Smartphones are getting expensive, that’s no secret. You can buy a top-of-the-line smartphone now for the price of a laptop, but why would you? If you’re buying one for the street cred, sure go ahead. But if you want a smartphone that does everything those top-of-the-line smartphones can do, for almost half the price? You’ve come to the right place. Read on for our list of the best cheap smartphones for any budget.
How Do you Choose the Best Value Phone?
When choosing a new phone, it’s easy to be distracted by the latest technology and features. We’ve found the most important features of a smartphone to be the battery life, camera quality, and screen quality, but this may change for your preferences. Additionally, it’s worth looking at your usability. Before you begin your search, consider if you are after a cheap Android phone or something more aligned with Apple’s portfolio.
If you plan on playing a lot of music from your phone, you may prioritize the speakers. To avoid going over budget, focus on what features you’d get the most from in your day-to-day life. This will prevent you from falling for gimmicks such as extendable screens or built-in kick-stands.
Best Cheap Smartphones for Any Budget
Now, it’s not all about finding a cheap smartphone, you should really be thinking about value and quality. Take into consideration everything you want to get out of the technology and anything you are willing to compromise on.
Here is a list of the best cheap smartphones for whatever your budget is.
1. Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
Released earlier this year, Samsung’s revamped A-Series smartphone lineup is all about budget. The Galaxy A52, A52 5G and A72 are designed to provide Samsung’s top-tier mobile technology at a fraction of the cost of the flagship S-range. Leading the charge are the AUD$499 Galaxy A32 and A32 5G models. Each offers a 64MP quad-camera, 6.4″ FHD+ Super AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rates and a large 5,000mAh battery.
Battery: Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable
Display: 6.5 inches TFT
Processor: 2.0GHz MHz octa-core
Price: Rs 20,499
2. iPhone SE
We know what you’re thinking, an Apple iPhone on a cheap smartphones list? We were surprised too, but the iPhone SE has earned its place on our list. Using the technology from their iPhone 11 range, Apple has delivered an affordable iPhone with all the bells and whistles of their flagship range. While the battery, camera, and screen quality are a little lower than the iPhone 11 range, cuts had to be made for such a well-priced smartphone.
Battery: 1821 mAh
Display: 4.7‑inch Retina HD
Processor: A13 Bionic
Price: Rs 39,899
3. Realme 7 Pro
While you may not have heard of the brand, the Realme 7 Pro is making waves in the world of cheap smartphones. This smartphone boasts a Super AMOLED FHD+ display, making for a sharp and crisp screen. This pairs well with its 32MP Selfie Camera, and 64MP Sony Quad Camera on the back. An in-display fingerprint sensor also removes the need for a frame or ugly home buttons, making this a truly gorgeous smartphone.
Display: 6.4″ Super AMOLED FHD+ Display
Processor: Qualcomm 8nm Gaming Processor
Price: Rs 19,999
4. OnePlus Nord
Bringing things back to basics in the OnePlus Nord smartphone. This is an android phone with an excellent screen for all your streaming and YouTube binges. Paired with a substantial battery, you’ll go for hours on end without needing charge. While wireless charging and waterproofing aren’t options for the OnePlus Nord, there are features you can comfortably live without.
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
5. Google Pixel 4A
Coming in as one of the best budget smartphones is the Google Pixel 4A. Honing their quality with each new model, the Google Pixel has come a long way from it’s first release. The camera is a significant draw here, able to take high quality photos in all lights. While this model isn’t compatible with 5G, there is a more expensive model made just for that. The lack of 5G shouldn’t hinder your experience on the Google Pixel 4A.
Display: 5.81-inch OLED
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Price: Rs. 29,999