Walking downtown I could hardly turn every corner without seeing someone holding a Smartphones. With the way technology is developing faster and consistently, Smartphones nowadays are more common than the cold and flu. And there are a lot of Smartphones in the market today so it is difficult to pick the best one to buy. Of course, among all of these Smartphones being marketed today, the best Smartphones are those with the established brand name – such as Samsung, Sony, ASUS, iPhone, et cetera.
Before you make a choice on which Smartphones to buy, let me just remind you that expensive doesn’t always mean the best. You could actually get good quality phones without spending a lot. We have a lot of budget Smartphones in the market and you don’t even know about them. So, let me take this opportunity to share my top 5 budget Smartphones for 2018. Here they are in no particular order:
- ASUS ZenFone Max M1
ASUS ZenFone Max M1 makes it to my top 5 list of budget Smartphones because it is highly affordable (currently priced at Php 8,995) and it has a big-battery (4,000 mAh) handset. Additionally, it also has dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor – two features you wouldn’t usually find in a budget phone.
The new ZenFone Max is also equipped with a Snapdragon 430 chipset that’s both fast enough for everyday tasks and highly efficient at optimizing every ounce of energy from the battery. There is even a facial recognition using the front camera to unlock it. So, large battery, efficient processor, reasonably low price, all the features you need – do you need anything more?
- OPPO A83
If you’re the type to obsess over a Smartphone with a near-borderless display, you definitely wouldn’t go wrong with OPPO 83. It is not just OPPO’s best budget Smartphones (priced at Php 9,990); it is also one of the cheapest Smartphones you can find anywhere. Although it’s most remarkable feature is an 8-megapixel front camera with artificial intelligence built in for smoother selfies.
Usually, budget phones get low-powered processors, but that is not true for OPPO A83. Even though screen resolution and security features were downgraded, OPPO didn’t sacrifice the performance. It has the same chipset as the F5 series – the MediaTek Helio P23. It has the new Mali-G71 MP2 graphics for better gaming performance. Memory and storage configuration is also fine at 3GB and 32GB.
- Lenovo P2
Lenovo P2 quickly drew high acclaim since it has the best battery life of any Smartphones we’ve tested so far. It can last for almost 30 hours on a single charge, which is quite noteworthy. The Lenovo P2 is the budget Smartphones to beat if we are talking about longevity.
Although it is a bit chunkier than most budget Smartphones, it is a small price to pay for the longest lasting Smartphones in the market. There are also quite a few amazing features offered by Lenovo P2 – Lenovo P2’s display, performance, and overall build quality are all first-rate. In fact, it’s actually giving the other mid-priced handsets a run for their money.
- Samsung Galaxy J5
Samsung has always performed far better than any of its competition and has a great track record of pumping out fantastic budget Smartphones. For the past few years, it is Samsung’s J-series line up that has mostly drawn the headlines, and the Galaxy J5 is no exception. Not only does it have monstrous battery life, but its super AMOLED display (despite being the only 720p) is a true beauty. As a matter of fact, its colors are so vibrant that it puts other LCD displays to shame.
Camera performance has also had a notable upgrade, too. In fact, it’s even better than the sensors on the previous Moto G5, if I would say so myself. Together with its eye-catching display, you could definitely snap some Instagram-worthy photos.
- Huawei Nova 2 Lite
Huawei never fails to offer complete packages with prices below $200. And as proof, Huawei offers Nova 2 Lite, which comes equipped with dual main cameras, a fast fingerprint sensor, and some of the thinnest bezels among the budget Smartphones offered in the market today. Its pricier counterpart Nova 2i may have more features, but this is where Huawei shows their true value and where they shine.
Each and every smartphone showcases their unique and amazing features. And after sharing all these features and reasons to buy these budget Smartphones, I do hope that you have an idea which of these Smartphones best fits your needs.