According to a study by the UFC-What to choose *, a French consumer spends an average of 326 euros per year on the purchase of his smartphone. A budget far from the very high-end models sold over 1000 euros. Some manufacturers have understood that the majority of users are looking above all for good value for money. In 2019, smartphone models under 300 euros have multiplied thanks, in particular, to the aggressive strategies of Chinese manufacturers.
Xiaomi is among the most prolific brands (you will understand it by following this guide) but some competitors manage to make a success of the game. In the ocean of available models, it is not always easy to find your way around. To help you choose, we have therefore selected the best smartphones for less than 300 euros. All the models in this guide have been tested by the editorial staff.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: the best techno-price ratio
The technical data sheet of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro impressed us from its official announcement. Mediatek’s Helio G90T gaming-oriented processor, LiquiCool cooling system, 4500 mAh battery, quadruple photo sensor: its characteristics make it the best value for money performance in its category of smartphones at less than 300 euros.
In use, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does not disappoint. Its excellent performance allows you to play the most demanding licenses with great fluidity and without overheating. His 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD + definition (2340 x 1080 pixels) do not spoil our fun. As for autonomy, it can easily reach two days. Xiaomi even pays the luxury of providing a 18 W fast charger in the box.
If his smartphone is gaming oriented, it is nonetheless a good photophone. The manufacturer is betting on a quadruple sensor of 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 megapixels very effective in good light conditions. If it has some faults at night or with HDR mode, it makes up for its versatility. Ultra wide-angle, portrait, macro: the multiplicity of shooting modes will allow you to stimulate your creativity.
Marketed around 250 euros (with promotions around 230 euros), the Redmi Note 8 Pro is undoubtedly the best smartphone at less than 300 euros in 2020.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro at the best price Base price: 249 €
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Samsung Galaxy A51: a world in balance
Surprised by the assault of Chinese manufacturers on the entry and mid-range, Samsung has completely revised its Galaxy A range in 2019, with success. The Korean manufacturer put the cover in 2020 with the Galaxy A51, offered at 379 euros at its release. Few weeks later, here it is available at 299 euros at most major distributors. At this price, it is difficult to find such a balanced model.
In addition to its compact and resolutely high-end design, the A51 shines with the quality of its Super AMOLED screen (6.5 inches Full HD +). Under the hood, the Exynos 9611 processor and 4 GB of RAM provide in all circumstances. Above all, the software experience offered by One UI proves to be excellent. Among its other strong points, we will note the integration of the 3.5 mm jack, USB-C or even a microSD slot allowing to expand the storage up to 512 GB.
Finally, the 4000 mAh battery provides a day and a half autonomy in intensive use. The fast 15 W recharge is also effective (1h30 for a full charge).
On the photo side, the Galaxy A51 shines with its versatility. Its quadruple module 48 + 12 + 5 + 5 MP as well as the integration of an ultra wide-angle, a macro lens, and a lens loaded with the depth of field allow to diversify the shots. To spoil nothing, the photo quality is there.
Galaxy A51 at the best price Base price: 379 €
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Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite: at the limits
Xiaomi’s Mi 9 Lite could have won first place for the best smartphones at less than € 300 for its brother, if its price was a little more contained. Sold between 280 and 300 euros, it has the same qualities as the Redmi Note 8 Pro, with some improvements.
More powerful thanks to the Snapdragon 710 chip and 6 GB of RAM, it also shines with its resolutely high-end glass design. Among its strengths, we will emphasize its excellent autonomy (about two days for everyday use) and its versatility in all areas.
On the photo side, he has a triple sensor including a main one of 48 megapixels. An ultra wide-angle and a depth sensor complete the module. Up front, the 32-megapixel front sensor promises quality selfies.
The Mi 9 Lite stands out above all from its brother thanks to its screen technology. Equipped with 6.39 inch Super AMOLED panel with Full HD + definition (2340 x 1080 pixels) it promises a quality multimedia experience for a smartphone at this price. Finally, note that Xiaomi has integrated a fingerprint sensor under the screen panel, something rather rare on a model at this price.
Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite 64 GB at the best price Base price: 299 €
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Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite 128 GB at the best price Base price: 329 €
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Honor 9X: the screen above all
Honor designed its Honor 9X around the screen. The brand wanted to offer a slab without notch or punch, like some high-end models of 2019. Mission accomplished! 6.59-inch IPS LCD screen fits perfectly into the design (once again) very attractive of the 9X. To camouflage its front sensor, Honor opted for a retractable module positioned to the left of the upper border.
The quality of the screen is not the only asset of the Honor 9X. Its Kirin 710F chip (designed for gaming) ensures more than adequate performance and allows you to play the most demanding games without any hassle. The 4000 mAh battery is sufficient to ensure acceptable autonomy: count about a day and a half. It’s not as good as Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro, but it’s still very good for a smartphone at this price.
Finally, Honor does not neglect the photo and integrates a triple sensor of 16 + 8 + 2 megapixels. Like the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite, it incorporates an ultra wide-angle lens and a variety of shooting modes giving it great versatility. Priced around 249 euros, the Honor 9X stands out as a serious alternative to Xiaomi models. Little more: its EMUI interface (based on Android 9.0 Pie) is (for the moment) more mature.
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Xiaomi Mi A3: Android in its purest form
After an attractive Mi A2, Xiaomi returned in 2019 a widely revised Mi A3. More powerful thanks to its Snapdragon 665 processor, more stable in game thanks to the Adreno 610 graphics chip, the Mi A3 also gains in autonomy (almost two days) thanks to a much larger battery (4030 mAh against 3000 mAh for the Mi A2).
We will also note a nice move upmarket on the screen since the Mi A3 adopts an AMOLED panel, a real highlight for its price. However, you will have to settle for an HD + definition (1560 x 720 pixels).
The interest of the Xiaomi Mi A3 lies in its software. Unlike other brand products, he does not ship MIUI but Android One. This label allows smartphones with modest technical data sheets to benefit from a fluid and fast experience.
Icing on the cake, Android One stamped smartphones receive the major OS updates for two years and security updates for three years. A significant advantage over affordable models, often abandoned by manufacturers. Offered at around 210 euros, the Mi A3 is the ideal product for budgets below 300 € wishing to take advantage of Android in its purest version.
Here you are, you now know the best smartphones for less than 300 euros, according to our modest experience. Obviously, this guide will be updated regularly with newer models. So which smartphone appeals to you the most? Give us your opinion in the comments.
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