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. 15,000
1. Sony Xperia L1: Rs. 12,000
In the price range of under Rs. 15,000, good phones are hard to find. But in that very affordable price, the Sony Xperia L1 stands tall with a sharp 5.5-inch HD IPS display. The device comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage which is ample for usage. Similarly, the 13 MP rear camera performs decently for the price.
The device is powered by a MediaTek MT6737T Quad-core processor that has an average performance but for the price performs good enough. Similarly, the device supports 4G network and has a 2,620 mAh battery. For Rs. 12,000, the phone is a good enough deal.
2. Xiaomi Redmi 6A: Rs.12,999
The Xiaomi Redmi 6A, priced at Rs. 12,999, is one of the best phones to buy in Nepal under Rs. 15,000. It has a 5.45-inch HD IPS LCD display that has good color reproduction and decent viewing angles. With the Helio A22 chipset, the device delivers good enough performance while running apps and switching between them.
Similarly, it comes with 2GB of RAM. With the MiUI 9, the performance is stellar. The 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera produces decent photography performance. A sizeable 3,000 mAh battery backs up the device.
Best Smartphones Between Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 20,000
1. Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt: Rs. 15,900
The Galaxy J7 Nxt is undoubtedly one of the best smartphones available at its price. The phone comes with the vibrant 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display. Although the resolution of the display is merely HD, the content on it does not looks so pixelated.
We all know that Samsung is genuinely renowned for its generosity in the camera department. And the Korean giant has not been frugal on the J7 Nxt. The phone comes with a 13MP rear camera and there is a 5MP camera on the front. Both the cameras capture amazing images and with this capability, it is one of the best camera smartphones at its price.
2. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro: Rs. 18,900
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro was one of the best midrange handsets of 2017. But even in 2018, its charms are not lost. The phone comes with the appealing design and vibrant Full-HD Super AMOLED, which are absolutely rare at this price. Also, there is a substantial storage of 64GB to help the users to store their files and photos.
Even on the camera front, the phone is an excelsior. It does not have a dual camera setup, so, you cannot capture the portrait images. Other than that, it does all the other tasks bringing a good amount of details, color accuracy, and dynamic range.
The phone also has a massive battery to fuel the processes inside the phone. The non-removable 3600mAh battery on the phone easily backs the device for almost two days considering the hardware configuration.
2. Xiaomi Redmi S2: Rs. 19,499
Redmi S2 is basically targetted at the glamour lovers but you cannot deny about its outstanding camera capabilities. The phone comes with a pair of cameras at the back, which embraces the 12MP and 5MP sensors. There is also a single selfie camera of 16MP resolution on the front. With these cameras in action, the phone is capable of capturing amazing images. It has also an EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) to suppress the shakes and vibrations while shooting videos.
But that’s not all. Redmi S2 is equally great on the performance front. With the Snapdragon 625 chipset backed by 3GB of RAM, it can handle almost all sorts of apps and games without any major hiccups. It also comes in 4GB RAM variant but the variant with 3GB RAM offers better value for money. So we don’t recommend its 4GB variant.
Best Smartphones Between Rs. 20,000 – Rs. 35,000
1. Xiaomi MI A2 Lite: Rs. 20,999
For the tech enthusiasts, who are the fan of the Stock version of Android, Xiaomi MI A2 Lite is one of the most affordable handsets. And at its price, MI Lite is the best in terms of its features and capabilities. The phone comes with Snapdragon 625 chipset, which is a capable chipset. So the phone can handle almost everything thrown at it pretty sophisticatedly. And with 3GB of RAM at disposal, multitasking and switching between the apps is a breeze. There is also a variant with 4GB RAM but at that price, you can get better phones. So we don’t recommend the 4GB variant of the MI A2 Lite.
The handset comes with a 5.84-inch Full-HD+ display with a notch on the top. So contents on it look all sharp and clear. And the camera front, there is a dual camera setup of 12MP + 5MP. The phone really shines on the camera department since the phone captures praise-worthy images. On top of all, there is a whopping 4000mAh battery to provide a prolonged battery backup.
3. Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo: Rs. 22,000
Midrange Samsung handsets are often criticized for being mediocre in terms of specs. But only few will acknowledge that Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo is really a great phone. The phone is equipped with an underclocked Exynos 7885 chipset. 7885 is really a great processor and with it on the board, J7 Duo performs as good as the smartphones with the Snapdragon 636 chipset. The phone also has 4GB of RAM so multitasking and switching between apps is not a problem at all.
Samsung smartphones have always been a great performer in the camera department and the J7 Duo is not an exception. The phone with its 12MP + 5MP dual camera shoots remarkable images. Also, the phone has the feature to adjust the amount of blur even after taking the images, which is really handy.
3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI: Rs. 27,499 (4/64GB)
Xiaomi smartphones have always rocked the mid-range section. And with the Redmi Note 5 AI, Xiaomi leads this price bracket pretty handsomely. The phone comes with AI-powered cameras that’s why there is “AI” embedded to its name. The phone embraces the 12MP + 5MP camera duo at the back. On the front, there is 13MP camera dedicated for the selfies.
The phone is powered by a capable Snapdragon 636 chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage alongside. The processor-RAM-storage setup on the phone is so well that the phone handles even the demanding apps and games. And PUBG can be taken as an example for that matter. That’s not all, the phone comes with a humongous 4000mAh battery for continuously backing up the processes inside the phone.
4. Xiaomi MI A2: Rs. 30,999
Xiaomi MI A2 is another smartphone, which is the product of Google’s Android One project. So needless to mention, the phone lacks the bloatware and receives regular software updates and security patches for two and three years respectively. On the camera front, the phone comes with 12MP + 20MP cameras on the back, which is really incredible in terms of performance.
The phone comes with a 20MP camera on the front, which is not just high on the megapixel count but also high in terms of quality. So it delivers astounding results. The phone comes with a 5.99-inch display with Gorilla glass 5 on the top. such level of protection is really rare on a lower midrange handset.
5. Huawei Y9 2019: Rs. 31,490
Four camera on a smartphone is still rare on these days and Huawei brought yet another handset, which boasts this fancy feature. The phone is equipped with a 13MP + 2MP cameras on the front whereas there exist 16MP +2MP cameras on the back. The 2MP secondary camera on both sides is a depth sensor and comes into action while capturing portrait images. So no doubt, Huawei Y9 2019 can capture portrait images with blurred backgrounds from the cameras located on both front and back.
Alongside playing with the fancy cameras, users can also enjoy a fluid performance from the handset with Kirin 710 chipset on the board. There is also a 4000mAh to continuously inject the power juice to the phone.
6. Samsung Galaxy J8: Rs. 31,490
Like every other Samsung phones, the Galaxy J8 comes with a huge potential on the camera department. And the phone is equipped with a capable pair of cameras on the back to satisfy the photography enthusiasts. The 16MP + 5MP camera duo on the back captures astounding images. And unlike most of the Samsung smartphone, which carries a low-res camera on the front, the J8 boasts a decent 16MP selfie shooter.
Another aspect where the J8 rocks is on the battery department. The phone comes a 3500mAh, which has to power a low-res HD+ display and a low power consuming SD450 chipset. So the phone provides an appreciable battery backup.
Best Smartphones between Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 45,000
1. Pocophone F1: Rs. 35,000
Pocophone F1 is the most popular handset of 2018. And it rightfully deserves all the hype because it brought the flagship-grade performance on an affordable mid-range price. The smartphone is showered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is the flagship smartphone of 2018. And the presence of 6GB of RAM is absolutely rare at this price. On the top, there is liquid cooling technology to keep the temperature of the phone to lower values.
The phone comes with a tall 6.18-inch display with a notch on the top. The notch on the phone houses selfie camera, earpiece, some necessary sensors along with the IR sensor. So with IR sensor on the board users can unlock the device swiftly and accurately even on the dark.
Another praise-worthy feature on this handset is its humongous battery. The phone embraces a 4000mAh to continuously supply the power juice on the phone. So with a massive battery on the board, users don’t have to worry about charging the device every now and then. Also, there is a fast charging feature to accelerate the charging speed.
2. Vivo V11: Rs. 37,790
Vivo smartphones are renowned for their cameras. And in that case, Vivo V11 is not an exception. It comes with the fairly capable dual camera setup at the back. The camera at the back captures amazing normal shots and mind-blowing portrait images. The edge detection on the phone looks flawless so the captured images look like they are shot from some premium cameras. On the front, right ahead on the forehead, there lies a 25MP selfie shooter. The selfie camera on the phone is really when it comes to quality. This selfie shooter, which resides on the tiny little notch, delivers amazing selfies.
With already amazing cameras, Vivo V11 is surely one of the top contenders when it comes to camera smartphone. But what makes the Vivo V11 even more alluring is its design. It comes with a stunning design with the gradient back panel. Also, there is 128GB of storage, which makes it the most affordable smartphone with that much storage.
3. Huawei Nova 3i: Rs. 38,900
a captivating design and a whopping four cameras on the board. With these features, Huawei Nova 3i is obviously one of the most loved mid-range smartphones in the market these days.
That’s not all. The Nova 3i also comes with a capable chipset on the board. The handset boasts a fairly capable Kirin 710 chipset, which is designed under 12nm architecture. So the chipset is powerful and power efficient at the same time. The phone also enjoys an ample 4GB of RAM. With a capable chipset on the board and an ample RAM at disposal, the Nova 3i performs really well. Also, there is a whopping 128GB of storage to store all your bulky files and numerous images.
4. Oppo F9: Rs. 41,590
It was not so long ago, Oppo used to equip its phones with a good set of cameras but a crappy processor on the performance front. But things took a turn now. These days, Oppo smartphones are not only great on cameras but also performs surprisingly great. The Oppo F9 is also a great performer in that respect boasting a capable Helio P60 chipset. So users don’t have to worry about gaming with high-end games and multitasking with several apps.
Another aspect, where Oppo F9 crushes all the mid-range smartphones to the ground is on the charging speed. The phone comes with a VOOC fast charging feature. The company claims that with this feature the users can get two hours of talk time backup by plugging the phone to the charger for just five minutes. Also, the phone comes with the latest and great Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for the screen protection.
5. Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus: Rs. 44,990
IP68 certification (Dust and Water resistant) are usually found on flagship handsets even on these days. But the Galaxy A8 Plus is the lone handset in the crowd of mid-range smartphones that come with this feature. So, you can carry an A8 plus even on the swimming pool without a fear of it getting damaged.
The phone also comes with a Full-HD+ Super AMOLED display. So the contents on the screen look all sharp and vibrant with great color accuracy and inky colors. There is also a good set of cameras to fulfill the users’ photography needs. Not to forget its dual selfie camera on the phone. Furthermore, there is a 3500mAh battery to provide a full day of backup.
Best Semi-Flagship phones
1. Vivo V11 Pro: Rs. 49,490
Despite the presence of the plastic back, Vivo V11 Pro looks really appealing when it comes to the design. And the 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display with a tiny notch on the top has added an extra level of cuteness. But that’s not all, Vivo V11 Pro has more to offer.
The V11 Pro comes with the remarkable camera. The camera duo of 12MP and 5MP captures amazing images, be it a low-light, portrait or normal shots. And like most of the Vivo phones, it is also a selfie-centric handset. With the 25MP front shooter, the phone takes astonishing selfies.
Vivo has also tried to spice things up in the security front. It comes with the under-display fingerprint sensor as a replacement to the conventional fingerprint scanners, which usually resides on the rear panel or on the home button.
2. OnePlus 6T: Rs. 69,999
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 OnePlus 6T, we have another flagship killer among us. In terms of design, the OnePlus 6T comes in an alluring glass body protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 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 Optic AMOLED display. The OnePlus 6T managed to pack a dual camera setup at the back, which embraces 20 and 16 MP sensors. And 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 3,700mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charging enabled.
This time OnePlus has also ditched the most loved 3.5mm headphone jack. But in its defense, OnePlus claims it is all because of the under-display fingerprint sensor.
Best Flagship Smartphones
1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Rs. 99,900 | 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.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Rs. 1,09,900
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of the best smartphones in the market right now. It is expensive but that does not omit the fact that this is one of the best handsets by all means. The phone comes with the tall 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display, which the DisplayMate quotes the best smartphone display ever.
The phone also comes with a 12MP dual camera setup on the back. Both the cameras at the back is provided with OIS to withstand shakes and blurs while capturing videos and images. With the hardware setup provided on the phone, Note 9 is surely one of the best camera smartphones available in the market right now. There is also the S-pen to jot down notes, which can also be used as a remote while capturing images.
On the performance front, the smartphone comes with the powerful Snapdragon 845 Chipset, 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage. Cooling technology has also been incorporated to keep the heating issues aside. And there is a massive 4000mAh battery to provide a long-lasting battery.
3. Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Rs. 1,29,900
The list of top smartphones to buy in Nepal would go incomplete without mentioning the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The smartphone comes with the Kirin 980 chipset, which makes it the Android smartphone to come with a chipset with 7nm architecture. And the processor on the device is unarguably powerful. So it can do any kind of task without breaking into a sweat.
Another coolest feature about the handset is its camera. Just like the Huawei P20 Pro, the Mate 20 Pro also comes with a triple camera setup. And this time, the handset has more useful with the presence of additional telephoto and wide-angle lenses. The Mate 20 Pro is rich, not just on the number of lenses included on the phone but also on the features included on its camera UI. So it can please a lot of photography enthusiasts.
But that’s not. Huawei has shown its generosity even in terms of horsepower. The Mate 20 Pro comes with a humongous 4200mAh battery, which backs its users for almost a day and a half on the normal use. The phone also comes with SuperCharge technology (40W fast charging) to shorten the time of the phone with the wall charger. So the charging the phone will surely be hassle-free. On the top, there is wireless charging and reverse wireless charging to replace the mainstream wired charging method.
4. iPhone XS/XS Max: Rs. 1,62,000 | Rs. 1,78,000
iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are definitely expensive. But when looked into the specs, they are notably one of the best smartphones to buy right now. iPhone XS/XS Max comes with the vibrant Super Retina display. Although we have seen such panels on last year’s iPhone X, this time the panel can portray contents with 60% better dynamic range. There is also a 120Hz touch-sensing rate for better touch detection.
On the performance front, iPhones have always remained on the top. And it continued this time as well. With the powerful Apple A12 Bionic chipset on the board and with 4GB of RAM at the helm, any sort of demanding apps and games runs like a breeze.
The camera is another impressive aspect of the new iPhones. Both of them comes with the dual camera setup at the back which comprises of two 12MP sensors. With the secondary camera in action, users can shoot images with 2x lossless zooming and can capture portrait images as well. Since the intensity of blurs can now be adjusted while capturing the images, users can manage the depth of field according to their needs.