From brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, POCO, OnePlus, and Vivo

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-45K). Therefore, I’ll be keeping things super simple here. Let’s begin.

OnePlus Nord N10 5G - Midnight Ice

Kicking off our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal is the 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 one of the cheapest 5G phones in Nepal but that title means squat since we don’t have a viable 5G network yet. With its integrated X51 5G modem, Nord N10 5G is the only 5G-capable phone on this list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal as well.

While many people seem to have dismissed this silicon because of 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 Cortex-A76 CPU, 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.

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 OnePlus confirming that the Nord N10 5G will only get a single system upgrade to Android 11, it feels like the company 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.

Vivo V21e - Diamond Flare

The next entry in our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal is the Vivo V21e. It is the more affordable alternative to the standard Vivo V21 which is also available in Nepal. As a cost-cutting measure, the V21e brings a comparatively compromised camera setup and an inferior chipset. But Vivo has provided an AMOLED panel here—albeit a 60Hz one.

Starting with the camera itself, this phone’s megapixel count is pretty much the same as on the Vivo V21. You get a 64MP-led quad-camera array that consists of an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro lens. Upfront, it brings a 44MP selfie camera inside a teardrop notch which looks quite outdated for a 2021 midrange phone.

But what sets V21e’s camera arrangement apart from its expensive sibling is the lack of OIS on the primary and front camera. So, you’re not going to get as stable photos/videos, or well-detailed low-light photos here. Despite this, the phone does retain features like Eye Autofocus (AF) for clear shots.

Likewise, Vivo V21e is powered by Snapdragon 720G. To compare, the standard V21 brings MediaTek’s Dimensity 800U inside. This has been complemented with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, while the phone also enjoys 3GB of Extended RAM.

V21e definitely isn’t the most powerful smartphone you can buy for this price but it shouldn’t result in any performance hiccup under lightweight to medium usage. Apart from this, Vivo V21e comes in a fairly attractive design—especially the Diamon Flare variant. The phone gets its juice from a moderate 4000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy M51 - Celestial Black

Taking the number five spot in our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal goes to the Samsung Galaxy M51. The first staple of a solid smartphone—a good-looking display has always been a priority in Samsung devices and this one’s no exception either.

This 6.7″ Super AMOLED Plus screen 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.

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.

This 7000mAh battery supports 25W fast charging too. While Samsung’s own Galaxy M62 overshadows the M51, the phone recently received a price drop in Nepal, therefore still making it a decent option under 40K.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G - Peach Pink

Xiaomi is mostly known for its value-for-money smartphones. But that doesn’t mean the company hasn’t experimented with other market strategies. The new Mi 11 Lite is an unconventional phone from Xiaomi in the sense that this is a fashion-first phone—rather than a pure bang for your buck.

For the most part, it shares a lot of similarities with the Indian variant of the Redmi Note 10 Pro. Yet, there are a couple of factors that the company has implemented differently here which makes for a pretty appealing smartphone to many.

Starting things off is the glossy finish at the back. Protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, Mi 11 Lite tries to deliver something entirely different than what Redmi-branded phones in this price range offer.

We understand that this “smudge magnet” design isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but then again, Mi 11 Lite is an unorthodox phone. It is IP53 dust-and-splash resistant as well. Upfront, it brings a 6.55″ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Xiaomi says this is HDR10 certified and can reproduce over 1 billion colors.

Still, we found this screen to be inferior compared to the one on Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. Powered by Snapdragon 732G, regular performance is no trouble for this lightweight machine although the phone heats up by quite a lot under load. Its cameras are just about average as well—especially when it comes to low-light images. Mi 11 Lite is fueled by a moderate 4250mAh battery that will last you through the day pretty easily.

POCO X3 Pro - Phantom Black best phones under 40000 in nepal

While phones under the 40K price bracket in Nepal have never really been a winner in the performance front, POCO has gloriously changed the game. Powered by the Snapdragon 860 chipset, the new POCO X3 Pro is easily the best performing phone in its class.

Therefore, if gaming is your top priority when choosing among the best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal, we can’t recommend the X3 Pro enough. The phone can push even the most graphics-intensive games like Genshin Impact and PUBG Mobile to their highest settings.

Even so, we wouldn’t exactly recommend you do so because POCO X3 Pro will eventually struggle with keeping things cool under such settings. Having said that, with a slight tweak in settings, you’ll easily be able to play such games at a smooth 60 fps. Now, as you could tell, everyday usage is no issue for this beast either.

POCO X3 Pro also features a 120Hz refresh rate screen but unfortunately, it is prone to stutters every now and then. This was a problem on its predecessor too so we’re not sure how to feel about POCO’s indifference to the issue.

Moving on, even though the 48MP quad-camera system shoots decent photos, it lags behind the likes of the Redmi Note 10 Pro which has a 108MP primary camera. Plus, X3 Pro’s relatively bulky might be a turn-off to many too.

Redmi Note 10 Pro (Max) - Glacier Blue best phones under 40000 in nepal

Now, if you favor a good design, smooth AMOLED screen, better cameras, and an overall well-rounded phone, then the Redmi Note 10 Pro is for you. To note, Xiaomi Nepal has launched the global variant of the phone contrary to the Indian variant which has a 64MP primary instead of a bigger 108MP lens.

Compared to the POCO X3 Pro, this phone shoots relatively better photos while Xiaomi could still optimize things a bit.

The design of this year’s Redmi Note series sees an overhaul as well. Called “Evol.” design, we’re quite fond of how ergonomic Redmi Note 10 Pro is. Plus, its color options are refreshingly attractive too. Xiaomi has also upgraded to an AMOLED screen on this iteration. More importantly, it also boasts a 120Hz refresh rate. And unlike on the POCO X3 Pro, this screen keeps up with the high refresh rate just fine.

Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G, the Redmi Note 10 Pro delivers a swift usage experience. Obviously, it’s not as capable as the Snapdragon 860 on the X3 Pro but for regular everyday use, you won’t have any problem with this phone.

Besides, the battery endurance from its big 5020mAh cell is quite impressive too. Additionally, the 33W charger that ships inside the box juices up the phone pretty fast. With all this, the Redmi Note 10 Pro is among the best well-balanced phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal right now.

Samsung Galaxy M62 - Laser Blue best phones under 40000 in nepal

Finally, sitting atop our list of best phones under NPR 40000 in Nepal is the Samsung Galaxy M62. Compared to the M51 above, the company has brought a big upgrade in the performance department. Here, Galaxy M62 is powered by Samsung’s the-then flagship chipset of 2019: Exynos 9825.

Based on an energy-efficient 7nm process, it delivers excellent performance (while still lagging behind the Snapdragon 860 in POCO X3 Pro).

Here, games like PUBG Mobile are smoothly playable at 60fps at the highest graphics settings. So, this phone brings a healthy combo of great gaming performance on top of handling everyday usage like a champ.

Still, we’re a little hesitant on recommending this phone to gamers seeing how it lacks a high refresh rate screen. While the big 6.7″ Super AMOLED Plus screen is color-rich, a higher refresh rate would’ve made so much more difference. And like the POCO X3 Pro, its plastic body is quite bulky too.

Moving on, M62 is also the best phone in terms of camera and software support in this list. Its 64MP-led quad-camera array shoots better photos, videos than the Redmi Note 10 Pro. For a reliable smartphone experience in the long run, Samsung has also promised 4 years of security updates on this phone. Another highlight of Galaxy M62 is the colossal 7000mAh battery that will easily last you a couple of days, maybe even more.

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