The Best Android Smartphones Under 45000 in India

by Oct 23, 2019

Smartphones under 45000, in India, lie within the premium category. In this segment of the market, while upcoming brands are introducing smartphones with powerful specifications and competitive prices, established brands are innovating further in exclusive and premium features. Here is a list of a few popular models that are worth considering:

The 4 Best Android Smartphones Under 45000

1.

One Plus 7

One Plus 7
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.41" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3700 mAh

Overview

The One Plus 7 is a lower-end premium offering of One Plus with features that closely match the prowess of its flagship sibling, the One Plus 7 Pro. It is one of the few phones in the market within this price range that can boast of the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor which also powers its premium sibling. This powerful processor enables a genuinely smooth and lag-free experience for the smartphone.

The One Plus 7 runs OxygenOS, its own customized version of Android. It comes in two variants: 6GB RAM + 128 GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256 GB storage, and the UFS 3.0 storage standard enables a higher data rate capacity. Cradled in a glass sandwich design with a metal chassis, is a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED screen. The display provides a satisfactory reproduction of brightness and contrast. Additional controls to balance colour and toggle between night and reading modes also impress.

The camera specifications of the One Plus 7 is something that one would generally expect keeping in view its competitors. This smartphone sports a dual rear camera set up with a 48MP primary sensor and 5MP depth sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation that enables good clarity. The front camera is of 16 MP.

A 3700mAh battery that can run efficiently through the day adequately supports this overall solid performer. The One Plus 7 comes in two colour variants, the Mirror Gray and Red and thus retains the exact design of its predecessor, the One Plus 6T.

Additional features

An interesting added feature of this smartphone is that of RAM boost which divides the available RAM for usage by heavy applications. This can be particularly helpful while playing heavy-duty games. This smartphone also features an in-display fingerprint sensor and face-recognition abilities.

Verdict

The One Plus 7 is a performance-oriented smartphone that packs premium features for a competitive price. The camera specifications might disappoint a few, especially in contrast with the other premium smartphones. But this smartphone is certainly worth considering when the entire package is taken into account.

What We Loved

  • Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Good battery life

What We Didn’t Like

  • Camera specifications are not up to the mark
  • Comes in the same design as its predecessor
2.

Redmi K20 Pro

Redmi K20 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.39" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

While Xiaomi is mainly known for its budget smartphones, it makes its mark in the premium flagship category with the new K20 Pro. This smartphone, popularized as the “flagship killer”, is designed to compete with other brands such as Asus and OnePlus in the premium category.

The adoption of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor comfortably assures it of a place in this territory. This smartphone runs absolutely flawlessly while running regular applications as well as heavy games. It runs MIUI 10 on top of Android Pie 9. It is available in a lower variant of 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and a higher-end variant of 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

Fortunately, the price gap between the two is very less. With the K20 Pro Redmi also launches its first smartphone with an AMOLED display. The display impresses with sharp and crisp images and fares pretty well both indoors and outdoors. The icing on the cake is a pop-up selfie camera. This updated set-up at the same time also assures that the 6.39-inch screen has a screen to body ratio of 91.9 %.

The rear camera set-up is made up of a primary sensor of 48MP, a 13 MP ultra-wide sensor and an 8MP telephoto lens. The pop-up selfie camera consists of a 20MP sensor. Al further enhances image quality. Redmi has noticeably put in efforts to make the K20 Pro not only contain the qualities of a premium smartphone but also look like one.

The glass sandwich design is flattered by a metal chassis. This smartphone goes for the popular gradient look and yet manages to enhance it by a refreshing iteration involving a reflection induced arcs design. The available colour variants are Glacier Blue, Flame Red, and Carbon Black.

Additional features

The K20 Pro comes with the Game Boost 2.0 feature which enhances the gaming experience by optimizing the phone dedicatedly for gaming. The custom graphene cooling system works to maintain the temperature during rigorous usage.

Verdict

The Xiaomi K20 Pro is perhaps the most affordable smartphone that provides such extraordinary specifications within the premium sector. In terms of overall performance its ticks all the right boxes and a few minor compromises can be comfortably accommodated.

What We Loved

  • Good performance
  • Most affordable within flagship smartphones
  • Pop-up selfie camera

What We Didn’t Like

  • No IOS feature
  • The pop-up front camera suffers from a slight lag
3.

OPPO Reno2

OPPO Reno2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.5" (1080 x 2400)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Quad 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

The Oppo Reno2 follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessor the Reno 10x Zoom. It is powered by a Snapdragon 730G processor that manages to function without any visible lag or stutter. However, in this regard, Oppo still falls behind its competitors such as OnePlus and Xioami.

These brands have already introduced the Snapdragon 855 in the mid-range premium phones. In spite of this, the Reno 2 actually performs pretty well while running heavy-duty games. It comes with a single specification of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and runs ColorOS 6.1 on top of Android 9 Pie. An attractive feature is the shark-fin pop-up front camera module which renders a notch-less display possible. Oppo has in fact introduced the Reno 2 as a smartphone with premium camera prowess.

The rear sports a quad-camera set-up which includes a 48MP primary sensor, a 13MP telephoto camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. The camera supports both OIS and EIS and produces clear, crisp and bright images. However, a slight cutback in performance is noticed under low light.

The 4,000mAh battery can run for almost an entire day without access to charging. A Dynamic AMOLED display of 6.5 inches is surrounded by extremely thin bezels and supports an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 93.1. The Reno 2 is a particularly good-looking phone with a glass back sporting a gradient finish in Ocean Blue. Apart from this, a matte finish version in Luminous Black is also available.

Additional features

The Reno 2 apart from its quad-camera set-up also boasts of a 20x digital zoom feature. Another highlighted feature is that of Sound Focus which helps to enhance the sound from a particular subject.

Verdict

The Oppo Reno 2 is a good-looking smartphone with premium camera abilities. Performance and endurance are also quite satisfactory. The only crucial aspect in which its competitors might outshine it is the price.

What We Loved

  • Impressive quad-camera set up
  • 20x digital zoom feature
  • Premium design

What We Didn’t Like

  • Could have been priced more aggressively
4.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.4" (1440 x 2960)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 12 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

With regards to the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung seems to be following an entirely different strategy in comparison to most of its competitors in the premium category. To begin with, this smartphone is priced considerably higher than its contemporaries in the same segment. The specifications both justify the price and do not.

The Galaxy Note 9 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor which handles every task thrown its way with sufficient ease. The storage of this smartphone has been built to impress. The Note 9 comes in two variants: 4GB + 128GB and 6GB + 512GB, with an option to add an extra 512 GB. This makes it one of the only phones in this category to be able to boast of a total of 1 TB of storage capacity (for the higher-end variant).

A premium feature is an S Pen stylus with inbuilt Bluetooth. A wide 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display enhances the screen experience. The Galaxy Note 9 sports a unique rear dual-camera set-up with a pair of 12MP sensors featuring OIS capabilities.

The front camera of 8MP is equipped with auto-focus. Samsung packs the Galaxy Note 9 with a more powerful battery of 4000mAh as compared to its predecessor. A glass sandwich design encased in a brushed metal chassis lends a premium look. The available colours are Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, and Lavendar Purple.

Additional features

Samsung claims that the Galaxy Note 9 is IP68 water and dust resistant. The camera is equipped with a scene-optimizer that enables the adjusting of colours, contrast and, sharpness.

Verdict

The unique features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 justify its categorization among premium phones. In terms of performance, endurance and camera-quality there is hardly anything that one can complain about. However, Samsung also keeps the cost of this gadget premium. The significant step-up in price is in a way difficult to justify since its own predecessor ‎Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also comes with similar specifications.

What We Loved

  • Good performance
  • Loads of storage
  • Stylus with inbuilt Bluetooth

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive
  • No significant updates compared to Galaxy Note 8