Modern-day smartphones were introduced way back in 2007 and almost after a decade, there are over 5 billion mobile users worldwide. Samsung remained at the forefront of selling the total number of mobile phones in the last year. The top companies in the smartphone's ring include Apple, Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, Google, and a few more. Above all, the regular upgrade in screen size, processor power, software, and design makes it significantly tough to choose.
The time when every company wants to stamp their own monopoly in the smartphone’s market and we are witnessing the regular launch of some or the other smartphone on an everyday basis, to pick a well-rounded smartphone has really become a herculean task.
In this article, I have compiled a list of budget smartphones that would save you from the tussle of banging your head while going for the best smartphone, according to your requirements. The below-mentioned smartphones are the ultimate mix of specs, features and build quality. Take a look:
1. LG Q6
LG Q6 is an impressive mid-range takeaway smartphone. Still, in the budget segment, this phone yields a smooth feeling in the hand. The phone offers dignified aspect ratio, a nearly bezel-free design, and sturdy build. Initially, LG names this device as G6 mini, that inherited much of the G6 features.
LG Q6 comes loaded with a 5.5-inch FullVision display, Snapdragon 435 chipset, Android Nougat, and 3GB RAM. Though the downside of this phone includes lack of fingerprint sensor and scratch prone rear, but FullVision display and a rear-facing camera make up for that loss.
2. Nokia 6
After making the comeback, Nokia is trying every bit of it to stay afloat in the mobile industry and to take its legacy forward, Nokia rightly came up with the “6” model. This phone is a perfect combination of robust build, powerful processor, and fast charging support. Nokia 6 perfectly fits in the mid-range segment.
With the Snapdragon 630 and Android 8, the phone promises to deliver better than its predecessor. Another considerable highlight of this phone is its elegant design. Nokia will make sure their this device last long and battle other phones of the same segment.
3. Moto G5S
Whenever I am up for budget smartphones, Motorola is one company that holds true to its value. After a serious debacle a few years back, Motorola steadily relied on solid and reliable smartphones. Moto G5S is another premium looking smartphone from the company’s armory.
This phone heavily relies on its great build quality, decent camera, and strong battery life. What else would one want in a budget smartphone? Apart from an all-metal build, the phone offers an IPS LCD technology, Android 7.1 Nougat, Snapdragon 625 and 3000mAh battery. However, this model lacks quite a bit than G5S Plus.
4. iPhone SE
If we talk about iPhone, Apple is at the top of almost every platform they have tried. Be it the launch of new iPhone model or an update related to their OS. iPhone SE is a perfect choice for people who are looking for a handy phone. Its screen and design are apt to stay in the budgeted segment.
Apple has smartly crammed features in this phone and priced it at par with other mid-range phones. Don’t try to compare it with Apple’s new offering because it will only disappoint you. The best part of iPhone SE is, it’s updated to the latest software from Apple and does sport a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. After all, it’s Apple and you can’t deny on its credibility.
5. Honor 9 Lite
Honor 9 Lite “mirror-like” premium glass finish and shiny 2.5D glass on the back may not make you believe it to be a budget smartphone, but it notably falls in the same segment. The phone is certainly a better-designed smartphone available right now on the market.
It packs a 5.65-inch Full HD screen, which makes the display much vibrant and dual-lens camera setup on both the front for some flawless photography. One of the major features this phone lacks is the fast charging support. Though, being in the budget phone segment, you have to co-op with few glitches. This Android phone is a true mid-range smartphone for the selfie-obsessed people.
6. Tempo Go
If you think the latest Android version is only supported in the top-end phones then you are highly mistaken. Tempo Go is a budget phone that runs on Android Oreo Go Edition. It means this phone will reap all the benefits of new feature and security measures been offered in the Android Oreo.
Not only this, the smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 210 chipset and 1GB of RAM. It may sound below par, but don’t worry, Go performance is quite decent. A slot for microSD card can well take care of its 8GB of built-in storage. So, don’t get dejected on the memory space. If you are a big fan of Android’s new versions, especially “Oreo” then you need to grab this phone.
7. Alcatel Idol 5s
The name Alcatel may not be much familiar to many of you, but that doesn’t mean its devices can be taken lightly. Idol 5s is pitched in the mid-range segment and it does offer everything which you may get on any other smartphone at the same price. The Android phone offers Full HD screen, sleek design, fingerprint scanner, and MediaTek MT6753 Octa-Core chipset with 3GB of RAM.
The only edge it takes from other devices is its unique dual social account feature and creative video and photo techniques. Working on multiple social media accounts on a single device may be a dream for many, but with Alcatel Idol 5s, it is possible. The company is directly targeting social media-minded people with its model.
8. ZTE Blade V9
Previous ZTE's Blade phones have truly done well to impress us with its overall performance and this device is no different. The Blade V9 is intended to draw those people who desire for premium tech. With a heap of highlights on its incredible advancements, ZTE Blade V9 is an all-in-one smartphone is a mid-range segment.
The very first impression of this smartphone comes from its top of the line look. On top of that, it runs on Android Oreo 8.1 and that calls for some applause. Blade V9 stellar build quality and the appreciable load of features make it a heavyweight in its class.
9. Nokia 1
A smartphone with rich features with an affordable price is something we all wish. Thus, Nokia took note of it and is offering a phone that can come up with all of your expectations. Some tech experts has labelled Nokia 1 as a super cheap smartphone due to its low price.
For some decent performance, the phone is packed with 4,5-inch IPS display, a MediaTek chipset, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 5 and 2 MP rear camera (Front and back), 4G connectivity and Android 8 Oreo on board. These all features won’t pinch you when you consider the price. The phone is an apt contender in the budget segment.
10. Azus Zenphone V
It's been awhile now, Asus’s smartphones are in the market and if the company is still coming out with other handsets then it surely defines its success. The Zenphone V is not the device which will stun you with its looks and urbane design.
But features like an AMOLED display, microSD storage, and a Snapdragon 820 chipset put it at par with some of the flagship devices of its competitors. Who will deny such formidable features in a budgeted price?
The above-listed smartphones may not fulfill all of your desires, but being priced in the mid-range, some of the features may turn out be the deal-breaker for many of you. Not everyone is up for flagship devices, there is a major chunk of people who want to pick a mobile that packs the updated features at a nominal price. You just need to make up your mind on features you can compromise on. For some, looks and build matters the most, some will vouch for the performance and then many of you won’t backtrack on camera quality. Some may even swear by iOS and Android platform.