Best phones under Rs 40,000 in India for 2022

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The sub-40,000 segment is where you will find a lot of flagship killer smartphones, now that the prices of flagship smartphones have zoomed past Rs. 50,000. We now have quite a few smartphones with great specifications and all the features you need under the price of Rs. 40,000.

The smartphone on this list has everything you need from a flagship phone like a high refresh rate AMOLED display, powerful SoC, superfast charging, great cameras and more.

The demand for these devices has increased multi-fold because of the inclination of the audience toward smartphone gaming and photography. Games like COD Mobile, Battlegrounds Mobile India, and New State Mobile have a large fan base, and users want seamless performance from the device. 

Best phones under Rs 40,000 in India

1. OnePlus 9

2. OnePlus 10R

3. Realme GT Neo 3

4. OnePlus 9RT

5. iQoo 9 SE

6. Xiaomi 11T Pro

7. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

8. Nothing Phone (1)

9. Realme GT Neo 2

10. iQoo 7 Legend

A great camera is a top priority among consumers looking for a phone in the segment. Of course, if you're paying this much for a phone, it should have a great camera setup that you can trust for taking great pics every time.

This segment was previously dominated by OnePlus and Samsung, however, the scene has completely changed now with the arrival of Xiaomi, Realme and iQoo to this segment. All of these brands now offer much better phones compared to Samsung, but OnePlus remains the top choice for use at this price point. And then there is the new entrant Nothing, which offers a unique offering that is sure to turn heads.

Here we have curated a list of the best flagship smartphones, including offerings from all the mentioned brands. These devices outclass most of the others in both photography and gaming performance.

The back of a dark gray OnePlus 9, with the phone leaning against a wall.

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Specifications

Display: 6.55" Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Rear camera: 48+50+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 4500mAh
Charging: 65W Wrap Charge
OS: Android 11
Weight: 180g
Thickness: 8.1mm

Reasons to buy

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Good display
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Superfast charging
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Good cameras

Reasons to avoid

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No wireless charging
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No telephoto camera
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Average battery life

OnePlus has slashed the price of the OnePlus 9 recently and made it one of the best phones to get under Rs. 40,000.

It comes with a 6.55-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and it is powered by Snapdragon 888.

OnePlus 9 comes with the much-hyped Hasselblad partnership for cameras. As a result of that, the OnePlus 9 has very natural and true-to-life colours. 

There is a 48MP primary camera, 50MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP monochrome sensor. The phone is powered by a 4,500mAh battery with 65W WarpCharge65T fast charging.

Read our OnePlus 9 review

OnePlus 10R

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OnePlus 10R

Specifications

Display: 6.7" Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor: Mediatek Dimensity 8100-Max
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Rear camera: 50+8+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 5000mAh
Charging: 80W Wrap Charge
OS: Android 12
Weight: 186g
Thickness: 8.2mm

Reasons to buy

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Good display
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Superfast charging
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Good cameras

Reasons to avoid

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No wireless charging
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No telephoto camera
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No alert slider

OnePlus 10R recently received a price cut on Amazon, making it an even sweeter deal than the OnePlus 9.

Unlike the OnePlus 9 we featured above, the OnePlus 10R doesn't come with Hasselblad branding. Hence the colours in the camera follow the normal OnePlus colour palette, warm and bright. 

There is a 50MP primary camera with OIS, an 8MP secondary ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera. It comes with a 5,000mAh battery and 80W fast charging on the lower variants. 

The phone is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC. It is comparable to Snapdragon 888 in terms of performance but doesn't come with the heating issue Snapdragon 888 has suffered from. So OnePlus 10R might actually be a better choice than the OnePlus 9.

A Realme GT Neo 3 from the front, with the screen on

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Specifications

Display: 6.7" Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor: Mediatek Dimensity 8100
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Rear camera: 50+8+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 5000mAh
Charging: 80W SuperDart
OS: Android 12
Weight: 186g
Thickness: 8.2mm

Reasons to buy

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Good display
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Superfast charging
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Good cameras

Reasons to avoid

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No wireless charging
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No telephoto camera

Realme GT Neo 3 is basically the same phone as the OnePlus 10R. All the specifications are the same, even the dimensions are too. 

It comes with a 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. 

There is a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor coupled with OIS as the primary camera. And there is an 8MP secondary ultra-wide and a 2MP macro sensor. On the front, there is a 16MP selfie camera. 

Realme GT Neo 3 is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC, which brings in a similar performance to the Snapdragon 888. The phone is backed up by a 5,000mAh battery with 80W fast charging support. 

Read our Realme GT Neo 3 review

OnePlus 9RT

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OnePlus 9RT 5G

Specifications

Display: 6.62" FHD+, Fluid AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Rear camera: 50MP+16MP+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 4500mAh
Charging: 65W Warp Charge
OS: Android 11
Weight: 199g
Thickness: 7.5mm

Reasons to buy

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Distinctive design
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Clean UI
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Super fast charging

Reasons to avoid

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Battery drains quickly
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Doesn't support gaming at high frame rate
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Absence of IP rating

OnePlus refreshed its 9 series with the launch of the OnePlus 9RT launch in India. The device comes equipped with a 6.62-inch Fluid AMOLED display coupled with a 120Hz refresh rate and protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass protection. 

Similar to others, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and is based on the Android 11 operating system with Oxygen OS 12 on the top. The base variant of the smartphone comes with 8GB RAM along with 128GB internal storage. 

It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner, and the users can also use Alexa hands-free by downloading the Alexa app. In terms of optics, the OnePlus 9RT sports a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 50MP primary snapper with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), 16MP ultra wide-angle snapper, and a 2MP macro snapper. 

The smartphone sports a 16MP selfie shooter for the sake of selfies and video calls. The device draws power from a 4500mAh battery that supports 65T Warp charging.

iQoo 9 SE

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iQoo 9 SE 5G

Specifications

Display: 6.62" FHD+, AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Rear camera: 48MP+13MP+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 4500mAh
Charging: 66W
OS: Android 12
Weight: 196g
Thickness: 7.5mm

Reasons to buy

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Price point
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Top notch gaming performance
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66W fast charging

Reasons to avoid

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Poor UI
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Average camera performance

iQoo has already disrupted the industry in the past with the launch of the iQoo 7 series. Now, iQoo 9 SE 5G from its latest series offers a Snapdragon 888 processor under the price bracket of Rs 33,990. The smartphone has a 6.62-inch FHD+ AMOLED display along with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1300nits of peak brightness. 

iQoo 9 SE's base variant includes 8GB RAM along with 128GB internal storage. The smartphone operates on the Funtouch OS 12 and is based on the Android 12 operating system. The device packs a 4500mAh battery that supports 66W fast charging support. For security purposes, it has an in-display fingerprint sensor. 

The smartphone rocks a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary shooter, a 13MP secondary shooter, and a 2MP mono shooter. Additionally, it includes a 16MP front camera for capturing selfies and video calls. 

Xiaomi 11T Pro

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Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G

Specifications

Display: 6.67" FHD+, AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Rear camera: 108MP+8MP+5MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 5000mAh
Charging: 120W Hypercharge
OS: Android 11
Weight: 204g
Thickness: 7.7mm

Reasons to buy

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Super fast charging
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Powerful camera
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Adaptive refresh rate

Reasons to avoid

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Average gaming performance
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Absence of OIS

Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G packs a 6.67-inch AMOLED coupled with a 120Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 480Hz. The smartphone houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and is based on the Android 11 operating system with MIUI 12.5 skin on top. 

It draws power from a 5000mAh battery that supports 120W HyperCharge technology. As claimed by the company, the device gets completely charged in just 17 minutes. The base variant of the device has 8GB RAM paired with 128GB internal storage. 

The smartphone flaunts a triple rear camera setup, including a 108MP wide-angle sensor, 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor, and a 5MP telemacro sensor. At the front, the smartphone consists of a 16MP shooter for the sake of selfies and video calls. 

The Nothing Phone (1) from the front and back

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Specifications

Display: 6.55" FHD+, AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 778 Plus
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Rear camera: 50MP+50MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 4500mAh
Charging: 33W
OS: Android 12
Weight: 193.5g
Thickness: 8.3mm

Reasons to buy

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Unique styling
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Symmetric bezels
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Clean UI

Reasons to avoid

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No charger in the box
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Not the best value

Yes, this phone is from a brand new company with no previous experience making a smartphone. But mind you, the founder of this phone was the co-founder of OnePlus, Carl Pei. He made sure that the phone is hyped up royally like no other Android phone brand was able to pull up

The phone comes with a 6.55-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. But unlike most other Android phones, the bezels are uniform across the sides. On the back, you will find the glyph interface and the LEDs provide a unique user experience.

Nothing Phone (1) comes with a 50MP primary camera and a 50MP ultra-wide camera, and it supports dual OIS for the cameras. On the front, there is a 16MP front camera. 

A 4500mAh battery backs up the phone, with support for 33W USB PD fast charging. But it doesn't come with a charger in the box, you have to buy it separately.

Read our Nothing Phone (1) review

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Price: Rs. 31,999

Realme GT Neo 2

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Specifications

Display: 6.62" FHD+, E4 AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 870
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Rear camera: 64MP+2MP+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 5000mAh
Charging: 65W SuperDart charge
OS: Android 11
Weight: 200g
Thickness: 7.6mm

Reasons to buy

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Dolby Atmos support
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Camera performance
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Fast charging

Reasons to avoid

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3.5mm audio jack missing
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Lags while running heavy games

This one by Realme can be said to be the most generous offering available on our list. The smartphone has a 6.62-inch E4 AMOLED display complemented with a 120Hz refresh rate. 

The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G processor, and it is based on the Android 11 operating system. The smartphone's base variant ships with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. 

When it comes to camera setup, Realme GT Neo 2 includes a 64MP primary shooter, 2MP secondary shooter, and a 2MP tertiary shooter. The front photography department is handled by a 16MP in-display selfie snapper. 

It draws power from a 5000mAh battery that can go on for approximately a day even after extensive use. In addition, it also supports 65W SuperDart charging support that claims to charge the device up to 100% in just 36 minutes. 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Specifications

Display: 6.5" FHD+, Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 865
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Rear camera: 12MP+12MP+8MP
Front camera: 32MP
Battery: 4500mAh
Charging: 25W
OS: Android 11
Weight: 190g
Thickness: 7.45mm

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant camera
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Optimized battery
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User friendly UI

Reasons to avoid

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Low charging capacity
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Plastic rear panel

The 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display of Galaxy S20 FE delivers high-quality streaming and viewing experience. The smartphone also has a 120Hz refresh rate for a smooth experience while running games or playing animations. 

The handset packs 8GB RAM along with 128GB internal storage that is further expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card. Under the hood, the device has a Qualcomm snapdragon 865 processor, and it is based on the Android 10 operating system. 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE gets a triple rear camera setup comprising a 12MP primary snapper, 12MP secondary snapper, and an 8MP tertiary snapper. It also has a 32MP selfie shooter for capturing high-resolution selfies. The device also has an IP68 rating for water resistance. 

The smartphone is powered by a 4500mAh battery that promises to sustain long hours of gaming and streaming. However, fast charging support is missing in the smartphone, which can be a turn-off for a lot of users.

iQoo 7 Legend

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iQoo 7 Legend

Specifications

Display: 6.62" FHD+, AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,000mAh, 66W
Rear camera: 48+13+13MP
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 11
Weight: 209.5g
Thickness: 8.7mm

Reasons to buy

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Performance
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Display
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Stereo speakers

Reasons to avoid

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Battery
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Software

iQoo 7 Legend is the top-of-the-line flagship phone from the brand. It is basically the iQoo 7 BMW Edition from China. The iQoo 7 Legend is also one of the cheapest phones with a Snapdragon 888 processor. 

There’s also a 4,096sqmm vapor chamber to keep the thermals in check. The device is made up of pure white matte surface AG matte glass on the back along with a race track-inspired design. 

The iQoo 7 Legend offers a 66W Flash Charger which can charge the 4,000mAh battery to full in about 22 minutes. You also get “enhanced” UFS 3.1 storage, LPDDR5 RAM, and virtual RAM. 

On the visual front, the device comes with a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 300Hz touch sampling rate. It also offers HDR10+ certification and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

In terms of optics, the iQoo 7 Legend sports an optically stabilized 48MP camera(Sony IMX 598), a 13MP ultra-wide lens that doubles as a macro shooter, and a 13MP portrait lens with a focal length of 50mm. For selfies, there’s a 16MP camera on the front. 

Read our iQoo 7 Legend review (opens in new tab)

Best smartphones under Rs. 40,000 in India