With so many smartphones coming out in the market, it can be hard for an average consumer to pick the best device for them. What’s the best phone for my budget, which one gives me the best camera performance, do I get a premium gaming experience from this device and yada-yada-yada are some of the queries one might have. But fear not, for we at GadgetByte Nepal have compiled an updated list of the best smartphone you can buy this time around, no matter your budget. We guarantee an optimal smartphone experience for you with our handpicked catalog of devices at every price range.
Best Smartphones Under Rs.10,000
1. Samsung A2 Core: Rs.9,390
Not everyone wants to pour-in an excessive amount for a well-performing device. The Samsung A2 Core (Read Review) caters to exactly those audiences. With a graciously housed Octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset running atop of Android 9.0 (Go Edition), the performance is non-complainable. To make the phone affordable, Samsung has installed a 5-inch IPS LCD panel with quarter-HD 540 x 960 resolution and a small 2600 mAh battery.
Though the 1GB of RAM may not seem sufficient enough, it is well-versed as a daily driver for your average user. On the storage side, you get 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. Similarly, the A2 Core has a single 5MP front and rear camera. Manage your gaming expectations as the Samsung A2 Core can run low-end titles like Dead Trigger 2 fairly smoothly, but not the high-end ones like PUBG Mobile.
2. Redmi Go: Rs.8,999
Another good option for people with a tight budget is the Redmi Go (Read Review). Like the A2 Core, this is also an Android Go phone, which is a commendable initiation from Google to provide great Android experience even on low-budget phones. The Redmi Go has a 5-inch IPS LCD panel with HD 720 x 1080 resolution. The phone has a decent 3000 mAh and an 8MP rear and a 5MP front camera.
Coming down to performance, the Redmi Go is powered by a moderate Snapdragon 425, which is a comparatively weaker chipset than the Exynos 7870 in the A2 Core. Similarly, you get 1GB of RAM and a measly 8GB of internal storage which can thankfully be scaled up to 128GB via a microSD card.
Best Smartphones Under Rs. 15,000
1. Redmi 7 (2/32GB): Rs.13,999
With a look strikingly similar to the more expensive Redmi Note 7, the Redmi 7 (Read Review) is an excellent phone under 15K. It recently received a price cut, making the phone even more appealing to budget-constraint customers. It has a big 6.26-inch IPS LCD panel with an HD+ 720 x 1520 resolution. The phone has a minimal U-shaped notch on top which houses the 8MP selfie camera. There’s a dual-camera setup on the back with a 12MP main shooter and a 2MP depth sensor alongside the fingerprint sensor.
Powering the phone is Snapdragon 632 chipset which can handle most of the daily tasks and light gaming with ease. On the memory front, there’s a 2GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. You get a decent amount of juice with the 4000 mAh battery on the phone which should comfortably last you a day. Redmi 7 runs of Android 9.0 (Pie) with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 on top.
2. Samsung A10: Rs.13,490
Samsung’s budget phones have gotten a whole lot better in the past year. The Galaxy A10 (Read Review) is a great offering from Samsung, with a gorgeous design. It has a 6.2-inch IPS LCD Infinity-V display with HD+ 720 x 1520 resolution that holds the 5MP selfie camera on the front. There’s a single 13MP camera on the back.
Now you might be wondering why we included the A10 rather than the cheaper M10 with the dual-rear camera setup. It is because the A10 has a more powerful Exynos 7884 chipset as compared to the Exynos 7870 of the M10. When it comes to budget devices, you’d want the phone to be capable of handling all your requirements which require a better processor. Memory wise you get 2GB RAM and 32GB of expandable memory. The A10 has a decent 3400 mAh battery and runs on top of Android 9.0 (Pie) with Samsung’s One UI on top.
Best Smartphones Under Rs.20,000
1. Redmi Note 7 (3/32GB): Rs.19,999
One of the most popular budget smartphones of 2019, the Redmi Note 7 (Read Review) tops our pick for the best value phone under 20K. Also to our joy, it received a decent price drop making it the most optimum choice. It has a great 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with FHD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution on a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone’s design is good enough to envoke a premium feel.
You get an excellent Snapdragon 660 processor with Adreno 512 GPU. So, there are no performance hiccups with the phone. Camera enthusiasts rejoice as Note 7 has a dual-real camera with a 48MP primary Sony IMX586 sensor with Pixel Binning (like the one used in OnePlus 7 Pro), 5MP depth sensor and a 13MP front camera. Memory wise, the 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage are commendable too. Also, the 4000 mAh battery with 18W fast-charging is another highlight of the device.
2. Realme 3 (3/32GB): Rs.19,690
Realme 3 is another excellent budget device with an emphasis on performance. With its powerful and efficient Helio P60 chipset which has an advanced dedicated module for AI. This enables the SoC to effectively handle tasks like face-detection, AR, etc. Similarly, it comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of extendable storage.
Moving on, Realme 3 has a 6.22-inch IPS LCD display with HD+ 720 x 1520 resolution and a tall 19.9:9 aspect ratio. The phone features a dual-rear camera with a 13MP main sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. The 13MP front camera inside a tiny bezel on the top gives Realme 3 a stylish look. Powering the phone is a big 4230 mAh battery, which should last you a day on a regular use-case.
Best Smartphones Under Rs. 25,000
1. Redmi Note 7 Pro (4/64GB): Rs.24,999
Redmi Note 7 Pro (Read Review) became the highest-selling midrange phone for Xiaomi after its huge success in markets like India. However, the device saw its official launch fairly late in Nepal. At a competitive price of 25K, we doubt there’s a better phone for that price in the Nepalese market. The powerful Snapdragon 675 chipset on the device makes the phone a no-brainer. Additionally, Note 7 Pro comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage.
The phone has an appealing design as well. It has a 6.3-inch LTPS display with FHD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution and a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. You get an excellent camera performance as well, thanks to its 48MP main camera with the Sony IMX586 sensor and a 5MP depth sensor. A tiny cutout on the top holds the 13MP front camera. It also has a big 4000 mAh battery which supports 18W charging.
2. Samsung A30 (4 / 64GB): Rs, 24,890
Samsung’s revamped “A” and “M” series saw massive success among the Nepalese audience. The Galaxy A30 (Read Review) is a tremendous mid-ranger from Samsung with a stunning design and a gorgeous display, which is a 6.4-inch S-AMOLED panel with FHD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution and a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Content consumption on the A30 is a bliss! Performance-wise, you get a fairly inferior Octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset compared to Snapdragon 675 on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. It is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable memory.
The camera performance on the A30 is pretty good too. It houses a dual-rear camera setup with 15MP main shooter and a 5MP lens for ultra-wide angle shots and a fingerprint sensor on the back. There’s a 16MP front camera for your selfies. There’s a decent-enough 4000 mAh battery, which supports 15W fast charging.
Best Smartphones Under Rs. 30,000
1. Vivo S1 (4/128GB): Rs. 29,999
This is our top pick of smartphones under 30K in Nepal. Top-grade display? Check. Great camera setup? Check. Fast processor? Check. The Vivo S1 (Read Review) boasts a stunning 6.53-inch S-AMOLED display with FHD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution and a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It’s got everything going for it. Powered by the Helio P65 chipset, it can handle every task you throw at it. On the memory front, you have 4GB of RAM and a generous 128GB of storage which can be further expanded to 256GB.
Vivo S1 hosts a triple rear-camera setup with 16MP main shooter, 8MP sensor for ultra-wide shots and a 2MP depth sensor. Selfies taken with the Vivo S1 look great due to its 32MP front camera placed inside the small bezel in the middle. You also get a futuristic on-screen fingerprint sensor. The phone boasts a massive 4500 mAh battery which supports 18W fast-charging. It runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) with Vivo’s Funtouch OS 9 on top.
2. Poco F1 (6/128GB): Rs. 29,999
Xiaomi had massive success with the Poco F1 (Read Review) last year. With the most powerful processor of last year – Snapdragon 845, the Poco F1 still holds against the competition in terms of sheer performance. Presently, Sastodeal has re-stocked the phone at an even low price which makes the Poco F1 all the more captivating. With its liquid cooling tech, this is the ultimate choice for people in the hunt for a gaming capable phone on a budget.
Looking at the design, the Poco F1 has a 6.18-inch IPS LCD panel with 1080 x 2246 resolution and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is equally capable on the camera department too, thanks to the dual-rear camera with 12MP main shooter and 5MP depth sensor. Experience 960fps slow-mo video recording and [email protected] with Poco F1’s main camera. There’s a single 20MP front camera. There’s enough juice to game for hours with the 4000 mAh battery with 18W quick charging capacity. It runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) with Xiaomi’s MIUI Poco launcher on top.
3. Samsung Phones
There’s a lot of good Samsung phones under the 30K mark. Let’s take a look at them.
Samsung M40 (6/128GB): Rs. 29,990
After receiving a massic price cut of Rs. 6200, the Galaxy M40 (Read Review) is an excellent choice under Rs. 30K. It has a 6.3-inch PLS LCD panel with FHD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution and a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There’s a 16MP front camera on a punch-hole layout. The back of the phone houses a triple-camera setup with 32Mp main shooter, 8MP sensor for ultra-wide shots, a 5MP depth sensor, and a fingerprint sensor.
With a powerful Snapdragon 675 chipset, the M40 is more than capable of handling daily needs and light to medium gaming. Pair that with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage expandable up to a whopping 1TB, the M40 is a beast in its price point. It has a 3500 mAh battery and supports 15W fast charging.
Samsung A50 (4/64GB): Rs. 29,490
This is the first mid-range device from Samsung to have an on-screen fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy A50 (Read Review) has an energy-efficient 10nm Exynos 9610 chipset that handles gaming and multitasking with ease. It has a beautiful 6.4-inch sAMOLED display with FHD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution and a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
The A50 is capable of incredible photography with its triple rear-camera setup (25MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 5MP depth sensor) and a single 25MP front camera. Similarly, it has a decent 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The 4000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging should last an average user throughout his/her day.
Samsung M30s (4/64GB): Rs. 27,990
There’s one main reason why the M30s is on this list – the monstrous 6000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging capacity. Galaxy M30s has recently been launched in Nepal as an update to its predecessor, the M30. With a battery that big, one can go up to 2-3 days without charging their phone. The M30s doesn’t compromise on other ends either. It has a 6.4-inch Infinity-U sAMOLED display with FHD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution. It is powered by the powerful Exynos 9611 processor and Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. Don’t worry about any performance throttling on the M30s.
Similarly, it has a justifiable 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable memory. The back of the phone houses the triple-rear camera with a 48MP Samsung GW2 sensor, an 8MP lens for wide-angle shots, and a 5MP depth sensor. The selfie camera is placed on the Infinity-U cutout in the front of the phone.
Best Smartphones Under Rs. 40,000
1. Redmi K20 (6/128GB): Rs. 39,999
The Redmi K20 is the toned-down version of this big brother, the K20 Pro. It has a bewitching glass-metal construction and a stunning bezel-less 6.39-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution and a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. With the Snapdragon 730 chipset, the Redmi K20 is a competitive gaming device. You also get an under-display fingerprint sensor here.
It has a pop-up 20MP front camera whose top also functions as a notification LED. The back of the device has a triple-rear camera setup with a 48MP main camera, an 8MP telephoto lens and a 13MP lens for ultra-wide shots. Game all-day with its 4000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging.
2. Samsung A70 (6/128GB): Rs. 42,890 (available for Rs. 40,000)
The Galaxy A70 (Read Review) is another good pick for smartphones under 40K. As always, this Samsung phone looks and feels very premium for a mid-range device. It is a tall phone with a 6.7-inch sAMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio. A70 shares the same chipset as the Redmi Note 7 Pro – the Snapdragon 675. It has 6GB of RAM with 128GB of expandable storage. Such hardware makes A70 a capable overall device.
Camera performance on the A70 is commendable as well. It has a triple camera setup on the back with a 32MP main shooter, a 5MP depth sensor, and an 8MP lens for wide-angle shots. Enhance your selfie game with its 32MP front camera. You also get a robust 4500 mAh battery with 25W fast charging capability.
Best Smartphones Under Rs. 50,000
1. Redmi K20 Pro (8 / 256GB): Rs. 49,999
This is the phone to buy under 50K. Attaining the title of “flagship killer”, the Redmi K20 Pro (Read Review) turned many heads in the smartphone industry throughout the world. Xiaomi has brought the device at a comparatively fair price than other markets. Powered by the industry-leading Snapdragon 855 chipset, this is the most powerful phone in Nepal you can buy for less than Rs. 50K.
Design-wise too, the K20 Pro is incomparable to other phones. It has a beautiful “Aura Prime” design that stands out against the competition. On the display front, you get a vibrant 6.39-inch bezel-less sAMOLED panel with FHD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The 20MP pop-up camera on the front and triple-rear camera on the back are other highlights of the phone. It also has an on-screen fingerprint sensor which is decently fast. The 4000 mAh battery is big enough for hours of gaming or a day of normal use.
2. Huawei Nova 5T (8/128GB): Rs. 53,900 (available for Rs. 50,000)
Marking the first Huawei phone on the list is the Nova 5T. It boasts the powerful Kirin 980 processor used in devices like last year’s Mate 20 Pro. The elegant design of the phone is something to admire. It has a 6.26-inch IPS LCD FHD+ (1080 x 2340) display with a punch-hole cutout for the 32MP front camera. You get a quad-camera setup on the back with a 48MP main lens, a 16MP lens for ultra-wide shots, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro lens for close-distance photography.
Nova 5T has plenty of RAM (8GB) and 128GB of storage which is non-expandable. No on-screen fingerprint sensor, but you’ll find it on the side of the phone. There’s a moderate 3750 mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging. It runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) with Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 on top. Admittedly, the Nova 5T is a little overpriced in Nepal for what it offers.
Best Smartphones Under Rs. 65,000
1. Nubia Red Magic 3 (8/128GB): Rs. 59,999
The first and only gaming phone of Nepal, the Nubia Red Magic 3 is a stunning and powerful phone. With all the latest and greatest hardware, you also get some exclusive gaming feature unlike any other in the Nepalese market. So, there’s the Snapdragon 855 chipset with 8GB of memory and 128GB of UFS 3.0 storage. Apart from these amazing hardware, the phone also has a dedicated internal cooling fan to keep your phone from heating up in prolonged usage, especially during intense gaming sessions.
Red Magic 3 doesn’t compromise on other aspects of a phone either. There’s a tall, and I mean really tall 6.65-inch AMOLED FHD+ display on a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with 90Hz of refresh rate for buttery viewing pleasure. The cameras on this phone are great too, with the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor on the back and 16MP lens on the front. There’s a 5000 mAh battery with 27W fast charging which lasts almost two days on normal usage.
2. OnePlus 7 (8/256GB): Rs. 67,000 (available for Rs. 65,000 or less)
OnePlus has been coming up with excellent devices every year. 2019 saw the launch of OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, and 7T. The OnePlus 7 is a retrograded version of the 7 Pro while maintaining key features of it. As expected, it has the top of the line Snapdragon 855 chipset alongside 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of non-expandable UFS 3.0 storage. OnePlus phones are known for their speed and durability, which is reflected in the OnePlus 7 too.
It has a 6.41-inch optic AMOLED display with FHD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Unlike the 7 Pro, it doesn’t have the 90Hz display and neither does it have a pop-up camera. Instead, there’s a small cut-out on the front for the 16MP selfie camera. On the back is the dual-camera setup with 48MP main shooter and 5MP depth sensor. It has a decent 3700 mAh battery with 20W fast charging.
Best Flagship Smartphones
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (12/256GB): Rs. 135,000
Every year, Samsung launches a new device on its “Note” series of smartphones. This year’s Note 10+ and the smaller Note 10 once again proves how good Samsung is at making smartphones. The Note 10+ is a stunning device that looks premium and feels premium in the hand. It has a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen with 1440 x 3040 resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. This is the best display on the market, though it doesn’t have a higher refresh rate of 90Hz or above. Powering this beast is the Exynos 9825 chipset with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable memory. No task is too big for the Note!
Of course, the most notable feature of the Note 10+ is the S-Pen, which now comes with an in-built gyroscope allowing for the use of air-gestures to trigger various functions on the device. The phone provides world-class mobile photography with a triple camera on the back (12MP main shooter, 12MP telephoto lens, 16MP ultra-wide lens) and a single 10MP camera on the front. Samsung has also improved video stabilization on the Note 10+ compared to last year’s Note 9. Supporting all those hardware is the 4300 mAh battery with up to 45W fast charging capacity.
2. OnePlus 7 Pro (6/128GB): Rs. 83,000
OnePlus 7 Pro is the company’s flagship smartphone of 2019. With some radical design changes than last year’s phones, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a standout flagship device. It has a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED 90Hz display with QHD+ 1440 x 3120 resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Being the flagship that it is, it is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset with 6 / 8 / 12 GB of RAM and 128 / 256 GB of non-expandable UFS 3.0 storage.
It is a fast phone as you’d come to expect with the specs. There is an on-screen fingerprint scanner and a 16MP pop-up camera on the front. The back of the phone houses the triple camera setup with a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, a 16MP lens for ultra-wide angle shots and an 8MP telephoto lens. A big 4000 mAh battery with 30W Warp Charge should last your entire day of usage. It runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) with OnePlus’ OxygenOS 9.5 on top.
Other variants of the device are also available in Nepal, though disappointingly none of them are fairly priced.
3. Huawei P30 Pro (8 / 256GB): Rs. 119,900
The Huawei P30 Pro is a stunning smartphone with an emphasis on photography for which it turned got praise from many users and tech experts around the world. It boasts one of the richest photography experiences ever in a smartphone with a DxOMark score of 112. There’s a Leica Quad-camera setup on the back with a 40MP SuperSpectrum sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide-angle lens, an 8MP Periscope telephoto lens and a 5X Optical Zoom (50X Digital Zoom) with TOF (Time-Of-Flight) sensor. There’s a single 32MP camera on the front placed inside a minimal bezel on top.
P30 Pro has an excellent build quality as well. It has a glass body both at the front and back with an aluminum frame. The 6.47-inch OLED display with FHD+ 1080 x 2340 resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a fingerprint sensor underneath, has a slight curvature on the side like that of the Note 10+. The Kirin 980 chipset power this behemoth alongside 8GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable memory. It has a 4200 mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge and reverses wireless charging support.
4. Apple iPhone 11 series
iPhone 11: Coming Soon
iPhone 11 is the cheapest iPhone in its lineup. It features a 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina display with 828 x 1792 resolution. Apple claims that the new six-core A13 Bionic processor in the iPhone 11 series is 20% faster and 15% more power-efficient than last year’s A12 Bionic processor. There’s a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP wide-angle primary camera and a 12MP 120° ultra-wide lens with 2X optical zoom and 5X digital zoom. The front of the device has a single 12MP front camera capable of slo-mo 1080p video capture at 120fps.
It comes with 4GB of RAM and 64 / 128 / 256GB of non-expandable storage. iPhone 11 is IP68 water and dust resistant. Powering it is a 3110 mAh battery with 18W fast charging and Qi wireless charging. It runs on the latest iOS 13.
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max: Coming Soon
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are basically the same phones on a different form-factor. The smaller iPhone 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display with 1125 x 2436 resolution while the bigger Pro Max has a similar 6.5-inch display. Both feature the new six-core A13 Bionic processor with 4GB of RAM and 64 to 512 GB of non-expandable memory.
The camera setup on these two phones is the same too. There’s a triple camera setup with a 12Mp wide-angle main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera and a 12MP telephoto camera with 2X optical zoom and up to 10X digital zoom. Similarly, both of them are IP68 water and dust resistant. The bigger iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 3969 mAh battery while the 11 Pro has a smaller 3046 mAh battery, both of which are capable of 18W fast charging and Qi wireless charging.