Not only high-end mobile phones manufacturers live. Low-end (or entry-level) models are also an important niche for them, since not all consumers have the same needs or economic budget. Thus, the objective of this comparison is to find the best low-end phone that has landed on the market so far this year. The truth is that manufacturers are making an increasing effort to improve the features they offer and meet the needs of the public they target.
Which phones are low-end?
The models chosen for this article are the following: Honor X8 (8.75), moto g31 (7.25), Nokia G21 (7), Realme C35 (7.75) and Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 (8.5). The aspects valued are the following:
– Design: related to the construction of the mobile and its finishes, as well as the grip and comfort of use.
– Screen: XXL panels have long established themselves in this range, but their quality, sharpness, brightness or detail is not the same for everyone.
– cameras: despite the notoriety that mobile phone cameras have gained for their results, in the case of entry-level terminals, we must not forget the price range in which they ‘move’ and that their results are never comparable to those of the advanced models. This does not prevent asking for a minimum quality.
– Performance: How is the user experience? Does it perform and flow well, or is it slower? How is its autonomy and battery charge?
Comparison of the best low-end smartphones: this is how we have tested them
To each of these phones, that do not exceed 250 euros in price, at least a week has been devoted to it. Throughout that time, its user experience has been verified and compared when browsing the Internet, connecting to social networks, accessing email, viewing multimedia content and playing the occasional game that does not require advanced graphic power. Their cameras have also been used in different situations and the autonomy of their batteries has been examined.
The low-end mobile phone Honor X8 has received the best score. Regarding the design it is very beautiful, its thickness is very thin (7.45mm) and it only weighs 177 grams. This does not prevent it from offering the largest screen: 6.7 inches. For day to day it is perfect and, thanks to its Turbo RAM technology, performance improves significantly.
Low-end mobile Honor X8: our choice
It has a design that is aesthetically attractive, it shows a profile of thin thickness (7.45 mm) and feels especially light thanks to its 177 grams. As soon as you turn it on, all attention is focused on the screen because the margins have been used very well to increase the feeling of immersion. It’s about a display of 6.7 inches, 2,388 x 1,080 pixels of resolution and refresh rate of 90 Hz that in terms of brightness, detail and representation of colors achieves a good rating.
- Screen and processor: 6.7 inches and 2,388 x 1,080 pixels resolution / Qualcomm Snapdragon 680.
- RAM memory and internal storage: 6GB / 128GB.
- Camera module: 64 MP (f/1.8) + 5 MP wide angle (f/2.2) + depth (f/2.4) + macro (f/2.4) front 16 Mpx.
- Battery, dimensions and weight: 4,000 mAh, 22.5 W charger / 163.4 x 74.7 x 4.45 mm / 177 grams.
- Operating system: Android 11 with the Magic UI 4.2 customization layer.
- Others: dual SIM card, face unlock, fingerprint reader on the power button, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, NFC, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Honor Turbo RAM technology.
For its part, the battery offers an amperage of 4,000 mAh Y fast charge of 22.5 watts that behaves correctly. And the rear camera module? It is in charge of a 64-megapixel main sensor, a 5-megapixel wide angle, and a macro sensor and a depth sensor. Daytime photography leaves good impressions (color, focus, sharpness…) and the mode Night It helps slightly improve the results.
Regarding the video, the low-end mobile Honor X8 It incorporates a Stories mode that is perfect for uploading content to social networks and another for the camera to record simultaneously through the front and rear sensor. Although day-to-day performance is good, the inclusion of Turbo RAM technology makes the terminal flow even better, go faster and applications open earlier. To do this, of their 128GB of memory (they are not expandable) it takes 2 GB that is used as extra RAM memory.
The best, the worst and conclusions
- The best: design, Turbo RAM technology and how well its fingerprint reader and facial recognition works.
- Worst: internal memory is not expandable.
- Conclusions: It is an elegant phone that, in addition to standing out for its thin thickness and weight, incorporates a 6.7-inch screen. Its performance is the most advanced.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 low-end mobile: the alternative
With a weight of 179 grams Y IP53 certification that protects it from dust and splashes, incorporates a 5,000 mAh capacity battery which, thanks to the 33-watt charger included in its box, recharges in about 70 minutes. But it is not the only claim that it offers. The other aspect to highlight is the screen.
It’s about a 6.3-inch AMOLED-panel Y 2,400 x 1,080 pixel resolution that looks great and also draws attention to its level of brightness. The refresh rate is at 90 Hz. While, at the audio level, it has a dual stereo speaker which does its job quite well.
For a user who wants to connect to their social networks, play occasionally or consume multimedia content, the terminal works properly thanks to a Snapdragon processor (version 680), a 6GB RAM Y 256 GB expandable internal storage with a microSD card.
As for the photographic section, the camera for selfies complies (although some details can be improved) while its 50 megapixel resolution main sensor (which by the way bears the Samsung seal) behaves well as long as the light conditions are good.
Other information of interest low-end mobile Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 They are: facial recognition, fingerprint reader on the side, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi ac and MIUI 13 customization layer.
Realme C35 low-end mobile: best value for money
wear a striking design that does not go unnoticed and its weight (189 gr) and dimensions (164.4 x 75.6 x 8.1 mm) are within the average. In addition to its fingerprint reader (located on the unlock button), these other interesting features are added: NFC, slot for three cards (dual SIM and microSD), USB type C connectivity and 3.5 mm jack; the latter notably improves the sound experience of the only speaker it comes with.
The low-end mobile Realme C35 mounts an IPS panel 6.6 inches Y full HD resolution. Although it could have made better use of the margin at the bottom and dispensed with the night drop type to use the little hole on screen, the experience promised by this display it is not negative, whether it is surfing the Internet, connecting to social networks or viewing multimedia content. As an aspect to improve, we focus on brightness on the street.
As far as the camera is concerned, the terminal – even without standing out in a special way – offers results that within the input range are more than acceptable. To do this, combine a macro lens, another for portrait and black and white, and a 50 megapixel main sensor which will be the one used mainly together with the camera for selfies where it is worth activating the HDR mode.
On a day-to-day basis it performs as expected, while the autonomy (5,000mAh) lets complete a day and part of the next without problems.
Motorola Moto g31 low-end mobile
To consume multimedia content, its screen is an excellent alternative as it incorporates an OLED panel. has a 6.4 inch size Y 2,400 x 1,080 pixel resolutionand although the refresh rate is 60 Hz and not 90 Hz (like the rest), this feature does not significantly affect the user experience.
With a water repellent design, feels good in the hand and its autonomy allows you to forget about recharging it for up to two days, as long as it is used normally. Too bad it doesn’t integrate fast charging technology, because its 10-watt charger (the Nokia phone comes with a charger of the same power) slows down this task too much, prolonging it for a little over two and a half hours.
While the cameras behave as expected on an input terminal (not intended for users who take a lot of photos), the performance is correct when browsing the Internet, checking email or accessing social networks, although a little more fluidity would have been nice. The combination of Android 11 with the My UX customization layer offers good results.
As expected, in the low-end mobile Motorola Moto g 31 There is no lack of classic gestures: for example, by shaking it you turn on the flashlight and when you pick it up you silence it. To conclude, indicate that it offers fingerprint in the power button Y facial recognitionDolby Atmos sound with 3.5mm headphones, NFC and Hybrid Dual SIM for two Nano SIMs and a micro SD card compatible with models up to 1 Terabyte.
Nokia G21 low-end mobile
Its main claim is the battery: 5,050 mAh. The manufacturer promises, in this regard, up to three days of duration, although in practice this time is reduced and during the tests an autonomy of two days was obtained. When held, the impression it conveys is that it is a terminal with solid and durable construction. It weighs, however, 190 grams, the back is made of polycarbonate and incorporates a slightly rough surface to the touch.
Although it unfolds without problems on a day-to-day basis, at specific moments the feeling is that He stays thinking and it’s not as fast as the others when opening apps or scrolling through menu options. Its technical configuration combines the Unisonic T606 processor, a 4GB RAM Y 128GB internal storage Expandable with microSD cards up to 512 GB.
On the other hand, the screen low end mobile nokia g21 responds well to touch on its surface, has a 6.5 inch size and a refresh rate of 90 Hz; yes, its resolution is not Full HD yesand remains at 1,600 x 720 pixels.
It has, in another order of things, a fingerprint reader, facial unlocking, a button with direct access to Google Assistant, NFC, two operating system updates (it comes standard with Android 11) and three years of monthly security updates. The quality of its cameras compared to other proposals is rather fair.
*All purchase prices included in this article are current as of July 20, 2022.
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