Best Budget Phones 2019: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite vs. Honor 10 Lite vs. Nokia 5.1

This year’s flagship phones are quite expensive. If the top phones get better, the budget phones also raise the bar. You can buy a budget phone of less than US$200-$240 and see it capable of many things you see at top-range phones.

The best way to get a cheap phone is to get it SIM-free. You should also remember that the phone is so cheap because the manufacturer had to cut some corners to achieve a low market price, but this doesn’t mean you cannot find a phone with Full HD display, a metal body and 4G.

Let’s check out which phone wins this competition: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, Honor 10 Lite, or Nokia 5.1?

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

Released in July 2018, Mi A2 Lite’s premium design includes with a 5.84-in display (19:9), and a notch. It comes in two versions:  4 GB RAM or 3 GB RAM.

It has a generous storage – 64 GB (or the 3GB RAM model – 32 GB) internal and upgradable to 256 GB (which has a dedicated slot), and a Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625.

The Mi A2 Lite cameras on the back have 12 MP, f/2.2 and 5 MP, f/2.2, with a depth sensor and an LED flash, and the selfie camera comes with 5 MP, f/2.0.

The smartphone was launched with Android 8.1 (Oreo) and has the Android One platform which may users prefer.

It has a 4000 mAh battery, which along with all the specs mentioned above should make the Mi A2 Lite a great buy – the Mi A2 Lite should be around $200 – for the 4 GB RAM variant.

Honor 10 Lite

The Honor 10 Lite model was launched last fall in November and it comes with a big screen. The display is 6.21 inches (19.5:9 ratio) it also has a small round notch.

The OS is Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9, and it is powered by a Hisilicon Kirin 710 chipset.

The 10 Lite comes in two versions – 64/128 GB of internal storage and 6 GB RAM or 64 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM.

It has a dual camera setup: one is 13 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), the other is 2 MP, and it comes with a depth sensor and an LED flash. The front camera comes with a whopping 24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide).

The battery is a little smaller – 3400 mAh, but it has the USB On-The-Go feature.

As for the price, expect to find it at around $240 for the 6 GB RAM variant.

Nokia 5.1

The beautiful aluminum body makes the Nokia 5.1 look like an expensive phone. It has a 5.5 inches display (18:9 ratio), and chunkier bezels on the top and bottom.

It comes with an Android One OS – Android 8.0 (Oreo), and a MediaTek Helio P18 chipset.

As with the previous two smartphones, the Nokia 5.1 comes in two variants: 32 GB internal storage and 3 RAM or 16 GB internal storage and 2 GB RAM.

The camera setup has a single 16 MP lens and a Dual-LED, dual-tone flash and the front one is of 8 MP.

The battery is smaller – 2970 mAh, and it has the USB On-The-Go feature.

You can get the Nokia 5.1 for almost $200 – the 32 GB, 3 RAM variant.

Verdict: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, Honor 10 Lite, or Nokia 5.1?

Looking at what both $200 smartphones have to offer, we’d go with the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite. If the extra $40 on Honor 10 Lite is not a concern, it is obvious that the Honor 10 Lite is the best choice.

The real competition here is between Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite and Honor 10 Lite. Mi A2 offers a bigger battery, 4 GB of RAM and a lower price, which is a great buy. However, the Honor 10 Lite has an improvement in RAM, an insane selfie camera, and a much larger screen.

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