Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 40000

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With bigger budgets, comes the responsibility to buy even more sensibly because the amount at stake is huge. Hence, for those of you looking at buying phones in the range of 40,000, here is a comprehensive list of what all phones you could consider and why!

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Which are the Best Mobile Phones under Rs.40000?

ModelUser Rating
One Plus 7 T4.5/5
Apple iPhone 84.1/ 5
OPPO Reno24.4/5
OPPO Reno 10x4.5/5
LG V40 ThinQ4.3/5
LG G8s ThinQ4.2/5
Samsung Galaxy Note 84.4/5
ASUS Rogue II4.6/5

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Best Mobile Phones under Rs.40000

One Plus 7 T

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One plus has one of the most aggressive market strategies when it comes to launching new products. The development is so fast that every six months there is a new phone with major upgrades. The same happened with One Plus 7T, too, which was launched just four months after One Plus 7pro was launched. 

Performance

The phone comes with a Qualcomm refreshed Snapdragon 855+ processor with a 2.96 GHz high-performance Kryo 485 CPU core. It has 8GB RAM, and one can choose between 128GB or 256 GB storage. The phone does not support microSD cards.

The phone comes with a dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5 with aptX HD and LDAC, GPS, NFC, and all the other usual sensors that an average phone of this range has. It does boast of a haptic vibration motor and in-display fingerprint sensor, though.

The performance is pretty top notch that no matter what task you give, it is performed with ease. We tried playing graphic intensive games like PUBG with ease for extended duration and there was no stutter whatsover. So, obviously, it can multi task and handle other tasks like navigation, browsing, camera, social media apps etc. without any problem.

Camera

The first thing you notice is the camera bump owing to the three rear cameras. It really protrudes a bit and loses the minimalistic design approach that One Plus has been following till now.

The phone has a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.6 aperture. It is based on the Sony IMX586 sensor and offers hybrid image stabilization. The second rear camera has a 117-degree wide field of view with a 16-megapixel resolution while the third one has a 2x telephoto lens for optical zoom with an f/2,2 aperture. The cameras have no separate depth sensors. The front camera comes with a 16-megapixel sensor.

There are numerous modes to capture pictures and with the Pro mode you can change the white balance, ISO, Aperture focus and brightness. But you can’t change any of them in the video settings and the the white balance of the video seems a bit off.

The picture quality are fairly good.  They are pretty detailed and look good without any noise in both bright and low light.

Display

The phone has a 6.55-inch, 2400×1080 resolution AMOLED display. The screen has a refresh rate of 90 Hz which brings smoother visuals.

The screens have a matte finish and aren’t too reflective. And thanks to the bright display, you can view even in bright sunlight without any strain.

Battery

The Battery capacity has gone up from 3700mAH to 3800mAH. OnePlus also claims that its new Warp Charge 30T charger charges quicker than the standard Warp Charge 30 charger. The claim is that the charge can go from zero to 100% in an hour. And it does keep up with the promise.

We also found that the drain rate is stable. Moderate usage for a working day and the battery lasted with about 50% remaining and on a weekend when usage was more, it has about 35% remaining.

Overall, battery definitely is a strength of the new One Plus 7T.

Design

The surface is matte textured glass. It comes in Glacier Blue and Frosted Silver colors. At 190g weight and 8.13mm thickness, the phone is pretty bulky, so to speak. It has, however, removed its 3.5mm headphone socket. The phone comes with a dual SIM tray and a USB Type-C port at the bottom.

The phone has the same elongated earpiece design as before. The screen corners are much less rounded than the usual phones. The borders are thin and do not show up much on the front. 

The OnePlus 7T looks a lot like its previous version, but the backside has a pretty new design. It has a circular camera bump with three lenses placed horizontally with the flash placed beneath them. The problem, however, is that this protrusion makes the phone unable to rest parallelly on a flat surface when placed accordingly.

Apple iPhoneBest Mobile Phones Under Rs. 40000

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So, surprisingly, instead of the one phone and its slightly different version, Apple last year went on to launch iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Maybe that was just a tactic to make the 8 models sound not that expensive or maybe oversell the X versions. Anyway, a good move since all the phones are selling like hotcakes.

Performance

Unsurprisingly iPhone 8 has an Apple-designed GPU. The reviews have been good, and it means that the processor is fast enough to perform not just the usual tasks with ease, but also almost anything that can be done seamlessly. Whatever few issues were, the iOS 11.0.1 update has taken care of all of them well. 

However, all the issues which people had been facing with the previous phones are still there. A big setback, the Apple Maps are still not worth it, and hence even the basic navigation isn’t half as good as what Google has to offer.

The phone comes with 64GB storage. The battery life is decent, just like all other iPhone models.

Camera

The phone has a 12-megapixel primary camera with a larger and faster sensor. It has newer color filters and deeper pixels. Thanks to its A11 Bionic chip, it has an Apple-designed single image processor that provides for an auto-focus in low light areas and, of course, a better HDR. The phone has a High-Efficiency Image File Format and High-Efficiency Video Coding container.

Display

The phone has a bezel-less 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 1125*2436 and OLED technology.

Battery

Well, like always, the official battery capacity has not been revealed by the firm, but from what we understood after using it, it is pretty comparable to iPhone 7.

Design

There is no significant difference between an iPhone 7, or its 8 versions because they all look pretty much the same. The iPhone 8, though, has an all-glass back, though- similar to the 4S models of the yesteryears. The phone weighs 148 grams, and if you have used any of the phones, it would feel heavier.

The phone comes with a Gold Finish over it, which seems to be an upgrade over the usual rose gold and gold colors. The silver shade is essentially white, and space grey can be taken for black. 

The glass body of this model provides a very good grip. The phone comes with its own Lightning ear pods, a USB Type-A lightning cable, and a 5W charger. There is no Type-C lightning cable thought, which means that it cannot be directly connected to Macs.

OPPO Reno2

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The major focus of the Reno series from OPPO has been the superior camera. Powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, the phone boasts of quad-camera setup and has a shark fin pop-up selfie mode.

Performance

Reno2 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, which is octa-core and based on an 8nm manufacturing process. With its two Kryo 470 performance cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six Kryo 470 efficiency cores clocked at 1.8ghZ, this phone is especially suited for heavier live streaming games.

It has Bluetooth 5 support, dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, 5 satellite navigation systems, dual 4G VoLTE, and the usual array of sensors. The phone has a 4,000mAh battery.

Camera

The phone camera has a sound focus pretty similar to Samsung’s Zoom Mic feature. The camera app offers quick shortcuts for 2x and 5x zoom. The shorts usually have good details but aren’t as sharp. In low light, the phone does manage to keep the noise under control through its primary sensor. The wide-angle camera is a bit disappointing, though.

Display

The phone has a 6.5 inch full HD AMOLED display, which gives it a 93.1% screen to body ratio. The display is slightly bright, though, and comes with two color modes- Vivid and Gentle. Other than this, the temperature of the display can also be controlled manually. The phone has an in-display fingerprint scanner for added security.

Battery

The phone has a Li-ion battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh. The charge can last the entire day with moderate usage, and the charge is pretty quick thanks to its VOOC fast charging technology.

Design

There is nothing new about the design of Reno2 either except for the shark fin feature, which we just mentioned. It has a 6.5 inch AMOLED display with thin bezels around it. The shark fin module of the phone swivels to reveal the selfie camera and also houses the secondary microphone and earpiece. The swivel shape, however, makes the acoustics a bit hollow for the user.

The phone comes in Ocean Blue and Luminous Black colors with gradient finish in both. The phone has the power button on the right while the volume buttons are on the left. The SIM tray is on the right too. The glass and metal frame offers the phone a classy finish. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom along with its loudspeaker, primary microphone, and USB Type-C port.

OPPO Reno 10x

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OPPO Reno10x had a decent amount of units in the market, but the hype around the phone was so much that all of it got sold, and the company had to go into a reproduction mode. The Reno 10x Zoom comes with a 6.6 inch panoramic AMOLED display. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 855 chip. The most notable feature of this phone is its AI night mode, which gives some of the best photos in low light areas.

Performance

The phone has a Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. The octa-core SoC features Qualcomm’s Kryo 485 Silver and Gold Cores running between 1.8GHZ and 2.84 GHz. It is available in 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage, as well as 8GB RAM and 256GB storage models.

Camera

It supports a 10x hybrid zoom periscopic camera on the rear and a pop-up selfie shooter. This rear camera is of 13-megapixel with an aperture of f/3.0. There is also another 48-megapixel f/1.7 standard camera and an 8-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle one. The cameras come with optical image stabilization. There is, however, just a single button above the shutter release to switch between zoom levels. The maximum it can go upto is 60x zoom.

Battery

The battery is 4065mAh and supports VOOC 3.0 quick charging standard if one is using the 20W charger and USB Type-C cable.

Display

The phone has a capacitive touchscreen with a size of 6.6 inches and 1080*2350 pixels. The screen glass is Corning Gorilla Glass 6, making it scratch and smudge resistant.

Design

The phone is bulky in short and weighs about 215g. It has a 6.6-inch screen as mentioned above and a 4065mAh battery to accommodate, so the bulk is obvious with its 9.3mm thickness. The phone comes in Ocean Green and Jet Black colors to choose from. The rear panel is made of glass for a better grip. The overall body quality is okayish. The front glass is slightly rounded at the edges. Overall, the phone isn’t as compact to hold but those who love the big screens, it is really good  for them!

LG V40 ThinQ

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The phone was launched globally around October 2019 and can be seen as the beefed-up version of the G7+ ThinQ. It, however, has a better battery life and a bigger display.

Performance

The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC. It has 6B of LPDDR4X RAM and 128B storage. The storage is expandable upto 2TB using a microSD card. The phone comes with a Gorilla Glass 5 for the front and back cameras and has MIL-STD-810G military certification for shock resistance. It has a dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, NFC, USB-OTG, GPS, and other standard sensors.

Camera

The three cameras are at the rear end and two in front. The rear ones are 12 megapixels with f/1.5 aperture for standard shooting with dual PDAF, OIS, and pixel size of 1.4 microns. The other is 12 megapixels again with a 2x optical zoom and autofocus. The third one is a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera. 

There is a triple shot feature that lets you shoot with all the sensors at once. The AI cam feature further enhances the image quality by letting AI do the work for you. The phone has very good video capabilities as well and can shoot 4K resolution at either 30fps or at 60fps.

Battery

Not very good, with 3300mAH, even though the phone charges first, the battery doesn’t really last long, not even 8 hours

Display

The phone has a massive 6.4inch QuadHD+OLED Panel with a 3120*1440 resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and 537 pixels per inch.

Design

The overall finish and quality of the make are very good, and the phone looks really premium. The matte finish of the glass rear is smudge and scratch resistance and hence looks clean almost all the time. The glass taper of the front and back is slightly towards the side and bends seamlessly over the frame giving it a smooth feel over the edges.

The top exposed antenna lines are placed symmetrically, and hence even if they do not blend in due to their distinct grey color, they look really good. 

The phone’s handling, though, is slightly difficult because the smooth finish makes it slippery. The display is simply huge, and hence you cannot really reach around by using one hand alone. The hybrid dual Sim tray is on the right of the phone and can accommodate either 2 4G Nano Sim card or dual 4 VoLTE or a single sim and microSD card.

The phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom and a USB Type-C port and speaker beside it.

LG G8s ThinQ

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The phone is decent is what our opening line would be. Let us move ahead at the details below.

Performance

The phone comes with 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage. It has a 6.2 inch full HD LG-OLED screen with an always-on mode, but sadly, no HDR. The battery is 3500mAh, which is a bit disappointing for this price range. It comes with WiFI 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, NFC, wireless charging in addition to other standard drivers and sensors.

Camera

The primary rear camera is 12 megapixel with f/1.8 aperture, 13-megapixel secondary wide-angle camera, and a 12-megapixel f/2.6 aperture telephoto camera. It supports image stabilization and has dual pixel PDAF and HDR10 video recording. The front camera is 8 megapixels with f/1.9 aperture and time of flight 3D sensor.

Battery

The battery is 3500mAh, which is enough for the phone. The battery gets charged upto 50% in 30 minutes and takes about 75 minutes for a full charge.

Display

The phone has a 6.2-inch full HD+ FullVision OLED display, with a resolution of 2248×1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. 

Design

The phone is available only in black mirror finish in India. The front, as well as the back, are made of shiny reflective glass, and the rear panel especially looks like a mirror. Thus, smudges are obvious, but scratch resistance works. The glass is Gorilla Glass 6, as claimed for the rear and Gorilla Glass 5 for the front. It is water and dust resistant and MIL-STD-810G compliant for shock resistance.

The phone is sturdy and does look premium. The handling is, however, tough with its 7.99 mm thickness and 179 g worth of weight. The glass isn’t slippery, and the contours allow for a better grip. Single hand usage is possible but isn’t as comfortable, and we would personally advise against it.

The power button is placed on the right side at the top, and if you are thinking of single-hand usage, it is completely out of reach. Plus, it requires significant pressure to operate. The SIM tray is below it and can hold 2 nano sims or one nano sim and one microSD card, depending upon the need. The volume buttons are on the left and are a bit more highly placed than the usual designs. Taking a screenshot does become a challenge, though

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note series phones have a class of their own. The big differentiator of this S series, however, has been the bigger screens and the S-Pen stylus.

Performance

The specifications are pretty similar to Galaxy S8 and S8+. The phone has a 10nm Exynos 9 Octa SoC along with 6GB of LPDDR4 Ram and a 64GB worth of storage. The interface and almost all the apps work really fast on this phone.

The phone comes packed with an Iris sensor in addition to the other usual sensors every high-end Samsung phone has. It has a dual-band WIFI 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, IP68 dust and water resistance, NFC, GPS, and Cat 16 LTE though the FM bit is surprisingly missing.

The phone has a tendency to get warm during the usage of GPS or any of the gaming apps. However, it cools down as fast, too, so that isn’t an issue. 

The S-Pen is a decent tool to use and can work on apps like Autodesk, Sketchbook, INKredible, and Bamboo paper.

Camera

The primary camera is identical to all the Galaxy S8 models and can shoot Pro, Panorama and Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, and Food modes. The second camera has a 12-megapixel sensor and an aperture of f/2.4. You can get a 2X optical zoom and a Live focus feature too. 

Battery

The company hasn’t revealed the specifications given it supports wireless charging but has a proven battery life of 10 hours and 39 minutes

Display

The phone is robust, but the rear glass isn’t really smudged and scratch resistance. The phone has a 6.3-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with narrow bezels on the top and the bottom. The glass blends in well with the metal frame making the phone look really classy. And, since the Bixby voice is now coming to India, S8 already has a dedicated Bixby button on the left.

Design

The Galaxy Note 8 is slightly more stretched than the S8+. The body is rectangular, and the curves are less pronounced at the corners. The phone is also heavier at 195g. However, it is easy to manage, given its overall design. It comes with a silicon case, which further adds to its ease of usabilit

ASUS Rogue II

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ASUS Rogue II, just as the name sounds, is a gaming phone made specifically for gamers. But that doesn’t mean that it cannot be used by normal people for daily usage. It can be, only it makes more sense for those who would play a lot.

Performance

The phone has a speed binned Snapdragon 855+ SoC, LPDDR4X RAM, and UFS 3.0 storage. It is available in two variants- 8GB RAM and 128GB Storage and 128 GB RAM and 512GB storage. It has dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, NFC, FM radio, and the usual sensors and satellite navigation systems. The phone supports high-resolution audio and video and has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

It has a refresh rate of 120Hz, which makes the scrolling and app operation super fast and fluid. 

Camera

The phone has a 24-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture. The main 48-megapixel rear camera uses the Sony IMX586 sensor and has an aperture of f/1.79 but no optical image stabilization. The second camera uses a wide-angle lens. The camera app decently features rich and has shooting modes such as Motion Tracking, Night, Pro, and other modes. The toggle viewfinder feature allows for a shift between the regular and wide-angle lens.

Battery

The battery is 6000mAh and lasts about 14 hours straight.

Display

The phone has a 6.59-inch full-HD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels) AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and 10-bit HDR support

Design

The phone sports an industrial look just like its previous version, only this time, it isn’t as glary or bold. The exposed air vent on the rear is smaller this time, and the highlights around the speaker are subtler. But, the phone still stands out, given its backlights up on getting a notification.

It is one of the heaviest phones around weighing about 240g and a thickness of 9.48mm. But, the phone has been designed well, and hence despite the weight, it is easy to handle.

Instead of its usual rear capacitive fingerprint display, Asus Rogue2 now has an in-display sensor. This adds to the design, just that the finger now needs to be pressed longer than before.

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