Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 50,000 in Nepal [2022 Update]

Best Smartphones under NPR 5000 in Nepal phones
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With a ton of choices, buying a smartphone can become a confusing adventure to many. And in the Nepali market, the 50,000 price bracket is probably the trickiest of them all. Because, well, this is a category that’s more than mid-range yet less than the premium mid-rangers. So oftentimes, most phones in this range don’t find the right balance between price and overall performance. To help you with your purchase decision, here is our list of best phones NPR 50000 in Nepal.

Best mobile phones under NPR 50000 in Nepal:

6. OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G - Bahamas Blue

Kicking off our list of best phones under NPR 50000 in Nepal is the new OnePlus Nord CE 2. As the company deepens its integration with OPPO, OnePlus products have struggled to maintain a distinct identity of their own. And that goes for this phone as well since it is basically the same as the OPPO Find X5 Lite.

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Powering the phone is MediaTek’s Dimensity 900 chip with 8/12GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. But for a phone that launched in 2022, it still boots on Android 11-based OxygenOS 11.3. At least OnePlus has promised 2 years of platform and 3 years of security updates for the Nord CE 2.

Anyway, the Dimensity 900 is a pretty capable processor and it can handle your everyday tasks just fine—including gaming. Of course, demanding games like Genshin Impact take a toll on this phone but you can expect smooth gameplay under other popular titles like COD and PUBG Mobile under adjusted settings. As such, the phone stays pretty comfortable under a prolonged gaming session too.

90Hz OLED display

Upfront, the Nord CE 2 brings a 6.4″ Fluid AMOLED display with HDR10+ support and a 90Hz refresh rate—although 120Hz is pretty common in this price range. Still, the core quality of this screen is pretty good and it’s protected by Gorilla Glass 5 as well. At just 173 grams, the Nord CE 2 is pretty lightweight while its build quality is also pretty ergonomic.

Moving on, the phone has a triple camera setup at the back led by a 64MP primary sensor with EIS. This is followed by an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro shooter. Handling the selfies is a 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor. The phone is fueled by a modest 4500mAh battery with 65W fast charging support.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Specifications:

  • Display: 6.43-inches 90Hz FHD+ Fluid AMOLED, 409 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G (6nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 6/8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB UFS 2.2 storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with OnePlus’ OxygenOS 11 on top
  • Rear Camera: Triple (64MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 16MP sensor (punch-hole)
  • Fingerprint sensor: In-display (optical)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / QZSS, NFC, 5G, USB-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Proximity, Electronic Compass, Sensor Core
  • Battery: 4500mAh battery with 65W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 47,499 (8/128GB)

5. Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G

Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G - Snowflake White

Heading up the top 5 entries in our list of best phones under NPR 50000 in Nepal is the new Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G. It’s a slightly upgraded version of the standard Mi 11 Lite 4G which is also available in Nepal. The main differences between the two phones are the upgraded processor and a bigger 20MP selfie camera on the 5G model.

What this means is that the phone is incredibly lightweight and slim. And if you were tired of carrying a bulky smartphone in your pocket, then this is something you can consider. Apart from its friendly build quality, the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G is quite a powerful phone as well. Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G, we have no complaint about its performance standard.

It can handle the basic everyday tasks with ease—although it does struggle against demanding games like Genshin Impact at its highest settings. On top of this, Xiaomi’s MIUI still hosts a lot of room for improvement. However, the company has promised 3 years of platform and 4 years of security updates on this phone, which is great news.

Delightfully decent cameras

While mid-range and premium mid-range phones from Xiaomi have always had mediocre camera performance, this one’s an exception. It doesn’t carry a telephoto lens but its 64MP triple camera array is quite capable. Compared to the Galaxy M52, we found that the 11 Lite NE holds up quite well in terms of photography—while outpacing the M52 when it comes to videos.

The 6.55″ AMOLED display upfront is also a delight to look at. It has HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR for those punchy color reproduction with excellent contrast. Our only complaint with this display is that it refreshes at just 90Hz whereas most other phones in this price bracket feature a smoother 120Hz refresh rate.

In terms of battery, fueling the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE is a modest 4250mAh cell that can deliver about 5 – 6 hours of screen on time under light to medium usage. Thankfully, the company ships a compatible 33W charger inside the box, which takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes to fill up its battery.

Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G Specifications:

  • Display: 6.55-inches 90Hz FHD+ AMOLED, 402 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 6/8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128/256GB UFS 2.2 storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5 on top
  • Rear Camera: Triple (64MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP telemacro)
  • Front Camera: 20MP sensor (punch-hole)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Side-mounted
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Beidou / NavIC, NFC, USB-C, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Proximity, Electronic Compass, Linear Motor, IR Blaster
  • Battery: 4250mAh battery with 33W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 45,999 (8/128GB) | Rs. 48,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read our review of Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G
  • Watch our review of Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G

4. Samsung Galaxy M52 5G

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Taking the number four spot in our list of best phones under NPR 50000 in Nepal goes to the new Samsung Galaxy M52 5G. Compared to other ‘M’ series phones like the M62, this one’s quite a unique entry.

By that, I mean how Samsung has installed a relatively small 5000mAh battery on this phone—while we’re used to seeing even a 7000mAh battery in this lineup.

As a result, the Galaxy M52 5G is one of the most lightweight Samsung phones you could find right now. Plus, the phone measures just 7.4mm thick. All in all, despite being a big phone, M52 doesn’t feel nearly as bulky or uncomfortable in the hands—although I will say that it is a bit wide. Apart from the comfortable build quality, this phone has competent specs in other departments as well.

A capable chipset

For starters, it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset with 6/8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. While it doesn’t compare against POCO F3’s Snapdragon 870, this is more than capable for all your medium to even demanding workloads. And it brings a decent camera setup too, which includes a 64MP primary, a 12MP ultrawide, and a 5MP macro lens.

In our brief time with the phone so far, we’ve been impressed with its photography capabilities. But since it lacks OIS like the more expensive Galaxy A52s 5G, videos come off rather shaky. Anyway, M52 also has a sweet 6.7″ Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate although it doesn’t embed an optical fingerprint reader. Here, Samsung has provided a side-mounted fingerprint scanner instead.

Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Specifications:

  • Display: 6.7-inches 120Hz FHD+ Super AMOLED Plus, 393 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 6/8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB UFS 2.1 storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with One UI 3.1
  • Rear Camera: Triple (64MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor (punch-hole)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Side-mounted
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / QZSS, NFC, USB-C, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyro, Compass
  • Battery: 5000mAh battery with 25W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 42,999 (6/128GB) | Rs. 46,999 (8/128GB)
  • Read our review of Galaxy M52 5G
  • Watch our long-term review of Galaxy M52 5G

3. POCO F3

POCO F3 - Deep Ocean Blue best phones under 50000 in Nepal

Similarly, the bronze medal for our pick of best phones under NPR 50000 in Nepal goes to the POCO F3. Above all, Xiaomi Nepal deserves some serious credit for bringing such in-demand phones in the country at a pretty comparable price.

And here, the POCO F3 is undoubtedly one of the best value-for-money phones you could buy under 50K in Nepal. That’s primarily because of its high-performance Snapdragon 870 chipset.

Here, although Qualcomm simply rehashed last year’s Snapdragon 865+ with a slight boost in clock frequency, the 870 is still flagship-grade silicon. Still, it doesn’t quite compare to this year’s flagship chipset from the company. Besides this, the phone brings 6 or 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and either 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

All of this easily makes POCO F3 the best-performing phone in its class—and therefore also the best gaming phone under NPR 50000 in Nepal. Similarly, it brings a pretty impressive display as well. You get a 6.67 AMOLED screen a 120Hz refresh rate and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

But despite housing an OLED display, POCO has implemented a side-mounted fingerprint sensor here. While the performance aspect of the device is solid as a rock, its cameras are sub-par only. You get a triple camera setup consisting of a 48MP main, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 5MP tele-macro sensor. Not to forget, it also lacks OIS.

POCO F3 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.67-inches 120Hz FHD+ AMOLED, 395 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 (7nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 6/8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with MIUI 12 for POCO
  • Rear Camera: Triple (48MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP telemacro)
  • Front Camera: 20MP sensor (punch-hole)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Side-mounted
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / NavIC, USB-C, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyro, Hall, Ambient light, Electronic compass
  • Battery: 4520mAh battery with 33W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 46,999 (6/128GB)
  • Read our review of Mi 11X (POCO F3)
  • Watch our review of Mi 11X (POCO F3)

2. Realme 9 Pro+

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Likewise, the new Realme 9 Pro+ is our number 2 pick in this list of best phones under NPR 50000 in Nepal. This is the first “Pro+” phone in Realme’s number series and it’s got a healthy spec sheet to back up that stature. And its biggest highlight is definitely the cameras. At the back, Realme has gone with a triple camera array.

This consists of the flagship 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor with OIS alongside an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro lens. And on our test, we found that the phone takes great photos during both day and night—although they do look a bit oversaturated sometimes. As expected, Realme has disabled OIS on 4K resolution but 1080p videos at either 30 or 60 fps come out pretty stable from the phone.

Besides cameras, the Realme 9 Pro+ has a solid design as well. The phone is quite slim and lightweight. And if you’re someone who likes a flashy design, you might find its shimmery look to be right at home. Having said that, it has quite a significant bottom bezel on the front which doesn’t seem “Pro+” at all.

No 120Hz refresh rate

In terms of display, the Realme 9 Pro+ has a 6.4″ Super AMOLED panel. And like the Nord CE 2 above, it also refreshes at 90Hz—while the touch sampling rate can go as high as 360Hz when you’re gaming. This display produces excellent colors, contrast, and it’s Widevine L1 certified to stream contents at FHD resolution too. Moreover, the 9 Pro+ easily has the best-in-class haptics.

As for performance, the phone is powered by Dimensity 920 which is similar to Snapdragon 778G. So, you can expect fluent everyday performance on the 9 Pro+. We did notice the phone getting hot when playing graphics-hungry games but that’s to be expected from such a light phone. But what’s surprising is that its 4500mAh battery easily delivers one day’s worth of screen-on time!

Realme 9 Pro+ Specifications:

  • Display: 6.4-inches 90Hz FHD+ Super AMOLED, 409 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G (6nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 6/8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128/256GB UFS 2.2 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 12 with Realme UI 3.0 on top
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 16MP sensor (punch-hole)
  • Fingerprint sensor: In-display (optical)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Beidou, USB Type-C, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyro, Magnetic induction
  • Battery: 4500mAh battery with 60W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 41,999 (6/128GB) | Rs. 45,499 (8/128GB)
  • Read our review of Realme 9 Pro+

1. Samsung Galaxy A52s

Samsung Galaxy A52s - Awesome Violet

Finally, the gold medalist in our list of best phones under NPR 50000 in Nepal is the Samsung Galaxy A52s. While it originally debuted at over 50 thousand Rupees, Samsung Nepal recently discounted the phone and its 6/128GB variant thus fits in our list. Although this is just an iterative upgrade over the Galaxy A52, the A52s is a really great premium mid-range phone.

And its biggest talking point is definitely the cameras. Be it daytime or lowlight, landscape or human subjects, A52s takes excellent photos. The onboard OIS helps take stable images of moving subjects or when it’s dark as well—although don’t expect it to do much in terms of videography.

Besides cameras, the A52s is a visual treat as well. That pastel color profile mixed with the ergonomic build quality is in a class of its own. Samsung is even offering IP67 dust/water protection here, which is something no other phone in this price range deliver. So if you are someone who’s not particularly as careful with their phone, the Galaxy A52s does offer some peace of mind.

Terrific display

As expected, the display side of things is pretty solid too. The phone houses a 6.5″ Super AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. So, this screen produces amazing colors and contrast so that you can enjoy binging your favorite shows at peace. Its stereo speaker setup gets loud enough and sounds fairly balanced too.

In terms of performance, the Galaxy A52s is powered by Snapdragon 778G which is a pretty reliable processor. And yes—the 8GB RAM variant does cost Rs. 2,000 more—but we’ll strongly suggest chipping in the extra money for higher memory. Not only is it the ideal choice for fluent multitasking, but 8GB memory also ensures that the phone ages better with time.

Samsung Galaxy A52s Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inches 120Hz FHD+ Super AMOLED, 405 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 6/8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128/256GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI 3.1 on top
  • Rear Camera: Quad (64MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, 5MP depth)
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor (punch-hole)
  • Fingerprint sensor: In-display (optical)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Light, Virtual Proximity
  • Battery: 4500mAh battery with 625W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 49,999 (6/128GB) | Rs. 51,999* (8/128GB)
  • Read our long-term review of Galaxy A52s 
  • Watch our long-term review of Galaxy A52s

Summary list of best mobile phones under NPR 50000 in Nepal

Rank Best phones under 50000 in Nepal Price
1 Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G (6/128GB) Rs. 49,999
2 Realme 9 Pro+ (8/128GB) Rs. 45,499
3 POCO F3 (6/128GB) Rs. 46,999
4 Samsung Galaxy M52 5G (8/128GB) Rs. 46,999
5 Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G (8/256GB) Rs. 48,999
6 OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G (8/128GB) Rs. 47,499

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