Could your next up­grade be a low-price pow­er­house? Af­ford­able phones are chang­ing the game

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS - Words: Alex Cox and Paul Tay­lor

Reckon a phone needs to be top dol­lar to be a top per­former? These bud­get beau­ties will change your mind

Bud­get phones have changed. For so long go­ing bud­get meant a ter­ri­ble screen, a cat­a­strophic CPU or some­thing else that made us­ing your phone a deeply un­pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence. But there’s a new base­line.

While the high end spi­rals up­wards in price, of­fer­ing curved glass, ubiq­ui­tous notches and more stor­age space than is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary, lower-end hand­sets now get the tech that re­ally mat­ters: de­cent pro­ces­sors, high-end screens, and af­ford­able cam­era sen­sors that pro­duce stun­ning re­sults. And when a hand­set costs $600 or less, that’s more than rea­son­able enough to jus­tify the pur­chase out­side of a con­tract. They’re per­fect to get for a fam­ily mem­ber, or just to save some cash.

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