Best budget smartphones of 2018

In general, the concept of budgeting for each user will be their own. So, for some, a smartphone is considered budgetary, the cost of which is 5 thousand rubles, for another – a smartphone worth 30 thousand. In this case, we will consider budget smartphones of different price categories. But let’s start with inexpensive and high-quality devices. So, our top rating.

Meizu M5c 16GB

If you have 7-9 thousand rubles, you can take a closer look at the Chinese smartphone Meizu M5c. A budget model with very good characteristics for its value.

The case is plastic, but the plastic is of very good quality, while the smartphone itself looks expensive and even stylish, especially when it comes to the black case. Display diagonal – 5 inches, the resolution standard for this price category is HD.

Meizu M5c runs on the basis of the 4-core MediaTek MT6737 processor, it has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory + support for memory cards. Battery capacity – 3000 mAh.

On the front panel you can see the Home key. Unfortunately, it does not have the fingerprint scanner that older Meizu models have. But it has built-in touch gestures.

It’s clear that the smartphone does not have enough stars from the sky, but for its price it is almost the best choice on the market.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 135g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6737
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Honor 6A

Honor introduced another novelty and this is a very interesting device at a “tasty” price.

So, here is the Honor 6A with a cool case design and a metal back cover. He got a 5-inch display, a smart fingerprint sensor, a good Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, which works together with 2 GB of RAM. ROM capacity is 16 GB.

A good battery whose capacity is 3020 mAh.

Great value for money.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 143g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3020 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 3 / 32GB

One of the most interesting new products in recent years is the first budget frameless smartphone from Xiaomi. Its dimensions are similar to Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, however, a much larger screen is used here – its diagonal reaches 5.99 inches! Resolution more than decent – 2160 × 1080 pixels.

The novelty runs on the already familiar Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, and the memory capacity is 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. The battery capacity is almost the same as its predecessor – 4000 mAh.

Used quite good by the standards of the class of camera.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.99 inches
  • Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 180g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Main camera: dual 12 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Huawei Nova Lite 2017

Stylish device from Huawei. The case design can hardly be called individual, but it looks great. It seems like a dual rear camera is used here, but in reality it is single, and next to it is a flash.

Despite the fact that this is a budget device, here you can see the fingerprint scanner. Battery capacity – 3020 mAh.

The Huawei Nova Lite has a 5-inch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 16 GB of main memory and 2 GB of RAM.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 145g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3020 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Meizu M6 16GB

Inexpensive Meizu device with a nice design. Yes, the case is plastic, but it looks very cool, from afar plastic is easy to confuse with metal.

Screen size – 5.2 inches, resolution – HD. The smartphone received a 3070 mAh battery, a MediaTek MT6750 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM.

There is also a fingerprint sensor, although it is not visible on the case – it is built into the Home key.

And do not forget about the firmware Flyme.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 143g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6750
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3070 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Xiaomi Redmi 4X 32GB

One of the best “state employees” worth up to 10 thousand rubles. With much desire, this smartphone can be found even cheaper.

It differs in its low cost, as well as in the presence of features that often do not even have much more expensive smartphones. First of all, it is a metal case, although there are plastic inserts on it – for antennas. The 5-inch display has HD resolution, a smartphone based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor is built, in this version it has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. Very capacious battery – 4100 mAh.

We also note the presence of a fingerprint scanner, a slot for a memory card and, finally, a black shade of the case.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 150g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4100 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017)

Samsung models are traditionally more expensive than their Chinese counterparts, but the demand for them is still very high – the manufacturing quality, well-known brand, and good characteristics, as well as the appearance of the device itself affect.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) looks very successful and definitely much more expensive than its cost. On the back of the case you can see a metal cover, which, however, cannot be removed – the case is not separable. There is a flash under the camera’s eye.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) received a 5-inch display, HD resolution, Exynos 7570 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. But what’s really interesting: the slots for the memory card and two SIM cards are separate, not hybrid, as in most cases. This means that you can simultaneously work with two SIM cards and a memory card..

Android version is 7.0, good cameras, but the fingerprint scanner, alas, is not here.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 142g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 7570
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2400 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL 16Gb

A newcomer from ASUS who plays in the league of budget smartphones. At the time of writing, you can become its owner for about 10-12 thousand rubles. Why is he good?

The main feature is one of the least expensive smartphones in the Russian market with a dual rear camera, which received a resolution of 13/5 MP. The front camera has a resolution of 8 MP.

The back cover is metal, but there are plastic inserts at the top and bottom. The diagonal of the display is 5.2 inches, the resolution is 1280 × 720 pixels. Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, 2 GB and 16 GB of memory (RAM and ROM, respectively), a capacious battery for 4100 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 156g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4100 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

LG G6

Yes, this is the flagship from LG. But what does he do in our review? Everything is simple here – this is one of the least expensive flagships among famous companies. So, at the time of writing, it is quite possible to get it for 30 thousand rubles.

Meanwhile, this is a real flagship, in which there is literally everything. Let it not bother you that not the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor is installed here, and not the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the device’s performance is excellent. Also, the LG G6 will delight its owner with a cool 5.7-inch display with a large resolution of 2880 × 1440 pixels, a dual rear camera that allows you to get excellent pictures, a quick charge function, a stylish appearance (the case is made of glass and metal, and it also has minimal frames), protection against water and dust, Always-on Display and much more.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2880 × 1440
  • Weight: 163g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X 3 / 32GB

Let’s talk about inexpensive 5.5-inch devices and here we have Xiaomi again – as one of the leaders in low-cost smartphones.

As for the design, it is similar to Redmi 4X, but the whole case is different, and the specifications are slightly different. So, this model received a higher resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM (in this version). The cameras are similar, there is a fingerprint scanner, a good battery with a capacity of 4100 mAh.

Most importantly, Redmi Note 4X is only slightly more expensive than its “little brother” Redmi 4X, so if you want a smartphone with a larger display, we recommend that you take a closer look at Note 4X.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 175g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4100 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Meizu M5 Note 16GB

The cost of this 5.5-inch smartphone from Meizu is 10-14 thousand rubles. Why such difference? Apparently, it depends on the seller’s cheat. However, this also applies to most smartphones of other companies, so do not be surprised.

Meizu M5 Note is primarily distinguished by its body. So, it is not just metal, but also monolithic, that is, the back is completely made of metal. The smartphone looks very cool – concise and stylish, and in all available shades.

The display resolution is 1920 × 1080 pixels, the processor is MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755), 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, which can be increased by a slot for a memory card. Battery capacity is similar to competitors – 4000 mAh.

There is a fingerprint scanner, as well as such an important thing for many as the quick charge function.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 175g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755)
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Huawei P10 Lite 3 / 32GB

A very stylish and at the same time inexpensive device from Huawei, which is one of the world leaders in the smartphone market. This device can not be called really cheap, but it is really budget, if you compare its cost with many competitors. Meanwhile, Huawei P10 Lite has several important features..

The first of them is immediately noticeable – it’s amazing appearance. The smartphone is made of glass and steel, however, extremely unusual color shades set the tone. Take a look at the back cover – impressive, right?

Display diagonal – 5.2 inches, resolution – Full HD, processor – HiSilicon Kirin 658, RAM – 3 GB, internal – 32 GB, support for memory cards.

Huawei P10 Lite – a smartphone with a good camera, smart software and a nice price.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 146g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 658
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Nokia 5

Return of the legend to the market – Nokia introduced several Android smartphones at once. Among them is an inexpensive Nokia 5 smartphone. What is it good for?

Firstly, it is an inexpensive device. Secondly, the case is aluminum and has a very interesting design. By the way, there are several shades of the case, you can choose to your taste.

Move on. The platform here is not the most powerful, but for such a cost it is quite enough: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 works in conjunction with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. Cameras were also quite good, allowing you to get decent pictures for this class. There is a fingerprint scanner located on the front of the case in the Home button (the button itself is not mechanical, but touch).

  • Screen diagonal: 5.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: –
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

LG Q6a M700

Another LG in our review. This device is more expensive than many competitors, and it is not built on the most powerful platform (Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM), but it has what the nearest competitors do not have. What are we talking about?

Of course, about the frameless case. In this regard, the LG Q6a M700 resembles the flagship G6. True, only in front, since plastic is visible on the back of the case, and the camera is only single.

Interestingly, there is no fingerprint scanner here, but the company offers unlocking the device using face recognition of the owner. Just do not confuse it with Face ID, these are different technologies and the one used by LG is much easier. But, according to reviews, it works for itself.

And there is also a front camera with a 100-degree view.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 149g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Motorola Moto C Plus 16GB

Motorola is slowly returning to the Russian market and offers a tangible choice among its smartphones. Budget model – Motorola Moto C Plus 16GB. Inexpensive smartphone, which can become a competitor, for example, Meizu M5c.

The case is plastic, but the design is pretty. Of particular note is the logo in the form of the letter M on the back cover. The display has a diagonal of 5 inches, resolution – HD. The processor is MediaTek MT6737, but the amount of RAM is small – 1 GB, 16 GB of internal memory. But the Motorola Moto C Plus has a capacious battery – as much as 4000 mAh, which with such characteristics should give a high level of battery life.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 162g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6737
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes