With the current state of things, inflation has hit almost all sectors globally, from agriculture to technology. In this case, spending a lot of money on smartphones can be quite tricky. Keeping this in mind, many companies have released budget-friendly smartphones that have some great features but are not too expensive.
Top 5 Budget Smartphones Of 2022
The year 2023 is quickly approaching; let us take a look at the top 5 budget smartphones of 2022.
Google Pixel 6A: “Allrounder” is the best way to define the Google Pixel 6A in a single term. The device comes with the Tensor chipset, which is a flagship-level processor that also powers the Pixel 6 Pro. The Tensor chipset is supported by the octa-core CPU, Android 12 (upgradable to Android 13), and the Mali-G78 GPU, making it an absolute performance beast. The 6.1-inch OLED display with a 60 Hz refresh rate is definitely above average but not the best. The rear camera has a dual setup of 12.2 MP (wide) and 12 MP (ultra-wide), while the selfie camera is 8 MP and does a pretty decent job. The biggest issue with the Pixel 6A is its 4410 mAh battery, which sometimes causes overheating and drains it a bit rapidly. The device is designed on an aluminum frame with a plastic back, weighs only 178 g, and feels quite comfortable in the hand. It comes with IP67 protection and is available in three colors: Sage, Charcoal, and Chalk. For now, it is available at $449 at Best Buy and Target, while on Amazon it is enjoying an $85 drop and is available at $364.
Apple iPhone SE: If you want an iPhone at a cheap price, then the third-generation iPhone SE will cater to your needs. With a 4.7-inch Retina IPS LCD display and a weight of 144 g, the device comes with a metallic frame and a glass build. Similar to the iPhone 13 series, it has the A15 Bionic chip and comes with iOS 15.4 (upgradable to iOS 16.2). The camera setup includes a 12 MP rear and a 7 MP front, and it takes great snaps in the natural daylight but struggles at night. The 2018 mAh battery can last a day, and the device supports 7.5 W wireless charging. The device comes in three colors: Starlight, Red, and Midnight, and has all the important sensors like a gyro, barometer, compass, accelerometer, and fingerprint reader (front-mounted). On the official website of Apple, it is priced at $429, while at Best Buy, it is available for $479.
Samsung Galaxy A53: Visually stimulating, what sets the Samsung Galaxy A53 apart is its 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 800 nits of brightness and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The device will not provide the same performance as the Pixel 6A or iPhone SE, but Samsung’s homegrown Exynos 1280 processor, combined with the 5000 mAh battery, will be sufficient for your daily tasks. The device comes with a quad camera setup in the rear that includes 64 MP (wide), 12 MP (ultrawide), 5 MP (macro), and 5 MP (depth), along with a 32 MP selfie camera. The Samsung Galaxy A53 comes in various colors like White, Peach, Black, and Blue and has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and IP 67 protection. The Samsung Galaxy A53 weighs 189 g and also has the option of expanding storage with its microSDXC card slot. The device is available at $349 on Amazon and Best Buy, while on its official website it is priced at $369.
OnePlus Nord N20: OnePlus is mostly known for creating monster flagship phones, but slowly and steadily it is also entering the budget segment, and its new creation is the OnePlus Nord N20. The build quality is not that attractive with its plastic frame, but it weighs only 173 g and has a good in-hand feeling. Though the device comes with Android 11 (Oxygen OS 11), the Snapdragon 695 processor, octa-core CPU, and Adreno 619 GPU help the device maintain a standard level of performance. The device has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display and, surprisingly, comes with both a 3.55mm audio jack and a microSDXC card slot. The OnePlus Nord N20 has a triple-camera setup in the rear that includes 64 MP (wide), 2 MP (macro), and 2 MP (depth), while the front has 16 MP and takes average snaps. The device is available for $279 on Amazon and starts at $199 at Best Buy.
Moto G Stylus: This Motorola device is a unique budget smartphone that comes with an in-built stylus. The device is a bit bulky, with a 216 g weight, and has a water-repellent coating. The Moto G Stylus comes with a huge 6.8-inch IPS LCD display, has a 90 Hz refresh rate, and fortunately has both a microSDXC slot and a 3.55 mm audio jack. The device can only be upgraded to Android 12 and comes with the MediaTek Helio G88 processor. The triple-camera setup includes 50 MP (wide), 8 MP (ultrawide), and 2 MP (depth), and the selfie camera is 16 MP and does an average job. Available in Metallic Rose and Twilight Blue, the Moto G Stylus is priced at $179, both at Amazon and Best Buy.
The price mentioned in the blog for smartphones may vary as all the websites are offering year-end clearance sales. There are many other smartphones in the market that fall into the “budget” category, but these five are the top choices from premium brands that one should consider.