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There are a lot of great affordable phones in India. If you’re looking for flagship power, though, you’ll more often than not have to drop a decent chunk of money, with some smartphones priced close to 1 lakh rupees and beyond. The great news is that quite a few options come with the same high-end processing package but are much cheaper. Here’s a look at some of the best phones under 40,000 rupees in India!

The best phones under 40,000 rupees in India:

Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list of the best phones under 40,000 rupees when new models are released.


Xiaomi Mi 11X series

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The India-exclusive Mi 11X series, comprised of the Mi 11X Pro and standard Mi 11X, is almost a carbon copy of the Redmi K40 line that didn’t launch in the country. Both Mi 11X series phones also come with the same display, with a 120Hz refresh rate, the same battery capacity and fast-charging capability, and an IP53 rating for water resistance. The most significant differences are when we look at what’s under the hood. The Mi 11X Pro gets a Snapdragon 888 and a 108MP primary shooter, while the Mi 11X gets the Snapdragon 870 and a 48MP primary camera.

The Mi 11X pro and Mi 11X are to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra what the OnePlus 9 and 9R are to the 9 Pro. These are fantastic, affordable alternatives to the true flagships of the series while offering plenty of high-end specs and features to make them worth buying.


Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,520mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11X specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MPP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,520mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Realme X7 Pro

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Realme continues to impress with its devices across every price range, so it’s no surprise that the company has an entrant in our list of the best phones under 40,000 rupees as well. The latest addition to the company’s flagship X-series of devices is the X7 Pro, and the phone doesn’t fail to impress.

The X7 Pro has a standard design, but its hardware is what will keep consumers interested. MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000 Plus offers excellent performance, ably backed by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The standout is the camera setup, headlined by a 64MP primary shooter, that will outperform most other smartphone cameras in this price range. 65W super-fast charging is also a useful addition, allowing you to fully charge the phone in around 30 minutes. And Realme piles on the flagship features with a 120Hz refresh rate display.

Considering that the Realme X7 Pro starts is cheaper than most of the phones on this list, it’s no wonder that Realme is doing as well as it is in this highly competitive and budget-conscious market.


Realme X7 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Dimensity 1000 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 8, and 2MP
  • Front cameras: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 9R

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As OnePlus went from the “flagship killer” to true flagships in their own right, consumers were clamoring for a more affordable option from the company once again. OnePlus did that with the OnePlus Nord last year and doubles down in 2021 with the India-exclusive OnePlus 9R.

The OnePlus 9R keeps some of the features and elements of its flagship siblings but in a more affordable package. It shares a lot with the standard OnePlus 9, like the same Full HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate and identical battery capacity. The 9R has the premium mid-range processor of choice, the Snapdragon 870, under the hood. You can choose between 8 or 12GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage.

The camera is a bit of a letdown compared to the big moves OnePlus made with the 9 and 9 Pro, and you won’t get premium features like water resistance and wireless charging. The fact that you can save around 15,000 rupees makes these compromises easier to swallow. If you’re looking for an affordable OnePlus in 2021, the OnePlus 9R is the best way to go.


OnePlus 9R specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, and 2MP
  • Front cameras: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Oppo Reno 6 Pro

Oppo Reno 6 Pro in hand
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The Reno series has gone from purely high-end and unsurprisingly expensive to one that falls in the affordable flagship category. Oppo has also moved its focus from experimental designs, like the shark fin pop-up camera of the first Reno, to specs and features that likely matter to consumers more. Continuing down this new path is the Oppo Reno 6 Pro.

The Oppo Reno 6 Pro combines a refreshing, fashionable design with a power-packed Dimensity 1200 chipset, a consistently impressive 64MP primary camera, stellar battery life, and rapid 65W charging. It’s not a huge upgrade over the Reno 5 Pro, so it might not be worth an upgrade. If you have any older phone, though, the Reno 6 Pro is one of the best phones you can get for under 40,000 rupees in India.


Oppo Reno 6 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy A52s

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G in hand showing app drawer.
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Samsung continues its hot streak in the budget-friendly segments in India. Between the Galaxy M and the Galaxy A series, Samsung has covered the entire price spectrum of affordable devices from the entry-level to the mid-range. Continuing to bring the fight in the premium mid-range segment is the new, 5G-toting Samsung Galaxy A52s.

It’s not as impressive as some of the other devices on this list but is an excellent option for Samsung fans. It misses out on premium features like a flagship processor and ultra-fast charging. However, it makes up for it with a high-end build, an excellent display with a 120Hz refresh rate, long-lasting battery life, and long-term software support. It’s not a huge upgrade over the A52 in terms of specs, but the Indian version of its predecessor didn’t come with 5G.


Samsung Galaxy A52s specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 778G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Google Pixel 4a

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The Pixel 4a is Google’s most affordable 2020 release and the only one of its current devices to launch in India. The Pixel 4a might seem a touch out of place on a list where some options come with flagship specs and features. However, there are a few reasons why the Pixel 4a is one of the best phones you can get for under 40,000 rupees.

Its size is definitely a factor. Anyone who wants a small phone will be thrilled with the 4a, which is decidedly tiny compared to the 6.7-inch display-toting phones on this list. It might come with a single camera on the back, but it’s still one of the best around. The significant software advantage you get with Google’s phones is available here too. The Pixel 4a runs Android 11 and will be among the first to get future software updates.

The Pixel 4a might not win in a specs comparison fight, but its real-world performance goes far beyond what the phone’s spec sheet might suggest.


Google Pixel 4a specs:

  • Display: 5.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,140mAh
  • Software: Android 11

So, there you have it for this roundup of some of the best phones under 40,000 rupees in India! Are you looking for more options? Be sure to check out our best phone guide, as well as our guides on the best phones under 10,000 rupees, best phones under 15,000 rupees, best under 20,000 rupees, and best phones under 30,000 rupees.