OnePlus 7T to Redmi K20 Pro: Best phones to buy under Rs 40,000 in January 2020
The smartphone market has gone through a major churn in the last few months. There have been a number of new devices that were launched in the last few months of 2019, and some of them still remain absolutely fantastic buys going into 2020.
While such smartphones can be found across all segments of the market, it’s the sub Rs 40,000 segment of the phone market that arguably has the best collection of such device which not only impress with their feature set or spec sheets but also with their price and overall value for money they bring to the table.
Going into the first month of the year, here are our recommendations for the best smartphones you can get your hands on right now under Rs 40,000.
OnePlus 7T (Price Rs 34,999)
The latest entry-level flagship from OnePlus, the 7T is one of those devices that promises to bring you the best in terms of specs and software, but at a competitive price point. The phone was initially launched at a starting price of Rs 37,999 towards the end of 2019. However, it’s currently up for grabs for a price of Rs 34,999 for the 128GB storage variant of the device.
For the price, the OnePlus 7T brings with it a 6.55 inch 90Hz fluid AMOLED panel capable of the high resolution of 2400×1080 pixels and a pixel density of 402 ppi. Under the hood, the phone gets a Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC paired to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage on the more expensive variant.
There’s also a triple camera set-up on the back, and a 3800mAH lithium-ion battery to help the phone stand out as one of the better options within the budget segment.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom (Price Rs 36,999)
The Reno 10x Zoom is also another impressive phone that can be considered if you’re looking for a phone under the Rs 40,000 price bracket. The phone comes with not just a finely crafted design, but also its unique camera set-up.
The Reno 10x Zoom comes with a massive 6.6-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a pixel density of 387 ppi. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 855 SoC sat beside either 6GB or 8GB RAM configurations on the chipset.
The flagship Reno model gets a 48MP + 8MP + 13MP setup. At the front, there’s a 16-megapixel selfie camera housed in a pop-up mechanism. the Reno 10x Zoom gets a bigger 4,000mAh battery.
The entry-level variant of the device is currently retailing for Rs 36,999.
Asus ROG Phone 2 (Price Rs 37,999)
This one is definitely for the gamers.
As the company reiterated at the time of the launch of the device, the Asus ROG Phone 2 has been crafted having kept gamers in mind. As such, the device brings with it not just flagship-grade hardware, but also a design that’s flashy enough for you to flaunt while you game. The device also focuses on ensuring it remains cool at all times as it features advanced cooling mechanisms.
The entry variant of the Asus ROG Phone 2 is available for Rs 37,999 and brings with it 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Asus is using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset that helps the phone to achieve superior benchmark scores when compared to other flagship smartphones.
To keep the peak performance, the ROG Phone 2 comes with a 3D vapour cooling chamber that Asus claims ensures sustained peak performance. There’s also a vent at the back for venting out the heat from the cooling system.
For the display, the ROG Phone 2 uses a 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED panel with 1ms response rate and 49ms touch latency.
Redmi K20 Pro (Price Rs 27,999)
Redmi K20 Pro is a very good option if you’re looking to buy a smartphone that promises flagship performance and camera hardware, but at a price that’s fit for a mid-range device.
As opposed to its launch price that ran north of Rs 30k, the 8GB+256GB RAM and storage variant of the device is currently retailing for an attractive price of Rs 27,999.
For the price, Redmi brings to the user a phone comes packed with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. Underneath the display, there’s a Snapdragon 855 chipset paired to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
For cameras, we have a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera on the front that is integrated with LED lights. At the back, the phone includes triple camera set-up 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor (f/1.75 aperture) + 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor + 8-megapixel 2x telephoto lens.
Pixel 3a (Price Rs 39,999)
While not the most powerful phone in this buying guide, it’s still an affordable Pixel that promises a good camera and overall performance at all times. The phone is retailing at Rs 39,999 right now, and as such falls just under the cut-off for our buying guide.
The Pixel 3a uses a 5.6-inch Full HD+ display and comes with a Snapdragon 670 chipset underneath the hood. For the cameras, Google has used the same Sony-made IMX363 12-megapixel image sensor, which was also used on the Pixel 3. On the front, there is only one 8-megapixel lens.
While the hardware may not look so impressive on the spec sheet, it does, however, paint the Pixel 3a in a rather favourable light when the phone is used for day to day tasks and for clicking pictures.