Feb 12, 2019 14:08:45 IST
Last week we had a look in the UK. It's time to make up the budget by Rs 10,000 and look at what better options one can get their hands on under Rs 40,000.
OnePlus 6T. Image: tech2 / Anirudh Regidi
Best phones under Rs 40,000 in India
Let's get the obvious out of the way. The first phone that comes to mind in this budget is the latest from OnePlus. The OnePlus 6T the flagship phone – great design, Snapdragon 845 SoC – the fastest, currently available, excellent cameras, ample RAM and storage and a large display with a tiny notch. The phone does a headphone jack and a traditional fingerprint scanner. The in-display scanner is fancy but not as good.
The 16 MP + 20 MP dual cameras at the back and forth do their jobs. Super slow-mo HD videos at 480 fps and full HD videos at 240 fps. Its 3700 mAh battery charges well over an hour. Simply put, it's a great all-round device on this budget.
OnePlus 6T price in India: Rs 37,999 for 6GB RAM / 128GB storage
Honor View 20
Honor's new flagship is a unique device. The Honor View 20 sports a stunning design with a 6.4-inch Full HD + notch-less display and an in-display front camera. Yes, you read that right. At the back, you get the Aurora Nanotexture finish that displays multicolored V-shaped lines running from the top to the bottom when you hold the phone at an angle. My colleague was mesmerized by the design and almost hypnotized (his words not mine).
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Honor View 20 price in India: Rs 37,999 for 6GB of RAM / 128GB of storage
If you do not need the muscle of a Snapdragon 845 but would prefer to have RAM instead and therefore save a few bucks without compromising on the design, say hello to the Oppo R17. This phone is powered by Qualcomm's upper mid-range SoC, Snapdragon 670. There's 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage, and you can add another 256GB using a MicroSD card. The phone looks identical to OnePlus 6T from the front, courtesy of its 6.4-inch Full HD + display with a drop-sized notch and in-display fingerprint scanner. There's a 25 MP front camera for selfie enthusiasts.
Oppo R17. Image: tech2 / Shomik
The rear has a pleasant gradient of colors. You get a 16 MP + 5 MP rear camera setup that does a good job in well-lit conditions and a decent job in low light thanks to its 'Ultra night mode'. A 3500mAh battery keeps it up for a bundled VOOC batch adapter juices it up in quick time.
Oppo R17 price in India: Rs 31,990 for 8GB RAM / 128GB storage
Google Pixel 2 XL
If you are looking for the best camera phone under Rs 40,000, look no further. The Google Pixel 2 XL may have been one of the best smartphone cameras around, surpassed only by a couple of devices (including its successor) priced more than 60% higher. This camera can boast of a much higher number of megapixels. The camera output is excellent in every light condition including low light. And that's not enough, it clicks some of the best shots among its peers.
The Google Pixel 2 XL. Image: tech2
The Google Pixel 2 XL is not just about the camera. Like all Pixel devices, it is among the first to receive the latest version of Android. It is powered by Qualcomm's previous flagship chip Snapdragon 835 which is more than capable of handling any task. Its QHD + display is above the 3520 mAh battery manages to keep the device running for a day.
Google Pixel 2 XL price in India: Rs 39,000 for 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage  Samsung Galaxy S8
For a moment I did not consider including the Samsung Galaxy A9 in this list. It does boast of a big screen, and most importantly, quad rear cameras. But quantity is one thing and quality is another. What good are four cameras Samsung Galaxy S8 ? So I chose to go with the old warhorse at its new price point. Samsung's previous flagship is now under the 40K mark and just like the Pixel 2 XL, it can hold its own against the current lot.
Samsung Galaxy S8. Image: tech2 / Rehan
Samsung Galaxy S8's design is still among the best around, so it's capable of delivering 4K videos at 30 fps and 720p slow-motion videos at 240 fps. For those who like compact phones, this is a great option. It feels good to hold on to the sharp 5.8-inch QHD + infinity display is a thing of beauty. Just like Snapdragon 835, the Exynos 8895 has just left in the tank for most tasks. 4 GB of RAM is 256 GB using a MicroSD card.
Samsung Galaxy S8 price in India: Rs 39,990 for 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage
That completes our list of top 40 phones this month. If you are on a tight budget, you may want to look at our other compilations of phones under Rs 30,000 and those under Rs 20,000 . You want to be in the budget.
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