Which smartphone should you get after SEE? [Updated 2022]

Best smartphones for SEE passed students 2022
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When did you get your own smartphone? Most of you will say it was after you went through the SEE (or SLC). The result of last year’s SEE is out and many students who went through the iron gate are looking for new smartphones. Having a decent smartphone is now a necessity as our education system is now going online because of the ongoing pandemic. In this post, we have curated a list of the best smartphones for SEE passed students in 2022.

The phones are categorized according to the price segment that they belong to. This list of best smartphones for SEE passed students start at under Rs. 20,000  and goes all the way up to Rs. 50,000.

Best Smartphones For SEE Passed Students (Summary) 

 [Disclaimer: All the Product Listed here have been tested and reviewed by us] 

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Best Under Rs. 20,000

Smartphone Model Price in Nepal 
Redmi 10A Rs. 13,999 (2/32GB)
Tecno Spark 8 Rs. 15,990 (4/64GB)
Realme C31 Rs. 17,799 (4/64GB)
Redmi 10 Prime (2022)  Rs. 20,499 19,999 (4/64GB)

Best Under Rs. 30,000

Smartphone Model Price in Nepal
Samsung Galaxy F22 Rs. 24,499 (6/128GB)
Realme Narzo 50 Rs. 26,999 (6/128GB)
Redmi Note 11 Rs. 27,999 (6/128GB)

Best Under Rs. 40,000

Smartphone Model  Price in Nepal
Redmi Note 11s Rs. 32,999 (8/128GB)
Realme 9 Rs. 33,499 (8/128GB)
Redmi Note 11 Pro 4G Rs. 36,999 (8/128GB)
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G  Rs. 41,999 39,999 (8/128GB)

Best Under Rs. 50,000

Smartphone Model Price in Nepal
Realme 9 Pro+ Rs. 45,999 (8/128GB)
Poco F3 Rs. 46,999 (6/128GB)
Samsung Galaxy A52s Rs. 49,999 (6/128GB)

#1. Best Under Rs. 20,000

If your budget is under Rs. 20,000, don’t expect to get anything fancy in 2022. Because of the chipset shortage globally, we don’t get great specs as we used to some few years ago. So, in this price list, smartphones feature underpowered hardware and run low on memory. There are many brands to choose from, but we have listed a few of them that we think are the best phones under Rs. 20,000 for SEE passed students.

1. Redmi 10A

Kicking off our list is Redmi 10A, the latest addition to the Redmi 10 series in Nepal. This budget phone offers a 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with an HD+ resolution. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio G25 with two memory options: 3/4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of internal storage. 

Redmi 10A - Design, Display

The device boots on MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11. For cameras, Xiaomi has included a simple 13MP primary + 2MP depth sensor setup on the back. The front notch houses a 5MP selfie camera. Furthermore, the phone has a 5,000mAh battery with 10W charging and a fingerprint scanner.

2. Tecno Spark 8

The Tecno Spark 8 is a design-focused budget phone with a big “Stop At Nothing” plastered on its back. Available in Purple, Black, and Black, the phone features a 6.6-inch LCD panel with a waterdrop notch. It’s a simple HD+ LCD display with a 60Hz refresh rate.

Tecno Spark 8 Design

In the heart of the phone lies the MediaTek Helio G25, the same processor that the Redmi 10A has. This phone is available with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Likewise, the battery and charging are the same as Redmi 10A. It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The dual camera setup on the Spark 8 is led by a 16MP primary camera and an AI lens. Here, the front selfie camera has an 8MP resolution. 

3. Realme C31

We have yet another design-centric phone on our list. From the back, the Relme C31 looks similar to more expensive phones from the brand. Over on the front, it has a big 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with an HD resolution.

The C31 is based on the entry-level Unisoc T612 chipset. The phone has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Unlike the previous phones, the C31 packs a triple camera array on the back.

Realme C31 front and back design

The main camera is a 13MP f/2.2 sensor and the two others are a macro and a monochrome lens. The fingerprint here is side mounted, a feature reserved for more premium phones in the past. The 5000mAh battery included is enough to get through the day.

4. Redmi 10 Prime (2022)

The Redmi 10 Prime (2022) is a solid smartphone for under 20K. Taking a big leap on the display side of things, the phone boasts a 6.5-inch LCD screen with FHD+ resolution. Moreover, it is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and has a fluid 90Hz refresh rate.

The chipset of choice here is the MediaTek Helio G88. Accompanying the chip is up to 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It also has a bigger 6,000mAh battery and charges via an 18W fast charger.

Redmi 10 Prime - Astral White

The quad camera setup on the Redmi 10 Prime is carried by a 50MP primary lens. It also features an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera is an 8MP sensor. Besides, the phone offers a stereo speaker and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for biometrics.

The Redmi 10 Prime (2022) is available with NPR 500 discount on Hukut Store making it the best phone under NPR 20,000.

Also, check out our list of best phones under Rs. 20,000.

#2. Under Rs. 30,000

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

1. Samsung Galaxy F22

For our first phone under NPR 30,000, we have the Samsung Galaxy F22. Although it comes with a compared less powerful Helio G80 chipset and a mono speaker, it offers a good camera experience and battery life for the price.

The display on the F22 has an HD+ resolution and measures 6.4-inches. It has a 90Hz refresh rate and an outdated teardrop-styled notch. It is available in two memory variants: 4/64GB and 6/128GB.

Samsung Galaxy F22 - Design

Moving on to the cameras, it features quad cameras on the back. However, its primary 48MP camera does not have OIS. Besides, there is an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP portrait sensor, and another 2MP macro sensor. There is a 13MP camera up front for selfies and video calls.

Galaxy F22 ships with a 6000mAh battery and a 15W charger inside the box. However, it also supports 25W fast charging. It runs on the core version of One UI 3.1. Samsung offers 2 years of Android updates and 4 years of security updates on its Galaxy F22.

2. Realme Narzo 50

The Realme Narzo 50 is a budget phone for the aspiring Free Fire players out there. Under the hood, the phone houses an Helio G96 which packs enough power for light to moderate gaming. The 6/128GB of the phone is available for Rs. 26,999.

Narzo 50 offers a 6.6-inch IPS LCD with FHD+ resolution. Moreover, it has a 180Hz touch sampling rate and sports 6 levels of refresh rate all the way up to 120Hz.

Realme Narzo 50 Design and Display

In terms of optics, the back flaunts a triple camera setup comprised of a 50MP primary sensor, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP monochrome lens. For selfies and video calls, there is a 16MP camera inside the front hole punch. The 5,000mAh battery on the Narzo 50 has 33W fast charging.

3. Redmi Note 11

Xiaomi has been consistent with decent offerings at this price bracket and the Redmi Note 11 is no different. Rocking a 6.43” FHD+ AMOLED panel with DCI-P3 color gamut support, it also has a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. Moreover, the screen can get as bright as 1000 nits.

Redmi Note 11 Gaming

In terms of performance, a 6nm Snapdragon 680 chipset powers the handset. Out of the box, it boots on Android 11-based MIUI 12.5. The primary camera has a resolution of 50MP. It is accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide and two 2MP macro and portrait lenses. Like the Narzo 50, the Redmi Note 11 features a 5,000mAh battery and 33W fast charging too.

Also, check out our list of best phones under Rs. 30,000.

#3. Under Rs. 40,000

This range offers further refined smartphones with fewer compromises. So, from a use case standpoint, phones under Rs. 40,000 will serve SEE passed students the best.

1. Redmi Note 11s

If the Redmi Note 11 is getting a B in SEE, then the Note 11s is a B+. Sharing the same 6.43” display, the Note 11s brings about the right updates in terms of performance and camera technology.

Here, Xiaomi has gone with the Helio G96 chipset which we also saw on the Narzo 50 before. The processor has been paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage.

Redmi Note 11S Design

Turn the phone around and you will be greeted by a quad camera set up. The primary camera of the bunch is a 108MP Samsung HM2 sensor accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP depth, and a 2MP macro. On the front, you will find the same 16MP camera as the Redmi Note 11.

Similarly, it gets its juice from a 5,000mAh cell with 33W fast charging as well. Although Android 12 is a thing, this phone boots on Android 11-based MIUI 13 out the gate.

Overall, the Redmi Note 11S provides combines the gaming performance of the Narzo 50 with excellent display quality from its sibling Redmi Note 11. It also has a stereo speaker setup which Xiaomi has somewhat democratized in its budget segment as well.

2. Realme 9

If you fancy an in-display fingerprint scanner at an affordable price, then Realme 9 is the phone to get. Powered by a Snapdragon 680, the phone is available with 6/8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The display here is an FHD+ 6.6-inch Super AMOLED panel with a peak brightness of 1000 nits. The screen has a 360Hz sampling rate and a 90Hz refresh rate.

Realme 9 Hands on Feel

A triple camera setup comprised of a 108MP primary, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro can be found on the rear. Whereas, the front packs a 16MP selfie snapper.

Similar to previous phones, it supports 33W fast charging on its in-built 5,000mAh battery. It is disappointing that the Realme 9 does not have stereo speakers as most Xiaomi phones in this range have had them for some years now. On the contrary, it boots on Android 12-based Realme UI 3.0 out of the box.

3. Redmi Note 11 Pro 4G

Based on our tests, we concluded that the 4G variant of the Redmi Note 11 Pro is a better bargain than the 5G version. For starters, Nepal is yet to implement 5G infrastructures and the gaming performance difference is negligible.

Moreover, while they share the same camera hardware, the 4G variant performed better in our camera tests.

In the center of everything is a 6.67” FHD+ AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate. The phone is IP53 rated and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on the front.

Redmi Note 11 Pro Design

Here, Xiaomi has included a 6nm Helio G96 processor instead of the Snapdragon 695 in its 5G counterpart. Both the variants come with Xiaomi’s LiquidCool technology and up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The rear quad camera setup here goes as 108MP ISOCELL HM2 primary sensor, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. Fueling the Redmi Note 11 Pro 4G is a 5,000mAh battery with support for 67W turbo-charging. The phone boots on Android 11-based MIUI 13.

4. Samsung Galaxy A33 5G

With Rs. 2,000 off on the Samsung Galaxy A33 from Hukut, the phone is now available for Rs. 39,999. In terms of display, the A33 features a  6.4″ Super AMOLED panel with support for a 90Hz refresh rate with an Infinity-U notch. Like the Redmi Note 10 Pro, it comes with Gorilla Glass 5 protection too.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G Design 2

The phone is powered by an octa-core processor with two Cortex-A78 (2.4GHz) performance cores and six Cortex A55 (2.0GHz) efficiency cores. It sports a 48MP quad camera setup with Optical Image Stabilization. The ultrawide camera has an 8MP sensor. You also get a 2MP depth and a 5MP macro camera.

It packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports charging speeds up to 25W. However, it does not ship with a charger. In terms of OS, it boots on Android 12 with Samsung’s OneUI 4.1 skin on top.

Also, check out our list of best phones under Rs. 40,000.

#4. Under Rs. 50,000

For around 50,000, you can get a premium midrange phone with cameras and performance on par with flagships from a year or two ago. While they won’t be as good as the current flagships, these phones leave little room for complaint.

1. Realme 9 Pro+

The Realme 9 Pro+ is the first “Pro+” phone in Realme’s number series and the cameras are unquestionably the highlight of this phone.

The triple rear camera array includes a Sony IMX766 sensor with OIS, an 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 2MP macro lens. Aside from cameras, the Realme 9 Pro+ has a solid design. The phone is quite thin and light.

Realme 9 Pro+ - Design 1

It has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel but with a refresh rate of 90Hz rather than the more appropriate 120Hz. In terms of performance, the phone is powered by a Dimensity 920 processor, which is similar to the Snapdragon 778G.

The 4,500mAh battery easily powers the device for an entire day and supports charging speeds of up to 60W.

2. Poco F3

The Poco F3 from last year is one of the most value-for-money phones available in Nepal. This is due to the flagship-grade Snapdragon 870 chipset it has jammed inside it.  Besides this, the phone brings 6 or 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and either 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

Mi 11X - Rear Cameras

Moving on to the display, the Poco F3 boasts a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The viewing experience is pleasant and paired with the processor, making for a solid gaming phone for SEE passed students of 2022.

When it comes to cameras, however, the story is quite different. Unlike the previous Realme 9 Pro+, which impressed us greatly, the Poco F3’s camera performance is only average.

You get a 48MP main camera and an 8MP ultrawide paired with a 5MP tele-macro sensor. But unfortunately, there is no OIS which is a missed opportunity on Poco’s part.

3. Samsung Galaxy A52s

Finally, tying off the list is arguably the best phone for under RS. 50,000. The Samsung Galaxy A52s is great in terms and photography and performs well no matter the subject.

It has a quad camera island on the back with 64MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, and 5MP depth sensors. The 32MP selfie camera is nestled in a hole punch cut out upfront.

The A52s offers IP67 dust/water protection which was unheard of in this price range. Besides, the build quality is as satisfactory as the pastel finish on this smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G - Design

As expected from a Samsung device, the display on the Galaxy A52s is magnificent as well. It has a 6.5″ Super AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate.

Performance on this device is handled by the Snapdragon 778G paired with up to 8GB of RAM. The storage here is 128GB no matter the RAM variant you pick.

Also, check out our list of best phones under Rs. 50,000.

So, there you have it guys. If you ever were confused about which phones to get after your SEE results. And congratulations to those who passed, by the way!