Buyer’s Guide: 3 Best Budget-Friendly Smartphones Worth Considering

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Which budget-friendly smartphones should you consider this Black Friday?

If you’re hunting for a new smartphone, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great opportunities to pick up a brand-spanking new device that’ll appease your needs for some time to come. In terms of what smartphones you should have on your radar, though, we’ve rounded up 5 of the most value-worthy devices that’ll give you serious bang for your buck this year.

Nokia 2.3

Price: from R2,499

With more and more people looking to mid-range devices as opposed to purchasing the top-of-the-line, wallet-punishing flagship, Nokia is offering a fantastic Android option in the form of the Nokia 2.3. The features won’t blow anyone way (there is only 2GB of RAM and no finger-print scanner), but with a sizeable 6.2-inch HD+ screen, 13MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras, a larger 4,000mAh battery, the Nokia 2.3 will offer more than enough for the average user, who ends up not utilising all the fancy bells and whistles on their R10k+ smartphones anyway.

Redmi 9A

Price: from R1,999

Redmi 9A

This brand-new entry-level Xiaomi is equipped with a massive 6.53” Dot Drop display for an immersive viewing experience and a 5000mAh high-capacity battery that’ll give you more juice for those longer days out-and-about. The Redmi 9A also features a MediaTek Helio G25 octa-core gaming chipset, which allows for a smooth operation and some seamless mobile gaming if that’s your poison. It also sports the AI-optimized 13MP rear camera that can quickly and easily capture crisp and clear images in light and dark scenarios.

Dooggee Y9 Plus

Price: from R2,299.90

Spanish-turned-Chinese brand Doogee is seeing decent growth in South Africa, with their devices becoming available throug Cash Crusaders and other retailers, and their Y9 Plus is a fantastic Android option for those looking for something more-than-capable at an affordable price. This mid-range release includes Android 9.0, a sizable 6.3-inch display, Face ID and fingerprint scanner, and in terms of snappers, has a 16.0MP front and a 16.0MP + 8.0MP + 8.0MP triple lens rear camera combo. With 4GBs of RAM and 65GB of storage, this is a suprisingly robust offering that, while it may not go toe-to-toe with the bigger South Korean and American giants out there, delivers all the bells, whistles, and functionality you need.

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