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9 Best Smartphones Under ₹40000 in India [May 2020]

Choosing the right smartphone is very essential when you are about to spend a ton of money and there’s a lot of options available around. This year we have seen a lot of innovation in the smartphones but most of them are in the premium segment but ₹40,000 is a sweet spot where you will see a lot of new flagship killer smartphone with premium features, as well as last year’s flagship phone, getting a price drop.

You don’t need to worry if you are looking for the best smartphone to buy in this range. To save most of your precious time we have shortened down the list of the best phone available from various brands.

We made this list on our personal opinion and listed it down the best smartphones based on price, quality, durability, and more. It is focused more on the phone which you can buy in India and some of these might be available around the globe.

List of Best Smartphones Under ₹40000 in India

Note: If you are not living in India then don’t worry many phones that are listed here are available worldwide, and you can easily order it online. These smartphones are neither in ascending or descending order. All of them are the best in this price range depending on your taste.

We will be updating the article frequently as new phones are released and are worth including in this list, so make sure to check back again before making a choice.

1. OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro
Image Source – https://www.oneplus.in/oneplus-7pro

The 7 Pro is a flagship device from OnePlus which was launched in May 2019. The phone packs some really great specifications for the price. You have front and back glass with an aluminum frame. The back has a gradient design and comes in Mirror Grey, Almond, and Nebula Blue color variant.

On the front, you have a 6.67 inch Fluid AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 Pixels. The screen has a notch design for the front camera and the speaker grille. The display also supports HDR10+ and a 90Hz refresh rate. Apart from this, you have the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection.

The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with Adreno 640 GPU. When it comes to software you get Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box with OxygenOS 10.0.2 skin on top. The phone starts with 6GB of RAM and 128GB Internal storage and goes all the way up to 12GB RAM and 256GB Storage.

The cameras on this phone are great. On the back, you have a triple camera setup with a 48MP main sensor paired with an 8MP secondary telephoto lens and a 16MP ultrawide sensor. Other features include Laser AF, OIS, 3x Optical Zoom, Dual-LED flash, and HDR support. On the front, you get a motorized pop-up 16MP selfie camera with Auto-HDR and Gyro-EIS.

Connectivity features here include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX, GPS, NFC, USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. In terms of security, you get an under-display optical fingerprint scanner and face unlock feature. The device has a decent 4000 mAh battery inside along with 30W fast charging support.

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Technical Specifications

SocQualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
Ram and Storage128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.67 inches (1440 x 3120 pixels)
CameraTriple Rear 48 MP + 8 MP + 16MP | Front 16 MP
Battery 4000 mAh

2. OnePlus 7

OnePlus 7
Image Source – Oneplus.in

Every year OnePlus upgrades its phone to the latest hardware and launch a new flagship killer. This year OnePlus launched two smartphones the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro. The Pro variant features a great design overhaul the normal OnePlus 7 packs the same old design as the OnePlus 6T from last year. We have a Front and Back Glass with an aluminum frame which looks really great.

The Phone features a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. You have a 19.5:9 aspect ratio here with 402 PPI density. You also have a Teardrop-shaped notch for the front camera and the speaker grille. The notch helped the device achieve a screen to body ratio of 85.5%. You also have Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

The OnePlus features the latest hardware, you get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Chipset Paired with Adreno 640 GPU. You get the top of the line performance and the phone is available to buy in two variants. 6GB RAM + 128 GB Storage and 8GB RAM + 256 GB Storage. Internal Storage is also not expandable. The phone is available in two different color variants; Mirror Gray and Red.

The cameras on this phone are really great. You have a dual-camera setup on the back with a 48MP primary sensor with (f/1.7) Aperture, Wide-angle with PDAF and OIS and a 5 MP secondary sensor depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera also features Dual LED Flash, HDR, and Panorama. On the front is where you have the single 16 MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture, Gyro EIS and Auto HDR feature.

Connectivity options in this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. The Phone runs on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with Oxygen OS 9.5.5 Skin on Top. In terms of battery the OnePlus 7 packs a 3700 mAh battery with 20W dash charge support.

Technical Specifications

SocQualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
Ram and Storage256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.41 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
CameraDual Rear 48 MP + 5 MP | Front 16 MP
Battery 3700 mAh

3. Samsung Galaxy A80

Samsung Galaxy A80
Image Source – https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-a80-a805f/SM-A805FZKUINS/

The Samsung Galaxy A80 is the company’s take on a bezel-less device. The device was launched in April 2019. Although it is not a flagship device it is great if you are looking for a bezel-less with the best selfie camera. The phone has a front and back glass with an aluminum frame and comes in Angel Gold, Ghost White, Phantom Black color variant.

On the front, you have a large 6.7 inch Super AMOLED with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The screen has a 20:9 aspect ratio and is completely bezel-less. This smartphone can be a great entertainment device. It is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 Processor paired with Adreno 618 GPU. It comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB Internal Storage. The phone runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) based on One UI skin on top. It is a mid-range processor so you can expect a great day to day performance.

The Galaxy A80 has a Motorized pop-up rotating main camera module for both front and back. The module includes a triple camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP secondary ultrawide sensor, and a third TOF 3D camera. Other features here include PDAF, LED flash, and HDR support. In terms of security, you get an under-display fingerprint scanner and face unlock feature.

Connectivity features here include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio
USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The device is backed up by a 3700 mAh battery along with 25W fast charging support.

Technical Specifications

SocQualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm)
Ram and Storage128GB + 8GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.7 inches (1080 x 2400 pixels)
CameraMotorized pop-up Triple camera 48 MP + 8 MP + TOF 3D
Battery 3700 mAh

4. Vivo Nex

Vivo Nex
Image Source – Vivo.com

Vivo Nex was one of the first phones to introduce the under-display fingerprint scanner and the pop-up selfie camera to the retail market. The device was launched in June 2018. The phone offers a bezel-less design with amazing performance and has a great display, at first the phone was limited to China only but now it’s available across the globe.

You have a 6.59 inches Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2316 pixels. You have a bezel-less display with a minor chin on the bottom. The screen has an 86.0% screen to body ratio and 388 PPI density. The display here is very bright and has great viewing angles. You won’t face any problem viewing content even in bright sunlight.

The phone is powered by the Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Chipset paired with Adreno 630 GPU. The performance here is top-notch but the only bummer here is the Operating System. The phone runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) out of the box with Funtouch Os 6.6 out of the box. The skin is not liked by many and it’s outdated too. There are only two variants of this phone available: 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. Keep in mind that the storage is not further expandable as there is no SD card slot.

Talking about the camera, the Vivo Nex features a dual rear-facing camera setup with a combo of 12 MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, dual pixel PDAF, 4-axis OIS and a secondary 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, it has a motorized pop-up selfie camera. The camera is an 8 MP one and has an f/2.0 aperture.

Connectivity options here include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. The device also has a massive 4000 mAh battery with 22.5 W fast charging support. Overall, the Vivo Nex is a great phone it comes in two colors Black, and Red. You can grab this phone at huge discounts during sales.

Technical Specifications

SocQualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
Ram and Storage128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.1 inches (1440 x 3120 pixels)
CameraDual Rear 16 MP + 16 MP | Front 8 MP
Battery 3000 mAh

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Image Source – https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-note9-sm-n960/SM-N960FZBDINS/

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the company’s flagship from last year and it is still a great choice to buy even today. The phone was launched in August 2018 and comes in front and back glass with an aluminum frame. You have a plane back design which comes in Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Pure White, and Alpine White color variant.

On the front, you have a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The screen has 18.5:p aspect radio and supports HDR10. It is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The phone is also IP68 dust/water-resistant and comes with a Bluetooth Stylus.

The Galaxy Note 9 is powered by the Exynos 9810 chipset paired with Mali-G72 MP18 GPU. As it is a last year’s flagship processor you can expect great day-to-day as well as gaming performance from this phone. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) based on One UI skin on top. In terms of memory, you get 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 512GB storage.

On the back, you have a dual-camera setup with a 12MP primary sensor paired with a 12MP secondary telephoto lens. It also features dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 2x Optical zoom, LED flash, and auto HDR support. On the front, you have an 8MP selfie camera with Dual video call feature and HDR support. For security, you have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well as an Iris scanner.

Connectivity features of this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX, GPS NFC, USB 3.1, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. You have a large 4000 mAh battery inside along with 15W fast charging as well as Qi/PMA wireless charging support.

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Technical Specifications

SocExynos 9810 (10 nm) – EMEA
Ram and Storage128GB + 6GB RAM, 512GB + 8GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.4 inches (1440 x 2960 pixels)
CameraDual Rear 12 MP + 12 MP | Front 8 MP
Battery 4000 mAh

6. LG G7+ ThinQ

LG G7+ ThinQ
Image Source – LG.com

LG has been releasing a lot of incredible smartphones from the past few years and the LG G7+ ThinQ is one of them. The G7+ ThinQ is the company’s flagship from last year, it was released in May 2018. The LG G7+ features a fantastic build quality and packs a lot of improvements from its predecessor. The phone has glass on both the side and an aluminum frame, the back has a plain color design. You can choose from New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue, and Raspberry Rose.

On the front, it has a 6.1 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display also has a notch which houses the front camera, some sensors, and the speaker grille. The screen has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 564 PPI density. You also have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection for both front and back glass, additionally, you also have IP68 Water/dust resistant.

Inside, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with Adreno 630 GPU. The phone has 6GB RAM and 128GB Storage. You can also further expand the storage if you want up to 1 TB via a Hybrid Sim Card Slot.

Cameras on this phone are also great. You get a dual rear-facing camera setup with a 16MP Primary sensor which is wide-angle and has PDAF & laser Auto Focus and OIS. The secondary 16 MP sensor is an ultrawide-angle. Other features include LED flash, HDR, and Panorama.

Connectivity options in this phone include WiFi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, FM Radio, Type C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB OTG. The phone has a 3000 mAh battery which is decent but you also get 18 W Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Support. The LG G7+ ThinQ runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and is upgradable to 9.0 Pie.

Technical Specifications

SocQualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
Ram and Storage128 GB and 6 GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.1 inches (1440 x 3120 pixels)
CameraDual Rear 16 MP + 16 MP | Front 8 MP
Battery 3000 mAh

7. Honor View 20

Honor View 20
Image Source – Hihonor.com

Honor has been known for bringing some of the most stylish smartphones in the market and the Honor View 20 is one of them. The phone brings some amazing features and comes with some major upgrades from the Honor View 10. The device has both front and back glass with an aluminum frame. The back has a stylish shiny finish to it and comes in Saphire Blue, Phantom Blue, Phantom Red, and Midnight Black color variant.

On the front, you have a tall 6.4 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2310 pixels. The display has a 19:9 aspect ratio display and has a hole punch notch for the front camera. The screen has an 85.7% screen to body ratio. You also have corning gorilla glass protection.

The phone is powered by the Company’s own HiSilicon Kirin 980 Processor paired with Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. The phone runs on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with Magic UI 2 Skin on top. You can buy this phone in multiple configurations: 6/8 GB RAM + 128 GB Storage and 8 GB RAM + 256 GB Storage. There is no storage expandability available here as it doesn’t come with an SD card slot.

Cameras on the Honor View 20 Performs really great. You have a dual rear-facing camera setup with a 48 MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a secondary TOF 3D camera. The rear camera also features PDAF, Panorama, HDR, LED flash. On the front, you have a 25 MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture. In terms of security, the phone has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock.

Connectivity options in this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, Infrared Scanner, USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. The battery on this device is also amazing. You get a large 4000 mAh battery with 22.5 W Fast Charging Support.

Technical Specifications

SocHiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)
Ram and Storage256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.4 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
CameraDual Rear 48MP + TOF 3D Camera | Front 25 MP
Battery 4000 mAh

8. Google Pixel 3A

Google Pixel 3A
Image Source – https://store.google.com/in/product/pixel_3a

This is the first time we have seen Google releasing a toned-down variant of its flagship device. The Google Pixel 3A was released to target the mid-range market. The device was launched in May 2019 and features similar looks and design to the Google Pixel 3 and only there are some specifications downgrades.

On the front, it has a 5.6 inch OLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. There is no notch on the screen, in fact, it features a much similar design to the Google Pixel 2 XL which has 2 front-firing speakers on both top and bottom chin. The screen has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and 441 PPI density. You also have Asahi Dragontrail Glass protection.

The Google Pixel 3A is powered by the Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 Processor paired with Adreno 615 GPU. The phone runs on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. The phone comes in only 1 configuration which is 4 GB + 64 GB and you also don’t have expandable storage as it does not comes with an SD card Slot.

Google is known for making the best camera on a smartphone and the same is true for Google Pixel 3a. You get a Single 12.2 MP rear-facing camera with f/1.8 aperture, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, Dual LED flash, HDR, panorama. On the front, it has a Single 8 MP with f/2.0 aperture and HDR support.

In terms of connectivity, the phone has Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The phone has a 3000 mAh battery along with 18W fast charging support. The phone comes in three different color variants: Just Black, Clearly White, and Purple-ish. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, as well as face, unlock for security.

Technical Specifications

SocQualcomm SDM670 Snapdragon 670 (10 nm)
Ram and Storage64 GB, 4 GB RAM
Display and Resolution5.6 inches (1080 x 2220 Pixels)
CameraDual Rear 12.2 MP | Front 8 MP
Battery 3000 mAh

9. Xiaomi Black Shark 2

Xiaomi Black Shark 2
Image Source – Global.Blackshark.com

Nowadays the Smartphone gaming market is getting a lot of boosts. Almost every company is trying to create its own version of a gaming smartphone. Xiaomi has already launched a Gaming smartphone as Xiaomi Black Shark last year and this year they have launched a successor to the same. The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 was launched in March 2019 and has packs some major improvements.

The device features a 6.39 inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The screen has the 19.5:9 aspect ratio and there is no notch, instead, it has a small chin. The display on this phone is amazing, Xiaomi Claims to have the Lowest Latency touch on this phone. The phone also features Direct touch Multilayer Liquid Cooling.

The phone is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor paired with Adreno 640 GPU. The device runs on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box and features some extra software features. You have Black Shark Gaming AI, Performance Mode, Game Dock, Gamer Studio and a lot more. The device is available in four configurations to choose from: 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256 GB, and 12GB + 256GB. There is also no storage expandability available here.

Despite being a Gaming oriented phone the camera on the Black Shark 2 doesn’t disappoint. You have a dual rear-facing camera setup with a 48 MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture paired with a 12 MP telephoto lens with f/2.2 aperture. The rear camera also features PDAF, 2x Optical Zoom, LED flash, HDR, and Panorama. On the front, it has a single 20 MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

Connectivity options here include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. It has a massive 4000 mAh battery along with 27 W fast charging support. in terms of security, you have an under-display fingerprint scanner. The device is available in three color variants: Black, Silver, and Blue.

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Technical Specifications

SocQualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
Ram and Storage256 GB, 8/12 GB RAM, 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.39 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
CameraDual Rear 48 MP + 12 MP | Front 20 MP
Battery 4000 mAh

Final Words

It is always tough to Device when you have a lot of options and most of them have similar specifications. Though this is a narrowed down list but still if you face difficulty picking up your right smartphone then there are few things you should consider Display, Camera, Software, Design, and processor.

Things always look good on paper but the best way to find out is to try out yourself. I recommend you to visit any nearby store and check out all the features yourself and decide whether it’s a perfect buying decision.

So there you go guys, Our list for the best smartphone you can get under ₹40,000. Now if you have a suggestion or we missed something then don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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Mehul Boricha
Mehul Boricha is the founder of Tech Arrival & Astute Links. He is a computer and smartphone geek from Junagadh, Gujarat, India. He is a Computer Engineer by Education & an Entrepreneur by Passion. Apart from technology geek, he is an audiophile & loves to connect with people.

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