Everyone just can’t afford to buy the latest Flagship gadget or they simply don’t want to invest a lot on them. However,in 2014, we have seen the rise of “value for money “products and at Rs.40,000, you get a whole lot of choices and some of them comes with high end specs too. In this article, we are going to narrow down your research by giving you our top 5 Android Smartphones that are priced below 40,000. (P.S We are not going to recommend an iPhone since you don’t get a brand new iPhone 5/5s/6 at this price segment and we also don’t recommend a Windows Phone)
1.Sony Xperia Z1
Priced at exactly Rs.40,000, Xperia Z1 is a water proof phone and features some great specs. It is powered by a Quad-core 2.2 GHz QualComm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB RAM. The device has 16 GB internal storage + microSD (up to 64 GB) and a 5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen (1080 x 1920 , 441 ppi) display. It has a 20.7MP rear camera and supports Wifi, NFC, GPS, 3G and 4G LTE. It packs in a Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery at 8.5mm device thickness and weight 170g, running on Android OS, v4.4 (Kitkat).
-sports a TFT screen. Not a IPS screen
It’s been like 2 years since the announcement of the Samsung galaxy S4, but it is a still a powerful phone especially when its priced at Rs.36,000 here in Nepal. Talking about the specs, We love the SUPER AMOLED full HD screen of GS4. It has a Octa Core processor-1.6GHz quad-core plus 1.2GHz quad-core. TBH, we prefer the Snapdragon SoC rather than Samsung’s in-house Exynos SoC. It also has a 2GB of RAM,13MP camera and 2MP front camera. All of this is powered by 2600mAh battery. Unlike Xperia Z1, it is not water proof and houses a cheap plastic body.
-Vivid and over saturated Screen
-Samsung’s UI is laggy
-Thin, plastic casing
3. Nexus 5
The LG Nexus 5 features a 1080p 5-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera with OIS, 2GB of RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. All of that combines to make the Nexus 5 on of the top pick for smartphones. Since it is a Google phone manufactured by LG, we get timely updates, for eg. it runs Android Lollipop 5.0.2 as of now. It is priced at Rs.38,000 for the 16GB version.
-No expandable memory
-Mediocre Battery Life (houses only 2300mAh battery)
4. Huawei Honor 6
We have been emphasizing on “Value For money” products and Honor 6 provides you that. With 5-inch Full HD screen manufactured by JDI, Huawei’s own Kirin Octa core processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera and 5 MP on the back with 3000mAh battery, Honor 6 is truely a class Glass. It is available in Nepal for Rs.38,000.
-3GB of RAM
-Runs Emotion UI and no guaranteed update to Lollipop
-13MP rear camera is not flagship quaility
5. HTC desire 820
HTC, as a company, is always known for their flagship highend phones-HTC one M8 most precisely. The midrange products from HTC are always over-rated but in the end of 2014, HTC announced HTC desire 820 which has some respectable specs and good design and build quality.
Priced at Rs.39,000, The device boasts a 5.5-inch display with a HD (1280 x 720) screen. In the performance department, we see the latest 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset with a 2GB of RAM. The 13MP primary camera is also decent and the 8MP front shooter is a must-have for selfie lovers. It packs a 2600 mAh battery and runs Android Kitkat 4.4 with HTC’s Sense 6 UI.