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Smartphones have become laptop and desktop replacements. They have even replaced actual cameras as the go-to device for taking photos. But let’s all agree on one thing: smartphones can be expensive. However, this doesn’t mean that those who are on a budget can’t get their hands on one.

Thanks to phone makers such as Samsung (yes that same one who produces high-end devices) and Xiaomi, we now have a range of budget smartphones out in the market. But who makes the best ones?

Design

Budget models are always expected to look and feel cheap. But that isn’t the case here. Released in August 2016, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime features a brushed metal finish while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports an all-metal body.

Weighing at 175g, the Redmi Note 4 is slightly heavier than the 167g Galaxy J7 Prime. The former measures 5.94 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches while the latter comes in at 5.97 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches.

Display

Both phones have IPS LCD capacitive touchscreens and have displays measuring 5.5 inches. Both also offer the same pixel density: 401 ppi. While the J7 Prime is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to prevent breaks in case of accidents, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a screen that’s readable even in direct sunlight. Both also offer full HD displays.



Processors, Graphics Card & RAM

The J7 Prime sports the new Exynos 7 Octa 7870 processor which was announced in early 2016. It’s a 14nm FinFET processor that can offer improved performance as well as longer battery life.

The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, features a 10 core flagship processor: the Helio X20. With this processor, performance is 62% better than what the 8 core Helio X10 can provide.

Storage

Both the J7 Prime and Redmi Note 4 offer 16GB internal storage as well as the option to expand through the use of microSD cards (and up to 256GB).

Camera

With an f/1.9 lens front camera, the J7 Prime is quite capable of taking bright images even in low-light situations. The device also has a 13MP rear camera that ensures crisp and detailed photos. The 8MP front camera can fit more in which is helpful when taking selfies and capturing scenery.

Just like the J7 Prime, the Redmi Note 4 also features a dual camera: a 5.0MP front camera and a 13.0MP back camera. The back camera comes with a flashlight and autofocus features.

Both cameras also feature geo-tagging, auto focus, HDR and panorama. In terms of video, the Note 4 can record 1080p @ 30fps as well as 720p @ 120fps while the J7 Prime can record 1080p @ 30fps.

Battery

The J7 Prime and Redmi Note 4 all have non-removable batteries. That said, the Note looks to have more power with its 4100mAh cell compared to Prime’s 3300mAh cell. However, both have boasted about longer battery life.

Through Prime’s Ultra Power Saving Mode, all background apps are turned off to preserve battery life. The Note has a bigger cell and also offers fast battery charging.

Both the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and Redmi Note 4 are good phones. Not to mention, they don’t hurt the budget as well. Yes, they may lack the features of higher end models but they do serve their users well in terms of basic smartphone usage.

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