The high-end premium range in India has gotten even more competitive, because of recent new entrants like OnePlus 6 and Honor 10. All the smartphone manufacturers have released their flagships for the year and we now have a pretty good idea of what the benchmarks of a good premium phone are now.
The latest fad among Android OEMs is the notch and having a maximum screen-to-body ratio. The camera segment isn't very heated now, because all mobiles manage to capture decently good pictures. The sub 40,000 range in India isn't expected to offer the bleeding edge of technology but can be a perfect package of features for users.
Today we've compiled a list of best smartphones in India under Rs 40,000:1. OnePlus 6:
The OnePlus was launched this week in India and it is undoubtedly the best smartphone you can buy. The device is the perfect package of a good display, premium design, proficient camera and respectable software. OnePlus has taken software very seriously this time around and fully supports Project Treble, meaning you can easily install Android P Beta and expect to get timely updates in the future. Oxygen OS is a very tasteful cherry on the top, offering some unique features like customizable soft keys, gaming do-not-disturb mode and app locker.
In terms of hardware, it runs on the latest Snapdragon 846 SoC coupled with 6/8GB of RAM and three variants of storage - 64GB, 128GB & 256GB. OnePlus has also increased the screen-to-body ratio as well as bumped up the camera. Portrait Mode has been drastically improved thanks to better hardware and continuous software updates. Overall, you don't have to worry about anything after buying this phone.
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The Honor was launched in China a few weeks back and has been in high demand ever since. Honor launched the device globally last week and the design is among the best we've seen so far. It takes a lot of inspiration from its elder sibling, the Huawei P20 Pro.
The device runs on a HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC that has a dedicated NPU for onboard AI features. The rear camera is a dual camera setup consisting of a 16 + 24-megapixel camera and a 24-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera can detect the objects in the viewfinder and adjust the camera setting like exposure, focus speed, and ISO automatically for the best possible picture quality.
The battery is rated at 3400mAh, which is a little small when compared to the competition, but manages to get you through at least one day of heavy usage.
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Nokia 7 Plus successfully continues the legacy of previous generation Nokia phones. The build quality is the best we've seen with metals and the finish is ultra-premium. It is based on Android One program which ensures that the latest Android builds are directly sent out by Google. If you're looking for a phone with an exceptionally good lifespan, look no further.
On the front, it sports 6-inch display and runs on the Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. On the rear, it has a 12 + 13-megapixel dual camera setup and a 16-megapixel front camera. Backing all this hardware, is a 3800mAh battery which Nokia claims can get you through 2 days of usage. What matters the most here, is that the device is priced considerably lower than the competition thus crowning itself as the best mid-range you can buy right now.
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This was Samsung's flagship for 2017, but it doesn't mean the device has lost its charm or abilities. It is now available for a much lower price and still holds the crown of being one of the most beautifully crafted phones. It sports a 5.8-inch edge to edge with minor curves on the side. The back is made of glass and the chin is considerably smaller.
Powering this unit is an Exynos 8895 SoC that performs on par with the Snapdragon 835 chipset and sometimes even better. On the back is a single 12-megapixel sensor along with an 8-megapixel front camera. Backing all this hardware is a 3000mAh battery, for authentication the device also supports Iris scanning along with a fingerprint scanner.
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The Mi Mix 2 is the best looking phone in the sub-40K segment. The phone feature a beautiful bezel-less display, which goes almost edge to edge and only has a small chin. The performance is quite good as it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and features 6GB RAM. The phone also has one of the best battery life we have seen on a sub-40K phone in recent times.
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