Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 40,000 in Nepal [Updated]

Best Phones Under NPR 40000 in Nepal December 2020 Update 40K smartphones
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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 best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal, you are in luck. This list is actually almost identical to our recently updated list of best midrange phones in Nepal (30K-40K). Therefore, I’ll be keeping things super simple here. Let’s go.

11. Vivo S1 Pro

Vivo S1 Pro Fancy Sky

Kicking off our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal is the Vivo S1 Pro. 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.

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Average performance

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:

  • Body: 6.27 x 2.96 x 0.34 inches, 186.7 gm
  • Display: 6.38-inches Super AMOLED panel, 404PPI
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (11nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 610
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 128GB storage (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: Funtouch OS 9.2 on top of Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 48MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture
    – 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0 lens
  • Security: Under-display (optical)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 18W fast charging
  • Colors: Knight Black, Fancy Sky
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 36,790 (8/128GB)
  • Watch our review of Vivo S1 Pro

10. OPPO F15

Oppo F15 Unicorn White

Just when we thought OPPO had scrapped its ‘F’-lineups 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.

Fast fingerprint scanner

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:

  • Body: 6.31 x 2.89 x 0.31 inches, 172 gm
  • Display: 6.4-inches AMOLED panel, 408PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P70 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: ColorOS 6.1 on top of Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 48MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP 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
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.0 lens
  • Security: Under-display (optical)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 4025mAh with 20W VOOC Flash Charge
  • Colors: Lightening Black, Unicorn White
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 39,990 (8/128GB)
  • Watch our review of the Oppo F15

9. OPPO F17

OPPO F17 Dynamic Orange

The ninth entry in our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal goes to the new OPPO F17. While its Pro sibling has been stealing all the limelight, people might not be fully aware of the OPPO F17. That’s no coincidence either. The company itself seems to have poured all its marketing budget on the F17 Pro instead of some on OPPO F17 as well.

Here, the phone comes with a 6.44-inches Super AMOLED panel that has the standard 60Hz refresh rate. But, OPPO has swapped the punch-hole cutout on the Pro with a traditional tear-drop notch on the F17 for its 16MP front-facing camera. Talking about the camera, it has a quad-lens setup as well, consisting of a 16MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 2MP monochrome camera, and finally a 2MP depth sensor.

Not-so-great performance

In terms of performance, OPPO F17 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, which is complemented by 4/6/8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. Just like the Pro, it has a 4015mAh battery as well, with support for 30W VOOC 4.0 fast charging.

OPPO F17 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.29 x 2.87 x 0.30 inches, 163 gm
  • Display: 6.44-inches Super AMOLED panel, 409PPI
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 (11nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 610
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB storage (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: ColorOS 7.2 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 16MP primary lens with f/2.2 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture
    – 2MP B/W sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.0 lens
  • Security: Under-display (optical)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 4015mAh with 30W VOOC 4.0 Flash Charge
  • Colors: Navy Blue, Classic Silver, Dynamic Orange
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 33,990 (6/128GB)

8. Vivo V20 SE

Vivo V20 SE Oxygen Blue

Next up, we have the Vivo V20 SE. Recently launched in Nepal, the phone could’ve most definitely seen better pricing when compared to the Indian market. But still, if you’re looking for one of the best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal which has great design, impressive cameras, and a good display, the Vivo V20 SE is a decent contender.

Starting with the display, the phone has a 6.44-inches FHD+ AMOLED panel and a teardrop notch for the front camera, just like the Vivo V20. With minimal bezels all around, the phone manages an impressive 90.12% screen-to-body ratio. The phone’s color options might also be alluring to many as the V20 SE is available in quite good-looking Oxygen Blue and Gravity Black variants.

Triple cameras

The phone comes with a triple-camera setup like V20 as well. You get a 48MP primary lens, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you have a 32MP selfie shooter. Powering the device is the Snapdragon 665, which we all know, isn’t ideal considering the price, but gets the usual job done just fine. With 8GB of RAM on board, it should easily handle non-demanding tasks. There’s a decent 4100mAh battery with 33W fast charging support too.

Vivo V20 SE Specifications:

  • Body: 6.34 x 2.92 x 0.31 inches, 171 gm
  • Display: 6.44-inches AMOLED panel, 409PPI
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (11nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 610
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 128GB (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: Funtouch OS 11 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Triple-camera;
    – 48MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0 lens
  • Security: Under-display (optical)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 4100mAh with 33W FlashCharge
  • Colors: Gravity Black, Oxygen Blue
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 39,999 (8/128GB)

7. Samsung Galaxy A51

Samsung Galaxy A51 Prism Crush Blue

Samsung hopped into the youth-centric smartphone market in 2020 with the launch of the Galaxy A51. And this phone has managed to grab the seventh spot in our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal. 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” 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.

Excellent 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 review 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 top 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 Super AMOLED panel, 405PPI, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Resolution: FHD+ (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: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.0 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: One UI 2.5 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 48MP primary lens with f/2.0 aperture & PDAF
    – 12MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, 123º FOV
    – 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture
    – 5MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.2 lens
  • Security: Under-display (optical)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, ANT+
  • Battery: 4000mAh with 15W fast charging
  • Colors: Prism Crush Black, White, Blue, Pink
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 39,999 (6/128GB)
  • Watch our review of Galaxy A51

6. Samsung Galaxy M31

Samsung Galaxy M31 Ocean Blue

Moving on, the Samsung Galaxy M31 takes the 6th spot in our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal. One can say that this is a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy A51 above. But in the process, it does sacrifice a sleeker design, a trendy punch-hole cutout, a slim build quality, and great cameras. Instead, you get a big battery, similar performance, and slightly worse cameras.

Galaxy M31 comes with a 6.4-inches FHD+ Super AMOLED panel with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. Samsung has gone with a teardrop notch for the 32MP front-facing camera. Similarly, it has a quad-camera arrangement at the back in an L-shaped module. There’s a 64MP primary shooter, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and two 5MP sensors for depth and macro shots. All things considered, M31’s cameras are quite amazing for the price.

Massive battery

In terms of performance, the M31 is powered by the same Exynos 9611 as the A51. It is overused and under-powerful silicon from Samsung which has been a subject of criticism by many. Still, it gets the regular lightweight tasks with a breeze, so unless you’re planning to play demanding games, the 9611 do you just fine. The phone has a massive 6000mAh battery which should easily last you a day or even two.

Samsung Galaxy M31 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.27 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches, 191 gm
  • Display: 6.4-inches Super AMOLED panel, 403PPI, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels), 19.5:9 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: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: One UI 2.5 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, 123º FOV
    – 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture
    – 5MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0 lens
  • Security: Physical fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 6000mAh with 15W fast charging
  • Colors: Ocean Blue, Space Black, Red
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 34,999 (8/128GB)
  • Watch our review of Galaxy M31

5. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Glacier White

Likewise, the fifth spot in our list of best phones for NPR 40000 in Nepal is the widely beloved Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. Launched for a competitive price in the country, the phone is quite popular among the young audience. It has a trendy punch-hole cutout design compared to its predecessor, and a new camera module. While the phone is similar to the regular Note 9 Pro, it brings a slightly better camera and fast charging.

Here, the Note 9 Pro Max has a 6.67-inches IPS LCD panel and therefore is the first entry in this list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal to skip an AMOLED display. Still, it’s good-looking although it definitely doesn’t compare to the competition. Anyway, with the minimal punch-hole cutout, it offers an immersive viewing experience. The cutout also houses its 32MP selfie camera (while the Note 9 Pro comes with a 16MP lens instead).

Great performance

Similarly, the Pro Max get s a 64MP main shooter followed by an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Admittedly, its cameras aren’t that great compared to other entries in this list but should get the job done for casual photographers anyway. Performance is where the phone aces though. It comes with the Snapdragon 720G, which is paired with up to 8GB of RAM. In terms of battery, the Note 9 Pro Max has a 5020mAh cell and gets 33W fast charging.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Specifications:

  • Body: 6.52 x 3.02 x 0.35 inches, 209 gm
  • Display: 6.67-inches IPS LCD, 395PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver
  • GPU: Adreno 618
  • RAM: 6/8GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 12 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64MP primary lens with f/1.9 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, 119º FOV
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – 5MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture, 2cm
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor
  • Security: Physical fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS / NavIC, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 5020mAh with 33W fast charging
  • Colors: Glacier White, Aurora Blue, Interstellar Black
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 34,999 (8/128GB)

4. Realme 7

Realme 7 Mist Blue

Moving on, the fourth entry in our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal goes to the new Realme 7. It is the successor to last year’s Realme 6 and brings a few upgrades while sticking to the formula that worked with its predecessor. And although it launched quite a while back in the neighboring country, as usual, Realme Nepal was quite slow to launch it here. Furthermore, it doesn’t help that the phone is a little overpriced here either.

Moreover, with its pricing, Realme 7 goes head against the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. And although the latter does have its advantages over the Realme 7 (like Gorilla Glass 5, battery-efficient processor, and such), if you have around 40K to spend on a phone, we believe the Realme 7 offers a comparatively better overall value. Just like the Note 9 Pro Max, it has an IPS LCD panel as well. But, the Realme 7 is the only phone on this list yet to boast a high refresh rate display.

A gaming combo

Likewise, it is powered by MediaTek Helio G95 (the successor to G90T), which is a gaming-focused processor. So, although it may not be as battery friendly as the 720G, you will be getting more raw power with the G95. With this combo of gaming silicon and 90Hz, the Realme 7 is a perfect choice for gaming enthusiasts. The cameras on this phone aren’t that bad either. It has a 64MP quad-camera setup and a 16MP selfie shooter. The phone gets its juice from a big 5000mAh battery which charges quite fast thanks to 30W charging.

Realme 7 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.39 x 2.97 x 0.37 inches, 196.5 gm
  • Display: 6.5-inches IPS LCD, 405PPI, Gorilla Glass 3, 90Hz refresh rate, 120Hz touch sampling rate
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G95 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MC4
  • RAM: 6/8GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: Realme UI on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64MP Sony IMX682 with f/1.8 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.3 aperture, 119º FOV
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.1 sensor
  • Security: Physical fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 30W fast charging
  • Colors: Mist Blue, Mist White
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 35,990 (8/128GB)
  • Watch our review of Realme 7

3. OnePlus Nord N10 5G

OnePlus Nord N10 5G - Midnight Ice

Heading to the top-three position in our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal, we have the new OnePlus Nord N10 5G. The company recently ventured into the non-flagship territory with the launch of OnePlus Nord, which was then followed by Nord N10 5G and Nord N100. Here, the N10 5G is the cheapest 5G phone in Nepal but that title means squat for now since we don’t have a viable 5G network now.

With its integrated X51 5G modem, Nord N10 5G is the only 5G-capable phone on this list as well. While many people seem to have dismissed this silicon, based on its 600-series heritage, you should know that the 690 5G is on-par with the Snapdragon 730G and even 732G. Compared to these two with CA-76, it comes with newer Cortex-A77 cores but with a slightly slower clock speed. Anyway, this 8nm SoC has been paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. You can also expand the storage using a micro SD card. Now, that feels like such a fresh update on an OnePlus phone.

Unwarranted betrayal

Moving on, the phone has a 6.49-inches IPS LCD panel with a 90Hz refresh rate which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. It runs on OxygenOS 10.5 (based on Android 10) out-of-the-box. However, with Android Authority confirming that the Nord N10 5G will only get a single system upgrade to Android 11, it feels like OnePlus has actively betrayed its fanbase. Other specs of the phone include a quad-camera setup with a 64MP primary lens, a 4300mAh battery with Warp Charge 30T, etc.

OnePlus Nord N10 5G Specifications:

  • Body: 6.42 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches, 190 gm
  • Display: 6.49-inches IPS LCD, 405PPI, Gorilla Glass 3, 90Hz refresh rate
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G (8nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 560 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 560 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 619L
  • RAM: 6GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: OxygenOS 10.5 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64MP f/1.79 primary lens with EIS
    – 8MP f/2.25 ultra-wide-angle lens, 119º FOV
    – 2MP monochrome sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 16MP f/2.05 sensor with EIS
  • Security: Physical fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, dual stereo speakers
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Electronic Compass, Ambient Light, SAR
  • Battery: 4300mAh with Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A)
  • Colors: Midnight Ice
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 39,490 (6/128GB)

2. POCO X3 NFC

POCO X3 NFC - Cobalt Blue

POCO’s official entry in the Nepalese market has been met with lots of praise ever since it first launched the POCO C3 and M2. However, more people were hoping for the launch of the POCO X3which finally became a reality. The company launched the global version of the device which features NFC connectivity, a smaller 5160mAh battery (compared to the 6000mAh cell in the Indian variant). And without any doubt, the POCO X3 NFC is the best phone for its price in Nepal. But because of a few factors, it lies on the second spot in our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal.

Starting things off, it is directed towards the young’uns who are looking for a stellar gaming smartphone without spending too much. POCO X3 NFC elegantly ticks the most boxes in that regard. It features a big 6.67-inches FHD+ IPS LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. While the smoother refresh rate is a boon in itself, POCO took things a step further by implementing a variable refresh rate feature called “DynamicSwitch”. Basically, it dynamically switches between the screen’s refresh rate based on the ongoing activity.

Snapdragon 732G

The display comes with a minimal punch-hole cutout to house the 20MP camera as well. And while the front is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, POCO decided to strip-off such protection on the rear panel—which was actually there on its predecessor. Anyway, powering the phone is the latest Snapdragon 732G. This features marginally overclocked CA-76 cores compared to the regular 730G and that’s about it. In real life usage, one can hardly notice the performance bump.

SD732G has been complemented by 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of expandable internal storage. Likewise, you get a decent camera setup with the phone as well. It consists of a 64MP primary Sony IMX682 sensor, followed by a 13MP ultrawide lens, and two 2MP macro and depth sensors. Other perks of POCO X3 NFC include IP53 dust/water resistance, dual stereo speakers, and 33W fast charging.

POCO X3 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.51 x 3.02 x 0.37 inches, 215 gm, IP53 dust/water resistance
  • Display: 6.67-inches IPS LCD panel, 395PPI, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G (8nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 618
  • RAM: 6GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 12 for Poco on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64MP f/1.89 Sony IMX682 primary sensor
    – 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens
    – 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
    – 2MP f/2.4 macro lens
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 20MP f/2.2 sensor (punch-hole)
  • Security: Physical fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, dual stereo speakers
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, USB Type-C, NFC, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Ambient Light, Electronic Compass, Linear Motor, IR Blaster
  • Battery: 5160mAh with 33W fast charging
  • Colors: Shadow Gray, Cobalt Blue
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 31,999 (6/128GB)
  • Watch our review of POCO X3 (Indian variant)

1. Samsung Galaxy M51

Samsung Galaxy M51 - Celestial Black

Finally, the number one spot in our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal goes to the recently launched Samsung Galaxy M51. Unless you are exclusively looking for a gaming phone under 40K, we believe that the Galaxy M51 provides a better user experience. The first staple of a solid smartphonea good-looking display has always been a priority in Samsung devices and this one’s no exception either. While most other top entries in our list sacrifice a vibrant AMOLED panel with an IPS LCD one (with a high refresh rate), most people would still prefer the former.

On the topic of the display, it has a minimal punch-hole cutout for the 32MP selfie shooter. And not just that, the Galaxy M51 comes with great cameras at the back as well. Featuring a 64MP primary lens, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and two 5MP depth and macro sensors, the phone offers great photography and videography possibilities too. But more importantly, Samsung has finally bumped the performance level on its mid-range Galaxy M series too.

Snapdragon 730G

Honestly, the over-use of the company’s in-house Exynos 9611 SoC should’ve ended a long time ago. Here, the Galaxy M51 is powered by a competent Snapdragon 730G silicon, so you will get great performance off the phone as well. You can opt between 6 or 8GB of RAM but the latter exceeds the 40K price limit. On the storage front, it has a single 128GB option that you can expand using a micro SD card.

But the biggest talking point of the Galaxy M51 is most definitely its mammoth 7000mAh battery. Despite this, Samsung has somehow managed to design the phone to be slightly slimmer and lighter than the POCO X3 NFC. However, it doesn’t have an IP rating like the competition. The 7000mAh battery supports 25W fast charging. Other features of the phone include reverse charging, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, etc.

Samsung Galaxy M51 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.45 x 3.00 x 0.37 inches, 213 gm
  • Display: 6.7-inches Super AMOLED Plus, 393PPI, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (8nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 618
  • RAM: 6/8GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 128GB internal storage (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: One UI 2.1 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture & PDAF
    – 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, 123º FOV
    – 5MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – 5MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0 lens (punch-hole)
  • Security: Physical fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker, Dolby Atmos
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light sensor
  • Battery: 7000mAh with 25W fast charging (USB-C to USB-C)
  • Color options: Celestial Black, Electric Blue
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 39,999 (6/128GB)
  • Watch our unboxing video of Samsung Galaxy M51

Summary list of best mobile phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal

S. No. Best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal Price
1 Samsung Galaxy M51 (6/128GB) Rs. 39,999
2 POCO X3 NFC (6/128GB) Rs. 31,999
3 OnePlus Nord N10 5G (6/128GB) Rs. 39,490
4 Realme 7 (8/128GB) Rs. 35,990
5 Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8/128GB) Rs. 34,999
6 Samsung Galaxy M31 (8/128GB) Rs. 34,999
7 Samsung Galaxy A51 (6/128GB) Rs. 39,999
8 Vivo V20 SE (8/128GB) Rs. 39,999
9 OPPO F17 (6/128GB) Rs. 33,990
10 OPPO F15 (8/128GB) Rs. 39,990
11 Vivo S1 Pro (8/128GB) Rs. 36,790

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