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Although the point of balance between features and price when buying a smartphone are the 200-euro mobiles and the 300-euro models, there are those who are looking for a cheaper phone. Today we set the bar very tight looking for the best phones for less than 100 euros.

Whether as a battle mobile for festivals, events and the like, or for basic users who are going to use it for WhatsApp and little else, choosing such an affordable smartphone can be critical in our experience. However, in this cheap phone buying guide we help you find your ideal model and we propose some good candidates that these moments can be bought below that barrier.

Cheap smartphone buying guide

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Although the cheap concept is subjective and the barrier of 100 euros is an orientation (we always recommend you to be aware of the offers to aspire to more for less money), in such a tight price range our recommendation is that the main criterion is the hardware.

The bottom line: the hardware

For 100 euros or less you will not find a smartphone that is up to the task for multitasking or gaming, but you will find a model that allows you the basics: answer and write WhatsApp, interact on Twitter or Instagram (another thing is the photos you take, whoever warns you is not a traitor), check any questions on the internet or keep up to date with the mail. Eye, not all at once.

Under the hood the processors are extremely basic. Unless you find a bargain, there is no trace of Qualcomm models: the chips you will find belong to the more modest ranges of MediaTek and manufacturer Unisoc.

In RAM and storage we are clear: the more, the better. The goal is to achieve a seamless experience. Although our use is basic, between photos, videos, apps and updates, the available space can become our limiting factor.

It is true that Android Go can give us a break, but applications and processes weigh and “suck”. The minimum for basic use is 2GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM, but if a good offer of 4/64GB comes along, don’t even think about it.

The renewal fever that we observe in the medium and high range is not so high in the most affordable models – which is why you can find terminals from 2020 and even from 2019 –, so a doubt may arise: buy the latest version or go for the previous generation, if it is on sale with more RAM and storage? Better the latest model. Ricardo Aguilar, an editor specializing in telephony, explains it fabledly:

“It is always preferable to buy the most current model, since there are many details that are not seen in the technical sheet. It may have the same amount of memory, but it will be faster and less power intensive. A new generation processor will also respond better to new updates, increasing the life of the product. There are also little known improvements, like the ISP (image signal processor) of the newer processors, they process the photos better and we get better results.”

It ends with something that we usually overlook: “We cannot forget support either, one more year of updates can be key so that, after using the phone for a few years, we do not run out of access to basic apps. If we talk about cheap mobiles, the newer the better.”

We talked above about OS updates and versions: in this type of phone we will find Android Go, Android or a layer of it customized by the manufacturer. For tastes, the colors, but it is appreciated that it is not loaded with extras that add ballast to the hardware and remember that Android Go is optimized to squeeze the most modest hardware.

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Everything else

In the most affordable smartphones, the king is plastic, which is not bad news. Of course, always look for a good grip and that they are resistant. They are not going to be the most innovative in design, but those that offer good use of the screen are the most interesting.

In terms of screen, they are usually smaller mobiles compared to the hegemonic trend** towards mobiles that are around (and even exceed 7 inches). However, there is a good range of options around 6.5 inches, a very standard size and suitable for a good experience. All in all, these are modest panels in terms of specifications, something that you will notice in the brightness they deliver, color rendering and pixel density, with HD + as the maximum resolution.

Among the most basic users and those who want a battle phone another highly desired feature is the autonomy: In general, they have batteries with enough mAh, but the efficiency of the processor, the size of the screen and the software optimization also have their weight.

And the photos? Yes, they do have a camera, but it is somewhat testimonial: sometimes even with the most favorable conditions of lighting and movement, that is, in broad daylight and standing still, we are not going to get good results in terms of naturalness and reproduction of details. But if you are looking for a phone of 100 euros, we are clear that this goes into the background. All in all, there are those with a double rear camera, an extra that, although it probably does not translate into more quality, does offer more versatility with portrait mode.

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Featured Models

redmi

The Chinese firm usually excels in quality-price and this price range is no exception: the Redmi 9A (94 euros) It is the most complete that we will find for less than 100 euros.

With a pretty neat design with drop, stands out for the benefits of its screen (6.53″ for those who like a good diagonal and HD+), a large 5000 mAh battery and the detail of facial unlocking.

With a single 13MP rear camera, this 2020 model mounts a MediaTek Helio G25 chip supported by a single option of RAM and internal storage of 2GB and 32GB has been updated to Android 11.


Xiaomi Redmi 9A Smartphone 2Gb Ram 32Gb Rom Mobile Phone, Screen 6.53

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Smartphone 2Gb Ram 32Gb Rom Mobile Phone, Screen 6.53 “HD + Mtk Helio G25 Octa Core Processor, Dual sim Micro-Sd, 13 Mp Rear Camera Ai Face Unlock Global Version (Gray)

Realme C11

Another brand that is stomping in quality-price is realme, which has in the Realme C11 (99 euros) one of the most complete and interesting candidates you will find.

This is a terminal that we have been able to thoroughly test, highlighting how pleasant its design is, that its 5,000 mAh battery lasts more than two days and the experience offered by the operating system.

With a 6.5-inch LCD screen and HD+ resolution, under the hood we find a Helio G35, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM and Android 11Go Edition.

With a minijack and dual 8MP rear camera, the results – which you can see in the analysis – are quite fair.


realme C11 - Smartphone from 6.52"2GB RAM + 32GB ROM, MediaTek Helio G35 Gaming Processor, Dual 15MP Camera, Dual Sim, Pepper Gray [Versión ES/PT]

realme C11 – 6.52″ Smartphone, 2GB RAM + 32GB ROM, MediaTek Helio G35 Gaming Processor, Dual 15MP Camera, Dual Sim, Pepper Gray [Versión ES/PT]

C20

Also with gout and in this case, a pronounced chin, the Nokia C20 (100 euros) is a mobile from last year with a rather large screen for what is usual in this price rangespecifically 6.52 inches and HD +.

With FM radio and headphone jack – two extras that people of a certain age usually appreciate – its 5MP camera is quite fair and its battery is 3,000 mAh.

Let’s talk about hardware and software: with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM, its Unisoc SC9863 processor is quite modest, but in return it runs Android 11Go Editionoptimized for these fights.


Nokia C20 - 6.52 Inch Smartphone (WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/AC, BT 4.2, GPS/AGPS, SC9863A Octa Core 1.6GHz, ROM: 32 GB and MMC 5.1, 2GB DDR3 DRAM, Android 11 Go, 5MP Camera, Micro USB 2.0), Nordic Blue

Nokia C20 – 6.52 Inch Smartphone (WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/AC, BT 4.2, GPS/AGPS, SC9863A Octa Core 1.6GHz, ROM: 32 GB and MMC 5.1, 2GB DDR3 DRAM, Android 11 Go, 5MP Camera, Micro USB 2.0), Nordic Blue

Motorola Moto E20

fairly new is this Motorola Moto E20 (96 euros) dating from the fall of last year.

Among its assets, a modern design and a dual rear camera that increases its possibilities photographic (13 + 2 MP), it is also not bad in terms of battery, with a 4,000 mAh battery, and screen, reaching 6.5 inches HD +.

With Android 11 Go as the operating system, this phone mounts a modest Unisoc T606 accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of capacity. A couple of interesting extras: it has a minijack, a rear fingerprint reader and a Google assistant button.


Motorola Moto E20 (Screen 6.5" Max Vision HD+, 13MP camera, 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 4000 mAH battery, Dual SIM, 2/32GB, Android 11), Gray [Versión ES/PT]

Motorola Moto E20 (6.5″ Max Vision HD+ screen, 13MP camera, 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 4000 mAH battery, Dual SIM, 2/32GB, Android 11), Gray [Versión ES/PT]

Alcatel 1se 2021

The Alcatel 1SE 2021 (96 euros) is a phone from last year that stands out for aspects such as its triple rear camera (13 + 5 + 2 MP) with a wide angle and details such as its Google button and fingerprint reader.

With a 6.52 HD+ screen and a good 4000 mAh battery, in hardware it mounts a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 32GB of ROM and eye, 3GB of RAM, a little plus to gain ease in your daily activities with Android 11.


Alcatel 1SE 2021 - Smartphone 6.22" (Octacore Processor, 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM, Expandable MicroSD, 3x 13MP +5MP+2MP+ Front 5MP Cameras, 4000mAh Battery) Green

Alcatel 1SE 2021 – 6.22″ Smartphone (octacore processor, 6GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, Expandable MicroSD, 3x 13MP +5MP+2MP+ Front 5MP cameras, 4000mAh battery) Green

Wiko View4 Lite

The French brand has a few affordable options, among which the 2020 Wiko View 4 Lite (96 euros) stands out in this price range, a phone with triple rear camera, a very attractive design and a good 4,000 mAh battery. With Android 10 as standard, it integrates a Helio P22 processor accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM.

Another more modest alternative if possiblebut in return more modern and with Android 11 Go, it is the Wiko Y62 (89 euros) from 2021, 1/16GB of RAM and ROM respectively, a 3,000 mAh battery and a 6.1-inch HD+ screen.


Wiko View4 Lite - 6.52

Wiko View4 Lite – 6.52″ HD+ IPS Smartphone (Triple Camera, 4000mAh for 2 days of autonomy, Octa-Core 1.8 GHz, 32GB ROM, 2GB RAM, Android 10, Dual SIM) Deep Blue

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Although the point of balance between features and price when buying a smartphone are the 200-euro mobiles and the 300-euro…

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