to handle even the most intensive tasks with ease.
Camera is one of the major aspects of Huawei smartphones and the Honor 8 Pro is no exception in that regard as it boasts a 12 MP dual-camera setup with an f/2.2 aperture that does an impressive job when it comes to shooting stills. The secondary 8 MP front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture is also good enough for snapping some crisp selfies along with your fronts, regardless of the lighting conditions. Above everything that I’ve mentioned so far, what impressed me most is the Honor 8 Pro’s battery life, as the 4000 mAh unit is good enough to last you throughout the day even under heavy usage.
Buy: (Rs. 29,999)
7. LG G6 – The Best Dual-Camera Smartphone
The G6 is one of the two flagship smartphones that LG launched this year. It’s also one of the very first smartphones to boast an 18:9 display with minimal bezels at the top and bottom. Although it carried the typical flagship price tag at launch, thanks to multiple price cuts, the smartphone now offers better value than most of the competition. For starters, it sports the 5.7-inch QHD+ IPS display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels for all the eye candy that you’ll need during media consumption. It’s no slouch when it comes to performance either as it’s powered by the Snapdragon 821 chip coupled with 4 GB of RAM.
Moving on to the camera, LG has taken a different approach for its 13 MP dual-camera setup. Unlike the iPhone 7 Plus or the OnePlus 5, this setup is not used to add the “bokeh” effect. Instead, the secondary lens used by LG here is a wide-angle lens that provides 71-degree field of view which is perfect for capturing some breathtaking landscapes. The secondary 5 MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture does a decent job at taking selfies, so we’ve got no gripe in this department. Lastly, the 3300 mAh battery on the LG G6 is good enough to last you throughout the day under moderate usage.
Buy: (Rs. 36,194)
8. Samsung Galaxy S7 – The Best Super AMOLED Smartphone
The Galaxy S7 is Samsung’s 2016 flagship smartphone, and it’s still good enough to be considered as a worthy choice due to multiple price cuts over the last several months. Samsung makes some of the best smartphone displays out there, and the Galaxy S7 is no exception in this department as it sports a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels that ensures deep blacks as well as make the colors pop, thereby making a big difference while consuming media on your smartphone. The S7 is powered by the Exynos 8890 octa-core chip along with 4 GB of RAM, so the device is no slouch when it comes to performance, even for this year.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 also boasts one of the best cameras in this list, second only to the Pixel XL. Therefore, you can expect some breathtaking stills regardless of the lighting conditions from its 12 MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture. The secondary 5 MP front-facing camera with an f/1.7 aperture might be low in terms of pixel count, but it does an excellent job in taking selfies even in low-light situations. As far as the battery life is concerned, the 3000 mAh battery on the S7 should be good enough to last you through the day under moderate usage, so this is not at all a major concern.
Buy: (Rs. 39,900)
9. Moto Z2 Play – The Best Customizable Smartphone
If you’re into customizing your phone with a plethora of Moto Mods that are out there, the Moto Z2 Play will certainly be a worthy investment. This is also the least expensive smartphone featured in this list, so we’ve got no complaints regarding its price point. To start things off, the Moto Z2 Play features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels for color vibrancy and better visibility under sunlight. Beneath the metallic chassis, the Moto Z2 Play houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core chip and 4 GB of RAM that can handle your everyday tasks with ease.
The Z2 Play sports a 12 MP rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture that lets you shoot some great stills even in low-light situations. The secondary 5 MP front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture does a passable job when it comes to taking selfies. That being said, the camera is fully capable of recording 4K video with a 30 fps frame rate, just in case you want to shoot some vlogs on your smartphone. As far as battery life is concerned, the Moto Z2 Play packs a 3000 mAh battery that should be good enough to last you through the day under moderate usage. However, if you still want more juice, you can always get a battery mod for the Z2 Play.
Buy: (Rs. 25,485)
10. HTC U Ultra – The Best Built Smartphone
HTC has gained quite a reputation when it comes to offering smartphones with stellar build quality, and the company’s U Ultra which was launched earlier this year is no exception in that regard as it sports a gorgeous glass and metal design with a super-shiny mirror finish on the back which might be something that you’d either love or hate. The device sports a 5.7-inch Super LCD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and is powered by last year’s Snapdragon 821 quad-core chip coupled with 4 GB of RAM for making multitasking a breeze. That being said, it’s the secondary display at the top that makes this phone stand out from the rest of the competition, as it’s able to display reminders, app shortcuts and more.
Moving on to the camera, the HTC U Ultra sports a 12 MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture that does a great job in still photography even during low-light situations. The secondary front-facing selfie camera is rated at 16 MP to make sure all your selfies are as crisp and detailed as possible. When it comes to video recording, it’s capable of shooting 4K footage at 30 fps without breaking a sweat, just like several other smartphones featured in this list. Lastly, the 3000 mAh battery is good enough to last you through the day under moderate usage, so this is not a major concern at all.
Buy: (Rs. 30,990)
The Best Phones Under 40000 INR You Can Buy
As discussed earlier, not everyone’s willing to spend nearly a thousand dollars on a smartphone that you’re probably going to replace in a year or two. Sure, they might offer cutting-edge hardware and features, but it’s not always going to be a worthy investment. So, are you in the market looking to upgrade to a great mid-range smartphone this year? Well, we’re glad that we could list out some of the best phones that you can possibly buy under Rs. 40,000. So, which one are you planning to go for, and why? Do let us know, in the comments section down below.