It’s not just the iPhone and Galaxy costing more than 1000 euros in life. For many consumers, owning a smartphone is more a necessity than a desire. Whether it is to equip a teenager, to connect his parents or for his own use, entry-level smartphones are generally sufficient to meet all needs. At less than 200 euros, today we find enduring devices, equipped with a beautiful screen and sufficiently powerful for most uses.
Before rushing into a hypermarket or ordering the first reference on Amazon, you should know that not all entry-level smartphones are created equal. The emergence of new players like Xiaomi and Huawei has shaken the world of telephony, these manufacturers indeed offer excellent mobiles at low prices. It is for this reason that out of the ten mobiles in this top… almost all are from Chinese brands. Xiaomi being the most represented with no less than five references in the ranking … including two on the podium.
To achieve this classification, the editorial staff of 01net.com relied on the tests of its lab. Performance, fluidity, screen, battery life or even camera quality… various criteria were rated to arrive at this classification. Here are the devices we recommend to anyone who wants to equip themselves without breaking the bank, as of October 2, 2020.
01net.com updated its smartphone rating scale early 2020, by tightening it up, to better reflect the reality of the market.
10. Wiko View 4
Launched in early 2020 by the Marseille brand Wiko (which now belongs to a Chinese group), the View 4 is a smartphone that struggles to compete with competing devices such as those from Xiaomi or Realme. However, this smartphone’s main asset is its tough autonomy, is that enough to convince to choose it?
General note : 6.63/ 10 | Manufacturer price: from 169.90 euros
Read the Wiko View 4 technical sheet
9. Alcatel 1S (2020)
Sold by many operators as a first-price smartphone, the Alcatel 1S 2020 edition is, let’s face it, very poorly performing. This device is aimed at beginners who only plan to use their smartphone for making calls or texting and possibly surfing social networks from time to time. At 99 euros, it’s hard to blame him for not doing more.
General note : 6.67/ 10 | Manufacturer price: from 99 euros
Read the Alcatel 1S (2020) technical sheet
8. Honor 9A
In view of its very affordable price and its insane autonomy due to its 5000 mAh battery, the Honor 9A, equipped with a 6.3-inch screen, has only one (big) flaw. Like the new Huawei P40s, it does not benefit from Google services. However, it works with Android 10 and has 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of expandable storage and a triple camera module.
General note : 6.85 / 10 | Manufacturer price: 149 euros
Read the Honor 9A technical sheet
7. Realme 5
With its very high capacity 5000 mAh battery, the Realme 5 is one of the most enduring smartphones in this ranking. This device lasts almost as long as Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro… but costs ten times less. We only blame it for its dated Micro USB port (this is increasingly rare today) as well as its poor quality camera. For the rest, it is difficult to complain.
General note : 6.86/ 10 | Manufacturer price: from 169 euros
Read the full test of Realme 5
6. Xiaomi Redmi 7A
Second cheapest smartphone in this ranking (behind the Alcatel 1S), the Xiaomi Redmi 7A is not a power monster. This mobile is intended for the least demanding users, those for whom the telephone, messaging and social network functions are the only ones that matter. If you fall into this category, then the Redmi 7A might be right for you.
General note : 7.09 / 10 | Manufacturer price: from 119 euros (excluding promotions)
Read the Xiaomi Redmi 7A technical sheet
5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Less efficient than its predecessor (the Redmi Note 8T, the first in this ranking), the Redmi Note 9 still manages to integrate our ranking thanks to its good value for money. Marketed from 199 euros, this smartphone benefits from an exemplary design, worthy of devices sold much more expensive. Too bad its smooth navigation, battery life and camera are a step below last year’s model, which we recommend instead.
General note : 7.23 / 10 | Manufacturer price: from 199 euros
Read the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 full test
4. Xiaomi Redmi 7
In recent years, the “Redmi” range has established itself as one of the most credible. With the Redmi 7, Xiaomi offers an elegant mobile with an edge to edge screen, a very satisfactory battery life and a good quality camera. At 149.90 euros, it is without a doubt one of the best value for money on the market. At less than 120 euros, we also find the Xiaomi Redmi 7A. Very durable and equipped with a small 5.45-inch screen, this device is the perfect “first phone. “. We still prefer to alert you, its performance is a bit limited and the smartphone is not suitable for certain uses such as video games.
General note : 7.25 / 10 | Manufacturer price: from 149 euros
Read the Xiaomi Redmi 7 full test
3. Realme C3
The Realme C3 is the most enduring smartphone on the market. This device withstood 01net.com’s versatile battery life test for over 25 hours, which is an all-time high. Otherwise, this is a fairly standard entry-level smartphone. Its performance is not excellent but will suffice for most people while its design is quite attractive.
General note : 7.28 / 10 | Manufacturer price : from 179 euros
Read the Realme C3 technical sheet
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Third best-selling smartphone in Europe in 2019, the Redmi Note 7 is a real crush. Marketed from 169 euros today, this mobile seduces with its relatively compact size, its beautiful edge-to-edge screen, its 48 Mpix camera and its compatibility with fast charging by USB-C. In addition to being one of the best value for money at the entry level, it is also one of the best smartphones in all categories.
General note : 7.81 / 10 | Manufacturer price: 169 euros
Read the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 full test
1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
It is now a habit, Xiaomi occupies the first place in this ranking. Marketed between 179 and 229 euros, the Redmi Note 8T is undoubtedly the best deal of the moment. Its design is successful, the performances are there and its autonomy is progressing compared to its predecessor. Apart from the photo, where the Redmi Note 8T occasionally experiences difficulties, this smartphone is perfect! Its successor, the Redmi Note 9 (in 5th place), is much less convincing. Prefer this model.
General note : 8.26 / 10 | Manufacturer price: from 179 euros
Read the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T full test
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