OnePlus 7, Asus 6z, Pixel 3a XL: Best smartphones under Rs 40,000 to buy in September 2019

If you are willing to buy a new premium smartphone under Rs 40,000 this festive season, here are a couple of good options to consider.


  • Redmi K20 Pro is one of the least expensive phones here starting from less than Rs 30,000.
  • Asus has had a knack for funky phones over the year and with the 6z, it has done its best.
  • The iPhone 8 may look vintage in comparison to all the other bezel-less beauties mentioned here.

Smartphones are an important part of you — they speak a lot about your financial well-being. Your phone also reveals a lot about your preferences, your mental state, your thinking and more. Hence, choosing a smartphone these days, at any price point, requires a lot of hard work. If you have unlimited access to resources, you will go for the expensive iPhones or Samsung flagships costing more than a lakh of Rupees. But as you start restricting your budget, it becomes difficult. And especially more if you are limiting your investment to Rs 40,000.

Because for less than Rs 40,000, there are a lot of interesting options to choose from and yet, it’s often confusing to choose the one just right for you. If flaunting a brand is your thing, OnePlus is the obvious choice. If you want cameras above everything else, you have a choice between the Google Pixel 3a or the Asus 6z. Similarly, there are options for every kind of requirement in this segment and if you are looking to buy premium phones under Rs 40,000, the following guide could help you make your decision.

Best smartphones under Rs 40,000 in September 2019

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (from Rs 27,999)

The Redmi K20 Pro is one of the least expensive phones here starting from less than Rs 30,000. Surely, it’s from Xiaomi – a brand well known for great phones under Rs 20,000, but it is one of the flagship phones that may suffice many types of buyers. Right from its eye-grabbing design to a massive 6.3-inch bezel-less display and a fancy pop-up camera, the Redmi K20 Pro feels special. With a flagship Snapdragon 855 chip, a 4000mAh battery with fast charging and a triple rear camera setup, this is the most feature-rich phone you are going to get in this segment.

OnePlus 7 (from Rs 32,999)

The OnePlus 7 is ‘the’ one phone to go if you want it all. OnePlus as a brand stands for the best of products in the Android universe and it shows in its phones. The OnePlus 7 has got everything going for it – a great premium metal-glass build, powerful and reliable performance from the top-notch Snapdragon 855 chip along with faster UFS 3.0 storage, a good 48-megapixel real camera working well under all scenarios and a great 6.4-inch Optic AMOLED display. OnePlus phones last long and offer the most polished Android experience – something which every Android other Android manufacturer aspires to achieve these days.

Pixel 3a XL (from Rs 39,999)

The Pixel brand of phones stand for exceptional still mobile photography. With just a single 12.2-megapixel camera, Google can outdo all other phones with 48-megapixel cameras solely relying on its software. Along with a clean Android experience getting the latest updates before everyone, this is Android at its best. The Snapdragon 670 chip may not please PUBG Mobile players but combined with a 3700mAh battery and a 6-inch OLED display, the Pixel 3a XL is easily an all-day phone with all the smart features at your disposal. And the plastic body makes it light as well as extremely comfortable to use.

Asus 6z (from Rs 31,999)

Asus has had a knack for funky phones over the year and with the 6z, it has done its best. The Flip Camera is outright cool as it offers you a combination of a 48-megapixel main camera and a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera as both your rear and front cameras. Plus the whole flip-mechanism is so cool to watch. Thanks to the Flip Camera, you get a notch-less display with possibly the best IPS LCD screen. A Snapdragon 855 chipset is there to take care of your performance needs coupled with near-stock Android experience. And if that’s not enough, the 5000mAh battery is surely big enough to keep you going for two days.

Oppo Reno 2 (from Rs 36,990)

Oppo has been making some of the most desirable phones that may cause geeks and fashionistas to lust about it. The Reno 2 is another of the many examples this year with a gorgeous looking design and well-executed motorised ‘sharkfin’ camera. It also has a quad-camera setup with the ability to zoom up to 20 times. Hence, for photographers, there isn’t a better deal than this. Other great features of the Reno 2 include an all-screen display with narrow bezels with no notch, a Snapdragon 730G chip for fast performance and a 4000mAh battery with 20W fast charging to get through a busy day effortlessly.

Apple iPhone 8 (from Rs 39,990)

A premium smartphone list is incomplete without an iPhone in it. Thankfully, after the iPhone 11 launch, there’s a new entrant – 2017’s iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 may look vintage in comparison to all the other bezel-less beauties mentioned here. However, an iPhone 8 will offer you the most polished smartphone experience. Apple’s iOS platform is secure as a vault and you can be assured whatever is in your iPhone stays in your iPhone. The iPhone 8 runs on the A11 Bionic chipset that compares with the latest chips from Qualcomm or Samsung. You also get god cameras with exceptional video recording capabilities. Plus, you get wireless charging with this – no other phone offers this under Rs 40,000. And, the compact dimensions of the iPhone 8 make it one of the most practical phones you can buy today.

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