With inflation rates rising and our economies failing, phone prices have gone over the roofs. It’s no understatement to say that you might need to sell an arm and a leg in order to get your hands on the newest iPhone X or whatever new model they’ve conjured up this year, especially if you’re living on a student budget. But don’t worry, you won’t need to suffer through university with an awfully outdated phone any longer. Here are the top 4 budget smartphones everyone needs to know about!
1. One Plus 6T
One Plus is a smartphone company based and founded in Shenzhen, Guandong, China. They’re relatively new, founded in 2013, and have since joined the forefront of quality, budget smartphones. One of their most recent models, the One Plus 6T, is a prime example of what their smartphones have to offer. They have a solid battery life, inclusive of fast charging technology, and a 16MP and 20MP dual rear camera that will provide sufficient photography quality. Their prices range from $549 / £499 and head up to $629 / £579 for the One Plus 6T, but may vary depending on where you visit. You can easily find One Plus phones at your local UK networks / T-mobile (for the US), as well as online.
2. Huawei P20 Lite
Huawei is another Chinese smartphone company, founded and based in Shenzhen, Guandong, China. A great example of what Huawei has to offer is the Huawei P20 Lite. They have a substantial battery life, as well as a 16MP + 2MP camera that will give you great photo quality. The price range is around £329 / $455 / AU$580 but may vary depending on where you visit. One downside that may come from getting a Huawei is its availability at local stores. However, you can easily find their phones on Amazon and Lazada (for Southeast Asian countries). In terms of aesthetic, the Huawei P20 Lite is designed very similarly to the iPhone X. So, if you’re into the iPhone look, this might just be the phone for you.
3. Mi A2
Once again, Xiaomi is another Chinese smartphone company based in Beijing, China. The Mi A2, one of their more recent models, offers a 12mp and 20mp dual lens camera capable of 4K resolution videos and 120fps slow-motion. The Mi A2 is currently priced at £179.80 / $228.58 / AU$329.99 on Amazon, but the pricing may vary depending on where you visit. You can easily find the Mi A2 online, however, it may not be the case at your local stores. Despite this, Xiaomi is at the forefront of quality, budget smartphones and is definitely a brand you wouldn’t want to miss checking out!
4. Pocophone F1
The Pocophone F1 is another phone under the Chinese phone company, Xiaomi. The Pocophone F1 offers 4,000mAh battery and a dual-lens rear camera that will take photos at a decent quality. Its software provides solid and strong performance, with high-end specs and vapour cooling. This phone prices at around £309 / $390 / AU$555 and can be easily found on websites such as Amazon, and Lazada.
While One Plus, Huawei or Xiaomi may not be that well known in the UK, US or Australia, they offer quality smartphones at cheap prices. So, what’s not to love?