The best budget smartphones in 2022

In view of the rising cost of living and falling purchasing power, buying a smartphone will not necessarily be a priority in the coming weeks. However, if you want to change your phone without waiting for the promotional periods at the end of the year, we have selected for you several references that offer a very attractive quality-price ratio.

The strong competition between brands for several years has produced many references that hold up at affordable prices. If they don’t have the same sophistication and photo and video skills of the industry stars we’ve rounded up in this article, entry-level and mid-range phones are fast approaching. So much so that it is now possible to take advantage of a balanced technical sheet for less than 200 euros.

Most of these models are offered on the refurbished market at even more attractive prices.

Under 200 euros

After a Redmi Note 10 acclaimed by observers, in February the Chinese brand Xiaomi launched its successor, the Redmi Note 11, which is sold for 199 euros with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of storage. This entry-level smartphone, highly recommended, stands out in its price segment thanks to its very fluid screen and its great autonomy, despite some shortcomings inherent in the budget choices made by the manufacturer, especially in photos.

For 180 euros is the Empire 8 5G also represents an excellent gateway to the new generation of cellular network. For a long battery life, choose the Empire C3 which promises more than 20 hours of endurance for the same price. In the same price range, the Poco X3 offers a balanced package that’s strong enough to support everyday use and good battery life.

On the other hand, it is hard to find a great camera In this price range, all of these models offer correct playback during the day, but are difficult to use at night.

Under 300 euros

The started at a price of 299 euros Samsung Galaxy A32 5G offers an interesting opening to the new cellular network with a high-capacity 5,000 mAh battery compatible with 15W fast charging and a photo unit composed of four versatile sensors.

With the Redmi Note 10 Pro (230 euros)Xiaomi still offers one of the most interesting alternatives to more expensive phones, with a large 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED screen, a good battery that can be charged in an hour and a quadruple photo sensor based on a 108 -MP based main camera that captures detailed and colorful photos during the day and prevents breakage in low light.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is still one of the most interesting smartphones under 300 euros

Credit: Xiaomi

The Chinese brand Realme offers the realme GT Master Edition between 270 and 300 euros with a faster chip, an adaptive Full HD 120Hz Oled screen and ultra-fast charging of just half an hour.

Under 400 euros

Between 300 and 350 euros are displayed Pixel 4A uses Google’s expertise in algorithmic image processing to offer a great camera with a simple 12MP single sensor that delivers great results. This lightweight and discreet smartphone also offers the best Android experience in the industry with a sleek user interface, the latest security updates and seamless integration with Google services.

Google's Pixel 4A

Google’s Pixel 4A

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Showing off Samsung’s craftsmanship two years ago, the Galaxy S10 has aged well and still offers a premium experience with a superb OLED display, a fast chip, water and dust resistance, and triple effective photo performance for the device less than 300 euros obsolete today.

The second generation iPhone SE (launched in 2020) still offers one of the best value for money out there. Available for under $300 on the refurbished market, it’s the most accessible entry point into the Apple mobile ecosystem. Equipped with the iPhone 11 chip, it is still fast to use and runs all applications without any worries. Its small size makes it easy to use on a daily basis. And it will be able to receive updates from Apple for at least three more years.

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