Not only high-end cell phone manufacturers live. Low-end (or entry-level) models are also an important niche for them, as not all consumers have the same needs or economic budget. The aim of this comparison is therefore to find the best low-end phone that has landed on the market so far this year. The truth is that manufacturers are making increasing efforts to improve the features they offer and meet the needs of the target audience.
Which phones are low end?
– Draft: in terms of the construction of the mobile phone and its finishes, as well as the grip and ease of use.
– Screen: XXL panels have long been established in this area, but their quality, sharpness, brightness or detail is not the same for all.
– cameras: With all the fame that mobile phone cameras have achieved for their results, one must not forget the entry-level devices in which price range they “move” and that their results can never be compared to those of advanced models. This does not prevent us from asking for a minimum quality.
– Perfomance: How is the user experience? Does it work and flow well or is it slower? How is its autonomy and battery charge?
The best low-end smartphones in comparison: this is how we tested them
To each of these phones do not exceed 250 euros in price, at least a week was devoted to her. During this time, the user experience of surfing the Internet, connecting to social networks, accessing email, viewing multimedia content and occasionally playing games that do not require advanced graphics performance were reviewed and compared. Their cameras have also been used in different situations and the autonomy of their batteries has been studied.
The low-end phone Honor X8 received the best rating. In terms of design, it’s very beautiful, it is thickness is very thin (7.45mm) and it weighs only 177 grams. This does not prevent it from offering the largest screen: 6.7 inches. For everyday use it is perfect and thanks to its Turbo RAM technology, performance improves significantly.
Low-end mobile Honor X8: our pick
It has an aesthetically pleasing design, it presents a thin profile (7.45 mm) and feels particularly light thanks to its 177 grams. As soon as you turn it on, all the attention goes to the screen since the edges have been very well exploited increase the feeling of immersion. It is about one advertisement 6.7 inches, 2,388 x 1,080 pixels resolution and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which achieves a good rating in terms of brightness, detail and color representation.
- Screen and processor: 6.7 inch and 2,388 x 1,080 pixel resolution / Qualcomm Snapdragon 680.
- RAM memory and internal memory: 6GB / 128GB.
- Camera module: 64 MP (f/1.8) + 5 MP wide angle (f/2.2) + depth (f/2.4) + macro (f/2.4) front 16 Mpx.
- Battery, dimensions and weight: 4,000 mAh, 22.5 W charger / 163.4 x 74.7 x 4.45 mm / 177 grams.
- Operating system: Android 11 with Magic UI 4.2 customization layer.
- Other: Dual SIM card, face unlock, fingerprint reader on the power button, dual-band AC Wi-Fi, NFC, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Honor Turbo RAM technology.
For his part the battery offers a current of 4,000 mAh Y fast loading of 22.5 watts, which behaves correctly. And the rear camera module? It is responsible for a 64-megapixel main sensor, a 5-megapixel wide-angle sensor, as well as a macro sensor and a depth sensor. The daytime photography leaves good impressions (color, focus, sharpness…) and the mode Night It helps to slightly improve the results.
Regarding the video, the low-end mobile Honor X8 It includes a Stories mode, perfect for uploading content to social networks, and another where the camera can record using the front and rear sensors at the same time. Although the daily performance is good, the integration of Turbo RAM technology ensures that the terminal flow is even better, runs faster and applications open earlier. To do this, from their 128GB storage (they are not expandable) 2 GB is required, which is used as additional RAM memory.
The best, the worst and conclusions
- The best: Design, Turbo RAM technology and how well the fingerprint reader and face recognition work.
- Worst: internal storage is not expandable.
- Conclusions: It is an elegant phone that not only stands out for its thinness and weight, but also has a 6.7-inch screen. Its performance is the most advanced.
Low-end phone Xiaomi Redmi Note 11: the alternative
With a weight of 179 grams Y IP53 certification that protects it from dust and splashes contains a Battery with 5,000 mAh capacity which charges in about 70 minutes thanks to the included 33-watt charger. But it’s not the only claim it offers. The other aspect to highlight is the screen.
It is about one 6.3 inch AMOLED panel Y 2,400 x 1,080 pixels resolution it looks good and also draws attention to itself with its brightness. The refresh rate is around 90 Hz. While at the audio level it has one Dual stereo speakers who does his job very well.
For a user who wants to connect to their social networks, occasionally play or consume Multimedia content, the terminal works perfectly thanks to a Snapdragon processor (version 680), a 6GB of RAM Y 256GB expandable internal storage with a microSD card.
As for the photographic part, the camera performs for selfies (although some details can be improved) during it Main sensor with 50 megapixel resolution (which, by the way, bears the Samsung seal) behaves well as long as the lighting conditions are good.
Other interesting information Low-end phone Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 They are: face recognition, fingerprint reader on the side, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi ac and MIUI 13 customization layer.
Realme C35 low-end phone: best value for money
wear a striking design This does not go unnoticed and its weight (189 g) and dimensions (164.4 x 75.6 x 8.1 mm) are average. In addition to its fingerprint reader (located on the unlock button), these other interesting features are added: NFC, slot for three cards (dual SIM and microSD), USB Type-C connectivity and 3.5mm jack; The latter greatly improves the sound experience of the only speaker it comes with.
The low-end mobile Realme C35 mounts an IPS panel 6.6 inches Y full HD resolution. However, the lower edge could have been used better and could have been dispensed with Night Drop type to use the small hole on the screen, the promised experience advertisement it is not negative whether it surfs the Internet, connects to social networks or watches multimedia content. As an improvement aspect, we focus on the brightness on the road.
On the camera side, the terminal offers results that are more than acceptable in the entrance area – even without any particular abnormalities. To do this, combine a macro lens, another for portrait mode and black and white, and a 50 megapixel main sensor This is mainly used alongside the camera for selfies where it’s worth turning on HDR mode.
In everyday life it works as expected while the autonomy (5,000mAh) let’s complete a day and part of the next without problems.
Motorola Moto g31 low end cell phone
To consume multimedia content, its screen is an excellent alternative since it incorporates an OLED panel. has a 6.4 inch size Y 2,400 x 1,080 pixels resolutionand although the refresh rate is 60Hz and not 90Hz (like the rest), this feature doesn’t significantly affect the user experience.
With water-repellent design, feels good in the hand and thanks to its autonomy you can forget about recharging for up to two days as long as it is used normally. Too bad it doesn’t integrate fast-charging technology, because its 10-watt charger (the Nokia phone comes with a charger of the same power) slows down this task too much, adding just over two and a half hours to it.
While the cameras behave as expected on an input terminal (not intended for users who take a lot of photos), the performance is right when browsing the web, checking email or accessing social networks, although a little more fluidity would have been nice. Combining Android 11 with My UX customization layer gives good results.
As expected, in the Low-end mobile phone Motorola Moto g 31 There’s no shortage of classic gestures: for example, shaking turns on the flashlight and picking it up mutes it. Finally, state that it offers fingerprinting in the power switch Y face recognitionDolby Atmos sound with 3.5mm headphones, NFC and Hybrid Dual SIM for two nano SIMs and a micro SD card compatible with models up to 1 terabyte.
Nokia G21 low-end mobile phone
Its main claim is the battery: 5,050 mAh. In this regard, the manufacturer promises a runtime of up to three days, although in practice this time is reduced and during the tests an autonomy of two days was achieved. When held, it gives the impression that it is one Terminal with solid and durable construction. However, it weighs 190 grams, the back is made of polycarbonate and has a slightly rough surface.
Although it unfolds easily in everyday life, that is the feeling at certain moments He keeps thinking and it’s not as quick as the others when opening apps or scrolling through menu options. Its technical equipment combines the Unisonic T606 processor, u 4GB of RAM Y 128GB internal memory Expandable with microSD cards up to 512 GB.
On the other side of the screen Low-end mobile phone Nokia g21 responds well to touch on its surface, has a 6.5 inch size and a refresh rate of 90 Hz; yes, its resolution is not Full HD yesand stays at 1,600 x 720 pixels.
It has, in a different order, a fingerprint reader, face unlock, a button with direct access to Google Assistant, NFC, two OS updates (standard with Android 11), and three years of monthly security updates. The quality of its cameras compared to other proposals is pretty fair.
*All purchase prices contained in this article are as of 07/20/2022.