Inexpensive 2020 smartphones: which is better to buy?

Today, the market has a huge number of inexpensive and cool smartphones. Which one to choose? We decided to collect for you a top rating of the most interesting inexpensive sensor devices in our opinion of different price categories (within small limits). So what better to buy?

Xiaomi Redmi 8A 2 / 32GB

The new generation of the Redmi A series in all its glory.

Compared with the previous generation, I got a rather large 6.22-inch display with a resolution of 1520 × 720 pixels, a pretty plastic case, two very decent cameras for its price, a good platform based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor and 2 GB of RAM.

There is no fingerprint scanner (Face Unlock function instead), but a very powerful 5000 mAh battery with support for fast charging is installed.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.22 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 188g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Nokia 4.2 3 / 32GB Android One

A relatively inexpensive device from Nokia, which has a number of features.

For example, it works on the basis of the stock version of Android (part of the Android One program), which ensures fast operation of the system. It has a dedicated Google Voice Assistant call button, as well as an NFC module, which is not as common in this price category as we would like.

Nokia 4.2 received a 5.71-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM, a 3000 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor and a cool case design.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.71 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 161g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • 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

Samsung Galaxy A20s 32GB

Updated hit from Samsung.

The screen became even larger – now its diagonal reaches 6.5 inches with a resolution of 1560 × 720 pixels. Moreover, if the AMOLED matrix was used before, now IPS.

A fingerprint reader has disappeared from the back of the case – now it is in the display. And the dual rear camera has become triple – a new module is used.

The processor has not changed, as well as the battery capacity – all the same 4000 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 183g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 7884
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 13/8/5 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Meizu M8

Have you noticed how rare smartphones with an all-metal casing are? Just manufacturers prefer to use glass or plastic. Meizu M8 is an exception – its case is made entirely of metal, and besides it is sold in several colors.

Meizu M8 has a 5.7-inch display, a good dual main camera, an 8-core Mediatek Helio P22 chip (MT6762V), 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM, a fingerprint reader on the back cover.

Battery capacity – 3100 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 × 720
  • Weight: 159g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Mediatek Helio P22 (MT6762V)
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3100 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/5 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei Y7 (2019)

Nice smartphone from Huawei (recommended in gradient colors).

It boasts a powerful 4000 mAh battery, a good platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and 3 GB of RAM, a 6.26-inch high-quality matrix, and a good dual main camera for its class.

Users note: good performance, battery life, value for money.

  • 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 Redmi Note 8 4 / 64GB

One of the best deals in the class..

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 has a lot of positive aspects: an excellent 6.3-inch display, cool appearance of the case, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset, which in this version works together with 4 GB of RAM, a capacious 4000 mAh battery with support for fast charging.

And perhaps the most interesting is the rear camera of four sensors: the main, wide-angle, for macro and depth sensors. It shoots very cool – taking into account its price, of course.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 190g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 48/8/2/2 MP modules
  • Front camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Honor 8A

An inexpensive Honor device with a pretty body and a 6.09-inch screen. But the main feature is the NFC module, which can also be used to pay for something.

The smartphone runs on the basis of the MediaTek Helio P35 chip (MT6765), the memory capacity is 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. A 3020 mAh battery is installed, there is a fingerprint reader.

There are two cameras, their resolution is 8 MP and 13 MP (front and rear, respectively).

  • 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

Alcatel 1S (2019)

A budget option from Alcatel, which has everything you need – and even more.

A 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 × 720 pixels, a Unisoc SC9863A processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of main memory, a battery of sufficient capacity of 3060 mAh are installed.

4G networks are supported, there is a fingerprint sensor, the rear camera with two modules.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 × 720
  • Weight: 146g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Unisoc SC9863A
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3060 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

ZTE Blade V10 Vita 3 / 64GB

Good specifications distinguish ZTE Blade V10 Vita from competitors.

For example, there is an NFC chip, and the amount of memory is 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. Unisoc SC9863A chipset is not the most powerful, but quite good for this class.

The battery capacity is 3200 mAh, the screen diagonal is 6.26 inches, there is a fingerprint scanner.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.26 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 150g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Unisoc SC9863A
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3200 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi 8 3 / 32GB

The characteristics of Redmi 8 are largely reminiscent of the younger model Redmi 8A, but not by design – it looks much more interesting! Thanks including the bright shades of the body.

There is a similar 6.22-inch display, the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, however, the memory capacity is higher – in this version 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. The same battery – its capacity reaches an impressive 5000 mAh (with support for fast charging).

On the back of the case – a good dual camera and a fingerprint sensor.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.22 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 188g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

DOOGEE X90L

Very budget smartphone from DOOGEE. Looks pretty, has cool vibrant body colors.

He will also appreciate the large 6.1-inch FullView-display – it is a pity that its resolution is small, only 1280 × 600 pixels. There is also a dual main camera, a fingerprint reader, 3 GB of RAM.

The “heart” of the smartphone is the MediaTek MT6739 chipset. Battery capacity – 3400 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.1 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 600
  • Weight: 150g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6739
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 8/5 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

OPPO A5s

Low cost OPPO solution.

It stands out for its pleasant appearance, hues of the case and a large screen with a diagonal of 6.2 inches; its resolution is typical for the price category – 1520 × 720 pixels.

As a chip, we use the proven MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765), the memory size is not bad – 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. Noteworthy is the powerful 4320 mAh battery.

There is a fingerprint scanner. Dual rear received a double zoom.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 170g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765)
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4230 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi A3 4 / 64GB Android One

The dude from Xiaomi, which is part of the Android One program, implies the presence of Android stock firmware, and not MIUI, which users are used to.

Mi A3 received a new design in the corporate identity of the company, a fairly powerful platform based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor and 4 GB of RAM in this version, a good triple main camera.

It can be noted a capacious 4030 mAh battery with fast charging, a fingerprint sensor in the display, quick operation of the system. But the screen, although large (6.09 inches), but its resolution is not very high – 1560 × 720 pixels.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.09 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 174g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4030 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Nokia 2.2 16GB

Like all recent Nokia smartphones, model 2.2 has acquired a separate mechanical button to call Google voice assistant. And here is the plastic back cover, under it is a removable battery. By the way, the lid can be changed if desired – lids of other shades should be sold separately.

Installed a 5.71-inch display, MediaTek Helio A22 chip, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM, a 3000 mAh battery, two cameras.

There is no fingerprint sensor, but there is a face unlock function.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.71 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 153g
  • 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

Samsung Galaxy A30s 32GB

The Galaxy A30s resembles the Galaxy A20s in many ways, but still they are seriously different..

So, the 6.4-inch display was created using AMOLED technology, and the chipset used is Exynos 7904. The fingerprint reader is in the display, and the triple main camera seems to have come from the Galaxy A50 – in any case, they have similar characteristics.

Cherry on the cake – the presence of the NFC module.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 169g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 7904
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 25/5/8 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes