Even a year back, flagships phone carried that flagship price which was always upwards of Rs 50,000. They would have the latest flagship chipset, lots of memory and storage, a good display and a reliable camera. In 2018 though, the concept of a flagship premium phone has undergone some changes. While the factors which make up a flagship phone has remained the same, they’re now more affordable than ever. Let’s take a look at the best premium phones you can buy under Rs 40,000 on Amazon India:
The OnePlus 6 is rightfully called the ‘flagship killer’ for the sort of hardware it packs under the hood and the price it’s offered in. The OnePlus 6 is powered by the Snapdragon 845 paired with upto 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. It has a 6.28-inch AMOLED panel with a notch on top, along with a dual 16+20MP camera on the back along with a 16MP camera on the front. The hardware is right up there with most expensive flagships. It even has a stunning glass design and more importantly, it’s one of the fastest phone around with regular updates.
Samsung A8 Star
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star borrows a lot of features from its flagship siblings, making it an attractive premium phone under Rs 40,000. The A8 Star packs a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio and FHD+ resolution. There’s a Snapdragon 660 powering the phone which is paired with up to 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. On the back is a 24+16MP dual camera unit that can take some good, well-exposed shots while up front is a 24MP sensor for selfies. The phones comes in a premium glass design.
The Vivo X21 introduced the in-display fingerprint sensor and it surely looks cool. The phone’s 6.28-inch notched display has the fingerprint sensor embedded under it. To unlock the phone, all you have to press down on the screen and you’re done. There’s no fingerprint sensor on the outside interrupting the glass design. It’s also curved from the edges for a better grip. There’s a Snapdragon 660 SoC under the hood paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The LG V30+ is the company’s flagship launched late last year. Even after all these months, it remains to be an attractive smartphone to buy purely because of its camera prowess. It’s one of the best for bloggers. There’s a Snapdragon 835 chipset powering the phone coupled with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. It sports a 6-inch P-OLED panel with support for Dolby Vision and HDR10. Further, on the back is a 16+13MP dual camera unit where the secondary sensor can take sweeping ultra-wide shots. On the front is a 5MP sensor for selfies. The camera can pan and zoom without any shakes and has cinematic filters that make videos look sharp and crisp. It’s also one of the best phones for an audiophile as it packs a Quad DAC inside.
Google Pixel XL
The first generation Google Pixel XL took everyone by surprise with the camera on its back. It’s a single camera unit that can beat most dual camera phones out there. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor has a traditional 16:9 5.5-inch AMOLED panel. The 12.3MP camera on the back is the main highlight of the phone. It relies on computational photography to enhance photos digitally after they’re shot. Further, since this is a phone made by Google, the OS is updated by the company itself and it’s timely and regular.
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