Which smartphone should you get after SEE? [Updated 2020]

Smartphones for SEE students 2020

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 a new smartphone. 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 best smartphones for SEE passed students.

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. 10,000  and goes all the way up to Rs. 30,000. We believe that Rs. 30,000 budget is more than enough and we do not encourage parents to expend more than that for a smartphone.

Best Smartphones For SEE Appeared Students (Summary)

Under Rs. 10,000

Smartphone Model Price in Nepal
Redmi Go Rs. 7,999 (1/16GB)
Samsung Galaxy A2 Core Rs. 8,499 (1/16GB)

Under Rs. 15,000

Smartphone Model Price in Nepal
Infinix Hot 9 Play Rs. 14,990 (4/64GB)
Redmi 8A Dual Rs. 13,499 (2/32GB)
Realme C11 Rs. 14,990 (2+32GB)

Under Rs. 20,000

Smartphone Model Price in Nepal
Redmi 8 Rs. 16,499 (4+64GB)
Realme C3 Rs. 16,990 (3/32GB)
Redmi 9 Rs. 17,999 (4/64GB)

Under Rs. 25,000

Smartphone Model Price in Nepal
Redmi Note 9 Rs. 20,999 (4/64GB)
Infinix Note 7 Rs. 21,990 (4/128GB)
Samsung Galaxy M21 Rs. 22,999 (4/64GB)

Under Rs. 30,000

Smartphone Model Price in Nepal
Redmi Note 9 Pro Rs. 29,990 (6/128GB)
Samsung Galaxy M31 Rs. 30,999* (6/128GB)
Realme 6 Rs. 32,990* (8/128GB)

#1. Under Rs. 10000

If your budget is under Rs. 10,000, don’t expect to get anything fancy. Smartphones in this price segment feature under-powered hardware and run low on memory. So, most of the manufacturers ship them with Android Go for a smoother experience.

Xiaomi Redmi Go

Xiaomi has made a name for itself by offering feature-packed smartphones at affordable rates. Redmi Go is the company’s cheapest smartphone in Nepal. It features a 5.0-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The device is powered by Snapdragon 425. It is paired with Adreno 308. It is available in two memory configurations – 1+8GB and 1+16GB. The device ships with Go Edition of Android Oreo. The rear camera uses an 8MP sensor while the front camera has a 5MP sensor. The device is powered by a 3,000mAh battery.

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Redmi Go Specifications:

  • Display: 5.0-inch (1280 × 720 pixels) HD LCD panel; 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (28nm)
  • CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 308
  • Memory: 1GB RAM; 8/16GB storage (expandable)
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition)
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM + microSD card)
  • Back Camera: 8MP f/2.0 lens
  • Front Camera:5MP f/2.2 selfie camera
  • Security: Face unlock
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/BDS, micro USB, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Battery: 3,000mAh cell
  • Price:  Rs. 7,499 (1/8GB) | Rs. 7,999 (1/16GB)

Samsung Galaxy A2 Core

Samsung Galaxy A2 Core sports a 5.0-inch HD LCD screen. The highlight of the device is the Exynos 7870 chipset, which we believe is a powerful option in this price range. It is paired with Mali-T830 GPU. The device comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The latter can be expanded using a microSD card. On the software front, the device runs on Android Oreo Go Edition. There is a 5MP camera both on the rear and front of the device. The device packs in a 2,600mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy A2 Core Specifications:

  • Display: 5.0-inch (960 × 540 pixels) HD LCD panel; 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Exynos 7870 (14nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-T830 MP1
  • Memory: 1GB RAM; 8/16GB storage (expandable)
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition)
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Back Camera: 5MP f/1.9 lens
  • Front Camera: 5MP f/2.2 selfie camera
  • Security: Face unlock
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/BDS, micro USB, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Battery: 2,600mAh cell
  • Price: Rs. 8,499 (1/16GB)

Also, check out our list of best phones under Rs. 10,000.

#2. Under Rs. 15,000

There are a lot more options in this price segment. This market segment is dominated by Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi and Realme. These brands offer the best value for money under Rs. 15,000.

Infinix Hot 9 Play

Infinix Hot 9 Play

Infinix is a new name in the Nepalese market. The company debuted in Nepal with Infinix Hot 9 Play. It features a 6.82-inch IPS display with an HD+ resolution. The device stands out in the crowd because of the punch-hole display and gem cut design. It is available in two variants. The quad-core Helio A22 variant comes in 2+32GB memory configuration and is priced lower. The octa-core Helio A25 variant comes with 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB of internal storage. We recommend you to get the latter as its much faster.

On the back, the device flaunts a 13MP primary camera that is accompanied by a triple LED flash. The 8MP camera on the front also features a flash. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi ac support and Bluetooth 5.0. The device relies on a massive 6,000mAh battery for power.

Infinix Hot 9 Play Specifications:

  • Design: Plastic build with a gem-cut finish
  • Display: 6.82″ notched TFT IPS screen
  • Resolution: HD+ (1640 x 720 pixels)
  • Rear Camera: Dual-camera;
    – 13MP primary lens
    – QVGA Super low light sensor
    – Triple LED flash
  • Front Camera: 8MP with front flash
  • Chipset:MediaTek Helio A22 (2/32GB) / A25 (4/64GB)
  • GPU:PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB (expandable)
  • Battery: 6,000mAh battery
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), g-sensor, proximity, e-compass
  • Connectivity: WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0
  • OS: Android 10 Go Edition
  • Price:  Rs. 14,990 (4/64GB)

Realme C11

realme c11 display back

Realme C11 is the latest budget device from the Chinese manufacturer. The dual-tone rear panel has a textured surface. It features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels. C11 is powered by the Helio G35, which is part of MediaTek’s lineup gaming-centric budget chipsets. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. On the back, there is a 13MP primary camera paired with a 2MP sensor. On the front, there is a 5MP camera. The C11 has a 5,000mAh battery that supports 10W charging via micro USB port.

Realme C11 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inch IPS LCD; HD+ (1600 × 720 pixels); 20:9
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G35
  • CPU: Octa-Core (8 X 2.3GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU:Imagination PowerVR GE8320
  • Memory:2GB LPDDR4x RAM; 32GB Storage (expandable)
  • OS: Android 10 with Realme UI on top
  • Rear Camera:13MP rear camera, 2MP depth sensor with LED flash
  • Front Camera:5MP front-facing camera
  • Battery:5000mAh; 10W wired charging (micro USB 2.0)
  • Price: Rs. 14990

Redmi 8, 8A Dual

The two devices offer an almost similar set of specs. However, the Redmi 8 feels more premium because of its glass back. Redmi 8A Dual, on the other hand, comes with a textured design and P2i coating. Both feature a 6.22-inch HD display that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass5. The devices are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC and are available in different memory configurations.

On the back, Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A Dual feature 12MP and 13MP primary camera, respectively. However, both feature a 2MP depth sensor. The camera on the front uses an 8MP sensor. The devices are backed by a 5,00mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.

Redmi 8, 8A Dual Specifications:

  • Display: 6.22-inch (1520 × 720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 439
  • CPU: Octa-Core (4 X 1.95GHz Cortex A53 + 4X 1.45GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU: Adreno 505 GPU
  • RAM: 2/3/4GB RAM with 32/64GB storage, expandable up to 512GB with microSD (dedicated)
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 11
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • Rear Camera: Dual;
    – 12MP / 13MP primary camera
    – 2MP depth camera
  • Front Camera:8MP
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (on Redmi 8)
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 18W fast charging (10W charger inside the box)
  • Redmi 8 Price: Rs. 16,499 (4/64GB)
  • Redmi 8A Dual Price: Rs. 13,499  (2/32GB)

Also, check out our list of best phones under Rs. 15,000.

#3. Under Rs. 20,000

Redmi 9

Redmi 9 reigns as the undisputed king in the sub 20,000 segment; and therefore is one of our picks for the best smartphones for SEE passed students. It features a 6.53-inch FHD IPS LCD panel. The chin is smaller compared to its predecessor. The device is powered by Helio G80 chipset. On the memory front, the device comes with 3/4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage.

The device flaunts a quad-camera setup on the back. The 13 primary lens is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide lens. The rest of the setup includes a 5MP macro sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. The device features a 5,020mAh battery. Although it supports 18W fast charging, only 10W charging is included in the box.

Redmi 9 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.53-inch FHD+, 19:9, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G80, 12nm FinFET
  • CPU: Octa-core ( 2 x 2.0GHz ARM Cortex-A75 cores+ 6 x 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A55 core)
  • GPU: Mali-G52 MC2, 950 MHz
  • RAM: 3GB / 4GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 32GB / 64GB eMMC 5.1 (dedicated microSD card slot)
  • Rear Camera: Quad;
    – 13MP primary camera, FOV 75.2-degree, f/2.2, AF
    – 8MP ultra-wide lens, FOV 118-degree, f/2.2, FF
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4
    – 5MP macro lens (4cm) with f/2.4
  • Front camera: 8MP, FOV 77.8-degree, f/2.0
  • SIM: Dual SIM
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (rear,-mounted), Face unlock
  • Sensors: Vibration, Distance sensor, Ambient Light, Accelerometer, e-compass, IR blaster
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC (limited availability), GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou
  • Battery: 5020mAh with 18W fast charging
  • Price: Rs. 17,999 (4/64GB)

Realme C3

The highlight of the phone is the Helio G70 chipset, which does excellent job given the price tag. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It ships with Relame UI 1.0 on top of Android 10.

The device features a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD panel. The teardrop notch houses the 5MP selfie camera. The rear camera setup includes a 12MP primary lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor arranged vertically. The device gets its juice from 5,000mAh battery that supports 10W charging via MicroUSB port. It also supports reverse charging.

Realme C3 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inches “Mini-drop” IPS LCD panel
  • Resolution:HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels); 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G70; 12nm Mobile Platform
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali G52 (@820MHz)
  • RAM: 3 / 4GB LPDDR4X
  • Storage: 32 / 64GB eMMC 5.1 (expandable up to 256 via a microSD card)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 with Realme UI 1.0 on top
  • Rear Camera: Dual-camera;
    – 12 MP, f/1.8 primary shooter
    – 2MP depth sensor
    – 2MP macro lens
    – Single LED flash
  • Front Camera: 5MP, f/2.4 aperture
  • Security: Face-unlock, Fingerprint sensor
  • Audio: 5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Dual Nano-SIM + MicroSD card, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/BDS, MicroUSB 2.0
  • Battery: 5000 mAh with 10W charging; 5V/2A; reverse charging
  • Colors: Frozen Blue, Blazing Red
  • Price:  Rs. 16,990 (3/32GB)

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

#4. Under Rs. 25,000

For budget under Rs. 25,000, we recommend you to get Samsung Galaxy M21 for a better all-round experience. However, the recently launched Infinix Note 7 is a decent choice as it comes with Helio G70 and 128GB storage under Rs. 25,000.

Infinix Note 7

Infinix Note 7 Pro is the latest release by Infinix Nepal. It is powered by Helio G70, which we saw earlier in the Realme C3. It comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Though it is advertised as having a quad-camera setup, there is no ultra-wide sensor. The camera setup includes a 48MP primary lens, a 2MP macro lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a low light camera. There is a quad-LED flash as well.

The device has a 6.95-inch IPS LCD display with an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1640 pixels. On the back, it showcases a gem-cut design. The device is backed by a 5,000mAh battery that supports fast-charging up to 18W.

Infinix Note 7 Specifications:

  • Design: Gem Cut Finish
  • Display: 6.95″ IPS LCD panel with
  • Resolution: HD+ (720 x 1640 pixels)
  • Rear Camera: Quad,
    – 48MP primary lens with f/1.79 aperture
    – 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture
    – 2MP depth sensor with 25mm focal length
    – Super low light video camera with f/1.8 aperture
    – Quad-LED flash
  • Front Camera: 16MP; punch hole
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G70; 12nm Mobile Platform
  • Processor: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Battery: 5000 mAh, 18W SuperCharge 3.0
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, g-sensor, proximity, e-compass
  • Price: Rs. 21,990

Samsung Galaxy M21

Samsung Galaxy M21 is our pick for the best phone under 25,000. For the price, it offers a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display. In the performance department, Samsung has disappointed by including the year-old Exynos 9611. Other than that, it is a great mid-range device. It comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It runs on One UI Core 2.0 based on Android 10.

The 48MP primary camera is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide sensor. There is an additional 5MP sensor for portraits. The selfie camera uses a 20MP sensor. The device comes with Dolby Atmos and L1V1 certification. It features a 6,000mAh battery and supports 15W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy M21 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.4-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ Infinity-U Super AMOLED display
  • Chipset: Exynos 9611
  • CPU: 10nm Octa-Core (Quad 2.3GHz Cortex A73+ Quad 1.7GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU: Mali-G72MP3 GPU
  • RAM: 4/6GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • ROM: 64/128GB (UFS 2.1), expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card
  • OS: Android 10 with One UI 2.0
  • SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • Back Camera: 48MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, Samsung GW2 sensor, 8MP 123° ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera: 20MP with f/2.0 aperture, Samsung SK3P8SP sensor
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted), Face unlock
  • Audio: Dolby Atmos Support
  • Connectivity: Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Battery: 6000mAh with 15W fast charging (via Type C)
  • Price (4/64GB): Rs. 22,999

Also, check out our list of best phones under Rs. 25,000.

#5. Under Rs. 30,000

Redmi Note 9 Pro offers stellar performance under Rs. 30,000. However, spending a little more you can get either of Samsung Galaxy M31 and Realme 6. The former is a decent all-rounder while the latter offers a 90Hz display.

Redmi Note 9 Pro

The Redmi Note 8 Pro was hailed for its gaming prowess. The company succeeded Helio G90T with Snapdragon 720G in the Note 9 Pro. Benchmark results don’t show a massive improvement in performance. However, the 720G is based on a smaller node and thus is much more power-efficient.

It sports a 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS panel with a circular cutout on the top center for the 16MP camera. On the back, the device features a quad-camera setup that includes 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. The device features a 5,020mAh battery with support for up to 18W fast charging.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Specifications:

  • Display: 6.67-inch (2400 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ IPS LCD panel
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G; 8nm
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 618
  • RAM: 4/6GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable)
  • OS: Android 10 with MIUI 11 on top
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Back Camera: 48MP f/1.8 Samsung GM2 sensor, 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide lens, 5MP f/2.4 macro sensor, 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
  • Front Camera: 16MP f/2.5 lens (1.0µm)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (side-mounted), Face unlock
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/BDS/NavIC, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 5020mAh with 18W fast charging
  • Price (6/128GB): Rs. 29,999

Samsung Galaxy M31

Samsung Galaxy M31 may not be the best performer in the sub 30K market segment but is the best all-round device out there. It is quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy M21. Both feature the same 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display inside a polycarbonate body. The processor also remains the same. The 6/128GB variant of the M31 provides the best value for money.

The quad-camera setup now includes a 64MP primary camera. It is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP depth sensor, and a5MP macro sensor. It’s backed by a 6,000mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy M31 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.4-inches Super AMOLED panel
  • 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: 128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable using SD card)
  • Software & UI: Samsung’s One UI 2.0 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64MP, f/1.7 primary shooter
    – 8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide lens with 123º FOV
    – 5MP, f/2.2 depth sensor
    – 5MP, f/2.2 macro sensor
    – Single LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0 lens
  • Security: Physical capacitative fingerprint scanner
  • Audio: 5mm headphone jack, Dolby Atmos
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/BDS, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 6000 mAh with 15W fast charging
  • Colors: Ocean Blue, Space Black, Red
  • Price (6/128GB):  Rs. 30,999

Realme 6

The highlight of Realme 6 is the Helio G90T display and 90Hz panel. The body is made up of plastic but the rear panel looks attractive because of its reflective nature. It sports a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. The circular out on the top left corner houses the 16MP front camera.

While it does not match the Redmi Note 9 Pro, it still offers a decent gaming experience because of the Helio G90T and 90Hz refresh rate. It has a 64MP primary camera that is accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide sensor, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor. It is backed by a 4,500mAH battery and Realme has included 30W fast charger in the box.

Realme 6 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.38 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches; 191 gm
  • Display: 6.5-inches IPS LCD panel; 405PPI; Gorilla Glass 3
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels); 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G90T; 12nm Mobile Platform
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MC4
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable using SD card)
  • Software & UI: Realme UI on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64MP, f/1.8 primary shooter
    – 8MP, f/2.3 ultra-wide lens
    – 2MP, f/2.4 macro sensor
    – 2MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
    – Single LED flash
  • Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.0 lens
  • Security: Physical capacitative fingerprint scanner (side-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/BDS, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 4300mAh with 30W fast charging
  • Colors: Comet Blue, Comet White
  • Price (8/128GB): Rs. 32,990

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

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!