Gadgets 360’s Best Mobiles Phones Under Rs. 40,000 list shows you the highest-rated smartphones available in India. The list is sorted in descending order of overall rating, and for each phone on the list, you can see key specifications for display, processor, RAM, storage, battery capacity, rear camera, and front camera. Alongside each phone, readers will also find links to other helpful resources for information – such as its in-depth review, full specifications, and a list of other smartphones by the same manufacturer.
As we mentioned, these are the top-rated smartphones under Rs. 40,000 in India, and they have been awarded a minimum overall rating of 8 out of 10 in our review. Despite reviewing hundreds of smartphones each year, Gadgets 360 ensures each device is scrutinised careful, and our verdict is based on a comprehensive look at every aspect of the mobile phone experience. We award individual ratings based on a smartphone’s Design, Display, Software, Performance, Battery Life, Camera, and Value for Money. Thus, you can rest assured that every smartphone on this list is an excellent choice at the price.
This list shows you the best smartphones between Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 35,000. If you’re looking for smartphones in a lower budget, check out our Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 35,000, Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 30,000, Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 25,000, Best Mobiles Phones Under Rs. 20,000, and Best Mobiles Phones Under Rs. 10,000 lists.
One glance at the iQoo 7 Legend and it makes quite an impression. The unique colour combination (inspired by BMW's racecars) not only looks good, but also feels premium with a well-polished metal frame and a matte glass back. The 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED display combined with the well-optimised Funtouch OS ensures a fluid software experience. Gaming is handled well with excellent heat management. No matter which camera you choose, the image quality is quite good. This includes the wide-angle camera, which doubles up as the macro camera and shoots close-ups with excellent detail. Surprisingly, it's the ultra-wide angle camera that underperforms in low-light shooting conditions. With a relatively small 4,000mAh battery, the iQoo 7 Legend never lasted beyond a day, but with a 66W charging adapter in the box, charging speed was jaw-dropping, going from 0-100 per cent in just 31 minutes.
The Mi 11X Pro sports a big 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a1 120Hz display and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and the back. The Mi 11X Pro has an IR emitter on top and an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance. The design looks flashy and has a big camera module at the back which protrudes quite a bit.
The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor that is paired with 8GB of RAM. You get 128GB and 256GB storage options but these aren’t expandable. Xiaomi ships the Mi 11X Pro with MIUI 12 on top of Android 11. It does have preinstalled apps that occasionally push spammy notifications. The Mi 11X Pro has a 4520mAh battery and has a 33W charger in the box.
You get a triple camera system with a 108-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and a 5-megapixel “telemacro” camera. These cameras offer good performance in moist lighting scenarios for the price. If you are looking for a good allrounder with flagship performance, the Mi 11X Pro will appeal to you.
The OnePlus 9 still feels solidly built and the plastic frame does look like metal, even though it's not. The alert slider and buttons have good tactile feedback, similar to the ones on the 9 Pro. The OnePlus 9 has a similar 6.55-inch AMOLED display as the 8T. Software is taken care of by OxygenOS 11, which is based on Android 11.
Performance has been very solid right from the get go thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdraogn 888. The display is excellent – colours are vibrant, brightness is very good, and viewing angles are more than satisfactory. The OnePlus 9 delivers very good battery life; a bit better than the 9 Pro in fact, in my opinion.
The cameras on the OnePlus 9 are a big upgrade compared to its predecessor's mainly due to better sensors. The selfie camera is the same one used for the OnePlus 9 Pro, and it's decent but not great. The OnePlus 9 is a good smartphone in its own right, but hard to recommend when you have the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G and OnePlus 8 Pro selling for around the same price.
Design has always been a big talking point for the Reno series and it's no different with the Reno 7 Pro. The glass back of the Oppo Reno 7 Pro has a new finish. Oppo says it has used a new laser process to create hundreds of diagonal micro-etches, which are visible at certain angles. The 6.5-inch AMOLED panel means delivers very good colours and contrast. It's a full-HD+ panel with a 90Hz peak refresh rate and 180Hz peak touch sampling rate, plus Corning Gorilla 5 for scratch protection.
There's a new SoC in the Oppo Reno 7 Pro, the Dimensity 1200-Max from MediaTek. This is basically a standard Dimensity 1200 SoC with two special optimisations made for the Reno 7 Pro. You get ColorOS 12 but this is still based on Android 11, not Android 12. I ran PUBG: New State to test how this phone handles demanding multiplayer games. With all the graphical settings cranked up to the highest allowable limit, gameplay was smooth and the display response was on point.
The flat display, stereo speakers, and improved camera sensors are all welcome changes. Battery life is also solid, and it doesn't hurt to have super-fast charging. If fashionable looks and quirky camera features trump sheer performance for you, then you should be happy with the Reno 7 Pro.
The Oppo Reno 6 Pro is one of the slimmest and lightest phones in its class, and has the looks to go with that. The display is well-spec’d too. It’s a 6.5-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ playback certification, and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. One of the biggest upgrades to the Oppo Reno 6 Pro is the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC. Games ran very well too. Despite the slim body, the back of the phone never got overly hot even after extended gaming sessions.
I found the battery life of the Reno 6 Pro to be pretty solid too. I was easily able to get about a day and half of use, which involved lots of video watching and checking social apps. This phone runs the company’s latest version of ColorOS 11.3, which is very similar in form and function to the version we tested on the Reno 5 Pro 5G (v11.1). The camera setup on the Oppo Reno 6 Pro is pretty much identical to that of the Reno 5 Pro, except for the new Bokeh Flare Portrait filter which is fun and works well.
With only cosmetic changes and a slightly upgraded processor compared to the OnePlus 8T, the new OnePlus 9R is not very exciting at first. It has been launched exclusively in India because the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro have come in at higher prices. The company could have done more to keep things fresh in the premium segment, but even so, the 9R is a good overall package. It looks slick, and has a crisp AMOLED screen plus stereo speakers. Performance is good in everyday tasks and games run well too. The battery will last you all day, and you get a 65W fast charger in the box. The 48-megapixel main camera takes good shots and Nightscape mode can work very well depending on ambient light conditions. OxygenOS continues to be slick and feature-rich without getting overbearing. The 9R could be a good choice if you're a OnePlus fan, but do keep in mind that there's a lot of competition and you have many other choices.
The Vivo V23 Pro is a slim and light smartphone with a tricked-out back panel, which should appeal to the fashionistas. It offers a capable set of cameras too but falls a bit short when it comes to the basics.
It’s colour-changing design is unique and the build quality feels premium with a polycarbonate frame sandwiched between two sheets of glass with curved sides. However, it lacks stereo speakers and has a medium-sized notch on the display, which looks a bit dated.
The phone performs as expected when it comes to software and gaming but is a bit below the mark when compared to similarly priced smartphones that offer better hardware.
Still camera performance is quite good and the phone clicks good selfies. Low light camera performance is not bad either, but the competition offers better.
Battery life for a slim and light smartphone is quite good but don't expect multi-day battery life with it so power users can steer clear of this one.
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|iQOO 7 Legend||Rs. 39,990|
|Mi 11X Pro||Rs. 36,999|
|OnePlus 9||Rs. 37,999|
|Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G||Rs. 36,490|
|Oppo Reno 6 Pro||Rs. 39,989|
|OnePlus 9R||Rs. 36,999|
|Vivo V23 Pro 5G||Rs. 38,990|
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