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It’s the start of 2020 – how about beginning the new year with a new smartphone?

Not up for splurging on a new device, and wondering what your options might be like? You’ve come to the right place; we can definitely be of assistance!

Today we’ve rounded up five budget smartphones which we think are worthy of your consideration. Check them out below.

Xiaomi Redmi S2

The Redmi S2 is proof positive that those of us who elect to purchase nicely-priced tech nowadays don’t necessarily need to scrimp.

First off, this phone is quite the looker thanks to its big, vibrant and dynamic 5.99-inch HD+ 18:9 screen (which, mind you, is notch-free albeit not edge-to-edge). Flip it over to see its curved metallic chassis with fingerprint scanner and  antenna lines reminiscent of older iPhone models, and a camera lens module that harks back to the iPhone X series.

But the Redmi S2 is its own creature when it comes to its photo capabilities. Photo buffs will be duly impressed by its imaging chops. The aforementioned rear camera module houses 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras, whereas the front-facing sensor is an even more powerful 16-megapixel sensor to help users snap great selfies.

Let’s have a quick peek under the S2’s hood, where it continues to impress. This phone is powered by a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octacore processor, which is leaps and bounds more capable and powerful than the processors of most other phones in the segment. 3GB of RAM ensures snappy operation. Color choices for this phone are Gold and Silver.

All these features make the Redmi S2 a real pleasure to use. This is a powerful, capable phone that would be a standout even if priced far higher than it is.

Xiaomi Redmi 6

Xiaomi offers bargain hunters another competitive alternative with the Redmi 6. 

This phone’s screen is slightly smaller than that of the S2 – this is an HD+ IPS display that measures 5.45 inches, vis-a-vis the other model’s 5.99-inch display – but it’s still a clear and bright screen that should be great for images, videos, and games.

And the hardware inside the Redmi 6 isn’t anything to sneeze at either. This phone boasts an octacore MediaTek Helio P22 processor and runs either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. As far as internal storage goes, you can pick from 32GB or 64GB options, both expandable via microSD all the way up to 256GB.

Camera-wise, the Redmi 6 offers quite a bit of oomph as well, thanks to its dual rear camera setup incorporating 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel lenses. The front-facing snapper is a 5-megapixel lens.

The Redmi 6 can be had in our choice of Gold, Rose Gold, Blue, and Grey – whichever color you pick, you’ll get a phone that gives you a lot of bang for just a little buck.

Vivo Y91C

The Vivo Y91C is yet another inexpensive phone worthy of a closer look.

This phone’s expansive 6.22-inch display will initially hook prospective buyers. And its little “halo” front-facing camera notch is less distracting than the larger notches other phones are saddled with, while still offering advanced features such as face unlock and its 5-megapixel selfie camera. (The phone’s main camera is a 13-megapixel affair.)

The Y91C further distinguishes itself by offering color-gradient options. Pick from Fusion Black and Ocean Blue – both shift from black to blue and deep turquoise to a lighter blue respectively for greater visual impact. Vivo utilizes a special back-cover gloss painting process to bring about this head-turning color effect.

The Y91C also employs artificial intelligence or AI to enhance its camera set and game mode. Photo algorithms work behind the scene to ensure that pictures that users snap are automatically enhanced, saving them the trouble of needing to manually tweak or rework their photos. AI also powers the phone’s Game Mode to intelligently prevent messages, calls, and alerts from disturbing users who are occupied with games.

Power users will also appreciate the Y91C’s relatively large 4030mAh battery (just what you need to power that big display and take full advantage of its game mode). 

Realme C2

Realme continues to strengthen its brand in the Philippines through offering solid and value-laden devices like the C2.

Pick this phone up and look at it from the front and it comes across as similar to the Y91C by dint of its large and beautiful display (6.1 inches) and little camera notch (a “dewdrop” notch in Realme parlance). Flip it over and run your fingers over its stylized rear, which has an angular diamond-cut design and a matte finish; not only is this quite stylish but it also decreases slipperiness and fingerprint smudges. The C2 is available in Diamond Black and Diamond Blue.

But not only is the C2 a looker, it’s also quite a performer – most especially in the imaging realm thanks to Realme’s own AI-powered camera setup that features Chroma Boost for perfect picture balance; a Bokeh effect for nicely blurry backgrounds while taking closeups; and slow-motion video for noteworthy action snippets. And an AI-powered selfie snapper helps ensure studio-quality selfies and wefies. The C2 boasts a 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel dual camera setup out back and a 5MP front-facing camera.

Lastly, the battery of the C2 is quite powerful, all of 4000mAh, helping ensure that even the most heavy-duty gamers and photobuffs will need to take less time away from their favorite activities to recharge.

Nokia 2.2

Last up, we have the Nokia 2.2, a budget contender from this historic gadget brand.

A key selling point of Nokia smartphones today is the fact that they run Android One – “clean” Android without any operating system overlays – a boon for those who would like to run Android sans embellishments. But Android One devices are also first in line when it comes to the very latest software updates and will receive these updates for up to two years, as well as three years of monthly security updates. Additionally, the 2.2 also features Google Assistant, a digital assistant to help you work on shopping lists, access sports scores, and more, quickly and efficiently.

But the 2.2 also does have quite a bit else going for it. For one, Nokia is pushing it as something of an imaging powerhouse; it features a 13-megapixel rear camera that takes enhanced pictures in low light. The 5-megapixel front-facing snapper is driven by AI and also features face unlock.

The 2.2 also happens to be a looker. Its 5.17-inch display is competitive in the segment, if a little smaller than that of some other phones. Its body is solid polycarbonate and features a high-gloss finish for a more luxurious feel than many other phones in this price segment can offer. Lastly, the 2.2 can be had in a striking, deep Tungsten Black.

 

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