10 Best Phones Under 35000 and 40000 in India 2019 [By Experts]

Updated on 2019-03-20 by Geetansh Arora

Best Flagship Level Smartphones Under 35000 to 40000 in India

Looking for a flagship smartphone but don't want to spend Rs. 50000, 60000 or 70000? We have a list of best smartphones under 35000 and 40000 for you. The list is updated as of March 2019. These smartphones can be called as budget flagships as the price is much lower than other flagships but the hardware is the same. The recent launches like OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20 have been included in this list because of its great all-around performance and high value for money.

So what do you get in these flagship level smartphones? You will see 4GB/6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage. The processor on these phones is Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Snapdragon 855 which are really powerful processors and can handle heavy games and multiple apps with ease. On the camera side, you will see a lot of great camera phones with dual camera setup which can take DSLR quality photos with depth/bokeh effect also known as portrait mode. Some of the phones have a color + wide angle lens while some have color + monochrome sensors.

A lot of phones also have an 18:9 or 19:9 edge to edge bezel-less displays also known as infinity or full view display. Most of them have a notch display while the latest ones like Vivo Nex have no cut-outs and look gorgeous.

Most of the phones on this list will cost you between Rs. 35k to 40k. We have added a few cheaper options as well as Poco F1 which will cost you around 21k. 

Let's take a look at the best smartphones under 35000 to 40000 with their reviews, specs, and features.

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1. Vivo V15 Pro

V15 Pro

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.4 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
  • Front Camera: 32MP
  • 3700mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Topaz Blue, Ruby Red Colors

Best Price ₹28999



Brief Review:

Chinese Smartphone company BBK Electronics has been the dominating the smartphone market by introducing us with brands like Oppo, Vivo, Realme and even OnePlus. Vivo has launched the Vivo V15 Pro smartphone into the Indian market which is the successor of Vivo V11 Pro which was launched around 6 months ago at a price of around 25000. While being the 1st ever smartphone to be powered by the all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, Vivo also introduces a pop-up selfie camera like the one on the Vivo NEX but at a much lower price point at around Rs. 28,990. 

Beginning the Review with the main highlight of the V15 Pro, that is the camera on the V15 pro which has a triple camera setup at the back which includes a primary 48-Megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a Secondary 8-Megapixel Super Wide-Angle sensor along with f/2.4 and a 5-Megapixel Depth camera that too f/2.4 aperture. Now Vivo has claimed that to improve photosensitivity and picture quality, the V15 Pro uses professional “four-in-one pixel” technology that combines four adjacent pixels into a single 1.6μm large pixel, which delivers high-quality 12MP photos while ensuring that the user’s night shots are clearer than ever.

And speaking of the front, well it is a one of a kind pop-up 32-megapixel Selfie Camera with f/2.0 aperture that is a class to look at in its price segment.  The cameras are also equipped with features like AI Face Beauty, AI Scene Recognition, AI Portrait Framing, AI Super Night Mode, AI Selfie Lighting and AI Body Beauty. The camera performance of both and front cameras are really good and they are capable of taking beautiful pictures with good saturation, contrast, and dynamic range. The wide-angle camera pictures don't look that good and you might want to use the 48MP sensor only.

In terms of display, the Vivo V15 Pro comes with a 6.39” Ultra FullView Display which does not have a notch and produces Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels along with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. In simple terms, this is a real bezel-less-display phone with no notch and thin bezels all around. The Super AMOLED screen is also embedded with a 5th Gen in-display fingerprint reader, that is pretty fast and does the job perfectly. 

Now when we talk about performance, the V15Pro is the first smartphone with Qualcomm’s latest mid-range chipset, the Snapdragon 675 which is and Octa-core AIE processor that holds two Kryo 460 Gold cores running at 2.0 GHz and six Kryo 460 Silver cores clocked at 1.7 GHz., which clearly outperforms the Snapdragon 660 and in terms of Raw performance in single-core benchmark matches up to the Snapdragon 845. Although the new and improved Adreno 612 barely makes any impact when compared to its predecessor the Adreno 512 in the Snapdragon 660. While operating with FunTouch OS 5.0 that runs on Android 9 Pie OS. The V15 Pro offers Game Mode 5.0 for optimizing the Adreno 612’s performance during gaming. 

The Phone comes with a 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 256 GB with a micro SD card. Speaking of BenchMark scores, in terms of the multi-core score at GeekBench it scores 6527 and as for Single-core score, it is at about 2386 which is very impressive considering the Snapdragon 675. AnTuTu Benchmark score of the V15 Pro is 180774 and can be considered to be pretty fast at the mid-range processor segment. 

Taking on the exterior of the device, it comes with a polycarbonate back panel, which does looks premium in the eyes because of the subtle stripes pattern on the back but kind of feels plastic which held on to the hands, for which the Company provides an additional in-box back cover that has a transparent glass finish at the back along with rubber finish at the side for perfect grip of the phone.  While weighing around 185 grams, the phone measures 157.2 x 74.7 x8.2 mm. What’s also to take on notice is the 2.5 D glass on the notch less display which makes the smartphone to achieve an impressive 91.64% screen-to-body ratio. However, there isn’t any protection on the display as the company so users must take care of that beautiful screen on their hands. 

Coming to the rest of the features, Vivo offers its exclusive Dual-Engine Fast Charging, which claims to charge up to 24% in just 15 minutes. However, the phone does not offer any USB Type C leading it only support the normal Micro USB 2.0 for its 3700 MAh battery. The phone takes less than 2 hours to completely charge and will provide a backup of 1 to 1.5 days with normal usage.

Apart from this, the handset is equipped with the general connectivity features such as Dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. While it is said that V15 Pro models which NFC support will be available in some regions like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Russia.

Overall, Vivo V15 Pro is an interesting smartphone with a nice design, funky features like pop-up camera, good battery, powerful processor and great overall performance. The price of 29000 is a bit more than expected because if you can spend a bit more you can get flagships like LG G7 and OnePlus 6T.

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2. Honor View 20

View 20

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM
  • 6.39 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 48MP + 3D Sensor
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Blue Colors

Best Price ₹37999



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Honor View 10 came out last year and offered flagship like experience at a price of under 30000. It was a nice smartphone with powerful internals and a good camera. Honor View 20 looks like a big upgrade over View 10 and packs a lot of improvements. Is it the best budget flagship? Is it better than OnePlus 6T? Let's find out in our brief review below.

Honor View 20 comes with a fresh design and it is one of the best we have seen. The back is of glass and is super reflective. It reflects V pattern at different angles. The phone is built well and feels very solid in hand. It has a big battery but doesn't feel too heavy. 

The display on the front is a 6.4 inch LCD panel of Full HD+ 1080p resolution. The display has very thin bezels all around and there is no notch. The camera is placed inside a hole. Honor call it In-screen camera while some other manufacturers call it punch hole display. The camera is placed near the left top edge of the screen. The earpiece is in the top middle and is almost not visible. The display is good but not flagship grade at all. The Full HD+ resolution is mediocre these days and the display isn't too bright either. Color accuracy and viewing angles are decent though. 

The rear camera on Honor View 20 is a 48MP Sony sensor with a TOF 3D secondary lens. This is the first time we are seeing this sensor on a smartphone. The TOF 3D sensor is for mapping the depth of field and is useful in taking portrait shots, AR games etc. The primary 48MP sensor captures great pictures with natural colors, plenty of details and good dynamic range. Even in low light, the pictures captured looks really good. It is an impressive camera sensor and you will love taking pictures on your View 20.

The front camera(inside the display) is a 25MP sensor and it also takes some beautiful pictures. It does tend to beautify the face which is common on most smartphones. The pictures are well detailed and the bokeh effect looks natural as well. 

The Honor View 20 runs on Kirin 980 chipset which is the latest from HiSilicon and performs similarly to Snapdragon 845. It is built on the 7nm process and is very power efficient. There are 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage on View 20. Plenty of RAM and powerful chipset means this phone can handle multiple apps and games without breaking a sweat. Heavy games like PUBG also run smoothly. So, if you are a gamer, View 20 is a good phone for you. 

The View 20 comes loaded with EMUI 9 which is a skin based on Android Pie 9. EMUI has been renamed as Magic UI. It has some bloatware but it is well optimized so everything runs smooth. Plus, it has some nice features like dual apps.

The battery inside the View 20 is 4000 mAh and gives excellent battery backup. With low to medium usage, the phone will last for 2 days on a single charge and with heavy usage, you will get 1 to 1.5 days of battery backup. The phone supports fast charging and comes with a fast charger in the box The charger charges the phone from 0 to more than 50% in just 30 minutes. 

The phone doesn't have any MicroSD slot to increase the storage. Also, there is no support for Wireless charging and no IP rating as well. These are some of the features which define flagship but Honor has skipped all these.

At around 38000, Honor View 20 is a great option if you need a phone which looks great, takes excellent pictures and lasts long. If you need IP rating, Wireless Charging, and MicroSD slot then this is not for you. LG G7 is an excellent option which doesn't look as good but comes with plenty of features and is a proper flagship. If you are a OnePlus fan, then the 6T is a good option.

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3. OnePlus 6T

6T

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM
  • 6.41 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 20MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3700mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Midnight Black, Mirror Black Colors

Best Price ₹37999



Brief Review:

OnePlus is one brand that was built and has grown well on user loyalty hence becoming the leader in the flagship smartphone companies beating low value for money Apple smartphones. OnePlus 6T is the latest smartphone from OnePlus and comes with a few updates from the previous OnePlus 6 and a similar launch price. Let find out everything about the 6T is this brief review.

OnePlus 6T comes with a slightly bigger 6.41 inch Full HD AMOLED type display. This does not come with the Quad HD screen but it has perfect colors, saturation and brightness levels. There is a waterdrop notch at the top which holds the front camera, proximity sensor, and an earpiece. You do get the option to hide the notch if you do not like it. The bezels at the bottom are slightly reduced compared to the OnePlus 6. The fingerprint sensor has been upgraded to the in-display sensor and the headphone jack has been removed. There is a Gorilla Glass 6 to protect the screen from damage and the box bundles a back case to protect the back from damage as it is also glass. So overall OnePlus 6T is a refreshed design on OnePlus 6.  

It is powered by the topmost Snapdragon 845 which has now featured in a handful of smartphones with the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL being the latest entrant. The performance, without any iota of doubt, is the smoothest and there is no lag or hiccups whatsoever. The performance also gets a boost because OnePlus comes with the Oxygen OS which is one of the cleanest custom Android UI. On the hardware we have 6 GB and 8 GB RAM variants RAM with 128 GB internal storage. As with other Snapdragon 845 processor phones, the gaming and multitasking are super smooth and offer a great experience. There is no option to increase the storage and the phone only supports dual sim with no SD card slot.

Coming to the brief overview of the camera of OnePlus 6T, we see that the sensors remain the same as in the OnePlus 6 with some improved software features and functionality which will anyways be added to the OnePlus 6. On the rear camera, we have a dual sensor with a 16MP f/1.7 aperture which supports OIS - Optical Image Stabilisation and a 20MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture. The captures images look very much accurate in clours, sharpness, and brightness. The autofocus works really well and is quick. The camera app comes with many modes like the Pro mode, portrait mode, night mode, time-lapse, panorama, and a few others. The new night mode is used to enhance the low light photography by capturing more light and the phone does the job really well. HDR mode brings more details and makes the image attractive

The portrait shots in outdoor lightning come with proper edge detection and bokeh effect. No image looks over processed and proper details are captured in every click. The portrait shots in the low light images are good but not the best. They face some noise and not consistent all the times. The selfie camera has a 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and has EIS support. The front camera performance is also outstanding and can capture a lot of details with color accuracy.

In the video recording, the phone supports 4K recording at 60 fps with OIS while 4K recording at 30 fps only has Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS). All video recorded at 1080p or lower resolution gets the Optical Image Stabilisation. Overall the camera performance has not changed much compared to the OnePlus 6 but is the best pick in the given price range of 40k. OnePlus 6T scores a massive 98 points on the DXO Mark.

From the software perspective, OnePlus 6T has the custom Oxygen OS build over the Android 9 (Pie) and is one of the cleanest custom operating systems which is fast and not at all clunky. There are minimum bloatware apps and the OS has many useful features. 

For unlocking, 6T offers a major upgrade with In Display fingerprint sensor compared to the rear sensor on the OnePlus 6. The sensor is very accurate but not as fast as the rear sensor. The performance has certainly improved with the previous phones having a display sensor. The response is not a touch and go and takes a few extra milliseconds to unlock the phone. The face unlocks uses the front camera sensor and is super accurate and extremely fast as on the OnePlus 6. 

The battery has also seen a major improvement as it gets an upgrade from 3200 mAh to 3700 mAh and given the clean software, 1080P AMOLED display, we could get a Screen On Time of 5 to 6 hours that results in a full day or more of battery life. There is a USB Type C for charging and the phone comes with a proprietary Dash charger that can charge the battery to 100% in around 60 minutes and quick 35% in just 20 minutes. With the improved battery life and a fast charger, you will never face any issue with this phone. Despite the glass back, we still see no support for wireless charging on this phone.

To make the space for a bigger battery and an in-display fingerprint sensor, OnePlus decided to shun the 3.5 mm headphone jack as we saw on the other flagship smartphones. There is a bundled dongle in the box which you can use when you want to use headphones. 

This phone does not have any official IP certification but the company claims that the phone is rain and splash proof but we proactive is saving it from any dust or water damage as it is not covered in the warranty. 

Overall, OnePlus 6T comes with tiny and big 6 incremental updates over the OnePlus 6 and is a perfect flagship for anyone looking to spend only under 40000 and experience powerful performance, great camera, and super quick charging. For any reason, if you are looking for other option, Honor has listened to you with the launch of Honor View 20 which comes with punch hole display and great looks.

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4. LG G7 ThinQ

G7 ThinQ

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 512 GB
  • 6.1 inch Quad HD+ Display 1440p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 16MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Platinum Colors

Best Price ₹29999



Brief Review:

LG has been a slow player in the smartphone market but has maintained the quality it is known for. This time LG has launched the LG G7 ThinQ which is a budget flagship smartphone and seems to have perfectly delivered in each aspect on the smartphone. As with the latest trend, it has a notch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and a very superior camera. Let us find out the complete list of features, specifications in this review of LG G7 ThinQ.

LG G7 Plus ThinQ comes with a 6.1-inch display which has a Quad HD Plus resolution(1440 x 3120 pixels). Talking about the display quality, it is an HDR screen and has a Dolby Vision Certification. It is amazingly bright which looks gorgeous and provides you with the best picture and visual quality and very punchier colors. On the design side, the front has a notch design which translates to an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and 564PPI. You get a corning gorilla glass 5 on the back which is sort of a fingerprint magnet but looks a premium smartphone.LG has also added a cloth in the box for cleaning the fingerprint smudges when you get them. There is a rigid aluminum frame in between the front and back giving a solid hold to the smartphone. The phone is narrower compared to the standard design in other smartphone and is easy to hold in hand. The notch has an option to be removed if you are not a fan of it. 

On the performance side, LG has left no stone unturned and has made no compromise. LG G7+ ThinQ is powered by the beast Snapdragon 845 smartphone which is seen on the likes of OnePlus 6, Zenfone 5Z etc. The processing is supported with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. G7+ like the other smartphones 845 powered smartphones scored a massive 260000 on the AnTuTu Benchmark. You will never feel short on performance whatsoever you ask this smartphone to do. It has an Adreno 630 GPU that very well enhances your gaming experience and no lag or heating issues could be observed in our usage. So not much to talk on the performance as it can handle everything you throw at it. To expand the storage over the inbuilt 64GB, there is a hybrid sim slot that can expand the storage up to 512 MB.

Coming to the camera of the LG G7 Plus ThinQ, it has a dual 16MP(f/1.6) + 16MP(f/1.9) on the back. The f/1.9 sensor also has a 16mm lens for wide-angle shots and can easily capture about twice the normal frame. Here the camera captures perfect shots having the best in class color reproduction and crispness in the image and works well in both well lit and low light shots. The portrait shots are also brilliant with proper edge detection. The front camera is an 8MP sensor which also supports bokeh shots, HDR mode etc and though the selfie clicks are really good and cover a lot of details but is a tad below when compared with the likes of the flagship phones like Samsung S9 or S9 Plus. Also, there is an option to vary the amount of blurriness(bokeh) you want to put in the image when it has been clicked.  Overall, the camera impresses us with its quality and features and certainly, LG has done a tremendous task for under 40k smartphone.

LG in this G7 Plus has put a special focus on the audio quality both via the speakers and the audio quality via the headphone jack. Here the speaker is a boombox speaker that is perfectly loud and amplifies the sound. The only disappointment here is the phone does not have a stereo speaker and the earpiece is not being used as a secondary speaker. The audio via the headphone jack is one of the best one compared to any smartphone and if you listen to a lot of music or watch videos, it will totally immerse you in the highest quality audio output. It uses the DTS X technology to deliver the excellent sound experience. LG has also bundled an LG branded in-ear styled earphone which is pretty good and has a top-notch quality.

The battery on this smartphone is rated at 3000 mAh and the box bundles an 18 W fast charger. There is a USB type C on the phone and the battery lasts for a complete day. This is because of the optimization LG has added optimization in the display and has low power mode to save the battery. Though, for a high-end user, the battery life may not last a complete day and charging may be required in between.

The phone runs on Android 8.0 and has an LG custom skin over it. The UI has very little bloatware but the interface looks clunky and cluttery compared to the standard UI seen in the other phones. You would take some time to adjust to the aesthetics of it. Also, LG has been very slow with the Android updates as the phone still runs on the Android 8.0 and not the 8.1 version. There is a separate button in the middle of the right side that by default launches the Google Assistant. The good thing is that they have added the feature to customize the functionality of the button.

Talking about the other features, we feel that it will be wrong calling this smartphone as a budget flagship, given it has all the flagship features seen in the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, Note 9 etc. Here the LG G7 Plus ThinQ has an IP68 certification which means it is completely water and dust resistant and will not harm the device. Also, the device supports wireless chargingThese are some features which have not been seen in the 30000 price segment. 

LG G7 offers a great flagship experience and is a true flagship killer because of its great price.

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5. Huawei Nova 3 128GB

Nova 3 128GB

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • 3750mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Colors

Best Price ₹34999



Brief Review:

Huawei, as has been seen lately, is more aggressive than ever to make itself count in one of the top smartphone manufacturers. With Huawei Nova 3, the company tries to compete in the budget flagship segment and with the likes on OnePlus 6, Asus Zenfone 5Z as it did by launching the Honor 10, Honor view 10 to compete with previous versions of OnePlus. Here we review the Huawei Nova 3 and discuss the specifications, features and ratings of this gorgeous smartphone.

Huawei Nova 3 has a 6.3-inch full view display with a notch and a Full HD Plus resolution. The aspect ratio stands at 19.5:9 and the display is amazing with its colour reproduction and viewing angle. The back has a glass design which is becoming a Huawei winning formulae as it looks super attractive with its blue and purple shades outputting amazing colours at different angles. The glass back though is a fingerprint magnet but having a transparent back case can save you which also comes bundled in the box.

Talking about the performance factor of this Nova 3. It comes powered with an in-house Kirin 970 processor as was seen in the other Huawei phones in under 30k range like the Honor View 10 and Honor 10. Kirin 970 is a powerful processor and Nova 3 scores a decent 174000 on the AnTuTu Benchmark which is at par with the Snapdragon 835 but not close to the Snapdragon 845 as seen in the similar budget smartphone of 30000 to 40000 like the OnePlus 6 and Zenfone 5Z. The Snapdragon 845 clocks around 270000 points on the AnTuTu benchmark. While checking on the performance and comparing it with the other phones in this range, the performance in day to day usage with decent multitasking, gaming may seem okay and equivalent but when it comes to a super high usage (which SD845 is meant for), the difference could be observed.

Nova 3 with the Kirin 970 gets a 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This smartphone gets also gets a hybrid MicroSD Card slot through which you can expand the storage by up to 256GB, which you usually do not see in a Budget flagship or a flagship smartphone. For the enhancement in the gaming experience, the Nova 4 comes with GPU turbo that brings out best of the graphics and also consumes less power.

On the camera domain, which is one of the most important features from every user perspective, Nova 3 get a dual rear camera with a 16MP primary sensor and a 24MP monochrome sensor both having f/1.8 aperture. The images clicked by the camera are perfect in the daylight, the AI used in the camera auto-detects the objects to improvise on the colours but at times they can get over saturated. The camera application in the Nova 3 gives you an option to save the non-AI image if you do not like the modifications done by the AI. The 24MP monochrome sensor is used to click black and white images and works decently well and is also used as a depth sensor for clicking the images with bokeh effect. The portrait shots are perfect with proper edge detection and blurring.

Coming to the low light conditions, the camera struggles a bit due to the lack of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and you need to be extra cautious with stable hands to like a noise-free or low noise image.  Do note that the rear camera has a bump at the back and protrude outside. You can shoot video up to 4K which work fine in the daylight but the low light show noise and blur. Huawei has confirmed that the OIS would be rolled out pretty soon with a software update which would further output better pictures and video quality.

Talking about the front camera of Nova 3, which comes with a dual sensor here as well. Here the camera has a 24 MP primary sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor.  The images are sharp and bright with proper colours all around and the bokeh effects is super amazing. The camera poses an image assistant feature which uses AI, where you can click any image and Amazon assistant would guide you to a list similar products on Amazon. You can use this feature on any image in your phone by touching the image with two fingers.

The gaming performance is smooth and we did not face any lag or frame drops but some heating with the extended gaming. The battery has a 3750 mAh rating and could work enough for a day with medium type usage. The box includes a fast charger but takes about 110 minutes for a full charge, so it is not that fast as with the OnePlus 6. You also get an apple styled earphone in the box.

The software on the Nova 3, is the EMUI 8.2 build on the Android Oreo 8.1 and comes with some neat features that you will love. There are some bloatware apps but they can be removed. The notch also has the option to be removed and the phone to be used as a full view display smartphone.

Nova 3 comes with both fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism. The fingerprint sensor is located at the back and is easily accessible and works fine. The face unlock is done through the front camera but also has IR sensors that allow it to unlock even in low lighting conditions which the other face unlock devices expect the iPhone X fails. Though the face unlock is not as accurate compared to the iPhone X in the low light but does the job most of the time.

There is no IP rating on the phone so it should be protected from dust and water. Overall the phone is a decent piece of budget flagship with good hardware specifications but looks to not beat the likes of Onplus 6 either in performance or the camera quality.

In the launch offers, you can avail a discount of Rs 3000 when you buy Nova 3 using Amex card. You can check the other Nova 3 launch offers here.

 

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6. Xiaomi Poco F1 256GB

Poco F1 256GB

Features

  • 8 GB RAM | 256 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.18 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Graphite Black, Steel Blue Colors

Best Price ₹27999



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Pocophone is a sub-brand of Xiaomi like Realme is of Oppo and Pocophone or known as Poco has launched its first smartphone in India on 22nd August 2018. Pocophone has left everyone amazed with a very aggressive pricing despite being powered by the top shot Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which we saw in the OnePlus 6 and the Zenfone 5ZPoco F1 comes with a notch display, a powerful battery, a good to go camera and everything that a user looking to spend 25k would look for. It smashes all the record of the value for money score and here in this review, we discuss the specifications, features and every detail on the Poco F1, which you as a prospective buyer would look for.

Poco F1 comes with a 6.18 inch Full HD plus display having a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels. The display has a notch design which is slightly big and holds the front camera and the IR sensor. The software gives you the option to disable the notch if you do not like it and use the phone like a bezel-less display phone. The screen is of IPS LCD type and is of good quality with perfect brightness and no issues could be observed even using it in the direct sunlight with auto brightness. The one thing which we found a little weird are the thin bezels even above the notch which does affect its looks and design. 

On the build quality side, the Poco Phone comes with a polycarbonate body which is a small compromise comparing the beautiful and gorgeous glass design pattern which we see in the phones today. That does not mean the phone ranks poor on the build quality, overall it is good with metal in between back and front and is decent at the price point considering what all it offers as discussed below. The 8GB 256 GB variant comes in a Kevlar back material which is textured and looks better with a better build quality and is priced at 29k. You can take a look at the Kevlar variant here. The Pocophone is not a fingerprint magnet and there are no smudges as we see on the smartphones with glass designs. Also, there is a translucent case bundled in the box.

Coming to the highlight of this Poco F1, The Performance, and here everyone has their jaw dropped as we witness the all-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which till date was only seen in the budget flagship and the flagship smartphone. The Snapdragon 845 in a budget smartphone at 21k is totally insane and has put a big question in front of other manufacturers to think of what should they introduce next. Snapdragon 845 needs no introduction as it was seen in the OnePlus 6 and the Zenfone 5Z. It is an octa-core processor comprising of 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver along with Adreno 630 GPU. The Poco F1 also witnesses the LiquidCool Technology, which keeps the CPU temperature maintained that allows the Snapdragon 845 to perform to its full capacity when you are gaming in the super heavy mode.

The phone comes with a 6GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 256 GB with the hybrid micro SD card slot. Without any iota of doubt, the performance is mind-blowing and the RAM management is amazing, the multitasking is super smooth, the gaming performance is brilliant and we did not find even a small hiccup in our usage. The Poco F1 scores a massive 285302 on the Antutu Benchmark shattering any record that existed for a smartphone priced around 20000. On the GeekBench, the Poco F1 scores, 2467 on the Single Core and 9081 on the multi-core, and we would ask you, what else would you get for only Rs 20000. Full marks on the performance to the master of speed, Poco F1.

On the next important aspect of the Poco F1, the camera. Here we get a dual read camera placed vertically in the middle of the phone with 12MP Sony IMX363 + 5MP Samsung, f/1.75 sensors and dual LED flash. The colours in the photo look rich and the shots are pretty much detailed. The images are sharp and you are going to love it for 21000 bucks. Frankly speaking, the camera is not as great as the OnePlus 6 priced at 35000 but gives a tough competition to it.  There is support for 4K videos but the Poco F1 only supports Electronic Image stabilization (EIS) and does not support Optical Image stabilization (OIS). In the portrait mode, the edge detection in bang on and we could see even the hairline edges are very well aligned. There are some AI optimizations in the colours using the object detection. The low light shots are also very bright and contain very less noise, OnePlus 6 is better but only by a tad margin as it captures more light and has slightly better low light images. Also, OnePlus 6 has better image stabilization because of the presence of OIS and the difference could be seen in the videos recorded at 4K resolution of Poco F1 and OnePlus 6.

The front camera comes with a 20 MP sensor and it also supports the portrait mode. The shots are full of details and you might even look better than what you look in the real life. At the pricing of 21k, we are in love with what the camera has to offer. A budget flagship capability in a budget pricing in what Poco offers. The camera configuration, is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro and people had questions that if the camera performance in any better? So here, we do not think we should compare, because the camera image quality on the Poco F1 is far better and class apart than the Note 5 Pro which is also directed by a far better image signal processor in the Snapdragon 845.  Poco F1 has the best ever camera seen in any phone in India for a pricing of 21000.

The PocoPhone F1, runs on MIUI 9.6 with POCO specific optimization and is build over the Android Oreo. Poco has promised an update to the MIUI 10 and also the Android P (Pie). The MIUI has some bloatware but the POCO has enabled the gesture recognition which if enabled on your device removes the three button from the bottom and reads your gesture for all the tasks, something similar to what we saw in the iPhone X.

Poco F1 not just comes with a massive processor but a huge battery life. it features a non-removable 4000 mAh battery and gives a screen on time of around 6.5 to 7 hours and with medium usage, you can easily run with the phone for at least 1.5 days. Fro the heaviest of usage, you may still see a battery backup for a full day, this speaks volume of the optimization that comes with the phone and the efficiency of the Snapdragon 845 processor. The Poco F1 has a USB type C port and supports Quick Charge 3.0(quickly charges up the first 20%) with a fast charger bundled in the box. The total time it takes for the charging is about 100-110 minutes.  Poco F1 is not water or dust resistant and there is no IP rating so keep it protected from any damage.

For the unlocking, Poco F1 comes with a fingerprint sensor just below the rear camera and is super quick. It takes less time than the blink of the eye. For the face unlocking, which is also very accurate and fast comes with an additional feature of IR sensor, which enables you to unlock the phone even in darkness. It has a stereo speaker where the main speaker is located at the bottom and the earpiece is used as the second speaker but you do not get a true stereo speaker like seen in the Zenfone 5z but it is decent enough for the pricing. 

After all this, we can just say that Poco has entered the market with a band and is a total game changer for the industry. Without any doubt, the Poco F1 is the best smartphone under 25000 and we can hear the trumpets of the thumping victory this Poco F1 from Xiaomi is going to blow.

The Poco F1 sale starts from 29th August 2018 and is exclusively available on Flipkart via the flash sale. For the 21k variant, you are going to see huge demand as was for the Note 5 Pro. There is a launch offer with Poco F1 where you can get additional Rs 1000 discount if you pay via HDFC credit and debit card.

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7. Vivo Nex

Nex

Features

  • 8 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM
  • 6.6 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Colors

Best Price ₹39990



Brief Review:

Vivo Nex in its first impression looks like a perfect start from Vivo to compete with the likes of OnePlus 6. With such an innovation, a beautiful design, brilliant camera and a powerful processor, Vivo Nex seems to be a perfect recipe for the winning formula. We reviewed this powerhouse and here we bring the Vivo Nex Review. Let us look at each of the features, specifications in our review of the Vivo Nex and more about preorder and the launch offers.

The bezel-less display(18:9 aspect ratio) was the hot topic of 2017 and beginning of 2018 which was followed by the notch display. Vivo, Oppo, Honor and Asus were the first companies to adapt to the notch display quickly after the iPhone X notch became a hit.  While not all the brands have yet adapted to the notch display, Vivo seems to have found a new alternative to the notch display with a perfect bezel-less design and a motorized front camera.

Vivo with this Vivo Nex brings in a huge 6.59-inch display with a screen to body ratio of 91.24 and an aspect ratio of 19.3:9. There is no notch but screen all around with very minimum bezel at the bottom. It has a patterned back which shows different colourful design from different angles. Its no doubt but the device is an absolute gorgeous masterpiece.

The 6.59-inch display has a Full HD Plus resolution of 2316 x 1080 pixels. It is a Super AMOLED display as we see with most of the Samsung phones and these displays are the best. Though the PPI number might seem less for Vivo Nex, the colour reproduction, brightness and the viewing angles are perfect and top notch. The more the better and surely 1440p would have been better than the 1080p but the current 1080p seems to have made no major compromise in the quality.

Coming to the powerhouse, the processor and performance review of the Vivo Nex. Here also, Vivo has made no compromise to the performance capability and runs on the best Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor to offer the flagship grade performance.  It is the same processor seen in OnePlus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5Z and there is nothing better than Snapdragon 845. Vivo Nex scores a massive 262553 on the Antutu Benchmarks. Along with a very solid processor, Vivo Nex also packs an 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The performance is an absolute stunner and it easily handles multiple apps, heavy games and everything you throw at this beast with super ease. There is no single hiccup observed during our review of Vivo Nex.

Thanks to this performance, the gaming experience of this Vivo Nex was amazing. The top end games loaded very quickly and it was a treat to eyes to play them on such a big and beautiful display. There was no frame drops or lag observed while gaming on Vivo Nex. Now, it is time to talk about the most talked and amusing feature of the Vivo Nex, the Camera. Vivo has always been particular about the camera quality in all its phone ranges and does the same with the Vivo Nex.

Vivo Nex comes supports a dual rear camera with the primary 12MP sensor and a 5MP depth sensor for the bokeh(portrait) shots. It has the Sony IMX363 sensors and clicks very beautiful images. The images have deeper details and clarity with vibrant colours.  The portrait shots are perfect and the camera quality does not fall short of anything. Vivo Nex camera supports a 4 axis OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) and clicks great low light images. The smartphone uses AI Scene Recognition to beautify and enhance the images.

Vivo nex front elevated camera

In the front camera, Vivo Nex has an 8MP sensor and the more attracting feature in the motorized camera as in the above image. In the Camera app, whenever you switch to the front camera, there is a piece of hardware that pops out from the top of the smartphone which holds the 8 MP sensor camera.  The motorized camera goes back inside the phone whenever you close the camera app or switch to the rear camera. The images are full of details but the low light images tend to bring some noise. The front camera also supports bokeh shots. There is only one concern that there could be a lot of damage to the front camera module if the phone gets accidentally dropped with the camera elevated.

Vivo Nex also features AR stickers or both front and rear camera which look great. It also supports professional mode, where you can adjust the ISO, exposure, shutter speed and other factors to make the image look perfect. Talking about the camera quality, it is one of the best in this price range and gives a strong competition to the OnePlus 6. Full points to Vivo, for bringing the motorized camera concept to the Vivo Nex Smartphone. The motorized front camera concept was also seen in the recently launched Oppo Find X.

On the other features, Vivo Nex comes with an in display fingerprint sensor as was seen in the Vivo X21. The in display fingerprint sensor works smoothly and accurately but takes a fraction of second extra to unlock the phone compared to the normal fingerprint sensor. There is no face unlocking available as the front camera in hidden and only pops out when the camera app is switched to front camera mode. This Vivo Nex, comes with Screen SoundCasting technology. Here the smartphone does not have any earpiece for taking the calls but a motor sitting behind the screen and vibrates the display and you can hear it as you are listening via an earpiece.

In the Vivo Nex, there is a power button on the left side and a similar looking button on the right side which opens up the Google Lens application and a long press open the Google Assistant. Vivo Nex has a massive battery of 4000 mAh which is another positive point considering the flagship phone do not see such a big battery. It offers a battery backup of around 1.5 days and supports fast charging via USB Type C port. The inbox charger is rated at 10V 2.25A, and is a fast charger that takes about 40 minutes to charge around 50%. There is no MicroSD card slot but the 128 GB of storage should be sufficient for all the users. Vivo Nex supports proper dual sim usage and has a sim tray for two nano sims.

This smartphone runs on its custom FunTouch OS which is based on the Android 8.1 Oreo. The FunTouch OS is smooth with some bloatware. There is no IP rating on this phone so keep in safe from water and dust and this is the only negative point we see in this flagship Vivo Nex.

The perfectly crafted Vivo Nex comes has a couple of things in the inbox accessories. It has a Vivo branded in-ear style earphones, a rubberized case which is again of good quality, and a fast charger. Overall, Vivo Nex is a complete package for a budget flagship-grade smartphone and has a perfect value of money score. But you might feel irritated or uncomfortable initially with so many new things happening, especially if you are not much into love for technology.

With a motorized front camera, in display fingerprint sensor, perfect camera and crisp display, you are in for a complete fun with this Vivo Nex. Vivo Nex certainly is the frontrunner now to set the new standard for the future true bezel-less phones and other features. 

Vivo Nex Launch Offers

Vivo Nex is exclusively available on Amazon at a price of Rs 44900. It comes with amazing launch offers as follows.  With these launch offers, the Vivo Nex looks to be a great value for money phone.

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Flat Rs 4000 off with HDFC card Valid on any HDFC Bank Credit cards (EMI and non-EMI transactions) and Debit cards (EMI transactions).
 Extra ₹5000 off on an exchange Exchange any old smartphone and get Rs 5000 extra off compared to regular exchange value on Amazon. 
Assured buyback worth Rs 22495 Get a coupon to shop on  shop.vivo.com/in if you wish to upgrade to another Vivo phone after 9-11 months of usage.
One time free screen replacement  Valid for 6 months from the date of purchase.

Note that these launch offers are only valid with 16th August 2018.

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8. Asus Zenfone 5Z

Zenfone 5Z

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6.2 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 8MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8 MP
  • 3300mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Silver, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹21999



Brief Review:

Asus Zenfone 5Z looks like a great bet from Asus for capturing the budget flagship market in India which is dominated by the likes of OnePls 6 and Honor 10. It has a very powerful configuration and some great features which makes it a true competitor in the budget flagship space. We are expecting Asus to be very competitive with the pricing and it can cost around 29999. We will update this review when the official pricing and unveiled. Let us talk about its specifications and reviews as a smartphone priced under 30000. The phone will be officially launched in India on 4th July 2018 and sale would start a week after that. It will be sold exclusively via Flipkart.

Asus Zenfone 5Z comes with a beautiful 6.3-inch display which has a Full HD Plus resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. It comes with a notch design and the IPS display has a perfect colour reproduction. With a screen to body ratio of 90 per cent, the phone looks amazing. The back of the phone has a reflective design that looks attractive and stylish. Both the back and front are protected by a 2.5 D Gorilla Glass. Despite a big screen size, the phone is sleek, lightweight and is easily operatable by one hand. The display also has a feature where its colour temperature is adjusted automatically based on the ambient lighting conditions. Zenfone 5Z has a solid build quality and feels sturdy holding in hand. 

This Zenfone 5Z is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor as seen in the OnePlus 6, which is one of the best in the smartphones segment and scores heavily(274449) on the Antutu Benchmark. This smartphone has one heck of a performance, with the apps, usage and gaming even on the highest setting being super smooth. The performance with the most powerful processor is simply top notch. It has an Adreno 630 GPU  that basically escalates your gaming experience to an all new level. It can easily handle multiple games without any lag and no heating issues were observed. This phone has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage and comes in multiple variants. It also has a dedicated microSD card which can help expand the storage by 2TB.

Let us know talk about the camera part. It has a vertically stacked dual rear camera of 12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor and a 5MP sensor with 120-degree wide angle view. The camera performance is flagship grade and both the daylight and low light shots are amazingly beautiful with no shortfall observed. The images are sharp, clear and bright and have perfect saturation level. With a dual camera, it supports bokeh mode and has perfect edge detection. The front camera is an 8 MP sensor and clicks clear selfies and supports HDR, beauty, portrait mode among others. This phone also supports slow motion video and time lapse video and they look amazing.

There is also support for 4K video recording with the rear camera and it has OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) and EIS(Electronic Image Stabilization) that results is super smooth video recording without any noise or disturbance even while moving. The camera comes with an AI mode, where it automatically detects the type of object and recreates the captured image by adjusting the saturation level, white balance, to output the best images.

Inside the notch design, there is an earpiece and where front camera located. The earpiece also works as a speaker for stereo audio. This phone has a 3.5 mm jack and the phone only 7.8 mm thick. The box comes with an in-ear type headphones, a transparent case, a fast charger with USB Type C cable.  This phone supports fast charging and has a USB type C port. 

There is a fingerprint sensor on the back and uses the front camera for face unlocking. Both the methods are accurate and fast so you will not face any issue. This phone comes with the "AI Features". Apart from AI in the camera, it has AI boost that can be accessed from the drop-down menu when scrolled from the top and gives a one-time boost to the speed of the phone.  It also has basic applications of AI like AI charging, which optimized the charging based on the current charging percentage and improves the lifespan of a battery. It also has an AI in ringtone volume control that adjusts the volume of your phone depending on if you are in a noisy environment or not and can be a lot helpful at times.

It has a battery rated at 3300 mAh which can backup the phone for around a day. This phone runs on Android 8.0 with a custom ZenUI over it. The skin is smooth with stock android (no bloatware) and is user-friendly. There is no IP rating so you will have to keep your phone protected from dust and water.

Asus has launched Zenfone 5Z in 3 variants: 6GB 64GB, 8GB 128GB and 8GB 256GB. As you can see there are plenty of options to choose from. Price of 6GB 64GB is 29999, 8GB 128GB is 32999 and 8GB 256GB is 36999. We think the middle variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage provides the best value for money.

Overall at this price, it is a brilliant phone from Asus with perfect quality and performance and with no major shortcoming. Compared to the likes of OnePlus 6 and Honor 10, Asus Zenfone 5Z offers better value for money and makes it the best and our favorite budget flagship smartphone.

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9. LG G7 Plus ThinQ

G7 Plus ThinQ

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 512 GB
  • 6.1 inch Quad HD+ Display 1440p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 16MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Platinum Colors

Best Price ₹40000



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LG has been a slow player in the smartphone market but has maintained the quality it is known for. This time LG has launched the LG G7+ ThinQ which is a budget flagship smartphone and seems to have perfectly delivered in each aspect on the smartphone. As with the latest trend, it has a notch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and a very superior camera. Let us find out the complete list of features, specifications in this review of LG G7+ ThinQ.

LG G7 Plus ThinQ comes with a 6.1-inch display which has a Quad HD Plus resolution(1440 x 3120 pixels). Talking about the display quality, it is an HDR screen and has a Dolby Vision Certification. It is amazingly bright which looks gorgeous and provides you with the best picture and visual quality and very punchier colours. On the design side, the front has a notch design which translates to an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and 564PPI. You get a corning gorilla glass 5 on the back which is sort of a fingerprint magnet but looks a premium smartphone.LG has also added a cloth in the box for cleaning the fingerprint smudges when you get them. There is a rigid aluminium frame in between the front and back given a solid hold to the smartphone. The phone is narrower compared to the standard design in other smartphone and is easy to hold in hand. The notch has an option to be removed if you are not a fan of it. 

On the performance side, LG has left no stone unturned and has made no compromise. LG G7+ ThinQ is powered by the beast Snapdragon 845 smartphone which is seen on the likes of OnePlus 6, Zenfone 5Z etc. The processing is supported with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. G7+ like the other smartphones 845 powered smartphones scored a massive 270000 on the AnTuTu Benchmark. You will never feel short on performance whatsoever you ask this smartphone to do. It has an Adreno 630 GPU that very well enhances your gaming experience and no lag or heating issues could be observed in our usage. So not much to talk on the performance as it can handle everything you throw at it. To expand the storage over the inbuilt 128GB, there is a hybrid sim slot that can expand the storage up to 512 MB.

Coming to the camera of the LG G7 Plus ThinQ, it has a dual 16MP(f/1.6) + 16MP(f/1.9) on the back. The f/1.9 sensor also has a 16mm lens for wide-angle shots and can easily capture about twice the normal frame. Here the camera captures perfect shots having the best in class colour reproduction and crispness in the image and works well in both well lit and low light shots. The portrait shots are also brilliant with proper edge detection. The front camera is an 8MP sensor which also supports bokeh shots, HDR mode etc and though the selfie clicks are really good and cover a lot of details but is a tad below when compared with the likes of the flagship phones like Samsung S9 or S9 Plus. Also, there is an option to vary the amount of blurriness(bokeh) you want to put in the image when it has been clicked.  Overall, the camera impresses us with its quality and features and certainly, LG has done a tremendous task for under 40k smartphone.

LG in this G7 Plus has put a special focus on the audio quality both via the speakers and the audio quality via the headphone jack. Here the speaker is a boombox speaker that is perfectly loud and amplifies the sound. The only disappointment here is the phone does not have a stereo speaker and the earpiece is not being used as a secondary speaker. The audio via the headphone jack is one of the best one compared to any smartphone and if you listen to a lot of music or watch videos, it will totally immerse you in the highest quality audio output. It uses the DTS X technology to deliver the excellent sound experience. LG has also bundled an LG branded in-ear styled earphone which is pretty good and has a top-notch quality.

The battery on this smartphone is rated at 3000 mAh and the box bundles an 18 W fast charger. There is a USB type C on the phone and the battery lasts for a complete day. This is because of the optimization LG has added optimization in the display and has low power mode to save the battery. Though, for a high-end user, the battery life may not last a complete day and charging may be required in between.

The phone runs on Android 8.0 and has an LG custom skin over it. The UI has very little bloatware but the interface looks clunky and cluttery compared to the standard UI seen in the other phones. You would take some time to adjust to the aesthetics of it. Also, LG has been very slow with the Android updates as the phone still runs on the Android 8.0 and not the 8.1 version. There is a separate button in the middle of the right side that by default launches the Google Assistant. The good thing is that they have added the feature to customize the functionality of the button.

Talking about the other features, we feel that it will be wrong calling this smartphone as a budget flagship, given it has all the flagship features seen in the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, Note 9 etc. Here the LG G7 Plus ThinQ has an IP 68 certification which means it is completely water and dust resistant and will not harm the device. Also, the device supports wireless charging (Check out the best wireless chargers)These are some features which have not been seen in the under 40k pricing. So LG has gone with perfect pricing of the smartphone this time and introduced the flagship features in the budget flagship price point.

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10. LG V30 Plus

V30 Plus

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch Quad HD+ 1440p
  • Back Camera: 16MP+13MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 3300mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Silver Colors

Best Price ₹24999



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LG launched Its flagship of the year, LG V30+ in August 2017. Reinforcing the trend of bezel-less displays, V30+ ditches bezels, and is packed in a beautiful design that never fails to impress. On the top and bottom, you do get some bezels, for housing the camera and speakers.

The smartphone flaunts a 6.0-inch P-OLED by LG, similar to one found on Google Pixel 2 XL, but with no widespread controversies to go along with it. The edge to edge screen, at an aspect ratio of 18:9, with a resolution of 1440 x 2880, packs an enormous pixel density of ~537 PPI. The screen justifies the praise with Its colors, crispness, and vibrancy. It handles contrast quite well too. With mercy on your eyes as the colors are not Samsung level saturated but still not the most natural and accurate like iPhone X.

The LG V30 Plus display has a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, to give you some assurance with your careless handling. Nonetheless, the display is really impressive and tops everything else from LG, right now. It's not in the league of Samsung and Apple, but LG is doing pretty well.

The LG V30 Plus has a Snapdragon 835 at its core, much like every other flagship of 2017. The performance is undoubtedly blazing fast. The SoC is supported by 4GB of RAM, which might seem less on a flagship level to you compared with others like the OnePlus and Samsung Note 8, It still is a lot more than you would require for your multitasking dreams.

On the graphics front, we have Adreno 540 packed inside the Snapdragon 835, that makes the heaviest of games, quite smooth on this device. The performance as expected is flagship grade, with smoothness and fluidity in all the workloads, no hiccups on stutter whatsoever.

That’s what you expect from a flagship and LG promises that with V30 Plus. When comparing with other flagships of 2017, do expect a little less on benchmarking numbers compared to others with more RAM or better system optimisations, in real life, It really doesn’t matter much. On AnTuTu benchmark, the V30+ scores a bit higher than the Samsung Galaxy S8+ at 174456 points. On the GeekBench, It scores 1903 in single core, less than the Samsung Galaxy S8+’s 2006. On multi-core tests, LG V30+ scores 6495.

LG V30+ is LG’s flagship of the year 2017, and It clearly shows in the camera performance as well. There’s a dual camera organization with a 16MP sensor (f/1.6, OIS, PDAF) + 13MP (f/1.9), on paper this is probably the best camera setup of the year in all flagships, the performance doesn’t justify those numbers fully, though. It doesn’t match up or even put up an edge to edge competition with other contemporaries like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 or the HTC U11 or Apple iPhone X. Google’s Pixel 2 is in another league. The smartphone does good with low-light photos, all thanks to those wide aperture lenses. LG’s Image processing is to blame here, and certainly, It can get better with updates to software, which isn’t the case here.

The video prowess of LG V30+ is also supreme, LG’s camera software is great with tons of configuration options, inside the camera app itself. If you are into raw videography and editing, you’ll fall in love for sure. Again, the numbers don’t match up with the performance but It is not that bad either. Pro Tip: Don’t compare it with the likes of Pixel 2, iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8 and you’ll be at peace.

On the front, you get a 5MP sensor, which is again decent but not the best of the lot. The low-light selfie lovers aren’t going to be much pleased with a f/2.2 aperture on the front shooter.

LG V30+ is powered by Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) out of the box, with no solid promises from LG regarding the coveted Oreo update. Android Nougat no doubt is good, but It is a 2-year old software, Oreo is considerably better and brings a lot more to the device, sadly V30+ doesn’t have that update in sight.

The LG V30 Plus comes with an average 3300 mAH battery, which works fine and will pull you through the day, but If you are a heavy user, the battery might not last for a full day. The smartphone is also enabled with Wireless charging if you are into it.

Also into the mix is QuickCharge 3.0, with 50% of battery in just 36min of charge. Let's talk about the IP Rating now, the V30+ is IP68 certified, so totally dust and water resistant, Peace of Mind.

The LG V30+ comes in at a price of Rs.44,990 in India and can be bought from  Amazon. The pricing is certainly aggressive but doesn’t match up against the likes of OnePlus 5T. If you need great performance and stunning design then go for it.

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