How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

A week ago we told you about the budget android-smartphones from leading brands. Some of you, our dear readers, do not agree with the positioning of the company Samsung, LG, ASUS, HTC and so on. In this there is a grain of truth, because young manufacturers sometimes offer more interesting models. However, let us not forget that in the eyes of the majority of Samsung and LG, all other things being equal yet attractive Meizu and Xiaomi (at least, not yet).

But today we will begin to consider other devices known brands. And the same Meizu and Xiaomi is already quite possible to be attributed to them. Smartphones these manufacturers have long been sold in retail, and generally become a worldwide bestseller.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

One of the hottest new products of the season is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. In a recent review, we were pleased with this model.

Overall Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is not so very different from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The case has become a little more attractive due to the fact that the plastic insert on the back side have been replaced by neat plastic strips.

The heart of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is desyatiyaderny chip MediaTek Helio X20 graphics Mali-T880 MP4. There are versions with 2/3 GB of RAM and 16/64 GB constant.

Fortunately, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a slot for microSD cards (up to 256GB), so even the youngest modification can be selected.

Battery capacity is 4100 mAh. Camera resolution 13.0 and 5.0 Megapixel ensure the average quality photos.

Xiaomi Redmi 4

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

We have one more “Quartet» Xiaomi – Redmi 4. At the time redmi 3 and its many versions were very popular, so a lot of attention focused on a successor.

Already at the start of sales was represented by three versions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4: standard, enhanced redmi 4 Pro / Prime and trimmed Redmi 4A. The main used a five-inch HD display, familiar from Redmi 3S eight-chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 and 2GB of RAM.

In turn Redmi 4 Pro / Prime is significantly different from the basic version. It used a screen with Full HD resolution and a Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chip, which offers a higher level of performance. It comprises the same core Cortex-A53, but they operate at a frequency of 2.0 GHz.

Yes, and graphics Adreno 506 has a significant advantage in processing power, so even higher resolution is not a problem for her. And in Redmi 4 Pro / Prime installed 3/32 GB memory.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A trimmed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 and 2/16 GB of memory can not be called greetings from the Mesozoic period. However, it battery capacity is reduced from 4 100 to 3120 mAh. Besides version Redmi 4A Redmi formed in the housing 3, which contains not only a large plastic parts, but also have a fingerprint scanner.


Meizu M3 Note

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

If we mentioned the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, we can not leave aside and Meizu M3 Note.

Surely you all have long been aware of the Meizu M3 Note. One of the best-selling 2016 received a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of Full HD, an eight-chip MediaTek Helio P10 (Cortex-A53, 1.0 / 1.8 GHz) with GPU Mali-T860 MP2, 2/3 GB RAM and 16/32 GB permanent memory.

Another advantage of the Meizu M3 Note developers believe the battery capacity of 4100 mAh.Resolution Camera – 13.0 and 5.0 megapixels.

Among the disadvantages of Meizu M3 Note in our review, we noted the need to choose between installing the second SIM-card and memory card, and not the best quality of sound in the headphones.

Meizu U20

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

More recently I entered the market Meizu U20. He opened a new direction of the company Meizu: formally a copy Meizu M3 Note, but with a glass enclosure.

Technically Meizu U20 is not far from the popular M3 Note. Among the differences can be noted only a more recent version of the OS (Android 6.0) and stripped down to a 3260 mAh battery capacity.

In this review we complained only buggy firmware. The rest is a very interesting model.

Meizu M3s mini

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

The more accessible a Chinese manufacturer segment offers Meizu M3s mini (often used the name of the Meizu M3s).

Since Meizu M3s mini is a direct competitor Xiaomi Redmi 3/4, and the characteristics are similar.In this case, a five-inch HD screen, eight-chip MediaTek MT6750 graphics Mali-T860 MP2 and 2/16 GB memory.

Among other features Meizu M3s mini note the presence of cameras resolution 13.0 and 5.0 Megapixel, and the battery capacity of 3020 mAh.

If we talk about direct comparison Meizu M3s mini with Xiaomi Redmi 4, it is necessary to pay attention to the different location of the fingerprint reader: it is embedded in the Meizu in the central mechanical key.

Meizu U10

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

Meizu U10 towards Meizu M3s mini is the same as the Meizu U20 to Meizu M3 Note. In other words, this is another version of the inexpensive glass bestseller.

It is noteworthy that the producer has resorted to the same metamorphosis as in the case of older models installed a more recent operating system Android 6.0 and reduced battery capacity from 3020 to 2760 mAh. In the review we noted the mediocre level of autonomy. A little more upset display calibration.


Lenovo S60

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

Compared with the latest Xiaomi and Meizu Lenovo S60 model is a true veteran of the market.Nevertheless, it is still in demand.

Lenovo S60 has received a five-inch IPS display, modern quad-core processor Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 and 2GB of RAM. To 8 GB of internal storage, you can add up to 32 GB with the support of a microSD card.

In addition, the Lenovo S60 used camera resolution 13.0 and 5.0 Megapixel. By cons, we carried the device easily soiled sleek design, the lack of backlight touch keys and not the most capacious battery (2150 mAh).

Lenovo Vibe P1

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

Lenovo Vibe P1 received a Full HD display diagonal of 5.5 inches, eight core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chip with a frequency of 1.5 GHz, 2/3 GB RAM and 16/32 GB permanent memory.Additionally, you can use microSD cards with a capacity up to 128 GB. But still there is a battery capacity of 000 mAh already 5!

Also Lenovo Vibe P1 mounted camera resolution 13.0 and 5.0 Megapixel (as we found out, the main shoots at the secondary level), two slots for SIM-cards and fingerprint scanner.


ZTE Blade X7

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

An active attack on the market has started and the brand ZTE. In the interests of our price range, the company presented a fresh smartphone ZTE Blade X7.

In general, this device is a typical modern middling: five-inch HD screen, 64-bit MediaTek MT6735 chip, 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM, as well as the battery capacity of 2200 mAh.

Throw in a slot for microSD cards up to 32 GB, camera resolution of 13.0 megapixels and 5.0, as well as the necessary support for LTE networks, and get a good balanced device. But the body of this model is made of metal, which is not so common in this price segment.

ZTE Blade X3

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

Logically, ZTE Blade X3 should be easier and more affordable ZTE Blade X7.

For most of the parameters of the model ZTE Blade X3 very close to Blade X7. Here, too, used a five-inch HD display and quad-core chip MediaTek MT6735R (1.0 GHz), and to the 8 GB internal memory, you can add another 32 GB microSD card.

So what’s the difference? There are two pieces of news. The bad is that the ZTE Blade X3 is set only 1 GB of RAM, and today this is not enough, even in the budget segment. And the good news is the use of the battery capacity of 4000 mAh. So we face a full smartfon- “survivor.”

Among the disadvantages of ZTE Blade X3 in our review we noted the low level of productivity and poor quality cameras.


Micromax Canvas Juice 4 Q465

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

One of the novelties of 2016 is Micromax Canvas Juice 4 Q465. The smartphone has only recently entered the commercial networks, so to it attracted the attention of potential buyers.

Visually Micromax Canvas Juice 4 Q465 bit like Xiaomi device. If you look at the back side of the housing and close the logo of the manufacturer, you can even try to give an exact model. Here, too, used a metal back cover, insert the plastic top and bottom, as well as mounted in the center of a fingerprint scanner.

In terms of features, too much in common: a five-inch HD screen, 2/16 GB memory, camera resolution of 8.0 and 5.0 megapixels and an impressive battery at 3900 mAh. These figures do not copy if individual budget Xiaomi device, it is very close to them. OS version – Android 5.1.

However, the processor Micromax Canvas Juice 4 Q465 frustrating. Yes, Spreadtrum SC9832 supports LTE network, but quad-core Cortex-A7 with a frequency of 1.3 GHz and graphics Mali-400 MP2 do not correspond to the present (because today is not 2013?).

Micromax Canvas Pace 2 Plus Q479

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers

Against this backdrop, even the Micromax Canvas Pace 2 Plus Q479 looks attractive. It is also not the ultimate dream, but for some items better offer.

The Micromax Canvas Pace 2 Plus Q479 uses a larger screen diagonal of 5.5 inches (resolution old – HD). A simple chip MediaTek MT6735 also relates to the primary level, but it is at least a little more modern (using 64-bit core Cortex-A53) and GPU Mali-T720 MP2.

The Micromax Canvas Pace 2 Plus Q479 has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of non-volatile memory.Before you can add 32 GB through microSD cards. Given the large screen the battery is rather modest – only 2750 mAh. But using current version of the OS – Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

In addition, the Micromax Canvas Pace 2 Plus Q479 uses the camera resolution 8.0 and 2.0 megapixels.


As is often the case, the choice of low-cost smartphone comes down to the answer to one question: to buy here or ordered from China? And this depends on many things.

Left recent model Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Redmi 4, Meizu U20 and Meizu U10 (plus a little more little old Meizu M3 Note, Meizu M3s mini, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi 3S and so on) offer a very attractive set of features, flavored attractive appearance and seductive price.

Each of these Xiaomi and Meizu models worth considering. Lows they too are about the same: in many cases they affect particular firmware packages need to wait (as well as the risk of not receive) and the absence of a full guarantee.

For registered items applies Lenovo Vibe P1. But the old, but still fighting Smartphone Lenovo S60 can be bought here.

ZTE and Micromax models require a full-scale review. So, ZTE Blade X7 upset weak battery (2200 mAh), while ZTE Blade X3 received only 1 GB of RAM. In a couple of Micromax Canvas Juice 4 Q465 and Micromax Canvas Pace 2 Plus Q479, too, there is no single optimal alternative: in the first case is the Achilles’ heel of the budgetary chip Spreadtrum SC9832, in the second – the weak by the standards of “planshetofona” battery at 2750 mAh.

Subject selection of budget android-smartphone can not become obsolete. Someone always needed an inexpensive device that can meet basic needs. Or, you can count on something more?This is hardly realistic when considering models of leading brands, but, as we have seen above, in the arsenal of less well-known manufacturers meet attractive solutions. But the choice is always the user.

How to choose budget Android smartphone from well-known manufacturers was last modified: December 11th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby