Almost everyone requires a smartphone to function these days, and it can’t be just a smartphone which is from 2011 as apps are getting obsolete every other month and software updates are a quarterly affair. Having a new enough smartphone has become the norm to survive, as dramatic as that may sound there is certainly some reality to it. So here is a list of top 10 budget smartphones in no particular order.

Check this too: Top 10 Flagship Smartphones of the Year (2019)

Check this too: Top 10 Mid Range Smartphones of the Year(2019)

Top 10 Budget Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy M30

Samsung has had a great year in all segments of the smartphone market, from the high-end S10 to the Galaxy As in the mid-range. The Galaxy M30 series is much cheaper than Samsung has ever been in the budget phones segment, offering the features which have been only seen in other Chinese brands. The M30 series particularly has something for everyone, ranging from 10k-20k price range variants, it certainly looks like it costs a lot more though.

Specifications

CPU – Exynos 7904
RAM – 3/4/6GB
Internal Storage – 32/64/128GB
Camera – Triple (13MP + 5MP + 5MP) rear; Single (16MP) front Battery – 5000 mAh

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Realme 5S

A big screen, glossy back and a good set of cameras is trademark Realme but the 5S offers all that in a great budget. Be it the storage, RAM, and CPU everything is on par with almost a mid-range phone without burning a hole in your pocket. The variants allow you to only switch between the storage size and not the RAM but at this price its still a good deal with that screen backed by a massive battery, the only downside being the resolution.

Specifications

CPU – Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665
RAM – 4GB
Internal Storage – 64/128GB
Screen – 6.5 inches (720 x 1600 pixels)
Camera – Quad (48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP) rear; Single (13MP) front
Battery – 5000 mAh

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Motorola One Macro

Motorola bounced back into relevancy in the last few years with its affordable smartphones but it didn’t exactly pack the features to compete with other Chinese brands. In 2019 the competition is tougher with the market being flooded with options but the Moto One Macro has its own USPs allowing it to be relevant in the budget segment while also offering a sleeker design which is not the usual Motorola smartphones in the past.

Specifications

CPU – Mediatek MT6771 Helio P70
RAM – 4GB
Internal Storage – 64GB
Screen – 6.2 inches (720 x 1520 pixels)
Camera – Triple (13MP + 2MP + 2MP) rear; Single (8MP) front
Battery – 4000 mAh

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Redmi Note 7

It does not offer the best of cameras but it offers about the best performance in this range with its powerful CPU. It comes in different variants of new gradient colors, also with a better design, the Redmi Note 7 is as 2019 as it can get. It has a great screen size and decent resolution, which is backed by the battery life which is reasonably good on this budget phone.

Specifications

CPU – Snapdragon 660
RAM – 3GB
Internal Storage – 32GB
Screen – 6.3 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
Camera – Dual (12MP + 2MP) rear; Single (13MP) front
Battery – 4000 mAh

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LG W30

LG is one of those conventional brands with a strong household name but a weak game in the mid-range and budget segment of smartphones. And here we are in 2019 with an LG phone under 10k and it is not compromising either, it has a great set of cameras, a very premium look, a big-quality screen, and decent enough CPU to handle basic multitasking.

Specifications

CPU – Helio P22 processor by MediaTek
RAM – 3GB
Internal Storage – 32GB
Screen – 6.26 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
Camera – Triple (13MP + 12MP + 2MP) rear; Single (16MP) front
Battery – 4000 mAh

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Samsung Galaxy M10

Samsung doesn’t get this cheap if it does, but when they drop the price they tend to drop the quality too. This year it’s not so at all, among other surprising Samsung releases, in January 2019 itself the Galaxy M10 came out for lesser than 9k, but it has an AMOLED screen, 3GB RAM and a very decent set of cameras. So it is not just an affordable phone but also delivers by being functional for the needs of 2019.

Specifications

CPU – Exynos 7884B
RAM – 3GB
Internal Storage – 32GB
Screen – 6.4 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
Camera – Dual (13MP + 5MP) rear; Single (8MP) front
Battery – 4000 mAh

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Vivo U20

It’s no surprise that Vivo is in the affordable segment but its also delivering performance with its great processor. It does not look or claim to be premium but it certainly is as efficient as it gets in this price range. It has a majestic screen with a great resolution and the signature set of good Vivo cameras, especially the selfie camera.

Specifications

CPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
RAM – 4/6GB
Internal Storage – 64GB
Screen – 6.53 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
Camera – Triple (16MP + 8MP + 2MP) rear; Single (16MP) front
Battery – 5000 mAh

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Honor 8C

Honor has kept it cheap and loaded, with a camera for as a highlight, which is rare in this segment and it has a borderline premium design too. The big display isn’t a disadvantage either, Honor backs it up with battery life enough to power the display and lasting you to watch shows without worrying about carrying a power bank.

Specifications

CPU – Snapdragon 632
RAM – 4GB
Internal Storage – 32/64GB
Screen – 6.26 inches (720 x 1520 pixels)
Camera – Dual (13MP + 2MP) rear; Single (8MP) front
Battery – 4000 mAh

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Realme 3

It does the bare minimum but it does it well. Realme has the latest software packaged with all that you would be needing to last a working day. The battery life and other specifications are just enough to meet your needs, the only highlight being the fact that it is new, the phone is offering nothing extraordinary in any department besides its pricing. It looks pretty sleek and 2019 too.

Specifications

CPU – Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60
RAM – 3/4GB
Internal Storage – 32/64GB
Screen – 6.22 inches (720 x 1520 pixels)
Camera – Dual (13MP + 2MP) rear; Single (13MP) front
Battery – 4230 mAh

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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2

ZenFone series has had a strong presence in this segment of budget mobiles, as Asus is known for the performance-oriented systems, its granted that expectations are high even in the under 10k range. And it has delivered to that expectations by providing a powerful processor, a great design and a massive battery life.

Specifications

CPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
RAM – 3GB
Internal Storage – 32GB
Screen – 6.26 inches (1080 x 2280 pixels)
Camera – Dual (13MP + 12MP) rear; Single (13MP) front
Battery – 5000 mAh

Buy From: Amazon, Flipkart

Conclusion

This was our version of the top 10 budget smartphones for the year 2019. We didn’t follow any order for the list, it just the top from all the brands. We will now experience a new category of smartphones for the upcoming year.

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