Best Smartphones to Buy for Students

Best Smartphones to buy for Students

When did you get a smartphone of your own? Most of you will say it was after you passed SEE. The outcome of last year’s SEE is out, and a lot of students searching for a new smartphone went through the iron doors. Getting a good smartphone is now a requirement because, due to the current pandemic, our education system is now moving online. In this post, we curated a list of Best Smartphones to Buy for Students

So, for ourselves, we are always obligated to get a mid-range smartphone. Although many of us will share a similar feeling, here, by compiling all of the best mid-range smartphones in Nepal for students, I’ll try to make your choice a little easier. 

And just to be clear, we mean those smartphones with midrange phones that in Nepal cost between Rs. 30,000 to 40,000. We expanded the range of phones in this list with the feedback of our followers, which was previously limited to smartphones under Rs. 35-40K.

Lists of smartphones to buy :

Oppo F15

The Oppo F15 is the start of our list of Nepal’s best midrange smartphones. Oppo’s success-mantra here in Nepal has been the F-series, and the F15 is not disappointing either. The Oppos F15 is equivalent in many respects to the Samsung Galaxy A51.

They both have a light-weight and ergonomic style that is identical. But in terms of looks, Oppo beats out the Galaxy A51 with its blue colored version. Likewise, their cameras are also very comparable.

With a 48MP main lens, an 8MP ultrawide sensor, a 2MP depth, and a 2MP B/W sensor, both have a quad-camera setup on the rear. Likewise, with the Oppo F15, with a really fast in-display fingerprint sensor, you get a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display.

In addition, it packs a 4000mAh battery that offers reasonable endurance. And the phone charges up pretty easily thanks to the 20W VOOC rapid charging. In just 30 minutes, it gets from 0 to 50 percent, while in under an hour it juices up the entire battery. 

However, performance-wise, the Helio P70 chipset will give you a reasonable performance comparable to that of the A51. For gaming fans, this is not a game, but someone who prioritizes design, cameras, over results.

Specifications

ConnectivityDual-SIM (Nano), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, USB Type-C
CPUOcta-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
ResolutionFHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
Battery4025mAh with 20W VOOC Flash Charge
Rear CameraQuad-camera
Display6.4-inches AMOLED panel, 408PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
RAM8GB
ColorsLightening Black, Unicorn White
SecurityUnder-display (optical)
ChipsetMediaTek Helio P70 (12nm Mobile Platform)
Storage128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
Software & UIColorOS 6.1 on top of Android 9.0 (Pie)
GPUMali-G72 MP3
Body6.31 x 2.89 x 0.31 inches, 172 gm
Front Camera16MP, f/2.0 lens
 Oppo F15Price in Nepal: Rs. 39,990

 Vivo V20 SE

Next up, we have the Vivo V20 SE. The cheapest entry is the latest Vivo V20 series of smartphones, and this one is also for the fashion-first crowd of smartphone buyers, much like the Oppo F15 above.

Unfortunately, the V20 SE, available in either Gravity Black and Oxygen Blue color options, does not borrow the matte glass from the standard Vivo V20. Instead, the business has settled on this device for a regular polycarbonate back.

Moving on, the phone has an FHD+ resolution 6.44′′ AMOLED display and a screen-to-body ratio of 90.12 percent. For the selfie camera, there’s a small teardrop notch that we strongly believe should have been replaced with a punch-hole instead.

Speaking of the camera, the Vivo V20 SE has a fast-focus, 32MP front-facing sensor. Similarly, with a 48MP main lens, an 8MP mega sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor, you’ll find a triple rear-camera setup.It’s the same story as other mid-range Vivo phones when it comes to results. 

Many would agreeably feel that it is not competent enough for the price, driven by the Snapdragon 665. Yet, with the V20 SE, Vivo isn’t trying to do that.Casual users may find the phone more than adequately capable. And memory shouldn’t be a concern either, with a whopping 8GB of RAM on board.Similarly, there is 128GB of storage on the phone, which can be extended with a micro SD card. 

A good 4100mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging is powering the handset. If there is any hint of the similar tech on Vivo V20’s 4000mAh, V20 SE should also charge the same in just a little over an hour.

Specifications

ColorsGravity Black, Oxygen Blue
SecurityUnder-display (optical)
ResolutionFHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
Front Camera32MP, f/2.0 lens
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
CPUOcta-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
Display6.44-inches AMOLED panel, 409PPI
Software & UIFuntouch OS 11 on top of Android 10
Audio3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
ConnectivityDual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
Rear CameraTriple-camera
RAM8GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 665 (11nm Mobile Platform
Battery4100mAh with 33W FlashCharge
Body6.34 x 2.92 x 0.31 inches, 171 gm
GPUAdreno 610
Storage128GB (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
Vivo V20 SEPrice in Nepal: Rs. 39,999

Samsung Galaxy A51

This entry in our list of Nepal’s best midrange smartphones does not surprise anyone now, because right now, the Samsung Galaxy A51 is clearly one of the best mid-range camera phones. 

With excellent data, its main 48MP lens captures punchy images. In addition, the 12MP wide-angle lens of the A51 creates sharp images. Thanks to Samsung’s app optimization, the portraits are also excellent. There’s also a dedicated 5MP depth sensor, but it’s not very useful, as you would expect. 

The phone also excels in several other fields, besides cameras. For example, for a mid range phone, its design is nearly perfect. Small, thin, and still ergonomic, the interface is. And the unit is as durable as a metal despite being “glass”. In addition, on the back, its 3D-holographic cut style is awesome and the rear camera’s L-shaped positioning looks elegant too.

 If it has a breathtaking design on the back, I don’t have a word to describe its screen. It’s a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED monitor, which is the best one out there, in my opinion. It has thin bezels surrounding the screen and a small punch-hole is available to add to its beauty.

And the show provides excellent color and contrast.However, for a smoother scrolling experience, unlike current trends, this monitor does not offer a 90Hz or higher refresh rate.Likewise, the device’s output is another thing that could disappoint you. 

The result should have been a lot higher, considering its very hefty price tag. It would have easily topped our list if the Galaxy A51 had been fitted with a more powerful chipset than the Exynos 9611. As well, the battery side of things on the phone is just decent. It has a cell with 4000mAh enabling 15W speed charging.

Specifications

GPUMali-G72 MP3
SecurityUnder-display (optical)
ChipsetExynos 9611 (10nm Mobile Platform)
ConnectivityDual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
CPUOcta-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
RAM4/6/8GB
ResolutionFHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
Front Camera32MP, f/2.2 lens
Battery4000mAh with 15W fast charging
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, ANT+
Software & UIOne UI 2.5 on top of Android 10
Audio3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
ColorsPrism Crush Black, White, Blue, Pink
Rear CameraQuad-camera
Storage64/128GB UFS 2.0 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
Price in NepalRs. 39,999

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is in fifth position in our list of the best midrange smartphones in Nepal. In Nepal, Xiaomi’s “Redmi” phone brand is extremely well received and this one is no exception either.

Though Xiaomi Nepal took off with the Note 9 Pro with the launch of the successor to the wildly popular Redmi Note 8 series, the Pro Max was what most people were really aiming for.

There’s not much of a difference between the two phones, obviously. Here, there is a wide 6.67′′ FHD+ IPS LCD monitor in the Note 9 Pro Max, the first entry in our list to not have an AMOLED screen. For the front camera, there’s a minimal punch-hole cutout and we’re glad to see how OEMs shy away from midrange interface notches.

In addition, Gorilla Glass 5 security is also offered by Note 9 Pro Max on both the front and back.This display has the regular refresh rate of 60Hz, which is a disappointment given the continued lobbying of Xiaomi fans for the company to put a high refresh rate display on its mid-range phones. 

In terms of results, compared to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the Note 9 Pro Max (or Pro) is not that big-of-a-deal.The Snapdragon 720G is definitely much more energy efficient than the Helio G90T, but its efficiency is still quite similar.The phone has a quad-camera system on the rear when it comes to cameras.

 You get a 64MP primary sensor, while the rest of the lineup is similar between the two phones (as opposed to 48MP on the Note 9 Pro). Likewise, it has a 32MP selfie camera, while a 16MP sensor is fitted with the Note 9 Pro

.A big 5020mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging is powering the handset. As the Note 9 Pro can only take 18W of full power at a time, this is another improvement over the Pro & Pro Max.

Specifications

Audio3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
Body6.24 x 2.90 x 0.31 inches, 172 gm
Display6.67-inches IPS LCD, 395PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
ResolutionFHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8nm Mobile Platform)
ColorsGlacier White, Aurora Blue, Interstellar Black
GPUAdreno 618
Software & UIMIUI 12 on top of Android 10
Audio3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
Rear CameraQuad-camera
RAM6/8GB LPDDR4x
ConnectivityDual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS / NavIC, USB Type-C
Storage64/128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
Battery5020mAh with 33W fast charging
Front Camera32MP sensor
CPUOcta-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver
SecurityPhysical fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Price in Nepal: Rs. 34,999

POCO X3 NFC

The next entry in our list of Nepal’s best midrange smartphones goes to the latest POCO X3 NFC. While many of us were expecting the device’s Indian version to launch in Nepal, instead of seeing the global variant launch, it was a nice surprise.

The only difference between the two is that a smaller 5160mAh battery and NFC connectivity comes with the NFC variant, whereas the Indian variant has a larger 6000mAh cell and a slightly more bulky design

Only hear me say that. If you’re looking for Nepal’s best under 40K gaming smartphone, this is it. No other entry in this list of best midrange smartphones in Nepal comes close to the POCO X3 NFC with its powerful gaming hardware.

 But, since our article is intended to provide an overall great product, the POCO X3 NFC slipped past the first place in terms of aspects beyond gaming.Starting things off, with a 120Hz refresh rate (dynamic) and 240Hz touch sampling rate, you get a large 6.67-inch IPS LCD screen. Gorilla Glass 5 also covers this display.

 It is operated by a powerful silicon Snapdragon 732G, which has been combined with 6GB of RAM and internal storage of either 64 or 128GB.Its camera configuration is also good. You get a Sony IMX682 64MP camera, a 2MP macro, a 13MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. 

The POCO X3 NFC has a 5160mAh battery, as I described earlier. 33W quick charging is also sponsored and good news, you can get the 33W fast charger inside the box itself.

Specifications

ResolutionFHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
ConnectivityHybrid Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, USB Type-C, NFC, 4G LTE
Rear CameraQuad-camera
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 732G (8nm Mobile Platform)
Body6.51 x 3.02 x 0.37 inches, 215 gm, IP53 dust/water resistance
Front Camera20MP f/2.2 sensor (punch-hole)
ColorsShadow Gray, Cobalt Blue
CPUOcta-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
Software & UIMIUI 12 for Poco on top of Android 10
Audio3.5mm headphone jack, dual stereo speakers
SecurityPhysical fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
Storage64/128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable)
Display6.67-inches IPS LCD panel, 395PPI, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification, Gorilla Glass 5
RAM6GB LPDDR4x
GPUAdreno 618
Battery5160mAh with 33W fast charging
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Ambient Light, Electronic Compass, Linear Motor, IR Blaster

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