With the promos happening offline and online this final quarter of 2020, it is now the perfect time to scout and buy a budget-friendly smartphone.

Buying a cheap phone, however, can become a risky decision unless you know what you are looking for and you know your wallet’s limit.

Here are the top three things you should keep in mind to score the right budget smartphone:


This may have been the most obvious thing to look for when you’re particular about performance. Memory, chipset, and storage capacity are some of the items considered under specifications.

These days, it’s recommended that the phone comes with 3GB RAM, and at least a MediaTek Helio G70 or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 490 processor clocked at 2GHz or more.

iOS phones deliver better overall performance but ensure that you get at least iPhone SE (2020) or higher models, as Apple won’t be supporting older iPhone versions.


These days, budget smartphones can have a maximum 64GB internal storage space. It may look like it’s already a lot, but remember, the operating system and pre-loaded software also take up space.

So your best bet is also to look for a model with a higher storage capacity or those open for storage expansion. If your handset can accommodate one, simply insert a microSD card to increase storage.


Looking for a budget smartphone with high battery capacity is more convenient than checking for the specifications mentioned above. You can buy one with at least 4000mAh battery or higher at a reasonable price point.

Display and Cameras

If you have managed to find a cheap phone that ticks all the three boxes above, other specs to check out are the display and the cameras.

Look for a smartphone with at least Full HD display (1920 x 1080p), and an imaging system coming with at least a 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera.

Other camera features to look for are digital zoom, night mode, wide lens, and good selfie quality.



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