OnePlus 7T to Redmi K20 Pro: Best phones to buy under Rs 40,000

The sub Rs 40,000 segment in the smartphone market is currently flush with many options. Here are the best smartphones from the segment.

OnePlus 7T to Redmi K20 Pro


OnePlus 7T is one of the best smartphones available in the budget segment

Asus ROG Phone 2 is the best smartphone for gaming under Rs 40,000

One of the best looking phones from the Reno 10X Zoom 2019 at Rs 36,999

This smartphone market has been a big issue for the past few months. There are a number of new devices launched in the last few months of 2019, and some of them still remain an excellent purchase going into 2020.

Although such smartphones can be found in all segments of the market, it is undoubtedly the finest collection of such a device, a sub-Rs. 40,000 segment of the phone market, which not only impresses with their feature set or spec sheets but also their price and the amount of money they bring to the table.

Here are our recommendations for the best smartphones you can get your hands on for under Rs 40,000 if you move into the first month of the year.

OnePlus 7T (Price Rs. 34,999)

OnePlus 7T

The latest entry-level flagship from OnePlus, 7T is one of those devices that promises to bring you the best in terms of specs and software, but at a competitive price. The phone was initially launched at the end of 2019 with a starting price of Rs 37,999. However, it is currently holding the device's 128GB storage variant for a price of Rs 34,999.

For the price, the OnePlus 7T has a 6.55-inch 90 Hertz Fluid Amoled Panel with a high resolution of 2400x1080 pixels and a pixel density of 402 ppi. Under the hood, the phone adds the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage in an expensive variant.

The rear also features a triple camera setup and a 3800 mAh lithium-ion battery, which helps keep the phone one of the better options in the budget segment.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom (Price Rs. 36,999)

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

The Reno 10x Zoom is also another impressive phone that you can consider if you're looking for a phone under the Rs 40,000 price bracket. The phone not only comes with a well-designed design, but also with its unique camera setup.

The Reno 10x Zoom comes with a 6.7-inch FHD + AMOLED display with 387 ppi pixel density. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC that sits next to the 6GB or 8GB RAM configurations on the chipset.

The flagship Reno model gets a 48MP + 8MP + 13MP setup. On the front, the 16-megapixel selfie camera is on the pop-up mechanism. The Reno 10x Zoom gets a larger 4,000 mAh battery.

The entry level variant of the device is currently retailing at Rs 36,999.

Asus ROG Phone 2 (Price Rs 37,999)

Asus ROG Phone 2

This is definitely for gamers.

As the company reiterated at the launch of the device, the Asus ROG Phone 2 is designed for gamers. As such, this device, along with flagship-grade hardware, also brings a glittery design when you play. It also focuses on keeping the cooler at all times as the device has advanced cooling systems.

The entry variant of the Asus ROG Phone 2 is available for Rs 37,999 and comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Asus is using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which helps the phone achieve superior benchmark scores compared to other flagship smartphones.

To maintain maximum performance, the ROG Phone 2 comes with a 3D steam cooling chamber, which Asus claims ensures continuous maximum performance. There is also a vent in the back to keep the heat out of the cooling system.

For performance, the ROG Phone 2 uses a 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED panel with 1ms response rate and 49ms touch latency.

Redmi K20 Pro (Price Rs. 27,999)

Redmi K20 Pro

If you are looking to buy a smartphone that guarantees major performance and camera hardware, the Redmi K20 Pro is a good choice, but at a price that fits the mid-range device.

The device's 8GB + 256GB RAM and storage variant is currently retailing at an attractive price of Rs 27,999, in contrast to its launch price of Rs 30K.

For the price, Redmi brings the phone with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Underneath the display is a Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

For cameras, the front has a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, which is connected to LED lights. On the back, the phone features a triple camera setup 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 Primary Sensor (f / 1.75 aperture) + 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor + 8-megapixel 2x telephoto lens.

Pixel 3A (Price Rs. 39,999)

Pixel 3A

Although not the most powerful phone in this purchase guide, it is still an affordable pixel that promises good camera and overall performance all the time. The phone is currently retailing at Rs 39,999, and comes under the cut-off for our buying guide.

The Pixel 3A uses a 5.6-inch full HD + display and comes with a Snapdragon 670 chipset under the hood. For cameras, Google used the same Sony-built IMX363 12-megapixel image sensor, also used in the Pixel 3. On the front, there's only an 8-megapixel lens.

While the hardware on the spec sheet is not impressive, the Pixel 3A paints the phone in comfortable light when used for everyday tasks and clicking pictures.