Best budget smartphones of 2019: top 10 ranking

What is a budget smartphone? Agree, the issue is very controversial, because for one person a budget smartphone is a device for 3 thousand rubles, and for another – already for 30,000 rubles. That is why in this review we will consider devices from different price classes. If you do not agree with our opinion, we are waiting for you in the comments with your thoughts on this subject..

Xiaomi Redmi 7 3 / 32GB

Xiaomi’s newbie, although the Redmi series itself is very well known to many users.

What is there? Of course, a frameless design, a 6.26-inch display with a resolution of 1520 × 720 pixels and a drop-shaped cutout at the top, a good dual main camera for its class, a decent platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset and 3 GB of RAM in this version, capacious rechargeable 4000 mAh battery.

The case is made of plastic, interesting shades are available. There is a fingerprint sensor, there is no NFC module.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.26 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 180g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Honor 8A

What many users don’t like in budget sensory solutions? Such devices boast excellent design, excellent build quality, excellent display, etc. Here are just most of them deprived of the NFC module. In the inexpensive Honor 8A module is.

Inexpensive model is offered in three shades and looks very nice. A 6.09-inch screen is used, and the manufacturer offers an 8-core MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765) as a processor. The main camera is single.

A fingerprint sensor is visible on the back of the case.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.09 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 150g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765)
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3020 mAh
  • Rear camera: 13 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy A30 32GB

Samsung’s A line of smartphones from the last model year is very similar to each other, but it’s only about the appearance, because otherwise they differ significantly.

The case of this model is made of plastic, but of very high quality, and therefore it is not surprising that it is easy to confuse it with glass. The diagonal of the FullView-display is 6.4 inches (AMOLED), the resolution is high – 2340 × 1080 pixels. A dual camera shoots adequately during the day and worse at dusk, but this can be said to be the norm for this class of smartphones.

There is NFC, ANT +, a smart fingerprint sensor, a capacious 4000 mAh battery.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 165g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 7904
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/5 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei Y7 (2019)

And here is another new product from Huawei. Y7 (2019) is offered in two colors – Aurora Blue and Black. If everything is clear with the second (black), then the first is a gradient of two shades, it looks very cool.

As it is now accepted, the smartphone uses a rather large display with a diagonal of 6.26 inches with a resolution of 1520 × 720 pixels, and a dual camera is visible on the back cover. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, the memory capacity is 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. Good and the battery capacity is 4000 mAh.

There is a fingerprint scanner but no NFC.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.26 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 168g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi9 SE 6 / 64GB

A relatively inexpensive in its class smartphone from Xiaomi, which is much more interesting. For example, against the background of many other smartphones of recent times, it can be safely called compact – it uses an excellent 5.97-inch AMOLED display with high resolution, and the body width is only 70.5 mm, which is an excellent result.

On the back of the case is a triple camera. She shoots simpler than the flagship Mi9, but still very, very good. And the scanner is now built into the screen.

A very powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chip is used, the memory capacity in this version reaches 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. NFC is present, but you will not find the 3.5 mm connector in Mi9 SE – it is not.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.97 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 155g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3070 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/13 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Samsung Galaxy A20

The younger version of the Samsung Galaxy A20 is very similar to the Galaxy A30, including the 6.4-inch display, but in this case its resolution is lower – 1560 × 720 pixels. Of course, the camera is simpler here, and the platform is less powerful, but the price is lower..

But the fingerprint scanner has not gone anywhere, and the battery capacity is still the same 4000 mAh, thanks to which the battery life should be more than satisfactory.

Pay attention to the presence of the NFC module.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 169
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 7884
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/5 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Nokia 5.1 Plus

A good device from Nokia for the money. Let’s say even more – 5.1 Plus looks much more expensive than its price. By the way, the case is made of glass and metal (the back cover is made of glass).

Front – 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 1520 × 720 pixels, and rear – dual camera and fingerprint sensor. The camera allows you to get good pictures, of course, taking into account the cost of the smartphone.

As a processor, MediaTek Helio P60 is used, the memory capacity is 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. Nokia 5.1 Plus runs on stock Android version.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.8 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 162g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P60
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3060 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/5 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi 7A 2 / 16GB

If you need an extremely inexpensive smartphone, but with a large screen and a decent platform, you should pay attention to Xiaomi Redmi 7A. At the time of writing, its cost starts from just 6 thousand rubles, while it offers good quality 5.45-inch display (for its price niche), nice case design, decent Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset, very capacious 4000 mAh battery, fresh Android version 9.0.

As for the cameras, then, of course, for that kind of money you should not expect anything unusual, but it shoots well for its class. Spray protection claimed.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.45 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 × 720
  • Weight: 165g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 13 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Meizu M6T 2 / 16GB

Budget smartphone from Meizu. Despite its low cost, it will be able to please you with features such as a dual camera (resolution – 13/2 MP), a frameless case with a large display and a fingerprint sensor.

Meizu M6T looks cool. He got a plastic case that looks great and fits perfectly in the hand. Battery capacity is 3300 mAh.

Meizu’s chip is Android’s own Flyme firmware.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 × 720
  • Weight: 145g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6750
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei Y6 Prime (2018) 16GB

An inexpensive smartphone from Huawei, which, however, is able to surprise its customer.

For relatively little money, the buyer receives: FullView-display and, accordingly, the so-called frameless fingerprint scanner, the latest version of Android 8.1, a very loud speaker (open sources indicate that its volume reaches 88 dB), the Karaoke function, cool case design.

As for the hardware, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM are used here..

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 × 720
  • Weight: 150g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 13 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Alcatel 1

Probably one of the best devices in the category up to 3-4 thousand rubles.

Like many competitors, Alcatel 1 boasts a FullView-display, however, its diagonal is relatively small – 5 inches, and resolution – 960 × 480 pixels. Aspect Ratio – 18: 9.

It is clear that there is no fingerprint scanner, but there is 4G support. Battery capacity – 2000 mAh.

Alcatel 1 runs on the basis of the MediaTek MT6739 processor, and the amount of RAM is 1 GB.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 960 × 480
  • Weight: 134g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6739
  • Memory capacity: 8 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 5 MP
  • Front camera: 2 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Xiaomi Mi A2 4 / 64GB

In terms of price-quality ratio, Xiaomi Mi A2 is almost the best offer in the class. The smartphone has a metal body, a powerful platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and 4 GB of RAM, a decent dual rear camera, fast charging support, a smart fingerprint sensor, an excellent 5.99-inch display.

But the main feature, as it seems to us, is the stock version of Android, and not the MIUI firmware, which the company’s fans are so used to. Why? The fact is that Xiaomi Mi A2 is included in the Android One program. And therefore, by the way, he is one of the first to receive the latest Android updates. Agree it’s great.

This is a budget smartphone with a pretty good camera..

  • Screen diagonal: 5.99 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 168g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3010 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/20 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Honor 7C 32GB

A relatively inexpensive smartphone from Honor, which has very good characteristics. Yes, you guessed right – frameless technology is used here, and therefore the display diagonal reaches 5.7 inches. Resolution – like many competitors and is 1440 × 720 pixels.

The case is plastic, very nice looking. In addition, there are several color shades to choose from..

The rear camera is dual, and the processor uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, which works in conjunction with 3 GB of RAM.

Of course, there is a fingerprint scanner, and also an NFC module.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 × 720
  • Weight: 160g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei P Smart (2019) 3 / 32GB

A stylish smartphone from Huawei, which at a relatively low cost can boast a rather large 6.21-inch widescreen display. There is no so-called “bangs” in its upper part, but a drop-shaped neckline has appeared.

P Smart (2019) received its own HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM, NFC module, 3400 mAh battery.

And of course, do not forget about the excellent appearance of the case.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.21 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 160g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi 6A 2 / 16GB

If before Xiaomi manufactured the most inexpensive smartphones in various classes, now competitors are catching up with it, but because the same Redmi 6A is not so cheap, it also lost, for example, a metal case. On the other hand, it is still an extremely attractive application in its class..

Available here: FullView display, pretty plastic case, 3000 mAh battery, LTE support.

Powered by Redmi 6A based on MediaTek Helio A22 processor.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.45 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 × 720
  • Weight: 145g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio A22
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 13 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei P20 Lite

One of the most interesting apps for your money.

Huawei P20 Lite is the youngest model in the P20 series. Nevertheless, the device may surprise with a FullView-display (it really occupies almost the entire front panel), awesome appearance, good ergonomics, a relatively powerful platform, good sound, a smart fingerprint scanner and Face Unlock function to unlock the desktop using face scan the owner.

The cameras here are not bad, especially for their cost, but you should not expect miracles from them. By the way, the P20 Pro version has some of the best cameras on the market, but this smartphone also costs a lot more..

  • Screen diagonal: 5.84 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2280 × 1080
  • Weight: 145g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 659
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 4 / 64GB

It is believed that a smartphone with the largest display should be very expensive. This is not so – Xiaomi Mi Max 3 breaks the theory. The screen diagonal is as much as 6.9 inches – almost like a small tablet!

This smartphone has another, no less important feature – a powerful battery with a capacity of 5500 mAh. The battery life is very long, some users indicate 8-10 hours of the active screen, and not in gentle mode.

Mi Max 3 got a stylish metal case, a powerful platform based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, a fresh version of Android, support for fast charging, a fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock function.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.9 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 221g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5500 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/5 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Honor 10 4 / 64GB

One of the most inexpensive flagships in the Russian market. First of all, it surprises with the unusual design of the back cover. The rear rear camera is clearly visible behind, but the fingerprint scanner is located on the front panel – in its lower part.

Like many other devices of the company, the device runs on a proprietary processor – HiSilicon Kirin 970. This is a very powerful processor, it works in conjunction with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM.

We note the presence of fast charging, Face Unlock, a beautiful display, decent cameras.

As the Honor 10 leaves the market, good discounts apply..

  • Screen diagonal: 5.84 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2280 × 1080
  • Weight: 153g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/24 MP
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Memory card support: no