Upcoming Budget Phones 2018-2019

These days the budget smartphone market is very much competitive, to say the least. Here the word ‘budget’ is mostly meant by  android smartphones around the price range of $250 to $300.

From so many brands competing with almost the same specs and minimal price differences, it’s indeed hard to pick one. Every year we see a number of new models coming out, and therefore this list of all the upcoming budget smartphones will prove to be very much useful. Following is the list for the year 2018-2019.

Samsung Galaxy J8 – Upcoming Budget Phones

Samsung Galaxy J8 - Upcoming Phones

Samsung Galaxy J8 – Upcoming Phones

Expected Release Date: July 2018 

The J8 will come with an all-plastic body, a screen size of 6.0 inches along with a Super AMOLED display. The resolution will be 720 x 1480 pixels, with an aspect ratio if 18.5:9. It will be featuring a Snapdragon 450 chipset, which is octa core, along with 4GB of RAM. The storage will be 64GB upgradable to 256GB via an SD card.

There will be Dual cameras on the back – 16 MP and 5MP, which will do 1080P at 30 FPS. The front will have 16 MP camera. Other features include a back fingerprint scanner. It will come with Android 8.0 Oreo, right out of the box. Battery capacity will be 3500 mAh.

Lenovo Z5

Lenovo Z5 - Upcoming Lenovo Phones 2018-2019

Lenovo Z5 – Upcoming Lenovo Phones 2018-2019

Expected Release Date: June 2018

The Lenovo Z5 will come with a glass and aluminium body, a screen size of 6.2 inches along with an IPS LCD display. The resolution is set to 1080 x 2246 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. It will have the octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset, along with 6GB RAM. The storage will be either 64GB or 128GB. There will be no micro SD card slot.

The back has a 16MP + 8MP dual camera setup, along with a secondary 8MP camera. There will be a fingerprint scanner, as usual, a notch, and will have Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed. Battery capacity is 3300 mAh.

Nokia 5.1

Nokia 5.1 - Phones by Nokia in 2018-2019

Nokia 5.1 – Phones by Nokia in 2018-2019

Expected Release Date: July 2018

The Nokia 5.1 will come with a glass and aluminium body, with a screen size of 5.5 inches. The resolution will be 1080 x 2160 pixels and the aspect ratio will be 18:9. Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the screen to body ratio will be 73.1 per cent. The chipset will be MediaTek Helio P18, which is an octa-core processor with Mali T860-MP2 graphics unit.

There will be options for 2GB or 3GB RAM, along with 16GB or 32GB storage, respectively. On the rear, it will be a single 16MP camera which can do 1080P video at 30 fps. On the front will be an 8MP camera. The fingerprint is front mounted and the phone will come with Android 8.0 Oreo. Battery capacity is 2970 mAh.

Nokia 2.1

Nokia 2.1 - upcoming budget phones

Nokia 2.1 – upcoming budget phones

Expected Release Date: July 2018 

The Nokia 2.1 will be a super budget end phone, with an aluminium frame and a plastic back. The screen is 5.5 inches and the display is IPS LCD. It will come with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, an aspect ratio of 16:9, 70 per cent screen to body ratio and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

It will have the Snapdragon 425 chipset, which is a quad-core chipset along with just 1GB RAM. Internal storage will be 8GB which can be expanded up to 128GB via a micro SD card. The rear camera will be 8MP and the front will be 5MP. It will be able to record videos at 720P at 30 fps. It will have a huge 4000 mAh battery and will be pre-loaded with Android 8.1 Oreo.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

Xiaomi Redmi 6A - Budget Friendly Phones

Xiaomi Redmi 6A – Budget Friendly Phones

Expected Release Date: TBA

The Redmi 6A from Xiaomi will be having a full aluminium body with front glass. The screen size will be 5.45 inches sporting a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen to body ratio will be 72.7 per cent. Apart from that, it will have Snapdragon 625 chipset, which is octa core and Adreno 506 graphics unit. There will be options for 2/3/4GB RAM as well as 16/32/64GB storage.

Can be expanded up to 256GB via a micro SD card slot. The rear camera setup will be 13MP + 5MP cameras which can shoot 1080P video at 30 fps. The front camera will be 5MP. There is a rear mounted fingerprint scanner and will come with Android 8.1 Oreo. Battery capacity will be 3000 mAh.

Conclusion

Apart from the lowly budget offering Nokia 2.1, all the other phones in this list are really offering some of the best specs. The Lenovo Z5 takes the cake though due to its nice looks and specs. Putting that on the side, the rest offerings from Samsung, Xiaomi and Nokia feel totally okay for the respective budgets they are pushing for.

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