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. We have the official distributors of major smartphone brands in Nepal while a few of them bring their flagship devices as well. From Samsung’s Galaxy S or Note series to the latest iPhones, there are a lot of premium phones you could buy in the country. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best smartphones available in Nepal.

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Best smartphones to buy in Nepal:

8. Apple iPhone 11

Apple iPhone 11 - White

iPhone 11 was the least expensive iPhone of 2019. But don’t let the price fool you, it still packs some of the best hardware on the inside. The phone features an Apple A13 Bionic chipset, which is still quite a capable performer. So despite being relatively easy on the wallet, iPhone 11 provides a promising gaming experience.

And this is the only phone from the iPhone 11 series to make our list of best flagship smartphones in Nepal since the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have been discontinued. Plus, as of now, it’s available in a limited quantity at EvoStore only.

Anyway, its name may be confusing but iPhone 11 is the successor to the iPhone XR. Just like the latter, iPhone 11 comes with 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina Display. Although it features the same display and a similar kind of design, there are lots of other upgrades on the inside. And the first one is its camera.

Classic iPhone cameras, even on the entry-level model

iPhone 11 comes with two cameras at the back: one 12MP primary and another 12MP ultra-wide-angle. So you’ll have more options while taking images. Apple has also greatly improved its computational photography because of which the phone captures amazing images. Furthermore, there is a 12MP selfie shooter on the phone, which is also capable of recording 4K videos.

iPhone 11 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.1-inches 60Hz HD+ IPS LCD, 326 PPI
  • Chipset: Apple A13 Bionic (7nm+ Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64/128/256GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Apple iOS 14 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Dual (12MP primary, 12MP ultrawide)
  • Front Camera: 12MP, f/2.2 TrueDepth camera
  • Security: Face ID (enabled by the front camera)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / iBeacon, Lightning connector
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Barometer, Three-axis Gyro, Ambient Light
  • Battery: 3110mAh with 20W charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 99,900 (128GB)

7. OnePlus 9

OnePlus 9 - Winter Mist

While the OnePlus 9 Pro isn’t available in Nepal, the standard OnePlus 9 makes its way into the 7th position in our list of best smartphones available in the country. It comes with an improved camera design and a bunch of other upgrades. Featuring a 6.55″ AMOLED panel, it now supports HDR10+, up to a 120Hz refresh rate, and a peak brightness of 1100 nits.

However, seeing the phone miss out on an IP certification is a little disappointing. Also, the global variant of the OnePlus 9 available in Nepal features 15W wireless charging, while its Indian variant misses out on cordless charging altogether. Additionally, the latter also compromises on the 5G bands.

Indispensable optimization

Moving on, the charm of every OnePlus device, as you might have guessed, is OxygenOS. The device boots on the Android 11-based OxygenOS and is powered by the flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset. Furthermore, this SoC has been complemented by up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

Finally, the OnePlus 9 gets a triple camera setup on the back. The configuration is led by a 48MP primary lens along with the 50MP ultrawide and 2MP monochrome sensor. Additionally, the handset features Hasselblad color optimization too. And upon our test, we found its camera quality to be more or less similar compared to its Pro sibling. Still, its omission of OIS is a big letdown.

OnePlus 9 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.55-inches 120Hz FHD+ Fluid AMOLED, 402 PPI
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (5nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: OnePlus OxygenOS 11 on top of Android 11 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (48MP primary, 50MP ultrawide, 2MP monochrome)
  • Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.4 (punch-hole cutout)
  • Security: In-display fingerprint reader (optical)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, USB Type-C, NFC, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Ambient Light, Proximity, Sensor Core, Flick-detect
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 65W fast charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 104,999 (12/256GB)
  • Read our review of OnePlus 9
  • Watch our review of OnePlus 9

6. Xiaomi Mi 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 - Horizon Blue

With Mi 11, Xiaomi Nepal has delivered one of the best value flagship smartphones for the price. It has an aluminum frame, a curved display with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, and a glass back. Despite this, the device weighs 196 grams and is only 8.1 mm thin. On the performance side of things, it is powered by Snapdragon 888.

Like other phones with the same chipset, the Mi 11 heats up a little under load as well. This has been complemented by up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It runs on MIUI 12 based on Android 11 out-of-the-box. While it runs pretty smoothly, for the most part, things like dark mode still aren’t well optimized here.

A specifications beast

Anyways, the device boasts a large 6.81-inches AMOLED DotDisplay screen with a sharp WQHD+ resolution. To make the content consumption experience smoother, Mi 11 features a 120Hz refresh rate and 480Hz touch sampling rate. In terms of camera, it houses a triple camera configuration on the back. This includes a 108MP primary camera while the phone misses out on a telephoto lens.

While Mi 11 shares similar camera specs with the cheaper Mi 11X Pro, we found that the images from Mi 11 have relatively balanced saturation and dynamic range. The phone gets its juice from a 4600mAh battery while Xiaomi ships a 55W GaN charger inside the box as well. Additionally, it supports 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse charging.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.81-inches 120Hz WQHD+ AMOLED, 515 PPI
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (5nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Xiaomi MIUI 12 on top of Android 11 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (108MP primary, 13MP ultrawide, 5MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 20MP, f/2.2 (punch-hole cutout)
  • Security: In-display fingerprint reader (optical)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, USB Type-C, NFC, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Ambient Light, Proximity, Sensor Core, Flick-detect
  • Battery: 4600mAh with 55W fast charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 89,999 (8/256GB)

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra - Mystic Bronze

Sitting at the fifth spot in our list of best flagship smartphones in Nepal rightfully goes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Starting with the display, it is the biggest one in the series to date, measuring a whopping 6.9-inches. As expected, this is a WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display.

With this, the Note 20 Ultra’s display is capable of dynamically shifting the refresh rate of the display between 10Hz & 120Hz depending on what content is being played. This variable refresh rate (VRR) technology will definitely help in efficient battery endurance from the 4500mAh unit which supports 25W fast wired & 15W wireless charging.

The best of the best!

The phone is also protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus which promises better resistance against drop & scratches. Performance-wise, it has the same Exynos 990 SoC as in the S20 series globally, while select markets like the US, China & S. Korea get the Snapdragon 865+ variant. Similarly, Samsung has brought the 4G version of Note 20 Ultra in Nepal which has 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

Here, the S-Pen has been shifted to the left but more importantly, Samsung has drastically reduced the input latency to just 9ms. Getting to the cameras, it has a triple rear-camera setup with a 108MP main sensor, 12MP ultrawide camera, and 12MP telephoto lens capable of 5x lossless digital or 50x Space Zoom. There’s also a Laser AF sensor for better focus. Upfront, you get a 10MP selfie camera inside the punch-hole cutout.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Specifications:

  • Display: 6.9-inches 120Hz WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED, 496 PPI
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 990 5G (7nm+ Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB RAM, 128/256/512GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: One UI 2.5 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Triple (108MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto, Laser AF)
  • Front Camera: 10MP, f/2.2 (punch-hole)
  • Security: In-display Fingerprint Scanner (Ultrasonic)
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / GALILEO / BDS, USB 3.2 Type-C, UWB, Samsung Wireless DeX, 4G LTE
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 25W fast charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 139,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read our review of Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Watch our review of Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

4. Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus - Phantom Violet

Moving on, the new Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+ take the fourth position in our list of best smartphones you can currently buy in Nepal. Bringing massive upgrades in terms of the design, performance, and cameras compared to their direct predecessors, the Galaxy S21 and S21+ are a couple of excellent Android smartphones.

What about the cameras?

Here, these two phones are very similar on multiple fronts. They got the same camera setup consisting of a 64MP telephoto (3x optical zoom), 12MP wide, and a 12MP ultrawide sensor. Similarly, you get a 10MP selfie shooter inside the punch-hole cutout. Powering the S21 and S21+ is Samsung’s new Exynos 2100.

Not only does it bridge the gap between its Snapdragon counterpart, but this silicon is extremely power-efficient as well. Both phones come with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, Samsung has cut off the SD card support starting with the S21 series.

While the S21 has a 6.2-inches Dynamic AMOLED screen with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, S21+ enjoys a bigger 6.7-inches panel. Because of their size, these phones differ in terms of their battery capacity as well. Anyway, one major differentiating factor between the cheaper entries in the S21 series is their build quality. Samsung has gone with a glastic back/glass front on the S21 whereas the S21+ gets the Victus treatment on both sides.

Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ Specifications:

  • Display: 6.2/6.7-inches 120Hz FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED, 421/394 PPI
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 2100 5G (5nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: One UI 3.1 on top of Android 11
  • Rear Camera: Triple (12MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, 64MP telephoto)
  • Front Camera: 10MP f/2.2 (punch-hole)
  • Security: In-display Fingerprint Scanner (Ultrasonic), Gen 2
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM), WiFi 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / GALILEO / BDS, USB 3.2 Type-C, UWB (only S21+), Samsung Wireless DeX, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Battery: 4000/4800mAh with 25W fast charging
  • Price in Nepal:
    • Galaxy S21: Rs. 109,999 (8/256GB)
    • Galaxy S21+: Rs. 129,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read our review of Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+
  • Watch our review of Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+

3. Apple iPhone 12, 12 Pro 

Apple iPhone 12 - Blue best smartphones in nepal

Apple’s new iPhone 12 series has been a hit in the market since its launch. Even though the company decided to shift the launch date by roughly a month, that didn’t impact the sales figure. iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are some of the best flagships smartphones available in Nepal, with little to no differences from their bigger brother in the 12 series.

Both devices sport a 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display which expands from edge to edge. The panel is covered by a Ceramic Shield cover that promises better durability than the iPhone 11. Over on the outer surface, they’re covered with glass, while you get an aerospace-grade aluminum frame on the iPhone 12 and stainless steel frame on the 12 Pro.

A14 Bionic Chipset

Powering the 12 and 12 Pro is the A14 Bionic chipset that is fabricated on a 5nm process. Furthermore, the former is available up to 256GB of storage while you can choose up to 512GB on the latter. Likewise, the graphics are handled by Apple’s newest GPU architecture, which supposedly delivers a 30% improvement in graphics performance compared to its predecessor. It ships with iOS 14 out-of-the-box.

The standard iPhone 12 features a dual rear camera arrangement with a 12MP primary lens and 12MP 120° ultra-wide lens. In addition, the 12 Pro comes with an extra 12MP telephoto lens and a LiDAR sensor. They both have a 12MP front camera which also works for FaceID facial recognition. Also, the price of the iPhone 12 has recently been slashed off in Nepal.

iPhone 12, 12 Pro Specifications:

  • Display: 6.1-inches 60Hz FHD+ Super Retina OLED, 460 PPI
  • Chipset: Apple A14 Bionic (5nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 4/6GB RAM, Up to 512GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Apple iOS 14 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Dual/Triple:
    • iPhone 12: 12MP primary, 12MP ultrawide
    • iPhone 12 Pro: + 12MP telephoto, LiDAR sensor
  • Front Camera: 12MP f/2.2 TrueDepth camera
  • Security: Face ID (enabled by the front camera)
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM), WiFi 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / GALILEO / QZSS, UWB, Lightning, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Battery: 2815mAh with USB PD 2.0, MagSafe charging
  • Price in Nepal:
Model Price
iPhone 12 Rs. 128,900 (64GB)
Rs. 138,900 (128GB)
Rs. 154,900 (256GB)
iPhone 12 Pro Rs. 170,000 (128GB)
Rs. 186,000 (256GB)
Rs. 220,000 (512GB)

2. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra - Phantom Silver best smartphones in nepal

Moving on, Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra sits in the second position on our list of the best flagship smartphones in Nepal. Working on the flaws of its predecessor, its comeback story is one for the ages. As expected, the phone brings a major overhaul in design, performance, and more importantly, the cameras. While the S20 Ultra was plagued by the horrible autofocus issue, Samsung has solved that by including a dedicated Laser AutoFocus (AF) system on the S21 Ultra.

Gorilla Glass Victus

Besides, you’re going to get every premium feature you could ask for from a flagship smartphone. It boasts dual Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection offering resilience in terms of scratches or drops. The display is a big 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen that features an LTPO backplane that dynamically adjusts the refresh rate between 10 and 120Hz—thus saving battery.

Samsung has also a brand new OLED panel on the S21 Ultra that supposedly consumes 16% less power compared to the last-gen panel. Powering the phone is the Exynos 2100 which has been paired with 12/16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. However, we would have loved to see the Snapdragon variant, which is limited to the US, China, and Korean market.

You don’t have the option to expand your storage this time around though. In terms of cameras, the phone has a quad-camera setup at the back consisting of 108MP ISOCELL HM3 sensors, a 10MP periscope lens, a 10MP telephoto lens, and a 12MP ultrawide camera. S21 Ultra gets its juice from a big 5000mAh cell that supports 25W fast charging in terms of battery.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Specifications:

  • Display: 6.8-inches 120Hz WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED, 515 PPI
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 2100 5G (5nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 12/16GB RAM, 128/256/512GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: One UI 3.1 on top of Android 11
  • Rear Camera: Quad (108MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto, 10MP periscope zoom, Laser AF)
  • Front Camera: 40MP f/2.2 (punch-hole)
  • Security: In-display Fingerprint Scanner (Ultrasonic), Gen 2
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM), WiFi 802.11 6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / GALILEO / BDS, USB 3.2 Type-C, UWB, Samsung Wireless DeX, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 25W fast charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 154,999 (12/256GB)
  • Read our review of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Watch our review of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

1. iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max - Gold best smartphones in nepal

Finally, taking the crown in our list of best smartphones you can buy in Nepal goes to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Here, the display size is the biggest differentiator between the aforementioned iPhone 12 Pro and the 12 Pro Max. The latter boasts a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display with a sharer resolution of 2778 x 1284 pixels.

Besides this, the 12 Pro Max features a 47% larger primary sensor which reportedly delivers whopping 87% improvements in low light conditions. In addition, it brings sensor-shift optical image stabilization (IBIS) that stabilizes the sensor itself rather than the lens. Other than this, the rest of the specifications are majorly the same as the 12 Pro.

iPhone 12 Pro Max Specifications

  • Display: 6.7-inches 60Hz FHD+ Super Retina OLED, 458 PPI
  • Chipset: Apple A14 Bionic (5nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, Up to 512GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Apple iOS 14 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto)
  • Front Camera: 12MP f/2.2 TrueDepth camera
  • Security: Face ID (enabled by the front camera)
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM), WiFi 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / GALILEO / QZSS, UWB, Lightning, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Battery: 3687mAh with USB PD 2.0, MagSafe charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 185,990 (128GB) | Rs. 202,990 (256GB) | Rs. 235,990 (512GB)
  • Read our review of iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Watch our review of iPhone 12 Pro Max

Summary list of best smartphones in Nepal [2021] 

Rank Best Smartphones in Nepal Latest Price
8 iPhone 11 Rs. 99,900 (128GB)
7 OnePlus 9 Rs. 104,999 (12/256GB)
6 Xiaomi Mi 11 Rs. 89,999 (8/256GB)
5 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Rs. 139,999 (12/256GB)
4 Samsung Galaxy S21 Rs. 109,999 (8/256GB)
S21+ Rs. 129,999 (8/256GB)
3 iPhone 12 Rs. 154,000 (256GB)
12 Pro Rs. 186,000 (256GB)
2 Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Rs. 154,999 (12/256GB)
1 iPhone 12 Pro Max Rs. 235,990 (512GB)

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