With the massive innovation and competition being witnessed in the current smartphone market, it is no longer fitting to consider the price of a phone as the sole indicator of its capability or efficiency. In fact, ‘cheap’ price tags do not always represent mediocrity as far as smartphones are concerned today.
In this post, you will get to understand the top six best affordable smartphones that are expected to flourish come 2016. The key factors considered in compiling this list include various phone’s specifications such as the processor, screen, cameras and both operating and internal memories.
1. Vodafone Smart Ultra 6
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is one of the few 4G smartphones that Vodafone has released so far, and, to be honest, the phone isn’t as budget as its price tag suggests. The device has a 5.5 inch full HD display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset processor. It also boasts of a powerful 13mp rear camera and a secondary 5mp front camera. The total weight of this device is 159g and is only 8.4mm thick.
The Smart Ultra 6 is only available in Grey and Silver variations and takes a design similar to that of its smaller predecessor, the Smart Prime 6. The full HD display coupled with a high resolution of around 401ppi offers its users excellent viewing angles as well as vibrant colors.
Other features of the Smart Ultra 6 include:
- 16GB of internal memory
- A micro-SD card slot that supports up to 128GB
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset
- 2GB RAM
- A non-removable 3000mAh lithium-ion battery
- A 32-bit Android Lollipop 5.0.2 operating system.
Going for around $200, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is undoubtedly worth this price tag.
2. Motorola Moto E 4G
The Moto E 4G by Motorola is an upgrade of the original Moto E borrowing most of its design and features from the latter. The main visible difference, however, lies in the slightly larger screen of Moto E 4G which is 4.5 inches compared to the 4.3 inches found in the original Moto E. The device also maintains a similar qHD resolution of 540×960 to that of the original Moto E. This means that it comes with a pixel density of 245ppi which is still good for the price and reasonably bright for a qHD screen. Its screen is splash-proof and also comes with an anti-smudge coating that is protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 technology.
Other key specifications of Moto E 4G include;
- Weighs only 145g with a body thickness of 12.3mm
- Has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor
- 400MHz Adreno 306 GPU
- Runs on an Android Lollipop version 5.0 out of the box
- Has a 5MP rear camera although it lacks LED flash. It also comes with a VGA model front camera
- Has a 4G LTE connectivity
Generally, the Moto E 4G is a worthy upgrade of the original Moto E especially with the addition of a front camera, the 4G LTE connectivity and an overall improvement in performance and storage.
3. EE Harrier Mini
The EE Harrier Mini is another great budget phone that serves as a direct replacement of the earlier EE Kestrel and a smaller version of the EE Harrier. The phone offers an affordable choice for anyone looking for 4G data download speeds.
The EE Harrier Mini is powered by a 1.2GHz processor that is backed by a 1GB RAM, which is quite low but still acceptable at its price. It also comes with 8GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front camera. It has an impressive 720p HD resolution and a considerable 312ppi pixel density on its 4.7-inch screen.
Other specifications of the EE Harrier Mini include;
- A Wi-Fi calling capability
- A 2000mAh capacity battery
- Android Lollipop software complete with the Nexus launcher
4. Microfost Lumia 640
The Microsoft Lumia 640 is a bit different from other phones we’ve looked at so far in this post in that it runs on a Windows phone software. The device comes with a great 5-inch screen display and a 4G LTE connectivity. Users can choose from a variety of vibrant colors that are offered in the form of swappable plastic shells.
Microsoft Lumia 640 is only 8.8mm thick and thus quite comfortable to hold. It has a considerable 8GB of internal memory although that can be extended by another 32GB by utilizing the external micro-SD card slot provided. Its 1280×720-pixel HD resolution screen provides an acceptable pixel density of 294ppi at its price.
Other key features of the Lumia 640 include;
- Runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1
- Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core 1.2GHz processor
- Has 1GB RAM
- Includes a powerful 8-megapixel rear camera and a secondary 0.9-megapixel front-facing camera
- Comes with a 2500-mAh battery
5. Ulefone BeTouch
The Ulefone BeTouch is another great budget phone that you’ll have difficulties finding a fault with especially considering its incredibly low price. The phone offers a dual-SIM functionality with one of the SIMs supporting 4G connectivity. It comes with 16GB of internal storage although that can be expanded by as much as 64GB using an external micro-SD.
The Ulefone BeTouch runs on the vanilla version of Android 5.0 Lollipop and is refreshingly free from bloatware with an exception of the Nexus launcher app that comes preinstalled. It has a seamless 64-bit 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor that is backed by 3GB RAM.
Other key features of the Ulefone BeTouch include:
- A 5.5 HD IPS screen that is protected by Gorilla Glass 3
- Weighs only 160g
- Comes with a 2550mAh capacity battery
- Has an impressive 13MP rear camera and a secondary 5MP front-facing camera
6. Elephone P5000
The main strength of the Elephone P5000 lies in its enormous battery capacity that stands at over 5000mAh. Despite the huge battery and a considerably large screen, this device still weighs at only 206g and is 9.3mm thick.
The Elephone P5000 comes with a 5-inch full HD display (1920×1080-pixel that translates to an excellent pixel density of around 440ppi). It has an awesome 16MP rear camera with LED flash and a secondary front-facing 8MP camera. A key point to note regarding this phone is that it runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat version and doesn’t support 4G connectivity.
Other features of the Elephone P5000 include:
- Octa-core processor that is powered by a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 chip
- Comes with 2GB RAM
- Mali-450 graphics
There you have it – a comprehensive list of the best budget phones to watch in the coming year 2016. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, these are the best hand devices you may want to consider if you wish to enjoy great features and services at a considerably low price.