Gadgets 360’s Best Mobiles Phones Under Rs. 40,000 list shows you the highest-rated smartphones available in India. The list is sorted in descending order of overall rating, and for each phone on the list, you can see key specifications for display, processor, RAM, storage, battery capacity, rear camera, and front camera. Alongside each phone, readers will also find links to other helpful resources for information – such as its in-depth review, full specifications, and a list of other smartphones by the same manufacturer.
As we mentioned, these are the top-rated smartphones under Rs. 40,000 in India, and they have been awarded a minimum overall rating of 8 out of 10 in our review. Despite reviewing hundreds of smartphones each year, Gadgets 360 ensures each device is scrutinised careful, and our verdict is based on a comprehensive look at every aspect of the mobile phone experience. We award individual ratings based on a smartphone’s Design, Display, Software, Performance, Battery Life, Camera, and Value for Money. Thus, you can rest assured that every smartphone on this list is an excellent choice at the price.
This list shows you the best smartphones between Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 35,000. If you’re looking for smartphones in a lower budget, check out our Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 35,000, Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 30,000, Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 25,000, Best Mobiles Phones Under Rs. 20,000, and Best Mobiles Phones Under Rs. 10,000 lists.
One glance at the iQoo 7 Legend and it makes quite an impression. The unique colour combination (inspired by BMW's racecars) not only looks good, but also feels premium with a well-polished metal frame and a matte glass back. The 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED display combined with the well-optimised Funtouch OS ensures a fluid software experience. Gaming is handled well with excellent heat management. No matter which camera you choose, the image quality is quite good. This includes the wide-angle camera, which doubles up as the macro camera and shoots close-ups with excellent detail. Surprisingly, it's the ultra-wide angle camera that underperforms in low-light shooting conditions. With a relatively small 4,000mAh battery, the iQoo 7 Legend never lasted beyond a day, but with a 66W charging adapter in the box, charging speed was jaw-dropping, going from 0-100 per cent in just 31 minutes.
The OnePlus 9 still feels solidly built and the plastic frame does look like metal, even though it's not. The alert slider and buttons have good tactile feedback, similar to the ones on the 9 Pro. The OnePlus 9 has a similar 6.55-inch AMOLED display as the 8T. Software is taken care of by OxygenOS 11, which is based on Android 11.
Performance has been very solid right from the get go thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdraogn 888. The display is excellent – colours are vibrant, brightness is very good, and viewing angles are more than satisfactory. The OnePlus 9 delivers very good battery life; a bit better than the 9 Pro in fact, in my opinion.
The cameras on the OnePlus 9 are a big upgrade compared to its predecessor's mainly due to better sensors. The selfie camera is the same one used for the OnePlus 9 Pro, and it's decent but not great. The OnePlus 9 is a good smartphone in its own right, but hard to recommend when you have the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G and OnePlus 8 Pro selling for around the same price.
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, 1080x2412 pixels|
|Processor||MediaTek Dimensity 8100 5G|
|Rear Camera||50MP + 8MP + 2MP|
The Oppo Reno 6 Pro is one of the slimmest and lightest phones in its class, and has the looks to go with that. The display is well-spec’d too. It’s a 6.5-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ playback certification, and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. One of the biggest upgrades to the Oppo Reno 6 Pro is the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC. Games ran very well too. Despite the slim body, the back of the phone never got overly hot even after extended gaming sessions.
I found the battery life of the Reno 6 Pro to be pretty solid too. I was easily able to get about a day and half of use, which involved lots of video watching and checking social apps. This phone runs the company’s latest version of ColorOS 11.3, which is very similar in form and function to the version we tested on the Reno 5 Pro 5G (v11.1). The camera setup on the Oppo Reno 6 Pro is pretty much identical to that of the Reno 5 Pro, except for the new Bokeh Flare Portrait filter which is fun and works well.
With only cosmetic changes and a slightly upgraded processor compared to the OnePlus 8T, the new OnePlus 9R is not very exciting at first. It has been launched exclusively in India because the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro have come in at higher prices. The company could have done more to keep things fresh in the premium segment, but even so, the 9R is a good overall package. It looks slick, and has a crisp AMOLED screen plus stereo speakers. Performance is good in everyday tasks and games run well too. The battery will last you all day, and you get a 65W fast charger in the box. The 48-megapixel main camera takes good shots and Nightscape mode can work very well depending on ambient light conditions. OxygenOS continues to be slick and feature-rich without getting overbearing. The 9R could be a good choice if you're a OnePlus fan, but do keep in mind that there's a lot of competition and you have many other choices.
|Best Mobile Phones Under 40000 in India||Price in India|
|iQOO 7 Legend||Rs. 36,990|
|OnePlus 9||Rs. 37,999|
|OnePlus 10R 5G Endurance Edition||Rs. 39,999|
|Oppo Reno 6 Pro||Rs. 39,989|
|OnePlus 9R||Rs. 36,999|
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