11 cheapest smartphones in the world

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

For many users, smartphones are a common means of making calls, so they don't see the point in spending a lot on an expensive device. The rest of the functionality often fades into the background, and the already mentioned cost factor and the possibility of autonomous work come to the fore.

In the period of progress of mobile technologies, there is no shortage of cheap options for devices, however, not every interested buyer can distinguish among the many really worthy offers. To save you unnecessary headaches, the editorial staff of the magazine carefully studied the market segment and ranked the 11 cheapest smartphones in the world. During the distribution of goods to places, not only technical parameters and price were taken into account, but also user reviews, as well as the conclusions of staff experts.

Ranking of the cheapest smartphones in the world

Nomination a place Name of product price
Ranking of the cheapest smartphones in the world 1 Xiaomi Redmi Go 1 / 8GB RUB 4,590
2 Samsung Galaxy J2 core SM-J260F RUB 4,880
3 VERTEX Impress Luck NFC (4G) RUB 3,920
4 Digma LINX X1 PRO 3G RUB 3,790
5 Alcatel 1C 5003D (2019) 2 185 RUB
6 DOOGEE X11 RUB 3,114
7 Prestigio Wize Q3 RUB 2,990
8 Haier Alpha A1 RUB 2 022
9 VERTEX Impress Funk RUB 1,890
10 Digma LINX ATOM 3G RUB 1,781
11 INOI 1 Lite RUB 1,990

The review of the best is compiled on the basis of an analysis of the technical characteristics of smartphones on the rankquality.com website.

Xiaomi Redmi Go 1 / 8GB

Rating: 5.0


If you are looking for inexpensive but presentable options for smartphones – always refer to the range of gadgets from the company Xiaomi. Redmi Go 1 / 8GB has a central 4-core chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917 along with an Adreno 308 GPU. That's far from the top, but still better than the vast majority of competitors.

In terms of photography, this device is similar to the Samsung Galaxy J2 core SM-J260F, except that the camera settings are slightly different. But the screen here is much better than that of a direct competitor: the IPS-matrix has excellent color reproduction, and the maximum image resolution is 1280×720 pixels. The power supply is also in complete order: a 3 Ah battery charge is enough to actively use the phone's functions for more than 24 hours. Together with the proximity sensor, a light sensor was installed, which automatically calibrates the screen backlight depending on the environment. In general, this is an ideal choice if your free budget does not exceed 4.5 thousand rubles.


  • capacious 3000 mAh battery;
  • good system configuration;
  • high-quality IPS-display with HD-resolution;
  • light and proximity sensors;
  • laconic design and relatively light weight (137 grams).


  • not found.

Samsung Galaxy J2 core SM-J260F

Rating: 4.9


Inexpensive, but very functional smartphone with support for 4G LTE networks of various bands. Its announcement took place in 2018, but no one even thought that it would look foreign in the class of mobile devices. All thanks to the moderately high technical characteristics: a processor with an operating frequency of 1400 MHz, 1 GB of RAM and the ability to install a 256 GB flash card. All this concerns components that are ideally optimized even for working with an overloaded file system.

The level of shooting of the camera is enough in order not to bother about the details: 8 megapixels on the main and 5 megapixels on the front one allow you to take moderately high-quality pictures and record video with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels. The 5-inch TFT screen has a 4-touch multi-touch, as well as an auto-rotate screen and a proximity sensor. The gadget itself looks like a miniature copy of the Galaxy Tab tablets: consider this the proprietary handwriting of Samsung.


  • support for 4G LTE network;
  • good quality of shooting from both cameras;
  • supports flash drives with a capacity of 256 gigabytes;
  • clear display with long lifespan.


  • not found.

VERTEX Impress Luck NFC (4G)

Rating: 4.8


Stylish and austere smartphone for constant use, with a full range of modern functions. What we mean: It has support for 4G LTE networks, as well as an embedded NFC contactless payment chip. Only for these qualities has he been placed on such a high place in the ranking.

As for the technical part, everything is quite modest here: a central processor MediaTek MT6739 at 1300 MHz, 1 gigabyte of RAM, and a PowerVR GE8100 video chip. The volume of internal memory was 8 gigabytes with the possibility of expanding by another 128 – and this is also the peculiarity of the model. But what is very strange is the power consumption modes. Basically, a 2000 mAh battery lasts for 130 hours of standby time. Let's say that this is normal (although not very much if you look at the technical equipment), but in the talk mode the charged battery lasts only 3.5 hours. A serious drawback that can fail in the event of a long trip or a long absence of outlets nearby.


  • IPS-matrix with a resolution of 854×480 pixels;
  • availability of support protocols for 4G LTE networks;
  • the ability to read Micro SD up to 128 GB;
  • the presence of a contactless payment chip.


  • unoptimized power consumption.

Digma LINX X1 PRO 3G

Rating: 4.7


And we are again making a qualitative leap upward. Despite the low price, this smartphone has a good IPS-matrix on a 5-inch display, as well as a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The configuration of the following system components is responsible for the performance: the familiar chip MediaTek MT6580 with Mali-400 MP 2, as well as 2 gig of RAM. Such a point upgrade was carried out with two goals:

  1. double the amount of internal memory;
  2. make the phone stand out from competitors.

Both goals were achieved as the Digma LINX X1 PRO 3G showed good sales figures. From the point of view of cameras, this is still the same state employee: 8 megapixels on the main and 2 megapixels on the rear are unlikely to surprise anyone now. But the lack of support for the 4G network standard will surprise, and unpleasant, because in fact, you can normally use the Internet only with a Wi-Fi connection.


  • high definition display matrix;
  • 2 gigabytes of RAM;
  • battery for 2500 mAh, which is enough for a day of active use of the gadget.


  • lack of a supported 4G standard.

Alcatel 1C 5003D (2019)

Rating: 4.6

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This gadget hit store shelves in 2019. By the standards of appearance, of course, it is not bad, but it seems that Alcatel they prepared it for release 5 years ago. What does he have to offer? In fact, not that much: a 1.3 GHz 4-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 + 32 GB of internal memory. The cameras, like those of DOOGEE, have matrices of 2 and 5 megapixels, but the front camera is devoid of backlighting. But the rear got a macro mode and the ability to record videos in HD-format.

The design of the case for Alcatel 1C 5003D raises the least questions. Elongated and tapered, it has an 18: 9 aspect ratio display that is framed by a reasonably thick but elegant bezel. The auto-rotate screen function has not gone anywhere, but a proximity sensor has been added to it, which turns off the display when you put the smartphone to your ear. And yes, all other things being equal, this model costs less than the previous one in the ranking. So you have something to think about.


  • attractive design;
  • the presence of a proximity sensor;
  • 2 Ah battery that can withstand up to 28 hours of talk time;
  • macro mode.


  • this is an ordinary mobile device that has outlived its usefulness long before its release.


Rating: 4.5

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DOOGEE X11 looks like the first iteration of smartphones from iPhone, but it is a much less functional device even by the standards of those years. The processor here is the already familiar MediaTek MT6580M, which is paired with a Mali-400 MP1 graphics chip and 1 GB of RAM. The volume of internal storage is 8 gigs + 64 due to the installation of Micro SD.

The manufacturers of DOOGEE X11 have relied on improving the camera parameters, and they paid right. LED illumination appeared not only on the rear, but also on the front 2-megapixel camera. In turn, the main 5 megapixel module has acquired a video recording mode in the format Full HD, and the quality of its shooting is higher than that of a number of models with a more 'advanced' matrix. But the screen was a little disappointing, since with a diagonal of 5 inches it has a resolution of only 854×480 pixels. It is framed by a frame with bulges at the top and bottom – thus the developers wanted to achieve an aspect ratio of 16: 9. Of course, this smartphone is not without its drawbacks, but it certainly won't get lost among budget models.


  • battery 2250 mAh;
  • the presence of a flash at the front camera;
  • the ability to shoot video in 1080p at 30 frames per second.


  • controversial design decisions;
  • not the highest quality display.

Prestigio Wize Q3

Rating: 4.4


Not a bad option for a budget smartphone with an 8 megapixel rear camera and a removable 2000 mAh battery. The size of its display is 4.95 inches, and the maximum resolution is 960×480 pixels. A prototype developed using TN technology with a pixel density of 217 ppi is used as a matrix. Not the best option that helped save the budget for other standard mobile devices. In particular, this is why the main camera received a fairly good resolution. However, according to another, front-facing 2-megapixel camera, you can still understand that the gadget belongs to the class of cheap.

Smartphone Prestigio Wize Q3 is based on a 4-core processor with a frequency of 1.2 GHz, which does not have the best effect on performance. The amount of RAM is the same 1 GB as the Haier Alpha A1, as well as 8 GB of internal memory. However, the difference between them lies in the slot for a flash card: you can put a 64GB Micro SD here. The battery charge is enough for 19 hours of continuous work in the mode of watching video or making phone calls. This smartphone can be considered a budget solution for a child's gift, as well as a good temporary substitute for a suddenly broken main device.


  • good appearance;
  • sufficiently capacious battery;
  • 8-megapixel rear camera;
  • the ability to install a 64-gig flash drive.


  • weak central processor.

Haier Alpha A1

Rating: 4.3


Moving on to slightly higher-end smartphones. The Haier Alpha A1 is an inexpensive and presentable gadget powered by a MediaTek MT6580 processor with a frequency of 1300 MHz, as well as 1 gig of RAM and a Mali-400 MP2 graphics chip. Due to a twofold increase in the amount of RAM, the difference in the speed of this model and previous opponents became noticeable.

Everything about the display of the Haier Alpha A1 is almost completely the same as the competition … but it still looks more attractive! By the way, the screen is 'packaged' in a glossy plastic case with rougher features. The weight of the device was 126 grams, and this is the optimal result for its overall dimensions. The design provides 2 cameras: front and rear, 2 and 5 megapixels, respectively. The battery was a little disappointing (in comparison with the VERTEX Impress Funk), since its capacity was limited to 1.7 Ah, and the operating time was 15 hours of talk time.


  • 1 GB of RAM;
  • more presentable appearance;
  • optimal weight, easy to hold with one hand even for a child;
  • moderately powerful cameras (in accordance with costs).


  • battery with low charge.

VERTEX Impress Funk

Rating: 4.2


If we compare this model with LINX ATOM 3G, then we will see several qualitative differences. For the same price, this smartphone has an increased supply of internal memory – 8 GB – and runs on a stone MediaTek MT6580M with 4 cores and a frequency of 1300 MHz. The same Mali-400 is responsible for processing graphics, but the MP1 version, and the RAM is still 512 MB.

The VERTEX Impress Funk screen diagonal is almost 4 inches. The resolution has not changed in comparison with the competitor: the same 800×480 pixels. But the display has acquired a multi-touch function with support for 3 simultaneous clicks. However, the most noticeable upgrade happened with the cameras: the rear one received a 5-megapixel backlit matrix, and the front one – a 2-megapixel one. The 1900 mAh lithium polymer battery can keep your phone running for 19 hours if you use the communication function continuously.


  • 110 grams of weight;
  • multitouch display;
  • capacious battery with a charge for 290 hours of standby time;
  • cameras for 2 and 5 megapixels.


  • weak system components.


Rating: 4.1


Compact smartphone with Android 8.1 system, powered by 4-core Spreadtrum SC7731 processor with 1300 MHz frequency. It has 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory, and the most primitive graphics chip Mali-400 MP2 is responsible for processing graphics in it. Not bad, right? The classic body of the smartphone is finished with thin plastic, so any careless fall may be the last. But the weight of the touch brick is only 129 grams, which makes it easy and comfortable to hold it in your hand.

Working with SIM cards in Digma LINX ATOM 3G is carried out alternately, that is, to make a call from one of the SIM cards, you must first switch to it. The device has a 2 megapixel rear camera with built-in LED flash, as well as a weak 0.3 megapixel front camera. The 4-inch display, like all the software, has not the best built-in TN-matrix and a resolution of 800×480 pixels. The battery is also not happy with the power reserve, but 1200 mAh is enough for several days of active use of built-in applications.


  • the presence of a front camera;
  • compactness and lightness;
  • laconic design.


  • very weak system components;
  • the screen reflects in the sun and is generally not very good.

INOI 1 Lite

Rating: 4.0


A cheap smartphone of Chinese origin, useful only as a backup if something happened to your main device. Its cost is within the limits of its closest competitors, but in terms of equipment it is too far behind them. The processor speed MediaTek of the MT6580 at 1200 MHz is sufficient to support pre-installed applications and this internal memory. If you want to add 32 more to 4 GB, then we hasten to upset you: the system will be unhappy to slow down and be thwarted. Still, a bundle of a slow 4-core stone and 512 MB of RAM is not the best option for today's realities.

The standard lithium-ion battery INOI 1 Lite has a 1000 mAh charge, and allows the device to work actively for 10-12 hours. The design of the model provides only one 2 megapixel main camera with the function of shooting videos. The classic 4-inch display has a TN matrix and multitouch support. Its maximum resolution is 854×480 pixels, and it should be noted that the screen is not the most disgusting. Still, the gadget is not premium, and you should not demand much from it, but you also don't need to count on the ability to perform any serious tasks.


  • good screen;
  • stable operation of the system with minimal load on the internal storage.


  • very weak systemic elements;
  • lack of a front camera.

Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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