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Need a smartphone on a budget, consider these Android smartphones that are so powerful you won’t believe they’re entry-level devices. For under S$400, it’s possible to grab a smartphone that looks good and feels good. Who says speed and performance have to come at a hefty price?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

The Redmi Note 3 is a powerhouse that has received nothing but praises from reviewers all over the globe.  With a Meditek Helio X10 or a Snapdragon 650 processor(depending on your region) and 3GB worth of RAM, the Redmi Note 3 has specifications that are unmatched for this price point. In terms of speed and performance, there is no budget smartphone that can trump the Redmi Note 3. With a fingerprint sensor on its rear, a 16MP rear camera and an aluminium uni-body design, it’s easy to see how a device like the Redmi Note 3 appeals to the masses.


Processor: Snapdragon 650 or Mediatek Helio X10 | RAM: 3GB | GPU: Adreno 510 | Internal Memory: 16/32GB

Screen Size: 5.5” | Thickness: 8.7mm | Weight: 164g

Rear Camera: 16MP | Front Camera: 5MP 

Meizu M3 Note

The Meizu m3 note holds a 5.5″ full-HD display which is powered by an upgraded Helio P10 chipset. With a 4,100mAh battery, the m3 Note has one of the largest battery capacity amongst budget smartphones. The fingerprint sensor on its full-metal body is also rare for an entry-level device, making is a force to be reckoned with.


Processor: Mediatek Helio P10 | RAM: 3GB | GPU: Mali-T860MP2 | Internal Memory: 16/32GB

Screen Size: 5.5” | Thickness: 8.2mm | Weight: 163g

Rear Camera: 13MP | Front Camera: 5MP 

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 6.0

If you are searching for a budget phablet with a superb camera, look no further. This 6.0-inch phablet has a Pixelmaster powered 13MP camera that shoots crystal clear photos at unimaginable speeds thanks to its Infra-Red autofocus technology. With 3GB of RAM and Snapdragon 616 processor, it’s sure faster than your average budgeteer for sure.


Processor: Snapdragon 616 | RAM: 2/3GB | GPU: Adreno 405 | Internal Memory: 16/32GB

Screen Size: 6.0” | Thickness: 10.6mm | Weight: 190g

Rear Camera: 13MP | Front Camera: 5MP 

Moto G Turbo Edition

The Moto G Turbo Edition is on the higher-end of the budget smartphone price range. However, it’s 13MP rear camera with a wide aperture of f/2.0 makes its camera one of the best amongst cheaper devices. It also has a TurboPower quick-charging technology capable of giving it 6 hours of battery life within 15 minutes, so what’s not to love?


Processor: Snapdragon 615 | RAM: 2GB | GPU: Adreno 405 | Internal Memory: 16GB

Screen Size: 5.0” | Thickness: 11.6 mm | Weight: 155g

Rear Camera: 13MP | Front Camera: 5MP 

Huawei Honor 4C

The Honor 4C is Huawei’s representative in the budget department. For a budget smartphone, it has a decent 13MP f2/2.0 camera that performs well in low-light conditions, a fast processor with 2GB of RAM and a user interface that is free of bloatware. The Honor 4C is a smartphone with decent specifications, but it is slightly thicker at 8.8mm and heavier than we would like it to be.


Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 620 | RAM: 2GB | GPU: Mali-450MP4 | Internal Memory: 8GB

Screen Size: 5.0″| Thickness: 8.8mm | Weight: 162g

Rear Camera: 13MP | Front Camera: 5MP 


Zayne Seah
A tech geek going beyond specs.

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