Best entry-level smartphones 2020 - buyer’s guide

Last updated 1 December 2020


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  • Beast

In my opinion
Xiaomi redmi 9t is one of the best phone.

  • Anonymous

gsmarena at least update your entry level list regular OEM launch new phone every week in budget segment then how will be useful this outdated guide...
after redmi 9 already
redmi 9 prime
redmi 9 power
poco 3 out

Nick, 06 Jan 2021Why little older Redmi 9 is in the top? What's the pro... morethey have not changed it yet

  • Nick

Why little older Redmi 9 is in the top? What's the problem with Poco M2? Which has Similar Config with 2 gig extra ram and only 1000 INR difference!

redmi 9a doesn't have a type c port, who wrote this?

  • Anonymous

Arod, 12 Nov 2020do not buy the galaxy a20 it has the most slowest cpu ev... moreA20? It has Exynos 7884.. Still better than Snapdragon 439

  • Anonymous

gary, 13 Nov 2020not one huawei phone listed i have a $150 huawei y7a that i... morePower 3? It was a Mid Range I thought?.. Hmm

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 07 Dec 2020I so disagree with MOST of this list lol. Is this a sponsor... moreYou don't see the title ah? It says Entry Level! Why want to put Galaxy FE? That phone already Flagship type!

  • Anonymous

I so disagree with MOST of this list lol. Is this a sponsored ads? Basically I'd mostly just agree with the GalaxyS FE which is.. not entry level but good value.

  • gary

not one huawei phone listed i have a $150 huawei y7a that is better than any of those phones that you listed my wife has a umidigi power 3 that cost $140 and its better than any of those phones you listed.

  • Arod

do not buy the galaxy a20

it has the most slowest cpu ever it overheats alot

the other phones is great but buy this one its a reguet

Update in entry level phone list as well as all....

Your list isn't up-to-date. You have to update all category soon because many customer by a product by the recommendation of you...

  • Ghostee

My galaxy a20 already got android 10 since may

The Vivo u20 runs Funtouch os 9, not miui 11

  • Awrangzeb

Bought a Nokia 4.2. For the price-

Display- Good
Design and build- VERY GOOD
Performance- good, judging the specifications.
Battery life- Ok
Main Camera- Bad, especially under low light.
Charging- Slow as it doesn't have fast charging.
Bonus features- NFC, regular updates (guranteed to get updates until atleast mid 2021).

  • Junama

They should be add More storage copacity and battry timing.

  • SomeRandomGuy

Eman1410, 03 Jun 2020Hey GSMArena, how come your "Best Entry-level Smartphones B... moreThe Redmi 9 wasn't released until this year

  • Eman1410

Hey GSMArena, how come your "Best Entry-level Smartphones Buyers Guide" is dated November 2020 when this is in fact an article of late 2019?

I'm sure you forgot to provide a disclaimer to the effect that this is in fact an update to the previous article.
Thanks and kudos for the good job though I'd prefer you do regular reviews of phones from other brands than the everyday Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, Sony, LG, Huawei and HMDs of this world.

Gary, 15 Jan 2020Lol, the Samsung phones on your list is much more expensive... moreno these are max 180 bucks.Thats with max storage. for 250 go to the mid range buyer's guide