Top 3 Best Budget Smartphones 2020 in Pakistan
In times of rapidly growing smartphone prices, it is often worth taking a look at mobile phones outside of the flagship division. Buyers can get excellent smartphones with a usable camera, solid performance and a long-lasting battery at a price of less than 50,000 pkr. We show you which smartphones up to 50,000 pkr are worth more than just a look. In the video you can see our winner of the comparison, the Xiaomi Mi 9T, in the test.
Smartphones up to 50,000 pkr: a worthwhile alternative to the flagship segment?
New smartphones meanwhile cost a small fortune: For a current iPhone flagship, a good 237,525 pkr are due and the high-end devices from Samsung, Huawei and Co. often cost a four-digit sum. But that doesn’t have to be the case: Already 50000 pkr are enough to hold a potent smartphone with a sharp display, long battery life and chic design in your hands.
In our test it is striking: With current mid-range phones in the price range up to 50,000 pkr, manufacturers save the most in terms of equipment. Our other test categories, including the display and the camera, pass almost all smartphones with the grade “good” or even “very good”.
For the user, this means that new smartphones can also deliver a great overall package at an affordable price. Buyers only have to be satisfied with the Android operating system – for one curse, for another blessing. In contrast to the Apple iOS operating system, Android is available for use by all manufacturers and can therefore also be used on devices in all price ranges. In order to use iOS, you have to use an iPhone, which is much more expensive.
Now to the most important question: Which test candidates are currently the best smartphones up to 50,000 pkr from our leaderboard? The following table provides you with a selection of mobile phones from the 50,000 pkr league at a glance, filtered out from our leaderboard. Below the table, we will then present the devices to you in detail.
- Very good display
- Long battery life
- Chic and modern design
- No IP certification
- Poor sound quality from the speaker
- No expandable storage space
Buyers of the Xiaomi Mi 9T will probably experience a wow effect after unpacking the device for the first time, because the Mi 9T clearly exceeds the typical expectations of a 50,000 pkr smartphone. The chic glass back with carbon look is just one reason for that. The display also makes a very good impression. The screen has a diagonal of 6.4 inches and is in 19.5: 9 formats. Cool: Since the front camera is housed in a pop-up mechanism, the front does not need a notch or hole in the display. Thanks to OLED technology, black tones are very deep and colors are strong. In our test, the display of the Xiaomi Mi 9T reached a maximum brightness of 494 cd / m². Thanks to the “Full HD +” resolution (2,340 x 1,080 pixels), the smartphone is also sufficiently sharp with 404 ppi.
He has ample six gigabytes of RAM at his side. Such hardware can otherwise be expected from a smartphone between 80 to 90 thousand pkr. The performance was convincing in our practical test: we hardly noticed any stutterers in the operation.
Xiaomi installs a total of four camera lenses in the Mi 9T, three of them on the back. In the test, we are thrilled with the images from the main camera: Photos look very sharp and detailed in both good and bad lighting conditions. Colors are reproduced realistically, and there is also no vain noise when shooting at night. In our test, the captured images can keep up with those of the Huawei P30 Pro even in dark lighting conditions and even beat those of the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The Xiaomi Mi 9T draws its power from a 4,000 mAh battery. The phone runs 11:36 hours in our test. This is a very good value and should get most users through the day without an intermediate charge. Thanks to the 18-watt quick charger, it takes exactly two hours for the smartphone to be fully charged again. With a brief stop at the socket, it is enough for 44 percent after 30 minutes.
The device also convinces in terms of equipment: All current LTE bands, WLAN-ac, if not WLAN-ax, Bluetooth in the latest version 5.0 and an NFC sensor are on board. An optical fingerprint sensor is installed in the display, which reacts quite quickly and reasonably reliably in the test. There is even a headphone jack. All in all, a very clear purchase recommendation for the best smartphone under 50,000 pkr.
MOTOROLA MOTO G8 POWER
- Extremely long battery life
- Excellent dual speakers
- Jack connection available
- Twilight pictures are often bad
- No NFC
- WiFi without 5 GHz and ac standard
The Motorola Moto G8 Power lives up to its name primarily thanks to its battery life:
Our test shows outstanding 18:41 hours of continuous operation with the display switched on when the Internet is actively used via LTE. In practice, depending on your usage, you should easily get by with one charge for two to four days. The device is back at 100 percent in just over two hours. After half an hour, just 33 percent are charged, which should be enough for a while considering the actual battery capacity.
Fortunately, Motorola delivers solid hardware. The mid-range processor Snapdragon 665 from Qualcomm has eight cores and a clock frequency of up to 1.8 GHz. Together with 4 GB of RAM, this ensures good performance. Common apps run stably and smoothly, you will hardly encounter bottlenecks here.
The 6.4 inch LC display of the Motorola Moto G8 Power shows a solid picture quality. The maximum brightness of 451 cd / m² is okay, but should be a little too little in the sunlight. The resolution of 2,300 x 1,080 pixels is high enough for everyday applications. A large amount of color or even HDR should not be expected with the Moto G8 Power either. Nevertheless, there are no noticeable weaknesses in the image quality and we still rate the display as good overall.
Like many other mid-range phones in the price range, the Motorola Moto G8 Power weakens with the camera. The quality of the photos in daylight is good. In contrast, in low light conditions, a steady hand is required. Otherwise a conspicuous amount of noise creeps into the pictures, corners and edges blur and colors become pale.
The equipment of the Motorola Moto G8 Power is just good and essentially resembles other mid-range phones
The slot offers space for two SIM cards (4G / 4G) as well as an additional microSD memory card. The latter could also be used in view of the somewhat scarce 64 gigabyte memory. A USB 2.0 Type-C interface is available, but also a classic headphone output. The WLAN module lacks the newer standard ac, there is only WLAN n on board, and this only works here in the 2.4 GHz band. An IP52 rating and NFC are included.
- Bright display with borderless design
- Long battery life
- Strong camera quality
- No IP certification
- No wireless charging
- Very bad contrast values of the display
The screen of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T doesn’t just look good: A tiny notch and almost borderless design paired with a 6.3-inch screen diagonal, full HD plus resolution and bright 591.5 cd / m² make the screen a big one Plus point for the Xiaomi. The performance of the Redmi Note 8T is also really good, especially in view of the low price. For this purpose, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (eight processor cores) with a clock frequency of up to 2.0 GHz and the four GB of RAM work in the case. Our test PDF can be rendered in an acceptable 6.4 seconds via WLAN.
When it comes to cameras, Xiaomi uses four lenses on the back of the device for the Redmi Note 8T. Image results are convincing, thanks to pixel binning, the images can also be seen under low-light situations. It also offers 4K videos and an electronic image stabilizer. However, the latter is only possible with qualities of up to Full HD at 30 FPS (frames per second), but 4K at 30 FPS and Full HD at 60 FPS are also available as quality options.
In terms of features, the Redmi Note 8T offers, among other things, dual SIM, a 64 gigabyte but expandable storage space and a headphone jack. However, an IP rating, wireless charging and an NFC chip are missing. The battery, on the other hand, is convincing again and again: with 13:28 hours, the 4,000 mAh battery lasts a long time in our runtime test without a stop at the socket. With a little under two hours, the cell phone does not take too long to fully recharge – thanks to fast charging via USB-C.
Is 50,000 pkr enough for a good cell phone display?
In order to keep prices low compared to flagship smartphones, manufacturers like to save on the quality of the display. Will buyers of a 50000 pkr smartphone inevitably get a miserable cell phone screen? The answer is very clear: No, because the screen technology has now progressed so far that usable displays can also be installed at affordable prices. Each of the smartphones listed above received at least the display grade “good” in our test. The Xiaomi Mi 9T even manages the rating “very good” and leaves little room for further improvements.
Nevertheless, buyers can expect some savings on the display. So you will hardly find a smartphone with OLED display technology in the lower middle class. Instead, the LCD standard is still popular here. The reason for this is simple: OLED screens are much more expensive to produce, which is why a lot of money is saved in manufacturing and thus ultimately for the customer by not using this technology. However, buyers also have to forego the advantages of OLED: black tones are not as intense, colors are not as strong. In addition, the viewing angles are not quite as stable the further you look at your smartphone. In addition, LCD screens are usually more energy-hungry, but this is compensated for by the other, usually weaker hardware.
Also in terms of resolution, you should take a closer look before buying. Flagship cell phones usually offer a display with 1,080p (Full HD), if not 1,440p resolution (QHD). Both are sufficient in everyday life to ensure a great user experience. A QHD resolution will not be found in cheaper smartphones up to 50,000 pkr, with Full HD this is usually the end. However, some devices still come with a regular HD resolution. In many cases this is still sufficient, but it is not enough for a crisp, sharp image. But lower-resolution displays are more energy-efficient.
50,000 pkr camera phone: You can expect that
How well the cameras work in smartphones up to 50,000 pkr cannot be said in general. So the three smartphones in this article score here with the grade “good”.
The Moto G8 Power shoots good photos in good lighting conditions. Especially when it comes to sharing on social media or showing off on the cell phone itself, you can’t go wrong with the Moto. However, it is better to use other devices, especially for dark environments or for zoom shots.
Incidentally, current smartphones in the price range up to 50,000 pkr often offer more than one camera lens on the back. For example, the Xiaomi Mi 9T comes with three individual lenses and thus ensures a high degree of flexibility when shooting. Even modern software technologies, including pixel binning, which combines several image pixels into a single pixel to improve quality, are available for smartphones up to a maximum of 50,000 pkr.
50000 pkr smartphones are always slow: we clarify
Small price means poor performance, at least that’s the assumption. But what used to be reality has changed a lot. Thanks to ever-increasing CPU technology and ever-increasing RAM in combination with increasingly fast graphics units, smartphones of the lower middle class now also offer great working speeds. None of the smartphones listed above gets a worse rating than “good” in our performance test. Current mid-range CPUs is now very potent: the Xiaomi Mi 9T comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chip.
Differences between the middle-class and upper-class CPU only appear when you push the performance hardware to the limit. For everyday use, including starting apps, surfing the web and streaming videos, users should have no problems even with a mid-range CPU.
Why mid-range phones often last longer than flagships?
When you look at our overview table at the beginning of the article, you will notice that none of the four smartphones has a battery life of less than eleven and a half hours. And with over 18 hours, the Motorola Moto G8 Power as the cheapest smartphone in this comparison not only offers the best battery life of the four smartphones, but even the fourth-best battery life in our complete leaderboard.
This is made possible by the hardware of the devices, which is inevitably adjusted to the price. The screens are good, but not as good as those of the flagships. The missing features, however, do not consume any energy, which extends the battery life. The same applies to the performance hardware: Generally it is sufficient, but is not as lightning fast as that of the high-end devices. However, the lack of computing power upwards also protects the battery, which can deliver longer power.
Why do I have to pay attention to the equipment before buying?
Manufacturers prefer to save on equipment, because here the customer does not immediately see if something is missing or not up to date. Typical weaknesses of the devices in the price range up to 50,000 pkr are:
- Missing NFC: This chip is used, among other things, for mobile payments, for example via Google Pay. Such functions cannot be used without this sensor.
- Bluetooth 4.2 or older: Instead of the current Bluetooth 5.0, manufacturers like to use an outdated version of the service. Among other things, this is associated with slower transmission rates and an unstable connection.
- USB-C 2.0 or older connections: Instead of the current USB-C 3.1 port, many manufacturers rely on the outdated USB-C 2.0 standard or even use micro-USB. With older USB plugs, users have restrictions on the maximum charging speed and data transfer via cable.
- No wireless charging: in contrast to many flagship models, there is any possibility to charge the smartphone wirelessly using an inductive charging station. As a rule, users are dependent on the wired version.
- Storage space: The internal storage space of modern high-end smartphones is skyrocketing: up to 512 gigabytes are already possible with brands like Samsung and Apple. In the price range up to 50,000 pkr, however, you should rather calculate with a 64 gigabyte memory. Rarely are 128 gigabytes in it. However, this can often be expanded for devices in the lower price range, which many flagships are now missing.
- WLAN-ax: While most smartphones now also support the WiFi standard ac in the price range up to 50,000 pkr, the latest ax standard is currently missing in all mid-range smartphones. However, the ac standard has not yet become a matter of course: The Moto G8 Power still lacks it.
- Headphone jack: The trend of disappearing headphone jacks continues, but usually only affects the top devices from manufacturers. Devices in the medium to low price range often come with a jack socket, so using your own headphones via cable is still possible in most cases without an adapter.
- Speakers: In the mid-range price range, manufacturers often do not attach great importance to the sound output on the device. It is therefore not surprising that dual speakers or a generally impeccable quality of the speakers are not often found here.
- IP certification: Almost all flagship cell phones come with an IP certification that guarantees protection from the ingress of dust and water. However, this certification costs the manufacturer money, so it is often omitted. This does not necessarily mean that the devices are not at least protected against the ingress of splash water, but the manufacturer does not give a guarantee.
- Android version: While the tech manufacturers particularly value rapid system updates of their own flagships, mid-range and low-budget smartphones are often neglected. So it is not uncommon for new system updates, or even regular security updates, to appear on the devices much later or to be completely omitted.