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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.


Realme X7 Pro

Realme X7 Pro 5G side profile with focus on camera

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 a useful addition as well, 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 the fact 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

OnePlus 9R Official

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, theĀ 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 when 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 5 Pro

Oppo Reno 5 Pro in hand

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 5 Pro.

The Oppo Reno 5 Pro combines a refreshing design with a power-packed Dimensity 1000 Plus chipset, a consistently impressive 64MP main camera, stellar battery life, and rapid 65W charging. It’s a big upgrade over the Oppo Reno 4 Pro and one of the best phones you can get for under 40,000 rupees in India.


Oppo Reno 5 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,359mAh
  • Software: Android 11

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

Samsung Galaxy A72

Samsung Galaxy A72

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 Samsung Galaxy A72.

The Galaxy A72 is a decent upgrade from its predecessor. It offers more storage, better camera performance, a larger battery, and the latest version of Android. It’s not as impressive as some of the other devices on this list but is a great option for Samsung fans. Something to keep in mind also is that this version of the phone doesn’t come with 5G-support. That’s honestly alright for the Indian market for now, but if you’re looking for a future-proof phone, you would be better off considering the phones listed above instead.


Samsung Galaxy A72 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Google Pixel 4a

Google Pixel 4a using in hand screen 1

Google’s most affordable 2020 release, and the only one of its new devices to launch in India. 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

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.