The smartphones under the price bracket of Rs 40,000 are considered as the bridge that connects the premium and mid-range smartphones. This is the category where the users get the best of both worlds. One can get a premium looking phone along with impressive specifications, which is comparable to the flagship range, but at a more affordable price tag.
There are numerous handsets from multiple brands available in the market which are priced under 40K, but selecting best among the best is an uphill task. So to make it easy for you, here we have shortlisted a list of five smartphones available for under Rs 40,000 in India, which packs great hardware and good attraction as well.
Launched in May, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom features a 6.6-inch Full HD+ 19:5:9 aspect ratio AMOLED display with 2340 × 1080 pixels resolution, 100% NTSC colour gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Under the hood, the phone is powered by octa-core Snapdragon 855 7nm Mobile Platform (1 x 2.84GHz Kryo 485 + 3 x 2.42GHz Kryo 485 + 4x 1.80GHz Kryo 485) with Adreno 640 GPU, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
The Reno device comes with a Shark Fin pop-up module which houses the 16MP front camera with LED flash. It also equips a triple rear camera setup of 48MP rear camera with LED flash, 1/2.25″ Sony IMX586 sensor, f/1.7 aperture, 0.8um pixel size, OIS, Laser AF, PDAF, CAF, 13MP periscope telephoto lens, f/3.0 aperture and a 8MP 120° Ultra Wide Lens with f/2.2 aperture, 10x Hybrid Optical Zoom. The phone is backed up by 4,065mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging support and runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) with ColorOS 6.0.
Google unveiled the Pixel 3a last month for a price Rs 39,999 while the larger Pixel 3a XL sells for Rs 44,999. The Pixel 3a features a 5.6-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels and a screen-to-body ratio of 75.0 percent. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC with Adreno 615 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
The highlight of the Pixel 3a is that it is powered by the same camera module as the one present on the original Pixel 3. It has a single 12.2-megapixel rear sensor with 1.4-micron pixel size, autofocus with dual pixel phase detection, optical and electronic image stabilization, f/1.8 aperture and LED flash. On the front, it offers an 8-megapixel selfie snapper with 1.12-micron pixel size, f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree viewing angle. The Pixel 3a is backed by a 3000mAh battery with 18 W fast charging and runs on Android 9.0 Pie with three years of software support.
Asus introduced the Zenfone 6 under a new name in India and labelled it the Asus 6Z. The phone features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ NanoEdge display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 600nits brightness, HDR support and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The Asus 6Z is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor along with Adreno 640 GPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.
The 6Z is the only phone with a flipping camera mechanism which brings out the primary camera for selfies and video calling. It features a 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.79 aperture and a 13-megapixel secondary sensor with a 125-degree ultra-wide angle lens and f/2.4 aperture. The cameras are capable of shooting at 4K 60fps with features like auto panorama among others. The Asus 6Z is backed up by a massive 5,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0 and runs on Android Pie with Zen UI 6 on top and a promised upgrade to Android Q and Android R.
OnePlus 7 (8GB+256GB) | Rs 37,999| Device Pictures
Having launched the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro in May, OnePlus only started selling the OnePlus 7 earlier this month. The standard OnePlus 7 is currently available in an 8GB+256GB configuration for Rs 37,999 on Amazon India. The phone is equipped with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor along with Adreno 640 GPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage.
The OnePlus 7 comes with a dual-camera setup that has a combination of 48-megapixel (f/1.7, wide, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS) primary lens and a 5-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.12µm) secondary shooter. For selfies, it is equipped with a 16-megapixel (f/2.0, 25mm wide, 1/3.1″, 1.0µm) shooter that’s present inside the tear-drop notch. The phone is backed by a 3500mAh battery with 20W fast charging and runs on Android 9.0 Pie with OxygenOS 9.5.5.
Black Shark 2 (6GB+128GB) | Rs 39,999 | Device Pictures
At the end of last month, Xiaomi-backed company, Black Shark launched the second iteration of their gaming phone – the Black Shark 2. The phone comes in two variants and is available for Rs 39,999 for the base 6GB+128GB model. The Black Shark 2 features a 6.39-inch Full HD+ TrueView Display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels along with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 403ppi of pixel density. The gaming phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor along with Adreno 640 GPU, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Since it’s a gaming phone, the Black Shark 2 features Liquid Cooling 3.0 and Magic Press pressure-sensing edges. For optics, the phone has a 48MP primary lens and a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x lossless zoom. There’s a 20MP f/2.0 aperture selfie camera on the front. The Black Shark 2 has an in-display fingerprint sensor and runs on Android 9.0 Pie. It is backed up by a 4000mAh battery with 27W fast charging support that offers 30 minutes of gaming with just 5 minutes of charging.