In 2016, more than 130 million smartphones shipped in India, while in 2017 the number sored past 200 million units. Though a major chunk of shipments in 2018 will continue to be of affordable mobile phones priced under Rs 20,000, there will be a sizeable increase in the number of people willing to pay a premium price for their phones.

If you have a budget of under 40k, you can expect premium design, best in class performance, a decent camera, and a flagship-grade experience. While Apple and OnePlus have dominated low-end Premium phones segment for some time now, other Android OEMs have now started taking the competition in this budget seriously. We have selected best smartphones under Rs. 40,000 which should meet your expectations.

1. Google Pixel 2 (Best Price: 34,990)

The Google Pixel 2 (review) is clearly best camera phone available under Rs 40,000. Google originally priced it at ₹ 61,000 but thanks to Flipkart it is available for ₹ 39,999 on the online portal.

The vanilla android phone, apart from powerful hardware, comes with 2-year warranty. Google has also promised software updates for the next 3 years which will ensure that your phone doesn’t feel dated through its lifetime.

What’s Good (Pros)

  • Impressive Camera
  • Fluent performance
  • Latest Android
  • Water Resistant
  • Stereo Speakers

What’s not So Good (Cons)

  • Design feels dated
  • No dual SIM support
  • No microSD card slot

2. OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6 is powered by the Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset and has a lot to look forward to. The new flagship killer improves its camera (OIS added), is water resistant, and also has support for Android P Beta.

Storage options go up to 256GB and the handset will retail on Amazon India (starting May 21) and at offline OnePlus experience stores.

What’s Good (Pros)

  • Good quality AMOLED screen
  • Great camera
  • Intuitive software
  • Excellent performance

What’s Not So Good (Cons)

  • No microSD card slot

3. Nokia 7 Plus (Best price: Rs. 25,999)

The Nokia 7 Plus (Review) doesn’t have the flagship hardware but it has more than what most people would need. It has a solid aluminum build and is powered by Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

It runs the latest Android 8.1 Oreo-based software and also supports Android P Beta upgrade. The front and rear camera performance is good for the price and the 3800mAh battery lasts really long.

What’s Good (Pros)

  • Solid build
  • Excellent performance
  • Good cameras for the price
  • Pure Android software
  • Can stream HD content
  • Long lasting battery

What’s Not So Good (Cons)

  • Hybrid SIM slot
  • Big Bezels
  • Selfie camera

4. OnePlus 5T (Best Price: Rs 32,999/Rs 37,999)

OnePlus 5T (Long-term review) is still an option you can consider, especially if the notch is something you just can’t get your head around. The handset has a full screen 18:9 aspect ratio AMOLED display on and packs state of the art hardware under its hood.

OnePlus continues to watch developments in the areas of augmented reality and artificial intelligence from the sidelines. Still, it comes with features like superfast Face-unlock, OnePlus gestures, and dash charge that matter to its audience the most.

What’s Good (Pros)

  • Superior design & built quality
  • Stock-ish software
  • Beautiful Screen
  • Blistering performance
  • Dash Charging

What’s Not So Good (Cons)

  • No microSD slot
  • Not water resistance
  • Average low light camera performance

5. Nokia 8 (Best Price: Rs 27,719)

The Finnish-come-back-kid’s first Android flagship turned out to be Nokia 8 (review). It was less about glitz and more about proving a point that Nokia is still capable of churning a competitive flagship.

The Nokia 8 brings a lot of tier-1 features like QHD display, dual cameras with Zeiss optics, and latest chipset which makes it a serious contender to feature in this list of best phones under 40K list.

HMD Global ships Nokia 8 running on pure Android and it has been among first few phones to receive Oreo update. Other highlights include ‘Bothie’ camera, OZO audio, and solid build quality.

What’s Good (Pros)

  • Beautiful design
  • Interesting software features
  • Gorgeous QHD display
  • Compact Size
  • Solid battery life

What’s Not So Good (Cons)

  • Hybrid SIM slot
  • No 1080P recoding at 60FPS

6. Mi Mix 2 (Best Price: Rs 25,499)

After making headlines with original Mi Mix and its almost bezel-less design, Xiaomi came with M Mix 2 (review) in 2017. Unorthodox design and powerful hardware are it’s two biggest strength.

The only area where Mi Mix 2 fall short of competition is the camera. Odd placement of selfie camera doesn’t help either. On the software front, the phone comes running on Android Nougat based MIUI which is feature rich but slightly heavy on resources.

What’s Good (Pros)

  • Excellent screen
  • Powerful internals
  • Gorgeous design

What’s Not So Good (Cons)

  • Not so great optics
  • Lacks water and dust resistance

7. Samsung Galaxy A8+ 2018 (Best Price: Rs 29,990)

The Galaxy A8+ 2018 (review) brings Samsung’s stellar HIGH-END feature from 2017- infinity display to the midrange segment. This A8+ is aggressively priced and packs decent enough hardware to compete with other phones in the list.

Apart from infinity display, Samsung’s new phone offers the second best camera on this list (after Pixel 2). And it is the only phone on this list with dual selfie cameras.

What’s Good (Pros)

  • Solid build, Water resistant
  • Elegant design
  • Great camera performance
  • Excellent battery backup
  • Dedicated card slot

What’s Not So Good (Cons)

  • Slightly heavy
  • No Bixby Voice support

8. LG V30+ (Best Price: Rs 39,990)

The LG V30+ is yet another excellent value for money phone especially if you consider its current market price. The flagship phone comes with a good 2K display with 18:9 aspect ratio and excellent audio capabilities.

The camera performance falls short of Pixel 2 or what you’d generally expect in this budget, but other than that, the experience is really good. Its water-resistant body, excellent audio, and dual rear camera setup make it a good buy.

What’s Good (Pros)

  • Premium design
  • Solid performance
  • Wide angle dual camera
  • Military grade built & water resistant

What’s Not So Good (Cons)

  • No portrait mode

9. Samsung Galaxy S8 (Best Price: Rs. 37,999)

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (Review) is an option worth considering if you are looking for a compact and easily manageable phone. Samsung also introduced a Burgundy Red color option that looks amazing.

 

It’s a premium phone that has one of the best cameras in this budget. The battery backup, however, left us wanting for more.

What’s Good (Pros) 

  • Great Camera 
  • Alluring Design
  • Sharp, vibrant display
  • Wireless charging
  • Water and dust resistant

What’s Not So Good (Cons)

  • Hybrid Sim Slot
  • Battery backup

10. HTC U11 (Best Price: Rs 37,999)

HTC might have been under pressure but that failed to stop it from coming up with excellent phones last year. One such impressive phone is HTC U11 (review) which is currently retailing for under 40K INR on TataCliq.

Though the likes of OnePlus 5T and Mi Mix 2 can match with HTC U11 on specification front, where it has a clear advantage over them is its BoomSound audio and Edge Sense (squeeze) feature. Its IP67 water and dust resistance, stunning looks and good low light camera performance make HTC U11 a serious contender.

What’s Good (Pros)

  • Reliable performance
  • Looks good
  • IP 67 resistant
  • Edge Sense gesture

What’s Not So Good (Cons)

  • Average battery life

11. Asus Zenfone 5Z (Upcoming)

Asus Zenfone 5Z is a good looking phone with iPhone X-esque Notch. It conforms to the modern trends, has an elegant design and a good quality display.

On the inside, the Zenfone 5Z is powered by Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. Asus was vague about the pricing but confirmed that it will be available for around $500 (or roughly 33,000 INR).

Display: 6.2-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 12MP + 8MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 155g |Battery: 3300mAh

What’s good (Pros)

  • Premium design and build
  • Powerful performance
  • Gorgeous display
  • Android Oreo and AI capabilities

What’s Not So Good (Cons)

  • Hybrid SIM tray

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2 COMMENTS

    • Hi Ashish, the phone is always accompanied by a cashback offer of up to 8000 INR that reduces the effective price. During Sales (that happen once in two or three months) the phone retails for as low as 35K. If you are interested, we recommend that you wait for price drop.

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