OnePlus 9, iQOO 9 SE 5G to Realme GT Neo 3- Technology News, Firstpost



It’s time this month to look at the best phones available in India under Rs 40,000. Most of the handsets from our previous list argued strongly for inclusion, but only two managed to keep their place. We have four new options for you; yes, we selected six phones instead of our usual five. As expected, we have handsets with flagship processors, 5G compliance, high refresh rate AMOLED displays and last but not least excellent cameras. Time to meet the best under 40K this quarter.

Best phones to buy under Rs 40,000 in India

iQOO 9SE 5G
The Vivo sub-brand has been a constant presence in several of our lists, and here’s another impressive device from iQOO. The iQOO 9 SE 5G is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chip, and you can easily get the top variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in this budget with a few bucks to spare. The 6.62-inch HDR10+ compatible Full HD+ AMOLED display has a 120Hz refresh rate for a flicker-free experience in compatible apps, and it can get up to 1300 nits bright.

The rear camera department consists of a 48MP primary camera with OIS, accompanied by a 13MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. You get a handy 16MP front camera for selfies and video calls. The iQOO 9 SE 5G has a 4500mAh battery that lasts more than a day with moderate use, and the included 66W fast charger claims to charge it to a full charge in less than 40 minutes. The phone runs on Android 12 with FunTouch OS 12.

iQOO 9 SE 5G price in India: Rs 36,990 for 12GB RAM / 256GB storage

Realme GT 2/ Realme GT Neo 3
We have two Realme phones for you that have far too many similarities and only two major differences, which I will discuss first. The Realme GT 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC, while the newer Realme GT Neo 3 is powered by Mediatek’s flagship Dimensity 8100 chip. While the former has a 6.62-inch AMOLED display, the latter has a slightly larger 6.7-inch AMOLED display that supports 10-bit color. Both screens are HDR10+ compatible, have a refresh rate of 120 Hz and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

You get 8 GB RAM variants from both phones in this budget, and while the GT 2 has 128 GB storage, you get a choice between 128 GB and 256 GB internal storage variants with the GT Neo 3. The camera department is identical for both. with a 50MP primary camera with OIS that takes some impressive photos in different modes and lighting. It is accompanied by an 8 MP ultra-wide snapper and a 2 MP macro camera. The 16MP front camera handles selfies and video calls quite well.

Both phones have 5000 mAh batteries that will keep them going for over a day and a half with moderate use, and the included fast chargers can use them up completely in just over half an hour. Realme GT 2 and Realme GT Neo 3 run Android 12 with Realme UI 3.0. Now there is another phone in India with specs identical to the GT Neo 3 but a few thousand rupees more expensive. It is commonly known as the OnePlus 10R. We thought about it for a long time and then decided against it. Read on to find out why.

Realme GT 2 price in India: Rs 34,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

Realme GT Neo 3 price in India: Rs 38,999 for 8GB RAM / 256GB storage

OnePlus 9
The OnePlus 9’s price has dropped further, offering a better value than the 10R, along with a much better camera department. You now get its 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 3.1 storage variant comfortably in this budget. This phone is powered by Qualcomm’s previous flagship Snapdragon 888 chip. It has a 6.55-inch Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ compliance. The phone has an elegant design with a glass body that is protected on the front and back by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

As I mentioned, the rear camera department is more powerful than the OnePlus 10R. Photography is handled by a 48MP primary camera, a 50MP ultrawide camera with autofocus – one of the best ultrawide cameras out there, and a 2MP mono camera. Let’s not forget the Hasselblad color calibration, which does make a difference. The cameras manage to shoot impressive images with natural colors in different lighting conditions.

A 16MP front camera in a small hole at the top of the screen does well with selfies and video calls. The 4500 mAh battery can easily last a day with moderate use, and the included 65 W charger drains it in about half an hour. The phone launched with OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 and the Android 12 update with OxygenOS 12 is now available.

OnePlus 9 price in India: Rs 37,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

Motorola Edge 20 Pro
The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is another impressive option in this budget, and it maintains its spot on this list thanks to some unique features. This phone is powered by a Snapdragon 870 chip and it comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The large 6.7-inch Full HD+ OLED display boasts a 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance and the ability to display over a billion color tones. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection against scratches on the front and back.

The photography department on the Motorola Edge 20 Pro is powered by a 108MP primary camera and has impressive support for backing it up. You get a 16MP ultra-wide camera and an 8MP telephoto camera with OIS that gives you 5x optical zoom. The 32MP front camera is bound to impress the selfie enthusiasts. The 4500 mAh battery lasts more than a day with moderate use and supports 30W fast charging. This phone runs on Android 11 and like most Motorola phones you get a clean and almost standard user interface. The Android 12 update has started rolling out.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro price in India: Rs 32,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is the second phone from our previous list to also keep its place this quarter. It has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED HDR10+ compatible display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. This stylish handset has an IP68 rating protection. It is powered by Qualcomm’s previous generation flagship chip, Snapdragon 865. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The internal memory can be further expanded with a microSD card; a rare feature in premium phones. The phone debuted with Android 11 and Samsung’s One UI 3.1. The Android 12 update with One UI 4.0 is available for this device.

The photography department consists of a 12MP primary camera with dual-pixel PDAF and OIS, a 12MP ultra-wide camera and an 8MP telephoto camera with OIS for up to 3X optical zoom. The camera quality is excellent in different modes, as you would expect from a Samsung S-series phone. You also have a 32MP front camera to please the selfie crowd. The 4500 mAh battery lasts well over a day with moderate use. It supports both normal fast charging and fast wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE price in India: Rs 34,990 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage

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