5 Budget Android Phones To Consider In 2018
The market for capable, well-built Android smartphones that don’t break the bank is forever on the rise, with better models popping up every month. While smartphone manufacturers usually reserve releases for the latter half of the year, there are still many great devices that were released in 2017 or earlier that are perfectly viable today.
It goes without saying that there’s a lot to choose from in the budget segment. Manufacturers that are otherwise known for their flagships, such as Sony and LG, are entering the budget market with watered down versions of the phones that put them on the map. Other, once lesser-known manufacturers from the East such as Huawei and Xiaomi are also showing their engineering capabilities by providing devices that can compete with most flagships but still cost a fraction of the price.
It’s important to know which ones are worth it – and which ones aren’t – so here are five to consider for 2018.
Huawei P9 Lite
Huawei received international acclaim for the P8 Lite, which meant that its successor had a lot to live up to. Luckily, the Chinese tech giant pulled it off and created another solid budget device. With a large 5.2” Full HD display powered by a Kirin chipset and coupled with 3GB of RAM, the P9 Lite is a capable performer. While the heavily customized EMUI is not for everyone, it’s nice that Huawei chose to run the device on Android 7.0 to keep things modern.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Xiaomi’s Redmi devices have always been solid budget-beaters and the Note 4 is no exception. Here you’ll find a 5.5” IPS LCD display with a huge 4100 mAh battery and an efficient chipset that helps the device last longer than any other phone in its class. The “go big or go home” motto also translates to the RAM and storage specs, with the Note 4 having up to 4GB and 64GB respectively of each.
Motorola Moto G5
No budget phone list would be complete with the now Lenovo-owned US company that started it all. The Moto G5 is, as the name would suggest, the fifth iteration of the popular and highly affordable Moto G range. This time around it takes styling cues from Lenovo and sports a clean full-metal build. As per usual, there’s no additional bloat or laggy skins here, but rather a near-stock Android that runs smoothly on the Snapdragon 430 processor.
Sony Xperia XA
Do you have a PlayStation? Do you enjoy taking selfies? Want a beautiful phone with a curved display and a premium metal build? Then the Sony Xperia XA is for you. Check out Gadget Gestures for more information on this device, along with tons of other useful information on all things tech.
Where there’s Xiaomi, there’s Meizu. The M5 falls in line with the former-mentioned manufacturer’s budget devices but takes it a step further with a unique and premium design language. With a fingerprint reader, 5.2” IPS display and solid performance from the 3GB of RAM, the M5 is a considerable choice in the budget segment.
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