After several hours of research and analysis of about thirty popular models on the market, we have established our selection of the 3 best budget Android phones of the moment, among which we preferred the Xiaomi Mi 9 .
With a pleasant design and a well-lit screen, this smartphone is powerful in its range and does not generate overheating whatever the activity you practice with. Its battery, which recharges quickly, also allows you to use it for a long time.
Best Budget Android phones
With a budget of less than $ 800, we expect to find models that have a nice screen, enough memory and a battery resistant, while providing the correct performance. This is the case of the two models below.
Samsung galaxy A50 : the best cheap smartphone
The galaxy A50 is a model sold by the South Korean brand Samsung. With this one, we take advantage of a good grip in spite of the size of its size. It has a teardrop shaped notch and rounded corners to surround an anti-glare screen that covers 85% of the surface but leaves fingerprints.
From a connector point of view, it has a USB-C port, a jack and a space reserved for the integration of a microSD card to expand the storage capacity. The optical fingerprint reader located on the front panel at the bottom of the screen suffers from a few latencies and a very slow reactivity.
The full HD + OLED display (2340 x 1080px) extends over a length of 6.4 inches and delivers exceptional contrasts and lights, which do not damage the eyes.
In terms of performance, the management of this phone belongs to Android with a One UI interface that offers a pleasant experience, except for gamers. To play games, the level of performance is limited and so it would be better to move to another product if the gaming is part of your priorities. In addition, it can sometimes be in a state of overheating.
For photography, our opinion is half-hearted, shared between fairly detailed images that resist a lot of light, and the tendency of clichés to clear at the moment of capture. There is also a high saturation on some photos.However, we appreciate the ultra-wide angle and portrait mode so overall, it is not exceptional but it is doing. Sound, meanwhile, is far from being among the best …
The galaxy A50 includes a battery of 4000 mAh of a respectable resistance of a day for an average use. To recharge it to the maximum, the trick is played in less than 2 hours.
In the end, the big assets of the Samsung galaxy A50 are the quality of its screen that offer beautiful colors and lights adapting with the eyes, as well as the extension of memory. On the other hand, if you are a gamer in the soul, we advise you rather to direct you towards a model more powerful.
The best mid-range Android smartphones
The mid-range Android smartphones market is dominated by two Chinese manufacturers: Xiaomi and Huawei, who design powerful and highly popular models whose features compete with high-end phones.
Huawei P30 Pro : the best high-end
The Huawei P30 Pro is revealed in a seductive design. Like many models, it displays a notch shaped like a drop of water. The display shows a slight curvature on the sides. The grip of this device is good (except for small hands) because it is fine. But its finesse does not detract from its strength and weight: it still weighs 192 gr.
This device is unlocked by means of a 2D facial recognition system and / or fingerprint sensor. To perfect the storage capacity, it is possible to integrate an additional memory card.
In terms of brightness, it is one of the best, with exceptional contrast and honest colors, thanks to its 6.47-inch Full HD + OLED display.
It is equipped with a chip Kirin 980, with 8 GB of RAM but its EMUI interface is reproached for it because aging. We can still see a good speed of execution that does not generate overheating, whether games or not, even if it is possible to find some bugs. To situate yourself, the P30 Pro has a performance similar to that of the OnePlus 6T but lower than that of the Xiaomi Mi 9.
Here is the main asset of this camera: photography. The four camera sensors ensure an impressive rendering with beautiful lights. The night images are exceptional thanks to the “Super Spectrum” technology and the TOF sensor offers a luxury portrait mode. At the video level, he can shoot in 4K.
That’s not all, there is also a digital zoom that can operate up to x50. At this point, the image is a little blurry but in x5 or x10, this zoom is perfect and quite rare for a smartphone.
The autonomy of 2 days removes fears and worries of battery loss (with a power of 4200 mAh). But even if it happens, the technology “SuperCharge 40 W” comes to the rescue via its type-C USB port, with a charging time of about fifty minutes which is enough to make it complete resistance.
In the end, among the advantages of this model, we will especially remember its photo quality, its design and its autonomy. If you like to use your smartphone as a camera, with the P30 Pro, you have both in one.
Xiaomi Mi 9 : the best midrange
Offered by the brand Xiaomi, the Mi 9 succeeds the Mi 8. Light and pleasant in hand, it sometimes tends to slip but it does not make us forget his aesthetic. Thus, it has a shell, three cameras on the back and a notch shaped drop (like the OnePlus 6T). The screen occupies 85% of the facade.
The fingerprint reader, located at the bottom of the front panel, is very responsive. The novelty is the integration of a customizable button that comes on top of the Dual-Sim port. However, this device has no Micro SD port and it is also not waterproof. Note however that it can be connected to two speakers simultaneously with Bluetooth 5.0.
The Mi 9 is equipped with an OLED screen of 6.39 inches (Full HD +) that offers beautiful natural colors, good contrast and a good brightness that is not harmful to the eyes.
The phone works with Android 9.0 and the MIUI 10.2 interface gives you additional features. The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC chip delivers an effective gaming experience with well-reproduced graphics ensuring fluid images without overheating.
A negative point is the speakers. They are a bit feeble generating a not well defined sound. We would have hoped better from the manufacturer.
With its 48 megapixel sensor, the photos are detailed and natural. There is also an ultra wide angle sensor. The day, the camera is competent but at night, we lose quality because the details are less visible. In Selfie mode, he inherits a bad HDR. Nevertheless, the videos make up for the blow since it is possible to film in 4K.
Finally, the battery power of 3300 mAh takes about 1 day for average use. The Quick Charge 4+ makes it recover up to 70% of its autonomy in just 30 minutes and in 1 hour, it is fully recharged.
In short, the Xiaomi Mi 9 is not only pleasant aesthetically: it also has a properly illuminated screen and a great performance allowing you to play games without any overheating. The daytime photos are to be preferred and we also highlight the presence of the Quick Charge 4+ which recharges the battery in no time.
In conclusion, which Android smartphone to choose?
We had a crush on the Xiaomi Mi 9 which in addition to having a beautiful aesthetic, is powerful whether for gaming or for everyday use. Its battery has good resistance and recharges quickly.
In a lower range, the Samsung galaxy A50 defends well with a properly lit screen and the ability to expand the memory with a micro SD card. On the other hand, the performances are less than with other models.
Finally, for a budget over $ 700 , the Huawei P30 Pro can provide you with the best possible photo quality as well as great autonomy and correct performance. On its own, it’s a real pocket camera.