Great phones that don’t break the bank

Buying a $1,500+ flag­ship phone is not a fea­si­ble real­ity for ev­ery con­sumer, with re­search con­firm­ing con­tin­ued de­mand for af­ford­able, bud­get hand­sets.

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To­day’s ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive mar­ket has made high­tech smart­phones cheaper than be­fore, with sev­eral premium fea­tures fil­ter­ing down into lower cost cat­e­gories.

Whether you’re a cash strapped stu­dent, search­ing for an in­terim re­place­ment phone, or just choos­ing to be bud­get con­scious, there’s likely a qual­ity hand­set for you.

Mo­torola Moto G7 Power ($349)

Mo­torola has sought to fur­ther ce­ment its place in the bud­get smart­phone cat­e­gory, with its new Moto G7 Power – boast­ing a whop­ping 5,000mAh bat­tery (~60 hours).

With a 6.2-inch screen, the de­vice in­cor­po­rates a fin­ger­print reader and re­spon­sive octa-core pro­ces­sor.

• 60 hour bat­tery life

• Max vision dis­play, 6.2-inch HD+

• 4GB mem­ory

• Fast fo­cus­ing cam­era

• Fin­ger­print sen­sor

LG K9 ($149 from Tel­stra)

LG Elec­tron­ics is con­sid­ered one of the mo­bile in­dus­try’s hid­den underdogs, with its sub$200 K9 a de­cent deal for the cash-strapped con­sumer.

Fea­tur­ing a 5-inch HD screen, the de­vice of­fers a mi­croSD slot for ex­pand­able mem­ory, along­side an 8MP rear and 5MP front cam­era.

The de­vice of­fers a non-slip rear cover for a firm grip, com­ple­ment­ing a high-tech cam­era with noise re­duc­tion in low-light scenes.

• 16GB in-built storage, 2GB RAM

• 2,500mAh bat­tery

• Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)

Sam­sung Gal­axy A30 ($299)

The Sam­sung Gal­axy A30 boasts a 6.4-inch FHD+ Su­per AMOLED In­fin­ity-U Dis­play, along­side a long-last­ing 4,000mAh bat­tery.

The de­vice merges a 16MP low light and 5MP ul­tra wide dual cam­era for clear, high res­o­lu­tion images.

The hand­set merges a 5MP ul­tra wide cam­era with a 16MP ‘main cam­era’ for a pow­er­ful dual rear lens set-up.

Se­cu­rity is max­imised via a fin­ger­print sen­sor and fa­cial recog­ni­tion, mak­ing for one of Sam­sung’s most value-added af­ford­able smart­phones to date.

• 19 AI op­ti­mised pho­tog­ra­phy modes

• One UI

• Premium 3D-like glass back fin­ish

• 32GB

• ‘Flaw De­tec­tion’ cam­era


Nokia 7.1 ($499)

Boast­ing Android One smarts, the Nokia 7.1 of­fers el­e­vated soft­ware requiremen­ts as set by Google.

The de­vice is pow­ered by Qual­comm’s Snap­dragon 636, pledg­ing suit­abil­ity for aug­ment real­ity (AR) gam­ing and in­ten­sive video stream­ing.

With ZEISS op­tics, the smart­phone har­nesses AI tech­nol­ogy for strik­ing im­agery.

The de­vice’s dis­play dy­nam­i­cally adapts to a user’s en­vi­ron­ment for a spec­tac­u­lar view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence whether in­doors or out­side.

• Qual­comm Snap­dragon 636

• 400GB mi­croSD card sup­port

• 3GB, 4GB RAM

• Dual rear cam­era ZEISS op­tics

Huawei Nova 3e ($399)

Chinese smart­phone gi­ant, Huawei, has con­tin­ued to pledge high-tech phones in low-cost bun­dles, with its Nova 3e mar­keted as ‘premium smart­phone with­out the premium price.’

Over­seas, the de­vice is mar­keted as the ‘P20 Lite’) – one of Huawei’s most suc­cess­ful smart­phone franchises.

The de­vice boasts a dual cam­era with fa­cial un­lock, su­per slim bezels and fast charg­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

With dual Blue­tooth users can har­ness en­hanced multi-task­ing, com­ple­ment­ing a Full HD screen.

The de­vice’s al­loy edge of­fers a premium feel, with a dual-lens rear cam­era pack­ing in con­sid­er­able smarts.

• 5.85” FHD+ screen

• 19:6

• HiSil­i­con Kirin 659

• 4G RAM

Al­ca­tel 3 ($279)

TCL-owned Al­ca­tel has con­tin­ued to make head­winds in the Aussie smart­phone mar­ket, re­leas­ing its new ‘3 (2019)’ with a pow­er­ful Snap­dragon chipset.

The prod­uct pledges a premium feel, with a 5.9-inch HD+ Su­per Full View Dis­play and 2.5D glass metal­lic frame.

With face un­lock and AR sup­port, the de­vice har­nesses a 3,500mAh bat­tery for long-last­ing per­for­mance.

• 19.5:9

• 5.9” HD+ dis­play screen


• Dual rear cam­era.

• Octa-Core Pro­ces­sor

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