Price list: Best smartphones under Rs 1 lakh in Nepal as of April 2024

Best smartphones under Rs 1 lakh.
Best smartphones under Rs 1 lakh.

The new Nepali Year 2081 has started in full swing. With the start of the new year, we can expect new smartphones in all price ranges including budget, mid-range and premium smartphones. While categorising these options, there are sub-categories within the premium budget and mid-range options.

While mid-range options have been popular in recent years, the number of options has also increased. The premium mid-range options are mostly under the Rs 1 lakh price bracket. There are options in the last couple of months that have been added to the Nepali market.

Here we have an updated list of the new smartphones under Rs 100,000 in Nepal as of April 2024.

List of smartphones under Rs 100,000 in Nepal

1.Nothing Phone 2Rs 75,699 (12/256GB)
Rs 83,299 (12/512GB)
2.Samsung Galaxy S23 FERs 85,999 (8/256GB)
3.OnePlus 12RRs 90,999 (16/256GB)
4.Apple iPhone 13Rs 95,000 (128GB)
5.Xiaomi 14Rs 99,999 (12/512GB)

1. Nothing Phone 2

Nothing is officially available in Nepal. The successor to the Nothing Phone 1, the Nothing Phone 2 has gone official along with the sub-brand CMF in collaboration with CG Digital. With the Phone 2 launched, we can also expect the Nothing Phone 2a to arrive soon in the Nepali market.

DimensionsHeight: 162.1 mm
Width: 76.4 mm
Depth: 8.6 mm
Weight: 201.2 g
Display size6.7-inch
Display typeFlexible OLED display with LTPO
IP ratingIP54 – splash, water and dust resistant
Resolution2412 x 1080 pixel resolution at 394 ppi
Refresh rate1-120Hz
ChipsetQualcomm® Snapdragon®™ 8+ Gen 1 (4nm)
CPU1x X2 Prime3.0GHz 3xA710 2.5GHz 4xA510 1.8GHz
GPUAdreno 730
OSNothing OS 2, Android 13
RAM8GB | 12GB | 16GB
Storage128GB | 256GB | 512GB
Rear cameraMain: 50 MP Sony IMX890 sensor
Ultra-wide: 50MP
Selfie camera32 MP Sony IMX615 sensor
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6
BluetoothBluetooth v5.3
Audio3 high definition mics
Dual stereo speakers
BatteryLi-Ion 4700 mAh, non-removable
Charging45W wired, PD3.0, PPS, QC4, 100% in 55 min (advertised)
15W wireless, 100% in 130 min (advertised)
5W reverse wireless
SensorsIn-display Fingerprint Sensor
Front and Rear Ambient Light Sensor
Electronic Compass
Proximity Sensor
Sensor Core
ColoursWhite | Dark Gray
PriceRs 75,699 (12/256GB)
Rs 83,299 (12/512GB)

The Nothing Phone 2 continues the brand’s distinctive design language with a transparent back with LED glyphs along with curved edges for better ergonomics. Its 6.7″ flexible OLED display uses LTPO technology, HDR10+ certification, and a 10-bit colour depth, offering vibrant visuals with reduced blue light emissions. The innovative Glyph Interface makes the smartphone interaction unique, allowing personalized light and sound sequences for notifications.

Nothing Phone 2. Photo: Nothing
Nothing Phone 2. Photo: Nothing

The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset built on a 4nm processor coupled with an Adreno 730 GPU. The smartphone runs on Nothing OS 2.0 based on Android 13. It boasts a dual-camera setup with a 50 MP Sony IMX890 main sensor and a 50 MP Samsung JN1 ultra-wide sensor. The front camera features a 32 MP Sony IMX615 sensor. It has a non-removable Li-Ion 4700 mAh battery with 45W wired charging, 15W wireless charging, and 5W reverse wireless charging capabilities.

The smartphone supports Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.3, and dual SIM functionality. It includes an in-display fingerprint sensor, three high-definition microphones and dual stereo speakers for further support. The Nothing Phone 2 is available in two colour options; White and Dark Grey. The Nothing Phone 2 costs Rs 75,699 for the 12/256GB option and 83,299 for the 12/512GB option.

2. Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE has already got a lot of love in the Nepali market. Standing at the bottom of the S23 series, the S23 FE also the Fan Edition is quite popular in India and Nepal. The S22 Fan Edition was skipped and was quite a disappointment for many. The S23 FE has caught up to it with the features and specs in the price range.

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE design. Photo: Samsung India
Photo: Samsung India
Dimensions158.0mm x 76.5mm x 8.2mm
Weight209 grams
Display size6.4-inch
Display sizeDynamic AMOLED 2X
Resolution1,080 x 2,340 (FHD+)
Refresh rate120 Hz
IP ratingIP68 dust/water resistant 
Glass protectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
ChipsetExynos 2200 (4 nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×2.8 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.50 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPUXclipse 920 
OSAndroid 13  One UI 5.1
Storage128GB | 256GB
Rear cameraMain camera: 50MP
Ultra-wide angle camera: 12MP
Telephoto camera: 8MP
Selfie camera10MP
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band
AudioStereo speakers
SIMDual Nano-SIM
SensorsAccelerometer | Barometer | Fingerprint sensor | Gyro sensor | Geomagnetic sensor | Hall sensor | Light sensor | Virtual proximity sensing
Battery4,500 mAh
Charging25W wired charging
ColoursMint | Graphite
Price (expected)Rs 85,999 (8/256GB)

The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE features a glass back made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and an aluminium frame, aligning with Samsung’s universal design language. Its triple camera setup on the back mimics the base models of the flagship S23 series, while the front has a flat display with a centred hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. The 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display offers a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 (FHD+), supports a 120 Hz refresh rate, and also boasts IP68 dust and water resistance.

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE camera. Photo: Samsung India
Photo: Samsung India

Under the hood, the smartphone has Exynos 2,200 chipset featuring an octa-core CPU configuration and Xclipse 920 GPU, running on Android 13 with One UI 5.1. It offers 8 GB of RAM paired with a storage option of 256 GB. The rear camera setup includes a 50.0 MP main sensor, a 12.0 MP ultra-wide-angle camera and an 8.0 MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. The 10.0 MP front camera supports 4k video recording and various features like pro mode and HDR.

The smartphone has a 4,500 mAh battery, 25W wired charging and connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e and Bluetooth 5.3. The Samsung Galaxy S23 FE is available in two colour options; Mint and Graphite and costs Rs 85,999 for the available 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

3. OnePlus 12R

The flagship OnePlus number series has always won the hearts of Nepali people. The OnePlus 12 series has also recently been available in Nepal. The OnePlus 12 has been getting nice reviews with the flagship specs and features. However, the OnePlus 12 being a flagship is off the budget for the best smartphones under Rs 1 lakh. The one to look out for is the OnePlus 12R. The 12R even though has mixed reviews in terms of pricing, it makes up for a great smartphone in the price category.

DimensionsHeight: 163.3 mm
Width: 75.3 mm
Thickness: 8.8mm
Weight207 grams
Display type6.78-inch
Display sizeLTPO AMOLED
Resolution2,780 x 1,264
Refresh rate1-120 Hz dynamic
IP ratingIP65 dust and waterproof
Glass protectionCorning Gorilla Glass Victus 2
ChipsetSnapdragon 8 Gen 2
CPUOcta-core (1×3.2 GHz Cortex-X3 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 & 3×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPUAdreno 740
OSAndroid 14, OxygenOS 14
Rear camera50MP Sony IMX890 main camera
8MP Ultra-wide camera
2MP macro camera
Selfie camera16MP
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6/7
NetworkLTE | 5G
SIMDual Nano SIM
AudioDual Stereo Speakers
Noise cancellation support
Dolby Atmos
SensorsIn-display Fingerprint Sensor
Electronic compass
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Sensor core
Rear color temperature sensor
Infrared blaster
Battery5,500 mAh
Charging100W SUPERVOOC wired fast charging
ColoursCool Blue | Iron Gray
PriceRs 90,999 (16/256GB)

The OnePlus 12R has a sleek design language similar to its flagship counterpart, the OnePlus 12 with distinct features. Its glass back comes in Cool Blue with a glossy matte finish or Iron Gray with a dark matte finish complemented by an aluminium frame with a shiny finish. The 6.78-inch LTPO AMOLED display has a resolution of 2780 x 1264 pixels and a pixel density of 450 ppi, supporting a dynamic refresh rate from 1 to 120 Hz and a wide range of colour spaces, including HDR10+. It has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection along with IP65 waterproof and dustproof protection.

The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset paired with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The triple camera setup includes a 50 MP main sensor, an 8 MP ultra-wide camera and a 2 MP macro lens, while the 16 MP front camera captures sharp selfies and supports various modes. The smartphone has a massive 5500 mAh battery and 100W SUPERVOOC wired fast charging. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6/7, Bluetooth 5.3, LTE, and 5G network compatibility, along with dual nano SIM slots.

Audio features of the smartphone include dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. It is available in Iron Gray and Cool Blue colour options. The smartphone costs Rs 90,999 for the 16GB and 256GB.

4. Apple iPhone 13

Apple has also made its way into the list with the Apple iPhone 13. The smartphone is the base model of the iPhone 13 series which also includes the Apple iPhone 13 Mini, Apple iPhone 13 Pro and Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max. The Apple iPhone 13 Mini shares the same specs with a difference in the dimensions, display and battery. The Apple iPhone 13 got a sweet price cut making it able to be in the list of best smartphones under Rs 1 Lakh.

DimensionsWidth: 71.5 mm
Height: 146.7 mm
Depth: 7.65 mm
Display6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED
Resolution2532 x 1170
Refresh rate60Hz
ChipsetA15 Bionic
CPU6‑core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores
Storage128 GB
Rear cameraDual-camera system: 12MP Wide, 12MP Ultra Wide
Selfie camera12MP TrueDepth
Battery3240 mAh
Operating systemiOS 15
ColoursBlue | Midnight | Pink | Starlight | Red | White
PriceRs 90,500 (128GB)

The Apple iPhone 13 boasts a vibrant 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels. It features a refresh rate of 60Hz which is quite on the lower side as the Pros gets a better one. It is powered by the A15 Bionic chipset with a 6-core CPU comprising 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores, along with a 4-core GPU.

The smartphone features a dual-camera system with 12MP Wide and 12MP ultra-wide lenses, capturing detailed and immersive photos and videos. The 12MP TrueDepth selfie camera enables stunning self-portraits and Face ID authentication. It is available in a range of colours including Blue, Midnight, Pink, Starlight, Red, and White. The iPhone 13 is available in Nepal for Rs 90,500 for the 128GB variant.

5. Xiaomi 14

The Xiaomi 14 is last on the list of the best smartphones which is also the most expensive. The Xiaomi 14 is part of the Xiaomi 14 series which also includes the Xiaomi 14 Pro and the Xiaomi 14 Ultra. The Xiaomi 14 delivers great specs and features in the price range.

DimensionsHeight: 152.8mm
Width: 71.5mm
Thickness: 8.20mm
Weight193 grams
Display typeLTPO OLED
Display size6.36-inch
Resolution2670 x 1200
Refresh rateDynamic 1-120Hz
IP ratingIP68 dust and water resistance
Glass protectionCorning Gorilla Glass Victus
ChipsetSnapdragon 8 Gen 3 (4nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4 & 3×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×3.0 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520)
GPUAdreno 750
OSXiaomi HyperOS, Android 14
Rear camera50MP main camera
50MP ultra-wide camera
50MP telephoto camera
Selfie camera32MP
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e/7, dual-band
NetworkLTE | 5G
SIMDual SIM (nano SIM + nano SIM or nano SIM + eSIM)
AudioStereo speakers
4-MIC Array
Dolby Atmos®
Hi-Res Audio Wireless certification
SensorsIn-screen fingerprint sensor | Proximity sensor | Ambient light sensor | Accelerometer | Gyroscope | Electronic compass | IR blaster | Barometer | Flicker sensor | X-axis linear vibration motor
Charging90W wired charging
50W wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging
ColoursWhite | Black | Jade Green
PriceRs 99,999 (12/512GB)

The Xiaomi 14 has a refined design, with a square-shaped camera module of its predecessor, the Xiaomi 13, with a larger size and a repositioned round flash. On the front, it has a 6.36-inch LTPO OLED display with a resolution of 2670 x 1200 pixels and a pixel density of 460 ppi. It has a peak brightness of 3000 nits. It is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset and 12GB of RAM, it delivers smooth performance and multitasking capabilities.

The smartphone packs a 4610mAh battery with support for fast 90W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. It is equipped with advanced connectivity options, including Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e/7 and Bluetooth 5.4. It has stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support, and a range of sensors. It is available in Black, White, and Green colour options and it is priced at Rs 99,999 for the 12GB RAM and 512GB storage variant.

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Dahal is a gadget/auto writer at Onlinekhabar.

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