Best Flagship Smartphones To Buy In Nepal [Updated]

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In this article, we’ve listed the absolute best smartphones you could buy in Nepal right now. There are official distributors of basically every major smartphone brand in Nepal, and a few of them bring their flagship devices as well. From Samsung’s Galaxy S series to the latest iPhones, there are a lot of premium phones you can buy in the country. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best smartphones available in Nepal.

How to find the best flagship smartphones in Nepal?

When searching for the best smartphones to buy in Nepal, you’ll need a decent bit of research to help filter out the options. Considering the number of options available, it can be a bit overwhelming, but that’s exactly where we come in. We’ve tried our best to summarize the pros and cons of each device in this list of best smartphones in Nepal but make sure to check our full review for more details.

Anyway, if you’re team Apple all the way, then your buying decision gets a bit easier. Say you want the biggest, boldest, most expensive iPhone, then the iPhone 15 Pro Max is where it’s at. Or the regular iPhone 15 Pro if you want a similar experience on a slightly smaller form factor. Whereas if you don’t want to spend a whole lot, then the regular iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are great options.

On the other hand, you are absolutely spoiled with choices in the Android arena. Samsung definitely has the largest selection of flagship phones in Nepal, with all of them ranking among the best in the business. You can even go with Samsung’s foldable phones if you want! Similarly, brands like OnePlus, Xiaomi, and lately Honor have also been offering their latest flagship phones in the country. So when it comes to selecting the right device for you, it’s simply a matter of finding the one that ticks all your boxes.

Best smartphones to buy in Nepal:

8. Xiaomi 14

We’re kicking off our list of best smartphones in Nepal with the new Xiaomi 14. While the company already unveiled the Xiaomi 14 series in China back in October last year, the vanilla Xiaomi 14 has finally landed in Nepal as well. But the one thing you need to know is that Xiaomi isn’t launching its “Pro” model internationally this time.

Xiaomi 14 - Green

Although I guess that’s not such a big deal since the Xiaomi 14 and the Xiaomi 14 Pro are quite similar. Besides their obvious size and battery capacity difference, these two phones bring an (almost) identical camera setup and everything else. The one advantage the “Pro” model has is that its main camera has a variable aperture — ranging between f/1.4 and f/4.0 — while Xiaomi 14’s primary shooter has a fixed f/1.6 aperture.

Better cameras

More specifically, it’s got a new 1/1.3″ 50MP Light Fusion 900 main sensor which can supposedly capture 180% more light compared to Xiaomi 13‘s IMX800 primary camera. This is followed by a couple of 50MP sensors for ultrawide and zoom shots, the latter being capable of 3.2x optical zoom and an impressive minimum focus distance of just 10cm. Besides image sensors, Xiaomi has also upgraded to Leica’s “Summilux” lenses now for better color accuracy, contrast levels, and light intake.

Camera aside, the Xiaomi 14 is also a flagship phone in every other way you could imagine. It has proper IP68 dust and water sealing, a fast 120Hz OLED display, and the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip. And probably the best thing about it is that the Xiaomi 14 is quite a compact phone as well.

But that doesn’t mean Xiaomi has compromised on the battery side of things either. It’s fueled by a large 4610mAh “high-density silicon carbon battery” which supports 90W wired and 50W wireless charging. As for software, the Xiaomi 14 boots on the company’s new “HyperOS” platform, which is based on Android 14. And you have 4 years of OS upgrades and 5 years of security updates to look forward to as well.

Xiaomi 14 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.36-inches OLED screen, 1.5K, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 5G (4nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8/12/16GB LPDDR5X RAM, 256GB to 1TB UFS 4.0 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: HyperOS 1.0 on top of Android 14 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 50MP ultrawide, 50MP telephoto)
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint scanner (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 7 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.4, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / QZSS / NavIC / AGNSS, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, Barometer, E-compass, Flicker, Gyroscope, Laser focus, Proximity
  • Battery: 4610mAh with 90W wired and 50W wireless charging (90W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 99,999 (12/512GB)
  • Read our Xiaomi 14 review
  • Watch our Xiaomi 14 review
  • Buy Xiaomi 14 here

7. Samsung Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+

Grabbing the seventh spot on our list of best smartphones in Nepal are Samsung’s Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+. As always, if you don’t want to go all-in on the “Ultra” model but still want Samsung’s flagship smartphone experience, the vanilla S24 and S24+ get the job done just fine. The Galaxy S24 boils that down to a more “compact” ground, while the S24+ carries a larger display and a bigger battery among other things.

Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus - Purple best smartphones in nepal

And right off the bat, Samsung has introduced a couple of notable upgrades to its non-Ultra flagship phones this year. Compared to the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ (review), these two now come with a slightly larger display and a slightly bigger battery. Whereas the Plus model gets some extra love this time since it now features a sharper QHD display and also 12 gigs of RAM in the base model.

On that note, performance is where things get rather interesting. So while Samsung used a bespoke version of Qualcomm’s flagship mobile processor in the entire Galaxy S23 lineup — in every market — only the Galaxy S24 Ultra enjoys the same treatment now. And in markets like Nepal, the Galaxy S24 and S24+ are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 2400 chip instead.

Is this Exynos processor any good?

Given the history of Exynos processors in the last few years, we were a little skeptical regarding its performance, but it seems that Samsung has made quite a bit of progress on Exynos 2400. From raw performance to thermals, gaming, and even battery life! Samsung also went big on “AI” with the Galaxy S24 series and we found that all those features worked perfectly fine on S24 and S24+ as well.

What’s even more impressive is that these phones will also be supported for up to 7 years, both in terms of OS and security upgrades. There isn’t much to talk about in the camera department though. These two still capture great photos and videos — and a pretty dynamic camera experience overall — but you’re looking at the same triple camera setup at the back here. Including a 50MP primary, a 10MP telephoto, and a 12MP ultrawide shooter.

Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+ Specifications:

  • Display: 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus 2
    • Galaxy S24: 6.2-inches AMOLED screen, FHD+
    • Galaxy S24+: 6.7-inches AMOLED screen, QHD+
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 2400 (4nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB RAM, 128/256/512GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: One UI 6.1 on top of Android 14(upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto)
  • Front Camera: 12MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano / eSIM), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / QZSS, UWB (S24+ only), USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Geomagnetic, Gyroscope, Hall, Light, Proximity
  • Battery: (power adapter not provided)
    • Galaxy S24: 4000mAh with 25W wired and 10W wireless charging
    • Galaxy S24+: 4900mAh with 45W wired and 10W wireless charging
  • Price in Nepal:
    • Galaxy S24: NPR 119,999 (8/56GB)
    • Galaxy S24+: NPR 142,999 (12/256GB)
  • Read our Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+ review
  • Watch our Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+ review
  • Buy Galaxy S24 here
  • Buy Galaxy S24+ here

6. OnePlus 12

The new OnePlus 12 also finds its way to our list of best smartphones in Nepal. It’s the successor to last year’s incredibly successful OnePlus 11 (review), and the company has somehow found a way to improve in practically every aspect this time. And in the international market, the OnePlus 12 is priced rather competitively as well. But here in Nepal, we’re not a fan of how it’s still quite a bit overpriced.

OnePlus 12 - Flowy Emerald

Other than the pricing thing, this is a damn good flagship phone. From the design to the display, performance, cameras, and everything else, you can feel how OnePlus has fine-tuned things here. It looks bold and feels notably better when you’re holding the phone, whereas the OnePlus 12 takes care of some quality-of-life aspects like ingress protection and durability. Since it now has an IP65 rating instead of IP64 dust/splash resistance and stronger Gorilla Glass protection on both sides.

A mu…ch better display

It’s got a significantly better display as well. The OnePlus 12 brings a slightly larger 6.82-inches AMOLED panel now, with the usual 120Hz refresh rate and all. But this thing can get literally twice as bright with 1,600 nits under high brightness mode (HBM), while the OnePlus 11 could only hit 800 nits under HBM.

And as you’d expect, there’s the usual performance boost. Including the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and an upgraded vapor chamber cooling system. We found its gaming performance to be top-notch as well, whereas the OxygenOS 14 is quite reliable and intuitive for everyday usage. It weirdly misses out on AI-powered features as of now, but it seems OnePlus is preparing an update to join the AI bandwagon shortly.

We’ve been thoroughly impressed with its battery backup too. Thanks to a slightly larger 5400mAh unit, the OnePlus easily manages 7 – 8 hours of screen time even under relatively heavy usage. Oh, and it now supports wireless charging too. There’s a lot to love about its cameras too. The OnePlus 12 pretty much uses the same, excellent camera setup as the OnePlus Open (review) and save for a few things here and there, this is pretty a reliable camera phone as well.

OnePlus 12 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.82-inches AMOLED screen, QHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus 2
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 5G (4nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 12/16GB LPDDR5X RAM, 256/512GB UFS 4.0 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: OxygenOS 14.0 on top of Android 14 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 48MP ultrawide, 64MP telephoto)
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint scanner (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 7 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.4, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / QZSS / NavIC, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, E-compass, Flick-detect, Gyroscope, Infrared, 13-channel accu-spectrum light-color identifier
  • Battery: 5400mAh with 100W wired and 50W wireless charging (100W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 139,999 (16/512GB)
  • Watch our early impressions of OnePlus 12
  • Buy OnePlus 12 here

5. iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus

The Galaxy S24 and S24+ are to Samsung, what the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus are to Apple. And these two offer an excellent flagship smartphone experience at relatively more affordable prices. That reminds me, Apple recently discounted the entire iPhone 15 series in Nepal recently — so if you were looking to buy one of these — now’s the perfect time.

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus - Pink

Alright. Compared to the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus, Apple has sprinkled in a healthy dose of upgrades this time. And the first thing that stands out on the iPhone duo is definitely the “Dynamic Island”. So instead of a bathtub-style notch on the older models, the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus sport an interactive “Dynamic Island”. Just like on their “Pro” siblings.

USB-C!

Apple has also moved on from the Lightning connector to USB-C with the iPhone 15 series and I can’t emphasize enough just how much of a difference that makes. But in a typical Apple fashion, only the iPhone 15 Pro series brags a faster USB 3.2 Gen 2 connection that’s capable of much faster data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps. While the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus max out at 480 Mbps only.

These two still use a standard 60Hz OLED display — instead of one with a 120Hz refresh rate — although the one silver lining here is that they can get much brighter now. When it comes to performance, Apple has used an A16 Bionic chip on these phones. And it performed remarkably well in our gaming tests. Even in something like Genshin Impact at the highest graphics settings.

Getting to the cameras, the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus rock a 48MP main sensor now. Next to the usual 12MP ultrawide and 12MP front-facing camera. But even though they miss out on a dedicated telephoto shooter, Apple has given a 2x in-sensor zoom option for both normal and portrait shots. We are also more than happy with its photos from the primary camera — particularly in terms of details — since it now shoots 24MP images by default.

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus Specifications:

  • Display: 60Hz refresh rate, Ceramic Shield glass
    • iPhone 15: 6.1-inches OLED screen, FHD+
    • iPhone 15 Plus: 6.7-inches OLED screen, FHD+
  • Chipset: Apple A16 Bionic (4nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, 128/256/512GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Apple iOS 17 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Dual (48MP primary, 12MP ultrawide)
  • Front Camera: 12MP sensor (Dynamic Island)
  • Security: Face ID (from TrueDepth camera)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano / eSIM), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / QZSS / iBeacon, 2nd-gen UWB, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Barometer, Dual ambient light, High-g accelerometer, High dynamic range gyro, Proximity
  • Battery: (power adapter not provided)
    • iPhone 15: 3349mAh with 20W wired and 15W wireless charging
    • iPhone 15 Plus: 4383mAh with 20W wired and 15W wireless charging
  • Price in Nepal: 
    • iPhone 15: NPR 135,200 (128GB) / NPR 154,200 (256GB) / NPR 191,900 (512GB)
    • iPhone 15 Plus: NPR 154,200 (128GB) / NPR 173,000 (256GB) / NPR 210,800 (512GB)
  • Read our iPhone 15 review
  • Watch our iPhone 15 review
  • Buy iPhone 15 here
  • Buy iPhone 15 Plus here

4. Honor Magic 6 Pro

The next entry on our list of best smartphones in Nepal is the new Honor Magic 6 Pro. And putting it next to last year’s Honor Magic 5 Pro, there are a lot of upgrades to get excited about here. Including that massive 180MP telephoto camera.

Honor Magic 6 Pro - Green best smartphones in nepal

If you look at the specs though, the Magic 6 Pro’s zoom camera has a narrower optical zoom range — 2.5x versus 3.5x on its predecessor — but that higher-res sensor makes all the difference. And Honor is now offering much more versatile shooting options with 1x, 2.5x, 5x, and 10x zooms. Or even up to a ridiculous 100x zoom.

Its main camera has a variable aperture

Its 50MP main camera also has a variable f/1.4 – f/2.0 aperture so that you can control (to some extent) the amount of light hitting the sensor and the depth of field you want to capture. While we do admit that its dual aperture isn’t going to yield drastically different results, it’s still a better option than the fixed aperture approach that we see on most mainstream flagship smartphones.

Other than this, the Honor Magic 6 Pro gets the same 50MP ultrawide camera — all housed inside a circular camera ring that’s inspired by black holes, apparently. Whereas you’re now looking at a 50MP selfie shooter in a pill-shaped cutout that sits at the top-center of the display. Talking about display, Honor has thrown in all the big numbers here. Including 4320Hz high-frequency PWM dimming, 1600 nits of global peak brightness, and a ridiculous 5000 nits of HDR peak brightness.

The Honor Magic 6 Pro doesn’t compromise on things like design, performance, and battery either. From IP68 dust/water resistance to a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and a gigantic 5600mAh battery, it’s got it all. The phone boots on Android 14-based MagicOS 8.0, although Honor’s 3+5 update cycle isn’t exactly the industry’s best.

Honor Magic 6 Pro Specifications:

  • Display: 6.8-inches OLED screen, QHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 5G (4nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 12/16GB LPDDR5X RAM, 256GB to 1TB UFS 4.0 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: MagicOS 8.0 on top of Android 14 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 50MP ultrawide, 180MP telephoto)
  • Front Camera: 50MP sensor (pill-shaped cutout)
  • Security: Fingerprint scanner (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 7 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Ambient light, Barometer, Compass, Gravity, Gyroscope, Infrared, Proximity
  • Battery: 5600mAh with 80W wired and 66W wireless charging (80W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 159,999 (12/512GB)
  • Buy Honor Magic 6 Pro here

3. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

Almost the entire smartphone industry agrees that foldable is the future. Samsung has a pretty dominant presence in this sector, while things are finally heating up in 2024 as brands like OnePlus (Open), Honor (Magic V2), and Tecno (Phantom V Fold) have launched their latest foldable phones in the global market too.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 - Blue best smartphones in nepal

And Nepali smartphone enthusiasts can also get in on the foldable revolution since Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5 are both officially available in the country.

The Z Flip 5 is more of a novelty foldable since it unfolds into… a regular slab smartphone. But the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is in fact what you’d expect from a proper folding phone. With a regular-sized display up front, that can transform into a mini tablet of sorts with a simple motion. And on the fifth iteration, Samsung has essentially perfected what an inward folding phone should be like, which is why it takes the bronze medal on our list of best smartphones in Nepal.

Gapless hinge. Finally!

Although it’s not as slim as some of the competition like the OnePlus Open, the Huawei Mate X5, or the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, its gapless hinge makes a big difference in terms of hands-on feel compared to the older Z Fold devices. And the actual foldable experience on the Fold 5 is fantastic. It uses the same Armor Aluminum hinge as before but it now has Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection on the cover display and the back of the phone.

We would’ve liked to see some improvements in terms of the crease as well but it doesn’t seem any different from what we’ve seen before.

Like its predecessor, the Fold 5 is IPX8 water resistant and Samsung also promises that this phone can handle 200,000 folds. Other than this, it brings all the premium specs you could think of. Including the bespoke Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, 120Hz AMOLED displays, flagship cameras, and more. Samsung’s One UI is really well-optimized to make the most out of this foldable’s big display too.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Specifications:

  • Display:
    • 6.2-inches AMOLED screen (outer), HD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus 2
    • 7.6-inches AMOLED screen (inner), QHD+, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (4nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB RAM, Up to 1TB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: One UI 5 on top of Android 12 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto)
  • Front Camera: 10MP sensor (hole-punch), 4MP sensor (in-display)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6E (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Geomagnetic, Gyro, Hall, Light, Proximity
  • Battery: 4400mAh with 25W wired and 15W wireless charging (power adapter not provided)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 226,999 (12/256GB) | NPR 239,999 (12/512GB)
  • Buy Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 here

2. iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

Taking the silver medal on our list of best smartphones in Nepal are Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. And if you want the absolute best iPhone Apple has to offer, these two are the ones to get. But while Apple’s “Pro” and “Pro Max” iPhones have historically differed in terms of their physical size and battery life only, you might want to get the iPhone 15 Pro Max this time if “the best” is what you’re shopping for.

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max - Natural Titanium

And there’s only one reason I say this, which is the 5x periscope telephoto camera on the bigger iPhone. So while the iPhone 15 Pro brings the usual 3x telephoto shooter, that 5x camera on the iPhone 15 Pro Max is a game-changer. Especially in terms of portraits since its 120mm lens lets you take incredible portraits with excellent subject focus, background blur, and everything else.

Then again, we must admit that taking 5x portraits can be quite difficult at times since you have to stay so far away from the subject. But that’s all there is to it, really. And the rest of the camera experience on these iPhones is identical. So like on the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus, the latest “Pro” iPhones take 24MP shots by default with great details and dynamic range. Whereas it pretty much goes without saying that these are the absolute best smartphones when it comes to videos.

I am titanium.

The other highlight of the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max is their titanium frame. This is a double-edged sword, to be honest. On the one hand, Apple has managed to make these phones significantly lighter by shifting from stainless steel to titanium frame. But on the other hand, you’re sacrificing a bit on the durability front and it discolors relatively easily as well.

As for performance, the iPhone 15 Pro duo is powered by the all-new A17 Pro processor. If you’ve been keeping note, this is the first time Apple has ever used the word “Pro” in its mobile chip. And it’s also the only processor out there manufactured on TSMC’s cutting-edge 3nm node, by the way.

From hardware ray tracing to a DLSS-like upsampling technique called “MetalFX Upscaling”, this “Pro” chip definitely delivers on its promise. Not just that but you can even play proper iPhone port of a few AAA console titles like “Resident Evil 4” and “Death Stranding: Director’s Cut” here. Besides gaming, these two also jump onto the USB-C train and offer incredible battery life. And with all this, the iPhone 15 Pro duo deserves its place on our list of best smartphones in Nepal.

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max Specifications:

  • Display: 120Hz refresh rate, Ceramic Shield glass
    • iPhone 15 Pro: 6.1-inches OLED screen, FHD+
    • iPhone 15 Pro Max: 6.7-inches OLED screen, 2K
  • Chipset: Apple A17 Pro (3nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8GB RAM, 128GB to 1TB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Apple iOS 17 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (48MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto)
  • Front Camera: 12MP sensor (notch)
  • Security: Face ID (from TrueDepth camera)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano / eSIM), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / QZSS / Beidou / NavIC / iBeacon, UWB, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Barometer, Dual ambient light, High-g accelerometer, High dynamic range gyro, LiDAR, Proximity
  • Battery: (power adapter not provided)
    • iPhone 15: 3274mAh with 20W wired and 15W wireless charging
    • iPhone 15 Plus: 4422mAh with 20W wired and 15W wireless charging
  • Read our iPhone 15 Pro Max review
  • Watch our iPhone 15 Pro Max review
  • Price in Nepal:
    • iPhone 15 Pro: NPR 176,500 (128GB) / NPR 195,400 (256GB) / NPR 233,200 (512GB) / NPR 270,900 (1TB)
    • iPhone 15 Pro Max: NPR 214,300 (256GB) / NPR 252,100 (512GB) / NPR 289,900 (1TB)
  • Buy iPhone 15 Pro here
  • Buy iPhone 15 Pro Max here

1. Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

The number one spot on our list of best smartphones in Nepal goes to the new Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. While Samsung effectively perfected the flagship formula last year with the Galaxy S23 Ultra (review), it’s managed to take things a step further this time. It definitely doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor, but all the upgrades Samsung has made definitely add up to deliver an even better smartphone experience overall.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra - Titanium Gray

Which starts with the updated 50MP periscope camera capable of 5x optical zoom. This replaces the 10MP optical zoom camera on the S23 Ultra that could do 10x optical zoom — and I know that sounds like a downgrade at first — but it makes a lot more practical sense actually. Because now there’s no awkward gap between 3x and 10x zoom, and the 3x to 5x range makes for a much more comfortable, flexible shooting experience.

So unlike on the iPhone 15 Pro Max, you also have the option for 3x portraits, which can come in handy when you’re kinda boxed in with the subject. And besides this, the Galaxy S24 Ultra also delivers an incredibly reliable camera experience in all sorts of conditions. It still trails the iPhone when it comes to videos but we’re utterly impressed with what Samsung has achieved this time around.

Mad for flat

Then there are all the other quality-of-life changes on the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Out of which Samsung’s decision to go all flat on the display is something we appreciate the most. So no more accidental touches in everyday usage or even gaming. This thing also has an incredibly impressive anti-reflective property so using it outdoors on a bright sunny day — or anywhere with a bunch of direct light sources — is much less annoying here. While it’s also protected by a tougher Gorilla Glass Armor this time.

The performance side of things is absolutely phenomenal on the Galaxy S24 Ultra as well. From a slightly overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip to a 1.9x larger vapor chamber cooling system, this guy is a performance champ. The cherry on top is all the AI tricks that Samsung has baked in, like “live translate” for voice calls, “circle to search”, etc. And the S24 Ultra is also guaranteed to receive 7 years of OS upgrades and 7 years of security updates, so that’s equally amazing.

Apart from all this, Samsung also pulled an Apple by using titanium frames. But it’s just 1 gram lighter over the Galaxy S23 Ultra since the aluminum frame Samsung uses is actually a lighter metal than titanium. Anyway, battery life is something you don’t need to worry about here either — whereas the built-in S Pen offers an experience like no other.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Specifications:

  • Display: 6.8-inches AMOLED screen, WQHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Armor
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy (4nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 12GB LPDDR5X RAM, 256GB to 1TB UFS 4.0 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: One UI 6.1 on top of Android 14 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Quad (200MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, 50MP periscope telephoto, 10MP periscope)
  • Front Camera: 12MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (ultrasonic in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 7 (tri-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / QZSS, NFC, UWB, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Geomagnetic, Gyroscope, Hall, Light, Proximity
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 45W wired and 15W wireless charging (power adapter not provided)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 184,999 (12/256GB) | NPR 199,999 (12/512GB)
  • Read our Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review
  • Watch our Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review
  • Buy Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra here

Summary list of best smartphones in Nepal (2023)

S. No. Best smartphones in Nepal Price
1 Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra (12/256GB) NPR 184,999
2 Apple iPhone 15 Pro (128GB) NPR 176,500
iPhone 15 Pro Max (256GB) NPR 214,300
3 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 (12/256GB) NPR 226,999
4 Honor Magic 6 Pro (12/512GB) NPR 159,999
5 Apple iPhone 15 (128GB) NPR 135,200
iPhone 15 Plus (128GB) NPR 154,200
6 OnePlus 12 (16/512GB) NPR 139,999
7 Samsung Galaxy S24 (8/256GB) NPR 119,999
Galaxy S24+ (12/256GB) NPR 142,999
8 Xiaomi 14 (12/512GB) NPR 99,999

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