Looking to upgrade your phone? We don’t blame you if you’re surprised by the astronomical prices of modern day flagship phones! Thankfully, the best budget phones today come with solid features and specifications and are definitely capable of standing up to these flagship giants. Here are some of our favourites!
|Phone Model||Average Price On Shopee||What We Like About It|
|Moto G7 Power||~$290||60-hour battery life|
|Oppo AX7||~$300||Solid all-rounder|
|Huawei P30 Lite||~$330||Gorgeous photos on a budget|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 7||~$330||48MP camera sensor|
|Honor Play||~$350||GPU Boost|
|Samsung Galaxy A50||~$350||AMOLED display|
|Pocophone F1||~$400||High specifications-to-price ratio|
Best budget phones for bargain hunters
1. Moto G7 Power – Huge 60-hour battery life
Battery running flat within hours of charging your phone? With the Moto G7 Power (available on Motorola official E-Store), you can say goodbye to daily charging or worrying about conserving battery charge. Its specifications are similar to the Moto G7, with the exception of a whopping 5000mAh battery. This allows the G7 Power to plough through the competition as it effortlessly handles high-intensity games and HD video streams.
When put to the test, the G7 Power can reach up to 60 hours of continuous usage. One battery experiment even showed that streaming a 20-minute HD Netflix video via Wi-Fi only drained 4% of battery! This is a plus for those trying to catch up on your favourite Netflix shows on public transport without killing your battery.
2. Oppo AX7 – Jack of all trades
While some might fault the Oppo AX7 (available on GameXtreme.sg) for not excelling in any particular aspect, it’s actually a solid all-rounder and deserves a place on this list of best budget phones. For $300, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a smartphone that offers a better value-for-money proposition.
Featuring a sleek gorilla glass body and waterdrop notched display, the AX7 competently conceals its budget price tag by giving off a premium vibe. Combined with a 4230 mAh battery and dual lens rear camera, this allows the Oppo AX7 to hold its own against more costly flagship phones!
3. Huawei P30 Lite – Triple lens goodness
While some of the best budget phones offer tremendous performance, they usually compromise on features like camera quality to keep costs low. If you’re a shutterbug, the Huawei P30 Lite (available on Hitec Mobile) has you covered! Featuring a 24MP primary lens, an 8MP lens for super wide-angle shots and a 2MP sensor for depth-sensing, the triple camera setup solidifies the P30 Lite’s position as one of the best budget phones for photography.
Besides its camera, the P30 Lite’s design is also worth praising due to its slim design, premium glass finish and full HD 6.15” display! Although it can’t compare with its mightier P30 Pro cousin, this device is a must-own if you’re big on aesthetics and appreciate the camera’s versatility. Be sure to put the phone to test at these Instagram-worthy places in Singapore!
4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 – Four times the megapixels
With plans to continue dominating the mid and low-end mobile phone space, Xiaomi returns with the Redmi Note 7 (available on MI Official Store)! Renowned for manufacturing some of the best budget phones this generation, it’s safe to say no one expected Xiaomi to announce a 48MP sensor for the Redmi Note 7. Combining the pixels available to form a brighter 12MP shot, the Redmi Note 7 takes much clearer photos in low-light environments when compared to other budget phones!
Marketing hype aside, there’s plenty to love about the Redmi Note 7. This includes the mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor, slim 6.3” display and 4000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge technology! All of these additions help the device deliver a flagship-level experience at a fraction of what it would normally cost.
5. Honor Play – For the gamers
Put off by premium prices for dedicated gaming phones? Pegged as one of the best budget phones for mobile gamers, the Honor Play (available on Hitec Mobile) adopts a slim design that packs plenty of processing power under the hood. One prominent feature is its GPU Turbo. Leveraging on a Kirin 970 Chipset, users can easily boost processing performance and reduce power consumption while gaming.
Even if you don’t game, the Honor Play offers performance that’s not to be overlooked. With specifications like a 3750mAh battery and 6.3” display, the phone comes close to pricier alternatives like the Honor 10 and Huawei P20. For what you’re paying, you’re getting great value that’s typical of Honor mid-range phones!
6. Samsung Galaxy A50 – AMOLED displays made affordable
Having covered both budget and flagship ends of the mobile phone market, the Samsung Galaxy A50 (available on univercell) aims at conquering the mid-range market with its crystal clear display and top-grade components! The highlight of the Galaxy A50 is the 6.4” AMOLED panel that puts other LCD-powered devices to shame. Watching HD videos on the Galaxy A50 is truly an experience. Images come to life with the display’s varied colour gamut and full-screen brightness that comes close to the S10!
Throw in a 4000mAh battery, triple camera lens setup and in-display fingerprint sensor and you have a device that’s poised to challenge the best budget phones in Singapore! Consider buying this if you’re a Samsung fan and are tired of washed out colours on non-AMOLED displays.
7. Pocophone F1 – Unparalleled performance-to-price ratio
While Xiaomi devices are often associated with smooth performance at rock-bottom prices, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (available on Flower Mobile) takes this to a whole new level. Simply put — if you’re hunting for the best budget phones at the $400 price point, you need to buy the Pocophone F1!
Featuring a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB RAM and 4000 mAh battery, it’s remarkable to see Xiaomi cram so much powerful technology into such an affordable device. While detractors might nitpick the phone’s overall build and camera, these are worthy trade-offs in exchange for an incredible performing and value-for-money phone!
Get the best budget phones on without compromising on quality
With official stores like Vivo and Asus, Shopee has all kinds of brands to suit your budget phone needs! Looking to own a phone that can snap the best photos possible? Read our guide to the best camera phones on the market. Alternatively, check out our essential guide to non-camera smartphones if you require one for work or while serving NS!