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Best of 2019: Our Favorite Phones to Buy in Nepal

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The number of high-end smartphone users is on the rise in Nepal. Backtrack few years, we had few options and few brands and more importantly had to depend on 3rd party retailers to buy the desired high-end products and they were priced mighty high than they were supposed to be. But now, we have official distributors of all the major brands (except Google) which provide us with the latest and the best product their brand has to offer. Among the uncountable number of smartphones available in Nepal, we have made a list of some of the best smartphones in Nepal, which can be bought at the moment. Hope this will help you in the time of need. What’s your favorite device of 2019? What device did you buy? Have we missed anything here? Write to us in the comment section.

9Redmi K20 Pro

Last year, Pocophone F1 did wonders in terms of units sold. It had flagship specs but was available at a budget-friendly price. And using the same formula, Xiaomi launched Redmi K20 Pro. The K20 Pro is a budget flagship, which makes it the most noteworthy one in its price range.

Despite being reasonably affordable handset, Redmi K20 Pro features Snapdragon 855 chipset, which is also present on some of the premium flagship smartphones of 2019. You will also get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage alongside. With such a capable hardware combo, the handset can handle any sort of graphics-intensive apps and games you throw at it.

Peeking into the specs-sheet, another awe-inspiring feature on the handset is its cameras. The phone packs triple camera setup on the back: a wide-angle, an ultra-wide lens, and another telephoto lens. The camera does sound great, however, there are not quite comparable to premium flagship smartphones out there. Nonetheless, you will still get better shots than mid-range. And that’s a win in my opinion.

As for the display, there is a notch-less and bezel-less 6.39-inch display. This immersive display comes with Full-HD resolution and with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the top. Underneath the display, there is an under-display fingerprint scanner, which unlocks the device really fast.

The niceties don’t quite end there. There is an enduring 4000mAh battery, which comes with a 27-watt fast charger. You will also get a 20MP pop-up selfie camera, which, however, takes a while to go up and down.

Redmi K20 Pro specifications:

  • Display: 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Resolution: Full-HD+ (2340×1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB; No SD Card slot for memory expansion
  • OS & UI: Android Pie (v9.0) with MIUI 10 on the top
  • Rear Camera: (48 MP f/1.8, wide-angle camera) + (8MP, f/2.4, telephoto camera, 2x optical zoom) + (13MP, f/2.4, ultra-wide-angle camera), Dual-LED flash
  • Front Camera: 20MP motorized pop-up selfie camera, f/2.2
  • Battery: 4000mAh battery with 27-watt fast charging support
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (under-display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Price (8/256GB): Rs. 49,999

8OnePlus 7

OnePlus, the company also renowned as the flagship killer, brought OnePlus 7 as the least expensive device in their lineup. It might be cheap in terms of price yet it’s a bang for the buck in the flagship segment.

In terms of design, it highly resembles last year’s OnePlus 6T. But on the inside, there’s a whole different story. There is the Snapdragon 855 chipset with 8GB of RAM at its disposal. As for the storage, there is 256GB of onboard memory, which should be enough for most of the people. This hardware setup lets you play all sorts of heavy-end gaming titles at appreciable frame rates.

Talking about the cameras, there are just two cameras on the bacK: a primary shooter and a depth sensor. And that can be bummer for some. However, Nightsight 2.0 is a feature to cherish. On the front, you get a 16MP selfie camera, which rests on the notch, unlike the OnePlus 7 Pro. Although the 7 and 7 Pro varies in terms of selfie camera placement, they capture identical images. So if you are into a selfie camera or vlogging, you don’t have to spend more and go for the “Pro” variant.

Apart from that, you get a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. A 3700mAh battery is nothing big to brag about but still, it provides a decent battery life. On the top, you get 20-watt Warp Charging technology, which helps you inject charge on the phone really fast.

OnePlus 7 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
  • Resolution: Full-HD+ resolution (1080 x 2340 pixels) @ 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Rear Camera: Dual, 48 MP (f/1.7, PDAF, OIS), NightScape 2.0 + 5 MP depth sensor
  • Front Camera: 16 MP with f/2.0, Auto-HDR
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 485)
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB
  • OS: Android Pie (v9.0) with OxygenOS 9.5 on top
  • Sensors: In-display Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, proximity, compass
  • Color Variant(s): Mirror Gray, Red
  • Battery: 3700 mAh with 20-Watt Warp Charge
  • Price: Rs. 67,000 (8/256GB)

7Huawei P30

The Huawei P30 is the sibling of the P30 Pro. It shares several features with the P30 Pro, all while keeping the price a little low.

The Huawei P30 Pro has the same internals as the P30 Pro. It has the HiSilicon Kirin 980 with 8 GB Of RAM, and the overall performance with the hardware is great. The device has a 3,650 mAh battery that lasts for around a day and a half under normal usage. It can be charged up with Huawei’s 22W SuperCharge fast charging technology. The phones don’t support wireless charging, though.

As for the optical side of things, there are three cameras on the phone – 40 MP SuperSpectrum sensor, a 16 MP Ultra-wide-angle camera and an 8 MP telephoto lens. In front, the P30 houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera. It has the optical under-display fingerprint scanner and comes in a 128 GB storage variant.

Huawei P30 Specifications

  • Display: 6.1″ OLED display with Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Rear Camera: Triple camera setup, 40 MP SuperSpectrum sensor with f/1.8 aperture (RYYB filter) + 16 MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture + 8 MP telephoto lens with f/3.4 aperture & 3 X Optical Zoom
  • Operating System: Android v9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.1 on top
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
  • Battery: 3650 mAh, 22-W SuperCharge
  • Price: Rs 84,900

6OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus has made name for itself because of its affordable flagship phones. But this year, OnePlus made headlines because of its display, which even surpassed even the prolific flagship handsets out there. It started with the OnePlus 7 Pro, which had an immersive AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate and Quad-HD+ resolution made its way to the OnePlus 7T Pro as well. And the display on the device looks absolutely flawless.

Although the 7T Pro has similar specs to the OnePlus 7 Pro, the 7T Pro has an upper hand on the performance and battery front. It comes with an improved Snapdragon 855+ chipset, which offers a slight boost in CPU and GPU performance. As for the battery, 7T Pro enjoys a 4035mAh battery, which is still similar to the 7 Pro. But the charging process has improved greatly. The new 7T Pro comes with a Warp Charge 30T charging process, which is said to refuel the device 23% faster than the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The camera setup is still the same. However, the 7T Pro comes with a circular cutout on the back to accommodate the cameras. And this circular slot has got many OnePlus fans polarized. Apart from these differences, there is barely any difference between the 7 Pro and 7T Pro.

OnePlus 7 Pro Specifications:

  • Design: Glass body, Aluminum frame
  • Display: 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED panel with Quad-HD+ resolution (1440 x 3120 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, HDR 10+
  • Rear Camera: Triple, 48 MP (f/1.6, PDAF, CAS, Laser AF, EIS, OIS), NightScape 2.0 + 16 MP ultra-wide with f/2.2 aperture + 8 MP Telephoto lens (f/2.4, 3X Optical Zoom, PDAF, OIS)
  • Front Camera: 16 MP with f/2.0, Motorized pop-up selfie camera
  • CPU: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
  • GPU: Adreno 640 (700MHz)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage; No SD card slot
  • OS: Android 10 with OxygenOS 10.0 on top
  • Sensors: In-display Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, proximity, compass
  • Color Variant(s): Almond, Nebula Blue, Mirror Gray
  • Battery: 4035 mAh with Watt Warp Charge 30T

5Huawei P30 Pro

The Huawei P30 Pro is Huawei’s first flagship of 2019. The device has tried to remain traditional in a couple of aspects all while attaining a lot of new and innovative features.

The Huawei P30 Pro comes with a large 6.47-inch OLED display. Although the screen resolution is only Full HD+, the color reproduction is accurate. There is an optical in-display fingerprint scanner on the device which is one of the fastest fingerprint scanners around.

The P30 Pro is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset which is aided with 8 GB of RAM. With this internals, the app launching time on the P30 Pro is quite fast. Under our use, everything has been super smooth. There are no lags or stutters anywhere and the multitasking experience has been absolutely great.

In terms of optics, the Huawei P30 Pro comes with a quad-camera setup. There is a 40-megapixel SuperSpectrum sensor, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, an 8-megapixel periscope telephoto lens, and a TOF (Time-of-flight) sensor. DxOMark has scored the P30’s camera setup the highest with a score of 112. Upfront lies a 32-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.

The Huawei P30 Pro has a large 4,200 mAh battery that has Huawei’s 40W SuperCharge fast charging support. It can be charged wirelessly and has a Reverse Wireless Charging feature.

Huawei P30 Pro Specifications

  • Display: 6.47″ OLED display with Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, HDR10
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB
  • Rear Camera: Leica Quad-camera setup, 40 MP SuperSpectrum sensor with f/1.6 aperture (RYYB filter) + 20 MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture + 8 MP Periscope telephoto lens with f/3.4 aperture & 5 X Optical Zoom (50X Digital Zoom) + TOF (Time-Of-Flight) sensor
  • Operating System: Android v9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.1 on top
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
  • Battery: 4200 mAh, 40W SuperCharge, Reverse Wireless Charging
  • Price: Rs. 1,19,900

4Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+

Considering the aesthetics and the features inside, Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ undoubtedly are one of the best flagship smartphones available in Nepal right now. It has the best display in the business with a punch-hole cutout. This device has an under-display fingerprint scanner that uses sound waves to unlock the phone.

The Galaxy S10 duo has the best internals with Exynos 9820 chipset coupled with 8 GB of RAM. It runs on Android v9.0 Pie out of the box with One UI on top. There are triple cameras on the back of the phone with one of the dual camera working as a wide-angle lens and the other as a telephoto lens. In front of the phone, S10 has a single camera whereas S10 Plus has dual cameras. The second lens applies depth in photos to create portrait images.

Even with the slim body, there is a large 4,100 mAh battery inside S10 Plus and 3400mAh on the S10, which is supported by a 15W fast charger. Samsung has also included the Power Sharing feature which lets users charge other wirelessly enabled devices through the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S10/ S10+ Specifications

  • Display: 6.1-inch (on the S10); 6.4-inch (on the S10+) Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+ Infinity-O display, HDR10+
  • Chipset: Exynos 9820
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP12
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB / 512 GB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP, f/1.5 – 2.4, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS (Primary) + 12 MP, f/2.4 1.0µm, Auto-focus, OIS, 2x optical zoom (Telephoto) + 16 MP f/2.2 (Ultra-wide)
  • Front Camera: 10 MP, f/1.9, Dual Pixel PDAF + 8 MP, f/2.2 (Depth sensor)
  • Operating System: Android v9.0 Pie with One UI on top
  • Color Options: Prism Black, Prism Green (128 GB variant), Prism Black (512 GB variant)
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (under-display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, heart rate, barometer
  • Battery: 3,400mAh (on the S10) 4,100 mAh (on the S10+), 15W wired fast charging
  • Price (Galaxy S10): Rs. 84,900 (128GB)
  • Price (Galaxy S10+): Rs. 105,900 (128GB) | Rs. 135,900 (512GB)

3iPhone 11

iPhone 11 is the least expensive iPhone of 2019. But don’t let the price fool, it still packs some of the best hardware on the inside. The phone features Apple A13 Bionic Chipset, which is the most powerful mobile processor out there. So despite being relatively easy on the wallet, iPhone 11 provides a promising gaming experience.

The name may be confusing but iPhone 11 is the successor of the iPhone XR. So the form factor and design (except the rear panel) look identical to XR. Just like the iPhone XR, iPhone 11 comes with 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina Display. The resolution here is questionable as the pixel density is merely 326PPI. However, on the day to day usage, you won’t be able to discern any pixels. So it may not matter much.

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. iPhone 11 comes with two 12MP cameras: 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. Plus there is a slofie feature to cherish.

iPhone 11 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.1-inch  LCD Liquid Retina display
  • Resolution: 1792×828 pixels @ 326ppi
  • Chipset: Six-core A13 Bionic 64-bit processor, 8-core Neural Engine
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB,256GB
  • OS: iOS 13
  • Back Camera:
    – 12MP wide-angle f/1.8 primary camera, OIS, True Tone flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 240 fps
    – 12MP 120° Ultra Wide f/2.4 camera, 2x optical zoom out; digital zoom up to 5x
  • Front Camera: 12MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording, Retina Flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 120 fps
  • Security: TrueDepth camera for FaceID facial recognition
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6 with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS with GLONASS
  • Other features: Water and dust resistant (IP68), Stereo speakers
  • Battery: 3110mAh battery; 1hour more than iPhone XR, Qi wireless charging, Supports 18W fast charging (50% in 30 min), but no fast charger inside the box
  • Price: Rs. 1,15,00 (64GB) | Rs. 1,25,00 (128GB) | Rs. 1,35,00 (256GB)

2iPhone 11 Pro / iPhone 11 Pro Max

Since the iPhone 11 comes at an affordable price, some compromises have been made to put the prices low. But Apple made its best effort on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. So they got a noteworthy place on our list.

Alike the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max also come with Apple A13 Bionic chipset. So performance will be quite similar. You might even experience slightly better performance on these “Pro/Pro Max” devices as they come with more amount of RAM.

When it comes to cameras, these devices bear a triple camera setup on the back. And these are the first Apple device to have three cameras. The camera module houses the main camera, a telephoto lens, and an ultra-wide-angle lens all with 12MP resolution. With this hardware setup, the iPhone 11 Pro Max managed to achieve a remarkable 117 points in DxoMark’s record. Not just on the benchmarks, they also perform really well on real-life use. It’s not every day you see a smartphone with 4K recording capability on the selfie cam. But iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max is capable of doing that with great details, colors, and saturation.

Display is also duly noteworthy here. Both of these devices come with Super Retina XDR display with 458PPI of pixel density. Based on the color accuracy, color tone, saturation, and the ability to display dynamic range contents, DisplayMate has placed it on the top position. And that’s simply impressive.

Furthermore, these iPhones come with refined Face ID, improved battery life and 18-watt fast charger inside the box.

iPhone 11 Pro Specifications:

  • Display (iPhone 11 Pro): 5.8‑inch OLED Super Retina XDR display with 2436×1125 pixels resolution @ 458PPI
  • Display (iPhone 11 Pro Max): 6.5‑inch OLED Super Retina XDR display with 1242 x 2688 pixels Resolution @ 458PPI
  • Chipset: Six-core A13 Bionic 64-bit processor, 8-core Neural Engine
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB,256GB
  • OS: iOS 13
  • Back Camera:
    – 12MP wide-angle f/1.8 primary camera, OIS, True Tone flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 240 fps
    – 12MP 120° Ultra Wide f/2.4 camera
    – a 12MP Telephoto f/2.0 for 2x optical zoom in, digital zoom up to 10x
  • Front Camera: 12MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording, Retina Flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 120 fps
  • Security: TrueDepth camera for FaceID facial recognition
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6 with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS with GLONASS
  • Other features: Water and dust resistant (IP68), Stereo speakers
  • Battery: 3046mAh (iPhone 11 Pro) 3969mAh (iPhone 11 Pro Max); Qi wireless charging, 18W fast charging (fast charger inside the box)
  • Price (iPhone 11 Pro): Rs. 1,62,000 (64GB) | Rs. 1,86,000 (256GB) | Rs. 2,03,000 (512GB)
  • Price (iPhone 11 Pro Max): Rs. 1,78,000 (64GB) | Rs. 1,02,000 (256GB) | Rs. 2,34,000 (512GB)

1Samsung Galaxy Note 10/Note 10+

When it comes to flagship smartphones, Galaxy Note devices have its own class. Apart from the  flagship-grade specs, these phone packs Sylus or S-pen, which all other flagship phone lacks. Because of the profound productivity features and capable hardware, we entitled the Galaxy Note 10/Note 10+ as the best smartphones of 2019.

Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ have their fair share of differences but when it comes to productivity, both of them are on the same page. Continuing the legacy of Samsung Note devices, both of these handsets come with S-Pen, which apart from letting you scribble notes, offers you to draw doodles and make use as a remote while capturing images. The handwritten notes can also be easily exported to Microsoft files, which is a noteworthy feature.

In terms of camera, both of these devices come with a 12MP main camera, 12MP telephoto lens, and a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens on the back. Note 10+ has an extra 3D ToF sensor, which takes depth information to give excellent portrait shots. And because of its excellent imaging prowess, Galaxy Note 10+ secured 117 points in DxOmark’s website tying with iPhone 11 Pro Max. On the front, there is a 10MP selfie shooter with the industry-leading 99 points on the DxOmark website. Although these scores might be deceptive at times, Galaxy Note 10/10+ did remarkably well on our camera test.

Performance on both of these devices is handled by Exynos 9825 processor with 8GB RAM on Note 10 and 12GB on Note 10+. Being generous on the storage side, Samsung has provided 256GB of base storage, which may take like forever to get to full. Plus, you even get an SD card slot on the Note 10+. And that’s really impressive.

Note 10 and Note 10+ also have one of the best-looking display. However, Note 10 comes with Full-HD panel, whereas the Note 10+ enjoys Quad-HD resolution. To power the Quad-HD, Note 10+ has included a massive 4300mAh battery, which lasts for a day. However, with 3500mAh battery, Note 10 struggles to last one full day

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10 Plus Specs

Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Display 6.3” AMOLED screen (1080 x 2280 pixels), Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection 6.8” AMOLED screen (1440 x 3040 pixels), Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
Design Glass body, Metal frame, IP68 Water & Dust Resistance Glass body, Metal frame, IP68 Water & Dust Resistance
Rear Camera 12MP, f/1.5-2.4 (wide),12MP, f/2.1 (telephoto),

16MP, f/2.2 (ultra-wide)

12MP, f/1.5-2.4 (wide),12MP, f/2.1 (telephoto),

16MP, f/2.2 (ultra-wide)

3D ToF sensor

Front Camera 10MP, f/2.2 (wide), Dual Pixel PDFA 10MP, f/2.2 (wide), Dual Pixel PDFA
OS Android 9.0 Pie with One UI on top Android 9.0 Pie with One UI on top
Processor Exynos 9825 Exynos 9825
CPU Octa-core (2 x 2.73GHz Mongoose M4, 2×2.4GHz Cortex-A75, 4×1.9GHz Cortex-A55) Octa-core (2 x 2.73GHz Mongoose M4, 2×2.4GHz Cortex-A75, 4×1.9GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G76 MP12
RAM 8GB 12GB
Internal Storage 256GB; No SD Card slot 256/512GB; expandable up to 1TB through microSD slot
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Sensors Fingerprint (in-display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Fingerprint (in-display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Battery 3500mAh, non-removable 4300mAh, non-removable
Fast Charging 25W Fast Charging
18W Fast Wireless Charging
45W fast charging
18W Fast Wireless Charging
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 3.1, Type-C 1.0
Colors Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Pink, Aura Red Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black, Aura Blue
Price Rs. 116, 000 (256GB) Rs. 135, 000 (256GB)
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Redmi K20 Pro
OnePlus 7
Huawei P30
OnePlus 7T Pro
Huawei P30 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+
iPhone 11
iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
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