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 smartphones you can buy at every price range, 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. 15,000
Samsung Galaxy M02s (3/32GB): Rs 14,999
After coming up with devices like M11 past year, the introduction of Galaxy M02s looks like a positive step in the budget segment. It is Samsung’s answer to the Poco C3. The phone has an ergonomic design and the texture on the back for grip. The 6.5-inch HD display is on par with other devices in this price range. The waterdrop notch on the top houses the 5MP selfie camera. At the back, there is a 13MP primary camera accompanied by two 2MP sensors.
Under the hood lies the Snapdragon 450 which can get you through normal tasks. While benchmark tests show it to be inferior to Helio G35 on the Poco C3, games like PUBG are more optimized on the M02s. A 5,000mAh battery backs the phone and Samsung has included support for 15W fast charging. Unfortunately, you will have to buy the charger itself as the phone ships with a 7.5W charger.
Poco C3 (4+64GB): Rs. 14,999
Poco C3 sports a 6.53-inch IPS display with an HD+ resolution. The screen has a 20:9 aspect ratio and has a reading mode that is certified by TUV Rheinland. It has Panda glass protection as well. The rear panel has a dual-tone design and the phone is P2i certified for splash-repellent. Poco C3 is powered by Helio G35 and comes with MediaTek HyperEngine technology. Only the 4/64GB variant of the device is available in Nepal.
Talking about the camera, there are three at the back and one on the front. The 13MP primary camera can produce better results than its competition like the Galaxy M02s. Similar is the case with the 5MP front-facing camera. It also a 5,000mAh battery and only supports a charging speed of up to 10W. Also, Poco has used a micro USB Port on the device.
Best Smartphones Under Rs. 20,000
Poco M2 (6+128GB): 19,999
Poco M2 is undoubtedly the best smartphone in its price range. For a price tag of just NPR 20,000, you get a phone with 6GB of RAM among others. It is powered by MediaTek Helio G80 and comes with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Thus, performance is not an issue for this device as it sweeps past competitors like the Moto G9 Play in benchmarks.
The phone has a 6.53-inch IPS panel with an FHD+ resolution. Poco has used Gorilla Glass 3 for added protection. The rear camera setup consists of a 13MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, there is an 8MP shooter on the front. The device is fueled by a 5,000mAh battery, and it supports charging speeds of up to 18W. However, Poco only includes a 10W charger in the box.
Motorola Moto G9 Play (4/128GB): Rs. 19,990
Moto G9 Play comes with a 6.5-inch IPS panel with a waterdrop notch on top. Unlike the Poco M2, it’s an HD+ display. The screen is on the bluish side of the color temperature. The phones offer multiple customization options to users.
Talking about the performance, the device is powered by Snapdragon 662 chipset. It is not the best performing chipset in the price range but won’t disappoint you in normal usage and casual gaming. You can turn on the Adaptive Performance to improve RAM performance.
More impressively, its 48MP camera can take good photos. The sharpness and details are better on the Moto G9 Play when compared to the Poco M2. It also has a dedicated night mode for better low-light photos. The phone ships with a near-stock version of Android 10. The only additions here are the fun features under the Moto Action app.
Best Smartphones Under Rs. 25,000
Samsung Galaxy M21 (4/64GB): Rs. 21,999
Moving on, Samsung’s Galaxy M21 comes with a 6.4-inch FHD display. The company has opted for a Super AMOLED panel which only a few phones offer at this price segment. The phone is powered by Exynos 9611 which the company has included in most of its mid-range phones of 2020. It is complemented by Samsung’s custom One UI.
The triple-camera setup on the back consists of a 48MP primary camera. There is an 8MP ultra-wide camera. Completing the setup is a 5MP depth sensor. For selfies, Samsung has included a 20MP selfie camera. The device packs in a 6,000mAh battery and there is support for 15W fast charging. Samsung ships the device with a 15W USB Type-C charger that can get from 0 to 100% in 2.5 hours.
Redmi Note 9 (6/128GB): Rs. 24,999
Redmi Note 9 sports a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a left-aligned circular punch-hole cutout. The display has Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection. At the back, you get a square module that encloses the quad-camera setup. The setup includes a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, and 2MP sensors for macro and portrait shots. On the front, there is a 13MP selfie camera inside the punch-hole cutout.
It is powered by MediaTek Helio G85 chipset while the graphics are handled by Mali G52 GPU. Redmi Note 9 ships with Android 10 with MIUI 11 on top. The device is backed by a 5020mAh battery, and it supports 18W fast charging. But Redmi includes a 22.5W battery inside the box.
Best Smartphones Under Rs. 30,000
Samsung Galaxy M31 (6/128GB): Rs 29,999
Samsung Galaxy M31 is a lot like the M21 in terms of design, display, performance, and battery. However, it has a different camera setup. M31 has an additional 5MP macro sensor that makes it a quad-camera setup. The primary sensor has also been bumped to 64MP. On the front, the phone has a 32MP selfie camera.
Just like other Samsung M-series smartphones in 2020, this phone comes with a big 6000mAh battery as well. Charging the phone is going to take some time because the phone only supports 15W fast charging.
Redmi Note 9 Pro (6/128GB): Rs. 29,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro features a 6.67-inch IPS LCD panel with an FHD+ resolution. The display has a center-placed punch-hole cutout for the 16MP selfie camera. At the back, the device has a glass rear panel. The square camera module encloses the quad-camera setup. The setup includes a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultrawide camera, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor.
The phone is powered by more Snapdragon 720G. Users get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It features a 5020mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging.
Best Smartphones Under Rs. 40,000
Samsung Galaxy M51 (6/128GB): Rs. 39,999
Samsung Galaxy M51 is another stellar mid-range device from Samsung. It sports a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display. Most of the phones in this segment are now turning to a higher refresh rate LCD panel. The phone has a center-aligned circular cutout for the 32MP selfie camera. At the back, the quad-camera setup is housed inside the rectangular camera module. The setup consists of a 64MP primary lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and two additional 5MP lenses for macro and portrait shots.
In the performance department, Samsung has chosen Snapdragon 730G over the Exynos 9611. For under Rs. 40,000, you get the variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The latter can be expanded using a microSD card. The main highlight of the device is its 7,000mAh battery. The phone supports a charging speed of up to 25W and Samsung includes a compatible Type-C to Type-C charger in the box.
Poco X3 NFC (6/128GB): Rs. 31,999
When Poco announced that it will be entering the Nepalese market, the Poco X3 was the most requested phone by the audience here. While Poco stuck to the budget category during the initial launch, it eventually listened to its fan. The variant of the Poco X3 that is available here has NFC connectivity which the Indian variant lacks. That being said, it also packs in a smaller battery of 5160mAh battery compared to its Indian counterpart.
The phone sports a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD panel. It has support for a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. Poco X3 NFC can switch between different refresh rates with the DynamicSwitch feature.
Powering the device is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G which is basically the 730G but with slightly overclocked Cortex-A76 cores. You get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone flaunts a 64MP primary sensor. It is accompanied by a 13MP ultrawide sensor, and two additional 2MP sensors. Other highlights of the phone include the stereo speakers, IP53 certification, and 33W fast charging.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (8/256GB): Rs 74,999
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE brings S20-level specs at an affordable price range. The phone features a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz sampling rate. To keep the cost down, the phone has a flat design and a glastic body. It also has an IP68 certification. The center-placed punch-hole encloses the 32MP camera. At the back, it has three cameras – a 12MP primary, a 12MP ultra-wide, and an 8MP telephoto lens.
The 4G variant that is available in Nepal is powered by Exynos 990. Its 8GB of RAM can be paired with 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. The phone is fueled by a 4,500mAh battery and it supports 25W fast charging technology. Samsung has also included support for 15W wireless charging and 4.5W reverse wireless charging.
OnePlus Nord (8/128GB): Rs. 53,999
OnePlus Nord sports a 6.44-inch AMOLED screen with support for a 90Hz refresh rate. It has a dual punch-hole cutout for selfie cameras. The selfie camera setup includes 32MP primary camera accompanied by 8MP ultra-wide cameras. At the back, the device flaunts a quad-camera setup led by a 48MP camera. It is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.
Under the hood, the phone packs Snapdragon 765G. It is a capable chipset and comes with an integrated 5G modem. The device is available in two memory configurations – 8/128GB and 12/256GB. It ships with OxygenOS based on Android 10. The phone packs a 4,115mAh battery and supports Wrap Charge 30T.
Vivo V20: Rs. 47,990
Vivo V20 is among the few devices from the Chinese manufacturer that we can actually recommend. The phone looks gorgeous with the AG (anti-glare) matte glass back. It is home to the rectangular camera bump that we usually find in X-series like the new X60 lineup of smartphones. The rear camera setup of the phone includes a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the waterdrop notch houses the 44MP selfie camera.
The phone sports a 6.7-inch FHD AMOLED screen with an aspect ratio of 20:9. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset. Vivo V20’s 8GB of RAM can be paired with either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. It has a 4000mAh battery and supports 33W fast charging.
Best Flagship Smartphones
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (12/256GB): Rs. 154,999
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the standout device in the company’s latest flagship lineup and our pick for the best premium smartphones you can buy in Nepal category. The device features a 6.82-inch WQHD+ AMOLED panel with a variable refresh rate (10Hz – 120Hz) and a peak brightness of 1500 nits. The phone can support a 120Hz refresh rate at QHD resolution as well. Moreover, the device has Gorilla Glass Victus on both sides.
The phone packs in Exynos 2100. It’s the latest flagship chipset from Samsung based on its 5nm process. Only the 12/256GB variant of the phone is available in Nepal. At the back, the redesigned camera bump encloses the quad-camera setup. It consists of a 108MP primary camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 3x telephoto lens, and a 10x telephoto lens. The phone has a massive 5,000mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging. However, it doesn’t come with a charger in the box. Other feature includes the new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor from Qualcomm and support for S-pen.
Apple iPhone 12 lineup
Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup consists of four different devices – the standard 12 mini, 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max. Here, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are basically the same devices except for the difference in screen size and battery. This year, Apple has used OLED panels for the whole lineup. There is Ceramic Shield for added protection. The Pro and the Pro Max come with stainless steel frame. The whole lineup is powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic chipset. For 5G connectivity, it is coupled with a Snapdragon X55 modem.
Here, iPhone 12 and 12 mini feature a dual-camera setup consisting of a 12MP primary camera and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. In addition to this, the Pro model has a 12MP telephoto lens and a LiDAR scanner. The Pro Max has the best camera setup of them all. The 12MP primary camera uses a 47% bigger sensor and there is the Sensor-shit OIS technology. The 12MP telephoto lens is also superior as it has a 65mm focal length.
Samsung Note 20 Ultra (8/256GB): Rs 139,999
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra sports a 6.9-inch AMOLED display with WQHD+ resolution. The display has a 120Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. It has a center-placed punch-hole cutout for the 10MP front camera. At the back, it has a triple camera setup consisting of a 12MP primary shooter, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens.
Powering the device is the Exynos 990. The 4G variant that is available in Nepal has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The phone features a 4500mAh and supports charging speeds of up to 25W.
OnePlus 8 Pro (12/256GB): Rs 125,999
With the introduction of the OnePlus 8 Pro, the company stepped into the true flagship market segment. The device features a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution of 3168 x 1440 pixels. The display has support for a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz sampling rate. There is a left-aligned punch-hole cutout that houses the 16MP selfie camera. At the back, the quad-camera setup consists of a 48MP primary camera, a 48MP ultrawide sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 5MP color filter camera.
Powering the device is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset. The device has 5G connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon X55 modem. It is available in two memory configurations – 8/128GB and 12/256GB. It has a 4510mAh battery and it supports Warp Charge 30T charging.