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 (~$1450) 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!

Best phones under 40,000 rupees in India:

Editor’s Note: We will continue to update this list of best phones under 40,000 rupees when they are released.


1. 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.

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 that 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
  • Rear camera: 48MP, 12MP, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 3,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10


2. Asus ROG Phone 2

Asus ROG Phone 2 rear ROG logo vent and camera

The follow-up to Asus’ first gaming phone is admittedly catered towards a niche audience. However, if you’re looking for a gaming phone, or simply want a powerful device with looks that stand out, it doesn’t get much better than the Asus ROG Phone 2.

It comes with one of the fastest processing packages currently available, features a super-smooth 120Hz display, and a design that leaves no doubt that this phone is meant for gaming. It’s not just the design either, with features like Air Triggers and a secondary USB-C port adding to its pedigree. Beyond gaming, the ROG Phone 2 surprises with excellent cameras and unbeatable battery life.

It’s undoubtedly one of the best gaming phones around, but it is also a great phone in general. The good news is that Asus has also been rather aggressive with its pricing, with the lower-tier model priced at under 40,000 rupees.


Asus ROG Phone 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855+
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP and 13MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


3. Red Magic 3s

Red Magic 3S on steps rear facing

Under 40,000 rupees is apparently the price range is which gaming smartphones have found their place. Joining the others on this list is the Red Magic 3s. The Red Magic 3s isn’t much of an upgrade over the Red Magic 3. In fact, everything from the design to the hardware and features like capacitive shoulder buttons, a physical fan, the 90Hz display, and active liquid cooling all return here.

The upgrade comes in the form of a step up to the more gaming-friendly Snapdragon 855+ processor and that’s about it. If you already have the Red Magic 3, there’s no reason to make the jump. However, if you’re looking for an excellent gaming phone, the Red Magic 3s is certainly a great way to go.


Nubia Red Magic 3s specs:

  • Display: 6.65-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855+
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


4. Black Shark 2

Black Shark 2 Review shark fin

The original gaming smartphone from Black Shark was never released in India. The good news for gaming fans in the country is that its successor — the Black Shark 2 — is available, and at under 40,000 rupees as well.

The specs sheet reads the same as most of the other smartphones on this list. The Black Shark 2 gains its gaming bona fides with features that boost performance. It is liquid-cooled and has a multi-layered heat dissipation system meant to move thermal energy away from the processor cores. And of course, it looks like a gaming phone through and through. With green accents, a reflective glass inset, and a glowing logo, the Black Shark 2 is bound to turn heads.

Only the lower-end version of the Black Shark 2 comes under the limits of this list of best phones under 40,000 rupees.


Black Shark 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP and 12MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


5. Asus 6Z

Asus Zenfone 6 camera macro - a great smartphone under 40,000 rupees

Asus surprised everyone with the really good Zenfone 5Z last year. Legal troubles have forced the company to drop the Zenfone branding, but its successor — the Asus 6Z — retains what is important. Once again, it’s a high-end smartphone that is very aggressively priced. This time around, it also comes with a unique design feature that makes it stand out in this competitive field. In terms of specifications and hardware, you get everything you’d expect from a 2019 flagship.

What makes the 6Z unique though is its camera setup. The dual rear camera setup flips around the top of the phone to serve as a front-facing camera. It’s not just about the camera either. The Asus 6Z also has one of the largest batteries in a smartphone and, as a result, the best battery life in this price range. This is just another of many reasons why the Asus 6Z is worth your money.


Asus 6Z specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP and 13MP
  • Front camera: Rear camera flips around
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


6. Oppo Reno 2

Oppo Reno 2 - best phones under 40,000 rupees

The Reno 10x Zoom was definitely unique, but Oppo manages to take things a few steps further with its successor — the Oppo Reno 2. The distinct shark-fin pop-up housing for the selfie camera returns and Oppo ups the ante in the camera department with a new quad-camera setup and its 20x zoom capability.

While the camera may steal all the headlines, what also stands out about the Reno 2 is its design and build quality. It’s a beautiful looking phone and offers a luxurious, high-end feel that a lot of flagship phones aren’t able to provide. It’s slightly pricier than you’d expect, but if a flagship feel and unique design are what you’re after, the Oppo Reno 2 certainly delivers.


Oppo Reno 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP, 13MP, 8MP, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


7. Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Pixel 3a Next to Pixel 3a XL

With the Pixel series, Google has pretty much exclusively focused on top-tier smartphones. The original Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 were all very pricey at launch. The good news is that Google is back to its more affordable roots with the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The bad news is that these phones aren’t particularly affordable in India when compared to the similarly-specced competition that is half its price.

However, what makes the Pixel 3a’s stand out and a worthy addition to this list is that they retain the fantastic camera of the high-end Pixel 3. Given how expensive the Google flagship is, it’s great that you can get one of the best smartphone cameras on the market at under 40,000 rupees. Of course, the smooth software experience and the fact that it was one of the first devices to get Android 10 are huge positives as well.


Pixel 3a specs:

  • Display: 5.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10


Pixel 3a XL specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • 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 best phones under 10,000 rupees, best phones under 15,000 rupees in India, the best under 20,000 rupees, and the best phones under 30,000 rupees.