High-end smartphones under ₹40,000 offer some of the most premium features on the market, giving their premium counterparts a solid run for their money. Not only do you get a flagship-grade SoC on most of these phones under ₹40,000, but you also get high refresh rate displays, multiple cameras, fast charging, and more. You get a solid mix of some of the best hardware and software features that have been optimised for sustained performance. You’ll also find that the price to performance ratio in this range is usually the best in the market. Manufacturers across the board are providing an array of options, so there’s no dearth for choice. Here are some of the best phones under ₹40K that you can choose from.
1. Motorola Edge 30 Pro
The Motorola Edge 30 Pro is the first smartphone in the new Edge 30 series. It sports a massive 6.7-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz. Motorola has added stereo speakers into the mix, which will improve the overall content watching experience. The Edge 30 Pro has a glass back that makes it feel premium in the hand. However, it has a plastic frame that feels odd. It weighs 196g which is definitely noticeable, and its IP52 rated body is splash resistant.
The Edge 30 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. The Edge 30 Pro packs in a 4,800mAh battery and has support for 68W fast charging. Motorola also ships a compatible charger in the box. The company has launched only one configuration of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It runs Android 12 with Motorola’s custom My UX skin on top.
Motorola has gone for high-resolution camera sensors all around. This phone sports a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 50-megapixel primary camera, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, it sports a 60-megapixel shooter on the front.
Motorola Edge 30 Pro Specifications
Display: 6.70-inch, 1080×2400 pixels
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Battery Capacity: 4800mAh
Rear Camera: 50MP + 50MP + 2MP
Front Camera: 60MP
2. Vivo V25 Pro
The Vivo V25 Pro is a solid phone with a lot of premium features to boot. You get a 120 Hz AMOLED display with HDR10+ support and up to 1300 nits of peak brightness. It sports the capable MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC with an octa-core CPU and the Mali G77 GPU. For optics, you’ve got a triple rear camera setup which includes a 64 MP primary lens, 8 MP ultrawide lens, and a 2 MP macro shooter. The phone houses a large 4,830 mAh battery with support for fast 66 W charging as well.
Vivo V25 Pro Specifications
Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Octa core (4×2.85 GHz, 4×2 GHz)
Memory: 8 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage
Display: 6.56″ (1080 x 2376) screen, 398 PPI, 120 Hz Refresh Rate
Camera: 64 + 8 + 2 MPTriple Rear camera, 32 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery: 4830 mAh battery with fast Charging and USB Type-C port
SIM: Dual SIM with 5G support
Features: LED Flash
Price: ₹ 35,999
3. OnePlus 10R 5G Endurance Edition
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) is the successor to the OnePlus 9RT. The phone’s frame and rear panel are made from polycarbonate and features a matte finish which does not feel premium even though it is good at rejecting fingerprints.
Its AMOLED display packs HDR10+ capability, showcases deep blacks, and gets quite bright. It also features a 120Hz refresh rate and a 720Hz maximum touch sampling rate which is useful for gamers.
The phone has MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100-Max processor which is a customised version of the regular Dimensity 8100. The customisations according to OnePlus are said to improve gaming and AI performance along with low-light video.
The primary camera’s performance is good in daylight, but the ultra-wide-angle and macro cameras are quite average. Battery life is solid and the 150W charging system, a highlight of this phone, works as expected.
OnePlus 10R 5G Endurance Edition Specifications
Display: 6.70-inch, 1080×2412 pixels
Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 8100 5G
Battery Capacity: 4500mAh
Rear Camera: 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera: 16MP
4. Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro
The Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro is a flagship-grade phone from the company housing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. The phone comes equipped with a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with Dolby Vision and 120 Hz refresh rate support. The phone is topped with the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus for protection. You get a triple camera setup headlined by a 108 MP primary shooter. The phone is available in 8GB or 12GB RAM variants and 128 or 256 GB storage variants. You also get a 5,000 mAh battery with blazing fast 120W fast charging that can charge the phone from zero to 100 percent in merely 17 minutes, according to the company.
Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro Specifications
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Octa core (2.84 GHz, 2.42 GHz, 1.8 GHz)
- Memory: 8 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage
- Display: 6.67″ (1080 x 2460) screen, 403 PPI
- Camera: 108 + 8 + 5 MPTriple Rear camera, 16 MP Front Camera with Video recording
- Battery: 5000 mAh battery with fast Charging and USB Type-C port
- SIM: Dual SIM
- Features: LED Flash
- Price: ₹ 35,999