What are the best cheap smartphones for games and photos?

What are the best cheap smartphones for games and photos?

First of all, in this article, I will tell you how to choose (by what criteria) the best cheap smartphones that will cost 2 or more times cheaper than flagships. I will also give a list of 4 smartphones with a leader in the price segment below 190$.

Criteria

Of course, when choosing a smartphone, there are criteria more significant and less. It depends on external factors of use and preferences, for example, some users primarily need the autonomy of the smartphone, then when choosing, attention will be paid to the battery capacity, processor (nm., manufacturing process), screen size and optimization of the mobile OS.

1. Price
2. CPU (Central processing unit)
3. GPU (Graphics processing unit)
4. Camera (Rear, Front)
5. Memory
6. Mobile OS

7. Features (NFC, Quick charge, IR remote, aptX, etc.)
8. Screen
9. Battery (autonomy)
10. Connectors
11. Design

So let’s analyze the first 3 criteria that are most important when choosing a cheap and powerful smartphone.

Price

The most important criterion, you must admit you will not buy a phone 2 times more expensive if there is the same in of characteristics but another brand or seller. This is the very first criterion from the list and based on it, preferences will be given to other, cheaper options with their minuses and pluses.

CPU and GPU

The processor is the second most important criterion to which you should pay attention. It energy efficiency (autonomy), smooth OS, FPS in games, the ability to shoot 4K video, support for functionality (NFC, different bands) and much more. This is the heart of the smartphone, and it is on it that the availability of additional functionality and speed depends.

In games, the processor has a direct relationship because the processor architecture is built on SoC – “A system on chip”, where the GPU responsible for graphics processing is located next to the CPU. Since the GPU is already integrated, it is often enough to know the CPU model in order to know its performance in games.

List of the best cheap smartphones


NamePrice
Lenovo Z5s$114, $115 | search cheaper
Honor 9x$161, $162 | search cheaper
Realme X$147, $149 | search cheaper
Redmi Note 8 pro$179, $179 | search cheaper
Redmi Note 8T$143 | search cheaper

Let’s move on to the candidates:

Lenovo Z5S

Lenovo Z5S. One of best cheap smartphones.
Lenovo Z5S

There are no competitors in this price category for this smartphone, when the release took place it cost about 220$ and above.

Specifications:

Dimensions: 74.5 x 156.7 x 7.85 mm
Weight: 172 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
CPU: 2x 2.2 GHz Kryo 360, 6x 1.7 GHz Kryo 360, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 616, 500 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Memory cards: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Display: 6.3 in, IPS, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3300 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps
SIM card: Nano-SIM, Nano-SIM / microSD
Wi-Fi: a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac, Dual band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
USB: 2.0, USB Type-C
Bluetooth: 5.0

AnTuTu benchmark – 207.834

Benchmark scores vary by OS and AnTuTu version.

207.834 (Antutu v8)
Overall performance better than 86% of devices

Lenovo Z5S AnTuTu benchmark
Lenovo Z5S AnTuTu benchmark

Lenovo Z5s: $114, $115 | search cheaper


Honor 9x

Honor 9x. One of best cheap smartphones.
Honor 9x

This phone for games will be preferable to Redmi note 8 pro, but compared to Redmi note 8 pro it does not have an IR remote, NFC, the camera (48mp) is worse than 64mp. But he has a fingerprint sensor on the side, a Pop-Up camera and smaller screen frames, A bit more autonomy and costs less.

Specifications:

Dimensions: 77.2 x 163.1 x 8.8 mm
Weight: 206 g
SoC: Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 810
CPU: 2x 2.27 GHz ARM Cortex-A76, 6x 1.88 GHz ARM Cortex-A55, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G52 MP6, 820 MHz, Cores: 6
RAM: 6 GB, 8 GB
Storage: 128 GB, 256 GB
Memory cards: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Display: 6.59 in, IPS, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 8000 x 6000 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps
SIM card: Nano-SIM, Nano-SIM / microSD
Wi-Fi: a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac, Dual band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
USB: 2.0, USB Type-C
Bluetooth: 5.0

AnTuTu benchmark – 298.561

298.561 (Antutu v8)
Overall performance better than 91% of devices

Honor 9x AnTuTu benchmark

Honor 9x: $161, $162 | search cheaper


Realme X

Realme X. One of best cheap smartphones.
Realme X

In Realme X, the CPU is the same as the Lenovo Z5S, Snapdragon 710, but it has a better 48mp camera and a better display (AMOLED).

Specifications:

Dimensions: 76 x 161.2 x 9.4 mm
Weight: 191 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
CPU: 2x 2.2 GHz Kryo 360, 6x 1.7 GHz Kryo 360, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 616, 500 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 6.53 in, AMOLED, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3765 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: ColorOS 6.0 (Android 9.0 Pie)
Camera: 8000 x 6000 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps
SIM card: Nano-SIM
Wi-Fi: a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac, Dual band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
USB: 2.0, USB Type-C
Bluetooth: 5.0

AnTuTu benchmark – 203.317

203.317 (Antutu v8)
Overall performance better than 86% of devices

Realme X AnTuTu benchmark

Realme X: $147, $149 | search cheaper


Redmi note 8 pro

Redmi note 8 pro. One of best cheap smartphones.
Redmi note 8 pro

Redmi note 8 pro is the best smartphone for games and photos (up to 190$). Almost as powerful as the Honor 9x (Kirin 810) loses a bit to it in performance and autonomy, but with a better camera (rear 64mp), there is also NFC and IR remote.

Specifications:

Dimensions: 76.4 x 161.35 x 8.79 mm
Weight: 199 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio G90T (MT6785T)
CPU: 2x 2.05 GHz Cortex-A76, 6x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G76 3EEMC4, 800 MHz, Cores: 4
RAM: 6 GB, 8 GB, 2133 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Memory cards: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Display: 6.53 in, IPS, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4500 mAh, Li-Ion
OS: MIUI V10 (Android 9.0 Pie)
Camera: 9248 x 6936 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps
SIM card: Nano-SIM, Nano-SIM / microSD
Wi-Fi: a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac, Dual band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display
USB: 2.0, USB Type-C
Bluetooth: 5.0

AnTuTu benchmark – 281.495

281.495 (Antutu v8)
Overall performance better than 91% of devices

Redmi note 8 pro AnTuTu benchmark

Redmi note 8 pro: $179, $179 | search cheaper

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