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    Best entry-level smartphones 2020 - buyer�s guide

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    Asia gets all the cool phones, but also all the super-cheap, yet very good, entry-level offerings. What the equivalent of $100 buys you in Redmis, Realmes, or even low-end Samsungs in the East is more than enough to satisfy everyday needs. We're even seeing handsets in this class that offer beefy chipsets that can even cut it for gaming.

    You also get plenty of battery and a decent 10W charger in the box. The usable 3GB/32GB base version and a microSD slot ensure you won't be strapped for memory. It's a rarity to find a fingerprint sensor in this class, and the 3i has that too. A depth sensor camera on the back rounds up the 3i's standout features.Read previewIs the weight really a downside when the handset packs a 5,000mAh battery? You be the judge of that, but we like high-capacity cells very much, plus the Redmi supports 18W charging (if you have a charger that can do it, though - the bundled one only outputs 10W). Since we're on the topic, the Redmi also has a USB-C port. The 8A looks particularly good for the price, and we appreciate the Gorilla Glass 5 protection.SpecsThe M10s has a tick in the fingerprint sensor checkbox, and unlike any other phone for the money, it comes with an ultra wide-angle cam - do you prefer that or the Realme 3i's depth sensor?For all its advantages, the M10s occupies the higher end of the entry-level price range. And even so, we don't believe it'll be getting Android 10 - Samsung doesn't have a stellar track record with updates on its cheapest handsets.SpecsOn a positive note, the C20 has a rather unique design with a textured back that sets it apart. Meanwhile, a sheet of Gorilla Glass 3 on the front offers protection to the 6.1-inch LCD. The Helio P22 chipset is geared towards efficiency, and should deliver good endurance alongside a 4,000mAh battery.SpecsThe A20e keeps things compact thanks to its 5.8-inch display, so the battery capacity doesn't sound like much of an issue - in fact, you may appreciate this Galaxy's lightness. The A20e gets Samsung's OneUI so the interface looks like on any other contemporary Samsung, it's just that we're not very hopeful it'll get Android 10. It's also cheap to the eye and to the touch, but it is cheap to buy too, after all.SpecsIt keeps the rest of the good bits - a huge 5,000mAh battery with 18W support (again, 10W adapter bundled), USB-C port, card slot, the lot. MIUI is among the best platforms for updates too, and as far as China-originating interfaces go - it's one of the easiest on the eyes for the Western user.SpecsBy all means, however, avoid the 16GB/2GB version despite its more attractive price tag - neither is enough, regardless of the Android One argument and the dedicated card slot. Additionally, the Nokia 4.2 comes with a rather small-ish 3,000mAh battery, which you have to charge from a 5W adaptor via microUSB. The Nokia 4.2 is not a trend setter in features and technology but it's reliable and fits the budget just fine.Read previewTo go with the bigger display, battery capacity has been bumped to 4,000mAh, and the phone has gotten heavier in the process, but at 169g it's still among the lighter offerings. A well-rounded entry-level Galaxy with an AMOLED display - that's it.SpecsThose bits aside, the Galaxy A10 is a sensible choice if you want a Samsung and absolutely wouldn't spend more for a smartphone.Specs

    Editors' choiceRead previewSpecsFor all its advantages, the M10s occupies the higher end of the entry-level price range. And even so, we don't believe it'll be getting Android 10 - Samsung doesn't have a stellar track record with updates on its cheapest handsets.SpecsSpecsSpecsSpecsRead previewSpecsSpecs

    Those bits aside, the Galaxy A10 is a sensible choice if you want a Samsung and absolutely wouldn't spend more for a smartphone.

     


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