Welcome to Gadgets 360’s Best Mobiles Phones Under Rs. 40,000 list, showing you the highest-rated smartphones available in India. The list is sorted in descending order of overall rating, and for each phone on the list, you can see key specifications for display, processor, RAM, storage, battery capacity, rear camera, and front camera. Alongside each phone, readers will also find links to other helpful resources for information – such as its in-depth review, full specifications, and a list of other smartphones by the same manufacturer.
As we mentioned, these are the top-rated smartphones under Rs. 40,000 in India, and they have been awarded a minimum overall rating of 8 out of 10 in our review. Despite reviewing hundreds of smartphones each year, Gadgets 360 ensures each device is scrutinised careful, and our verdict is based on a comprehensive look at every aspect of the mobile phone experience. We award individual ratings based on a smartphone’s Design, Display, Software, Performance, Battery Life, Camera, and Value for Money. Thus, you can rest assured that every smartphone on this list is an excellent choice at the price.
This list shows you the best smartphones between Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 35,000. If you’re looking for smartphones in a lower budget, check out our Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 35,000, Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 30,000, Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 25,000, Best Mobiles Phones Under Rs. 20,000, and Best Mobiles Phones Under Rs. 10,000 lists.
The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G is also very slim and light, measuring 7.6mm in thickness and weighing just 173g. The flattened top has a ‘Designed for Reno' inscription, while the dual-SIM tray, USB Type-C port, and a single speaker are on the bottom. Build quality is also very good, despite this phone having a plastic frame, and the rear cameras barely protrude at all.
The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G is the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, which is built on a 7nm process featuring four ARM Cortex-A77 and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores. It has an integrated 5G modem and supports wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. The Reno 5 Pro runs ColorOS 11.1, which is based on Android 11.
I found the display to be excellent. Brightness was more than adequate, and even under sunlight, content was very legible. In the real world, the Reno 5 Pro 5G is able to handle demanding apps and games with relative ease.
The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G is a good package overall for the price. It has a premium design, a vivid display, long battery life, very fast charging, and fairly competent cameras. Video quality could be improved though, especially in low light, and I would like to see stabilisation at 4K. It wouldn't have hurt to have stereo speakers either.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, or Fan Edition, promises the most popular features of the flagship Galaxy S20 family at a much lower price. You get the same Exynos 990 processor, plus a 6.5-inch full-HD+ 120Hz Super AMOLED screen and a 4500mAh battery. The body is polycarbonate but this phone still feels premium, and is IP68 rated for water and dust resistance. You get plenty of high-end features including stereo speakers and wireless charging. The three rear cameras are all practical and deliver great results in the daytime, though the ultra-wide one does suffer a bit at night. Video and stills both came out looking good, and the camera app offers plenty of modes and settings to experiment with. Battery life is somewhat disappointing but Samsung's One UI software is quite good and the display is great for videos and games. The phone does get a bit warm in use but is otherwise a satisfactory premium option.
The OnePlus 8 is the spiritual successor of the OnePlus 7 and will go on to eventually replace the OnePlus 7T. Build quality is excellent thanks to the curved-edge front and back glass sandwiching the metal frame. The buttons are easy to reach, and the alert slider is handy as always.
The OnePlus 8 has a 6.55-inch AMOLED panel with sloping sides, a wide colour gamut, and a hole-punch cutout in the upper left corner. The 90Hz refresh rate makes usage in general feel fluid and snappy. It also has an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is super quick at authentication. All it takes is a quick, firm tap to unlock it.
We reviewed the top-end variant of the OnePlus 8, which has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, priced at Rs. 49,999. Gaming performance is top-notch. Fortnite can run at 90fps and the experience is good. Games and movies are especially enjoyable thanks to the very good stereo speakers on the OnePlus 8. OxygenOS is also well equipped with lots of shortcuts and gestures waiting to be discovered. The new launcher now offers a more seamless multitasking experience, there's 5GB of free cloud storage for backups once you sign in with a OnePlus account, a built-in screen recorder, and dynamic wallpapers.
The OnePlus 8 has the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with optical stabilisation as the 7T. In daylight, it captures detailed images with vivid colours and balanced HDR. The wide-angle camera is also useful. The third macro camera doesn't have good clarity but it can be useful in some instances. The selfie camera was decent under good light but didn't do well in low light.
With only cosmetic changes and a slightly upgraded processor compared to the OnePlus 8T, the new OnePlus 9R is not very exciting at first. It has been launched exclusively in India because the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro have come in at higher prices. The company could have done more to keep things fresh in the premium segment, but even so, the 9R is a good overall package. It looks slick, and has a crisp AMOLED screen plus stereo speakers. Performance is good in everyday tasks and games run well too. The battery will last you all day, and you get a 65W fast charger in the box. The 48-megapixel main camera takes good shots and Nightscape mode can work very well depending on ambient light conditions. OxygenOS continues to be slick and feature-rich without getting overbearing. The 9R could be a good choice if you're a OnePlus fan, but do keep in mind that there's a lot of competition and you have many other choices.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ panel, with a full-HD+ resolution and supoorts HDR10+ colour profile. Colours and punchy and brightness level is good. The back of the phone has a polycarbonate layer which resembles glass. Button placement feels ergonomic, and on the left, we have a hybrid dual-SIM tray that can either take two Nano-SIM cards or a single SIM and a microSD card.
The Gaalxy S10 Lite is powered by a Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is last year's flagship chip. Performance is very good and the phone doesn't get overly hot when gaming. It features One UI 2.0, which is based on Android 10, however it lacks the India-specific features which we saw in the Galaxy A51.
The phone has a 4,500mAh battery capacity, which offers enough power to get you through an entire day on one charge. The bundled charger supports 25W fast charging.
In the back, the main 48-megapixel camera captures good stills, thanks to OIS for better stabilisation. The wide-angle camera also does a good job under good light. The 5-megapixel macro camera also captures very good extreme close-ups. 4K video recording is supported but only up to 30fps. Low light image quality is very good too.
|Best Mobile Phones Under 40000 in India||Price in India|
|Mi 11X Pro||Rs. 39,999|
|Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G||Rs. 35,990|
|OnePlus 8T||Rs. 38,999|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 FE||Rs. 36,998|
|OnePlus 8||Rs. 39,999|
|OnePlus 9R||Rs. 39,999|
|Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G||Rs. 37,999|
|Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite||Rs. 39,999|