The best budget smartphones of 2020: top rating

In this review, we tried to collect for you the most interesting budget smartphones. But what is a budget device? For some, this will be a smartphone for 5,000 rubles, and for someone – already for 20 thousand. That is why we added smartphones from different price groups to the review. So, which budget smartphone is better to buy in 2020?

Xiaomi Redmi 8 3 / 32GB

A relatively fresh budget solution from Xiaomi, one of the world leader in the production of mobile technology. What brought the new generation of Redmi?

Of course, first of all, the design – Redmi 8 looks very cool and even, so to speak, more expensive than its real value. Another important innovation was the appearance of an even more powerful battery – as much as 5000 mAh! And given that this is not the most powerful platform, and the resolution of the 6.22-inch display is not so great (1520 × 720 pixels), the battery life should be more than worthy.

We can note good cameras for its segment, support for fast charging. But the processor here is not the most powerful – Qualcomm Snapdragon 439. However, according to the characteristics, it is still very good.

  • 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

Honor 8A

Inexpensive device from Honor. Among the advantages, we note the presence of a fingerprint sensor and, more importantly, the NFC module – while it is rare even in this price category.

Honor 8A got a 6.09-inch display, a fresh version of Android (at the time of release – 9.0), an 8-core MediaTek Helio P35 processor (MT6765), 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. Yes, the platform is not the most powerful, but in general it can be called sufficient. Battery capacity – 3020 mAh.

Note the very nice appearance 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 A30s 32GB

An updated version of last year’s A30. At first glance, there are few changes, but they are very significant. First and foremost, the main camera. If previously a dual module was used (main and wide-angle), now it is triple – a depth sensor has been added. In addition, other sensors are used, similar to those that we saw in the much more expensive A50 model (probably this is the same module). It is not surprising that the smartphone allows you to receive photos of better quality than before.

The second difference is the fingerprint scanner, which moved from the back cover to the screen.

Third, a slightly updated design and new body colors.

In general – a very interesting purchase in its price segment.

  • 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

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T 4 / 64GB

The new generation of Redmi Note. Models of the previous generation were in stable high demand and, obviously, Redmi Note 8T will not be an exception. Why?

Design. The smartphone looks very cool and at the same time concise. It’s funny that photos do not convey this effect – it is better to look in reality. This applies even to the most rigorous version – in black. By the way, it is stated that the back cover is made of tempered glass, not plastic.

Here is an excellent 6.3-inch display, a rather powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM in this version, a capacious battery – 4000 mAh.

As for the main camera, it consists of 4 modules: the main, wide-angle, depth sensor and for macro photography. The camera shoots very, very decently, given the cost of the smartphone. In short, a smartphone with one of the best cameras and powerful batteries in its segment. NFC is present.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 200g
  • 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

Huawei P smart Z 4 / 64GB

This smartphone from Huawei is one of the cheapest with a retractable front camera. Thanks to this solution, on the display you will not find any cutouts for cameras, sensors, speaker.

The screen size is 6.59 inches, the resolution is high – 2340 × 1080 pixels, the matrix is ​​high-quality. The chipset is a very well-known HiSilicon Kirin 710, which is used on many other devices of the company. Memory – 4 GB of operational and 64 GB of internal. The battery capacity reaches 4000 mAh. NFC available.

A dual main camera is used. It’s not bad during the day, but you should not expect miracles.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.59 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 197g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi A3 4 / 64GB Android One

Smartphone for fans of Android stock firmware. Your attention – Xiaomi Mi A3, the main feature of which is the work on the basis of Android One firmware.

For the money, this is a very good device: a 6.09-inch high-quality matrix, a triple main camera with a main module with a resolution of 48 MP, a bunch of Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset and 4 GB of RAM, a capacious battery with fast charging, stylish appearance.

May not suit the lack of an NFC module and not the highest resolution of the AMOLED matrix.

  • 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

realme 5 64GB

A relatively inexpensive smartphone from a fairly well-known company realme (part of the BBK Electronics group). Among the chips – a powerful battery as much as 5000 mAh, as well as a rear quad camera.

The smartphone received a smart case, and the display diagonal (IPS) – a decent 6.5 inches with a resolution of 1600 × 720 pixels. The processor uses the well-known Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, the memory in this version is 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. Note the presence of NFC.

As for the camera, it consists of 4 modules. Generally speaking, it takes off well for your money.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1600 × 720
  • Weight: 198g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 12/8/2/2 / MP modules
  • Front camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei P40 Lite E 4 / 64GB

The P40 line has several smartphones at once, and the Lite E model is the youngest of them..

The smartphone turned out to be interesting, including due to the bright design. A rather large 6.39-inch IPS display is installed, so the fingerprint sensor is on the back cover. There is also a triple main camera, the main module of which received a resolution of 48 MP. The module shoots very well during the day, and at night it helps to have a night mode.

From the new – HiSilicon Kirin 710F with a decent power reserve. But the NFC module is not here, as well as support for Google services.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 176g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710F
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Meizu M8

As you may have noticed, a new trend has appeared in the last couple of years – to use glass or plastic in the frame of the back cover. Yes, beautiful, but slippery. And there are almost no smartphones with a metal back on the market. One of the exceptions was the Meizu M8, which can also be purchased not only in black, but also in gold, blue or even purple.

It has a 5.7-inch matrix with a resolution of 1440 × 720 pixels, an 8-core Mediatek Helio P22 chip (MT6762V), 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM, a fingerprint scanner, a dual camera.

One of the features of Meizu smartphones is the proprietary Android Flyme firmware.

  • 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

Honor 10i 128GB

Honor 10i meets already familiar to the company design. There are several colors to choose from, and the case in all shades looks great.

For its price, Honor 10i offers decent features: a 6.21-inch high-quality screen with high resolution (IPS), a bunch of HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM, an NFC module, a smart fingerprint sensor on the back.

Of the features, the presence of a wide-angle module in the triple main camera is highlighted. Average battery capacity – 3400 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.21 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 164g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 24/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Nokia 2.3 32GB Dual Sim

Another creation of Nokia, which works on the basis of a clean version of Android.

The smartphone received a large 6.2-inch display, a new housing design – a recognizable, capacious 4000 mAh battery, a platform based on the MediaTek Helio A22 chipset (MT6761) and 2 GB of RAM. Rear rear camera.

There is no scanner, but there is an unlock on the face. In stock – dedicated Google voice assistant call key.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 183g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio A22 (MT6761)
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi 9T 6 / 64GB

Want to get almost the flagship, but at the same time save a lot? We advise you to pay attention to the smartphone from Xiaomi – Mi 9T.

This model received a FullView display – thanks to a retractable front camera. By the way, the event indicator is hidden in a retractable camera. Controversial decision, but unusual.

A very powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor is installed – this, of course, is not the flagship Snapdragon 855, well, the Mi 9T does not claim to be the laurels of the flagship device. Nevertheless, the power reserve of this chip is huge, in addition, 6 GB of RAM “help” it.

The main camera consists of three modules: main, wide-angle, telephoto. She takes it simpler than the flagship Mi 9, but even for her price group, the photos turn out great.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 191g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/13 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy A20s 32GB

Great budget from Samsung. It is cheaper than A30s, and its screen is slightly larger – 6.5 inches. However, it is worth considering that in this case the IPS matrix with a resolution of 1560 × 720 pixels is used, and not AMOLED.

Galaxy A20s runs on the Exynos 7884 processor and 3 GB of RAM. He has a triple main camera and shoots well for his segment. Good battery capacity – 4000 mAh, provides fast charging. The fingerprint sensor is located on the back.

A choice of several body colors.

  • 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

OPPO A5s

Budget from OPPO. It stands out with a 6.2-inch bezel-less screen (resolution – 1520 × 720 pixels), as well as a powerful battery – as much as 4,230 mAh.

The smartphone runs on the basis of the MediaTek Helio P35 chip (MT6765), the memory in this version is 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, dual main camera.

Users note a decent double zoom, as well as a nice branded shell.

  • 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

ZTE Blade 20 Smart

ZTE Blade 20 Smart has very good characteristics, while the price of the smartphone is very “tasty”.

Here you will find a nice case design, several bright colors, a large 6.49-inch high-resolution display, an 8-core MediaTek Helio P60 chipset, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM. We note a surprisingly good camera, which allows you to get good pictures (at dusk and at night – also a good result), as well as the NFC module.

The battery capacity is good – as much as 5000 mAh. The scanner is located on the back of the chassis..

  • Screen diagonal: 6.49 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 190g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P60
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 16/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei Y7 (2019)

A relatively inexpensive smartphone from Huawei, which got a nice design in the style of the latest models of the company.

It has a rather large 6.26-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 fast processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of main memory, a powerful 4000 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor on the back of the case.

There is a dual camera. In the daytime, you can get good photos.

  • 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

Apple iPhone Xr 64GB

Surprised to see the iPhone? We admit, too, but it turns out that this is the most interesting low-cost mobile solution that can be purchased at Apple. Yes, there are less expensive models of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, but in the age of FullView displays, it seems to us, it makes no sense to spend money on them.

iPhone Xr is a very good smartphone. The design is simple and concise, the Apple A12 Bionic processor is one of the most powerful in the world, and the speed of the system leaves behind most of the competitors. Display – 6.1-inch IPS-matrix. The camera is a single 12-megapixel camera, but it shoots so that some flagships of other companies rest. There is water protection (IP67), quick charge, NFC.

What may not suit you is the support of one SIM card (we don’t take into account eSIM), as well as the traditional absence of a memory card slot.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.1 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1792 × 828
  • Weight: 194g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2 (eSIM)
  • Processor: Apple A12 Bionic
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2942 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12 MP
  • Front camera: 7 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Xiaomi Redmi 8A 2 / 32GB

If you do not need a smartphone with a lot of cameras, a fingerprint sensor or a powerful processor, pay attention to Xiaomi Redmi 8A.

This is the most budget model of Xiaomi at the time of writing. In some respects, it is very similar to the older version of Redmi 8 (for example, a 6.22-inch display or Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chip), but there are significant differences, including a different case design or the lack of a fingerprint scanner.

But the Redmi 8A has a powerful 5000 mAh battery with support for fast charging and a very decent single main camera. And all this for relatively little money.

  • 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

Honor 20 6 / 128GB

An interesting offer from Honor. In fact, this is one of the flagship models of the brand, which is interesting primarily for its main camera. A camera of four modules is installed here: a wide-angle lens, the main one, for creating bokeh, as well as for macro photography. In general, the camera shoots more than worthy even for its value.

You should also pay attention to the cool case design, the front camera “built-in” in the display, a powerful platform based on the HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor and 6 GB of RAM.

What might not suit you? Unless the unusual location of the fingerprint sensor in the side off button.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.26 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 174g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3750 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 48/16/2/2 MP modules
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Memory card support: no

vivo Y11 3 / 32GB

A very interesting offer for a small fee.

vivo Y11 besides a pleasant price captivates with a large display, attractive appearance and a very powerful 5000 mAh battery. Fast charging is not provided, however, taking into account the cost of the device, you should not find fault.

vivo Y11 got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset, 3 GB of RAM, a scanner on the rear panel.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.35 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1544 × 720
  • Weight: 190g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes