The 5 Best Budget Smartphones In 2021 So Far


Getting the best budget smartphone isn’t a simple task. This is due to the market being over-saturated with overpriced low-quality devices:

However, if you are looking to strike a balance between quality and price in 2021, these five smartphones offer great value for your money based upon four fundamental metrics; Performance, Battery, Camera, and display:

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Poco F3, $385

The Poco F3 is easily one of the most affordable smartphones in 2021 and it can be found at Walmart for $385.

Similar to the previous Poco series, Xiaomi wants to prove that you don’t need to break the bank or spend over $1,000 to access a terrific range of features.

The triple camera feature, with the primary 48MP camera, makes it suitable for any form of photography, regardless of the distance, or lighting.

It comes with 5G support and features an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, which is more than powerful enough to play the latest games. 

Its 4520 Li-Po battery, the Amoled + 120Hz, and Gorilla Glass 5 display cement its spot as the best value smartphone so far in 2021.

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Redmi Note 10 Pro, $340

Redmi is another brand of Xiaomi that has arguably carved a niche for itself as one of the best value smartphones on the market:

The Redmi Note 10 Pro includes a 108MP camera, a 120Hz display, and a massive 5020mah battery. All of which comes in at $340 on

On the downside, the included software has ads. However, for bang-for-your-buck, this device cements its spot on this list as its features exceed its price.

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, $900

Is $900 affordable? Only you can decide that. However, when it comes to getting value for money, the Mi 11 Ultra comes out swinging:

In the Xiaomi ecosystem, this smartphone is its heavyweight. It comes with a comprehensive camera system including a primary 50MP camera, and a 48MP ultrawide option.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has a 6.81 inch AMOLED, 120Hz, Gorilla Glass 7 display, which is the best you can get. Plus, a high-performance Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 G5, 2.8GHz CPU.

Find out more about this smartphone here.

Samsung S21 Ultra, $399.99 (With Trade In)

Arguably, the most polished and refined smartphone by Samsung to date:

The S21 Ultra is a significant piece of hardware, including an unending list of subtle corrections over previous iterations.

From its incredibly powerful camera zoom to its dynamic 120Hz display. This device has all the bells and whistles needed and access to a formidable line-up of apps.

However, what you might not know is that you can trade-in your old phone to get this powerful and refined smartphone for $399.99. Which when compared to the budget smartphones on this list, makes it a fantastic deal.

If not, at $999.99 unlocked, it is still a significant piece of kit for your money.

Find out more about the $399.99 trade-in deals here.

iPhone 12 Pro Max, $0 ($39 Per Month)

If paying $300+ in one go isn’t an option, the best thing to do is pick up today’s most fashionable phone and commit to a 30 or 36-month contract at a price that is affordable:

The best deal we can see is from Verizon. They’re offering an iPhone 12 Pro Max, which is worth $1,399 normally for $39.99 per month over 30 months (roughly $1,200 overall).

In 30 months’ time, this phone will still be worth $500-$1000 depending on its condition:

At which point you can trade or sell, to cut down the cost on your next smartphone device.

Find out more about the iPhone 12 Pro Max here.

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