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Best smartphones under Rs 40,000 this March: Mi 10T Pro, OnePlus 8 excellent buys

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The premium smartphone segment in India has grown a lot in last few years. Most brands have targeted this space, giving customers better options than before. Today, you can get a real flagship-level device by paying well under Rs 40,000. Some of the smartphones in this segment come with premium design, latest chipsets, high refresh rate display and fast charging speeds. These smartphones offer great value to the customers and are future-ready in most aspects.

The sub-Rs 40,000 segment is more diverse now. You can get powerful smartphones like Mi 10T Pro and at the same time, opt for compact devices like Apple iPhone SE (2020) and Google Pixel 4a. Both these smartphones cater to a specific set of users. Here is a look at best smartphones under Rs 40,000 this March.

Mi 10T Pro

Xiaomi's Mi 10T Pro was one of the best affordable premium smartphones of 2020. The smartphone boasts of several top-of-the line features at a very aggressive price point. It comes with a Full HD+ resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 865 processor and paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. The Mi 10T Pro packs a 5,000mAh battery and features a 108MP camera at the back. Priced at Rs 37,999, the smartphone delivers a great camera experience.

Our verdict Mi 10T Pro is one of the most aggressively priced upper mid-range flagships available in the market right now, and at Rs 39,999 -- which can be further brought down by including additional discounts and offers -- the phone looks like an absolute steal.

Read full review here.

OnePlus 8

It's been almost a year since the OnePlus 8 was launched in India and it is still a great smartphone. The smartphone features one of the best displays in this segment, flaunts a beautiful design and offers a great software experience. Priced under Rs 40,000 for the base model, OnePlus 8 is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC. It comes with 30W fast charging.

Our verdict We don't find the OnePlus 8 in any significant way inferior to the OnePlus 8 Pro. And OnePlus 8 Pro retails for Rs 54,999. In terms of performance, software, design, battery life the OnePlus 8 is as good as any other phone, including some more expensive phones.

Read full review here.

Google Pixel 4a

An unusual entry on the list, Google Pixel 4a is in a league of its own. The smartphone was launched at Rs 31,999 and is as good as any flagship smartphone despite its modest size. The smartphone comes with a 5.8-inch Full HD+ display, 60Hz refresh rate and single cameras on either side. The camera performance is probably the best in the segment. The only thing you need to consider is the mid-range Snapdragon 730G chipset.

Our verdict At this price the Pixel 4a is one of the better phones in the market. It is even the best in some aspects, like software support, clean software directly from Google, lightweight design, a killer main camera, and extremely fast performance.

Read full review here.

Apple iPhone SE (2020)

Gone are the days when Apple iPhones cost a fortune. Launched at Rs 42,500, the iPhone SE has changed that. Apple's affordable iPhone can be frequently found selling for less than Rs 35,000 on e-commerce websites. The smartphone delivers a great camera and performance. It's compact size makes it ideal for those seeking small-sized devices. The slightly underwhelming battery life is the only thing to consider.

Our verdict The iPhone SE 2020 is your phone if you intend to use your phone for at least 3 years. Not only it will remain fast, unlike many Android phones, but you will also get timely software and feature updates without any drama or delay that is often seen in the Android world.

Read full review here.

Oppo Reno 5 Pro

The Oppo Reno 5 Pro was the first smartphone in India to be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity chipset. It is powered by Dimensity 1000 Plus SoC and also supports dual SIM 5G. The device is available in sole 8GB + 128GB variant in India. The smartphone comes with 6.5-inch Super AMOLED 90Hz screen with a Full HD+ resolution and packs a 4,350mAh battery. It also supports 65W Super VOOC charging. The smartphone comes with a 64MP quad rear camera setup.

Our verdict Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G brings the next generation 5G connectivity even though it may not make sense at this point. The Dimensity 1000+ chipset is naturally powerful, but it sometimes bogs it down. The cameras work well, the display is gorgeous, and the battery life is excellent.

Read full review here.

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