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Smartphones are replacements for desktops, laptops and cameras. But, it can be agreed upon that smartphones come with a hefty price tag.  Still, people who find themselves low on cash and a budget can still attain a relatively great smartphone model.

Smartphone manufacturers like Samsung and Xiaomi offer a line of budget-friendly smartphones. Of course, it’s important to know what you’re looking for to determine which model is best for your needs and wallet.

A Look At Samsung and Xiaomi Budget-Friendly Smartphone Models


Most people expect budget models to be cheap, especially in design. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case. In August 2016, Samsung released the Galaxy J7 Prime, which includes a brushed metal finish. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has an all-metal body, but it also weighs 175 grams compared to the 167 grams with the Prime model.  The Prime model also has a measurement of 5.94 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches; the Redmi measures at 5.97 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches.


Both phones include the IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a measurement display of 5.5 inches. They also share the same pixel density of 401 ppi. The J7 Prime comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to keep it from breaking. With the Redmi Note 4, you can read the screen even when sunlight hits it. Both models have full HD display.


Both phone models have a 16GB internal storage and the option to increase the size with an external storage device – microSD cards of up to 256GB.

RAM, Graphics Card and Processor

The J7 Prime has the new Exynos 7 Octa 7870 processor – a 14nm FinFET process that betters the performance and long battery life.   With the Redmi Note 4, there’s the 10-core Helio X20, which provides 62 percent better performance than the previous 8-core Helio X10.


The J7 Prime can take bright pictures even when the light’s not so god. It offers a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera, which is ideal for taking pictures of scenery and selfies.

For the Redmi Note 4, it’s got a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. In the rear camera, both flash and autofocus capabilities are there.

Both cameras include auto focus, panorama, geo-tagging and HDR.

Battery Life

Both devices have non-removable batteries. However, the Note tends to have more power than the Prime (4100mAh compared to 3300mAh). Still, they both have a long battery life compared to other models on the market.

With Prime’s Ultra Power Saving Mode, background apps shut down in order to save battery life. The Note, thanks to the bigger cell, can provide rapid quick charging.

Yes, both phones are ideal for anyone on a budget. They do lack some features seen on more expensive models, but they do everything that a user wants from a basic smartphone.