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There are a lot of fantastic 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 there quite a few options that 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 10T / Mi 10T Pro

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro rear view angled hero shot

Xiaomi already dominates the mid-range and entry-level categories with its Redmi and Poco brands. The company has its eyes set on the high-end segment as well, and follows up the Mi 10 with the excellent Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro.

Both the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro are decent updates over the Mi 10. Xiaomi ramps up the display refresh rate to 144Hz and manages to pack a larger battery into the two. Even with these upgrades, both the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro are cheaper than the Mi 10, and are undoubtedly two of the best phones you can get for under 40,000 rupees.

The only compromise between the two is in the camera setup. The Mi 10T Pro comes with a 108MP primary shooter, while the Mi 10T has a 64MP unit. The Pro also comes with a higher storage variant. If you’re okay with this difference, you can save around 4,000 rupees with the Mi 10T.


Xiaomi Mi 10T specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Realme X3 SuperZoom

RealmeX3 Superzoom display showing home screen standing on table

Given Realme’s almost frantic release cycle, it’s no surprise that the company has two devices on this list of the best phones under 40,000 rupees. The Realme X3 SuperZoom is one of the company’s more recent high-end releases, and if the name isn’t enough of a giveaway, the big selling point here is its camera setup.

That said, for a phone that set out to dominate on the camera front, the X3 Superzoom ends up nailing most of the rest. The main camera is great and the 5x periscope is good, but the macro and wide-angle cameras don’t add much. There are a few compromises along the way to keep the price low as well. It uses last year’s flagship processor and an LCD display, which not be to everyone’s liking.

However, the processing package is plenty fast and the display surprisingly good. So paying a mid-range price for a near-flagship device is well worth the few compromises.


Realme X3 SuperZoom specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855+
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 8, and 2MP
  • Front cameras: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus Nord rear shot hero off angle

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 certainly delivered with the OnePlus Nord.

The hype surrounding the Nord was almost overwhelming at times, but with good reason. A solid processing package, a gorgeous new colorway, and OnePlus’ excellent software experience are all available with a phone that is priced at under 40,000 rupees. The Nord also hits all the other highlights that are common in this segment — a quad-camera setup, a high refresh rate display, and super-fast charging capabilities. This has become an increasingly competitive price segment in India, but the OnePlus Nord is well up to the task.


OnePlus Nord specs:

  • Display: 6.44-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front cameras: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,115mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

best phones under 40,000 - Samsung galaxy note 10 lite

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 devices are some of the best flagships you can get. Of course, with a price starting at 70,000 rupees, it’s not the smartphone for everybody. If you’re hoping to get the best of what Samsung has to offer in a more affordable package, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is the phone for you.

There actually isn’t a whole lot of compromise here. The processor is slightly less powerful, you don’t get as much RAM as the higher-tier Note 10, and the primary shooter isn’t as impressive. The biggest selling point of the Note series is available and unchanged with the Note 10 Lite, though, and that’s the S-Pen.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9810
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4a

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Google’s most affordable 2020 release, and the only one of its new devices to launch in India, is now available in the country. The Pixel 4a might seem a touch out of place on a list where some of the 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 very happy 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 big 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

Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy A71 priced at under 40,000

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. The Samsung Galaxy A70 was replaced by the iterative Samsung Galaxy A70s at the end of last year. We now have the successor to both devices in the new Samsung Galaxy A71.

The Galaxy A71 brings key upgrades across the board. From a faster processor and more RAM to an even better camera package and the latest version of Android this time around, the phone offers it all. The competition is quite heated in this price range, but Samsung fans will certainly be glad about having a great choice available for them.


Samsung Galaxy A71 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Oppo Reno 4 Pro

Oppo Reno 4 rear chassis - best phones under 40,000

The Reno series has gone from a 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 4 Pro.

The Reno 4 Pro may not come with the most powerful chipset on this list, and the cameras could be better. However, the phone comes with one of the best displays we’ve seen in this price range. The big selling point for this phone though is the super-fast 65W charging feature, allowing you to fully charge it in a little over 30 minutes.


Oppo Reno 4 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

So, there you have it for this roundup of some of the best phones under 40,000 rupees in India! 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.