With cut-throat competition in the mid-range segment, no one will blame you if you have to think more than twice about all the available options. So, if you’re looking for the top smartphones under 40000 in Nepal, you are at luck. Considering the latest price and offers from the various brands, here’s our list of top midrange phones under Rs. 40000.
8Vivo S1 Pro
“Fashionable” and “trendy” is the route Vivo takes in most of its phones, be it a midrange or a flagship phone. The Vivo S1 Pro is another good-looking phone with a good camera setup, though it skimps on performance (as usual).
Like its predecessor – Vivo S1, the S1 Pro also comes with a beautiful Super AMOLED display. This also has the same speedy optical fingerprint sensor which we loved on the Vivo S1. While everything else about the display is great, the Vivo S1 Pro, funnily enough, doesn’t come with any sort of Gorilla Glass protection.
Getting to the cameras, you get a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultrawide sensor, a 2MP depth sensor, and finally a 2MP monochrome sensor at the back, inside a unique diamond-shaped cutout. The images, on the other hand, are inconsistent to put it gently. But the same cannot be said for the selfie cameras, as the 32MP front-facing camera is really good.
In terms of performance, it’s really not that great for the price tag the phone comes with but isn’t unbearably slow either. The Snapdragon 665 paired with 8GB of RAM is great for multitasking. Gaming in the low-mid settings is no problem either. However, a better chipset would’ve made all the difference.
Vivo S1 Pro Specifications:
- Display: 6.38-inch (2340 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ Super AMOLED
- Chipset: Snapdragon 665
- CPU: Octa-core (4 X 2GHz Kryo 260 + 4 X 1.8GHz Kryo 260)
- GPU: Adreno 610 GPU
- Memory: 8GB RAM with 128GB storage, expandable up to 256GB with MicroSD
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch OS 9.2
- SIM: Dual SIM
- Back Camera: 48MP primary sensor, f/1.78 aperture + 8MP 120° ultrawide sensor with f/2.2 aperture + 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture + 2MP monochrome sensor with f/2.4 aperture
- Front Camera: 32MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture
- Security: In-display fingerprint sensor
- Dimensions: 159.25 × 75.19 × 8.68 mm; Weight: 186.7g
- Connectivity: Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS, Type C-port, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio
- Battery: 4500mAh with fast charging
- Vivo S1 Pro Price in Nepal: Rs. 34,990 (8/128GB)
7Redmi Note 8 Pro
Having come in as a successor to the highly admirable Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Note 8 Pro had big shoes to fill into. And it did not disappoint at all. The device was launched at a very competitive price and its specs are something to reckon with. Thus, it comes in the fifth position in our ranking.
Design-wise it is considered as the best in the Redmi Note lineup. It is thicker than the Redmi Note 7 Pro, but believe me, you’ll get used to it. As for the camera, it has a quad-cam setup on the back. It includes a 64MP primary lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. Upfront it has a 20MP selfie shooter.
Display and camera aside, the most enticing feature of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is certainly its performance. Backed up by the MediTek Helio G90T chipset, the device is the perfect mid-range gaming smartphone. The chipset was launched as the first gaming chipset from MediaTek and to my surprise, it did not disappoint at all.
Obviously, if it’s labeled as a gaming smartphone, albeit a mid-tier one, its performance has got to match its billing. And it certainly does so. The most surprising part here was that there were no heating issues either. Furthermore, it is capable of multitasking pretty smoothly. Performance-wise this device is a beast.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Specifications:
- Display: 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen, Full HD+ (2340×1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection (front and back)
- Rear Camera: Quad camera – (64 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel PDAF) + (8 MP, f/2.2 (wide-angle) + (2 MP, f/2.4, macro lens) + (2MP, f/2.4, portrait lens)
- Front Camera: 20 MP, f/2.2
- CPU: Helio G90T (2 x 2.27GHz Cortex A76 + 6 x 1.7GHz Cortex A55)
- GPU: Mali G76
- RAM: 6GB, 8 GB
- Storage: 64 GB, 128GB; Expandable
- OS & UI: Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10 on top
- Sensors: Fingerprint, Gyro, accelerometer, proximity, compass
- Battery: 4500 mAh; USB Type-C port, 18W fast charging
- Redmi Note 8 Pro Price in Nepal: Rs. 32,999 (8/128GB)
Just when we thought OPPO had scrapped its ‘F’-lineup of phones for good, the company surprised us all with the release of the new OPPO F15. Flaunting a trendy design as usual, the phone features a stunning AMOLED display, a quad camera setup at the back, and an undeserving chipset.
Let’s briefly talk about the cameras first. All arranged vertically at the back, you get a total of 4 rear cameras. There’s a 48MP primary lens, accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP B/W monochrome sensor, and finally a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, the 16MP front-facing camera is placed inside a small waterdrop notch.
The display, on the other hand, is a 6.4-inches FHD+ AMOLED panel, that also has an optical in-display fingerprint sensor. OPPO claims the Fingerprint Scanner 3.0 can unlock the phone in just 0.32 seconds. And in our brief hands-on time with the device, the sensor felt quite fast!
In terms of performance, the OPPO F15 is powered by the Helio P70 chipset, which is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Power-wise, the phone gets its juice from the 4000mAh battery, which supports 20W VOOC 3.0 Fast Charging.
OPPO F15 Specifications:
- Display: 6.4″ AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2400 pixels)
- Rear Camera: Quad, 48 MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture & PDAF + 8 MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.3 aperture 2MP B/W sensor with f/2.4 aperture + 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
- Front Camera: 16MP with f/2.0 aperture
- Chipset: Helio P70
- Processor: Octa-core 12 nm MediaTek Helio P70
- GPU: Mali-G72
- RAM: 8 GB
- Storage: 128 GB onboard, expandable via microSD card slot (dedicated)
- Battery: 4000mAh, 20-W Fast Charging
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Colors: Lightening Black, Unicorn White
- OPPO F15 Price in Nepal: Rs. 39,990 (8/128GB)
5Samsung Galaxy A50s
Samsung Galaxy A50 was Samsung’s best-selling phone of 2019. The phone had packed amazing specifications, because of which, the phone was well received in the market. And the new Galaxy A50s is the refreshed version of the Galaxy A50 with some few and notable updates.
Just like Galaxy A50, the A50s also comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a U-shaped notch on the top. The resolution is also the same at Full-HD+. So you won’t notice any difference between the A50 and A50s. However, the fingerprint scanner, which comes beneath the display is slightly faster on the A50s.
As for the cameras, you get three snappers at the back: a wide-angle, an ultra-wide-angle, and a depth sensor. But unlike the A50, which had a 25MP main camera, Samsung has upgraded to a 48MP primary shooter on the A50s. So the images from the galaxy A50s look sharper, and also have richer color tones and better dynamic range. Wide-angle images look more or less the same. But there have been some improvements when it comes to portrait. Edge detection has got better and the images do not look overprocessed.
Even when it comes to selfies, the A50s does a better job. It tries to replicate true color tones in the images and the face doesn’t look smoothened like that on the A50.
On the performance front, there has been a slight upgrade as well. Although Samsung didn’t hesitate to make any improvements on the CPU and GPU front on the new Exynos 9611, though there surely have been improvements on the optics front. Samsung has also included an improved AI capability, which further improves the photography qualities.
Despite having noteworthy improvements on the CPU and GPU part, A50s can run high-end games like PUBG at high settings. So there is nothing to worry about that part. Plus the phone has an enduring battery life with a 15-watt fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy A50s Specifications:
- Display: 6.4-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ Infinity-U Super AMOLED display
- Chipset: Exynos 9611
- CPU: Octa-Core (Quad 2.3GHz + Quad 1.7GHz)
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
- RAM & Storage: 6GB RAM with
- Memory: 128GB internal storage, expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie) with One UI
- Back Camera: 48MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
- Front Camera: 32MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Battery: 4000mAh battery with 15W fast charging
- Samsung Galaxy A50s Price in Nepal: Rs. 33,599 (6/128GB)
4Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung hopped into the youth-centric smartphone market with its ridiculous yet extremely catchy #AWESOME marketing video, which I’m sure most of you have already seen by now. If not, you can watch it here. And one of the first phones under the new Galaxy A series to have launched in Nepal is the Galaxy A51.
The design of the phone is as trendy, as trendy can get. It has a very similar look to the company’s premium Galaxy S20 series of phones. Minimal bezels all around, a small punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera, and a new camera arrangement – suffice to say, the Galaxy A51 is one good-looking phone.
In terms of display, there’s a big 6.5-inches Super AMOLED panel with the Infinity-O cutout for the 32MP front camera. It also has an optical fingerprint scanner, which isn’t the fastest one we’ve used but gets the job done anyway. Samsung has been hesitant to make a chipset-upgrade this time too, as the Galaxy A51 comes with the same Exynos 9611 we saw on the Galaxy A50s. But what has improved (by a lot), are the cameras.
The phone has a 48MP primary shooter, a 5MP macro lens, a 12MP wide-angle lens, and finally a 5MP depth sensor. And in our early impressions of the device, the camera performance wowed us. Almost every single lens on the Galaxy A51 does a fine job of clicking visually stunning images. As a result, this is one of the best mid-range camera phones we’ve seen in a while.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Specifications:
- Body: 6.24 x 2.90 x 0.31 inches; 172 gm
- Display: 6.5-inches “Infinity-O” Super AMOLED panel
- Resolution: Full-HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels); 20:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: Exynos 9611; 10nm Mobile Platform
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 128GB (expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card)
- Software & UI: Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 on top
- Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
– 48 MP, f/2.0 primary shooter
– 5MP, f/2.4 macro lens
– 12MP, f/2.2 super wide-angle lens
– 5MP, f/2.2 depth sensor
– Single LED flash
- Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.2 aperture
- Security: Optical Fingerprint-Scanner
- Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack
- Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), MicroSD card, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Galileo/BDS, USB Type-C
- Battery: 4000 mAh with 15W Quick Charge
- Galaxy A51 Colors Available in Nepal: Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Blue
- Samsung Galaxy A51 Price in Nepal: Rs. 38,399 (6/128GB)
3Samsung Galaxy A70
With all the new smartphone releases, the price of the old ones get discounted. And that’s good news. One of those phones is the Samsung Galaxy A70, which was a terrific phone, and still is. With its big vibrant screen, great cameras, and a well-enough performance, the Galaxy A70 is still worth buying in this day and age.
Let’s talk about the display first. It has a tall 6.7-inches Super AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution in a kinda cinematic 20:9 aspect ratio. With that, watching videos and such is bliss on this device. It also comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner, though it’s optical, and not the high-end ultrasonic sensors like in Samsung’s flagship devices.
Moving on, the camera setup on this phone isn’t any bad either. You get a 32MP primary lens, a 5MP depth sensor, and an 8MP wide-angle lens. Here, the images produced have good close-to-natural colors, though the dynamic range isn’t that great. The images from the depth sensor and the wide-angle lens are good too. For selfies, there’s a 32MP sensor as well. Samsung Galaxy A70 also received an update for “Super Steady Video Stabilization”, which is another cool feature to have.
In terms of performance, the phone is powered by Snapdragon 675, which is a decent mid-range chipset. That is accompanied by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. You can play the most demanding of games in their low to mid settings without any problems, though the phone does heat up a little with excessive usage.
Samsung Galaxy A70 Specifications:
- Display: 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, FHD+ resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio
- Rear Camera: Triple cameras – 32 MP primary camera, f/1.7 + 5 MP depth sensor, f/2.2 + 8 MP wide-angle lens, LED flash
- Front Camera: 32 MP, f/2.0
- OS: Android v9.0 Pie
- CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz (Snapdragon 675)
- RAM: 6 GB DDR4
- Storage: 128 GB internal, expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Connectivity: Dual SIM (nano + nano), Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C
- Battery: 4,500mAh with 25W Fast Charging
- Samsung Galaxy A70 Price in Nepal: Rs. 40,799* (6/128GB) [available for Rs. 40,000 or less]
2Xiaomi Redmi K20
Despite being a mid-range device, the Redmi K20 flaunts a flagship-level design. You get a glass-metal sandwiched design, which already sounds premium as most of the midrange phones at this price comes with a plastic back. It also feels premium on the hands. On the top, you get Gorilla Glass 5 protection. So the phone can survive a few accidental drops.
The phone is powered by Snapdragon 730 chipset, which is still one of the fastest midrange chipsets in Qualcomm’s lineup. Aided with a 6GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, you can not just play graphics-enriched games in high settings but can also multitask between a number of apps pretty smoothly.
As far as the cameras are concerned, there is a cluster of three cameras on the back. The primary camera uses a 48MP Sony IMX 582 sensor. Additionally, there is a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. The inclusion of a telephoto lens has made the K20 versatile than its competitors.
Talking about the image quality, the images from the primary cameras looks sharp with a sufficient amount of details. However, they tend to look oversaturated at times. The telephoto shooter is also an amazing performer when it comes to details but sometimes images contain quite a lot of noise, though the ultra-wide-angle images are impressive.
As for the selfies, you get a 20MP pop-up front shooter that captures amazing selfies. But the motorized modules is rather slower than the competitors. It also retracts slowly. So if the smartphone falls while taking selfies, there are high chances that you will damage the motorized module.
Fueling the phone is a 4000mAh battery with 18-watt fast charging support. On normal use, it easily lasts one full day.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 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 730
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 618
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 128GB; 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 18-watt fast charging support
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C, USB OTG support
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under-display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Xiaomi Redmi K20 Price in Nepal: Rs. 39,999 (6/128GB)
Upfront it has a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch. And as with smartphones with AMOLED display, it too has an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The display is well and truly built for a great viewing experience. Peak brightness level here is 418nits. Now, I know that’s not that great, but indoors the display is as good as it gets.
Camera-wise, it has a quad-cam setup on the back. The primary lens is a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor. The rest of the camera array is completed by an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. And a 32MP selfie shooter is housed inside the waterdrop notch.
Moreover, under the hood, it has one of the best mid-range chipsets out there. It uses Snapdragon 730G as opposed to K20 Pro’s Snapdragon 730. Thus, it is more powerful. It is powered by a huge 4000mAh battery. Furthermore, the Realme X2 supports 30W fast charging and it also features an NFC chip.
Realme X2 Specifications:
- Display: 6.4″ Super AMOLED display resolution 1080 x 2340pixels
- Rear Camera: Quad, 64 MP primary lens with f/1.7 aperture + 8 MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.3 aperture + 2 MP dedicated macro with f/2.4 aperture + 2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
- Front Camera: 32 MP with f/2.0 aperture
- CPU: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
- GPU: Adreno 618
- RAM: 6/8GB
- Storage: 64/128GB
- Battery: 4000 mAh, 30W Fast Charging
- Sensors: Fingerprint (in-display), accelerometer, gyro, compass, proximity
- Realme X2 Price in Nepal: Rs. 35,990 (8/128GB)
Summary list of best smartphones under Rs. 40,000 in Nepal (April 2020)
|S. No.||Best smartphones under 40,000 in Nepal||Price|
|1||Realme X2 (8/128GB)||Rs. 35,990|
|2||Xiaomi Redmi K20 (6/128GB)||Rs. 39,999|
|3||Samsung Galaxy A70 (6/128GB)||Rs. 40,799*|
|4||Samsung Galaxy A51 (6/128GB)||Rs. 38,399|
|5||Samsung Galaxy A50s (6/128GB)||Rs. 33,599|
|6||OPPO F15 (8/128GB)||Rs. 39,990|
|7||Redmi Note 8 Pro (8/128GB)||Rs. 32,999|
|8||Vivo S1 Pro (8/128GB)||Rs. 34,990|
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