Recently a friend approached and asked me to do a list of the best smart phones between 200 USD and 300 USD. Well I did some research and tried a variety and honestly this a difficult one. well,
After sometime have come to understand this one of the highly contested price range by all smartphone companies. Thus, making it very hard (TRICKY) almost causing a headache to buy a phone in this category.
Also considering every company is busy producing phones on a daily basis targeting this price range, making it much more confusing.
Well this going to be a buy guide not arranged in any order :
- Redmi Note 9 Pro
- Moto G Power
- Samsung Galaxy A51
- One Plus 6T
- Huawei P40 Lite (nova 7i)
This review will only include
- key specifications
- pros and cons and verdict
- price tag and where to buy
for a full review you can get it at the end of every phone.
so, let’s get to it
1. The Redmi Note 9 Pro
i) Key specifications
|Display||6.67″ IPS LCD, 1080 x 2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi, HDR10.|
|Processor||Snapdragon 720G (8nm): Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver), Adreno 618 GPU.|
|Front Camera||16MP, f/2.5 aperture, 1.0µm pixels. 1080p/30fps video recording.|
|Rear Camera||Primary: 64MP, f/1.9 aperture, 1/2.72″ sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size, PDAF. Ultrawide: 8MP, f/2.2, 1/4″, 1.12µm pixels. Macro: 5MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, AF. Depth sensor: 2MP; 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps video recording, EIS.|
|RAM||6GB of RAM|
|Storage||64/128GB UFS 2.1 storage; dedicated microSD slot.|
|Battery Capacity||5,020mAh; 30W fast charging.|
|OS||Android 10; MIUI 11.|
|Market Price||64GB ,6GB RAM- 230usd 128gb 6gb ram – 270 usd|
|Launch Date & Availability||Released 2020, May 05|
ii) Pros Cons Wrap up & Verdict
- Beautiful Gorilla Glass 5 body, splash resistance
- Large and bright LCD screen, HDR10 support
- Outstanding battery life, fast charging
- Top-notch performance for this class
- Good photo and video quality for the class
- Latest Android and MIUI
- Realme offers 90Hz display for the same cash
- The uneven backlight around the notch is an eyesore
c) Wrap up And Final verdict
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a great smartphone. It has a lot to offer for a bargain price and will not disappoint its users. Realme may have a phone with a 90Hz display at this price point, the Redmi Note 9 Pro trumps it with a glass design and a larger battery. It is also part of the MIUI ecosystem, which may mean something for a lot of you
For its full review click here
2. Moto G Power
i) Key Specs
|Display||Type IPS LCD Size 6.4 inches, 100.7 cm2 (~83.0% screen-to-body ratio) Resolution 1080 x 2300 pixels (~399 ppi density)|
|Processor||Chipset Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) CPU Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver) GPU Adreno 610|
|Front Camera||Single 16 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.0µm Features HDR Video 1080p@30/120fps|
|Rear Camera||Triple 16 MP, f/1.7, (wide), 1/2.8″, 1.12µm, PDAF 8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm 2 MP, f/2.2, (macro) Features LED flash, HDR, panorama Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)|
|Battery Capacity||Type Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable Charging Charging 10W|
|Market Price||250 USD|
|Launch Date & Availability||Released 2020, April 17|
- The best battery life we’ve tested
- Low price tag
- Decent performance and photos for the price
- Works on all networks
- Screen isn’t very colorful
- No optical zoom
c) Wrap up And Final Verdict
You’re not buying a handset like the Moto G Power waiting for a workhorse, but the Snapdragon 665 system-on-chip running the phone should be more than enough to perform normal tasks. Motorola also has 4 GB of memory to help keep everything peppy, even though there’s just 64 GB of room. You need more, and you need to switch to a micro USB card.
The Moto G Power lasts longer than its predecessor, breaking the record, though costing the same price. This is the budget phone you need to purchase if you want a decent battery life.
But this phone doesn’t only count on its endurance to win you over. It also works well enough to satisfy the needs of the average smartphone user, and cameras — while not the best you can find on a budget device — produced some pretty eye-catching shots during our Moto G Power review testing.
If you value mobile photography above all, you may want to consider other low-cost alternatives, particularly now that the Pixel 4a is here and only $100 more than the Moto G Capacity.
3. Samsung Galaxy A51
a) Key Specs
|Display||6.5-inch Super AMOLED, 20:9, FHD+ (1080x2400px), 405ppi.|
|Processor||Exynos 9611: octa-core CPU (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53), Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.|
|Front Camera||32MP, 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, 26mm, f/2.2. 1080p@30fps video recording|
|Rear Camera||Primary: 48MP, 1/2″ sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size, 26mm equiv. focal length, f/2.0 aperture. Ultra wide angle: 12MP, 1.12µm, 13mm, f/2.2. Macro: 5MP, 25mm, f/2.4. Depth sensor: 5MP, 1/5″, 1.12µm, f/2.2. LED flash; 2160p@30fps video recording.|
|RAM||4 / 6GB|
|Storage||4/64GB, 4/128GB, or 6/128GB versions, UFS 2.0; dedicated microSD slot for up to 1TB expansion.|
|Battery Capacity||4,000mAh, 15W charging.|
|OS||Android 10; Samsung One UI 2.0.|
|Market Price||128GB 4GB RAM- $265 128GB 6GB RAM- $319|
|Launch Date & Availability||64GB 4GB RAM|
- Compact and light for the display size and battery capacity, standout design.
- Dependable battery life, reasonably fast charging.
- Super AMOLED display that’s plenty bright and good with colors.
- Superb portraits, better than average closeups, generally good daylight image quality from all cameras.
- Android 10 out of the box, One UI 2 has plenty going for it.
- Chipset isn’t as powerful as what the competition has to offer.
- Camera performance is lacking in low light.
- No video stabilization in 4K, no 60fps mode in 1080p.
c) Wrap up and Verdict
Samsung will never find it simple in the midrange, with high-value handsets coming from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme. Brand picture is one thing, but will the Galaxy A51 hold up to the brand-agnostic buyer competition?
The Galaxy A51 delivers a reasonable package of features and does well in most main areas. It’s one of the lightest handsets in the market, but it also has a large monitor and doesn’t lose battery life in the process. Usually, for Samsung, the A51 panel leaves nothing to worry about, too. A comprehensive improvement in the camera department means decent daylight photographs from both cameras, with especially excellent portraits and a ‘macro’ camera that’s hard to beat. Up-to-date apps at the sale, along with added capabilities that have been reserved for flagships until recently, rounds up a convincing list of pros.
4. Realme 6
|Display||6.5″ IPS LCD, FHD+ (1080 x 2400px) resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, 405 ppi|
|Processor||Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm): octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G76 MC4 GPU|
|Front Camera||16MP f/2.0 aperture|
|Rear Camera||Primary: 64MP Quad-Bayer, f/1.8 aperture, 0.8µm pixel size, 1/1.72″ sensor size; Ultra-wide: 8MP, f/2.3 aperture, 1.12µm pixel size, 1/4″ sensor size; Macro: 2MP f/2.4, 1.75µm pixel size, 1/5″ sensor size; Depth sensor: 2MP mono camera|
|RAM||4 GB/ 6GB/ 8GB|
|Storage||4GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, expandable via microSD card|
|Battery Capacity||4,300 mAh, 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0|
|OS||Android 10, Realme UI|
|Launch Date & Availability||March 11 2020|
b) pros cons wrap up and verdict
- Captivating splash-proof design, Gorilla Glass 3 at the front
- Excellent 6.5″ 1080p screen, 90Hz refresh rate
- Great battery life, fast charging
- Outstanding performance
- Very good photo experience, day and night
- Android 10, no-nonsense Realme UI
- The video capturing needs some improvement
c) Wrap up and Verdict
Realme is offering the most amazing deals lately, so it is not surprising we’d be looking through such offers first.
Long story short – the Realme 6 is a brilliant smartphone sold at a bargain price. Once a Xiaomi dominion, the bang for the buck niche is now ruled solely by Realme and the new model is its king.
The Realme 6 not only offers a high resolution and high refresh rate screen, it also excels in performance, battery life, and camera experience. Even better, the Realme 6 is a captivating looker and is a joy to handle and carry around.
The Realme 6 is the best phone you can buy for €230. In fact, it’s shaping to be the best deal all the way up until the €400 mark. Yes, it’s that simple and we hope we’ve made your decision easy enough
price click here
5. Huawei P40 LiTe
i) Key Specs
|Display||6.4″ LTPS IPS LCD, 1,080 x 2,310px, 19:9 aspect ratio, 398ppi.|
|Processor||Kirin 810: octa-core CPU (2×2.27 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×1.88 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G52 MP6 GPU.|
|Front Camera||16MP, f/2.0; fixed focus lens.|
|Rear Camera||Primary – 48MP, 26mm, f/1.8; PDAF; Ultrawide – 8MP, 13mm, fixed focus, f/2.4; Macro – 2MP, f/2.4, fixed focus; Depth sensor – 2MP. Video recording up to 1080p@30fps.|
|RAM||6GB of RAM;|
|Storage||128GB storage; NV card slot (hybrid).|
|Battery Capacity||4,200mAh, Huawei 40W SuperCharge.|
|OS||Android 10, EMUI 10. No Google Services. Widevine CDM L3 support.|
|Launch Date & Availability||12th march 2020|
ii) Pros Cons Wrap up & Verdict
- Compact body, stunning colors
- Large and punchy display
- Top-notch battery life, blazing-fast charging
- Class-leading performance
- Latest Android 10 and EMUI 10
- Great photography skills day and night
- No splash resistance
- Memory expansion only via NM cards
- No Google Services though alternative app sources are available
- No 4K video recording, 1080p footage isn’t that good
- No video stabilization
c) Wrap up & Verdict
The Huawei P40 Lite is a tangible upgrade over the P30 Lite – it is better looking, with a larger screen, offers much better performance, an extra camera (macro), and a beefier battery that’s charging a lot faster at that. The only thing P30 Lite has over the P40 Lite is Google Services.
The world doesn’t spin around Google though even if it looked that way until recently. Huawei is doing its best to survive without Google, and we can see everything working out eventually. In addition to all third-party stores and services, Huawei is building its own and the P40 Lite seems more of a complete package than, say, the Honor 9X Pro.
It’s won’t be easy for the Huawei P40 Lite, as it won’t be for the upcoming P40 flagships. But Huawei is determined to make things work without Google, and it seems it is slowly getting there as determined by the looks of the P40 Lite. Yes, the Huawei P40 Lite is not a perfect device and requires more app tinkering than any other mainstream droid phone. But it has the price and the specs to make your time worthwhile. In the end, the fate of Huawei is up to you, and your decision to support it or not.
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