OnePlus 7T using in hand on table

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.


Realme X50 Pro

Realme X50 Pro 5G Display flat lay at angle

Realme has been gunning for Xiaomi’s crown since the company launched in India. It’s been neck-and-neck so far, with the continuous upmanship quite fun to watch. The Realme X2 Pro was one of the best phones the company launched. That is until it almost immediately followed it up with the Realme X50 Pro.

You get the latest and greatest processing package, multiple iterations of RAM and storage, fantastic fast charging capabilities, dual front-facing shooters, and a beautiful 90Hz display. The absolute best part is that you can get it for much cheaper than a lot of the competition, with the base version priced at under 40,000 rupees.


Realme X50 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.44-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 8, and 2MP
  • Front cameras: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 7T

OnePlus 7T - best phones under 40,000 rupees

The OnePlus 7 Pro may have garnered all the attention the first time around, but with the mid-year “T” iterations, it’s the OnePlus 7T that has rightfully stolen the spotlight. The 7T is one of the best phones OnePlus has ever made and is certainly a great buy for under 40,000 rupees. And that absolutely remains the case even the OnePlus 8 is now available as well.

The OnePlus 7T brings all the best features of the Pro editions, like a 90Hz display and triple rear cameras, to a far more affordable price point. The phone offers some of the best specifications you can get, beautiful colorways, fantastic cameras, incredibly fast charging, and the latest Android has to offer, to make for a very enticing option.


OnePlus 7T specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855+
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 3,800mAh
  • 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 camera: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus Nord rear shot hero off angle

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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 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

Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy A71 priced at under 30,000

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 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

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.