In search of the best quality / price phone on the market: 13 smartphones to not think about it

Update: Updated in June 2017 with the best quality / price models of the moment.

Buying a smartphone is easy if you have a budget for it. The complex comes when you want to hit the mark and get the best mobile phone in relation to quality / price. In this case, the most current high-end models are usually not, with exceptions, good recommendations because models of previous generations or equipment with discounts are placed at a close level for considerably less money outlay and in many cases satisfy the uses that we are going to give to the terminal.

Whether you are looking for a new smartphone adjusted in price, or you usually have to advise models to family or friends, we offer you 13 phones that currently offer the best value for money, depending on what you need in your day-to-day life and preferences. In the selection there are only models that we have tested at Xataka.

Affordable smartphones: a huge leap in quality

Until a few years ago, the red line separating the high end and the others was too thick. Very few manufacturers dedicated efforts or cared for the ranges that were not the highest. They were time in many terminal markets subsidized by the operators and within the reach of the vast majority of users for very little money.

But that era is over and manufacturers that did not have a prominent presence among the best-known flagships spoiled the lower ranges. It is time to buy free terminals and a new one "race"It emerged strongly. It was no longer just Motorola or Bq that offered high-quality terminals at a reduced price. The brands themselves that had none for anything that was not priced above 600 euros offered well-executed models, or left the option of Models of previous generations at a very good price and perfectly solvent due to the crazy model career a year.

Both the mid-range level and high ranges of previous generations that age very well are the objectives of this selection.

In addition to models from previous generations, other highly recommended equipment for offering more than what they cost are the balanced average ranges, where as we have told you, we have had excellent terminals for a few years. Most of them are sufficiently prepared to satisfy the use made by a good part of the consumers.

In order to get a balanced smartphone and without it shooting up in price, it is essential to know the needs and look at the specifications judiciously and without getting carried away by the numbers. What had to be sacrificed recently when talking about affordable smartphones, such as design or finish, no longer works that way. Models from previous years or medium ranges with metal or glass bodies are the order of the day. And in performance, as a general rule we will not find fluidity problems for habitual uses of the phone.

Also the diagonals of the screens have been established in all the ranges, and it is not something exclusive of the high ranges. And there has also been a significant jump in quality in the panels, which sometimes only differ from higher models in price by resolution. Even internal game memories no longer have to be too small to lower the price of a smarpthone.

The quality of the cameras of the mid-range smartphones, their finish and even the screens (except for the resolution) are finally up to the task.

And the cameras? Well, something similar to screens. They maintain the type in a very solvent way, much more than a few years ago, but they are usually at a lower level than the high range. It is together with the screen resolution where we find the most level difference today, but depending on the user, they do not reflect the sometimes bulky price differences.

Here are 13 smartphones that are inexpensive and highly recommended if you want a very good terminal without spending too much.

Huawei P10 Lite

The Huawei P in its Lite version are already a classic among the selections of level smartphones with the best quality / price ratio. Throughout the year they are usually among the best sellers and it is not by chance. The Huawei P10 Lite offers a high-end design, it is irresistible, uniting careful design in one piece of aluminum, generous 5.2-inch (1080p) screen and enough power along with a 12 megapixel camera.

Huawei P10 Lite

screen 5.2 inchInternal memory 32 GBmicro SD Yes RAM 3GBCamera 13 MPBattery 3000 mAh Price 249 euros

Xiaomi Mi A1

With the direct arrival in certain markets such as the Spanish, the Xiaomi terminals are ready to definitely conquer the entry and average range, almost always offering the best quality / price ratios on the market.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is like the culmination of that plan thanks mainly to the fact that it comes with Android One as standard, so an important handicap of the Xiaomi disappears at a stroke. The rest is in accordance with the Xiaomi terminals: features and design at least like other similar terminals but with a lower price. And with a double camera with 2X TV.

Xiaomi Mi A1

screen 5.5 inches (1080p)Internal memory 64 GBmicro SD Yes RAM 4GBCamera 12 + 12 MPBattery 3080 mAh Price 229 euros

ZTE Axon 7

Surely the most balanced and appetizing terminal outside of those arriving directly from China. The ZTE Azon 7 has a finish, low weight and thickness and outstanding performance in all sections. To highlight the screen and internal memory for its price.

ZTE Axon 7

screen 5.5 inchInternal memory 64 GBmicro SD Yes RAM 4GBCamera 8 MPBattery 3250 mAh Price 349 euros

iPhone 6 / iPhone SE

If you are not a big smartphone and also prefer iOS, in addition to the iPhone SE that comes out for 329 euros, this year the iPhone 6 has remained at a very good price in stores that still have stock.

The iPhone 6 stands out for the performance despite being a terminal with three years already on the market, its camera and also the screen.

Iphone 6

screen 4 inchInternal memory 32 GBmicro SD Not RAM - GBCamera 12 MPBattery 1624 mAh Price 369 euros

Moto G5 / G5s

There can be no list of the best value for money smartphones without the presence of Motorola's mid-range. They were the great shaker of the market and they deserve this privileged place. All this does not prevent them from seeing how the competition has at least equaled them.

The most representative model of this year and highly recommended is the Moto G5, with a large screen and which substantially improves the camera, as well as the finish. A very interesting novelty of this year's model is that we have a fingerprint reader.

Motorola Moto G5

screen 5 inchesInternal memory 16 GBmicro SD Yes RAM 3GBCamera 13 MPBattery 2800 mAh Price 147 euros

If you prefer more screen and a double camera, it is worth the extra investment in the Moto G5s, which comes out only for 233 euros.

BQ Aquaris V

BQ remains firm in a mid-level range and at a very attractive price, successfully combining an attractive and careful design with level benefits. In this BQ Aquaris v we would highlight its design, the fingerprint reader and one of the best cameras at this price.

BQ Aquaris V

screen 5.2 inchInternal memory 16/32 GBmicro SD Not RAM 2/3 GBCamera 12 MPBattery 3100 mAh Price 179 euros


A whole high-end of 2017 but at a price that makes it almost irresistible if you are looking for the best design and a screen that occupies the entire front of the terminal. The LG G6 has been somewhat forgotten with the departure of the LG V30, but it has not lost arguments, which are mainly its screen and double camera like few others in this price range.


screen 5.7 inches (1440p)Internal memory 64 GBmicro SD Not RAM 4GBCamera 13 + 13 MPBattery 3300 mAh Price 408 euros

Redmi Note 4X

The great representative of the mid-range at a knockdown price. This is the Redmi Note 4X from Xiaomi, surely its most interesting terminal from the point of view of the value for money and if we are looking for a generous screen (1080p resolution) without giving up a good metallic finish. Fingerprint sensor, power and large battery are other of its strengths.

Redmi Note 4X

screen 5.5 inchInternal memory 32 GBmicro SD Yes RAM 3GBCamera 13 MPBattery 4100 mAh Price 149 euros

ASUS Zenfone 3 Max

Among the most affordable devices or with the best quality / price ratio, there are usually not many where the battery is your main concern. In the ASUS Zenfone 3 Max, its more than 4000 mAh are the ones that make a difference along with a good finish, large screen and fingerprint reader, all at a contained price.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Max

screen 5.2 inchesInternal memory 16 GBmicro SD Yes RAM 2 GBCamera 13 MPBattery 4130 mAh Price 189 euros

OnePlus 5T

Fresh out of the oven but with its arguments intact to be a safe recommendation among the terminals with the best quality / price ratio today. OnePlus has made a new effort in the price of its OnePlus 5T with the solid arguments of always.

Its design, the good camera that it offers us, the quality of the screen, the face recognition and the layer itself on Android add up too much to resist this terminal, which is a guaranteed success.

OnePlus 5T

screen 6 inchesInternal memory 64 GBmicro SD Not RAM 6 GBCamera 16 + 20 MPBattery 3300 mAh Price 499 euros

Samsung Galaxy S7

With all the focus on this year's Galaxy S8 +, you should not miss the opportunity to get for more than 300 euros less than the day of its launch, a reference terminal such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, which gives us the best on camera, performance, display and design. Sometimes waiting a year is highly recommended.

Samsung Galaxy S7

screen 5.1 inchInternal memory 32 GBmicro SD Yes RAM 4GBCamera 12 MPBattery 3000 mAh Price 419 euros (German version)

Sony Xperia X Compact

Just six months after going on sale, the Sony Xperia X Compact has greatly improved its price. Here we have a good performance model, especially in internal memory and expandability, good resolution camera, compact and comfortable design. And all this for just 300 euros.

A very valid alternative and one that has also substantially lowered its price within the Xperia range is the XA for 155 euros.

Sony Xperia X Compact

screen 4.7 inchesInternal memory 32 GBmicro SD Yes RAM 3GBCamera 23 MPBattery 2700 mAh Price 330 euros

Honor 6X

Honor does not want to be off the hook as a reference brand when we talk about smartphones with great value for money and its Honor 6X model proves us right.Its dual camera to get background blur, so fashionable in 2017, or the fingerprint reader, are very remarkable in this price range and tremendously difficult to find.

Honor 6X

screen 5.5 inches (1080p)Internal memory 32 GBmicro SD Not RAM 3GBCamera 12 + 2 MPBattery 3750 mAh Price 179 euros

Huawei P8 Lite - 5 "Smartphone (13 MP, 16 GB camera, HiSilicon Kirin 620 Octa Core 1.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Android L), white

Today in amazon for € 91.07

Sony Xperia Z3 - 5.2 "Android Smartphone (Full HD 1920 x 1080p, Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.5 GHz, 20.7 MP camera), black

Today in amazon for € 157.87

Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) - Free Android Smartphone (5.5 "screen, 13 Mp camera, 32 GB, Quad-Core 2.3 GHz, 4 GB RAM, dual SIM), black

Today in amazon for € 129.67

LG Nexus 5X - Free Android Smartphone (5.2 "screen, 12.3 MP camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB), white color

Today in amazon for 300 €

LG G4 H815 - 5.5 "Smartphone (4G, Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.8 GHz, 3072 MB), black

Today in amazon for € 145.09

Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 - Free Terminal (Android L, 4.7 "HD screen, 13 MP camera, 8 GB, Quad Core 1.2 GHz, 1.5 GB of RAM), Dark gray

Today in amazon for € 52.14

BQ Aquaris X5 - Free Android Smartphone (5 ", Dual SIM, 13 MP, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB), black color

Today in amazon for 99.99 €

Sony M4 Aqua - 5 "Smartphone (Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615, 8 GB ROM, 2 GB RAM, Android 5.0 Lollipop) color white [Spanish model]

Today in amazon for 85¤

Samsung Galaxy S7 - 5.1 "Smartphone (4GB RAM, 32GB Memory, 12MP Camera), Gold Color - [Imported from Germany]

Today in amazon for € 140

Moto E3 2016 - 5 "Free Smartphone (4G, Bluetooth, Quad Core, 1GB RAM, 8GB Internal Memory, 8MP Camera, Android 6) Black

Today in amazon for 0¤

Moto G 5th Generation - Free Android 7 Smartphone (5 '' Full HD screen, 4G, 13 MP camera, 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB, Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4 GHz), gray color

Today in amazon for € 70.07

Sony Xperia X Compact- Smartphone with 4.6 "screen (Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 64 bits, 32 GB internal memory, 3 GB RAM memory, 23 MP camera, 1280x720, 4G, Android) black

Today in amazon for 157.08 €

Sony Xperia XA 16GB ROM 4G - 5 "Smartphone (HD 720p, 13 MP, 2 GB), white color

Today in amazon for € 78.92

Huawei P9 Lite - Free Android Smartphone (4G, 5.2 "screen, Octa-core, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB, 13 MP camera), black color [European version]

Today in amazon for € 179

LG Nexus 5X - Free Android Smartphone (5.2 ", 12.3 MP, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB), black color

Today in amazon for € 73.46

Huawei Nexus 6P - 5.7 "Smartphone (Amoled QHD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 1.5 GHz, 3GB RAM, 13 MP / 8 MP Camera, 32 GB Internal Memory, Android 6.0), Silver (Refurbished Certified)

Today in amazon for 0¤

BQ Aquaris U - 5 "Smartphone (Dual SIM, Bluetooth 4.2, Octa Core 1.4 GHz, 32 GB of internal memory, 2 GB of RAM, 13 MP camera, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow), black color

Today in amazon for € 106.24

LG G5 SE H840 - 5.3 '' Smartphone (32GB, 4G, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 16MP Camera), Gold

Today in amazon for € 175

ZTE Axon 7 - 5.5 "Free Smartphone (4G, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM, 64GB Internal Storage, Bluetooth, WiFi, Android), Silver

Today in amazon for € 349.90

Motorola Moto E4 - 5 "Smartphone (4G, Bluetooth 4.2, Quad Core Mediatek MT6737M Processor, 16GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM, HD, Android 7.1.1 Nougat) Gray

Today in amazon for € 64.95

LG Mobile G6 Smartphone (14.5 cm (5.7 inches) QHD Plus Full Vision screen, 32 GB memory, Android 7.0) Black

Today in amazon for € 180

Apple iPhone SE 32GB Space Gray, MP822DN_A (Gray)

Today in amazon for 241.30 €

BQ Aquaris V - 5.2 "Smartphone (WiFi, Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa Core, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 12 MP camera, Android 7.1.2 Nougat) deep black

Today in amazon for € 119

Honor 6X - Free 5.5 "Smartphone (fingerprint reader, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, EMUI 4.1 compatible with Android M, Full HD 1080p, Kirin 655 octa core, 12 MP + 2 MP AF camera, 8 MP front), silver

Today in amazon for € 89

Huawei P10 LITE DUAL - Smartphone

Today in amazon for € 80.74

Xiaomi Mi A1 - Free 5.5 "Smartphone (4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, Snapdragon 625 2.0 GHz, 64 GB of expandable ROM with microSD, 4 GB of RAM, dual 12 Mp camera, Android One), rose gold [Spanish version]

Today in amazon for € 228.80

Moto G5s - Free Android 7.1 Smartphone (5.2 '' Full HD Screen, 4G, 16 MP Camera, 3GB RAM, 32GB, Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4 GHz) Moon Gray

Today in amazon for € 89.90

Xiaomi Redmi 4x - 5 "free Smartphone (4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, Snapdragon 435 1.4 GHz, 32 GB of expandable ROM, 3 GB of RAM, 13 Mp rear camera, Android MIUI, dual-SIM), black [Spanish version ]

Today in amazon for 113.73 €

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max ZC520TL-4H015WW 32GB 4G Gray - Smartphone (Dual SIM, Android, MicroSIM + NanoSIM, HSPA +, WCDMA, LTE, Micro-USB)

Today in amazon for € 105.59

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