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 to 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 from same 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. Moto C: Rs. 10,990
One of the most trusted brands in the world, Motorola finally entered the Nepali smartphone market in 2017. Moto C is one of the four devices introduced in Nepal. It is an entry-level smartphone with some decent specifications. The USP of this device is its near-stock Android 7.0 Nougat software. The Moto C also supports 4G connectivity, which is rare in the smartphones of this price range. It has a 5-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. For storage purpose, Motorola has included 16 GB of internal memory.
2. Colors S1: Rs. 9,995
Colors focused on impressing the Nepali consumers by launching budget-oriented entry-level devices this year. Its latest addition, the Colors S1, packs in a metallic body for the price of Rs. 9,995. That’s not all, the S1 is also engraved with a fingerprint scanner on the back. On the front sits a 5.0-inch IPS display which has HD resolution. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor along with 1 GB RAM. On paper, the Colors S1 has an impressive 5-megapixel selfie shooter along with an 8-megapixel rear camera. And if you are into virtual reality, you will probably like the inclusion of a gyro sensor!
3. ZTE Blade D2: Rs. 10,990
The ZTE Blade D2, although priced a tad bit higher than Rs. 10,000, is a powerhouse of a device that will never give up on you. This is mainly due to its huge 4,000 mAh battery. This device supports reverse charging, i.e. you can charge another smartphone via the D2. ZTE offers a 5.0-inch HD IPS display with the device and a quad-core MediaTek MTK6735P processor for the price of Rs. 10,990. It has 8 GB of onboard memory which is expandable up to 64 GB. The ZTE Blade D2 packs an 8-megapixel primary lens and a 5-megapixel secondary lens. The fact that it is limited to Android Lollipop is a huge bummer, though.
Best Smartphones Between Rs. 10,000 – Rs. 15,000
1. Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Rs. 14,999
Xiaomi Redmi 4A (Read Review), the phone priced at Rs. 14,999 is one of the best phones to buy in Nepal under Rs. 15,000. It sports a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display. The phone is powered by a 1.4GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 308 GPU. It runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box with MIUI8 on top. The device is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. A big 3,120 mAh battery backs up the device. You can check out our review of the Redmi 4A here.
2. Colors P85+ Selfie Pro: Rs. 14,999
The Colors P85+ Selfie Pro (read review), like its name suggests, is a device meant for selfie enthusiasts. It has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and a LED flash. On the rear side sits a 13-megapixel lens with f/2.0 aperture. To store all the pictures users take, the Color P85+ Selfie Pro offers 16 GB of internal storage for its users which is expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD card slot. Under the hood, the device has a MediaTek MT6735 chipset, 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor, Mali-T720 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. Its 5-inch display is protected by Dragontrail Glass. All of this is supported by a 3,000 mAh battery which provides 4.5 – 5 hours of screen-on-time. The Colors P85+ Selfie Pro also has a snappy fingerprint scanner. It is currently priced at Rs. 14,999.
3. Huawei Y7: Rs. 15,900
The Huawei Y7 is the “lite” variant of the Huawei Y7 Prime which didn’t impress as many users as Huawei had hoped for. Then came the Y7 which has is nearly similar to its big brother. The device has a 5.5-inch HD display which is backed up by a huge 4,000 mAh battery. In terms of performance, the Y7 houses an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor aided by 2 GB of RAM and Adreno 505 GPU. The device has 16 GB of storage with an option to expand. On the optics side, it is equipped with a 12-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel secondary camera. One feature that might blow off users is Huawei’s decision to opt for a Hybrid SIM slot on the device. The Huawei Y7 will run you Rs. 15,900.
Best Smartphones Between Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 20,000
Sony Xperia XA: Rs. 17,000
This year, Sony was criticized for sticking with the same design it has had for years now. But if budget buys are considered, the company did a good job with the Xperia XA in Nepal. Currently priced at Rs. 17,000, the phone sports a 5-inch display with 720p resolution. It has an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor alongside 2 GB RAM and Mali T860MP2 GPU on the inside. As for storage, it comes with 16 GB of memory with an option to expand. The Sony XA still runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, however. Optics wise, the device has a 13-megapixel rear-facing and an 8-megapixel rear- and front-facing cameras respectively.
2. Xiaomi Redmi 4X: Rs. 18,499
The Xiaomi Redmi 4X (read review) landed in Nepal in May this year. It is a device meant for users who want great performance and battery life on their devices. Performance wise, the Xiaomi Redmi 4X features an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor with 1.4 GHz clock speed. This processor is coupled with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. This device has a 5-inch HD IPS display and also an IR sensor which is a rarity these days. It is engraved with a fingerprint scanner on the back which also houses 13-megapixel camera. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera up top. The Xiaomi Redmi 4X currently costs Rs. 18,499.
3. Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt (read review) is another device that impressed us. 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 runs on Android 7.0 out of the box which is supported by 2 GB RAM. It is powered by Exynos 7870 octa-core processor and Mali-T830 MP1 GPU. On the camera department, it has a 13-megapixel rear- and a 5-megapixel front-facing lens. For storage purpose, Samsung has included 16 GB of memory which is expandable via a microSD card. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt is currently priced at Rs. 20,000.
Best Smartphones Between 20,000 and 25,000
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (read review) was one of the best mid-range devices of 2017 for us. The device impressed us with performance and a sturdy build quality. Under the hood sits an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor alongside 4 GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU. Interested buyers will also like the fact that the device’s software is now upgradable to Android 7.0 Nougat. However, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 fails to shine in the camera department. Also, the lack of any display protection is a bummer. It has a huge 4,100 mAh battery which gave us around 6-7 hours of screen-on-time under normal usage.
2. Gionee A1
The Gionee A1 (read review) appeared in the Nepali smartphone market in April. Since then, the device has turned a lot of heads with its 5.5-inch AMOLED display. This display can go up against the best displays of its price range. This display is clothed by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. However, Gionee has cut cost on this device in the performance department. It packs an octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor which stutters here and there under heavy usage. Other than this, the Gionee A1 is a pretty decent device for the price of Rs. 26,999 (available for Rs. 25,00). It comes with Android 7.0 Nougat with Amigo OS 3.5 on top and is backed by a huge 4,010 mAh battery.
3. Nokia 6: Rs. 25,600
Nokia made headlines in 2017 due to its comeback into the world of smartphones. In doing so, it launched the Nokia 6 along with a bunch of other Android devices. The Nokia 6 is a mid-range smartphone that carries a price tag of Rs. 25,600. It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Like the Gionee A1, it also is encased in a metallic body. Nokia has focused on the photography front of the Nokia 6 by including a 16-megapixel primary lens with f/2.0 and dual tone LED flash. It features Android v7.1.1 Nougat with a planned upgrade to the new Android v8.0 Oreo. The Nokia 6 is powered up by a 3,0000 mAh battery which is supported by fast charging capability.
Best Smartphones between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 30,000
1. Xiaomi Mi A1: Rs. 26,999 | Rs. 29,999
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is one of the most popular smartphones of 2017. This is mostly due to Xiaomi’s decision to join Google’s Android One program for this device. So, users can enjoy the latest and greatest from Google with this device. The Xiaomi Mi A1 has already received Android Oreo update and according to the Chinese manufacturers, it will also receive the yet unnamed P upgrade. The Mi A1 has a 5.5-inch full HD LTPS display which ends in a 2.5D curve. Under the hood, a 2.0 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor runs the show by coupling with 4 GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU. For storage purpose, there is 32 and 64 GB of storage variants available with an option to expand it up to 128 GB via a microSD card. On the rear side sit dual cameras both measuring 12-megapixel. Up top sits a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. The Xiaomi Mi A1 has a 3,080 mAh Li-ion battery. The 32 GB storage variant of the device is priced at Rs. 26,999 while the 64 GB variant runs you Rs. 29,999.
2. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (read review) has a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with 401 for PPI. This device has a flagship-grade display with just the right amount of saturation, vibrancy, and brightness. The deep blacks in the display make the icons look like they are floating as well. The J7 Pro also has the Always On Display feature which makes use of the Super AMOLED display. It is on the performance side it falls back a little bit. The Galaxy J7 Pro houses an older 1.6 GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor which was used in last year’s Galaxy J7 Prime. And buyers might also be let off by the inclusion of 3 GB of RAM. Other than these issues, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is a great buy. It has a comparatively large battery capacity of 3,600 mAh. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is priced at Rs. 32,990 but can be bought for a price less than Rs. 30,000.
3. Samsung Galaxy J7 Max: Rs. 28,290
Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is another device from Samsung that impressed us this year. It has a 5.7-inch PLS display with 1080p resolution. It has 4 GB of RAM that aids an Octa-Core MediaTek MT6757 Helio P20 Processor. The device has a 13-megapixel front- and rear-facing camera setup which it shares with the Galaxy J7 Pro. It runs on Android v7.0 Nougat and has a fingerprint scanner at the front that doubles as a home button. The device is backed by a 3,300 mAh battery which sadly takes about 2 and half hours to fully charge.
Best Smartphones between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000
OnePlus 3T: Rs. 39,990
Albeit it’s a year old, the OnePlus 3T (read review) is a beast of a device, more so with its recent Android v8.0 Oreo update. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset which alongside the 6 GB of RAM, makes sure the device never lags. It has a 5.5-inch full HD Optic AMOLED display, which although isn’t that much sharp, is well saturated and vibrant. It has a 3,400 mAh battery which is chargeable through its charger which is Dash Charge enabled. The OnePlus 3T has a 16-megapixel front and rear cameras in terms of photography. It is currently priced at Rs. 39,990.
2. Huawei Nova 2i: Rs. 33,900
The Huawei Nova 2i (read review) boasts its four camera setup which is the first of its kind. It has a dual front-facing and rear-facing cameras which help take images with shallow depth of field. The primary cameras measure 16- and 2-megapixel while the secondary cameras measure 13- and 2-megapixel. The display on the device could have been better though. It would have paired nicely with the well-saturated near bezel-less screen. The Huawei Nova 2i has 64 GB of onboard storage expandable up to 256 GB. On the performance front, it comes with 4 GB of RAM and Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset. It has a 3,340 mAh battery. The Nova 2i will currently run you Rs. 33,900.
3. Sony Xperia X: Rs 32,500
Nepa Hima Trade Link, the authorized distributor of Sony products in Nepal, recently dropped the price of Sony Xperia X to Rs. 32,500. In that price, users get a 5-inch display with full HD resolution, Hexa-Core Snapdragon 650 64-bit processor with Adreno 510 GPU and 3 GB RAM. The device still runs on the older Android 6.0 Marshmallow which is a huge let off. Camera wise, the Xperia X packs a respectable setup, though, with 23-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 13-megapixel selfie camera. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and supports NFC as well.
4. Xiaomi Mi5: Rs. 39,999
The Xiaomi Mi5 is an impressive device meant for users into compact phones. It is currently priced at Rs. 39,999 and is a great performer. It packs Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Chipset, 3 GB RAM and Adreno 530 GPU. While the 3 GB RAM might be a turn off to some, the Mi5 doesn’t actually underperform. It has a 5.15-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection up top. On the rear end, it is equipped with a 16-megapixel lens whereas the front end has 4-megapixel lens. It’s 3,000 mAh battery is supported by Quick Charge 3.0.
Best Smartphones between Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 60,000
1. OnePlus 5: Rs. 59,500
Even though OnePlus recently launched the OnePlus 5T, its predecessor, the 5 is relatively new. The OnePlus 5 was launched last July, it is still one of the most sought out devices right now. The OnePlus 5 houses an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor which is backed up by 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory. Yes, an 8 GB RAM variant is also available but it doesn’t fall under this price range. It has a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display enclosed in Corning Gorilla Glass 5. On the camera department, the OnePlus 5 has dual (16 MP + 20 MP) rear-facing lenses which are capable of taking Bokeh pictures. It’s backed by a 3,300 mAh battery with Dash Charge support.
2. Xiaomi Mi6: Rs. 54,999 | Rs. 58,999
The Xiaomi Mi6 is available in 64 GB and 128 GB storage variants. The former, which costs 54,999, has 64 GB of primary memory whereas the latter one comes with 128 GB storage and is priced at Rs. 58,000. Like the Mi5, this device too sports a 5.15-inch full HD display. Chipset wise, it is similar to the OnePlus 5 as it has Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Camera wise, the Mi6 is engraved with dual camera setup on the rear side (12 MP + 12 MP). It currently runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with MIUI on top as its skin. The Xiaomi Mi6 has a 3,350 mAh battery.
3. Nokia 8: Rs. 62,999
The Nokia 8 is HMD Global’s current flagship device. It is available in Nepal right now for Rs. 62,999 which will go below Rs. 60,000 with discounts. The Nokia 8 is a compact flagship sporting a 5.3-inch quad-HD display that is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. And like the other two top devices in its price range, it is also powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The RAM number is less, though, with 4 GB. It has 64 GB of memory which is expandable via the hybrid SIM slot. Nokia has really wanted its camera to shine as it has included dual 13-megapixel lenses supported by Carl Zeiss optics. Up front sits a 13-megapixel front camera.
Best Smartphones Above Rs. 60,000
1. Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ : Rs. 76,900 | Rs. 86,900
Yes, Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 8 which is superior to the Galaxy S8 (read review) but considering their price tag, the S8 and S8+ are certainly of more value. The Galaxy S8 is undoubtedly one of the best smartphones you can buy right now. It sports a borderless 5.8-inch (6.2-inch on the S8+) QHD AMOLED display, is powered by the latest Exynos octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM. Optics is provided by a 12MP camera with F/1.7 aperture and dual pixel technology that offers excellent photography even in low light. Samsung has tweaked the software for better low-light imaging and faster focus. On the software side of things, we have the new Samsung Assitant Bixby. Instead of capacitive keys, now there are on-screen navigation keys. Eye Scanner from the Note 7 is back as well. The placing of the fingerprint sensor is something people are pissed at. As a tall phone, it is difficult to reach out to the sensor located at the very top of the phone.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (read review) is a huge device embedded with the beloved S-Pen. The device is priced at Rs. 1,02,990 making it the most expensive Samsung device available in Nepal. It has a 6.3-inch display with a QHD+ resolution. The device has an 18:9 aspect ratio and is among the few Samsung smartphones to feature dual lenses on the back. These lenses can take portrait images and wide-angled pictures. The Note 8 runs on 6 GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. Sensors wise, the phablet has a heart rate sensor, fingerprint sensor, and an iris scanner. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered up by a 3,530 mAh battery with fast charging capability.
3. iPhone X
Apple made headlines this year due to the iPhone X. The new Apple flagship ditches the traditional iPhone design embracing the trendy bezel-less display. 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.