Best Smartphones to Buy in India (2018) ..... 15K to 40K Price Range

With so many smartphones flooding the Indian market and each phone sacrificing few features to fit in the competitive price bracket, it becomes important for the user to know which phone offers them the best value for money.

There is obviously no single best smartphone which can suit everyone’s requirement. But in each price segment there are few phones that provide the best experience. So this post is aimed at bringing out the phones that provide true value for money in their respective price range and help you guys to make a decision.

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Disclaimer: These are only recommendations prepared by analyzing the specifications and the user reviews/feedback. 

1. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (6GB+64GB) – Rs. 14,999/-

Asus has released the Max Pro M1 to make a comeback in the mid range phones market and the 6GB variant has better camera than the 4GB/3GB variants. It provides nearly pure stock android experience with great battery life and smooth performance. It comes with Snapdragon 636 processor and Adreno 509 GPU, has a 5.99″ FHD+ IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio (Good for Notch haters). It has 16MP + 5MP Dual Rear Camera and 16MP Front Camera.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Pros:
  • Smooth Performance
  • Dedicated SD Card Slot supports 2TB
  • 6GB Ram
  • 5000 mAh battery
  • Stock Android
  • Max Box for Sound Amplification
  • Dual Volte Support
Cons:
  • No Gorilla Glass
  • Avg Build Quality
  • No Fast Charging
  • No Video Stabilization
Conclusion:

This phone is best for guys who want a massive battery, 6GB Ram and large storage space with decent performance and not aiming for a camera centric phone.

2. Nokia 6.1 Plus (4GB+64GB) – Rs. 15,999/-

HMD Global has launched the new Nokia 6.1 Plus last week in New delhi and the phone is a premium looking midrange phone which comes with Android one program that provides stock android and faster updates. It  has the same internals as Asus Zenfone Max pro M1. The display is a 19:9 5.8″ IPS FHD+ display giving it a smaller in-hand size. Even the camera setup is similar to that of  Max Pro m1 16MP + 5MP Dual Rear Camera and 16MP Front Camera. You can check out more details about the Nokia 6.1 Plus here in my another post.

Nokia 6.1 Plus
Pros:
  • Smooth Performance
  • Smaller Form factor
  • Premium Build and looks
  • Expandable Storage upto 400 GB
  • Stock Android and fast updates
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Decent Camera
Cons:
  • Smaller Battery – 3060 mAh
  • No Fast Charging
  • Poor low light photos
Conclusion:

This phone is suggested for the ones who would prefer a smaller size phone with great premium looks and most importantly wants a Nokia device due to its brand value and service.

3. RealMe 2 Pro (6GB+64GB) – Rs. 15,990/-

Real Me is a sub brand from OPPO which is aimed at providing great value for money. And they did exactly that by providing RealMe 2 Pro with premium mid range specifications at a stellar price.  It comes with the Snapdragon 660 Processor and Adreno 512 GPU which are faster than the SD 636 and Adreno 509 provided in the phones in the same price range. The design is also the first in its price segment with tear drop display that provides large screen real estate and a beautiful colored back. has a 6.3″ FHD+ IPS display with 19:9 aspect ratio. It has 16MP + 2MP Dual Rear Camera and 16MP Front Camera. Battery capacity is 3500 mAh

Realme 2 Pro
Pros:
  • Beautiful Display (Tear Drop)
  • Dedicated micro SD card that supports upto 256GB
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Faster Process (Sd 660)
  • 3500 mAh battery
  • Design and looks
  • Decent Camera
Cons:
  • Plastic Build
  • Color Os (Buggy and Slower updates)
  • Slow charging
Conclusion:

Realme 2 Pro is definitely the best phone in the 15K price range as it has the fastest processor of all and comes with a beautiful display which is a head turner. If you can keep up with the cluttery OS and sligtly slow charging, you should definitely buy this phone.

4. Motorola One Power (4GB+64GB) – Rs. 15,999/-

Motorola has finally listened to the customers and took a good decision by launching a product with a competitive price and good specifications that makes sense. The phones has all the latest specifications of a mid range android phone along with Android one program. As Motorola has taken a back step these days with the regular updates, Android One program is a step towards progress. It comes with Snapdragon 636 processor and Adreno 509 GPU. The display is a 19:9 6.2″ IPS FHD+ display. The camera setup is 16MP + 5MP Dual Rear Camera and 12MP Front Camera.It has a massive battery capacity of 5000 mAh.

Motorola One Power
Pros:
  • Android One – Stock Android with regular updates
  • Dedicated micro SD card that supports upto 256GB
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Good Camera
  • Moto Features- Active Display, Twist to turn on Camera etc
  • 5000 mAh battery
  • Turbo Charging
  • Supports Dolby Audio
Cons:
  • Slightly heavier and chunkier- 205 gms
  • Bigger notch and chin
Conclusion:

Over the years Motorola has made some loyal fans and this phone is definitely a good choice for the ones who had good experience with motorola phones and won’t want to make a risk going for other lesser known brands. Also the Android One program couple with Moto features is definitely going to make it a good competitor.

5. Honor Play (4GB+64GB) –  Rs. 19,999/-

The Honor’s new flagship killer Honor Play has the Kirin 970 chipset that is normally seen in Huawei’s phones costing more than double the price of Honor play. The phone has 6.3″ FHD+ IPS display and 3750 mAh battery and mainly aimed at power users and gamers with features such as GPU Turbo, 3D sound etc. It comes with 16MP + 2MP Dual Rear Camera and 16MP Front Camera along with image stabilization. You can check this post to know how it is better than the existing mid range Honor and Huawei Devices.

Honor Play
Pros:
  • Snappy and Powerful
  • Expandable Storage upto 256 GB
  • GPU Turbo for smooth gaming
  • Vibration feedback and Surround sound for better gaming experience
  • Good Build Quality and looks
  • Good Camera with features like AI scene detection, stage lighting and AR stickers.
  • Good image stabilization in videos till 1080p
  • Customization and features of EMUI
  • Good Battery Life with quick charge- 3750 mAh
Cons:
  • No gorilla glass protection
  • 4 GB Ram
  • Slow software updates
  • Flash sales and availability
Conclusion:

With Poco F1 in the market, the Honor Play would be for the ones who do not want MIUI and prefer a metal build phone with flagship processor at 20k price range.

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6. Poco F1 (6GB+64GB) – Rs. 20,999/-

Xiaomi’s new sub brand Poco has launched the F1 with flagship internals at a slashing starting price of 21k, making it the latest flagship killer in the market. It’s a beast with the most powerful snapdragon 845 chipset and adreno 630 GPU. It sports a 6.18″ FHD+ IPS display with 19:9 aspect ratio, with a 4000 mAh battery and supports fast charging. The camera module is 12MP + 5MP Dual Rear Camera and 20MP Front Camera. If build quality and looks are not the priority and performance is the major requirement, then Poco F1 is the best value for money right now in the market. Check out this post Honor Play vs Poco F1

Pros:
  • Snapdragon 845 – Flagship Performance
  • Expandable Storage upto 256 GB
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Good Image stabilization in videos
  • Larger Battery – 4000 mAh
  • 6 GB Ram
  • Liquid Cooling technology
  • IR face unlock
  • Dual Speaker Setup
  • Good Camera performance
Cons:
  • Average Build Quality
  • Huge notch and chin
  • MIUI and updates
  • Flash sales and availability
Conclusion:

Poco F1 is presently the best option in the 20K price range as it comes with the flagship SD 845 processor and good camera. This is for power users who want a phone that can really perform and won’t bother about how it looks.

7. Honor View 10 (6GB+128GB) – Rs. 29,999/-

The only reason Honor view 10 joins the list due to its design language. Honor view 10 has a 18:9 FHD+ display with no notch and the finger print scanner on the front (I personally prefer it to be in the front). It comes with the latest Kirin 970 Chipset, 6GB Ram and 128G internal storage. The phone also produces good images with the 20+16MP dual primary camera and 13MP front facing camera. The price keeps fluctuating and it can be bought at around Rs 27,999 or lesser during offer periods. So definitely worth that price for someone looking for phone with the looks of Oneplus 5T.

Honor View 10
Pros:
  • Snappy and Powerful
  • 128 Gb storage with expandable Storage upto 256 GB
  • Good Build Quality
  • No notch and FPS on front side
  • Good Camera
  • Good image stabilization in videos till 1080p
  • Customization and features of EMUI
  • Good Battery Life- 3750 mAh
Cons:
  • No gorilla glass protection
  • Slow updates
  • Price on higher side (wait for offers)
Conclusion:

Honor View 10 is for people who really hate the phones with notch and want a finger print scanner desperately in the front. Except you have these specific requirement, this isn’t the phone for you as there are many phones with better value for money.

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8 Asus Zenfone 5Z (6GB+128GB) – 32,999

The Asus zenfone 5z is a great alternative to Oneplus 6 with Snapdragon 845 chipset and Adreno 630 GPU. It comes with 6.2″ FHD+ IPS display and 12MP + 8MP Dual Rear Camera | 8MP Front Camera. Though the mega pixel count is lesser than Oneplus 6, it has larger sensor size. Battery has 3300 mAh capacity with support for fast intelligent charging. The Zenfone 5z is a great phone with wide angle camera, stereo speaker and gorgeous back panel.

Pros:
  • Snapdragon 845 – Flagship Performance
  • 128GB storage with expandable Storage upto 2TB
  • Great Camera performance in Day Light conditions
  • Wide Angle secondary Lens
  • Premium build and great looks
  • Stereo Speaker Setup and better audio via headphone
  • Quick Charge 3.0 with intelligent charging
Cons:
  • IPS Screen
  • No IP Rating or official water resistance
  • Avg portrait mode and low light photos
  • Slower updates
  • Only gorilla glass 3
Conclusion:

Asus Zenfone 5 is the best cheaper alternative to Oneplus 6 right now with not just flagship internals but also flagship design. It has much more to offers such as incredible Audio, larger storage and the most important- A wide angle camera. Asus has really delivered this time.

9. Oneplus 6 (6GB+64GB) – Rs 34,999/-

The Oneplus 6 has been the only option for flagship performance when it was released, but with phones like Zenfone 5z , Poco F1 and Honor 10 it faces tough competition. The strong points of the Oneplus 6 are the camera and Software. It has Snapdragon 845 chipset and Adreno 630 GPU with 3300 mAh battery capacity which supports dash charging (best in the market). The phone comes with 20MP+16MP primary dual camera and 16Mp front camera. Oneplus over the years has gained the trust for providing faster updates and good performance, so the brand value work in the favor of Oneplus 6 over other phones.

Oneplus 6
Pros:
  • Snapdragon 845 – Flagship Performance
  • Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides
  • Great Video and Stabilization
  • Dash Charging
  • Oxygen OS- Stock Experience + Fast Updates
  • Good Low light performance of camera
  • Developer Support for Custom Rom
  • Premium build and Looks
  • Amoled Screen – Deep Blacks
  • Water Resistant
  • Alert Slider
Cons:
  • No Support for Expandable Storage
  • No IP Rating
  • Average Speaker sound
Conclusion:

Oneplus 6 is considered to be the best value for money in the market due to its internals and stable software. But according to me only the software is the most strongest factor, all the remaining are comparabe to the cheaper alternatives. So if software comes are priority, you should not look further.

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10. LG G7+ ThinQ (6GB+128GB) – Rs. 39,999/-

The G7+ ThinQ with the huge discount on MRP, is definitely a flagship device worth purchasing. It has Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU and comes with Quad HD display and IP68 rating for water and dust protection. Even the 16MP + 16MP Dual Rear Camera | 8MP Front Camera setup produce great pictures and best video shooting experience. LG devices are known for its focus on media consumption and the G7+ isn’t any exception. The bright QHD display, Boombox Speaker with DTS:X 3D Sound and Hi-Fi Quad DAC make the media consumption a pleasure.

LG G7+ ThinQ
Pros:
  • Snapdragon 845 – Flagship Performance
  • 128 Gb storage with Expandable Storage upto 2TB
  • Quad HD+ Display
  • IP68 Dust & Water Resistance
  • Wireless Charging
  • Amazing Sound with features like Boom Box Speaker & Hi-Fi Quad DAC
  • OIS + EIS
  • Good Camera and best for video recording
  • Gorilla Glass 5
  • Wide Angle secondary Lens
  • Premium build and Looks
  • Stereo Speaker Setup
  • Quick Charge 3.0
  • LG Customization
Cons:
  • IPS Screen
  • Smaller battery Capacity – 3000 mAh
  • LG Skin and slower updates
Conclusion:

Lg G7 + is the best real flagship device available right now at a competitive price. It has all the flagship features like IP rating, Wireless Charging, Wide Angle camera, Audio DAC. If you are ok with the avg battery and slower updates but want to experience owning a real flagship phone then LG G7+ is the best.

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Will keep updating the post with new phone releases if any.

Few other honorable mentions are below,

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