Some of us might be thinking of changing our smartphones to a newer device, however, we’d also prefer not to pay an arm and a leg for them. Thankfully, there are plenty of budget smartphones out there that offer good value for money.
With Christmas just around the corner, this celebration marks our quick approach to the end of the year. Alongside it, we’ve got the last of the smartphone events coming our way – Apple’s iPhone 13 has just been released and, soon enough, we’ll get our hands on the much-anticipated Google Pixel 6.
Both these devices will pave the way for the 2022 market, with newer smartphones attempting to one-up their innovations and with those innovations, will come price tags to match.
However, even with Black Friday incoming, some of us are still not able (or just willing) to pay Apple and Google prices. So the only other option is to look into the budget market and trust us when we say there’s plenty of innovation to be had there as well.
We have compiled a list of smartphones that will not break the bank and, hopefully, this information will also help you make a purchase you’ll be happy with.
Please note that the prices mentioned in this article might differ, depending on which online retailer you choose to purchase from. For clarity, we have always mentioned the lowest price we could find online, for the devices mentioned below.
Realme 8 5G
The entry level segment of the market, which is dedicated to smartphones that are able to provide basic functions that can make the difference, when compared to an older generation smartphone, begins with the Realme 8 family.
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This device is perfect for someone who is looking for the basics and is not particularly interested in using the phone for gaming or battery-heavy apps. If you’re after a phone that fulfills your daily needs and you’re not the type to spend every few minutes checking social media, this is the device for you.
The device has a large FHD+ display with AMOLED technology, a 64MP main camera with 4K recording and a MediaTek Helio G95 chipset under the hood.
On the front, we’ll find a 16MP selfie snapper.
It has 4GB of LPDDR4X Ram, 64GB of UFS 2.1 internal memory as well as the ability to expand it via microSD. The 5G module inside the phone supports 5G DSDS.
Other features include Android 11 , Realme 2.0 interface, GPS , NFC and Bluetooth 5.1.
Price: the 64GB/4GB Ram version will only take you back $180
Poco is a sub-brand of Chinese giant Xiaomi, which is very affordable and performs quite well.
The value for money is excellent, when you look at the data sheet, which includes a Snapdragon 662 chipset, a 6.5-inch FullHD+ IPS LCD display, a 6,000mAh battery and Android 10 with MIUI 12.
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The selfie snapper is an 8MP, while the triple setup on the back consists of 48MP + 2MP + 2MP lenses.
Price: You can purchase the 64GB/4GB RAM variant for just $185
Motorola Moto G 5G
Motorola’s Moto G is, arguably, one of the best budget smartphones out there – the company showed that you can spend little without compromising on quality and take home a device perfectly capable of performing all the necessary functions we have grown accustomed to in smartphones, without too much difficulty.
The phone has a 6.7-inch IPS LCD display , a 16MP camera on the front and a combination of 48MP + 8MP + 2MP cameras on the rear.
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It has a Snapdragon 750G chipset and a 5,000mAh battery.
Price: The 6GB RAM/128GB combination will set you back $285
OnePlus Nord CE 5G
This device has all the great advantages that come with being part of the OnePlus family: a high build quality as well as smooth-working software.
The Nord CE 5G has a 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED FHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It comes with a Snapdragon 750G chipset under the hood and a 4,500mAh battery.
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The front camera is a 16MP with Sony IMX 471 sensor, while on the back we’ll find a 64MP main lens, an 8MP ultra wide-angle and a 2MP monochrome.
Price: The 128GB/8GB RAM combination costs around $297
Xiaomi M11 Lite
This device has a sleek look and comes with a 6.55-inch FHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate, which benefits from Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
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It has a Snapdragon 732G under the hood, a 16MP selfie camera and a triple camera setup on the back consisting of a 64MP + 8MP + 5MP.
Other features include a 4,250mAh battery, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, USB Type-C and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Price: as we are starting to enter the mid-range area of the budget smartphones here, this device is a little pricier when compared to the ones mentioned before: the 64GB / 6GB RAM combination costs around $325
Samsung A54 5G
The Samsung A52 5G enters the medium-high range area of budget smartphones, but it would be a shame not to mention it, since it offers good value for money, when you look at what the smartphone offers.
It has a 6.5-inch display with FHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, we’ll find the Snapdragon 750 5G with Adreno 619 and a 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging support.
The A54 5G has a 32MP selfie snapper on the front and no less than four rear cameras: a 64MP main, a 12MP wide-angle lens, a 5MP bokeh and a 5MP macro.
Software-wise, it comes with Android 11 out of the box and One UI 3.1.
Price: as mentioned before, this is not the cheapest smartphone out there, but then again, it’s not the most expensive either. The 128GB/6GB RAM combination will set you back $410, while the 256GB/8GB RAM combo will cost a heftier $560.
For now, these are some of the best budget smartphones we can recommend. Have you purchased any of the smartphones on the list? If yes, tell us about your experience in the comments.