Today, affordable price is more important than ever in a smartphone, and in order for even an inexpensive device to justify its price, it is important that it be of high quality and provide ample opportunities. We’ve already looked at the coolest smartphones of 2020, powerful and inexpensive, but now it’s time to look at models that can become optimal. This means that we are not looking for gaming performance, a huge screen or the latest features, but endurance and the ability to perform communicative functions are important to us.
So we will look at smartphone models that do not aspire to the top of the ratings, but suit their users in everything.
Moto G8 Plus
The first smartphone, which we will talk about, barely fits into the price range. But that’s what makes it interesting. Moto G8 Plus is a typical example of an ex-flagship, that is, a smartphone that at one time was an absolute benchmark for its own brand. Time may have affected the characteristics, which have moved from the top-end category to the average category, but the former flagships cannot definitely be denied the guaranteed quality.
The Moto G8 Plus is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor and an Adreno 610 video processor. It has 4 GB of RAM, and everyone who deals with smartphones will immediately agree that this is enough for most tasks. Well, 64 GB of internal memory is enough at least for photos and storing necessary files. If this is not enough for someone, you can always use the slot for an additional memory card, the volume of which can be up to 512 GB. Then there will definitely be enough space for both music and cinema.
Movies can also be viewed on a 6.3‑inch IPS display with a resolution of 2280x1080. The aspect ratio is 19:9, as in most devices, but the image depth really does not upset — 400 pixels per inch.
Can the Moto G8 Plus handle gaming? Of course, if you expect high performance from it in modern mobile fps shooters, you will be disappointed. But with 3D games, he will cope with a bang.
Of course, the capabilities of the Moto G8 Plus do not end there, and the cameras need to be mentioned. The smartphone has three main cameras, with a resolution of 48 megapixels, 5 megapixels and 16 megapixels. This is not so surprising in budget cameras now, but in this case, both the resolution and the quality of the cameras benefit the Moto G8 Plus.
In addition to the main ones, there is also a front camera with an impressive 25MP resolution.
The battery capacity is 4000 mAh and you can be sure that the smartphone will withstand a day of active use. Manufacturers have not forgotten about the wired headphone jack, fingerprint scanner and NFC for wireless payment.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T 4/128GB
If you want to get the most features at the lowest price, Chinese smartphones from giant brands are always a great option. It is they who are able to offer premium performance and power. One such device is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T. Like the Moto G8, it runs on a Snapdragon 665 processor, not the newest but still powerful. In addition, the RAM is similar to the previous model, but a significant difference appears when we look at the built-in memory. Note 8T is a few thousand cheaper, and offers 2 times more gigabytes. At the same time, there is a separate slot for additional memory, and you can put a second SIM card.
The display diagonal is 6.3 inches with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a resolution of 2340 x 1080.
With cameras, the Note 8T is much more interesting than the Moto, there are only 4 of them. The main one has a resolution of 48 megapixels, which is quite standard for modern smartphones. But apart from that, there are three more cameras with 8 MP, 2 MP and 2 MP. One of them is for macro photography. Of course, he shoots a smartphone and photos and videos. The front camera is more modest than on the previous model, 13MP.
Here, of course, you will have to choose between multimedia characteristics and the general parameters of the smartphone. So you will have to take into account the preferences and purposes for which you plan to purchase the device.
Redmi Note 8T will do quite well with video, games and many other tasks. Additionally, it has both a contactless payment profile and a physical headphone input.
The battery capacity was 4000 mAh, but the smartphone, like numerous alternative options from Xiaomi, is incredibly hardy. He can guarantee a day, or even a day and a half, of work.
Source: Mighty Gadget
Realme 6i 4/128GB
On the same principle as Xiaomi, you can consider Realme. These smartphones have gained and continue to grow in popularity. There are a lot of models coming out, and everyone is trying to attract something special. Plus, in any price category, you can easily find an option for yourself.
We chose the Realme 6i with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. That is, the same parameters as Xiaomi, only at the price of Realme even cheaper. And smartphones have a lot of differences too. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly is the matter. Realme is not powered by Snapdragon, but by MediaTek Helio G80. The processor is also not the newest, but it does an excellent job if you do not load it with the most modern demanding games.
The screen diagonal is 6.5 inches with a resolution of 1600 x 720 and an aspect ratio of 20:9. In general, despite the screen size, in terms of performance, it is inferior to Xiaomi, the depth, for example, is only 270 pixels per inch. But for most users, this will not affect the experience of using a smartphone.
There are four main cameras, as in Xiaomi, and their resolutions are the same as the purpose. The front camera received 16 megapixels, which is also generally not bad.
But a particularly interesting feature of the Realme 6i is the battery. Here, the smartphone is not something that is not inferior to competitors, but bypasses them with 5000mAh.
Wireless payment, headphone jack, FM radio and a fingerprint scanner are also provided in Realme 6i.
The design of the smartphone does not disappoint either, the device looks premium and impresses with its stylish body.
Huawei Honor 10i
Another fashion brand we haven’t mentioned yet is Huawei. This company always has something to answer the rest, and, I must say, in recent years, Huawei has been doing this impressively.
Huawei Honor 10i received a HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor with 8 cores and 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory, standard for today’s selection. Plus a slot for a memory card will allow you to add another 512GB. This will not surprise anyone, so let’s move on to the rest of the parameters.
2340x1080, that is, Full HD, this resolution was received by the display of a smartphone with a diagonal of 6.21 inches. The depth of its image, by the way, is higher than that of all the other competitors that we have already mentioned, namely 415 pixels per inch. And the aspect ratio is 19:9.
As for the cameras, here Huawei’s performance is slightly more modest than that of its competitors. Only 24 MP in the main camera, 8 MP and 2 MP in the additional ones. However, it gives very impressive results. Even though this is not Leica, as on the flagship models of Huawei, but this does not have a negative effect. The focus seems to have been on the front camera, which received a resolution of 32 megapixels. Great option for selfie lovers.
The technical indicator of the battery is again lower than that of other smartphones, 3400 mAh. But Huawei is taking Apple’s approach and balancing the power consumption of the operating system and smartphone functions in order to ensure long battery life.
The additional functions of the smartphone are the same: NFC, a headphone jack, a second SIM card, but only instead of a memory card and a fingerprint scanner.
Samsung Galaxy M21 64Gb
Among smartphone users, there is a certain category of people who prefer the same brand. There are Apple fans, and there are many of them, there are fans of OnePlus, Huawei and, of course, Samsung. For the latter, we have selected this version of a budget smartphone from your favorite company with a modern design and features.
Let’s start with the fact that the body of the smartphone really looks impressive, like a real premium device, with a camera drop and a screen that takes up almost the entire front panel. The diagonal of this screen is 6.4 inches. This is not just IPS, as in other cases, but AMOLED, that is, the previous generation of premium screens on Samsung smartphones. Now super AMOLED is installed on the most modern flagships. The screen resolution is 2340 x 1080 and the image depth is 403 ppi. With an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, we can say for sure that the image and quality of this screen are not in doubt.
In addition, it is worth noting the processor, here we have an Exynos 9611 from Samsung, a processor with 8 cores. Samsung Galaxy M21 has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. This is less than the rest, but it is worth considering that the price of a smartphone is almost the same, but the advantage lies in the brand and some characteristics, including the screen, which we have already noted.
Samsung Galaxy M21 received three main cameras. We can immediately say with confidence that there will be no shortage of either the number of cameras or their megapixels. The resolution of the main one is 48 megapixels, the additional ones are 8 megapixels and 5 megapixels. Plus, an additional front camera with a resolution of 20 megapixels. The user will have nothing to complain about.
Battery capacity is another characteristic of the Samsung Galaxy M21 that definitely impresses most users. While most devices cost 4000 mAh, Samsung offers as much as 6000 mAh. In talk mode, the smartphone can work up to 49 hours, and you can listen to music continuously for 131 hours.
Charging is via USB Type‑C and, of course, the smartphone supports fast charging. In addition, it has an NFC profile for paying with a smartphone, a fingerprint scanner on the back and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Well, as we found out, smartphones that can be purchased at a very reasonable price can be even more functional. Despite the trend of chasing the latest devices and the most fashionable features, do not forget that manufacturers provide devices for all price categories. So the release year is not the main thing in a smartphone.
We have chosen only a few devices, but there are many more of them, and of course, among them there are cheaper ones with wide features, and a little more expensive, but with more modern functionality.