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Packing a premium punch but with a smaller hit to your wallet, here are the best budget smartphones under Rs 40,000 that make for a promising buy.

Whether you’re working from home, Netflixing on a smaller screen or playing the role of a touchscreen warrior, having a great smartphone is mandatory to our lifestyle. While so, smartphone innovation has surged its prices too, pushing the best outside the affordable bracket for many. However, if you’re looking for a budget buy that promises top-range digital calibre, we have a list for you. These are the best smartphones under Rs 40,000 to buy in India today.

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus has two names for the Nord – a ‘budget smartphone’ and a ‘camera flagship’, and in our opinion, that’s a winning combination. The Nord sizes in with a 6.44″ AMOLED display that runs a 90Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, we see a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G that’s paired with 8-GB to 12-GB of RAM, depending on your variant. In the affairs of the lens, it gets a 48-MP primary, 8-MP ultra-wide, 5-MP depth sensor, and a 2-MP macro lens. When it comes to the front-facing camera, however, OnePlus is breaking new ground with the Nord. You’ll find two front-facing cameras, including an 8-megapixel sensor ultrawide camera with a 105-degree field of view and a primary 32-MP selfie camera. It is powered by a 4115-mAh battery that supports Warp Charge 30T. Undoubtedly one of the best smartphones under Rs 40,000. 

Price: Rs 27,999 onwards

Available on OnePlus’ official web store and Amazon India.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

In terms of size, it may seem ‘jumbo’, but not with the price. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite, as the name suggests, brings their range-topping big-screen experience in a slightly lighter package. While you can scribble all over its 6.7″ Super-AMOLED Infinity-O display with the S pen, it promises pristine graphic quality as well. It’s packed with 8-GB of RAM, 8 cores-worth of speed, and you can expand its storage all the way to 1-TB with the right card. It boasts three 12-MP cameras to the back and a stunning 32-MP cam for selfies. It’s powered by a 4500-mAh battery pack.

Price: Rs 37,999 onwards

Vivo X50 5G

Vivo X50 5G

This right here is Vivo’s magnum opus. Their top-of-their-line piece packs a serious premium punch. Running on a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 730, it packs 8-GB of RAM and storage of 128-GB. In terms of screen space and visual quality, expect about 6.5″ of FHD+ glory. When it comes to its cameras, it boasts an industry topping combination of 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 5MP with a 32-MP camera for selfies up-front. It’s also powered by a 4200-mAh battery that supports 33W Vivo FlashCharge 2.0.

Price: Rs 37,999

Available at Vivo’s official web store.

Oppo Reno 4 Pro


The next generation of OPPO Reno will be making a debut on July 31st, and we think its one of the best smartphones under Rs 40,000 to invest in, in India. If you’re a fan of edge-to-edge screens, this one’s for you. It boasts a 3D border-less screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. In terms of power and charging speed, it supports 65W SuperVOOC 2.0, which promises a full charge in 36 minutes. Not a lot has been said about the Oppo Reno 4 Pro, but it’s surely a smartphone launch you’d want to keep an eye out for.

Estimated price: Rs 39,999*

Will be available at Oppo’s online store and select E-Commerce platforms.

OnePlus 7T

The 7T may have a few elder siblings in line, but it’s still a serious package. It boasts a 6.5″ superfluid HDR10+ screen that has a 90Hz refresh rate. Inside it runs on a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Plus with RAM of 8-GB and storage space of 256-GB. It also comes with a triple-cam setup, 48-MP, 12-MP, and 16-MP with a cool 16-MP cam to the front for selfies. In terms of power and charging, expect about 3800-mAh of battery power, the OnePlus 7T also supports Warp Charge 30T.

Price: Rs 34,555 onwards

Available at OnePlus’s official web store and Amazon India.

RealMe X50 Pro

RealMe X50 Pro

As the brand’s new flagship smartphone, we picked the Realme X50 Pro not only for its specs but also for its unique exterior finish. It truly stands out. Powered by an apex Snapdragon 865 5G, it runs on 6-GB of RAM. To its rear, it has a stunning set of lens, a 64-MP + 8-MP + 12-MP + 2-MP. Whereas the front gets a 32-MP + 8-MP. In terms of screen size and visual performance, it boasts a 6.4″ Super-AMOLED 90Hz screen. It is powered by a 4200-mAh battery.

Price: Rs 39,999 onwards

Available at RealMe’s online store.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.