Well, when you go to purchase a phone it feels so good to see so many options within your budget. You go checking every device that’s affordable for you. But later, when it’s time to decide, it will be the hardest moment of your life. What might happen is, you buy a device and the very next day your friend might show up with a better device in a similar price segment. It has happened to me and might have happened to many of you as well. That is why we have tried to make things easier for you. We’ve tried to enlist two best buys for smartphones in every price segment especially considering the market of Nepal.
Best Smartphones Under Rs. 10,000
1. Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Rs.9,999
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A, priced at Rs. 9,999, is one of the best phones to buy in Nepal under Rs. 10,000. It has a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display that has good color reproduction and decent viewing angles. With the Snapdragon 425 chipset, the device delivers good enough performance while running apps and switching between them.
Similarly, it comes with 2GB of RAM. With the latest MiUI 9, the performance is stellar. The 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera produces decent photography performance. A sizeable 3,120 mAh battery backs up the device.
2. UMIDIGI London: Rs. 9,800
Well, if you are not pleased with the Xiaomi Redmi 4A, for a price of Rs.9,800, you get the UMIDIGI London with a sharp 5-inch HD IPS display. The device comes with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage which is ample for usage. Similarly, the 8 MP rear camera performs decently for the price.
The device is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor that has an average performance but for the price performs good enough. Similarly, the device supports 4G network and has a 2,050 mAh battery. For Rs. 9,800, the phone is a good enough deal.
Best Smartphones Between Rs. 10,000 – Rs. 15,000
1. Oppo A71: Rs. Rs.15,990
OPPO is widely known as a camera-centric brand. The OPPO A71 is one of OOPO’s camera-centric smartphones on a budget. It is an upgraded version of OPPO A71 of 2017. Unlike its older version, this one has Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with Adreno 506 GPU which makes the performance better.
The device offers you a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Camera wise, you get a 13 MP f/2.2 camera on the rear side and a 5MP f/2.4 selfie shooter, both of which have good performance for the price. The OPPO A71 gives you 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of expandable storage which can be extended up to 256 GB so storage wise, it gives you ample. Further, the 3,000 mAh battery gives you a good backup.
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A: Rs. 14,999
If you are not in awe with the OPPO A71 in this price, there is another option for you as for one thousand less, you get the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A. The device offers you a 5.5-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass protection. The device is sleek looking and compact. In terms of performance, the device gets its power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset coupled with Adreno 308 GPU that helps apps run smoothly.
In terms of camera, you get a 13 MP camera at the rear side and a 5MP front camera. The device is juiced by its 3,080 mAh non-removable battery that is enough for a day’s usage. On the storage front, you get 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage that can be extended up to 128 GB. In this price range, this is a noteworthy option.
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Best Smartphones Between Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 20,000
1. Xiaomi Redmi 5: Rs. 19,990
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is a notable option for someone who is looking for a good performing smartphone under Rs.20,000. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 comes with a 5.7-inch IPS LCD HD+ that is sharp and vibrant. The display comes with Gorilla Glass protection. The device comes with 12 MP camera at the rear side and a 5 MP shooter at the front which performs well. The 3,300 mAh battery lasts your device for a good long time.
On the storage front, there is a 3+32 GB combination. What you don’t get in this device is a dedicated slot for a memory card. Further, the device features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset that can handle all your multitasking and performance needs decently.
2. Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt: Rs. 17,900
If the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is not your cup of tea, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt (read review) is another device that impressed us. For two thousand less, you are getting good performance backed by Exynos 7870 octa-core processor. The device boasts a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display which makes it the only smartphone with this display type in its price range. This display will directly help the battery which is of 3,000 mAh.
The Galaxy J7 Nxt gives you a total of 2 GB RAM at your disposal. In the camera department, it has a 13-megapixel rear- and a 5-megapixel front-facing lens. Samsung cameras have always been praised and this one is no less. For storage purpose, Samsung has included 16 GB of memory which is expandable via a microSD card.
Best Smartphones Between 20,000 and 30,000
1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI: Rs. 29,999
Well, here we have the recent offering from Xiaomi that has made headlines. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI is currently priced in Nepal at Rs. 29,999. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 that employs eight Kyro 620 cores. According to Xiaomi, this aids 50% more performance and 40% more power efficiency, thus, delivering a more sustained performance.
The display is 5.99-inch FHD+ display with excellent contrast ratio. The camera at the rear portion is a dual 12+5 MP camera that captures great pictures. Similarly, the gives you a long life with its 4,000 mAh battery that can last for almost two days at normal usage. This is the best value for money mid-range smartphone available in Nepal right now!
2. Nokia 6.1: Rs. 29,399
If the MIUI bugs you, we have the Nokia 6.1 as another alternative. It also is known as Nokia 6 2018 and is an upgrade over last year’s Nokia 6. Unlike its older versions, the Nokia 6.1 gives you a 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB onboard storage. In case you need more space, you can always add an SD card. The Nokia 6.1 is a handsome lad wrapped around a premium looking aluminum unibody that looks sturdy and rugged.
Likewise, it sports a 5.5-inch FHD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which on our test, has survived many drops. In terms of camera, 16 MP camera at the back and an 8 MP selfie camera both rear and front cameras produce crisp and colorful images. Similarly, the device gets its energy with the 3,000 mAh battery that supports fast charging. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, the device has a smooth performance. For the price it asks, this is one of the best offerings at this range.
Best Smartphones between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000
1. OPPO F7: Rs. 36,590
OPPO F7 is one of the latest and most commendable offerings priced at Rs. 36,590. Like the other Oppo phones, this one too is a camera-centric smartphone but unlike other camera-centric smartphones, this one has made impressions with its good performance. The performance is handled by the MediaTek Helio P60 processor which is comparable to Snapdragon 636 and performs very well.
The device features a 3,400 mAh battery that sustains for a day but sadly, the device lacks fast charging. You are greeted with a 6.23-inch FHD+Display in 19:9 aspect ratio that is sharp and crisp. In the camera front, you get a 16MP f/1.8 rear camera which performs decently and a 24 MP f/2.0 camera at the front that produces noteworthy images.
2. Xiaomi Mi 6: Rs.39,999
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is last year’s flagship from Xiaomi. Being a flagship phone, it has all top-tier specifications and is definitely a good choice for anyone looking for a device at this price range. Design wise, Mi6 looks stunning with the curved glass body. The device comes with a 5.15-inch IPS LCD FHD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Well, it is not as huge as smartphones nowadays are but has a very good display.
Powering the device is the Snapdragon 835 chipset which gives excellent results on use. In terms of the cameras, the 12+12 MP cameras at the back and an 8 MP camera at the front have credible performance. For around 40,000 you get 6 GB RAM. Additionally, the Mi 6 come with Stereo speakers and Splash resistance. Though this is a smartphone from last year, it carries top specifications and comes for a much affordable price and certainly beats the mid-range smartphones in performance.
Best Flagship phones
1. OnePlus 6: Rs. 71,000
If there is one company that knows how to bring down flagship features at a price lower than the flagships, its One Plus. With its recent OnePlus 6, we have another flagship killer among us. In terms of design, the OnePlus 6 comes in an alluring glass body protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both ends. On the performance front, you get the Snapdragon 845 chipset which we all know has commendable performance. However, it lacks an SD card slot so, further expansion of memory is not possible.
Likewise, the nearly stock-like UI takes the performance of this device to another level. Talking about the display, you get a tall 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED display. The OnePlus 6 slightly lets you down when it comes to cameras as it compromises with just 20+16 MP sensors. However, with the wide f/1.7 lenses, we can still expect appealing images. Up front, you have a 16 MP shooter which performs decently enough. With Android Oreo coupled with Oxygen OS, you can be ensured about regular and timely updates on this device. Adding to the pros, you are backed with a 3,300 mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charging enabled.
2. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Rs. 1,04,900
Well, if you want a better set of cameras and a better display, you might want to get your hands on Samsung’s latest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. The S9 Plus is good looking as ever with the glass back and a top-notch display sandwiched in an aluminum frame.
The Samsung Experience UI is as clean as ever. Another notable feature on the S9 plus is the cameras with a changeable aperture (f/1.5 or f/2.4) which is why Samsung is cashing so much on the cameras of this device. Apart from everything, what you get more is Breakage insurance and 12000 MB of free data. The Stereo speakers fine-tuned with AKG is another plus for considering this device as your driver.
3. iPhone X: Rs. 159,000
If you are from the Apple ecosystem and are looking for the flagship, you can, without any second thoughts, get the iPhone X. The new Apple flagship ditches the traditional iPhone design embracing the trendy bezel-less display. so, this one is definitely a good choice over the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.
However, it also came under fire for not including a fingerprint scanner. It has a state-of-the-art facial unlock technology, though, called FaceID. Also, Apple has opted for a glass back on this device which translates to wireless charging support. The iPhone X is powered by Apple’s very own A11 Bionic chipset. It comes with Animojis – another feature that made the headlines. This phablet has dual 12-megapixel rear-facing lenses and is one of the best camera smartphones available on the market. The 64 GB storage variant of the iPhone X costs Rs. 138,000 while the 256 GB variant runs for Rs. 159,000.