In search of the best quality / price phone on the market: 13 smartphones to not think about itUpdate: 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Huawei P8 Lite - 5 "Smartphone (13 MP, 16 GB camera, HiSilicon Kirin 620 Octa Core 1.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Android L), whiteToday 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), blackToday 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), blackToday 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 colorToday in amazon for 300 €
LG G4 H815 - 5.5 "Smartphone (4G, Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.8 GHz, 3072 MB), blackToday 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 grayToday in amazon for € 52.14
BQ Aquaris X5 - Free Android Smartphone (5 ", Dual SIM, 13 MP, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB), black colorToday 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) BlackToday 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 colorToday 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) blackToday in amazon for 157.08 €
Sony Xperia XA 16GB ROM 4G - 5 "Smartphone (HD 720p, 13 MP, 2 GB), white colorToday 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 colorToday 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 colorToday in amazon for € 106.24
LG G5 SE H840 - 5.3 '' Smartphone (32GB, 4G, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 16MP Camera), GoldToday in amazon for € 175
ZTE Axon 7 - 5.5 "Free Smartphone (4G, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM, 64GB Internal Storage, Bluetooth, WiFi, Android), SilverToday 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) GrayToday 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) BlackToday 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 blackToday 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), silverToday in amazon for € 89
Huawei P10 LITE DUAL - SmartphoneToday 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 GrayToday 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