Which is the BEST smartphone for students? [2024 Edition]

Best smartphones for students
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If you’re a student and have asked your parents to buy you a smartphone. Then we believe you must have got a response along the lines of — “SEE sakkiyechhi kindimla.” or “+2 / Boards maa eti per cent / GPA leraa ani bichaar garumlaa.”. Classic temptation strategy to coax us into studying well, we tell you!

Anyway, now that the national-level examinations are done and dusted (and we hope you’ve done well), we believe it’s time for you to finally revisit that deal. And you got to make the best out of it! That’s the entire purpose of this article! We have compiled a list of the best smartphones that any student can buy in 2024.

Best Smartphone for Students [Updated 2024]

To make it easier for you, we have listed down the phones from different price points and cherry-picked the best options so that you get the absolute deal. The price range for the smartphones here starts at NPR 20,000 and goes all the way up to a whopping NPR 100,000!

Best Phone for Students Under NPR 20,000

We think this price point is a great choice for a first-ever smartphone for a student. Even if it’s not your first phone, these are very good options in general for everybody.

2. Poco M5

We know we don’t have to introduce Poco to you. Any one of its offerings has probably been on your wishlist already. And why would it not be? It’s a gaming-centric phone after all. We also know how much you love your games, be it PUBG, Freefire, COD or Mobile Legends. And for that, we say the Poco M5 is indeed a good choice!

Poco M5 Design and Display

This thing packs the MediaTek Helio G99 chip which is the go-to processor for gaming at this price point. Not only does it offer a reliable gaming experience, but it also provides good energy efficiency with its 6nm process. The display on the Poco M5 has a 90Hz refresh rate as well as a 240Hz touch sampling rate. With this, you get a swift touch response and a smooth viewing experience during your gaming sessions. (Just make sure your internet is stable too — Check out the list of best ISPs in Nepal too, btw!)

Besides this, the phone has an IPS panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Poco has also made efforts to make the phone feel and look premium. Unlike most smartphones with a plain back finish, the M5 has a leather-like texture on the back, giving the phone a unique and tactile feel. The cameras on the Poco M5 are decent too, with a 50MP primary lens as its centrepiece. Additionally, it is powered by a 5,000mAh battery and ships a 22.5W charger in the box.

The compromises

While this phone sounds like a killer deal, it does have some compromises. The first of which is that it actually costs NPR 20,499. And for this price, it comes in a 4GB + 64GB memory and storage combo, which is pretty low. If you choose the higher variant, it takes a significant jump in the price.

Similarly, this phone boots on Android 12 which is getting up there in age at this point. Meanwhile, both the auxiliary cameras on this phone are a 2MP unit, which is more or less just for decor. And lastly, despite having a 22.5W charger in the box it only supports 18W of charging speed, which is alright.

POCO M5 Specifications

  • Display: 6.58-inches IPS LCD screen, FHD+, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G99 4G (6nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB (expandable)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 13 for POCO on top of Android 12
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 5MP (teardrop notch)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with 18W charging (22.5W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 20,499* (4/64GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy Poco M5 Here
  • Meanwhile, check out our Poco M5 review video as well:

1. Redmi 12

While the Poco M5 might have been about the power, the Redmi 12 is more about the “balance”. As a result, it is the best smartphone a student can get at the price point. It capitalised on the aspects where our previous entry fell short.

Firstly, this phone is actually available for under NPR 20,000. To be more specific, it is available at NPR 17,999 that too for 6GB memory and 128GB storage. It is also available in a higher 8GB + 256GB trim, which crosses our NPR 20,000 mark by a thousand. Which isn’t much for all that extra space, really…

Redmi 12 camera

Similarly, it boots on a more recent Android 13 out of the box and can be upgraded to Xiaomi’s in-house HyperOS. Furthermore, the Redmi 12 also has a more balanced set of cameras with a 50MP primary shooter, a 12MP ultrawide lens, and a 2MP macro lens. On the front, you get a larger 8MP sensor too. With this, you can definitely take some Instagram-worthy shots on that trip to Mustang you are planning with your friends. (Iykyk 👀👀)

While getting all these things right, the company surely had to cut some corners. And that was taken in the chipset department. The Redmi 12 packs the MediaTek Helio G88 processor — quite a downgrade from the Helio G99. However, it’s not the end of the world. That’s a bit of a price you have to pay to get the most balanced product on this budget.

Redmi 12 Specifications

  • Display: 6.79-inches IPS LCD screen, FHD+, 90Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G88 4G (12nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB (Expandable)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 14 on top of Android 13 (Upgradable to HyperOS)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 8MP (hole-punch cutout)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with 18W charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 17,999 (6GB + 128GB), NPR 20,999* (8GB + 256GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy Redmi 12 Here
  • Also, check out our Redmi 12 review video:

Best Phone for Students Under NPR 30,000

The phones in this price range offer great value for money. And especially for students, smartphones under NPR 30,000 are the safest bet.

2. Tecno Spark 20 Pro+

The second-best smartphone a student can get under NPR 30,000 is the freshly launched Tecno Spark 20 Pro+! It comes with curved edges and an AMOLED panel for the screen. Similarly, the back panel is nothing short of eye-catching. Amongst the available options: one comes in a vegan Leather finish, while the remaining three have dual-tone finish with attractive patterns. All in all, this phone is just pleasing to look at it.

Tecno Spark 20 Pro Plus Design

The Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ isn’t just pretty on the outside, it is also pretty… tough. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 as protection on the front, while the phone has IP53 water and dust resistance. Under the hood, it comes with the MediaTek Helio G99 Ultimate chipset, which is the same as the regular one.

In addition to the processor, you get 8GB memory and 256GB storage. Likewise, it also has a large 108MP primary camera and a 5,000 mAh battery. In the meantime, the auxiliary lens here is a 2MP macro shooter while the charging speed on this goes to 33W.

Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ Specifications

  • Display: 6.78-inches AMOLED panel, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, 1,000 nits peak brightness
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G99 Ultimate (6nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: 8GB + 256GB (Expandable)
  • Software & UI: HiOS14 on top of Android 14
  • Rear Camera: Dual (108MP primary, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 32MP (hole-punch cutout)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with 33W charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 26,990 (8GB + 256GB)
  • Buy Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ Here
  • Here’s the Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ review video:

1. Samsung Galaxy A15 5G

Samsung always has a good option, no matter the price range. The Galaxy A10 series is widely popular and is consistently the highest-selling Android phone around the world year after year. And for good reasons too!

The Samsung Galaxy A15 5G comes with a decent set of hardware. For starters, you get the classic Galaxy design with a best-in-class Samsung Super AMOLED panel on the front. Under the hood, you get the MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, basically the 5G variant of Helios G99. Hence, the performance of this thing will be good for the price.

Moreover, it comes in three configurations, 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 8GB + 512GB. (Only the former two are available under the price point of NPR 30,000). Moving on, the cameras include a 50MP primary shooter coupled with a 5MP ultrawide and 2MP macro. Meanwhile, on the front, you get a 13MP camera for selfies.

On the surface, the Samsung Galaxy A15 5G might not seem like much. However, it’s once you feel this phone in your hands, you see the charm of it. The OneUI experience is second to none.

On top of that, the South Korean tech giant offers four years of OS updates and 5 years of security patches on this phone. This many updates are unparalleled, even in a higher price segment. Furthermore, these updates make the phone relevant even in the years to come because it will be running on the most recent software. 

Lastly, Samsung exclusively bundles an original charger with the box in Nepal. This offer brings the effective price of the phone down as the adapter would be worth NPR 2,000 if you had to purchase it separately.

Samsung Galaxy A15 5G Specifications

  • Display: 6.5-inches AMOLED panel, FHD+, 90Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ (6nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB (Expandable)
  • Software & UI: OneUI 6.0 on top of Android 14
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 5MP Ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 13MP (Teardrop cutout)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with 25W charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 27,999 (6GB + 128GB), NPR 29,999 (8GB + 128GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy Samsung Galaxy A15 5G Here
  • Do check out our review for the Samsung Galaxy A15 5G:

Best Phone for Students Under NPR 40,000

At this price range, the smartphones are further refined and compromises are fewer too. So, from a use case standpoint, smartphones under NPR 40,000 will serve best for students. Additionally, the options in this price range are rather limited, hence, you will have to stretch your budget a little bit more to get the finest deal.

2. Redmi Note 13 Pro 4G

The Redmi Note 13 Pro 4G is the best smartphone you as a student can get under NPR 40,000 without stretching your budget one bit! A 5G-ready version of the phone is also available in the international market, but sadly we are missing out on it (for now). Nonetheless, the Redmi Note 13 Pro 4G isn’t a bad deal either!

You get a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top of it. Meanwhile, in the performance department, we get our trusty MediaTek Helio G99. This time it has Ultra behind its name, but it doesn’t matter. It’s practically the same, just like the Ultimate one. 

Redmi Note 13 Pro 4G and Note 13 Pro 5G Rear Design
5G variant (Left), 4G variant (Right)

This phone, however, offers a larger memory and storage combination. The lower configuration is 8GB + 256GB while the larger one is a 12GB + 512GB combo. Yes! Both of them are actually available under the NPR 40,000 price point. Furthermore, it also packs a large 200MP primary camera with OIS support. The megapixels don’t really matter much though… Why don’t you read our detailed review on this phone instead?

Redmi Note 13 Pro 4G Specifications

  • Display: 6.67-inches AMOLED panel, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G99 Ultra (6nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: 8GB + 256GB, 12GB + 512GB (Expandable)
  • Software & UI: MIUI14 on top of Android 13
  • Rear Camera: Triple (200MP primary, 8MP Ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 16MP (hole-punch cutout)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with 67W charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 34,999 (8GB + 256GB), NPR 39,999 (12GB + 512GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy Redmi Note 13 Pro 4G Here
  • We do have a review video for the phone as well… 👇

1. Samsung Galaxy A25 5G

Once again Samsung takes the cake for the best smartphone for students under NPR 40,000 — this time with the Galaxy A25 5G. You’ll have to stretch your budget a bit though. It is a more premium version of the Galaxy A15 5G and comes with a slightly upgraded set of specs.

Firstly, while the screen is the same 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution, the refresh rate has gone up to 120Hz. Similarly, the camera set sees an upgrade in the auxiliary lens with an 8MP ultrawide shooter instead of 5MP. The fingerprint scanner also shifts from the power button to inside the display.

Samsung Galaxy A25 5G Design

Meanwhile, the configuration remains the same at 8GB + 128GB and 8GB +256GB, but the processor definitely gets an upgrade. As a matter of fact, this is the first non-MediaTek processor on the list. The Samsung Galaxy A25 5G comes with the Exynos 1280, which is a 5G-ready chipset.

Though the company’s in-house silicon has its fair share of issues, its 5nm efficient fabrication is more than welcome. Additionally, the mouthwatering OS/security updates are still there along with the charger bundle deal.

Samsung Galaxy A25 Specifications

  • Display: 6.5-inches AMOLED panel, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 1280 (5nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB (Expandable)
  • Software & UI: OneUI 6.0 on top of Android 14
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 8MP Ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 13MP (Teardrop cutout)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with 25W charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 40,999* (8GB + 128GB), NPR 44,999 (8GB + 256GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy Samsung Galaxy A25 5G Here
  • Watch our Samsung Galaxy A25 5G review video:

Best Phones for Students Under NPR 50,000

At this price point, you are looking at phones that are closing in on perfection. They offer some features that you would normally associate with flagship phones. These phones are comparable to top-of-the-line offerings from a few years back. As such, they still feel luxurious while still being under that premium price tag. Hence, these are not just the best smartphones for students, but for everyone in general.

2. Samsung Galaxy A35 5G

Now would you look at that, it’s Samsung again! But this time with a silver medal. In a similar fashion to how the A25 5G was tiny bits of improvement over the A15 5G, the Galaxy A35 5G brings similar refinements over the A25 5G. 

The screen has gone a tad bit larger and the waterdrop cutout has been thrown out the window. Now it comes with an “Infinity-O” cutout and Gorilla Glass Victus+ protection on top. The natural progression continues with the Exynos 1380 chipset under the hood. It is once again a 5G-ready processor with 5nm fabrication but performs significantly better overall.

Samsung Galaxy A35 Design

The rest of the specs remain mostly unchanged, which is why the price hike isn’t as significant coming from the Galaxy A25 5G. And if you’re wondering, the deal sweeteners i.e. the updates and the charger are still there.

Samsung Galaxy A35 5G Specifications

  • Display: 6.6-inches AMOLED panel, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus+
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 1380 (5nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB (Expandable)
  • Software & UI: OneUI 6.1 on top of Android 14
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 8MP Ultrawide, 5MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 13MP (Hole-punch cutout)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with 25W charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 46,999 (8GB + 128GB), NPR 51,999* (8GB + 256GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy Samsung Galaxy A35 5G Here
  • Why not check out our Samsung Galaxy A35 5G review?

1. Redmi Note 13 Pro+

If you are somewhat familiar with the smartphone world, then I know “Where is Redmi Note 13 Pro+” was always there at the back of your mind. Worry not, here it is! The best of what Redmi has to offer from its Note series. Not only is it the best of the series, it is SIMPLY THE BEST recommendation!

If you randomly asked me “Hey, what phone should I buy?”, I would simply answer “Yeah, you can go with the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ at around 50,000.” without skipping a beat. I wouldn’t even ask you for the budget.

I kid you not when I say — it’s a killer deal! This phone literally makes you wonder if flagship phones are really worth it. I mean it’s got that curved design — optional choice for leather finish, IP68 rating, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, 200MP camera, 120W charging support, and whatnot. You see the point. The exterior of the phone is up there with the flagship phones of today.

Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus IP68

Now, the interior — more specifically the chipset — is where the budget constraints come in. It has the MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Ultra as its main driver, and it is only capable of half of what the latest flagship chips have to offer. But, the matter of the fact is, it is sufficient for the vast majority of us.

Until and unless you are pushing the phone to its maximum limits, it won’t falter one bit! One really has to nitpick to find an issue with this phone. Anyhoo, it is THE phone to buy right now, and you can do so with your eyes closed!

Redmi Note 13 Pro+ Specifications

  • Display: 6.67-inches AMOLED panel, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 7200+ (4nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: 8GB + 256GB, 12GB + 512GB
  • Software & UI: MIUI 14 on top of Android 13 (Upgradable to HyperOS)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (200MP primary, 8MP Ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 16MP (Hole-punch cutout)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with 120W charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 47,999 (8GB + 256GB), NPR 52,999 (12GB + 512GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy Redmi Note 13 Pro+ Here
  • Meanwhile, watch our Redmi Note 13 Pro+ review video:

We compared the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ with the flagship Xiaomi 14, you can also check that out here!

Best Smartphone Under NPR 60,000

The idea of “value for money” pretty much peaks at the NPR 50,000 mark. Now above this, we are looking at more of an enthusiast offerings. At NPR 60,000, the lines with flagship offerings are blurred even further. And most students and people won’t find much to complain about with these smartphones.

Also, the competition is very thin in this price range as not many options are available here. From the available ones, the following two options stick out the most.

2. Vivo V30 5G

We have Vivo V30 5G in here as the second-best option at the NPR 60,000 price point. This phone has a beautiful design with a slim profile and curved edges. This is the first phone in our list that packs a Qualcomm processor. It has the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chipset which is a more recent and one of the best midrange offering right now. As such, the performance aspect of this phone has been covered pretty well.

Vivo V30 5G Casual

However, this phone is a camera phone above all else. It is one of, if not, the best option out there if you are all about taking photos. It can even take photos with special lens flare effects. So, cameras are your utmost priority, then you cannot go wrong with the Vivo V30 5G.

Vivo V30 Specifications

  • Display: 6.78-inches AMOLED panel, 1.5K, 120Hz refresh rate, Schott Alpha protection
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 (4nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: 12GB + 256GB
  • Software & UI: FunTouch OS 14 on top of Android 14
  • Rear Camera: Dual (50MP OmniVision OV50E  primary, 50MP Ultrawide)
  • Front Camera: 50MP (Hole-punch cutout)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with 80W charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 60,999 (12GB + 256GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy Vivo V30 5G Here
  • Here is our review video for the phone:

1. Samsung Galaxy A55 5G

One more time, the South Korean juggernaut takes the top spot at another price tag! I promise we are not biased towards Samsung, it’s just they have phones at every price point, and all of them are that good. As such, this phone is the best smartphone there is for students in the premium midrange space. Continuing on the trajectory, the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G has a few upgrades over the Samsung Galaxy A35 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A55 Rear Design

Starting with the build, you now get metal frames on this phone, which is a new upgrade that you are getting starting this year. The screen on this thing is pretty much the same, as is most of the hardware. The ultrawide shooter and the selfie camera get a bump to 12MP and 32MP respectively. In the meantime, the chipset has also been upgraded to Exynos 1480 which is fresh out of the foundry. It offers performance not too off from the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 on the Vivo V30 5G.

Hence, the thing that edges this Samsung phone from the Vivo is the same little things. Like the better OneUI experience, more updates to receive, better build quality, and so on. And yes, the NPR 2,000 worth free adapter is available on this one as well.

Samsung Galaxy A55 5G Specifications

  • Display: 6.6-inches AMOLED panel, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus+
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 1480 (4nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: 8GB + 256GB, 12GB + 256GB (Expandable)
  • Software & UI: OneUI 6.1 on top of Android 14
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 12MP Ultrawide, 5MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 32MP (Hole-punch cutout)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with 25W charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 62,999 (8GB + 256GB), NPR 67,999 (12GB + 256GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy Samsung Galaxy A55 5G Here
  • In the meantime, check out our Samsung Galaxy A55 5G review video:

[We also pitted the Vivo V30 5G and Samsung Galaxy A55 5G against one another. Check our comparison HERE and take the camera blind test HERE!]

Best Smartphone Under NPR 100,000

Now, let’s say you did extremely well in your exams and your parents are ready to reward you with a flagship. But without going overboard with the spending. Then the following flagship phones are available under NPR 100,000 right now. These smartphones are the absolute best for students, and everyone for that matter, to get that top-of-the-line experience without having to reach deep into your pockets.

3. iPhone 13

Need I even explain why is it here? It’s an iPhone. Though it’s nearly three years old at this point, and Apple will be launching the iPhone 16 series soon enough. However, this phone is still going strong, fares pretty well, and is set to receive updates until 2027.

You know how Apple gets a stick for bringing very minor improvements year in and year out, right? Well, that also means that you are not missing out on much by opting for an iPhone 13. iPhone is THE camera phone, and this reigns true even for this older model. You’ll get fantastic photos from this one.

iPhone 13 Design and Hands on Feel

There are obviously some caveats, the major of which is the fact that the battery endurance has taken a hit. But, since you are getting a fresh box pack, it won’t be as bad as a used one. Apart from that, there are barely any downsides to getting an iPhone 13 in 2024.

iPhone 13 Specifications

  • Display: 6.1-inches Super Retina XDR (AMOLED) panel, FHD+ (1,170 x 2,532), 60Hz refresh rate, Ceramic Shield
  • Chipset: Apple A15 Bionic (5nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: 4GB + 128GB
  • Software & UI: iOS 17
  • Rear Camera: Dual (12MP primary, 12MP Ultrawide)
  • Front Camera: 12MP (Notch)
  • Battery: 3,240mAh with 20W wired, 7.5W Qi wireless, 15W MagSafe wireless charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 94,999 (128GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy iPhone 13 Here
  • We even did a detailed review of this phone in 2024. Why not check that out?

2. OnePlus 12R

While an iPhone might be tempting, the OnePlus 12R takes up the second spot as the best smartphone for students under NPR 100,000. While you might still prefer to have an “iPhone”, we think the OnePlus 12R edges it out by a little bit. This boils down to two main reasons.

Firstly, this phone is a newer offering and comes with recent hardware. Though it is a watered-down version of the OnePlus 12, it is still a great semi-flagship offering. Here, you get a body made out of glass front and back, and aluminium frames. Under the hood, it packs the last-gen flagship processor Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. With this, the phone offers a smooth and stable performance and gaming experience.

OnePlus 12R IP Rating

The other reason for choosing this phone is the pricing. Don’t get me wrong here — as an independent product, the amount it costs doesn’t quite make sense. However, it still costs a whole NPR 4,000 less than the iPhone 13, while being a newer phone. Apart from that, there are some compromises with this phone too. It’s a thin line between the two offerings, so the choice is up to you.

OnePlus 12R Specifications

  • Display: 6.78-inch ProXDR AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, LTPO 4.0 (1–120Hz), 450 PPI
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: Up to 16GB + 256GB
  • Software & UI: OxygenOS 14 on top of Android 14
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 8MP Ultrawide, 2MP Macro)
  • Front Camera: 16MP (Hole-punch cutout)
  • Battery: 5,500mAh with 100W SuperVOOC charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 90,999 (12GB + 256GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy Xiaomi 14 Here
  • Watch our OnePlus 12R review video to get a better understanding if it’s the deal for you:

1. Xiaomi 14

While the choice between the iPhone 13 and the OnePlus 12R might be tough, the Xiaomi 14 is simply the undisputed choice at this price point. All the recent flagship phones are priced over 1 lakh, in fact, they are close to 1.5 lakh in pricing. But the Chinese brand decided not to cross that big money mark with this offering of theirs.

It packs the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, a 1.5K resolution 120Hz OLED screen with Gorilla Glass Victus, and all other flagship goodies. And the cameras… they’re ace too! It comes with a triple 50MP setup on the back with the primary shooter being coupled with the Omnivision Light Fusion 900 sensor.

Xiaomi 14 Rear Design

All in all, it’s a good phone. Very good phone indeed. There is a “Pro” model of the phone as well. However, you are barely missing out on anything with this vanilla variant. On top of that, it is not available in Nepal anyways. So yeah! This is the best smartphone a student can currently get for themselves!

Xiaomi 14 Specifications

  • Display: 6.36-inches LTPO OLED panel, 1.5K, 120Hz refresh rate, 3,000 nits peak brightness, Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (4nm mobile platform)
  • Configurations: Up to 16GB + 1TB
  • Software & UI: HyperOS 1.0 on top of Android 14
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 50MP Ultrawide, 50MP Telephoto)
  • Front Camera: 32MP (Hole-punch cutout)
  • Battery: 4,610mAh with 90W wired and 50W wireless charging
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 99,999 (12GB + 512GB)
  • Check out the full specs, HERE!
  • Buy Xiaomi 14 Here
  • Also, check out our Xiaomi 14 review video:

Best Smartphone for Students [Summary]

S.N. Best Smartphone for Students Price in Nepal
Under NPR 20,000
1. Redmi 12 NPR 17,999
2. Poco M5 NPR 20,499*
Under NPR 30,000
1. Samsung Galaxy A15 5G NPR 27,999
2. Tecno Spark 20 Pro+ NPR 26,990
Under NPR 40,000
1. Samsung Galaxy A25 5G NPR 40,999*
2. Redmi Note 13 Pro 4G NPR 34,999
Under NPR 50,000
1. Redmi Note 13 Pro+ NPR 47,999
2. Samsung Galaxy A35 5G NPR 46,999
Under NPR 60,000
1. Samsung Galaxy A55 5G NPR 62,999
2. Vivo V30 5G NPR 60,999
Under NPR 100,000
1. Xiaomi 14 NPR 99,999
2. OnePlus 12R NPR 90,999
3. iPhone 13 NPR 94,999
  • You can also check out our full list of best smartphones at every price range mentioned above: