While most of us want to own a flagship smartphone like the iPhone X (₹88,749) or Google Pixel 2 (₹51,899), they are priced so high that not all of us can afford them. That said, if you don’t care about the brand name, today, you can easily get a smartphone with flagship-level specs, well under 40000 INR. The under 40000 INR smartphone category is more vibrant in 2018 than ever before, giving consumers a lot of options to choose from. So, if you are in the market for a relatively pocket-friendly flagship device, here are the 8 best phones under 40000 INR that you can buy right now:
Best Phones Under 40000 INR You Can Buy (October 2018)
1. OnePlus 6
I don’t think anyone will be surprised to see the OnePlus 6 on this list. I mean OnePlus is the company which practically invented the flagship killer category, and their latest offering, the OnePlus 6, stays true to its tag name more than ever before. The OnePlus 6 brings the top of the line hardware including Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 GPU, 6 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage. If you want, you can pay a little bit extra to get 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage. Combine this with OnePlus’s ultralight OxygenOS software and you get performance which can match even the best of the best smartphones out there. When you get past its crazy performance, you will fall in love with its 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED display which now stretches from edge-to-edge.
OnePlus 6 also pack some amazing cameras and can take some really good photos. Its dual 16MP (f/1.7) + 20MP (f/1.7) camera setup at the back is capable of taking amazing photos with great details and dynamic range. Even the 16MP (f/2.0) front camera is fairly capable and can take beautiful selfies. OnePlus 6 camera performance might not match the likes of Pixel 2, however, the contest is far closer than you might think. OnePlus has managed to pack its amazing hardware inside a modern and sleek glass on glass design which is held together by an aluminum frame. The smartphone looks gorgeous and is extremely comfortable to hold. I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the best smartphones you can buy in 2018 even when you remove the price brackets.
Buy From Amazon: ₹34,999
2. LG G7+ ThinQ
Every year LG launches a new flagship device and every year I have to write an article saying that LG’s flagship device is the most underrated device of the year as it generally goes under the radar. Well, LG is trying to change that with its 2018 flagship, the LG G7+ ThinQ, and it’s one of the best smartphones you can buy in 2018. With G7+ ThinQ LG has not only improved the smartphone to match the standards set by other flagship devices, but it has also cut down its price to make it a lot more lucrative. The LG G7+ ThingQ not only brings the top of the line Snapdragon 845 processor and pairs it with the Adreno 630 GPU but it also brings 6 GB of RAM and whopping 128 GB of storage at the base model.
If you are someone who stores a ton of media on his/her device, this is probably one of the best phones you can buy. Talking about the screen, the smartphone is packing a beautiful 6.1-inch Quad HD+ display which is being protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone also packs some amazing cameras. The back camera housing packs a dual 16 MP (f/1.6) + 16 MP (f/1.9) camera setup while the front camera sports an 8 MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone can take some amazing photos and is certainly a contender for the best camera phone of the year. Finally, the smartphone is also IP68 dust and water resistant. If you want a true 2018 flagship which is not cutting any corners, you buy this smartphone.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹39,990
2. Huawei Nova 3
Huawei has just unveiled their latest mid-range flagship device, the Huawei Nova 3, and it has a lot of things going for it. For starters, The Huawei Nova 3 is packing Huawei’s top of the line Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor which is being paired with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. The Kirin 970 is an excellent processor and you will be getting a crazy fast performance with this one. There’s also 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage which is more than enough. Coming to the front of the phone, the Huawei Nova 3 is packing a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Like all the others 2018 flagships, the display is almost bezel-less with a small notch at the top. The display is very vibrant, color accurate, and looks absolutely beautiful.
All that is good but if you ask me the unique selling point of this phone are its cameras. Their are four in total, two at the back and two at the front, which means with Nova 3, your selfie game will be really strong. Talking about the specs, the primary camera features 16 MP (f/1.8) regular sensor along with a 24 MP (f/1.8) monochrome sensor. I have always loved the monochrome sensors on the Huawei phones as not only they improve normal photography, they also allow you to take some amazingly beautiful black and white pictures. Talking about the front camera, it brings a 24 MP + 2 MP dual camera which should be amazing for selfies. The Huawei Nova 3 is certainly packing a big punch and is certainly one of the best phones you can buy under 40,000 INR.
Buy From Amazon: ₹34,999
4. Poco F1
It has never happened before that we put a near 20000 INR phone in a 40000 INR list, but it’s 2018, and Xiaomi has just upended the smartphone market with its new Poco F1. I am still trying to comprehend how the company was able to pack top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in a device that starts at Rs. 20,999. But Xiaomi has done it and here we are. There’s no better time to buy a smartphone than it is right now. If you are someone who used to longingly look at the high-end specs of premium smartphones and wished if you could own it, now is the time that you can do that.
Talking about the phone itself, apart from the Snapdragon 845, the phone is also bringing Adreno 630 GPU which makes this phone a gaming powerhouse. On the camera front, the phone is bringing a great dual 12MP + 5MP setup at the back while a 20MP front camera is handling all your selfie needs. The front of the smartphone is sporting a 6.18 inch IPS LCD screen which has a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels. Finally, there’s a huge 4000 mAh battery which is enough to easily last you the whole day. Overall, the phone is offering way more than its asking price and you should definitely check it out.
Buy From Flipkart: starts at ₹20,999
5. Honor 10
Honor 10 is a great mid-range smartphone which can give flagship devices a run for their money. Starting with its design, the smartphone features a unique color-changing back panel which looks uniquely beautiful. On the front, the Honor 10 features a 5.84-inch IPS LCD screen with a notch at the top. The IPS panel used in Honor 10 is one of the best I have seen any smartphone. The display brings great color accuracy and gets sufficiently bright. Coming to the guts of the smartphone, the Honor 10 is being powered by Huawei’s in-house Hi-Silicon Kirin 970 processor which is paired with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. I have always been a fan of Kirin processors as they not only match their Snapdragon counterpart in performance but they are also more power efficient which means a longer battery life.
Talking about the cameras, Honor phones are known for their camera quality and Honor 10 is no different. On paper, the smartphone brings a dual 16 MP (f/1.8) + 24 MP (f/1.8) camera setup at the back and a 24 MP (f/2.0) camera at the front. Both the front and back cameras take amazing photos and can rival photos taken by the best camera phones out there. Honor even packs AI capabilities with its camera which promises to improve photo quality even further. As you can see, Honor 10 is a very capable smartphone and certainly deserves a place in your pocket.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹29,999
6. Asus Zenfone 5Z
If you are looking to get the most value for your money, Asus Zenfone 5z is probably the phone for you. The Zenfone 5Z packs in Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 processor clocked in at 2.8GHz and pairs it with Adreno 630 GPU. You also get 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage at the base model which can be increased to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage if you are ready to spend a little more. Coming to the front of the device, the smartphone sports a 6.2-inch FHD+ Super IPS+ display which gets really bright and has a modern 19:9 aspect ratio. This killer hardware combination at the phone’s current price makes this one of the best value for money smartphones anyone can buy right now.
The Zenfone 5Z also packs in a respectable 3,300 mAh battery to keep the device going and brings support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology for fast charging. I would have loved to see Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 support, however, at this price point, I am not really complaining. In the camera department, the Zenfone 5Z sports a 12MP+8MP dual camera setup with OIS and EIS on the back, along with an 8MP selfie camera up front. While the camera performance is not the best we have seen, it’s also not the worst. I have to agree that the cameras are its weakest point, and if you can live with that, you will be getting a hell lot of a phone for quite a reasonable price.
Buy from Flipkart: (₹29,999)
7. Vivo X21 (UD)
Vivo has proven itself to be one of the most innovative smartphone companies of 2018 and the Vivo X21 is a prime example of that. The Vivo X21 is the world’s first mass-market smartphone to be released with an under-display fingerprint sensor, and using it to unlock your phone feels nothing sort of magic. The smartphone’s USP is its display as the use of under-display fingerprint sensor has allowed Vivo to bring a smartphone with an almost bezel-less display, featuring just a small chin at the bottom and the notch a the top. The resulting almost bezel-less 6.21-inch Super AMOLED panel, which has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels, looks absolutely gorgeous.
I mean, it feels like a portal, and consuming media on this device is just a treat for to eyes. However, to pack such innovative technology inside a mid-range smartphone, the company had to cut some corners. For starters, the Vivo X21 brings a Snapdragon 660 processor with Adreno 512 GPU which frankly cannot compete with the likes of OnePlus 6 and the Asus Zenfone 5Z which bring top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 processor. However, where the Vivo X21 lacks in performance, it makes up with its camera quality.
On paper, the Vivo X21’s dual 12MP (f/1.8) + 5MP (f/2.4) camera at the back and single 12MP (f/2.0) camera at the front, might not look that formidable, however, take them out for a spin and you are in for a nice surprise. In short, the Vivo X21’s cameras are just amazing. The camera manages to produce images with rich colors and pixel-perfect sharpness. There is no loss in quality even while zooming at high levels, and the overall color reproduction is great. Overall, Vivo X21 is a great device and if you can live with the mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor. You will get more innovative features with this one than with any other device on this list.
Buy From Amazon: ₹35,990
8. LG V30+
I always say that sometimes it’s better to buy a last year’s flagship than this year’s mid-range smartphone. That statement holds true for LG V30+ more than any other device out there. The LG V30+ is a big bold smartphone which makes an even bolder statement. While the smartphone brings everything that you expect from a flagship device including the Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 GPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage, you are not necessarily buying this phone for all these reasons. I mean, obviously, flagship-level specs are one of the reasons that this smartphone made this list, that said, the LG V30+ is much more than.
There are three main reasons that you should buy this device for; display, cameras, and audio quality. Let’s start with the display. The phone packs a 6-inch QHD+ OLED panel with a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels, giving it a pixel density of ~537 PPI. The display looks crazy beautiful with everything looking sharp and crisp. It is surely one of the best smartphone displays out there. Coming to the camera, the smartphone packs a 16MP (f/1.6) +13MP primary dual camera setup with a 5MP front-facing shooter, both of which take some amazing photos. I am especially in love with its secondary wide-angle lens at the back which lets you capture some mind-boggling nature shots which is something that is not possible with other phones on this list.
Lastly and probably the most under-rated feature of the LG V30+ is the audio hardware packed in this device. The smartphone packs a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC which allows users to enjoy music at its best. I mean, if you have the quality headphones which can drive its DAC, you will be able to enjoy music that sounds as rich, full, and layered as a live performance. If anyone of these three reasons strikes a chord with you, you should definitely give LG V30+ a chance. Do note that the price of this smartphone fluctuates a lot, so make sure to get it when it dips below 40000 INR.
Buy From Amazon: ₹38,990
9. Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S series of smartphones set the benchmark for what it means to be a flagship device, and the Samsung Galaxy S8 which was released year, is still a very capable smartphone. The Galaxy S8 is being powered by the Exynos 8895, while the GPU related needs are being handled by Adreno 540. We published the review of Samsung Galaxy S8 when it launched and anyone who wants to take a deep dive into can follow the link. The short version is that this is a great smartphone and you cannot go wrong with this. Probably the biggest reason to buy this phone other than its beautiful design, build, and performance is its cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 packs a 12 MP primary sensor with a f/1.7 aperture which brings one of the best low-light performance. The pictures taken with this phone have good details, no noise, and amazing dynamic range. I also love its 8 MP (f/1.7) front-facing shooter as it’s a wide-angle lens which captures a lot more area, and is one of the best sensors for group selfies. Normally, the Samsung Galaxy S8 plus costs well above 40000 INR mark, however, currently, there’s a deal going on Paytm which lets you buy this phone for just above Rs. 40,000. That is a deal that you don’t want to miss. So, just click on the link and go get it.
Buy From Paytm: ₹41,990
10. iPhone 6S Plus
While iPhone 6S Plus is now almost three years old, it is your only choice if you want to get into the iOS game at this price range. That’s not to say that it’s a bad smartphone, on the contrary, it is a fairly capable smartphone, and considering Apple’s track record, the smartphone is still good to receive newer versions of iOS at least for a couple years now. So now that you know that the phone is sorted for at least a couple of years as far as software updates are concerned, let’s see what you are getting on the hardware front. As you might know, the iPhone 6S Plus is being powered by Apple’s A9 processor which is a beast in its own right.
You might think that a 3-year-old processor will start showing its age, however, the A9 chipset used on the iPhone 6S plus is still one of the fastest processors out there. In fact, the single core score of the A9 processor on Geekbench is comparable to the single core score of Snapdragon 845. Yes, you read it right. Apple makes the fastest mobile processors and iPhone 6S Plus is plenty capable, even in 2018. Finally, coming to the camera front, the iPhone 6S Plus packs a 12 MP rear sensor and a 5 MP front sensor which are fairly capable. While these cameras cannot beat the likes of S8 and V30+, they are almost there, and far better than any other mid-range device out there. I think I have given enough reasons for you to become comfortable with buying a two-generation old iPhone, however, if you are still not convinced, you could always spend a little more and get the iPhone 7 (₹44,999).
Buy From Amazon: ₹39,670
Bonus: Moto Z2 Force
While Moto Z2 Force will not be my first choice when considering the best smartphone under 40000 INR, it does brings a special feature which makes it worth mentioning on this list. But before we get to the reason, let us first see what other things Moto Z2 Force brings to the table. Firstly, the Moto Z2 Force is being powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, which is Qualcomm’s 2017 flagship processor, so you know you are not loosing much on power. It is being paired with Adreno 540 GPU, 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. As it happens, the phone doesn’t look that bad on paper. However, if you just want these specs, the LG V30+ or the Samsung Galaxy S8 is probably a better buy as they both feature a more modern design with an almost bezel-less display.
The reason why this phone is on the list is because the phone comes with Motorola’s shatter-proof technology which makes this one a highly durable phone. The display on this thing is really strong and never shatters. I mean, during several drop tests conducted by multiple YouTubers, the phone died but the screen didn’t shatter. So, if you want a phone which has an indestructible screen, the Moto Z2 Force is the phone for you. Another good thing about this phone is its pricing as not only it’s available below INR 40000 but it is below INR 30000 which makes this one of the cheapest phone running on last year’s flagship processors.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹29,999
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Best Phones Under INR 40000 to Buy
That ends our list of the best smartphones that you can buy under 40000 INR. There are some great phones on this list and I think you will find the phone that meets your need. Do let us know which is your favorite phone from the list by writing in the comments section below. Also, tell us why you chose that specific phone over others.