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!

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.


1. 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 two versions 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 camera: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10


2. 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
  • Cameras: 48, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 3,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10


3. 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


4. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite back on table

Like the Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy S10 received the Lite treatment as well. The Galaxy S10 Lite is Samsung’s first effort to compete in the affordable flagship segment. It takes on devices like the OnePlus 7T and holds its own.

There are understandably a few compromises made to make the device cheaper than its high-end counterpart, particularly in the display department. However, what remains unchanged and excellent is the performance. It gets close to the flagship in terms of the camera and the software experience as well. And you get it all with a device that’s significantly cheaper. The Galaxy S10 Lite is certainly one of the best phones you can get under 40,000 rupees.


Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 48, 12, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10


5. Realme X2 Pro

Realme X2 Pro - best phones under 40,000

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 X2 Pro is one of the best phones the company released not that long ago. While the X50 Pro may be the better package overall, the Realme X2 remains a great option.

You get an excellent processing package, as much RAM as you want, a superb camera setup, fantastic fast charging capabilities, and a beautiful 90Hz display. With the release of the X50 Pro, the X2 Pro gets even cheaper, which only works in its favor.


Realme X2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855+
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


6. 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 phones 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 Google’s high-end phones are, 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.


Google Pixel 3a specs:

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


Google 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 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.