This section contains phone models that represent the intermediate link between the entry-level and mid-budget smartphones. The price range of these gadgets varies from $200 to $300, taking into account the current rate rating against the dollar at the time of writing. The presented models have sufficiently high technical characteristics for shooting high-quality videos and good photographs, they have optimal power for 3D applications, have a good level of battery life, and are equipped with full functionality for comfortable operation (NFC, fast Wi-Fi, processor, etc.). The leaders in this niche today are Chinese brands and a well-known South Korean company.
1. Samsung A51
The Top 20 best smartphones are opened by the model of the Samsung A51 series, presented last year, but this does not contradict the relevance of the gadget. The model has an excellent screen with a clarity of 405 PPI. AMOLED matrix guarantees excellent color gamut, viewing angle, brightness level. The design of the model matches the S10 Lite and A71. Good ergonomics and a decent camera are good news. Responsible for performance Exynos 9611, built on a 10nm process technology. The power consumption is pleasant, but the power has not changed in relation to the A50, which cannot be said for the camera. So, for example, the resolution of the main sensor has changed from 25 to 48 megapixels. Phase autofocus has appeared, and the resolution of the ultra-wide lens has been increased from 8 to 12 megapixels. Added one more 5-megapixel module for macro photography.
2. HUAWEI P30 lite
For a long period of time, the HUAWEI P30 lite was considered the “thunderstorm” of the middle class. Now this gadget is more likely to be among the best budget camera phones, because it has seriously sagged in terms of price, but has not ceased to delight buyers with excellent pictures. A triple camera is responsible for shooting, including a 24MP master lens, an 8MP wide-angle sensor with a 120-degree view and an additional 2MP depth sensor, which has proven itself well in the field of portrait photography. The proprietary AI perfectly adjusts the technical characteristics of the photo modules to the scene in the frame. It is worth noting that this version was not devoid of Google services, as it was presented before the premium class. Among the advantages, one can note an excellent FullHD + screen, a good Kirin 710 processor, complemented by proprietary GPU Turbo 2.0 technology and 4 gigabytes of RAM. The fast charging power is 18 watts.
3. Samsung M31
If you are looking for a good inexpensive smartphone with a powerful battery, we recommend that you pay attention to the Samsung M31 model with a 6000 mAh battery. This device runs Android 10 with One UI 2.0. The screen size is 6.4 inches with a resolution of 2340 by 1080 pixels. The aspect ratio of the Super AMOLED display is 19.5 by 9. The model runs on an Exynos 9611 processor in conjunction with a Mali-G72 graphics accelerator and 6 gigabytes of RAM. The amount of permanent memory can be 64 or 128 gigabytes, depending on the modification. In this case, we are interested in the first option. The camera is represented by four blocks, which includes a 64 megapixel module with ƒ / 1.8 aperture, an 8 megapixel wide-angle sensor with ƒ / 2.2, a 5 megapixel macro camera with ƒ / 2.4 aperture and a 5 megapixel depth sensor with ƒ / 2.2. Of the useful options, it should be noted Always On Display, NFC support, modern communication standards.
4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
In search of a budget smartphone with a good camera, many buyers have opted for this model with a semi-professional 4-sensor unit, where the main module is a 64-megapixel lens. The quad camera is complemented by an ultra-wide-angle sensor, a depth sensor, and a telephoto lens. The specified bundle allows you to shoot high-quality video even in poor natural light. The Snapdragon 720G processor is responsible for the performance. One of the main advantages is the 6.67-inch IPS display, which has a pixel density of 395 PPI. Peak brightness reaches 450 nits, which indicates that the claimed extended HDR10 range is working. An interesting “feature” is the vibration motor, capable of working out up to 150 types of vibrations for various notifications.
5. Realme 6 Pro
The best inexpensive smartphone of 2021 is the Realme 6 Pro model, equipped with a gorgeous screen for its class, a decent camera and optimal other technical characteristics. The display supports 2 modes of operation (60 Hz and 90 Hz), which can be switched independently. In terms of color modes, there are two settings, including sRGB with natural colors and DCI-P3 with richer hues. The battery capacity is 4300 mAh, which is enough for 12-14 hours of work in intensive mode. The support for fast charging using VOOC technology is encouraging, with which you can charge the battery up to 100% in just 1 hour. Like the Note 9 Pro, this gadget is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, which was presented to the public in January last year and has gained widespread popularity. Separately, it should be noted the presence of 6 lenses (4 main cameras and 2 front camera modules). The front camera has a 16MP Sony IMX471 and an additional 8MP sensor. And we are not talking about a depth sensor, but about a full-fledged camera.