For an inexperienced user modern smartphones are all the same having similar features. All of them can make calls and send messages, enable the users to surf the Internet, play music and video. In this regard, many users do not need to purchase a flagship device and tend to buy budget smartphones. Of course, many people are dreaming of having the latest model of iPhone, but iPhone price make this smartphone somewhat unaffordable and customers are trying to find something cheaper but the same specifications.
The market of inexpensive mobile devices is filled with a lot of Chinese models, which are equipped with roughly the same hardware, but differ in design. Well-known manufacturers also use similar hardware solutions, that is why choosing a budget smartphone is sometimes very difficult. Let’s review several smartphones which can make a pretty good substitute for expensive flagships.
The new Nokia 3 was released in February 2017. At the moment its cost is about 160 dollars. This is a budget smartphone, the characteristics of which might be not that appealing to an experienced user, but for basic tasks this phone will be reliable enough. The device has something in common with both Lumia devices and some Sony models.
The characteristics of Nokia 3 include a budget quad-core MT6737 processor running at 1.4 GHz. RAM 2 GB, built-in – 16 GB. The slot for the memory card is available, it is not combined with the second SIM socket. The screen is 5 “, with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, using TFT IPS technology. This smartphone runs on Android 7.
Its relatively modest 2630 mAh battery is enough for a day in standby mode or 5-6 hours of video playback.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X 3 / 32GB
Another budget smartphone with decent parameters – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X. It features a quality front panel of 2.5D glass. The device was released in January 2017, its price is about $ 150. This is one of the best smartphones of the budget level in terms of price and quality.
The screen of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X is 5.5-inch, and its resolution is 1920×1080 pixels. The processor is eight-core Snapdragon 625, with a frequency of 2 GHz and powerful graphics. The RAM in Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X is 3 GB, and the built-in is 32 GB. There is a slot for the flash drive, but it’s not a separate one, but a hybrid one. OS is Android 7.
The camera is 13 megapixels, which has both a dual flash and a phase autofocus, and the quality of the images is quite good. The smartphone battery is not removable, with a capacity of 4100 mAh, which is sufficient for 8 hours of play or 15 hours of Internet surfing, 4 days in standby mode.
LG X Power K220DS
At a price of 135-150 dollars you can get an attractive-looking smartphone with a good battery.
The screen of LG X Power K220DS has an “intermediate” diagonal of 5 “, but the resolution is 1280×720 pixels. The processor is MT6735, which has 4 cores with a frequency of up to 1.3 GHz. RAM 2 GB, the storage has a capacity of 16 GB. There is a card slot available. OS LG X Power K220DS – Android 6.
The camera is built on a matrix with a resolution of 13 megapixels, flash and autofocus are present. The battery at 4100 mAh is impressive, for three days in standby mode or 12 hours video playback is quite enough.
Among others, you can also consider buying such budget models as Samsung Galaxy J, Xiaomi Redmi 4, Oneplus One, Motorola Moto G5. If you check, for example Oneplus One prices, you will see that their price is pretty affordable, but the quality of these devices will definitely live up to your expectations.