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12 Best value for money smartphones in Pakistan

A couple of years ago, whenever one would decide to purchase a smartphone, he/she would only have one or two options to aim at. Samsung, Sony, Apple etc. were the only credible available options leading them to enjoying a vast monopoly amongst themselves. Then came a swarm of Chinese manufacturers which changed the entire complexion of the smartphone world.

The birth of Huawei, Infinix, Xiaomi, Lenovo, OnePlus etc. has led to a wider array of options one can explore. However, we do feel that an air of mistrust still persists when it comes to all these smartphone manufacturers even nowadays and rightly so.

We all know how Chinese products are looked upon with a feel of uncertainty accompanying their very existence. This is mostly because of the fact that they’ve been highly unreliable since their production and our public is somewhat still reluctant to go for them on first sight leading to them going for vastly compromised and under-powered Samsung smartphones. We believe that it’s time we let our viewers know about the credibility of all the aforementioned companies so that you’re no longer bound to buying lower-end Samsung devices.

We’ve taken our time in coming up with this article. It has been around 6 years since Huawei first came to Pakistan and then OnePlus followed suit with Xiaomi the next in line to follow. We’ve constantly tried, tested and weighed on all these Chinese releases before making this statement that trust us, all these companies merit your faith!

Where once it was unfathomable to see 16 megapixel primary cameras, 3 gigs of RAM, sleek designs and waists within 20,000 rupees, these Chinese manufacturers have made this possible and they’ve done so in style. Where Samsung is still marketing its lower-end smartphones with weak specifications and build quality, all the aforementioned Chinese manufacturers are embarking on a journey of excellence that doesn’t even costs that much.

Within 20,000-22,000 rupees, Samsung at max has pushed itself to provide users with 8 megapixel primary sensors, 2 gigs of RAM, low resolution displays and entirely plastic bodies with one or two exceptions of-course. Comparing that to the weakest Infinix device, the Hot 3 or the Lenovo A7000 Plus, one can see a marginal difference between the quality and the price you’ll be paying for a device that’s either much better than the aforementioned Samsung phones or has a much lower price tag if it shelters similar specifications.

There are countless other examples that have prompted us to vote in favor of these Chinese manufacturers and it’s not only their lower-end smartphones that are home to such prowess, their higher-end smartphones such as the OnePlus 3T hold sheer power and strength to topple even the baddest of smartphones out there in the market.

That being said, we’re well aware of the spending power an average Pakistani possesses. A low budget does not mean you can’t get your hands on some of the most sumptuous smartphones out there. Granted that the flagships may be out of your reach, it’s our duty to ensure that our users can get hold of the best they can within the amount of money they can spare.

So, in order to spare you from going for below-par Samsung or other devices due to a lack of knowledge about what’s available in the market, below is a compilation of some of the best smartphones you can purchase within some of the most affordable of prices:

Top smartphones giving best value for money

Infinix Note 3 Pro

Price: ~Rs. 21,000

Features: 6.0 inches 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, 13 megapixel plus 5 megapixel cameras, fingerprint scanner and a metal body.

Infinix Note 3 Pro

Oppo A37

Price: ~Rs. 16,200

Features: 5.0 inches 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 8 megapixel plus 5 megapixel cameras, metal unibody design and 7.7mm width.

Oppo A37

Haier Esteem i90

Price: ~Rs. 24,000

Features: 5.0 inches 720p display, 3GB of RAM, 13 megapixel plus 5 megapixel cameras and an all glass build.

Esteem i90

Infinix Hot 4

Price: ~Rs. 12,000

Features: 5.5 inches 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 8 megapixel plus 5 megapixel cameras, fingerprint scanner and 4000 mAh non-removable battery.

Infinix Hot 4

QMobile Noir S6

Price: ~Rs. 12,000

Features: iPhone 6 and 6s like design with a 7.1mm width, 2GB of RAM, fingerprint scanner, 5.0 inches 720p display and 13 megapixel plus 5 megapixel cameras.

Noir S6

Xiaomi Mi 4

Price: ~Rs. 25,000

Features: 5.0 inches 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, 13 megapixel plus 8 megapixel cameras and up to 64 gigs of internal storage.

Xiaomi Mi 4

Infinix Zero 3

Price: ~Rs. 20,000

Features: 5.5 inches 1080p display, a gigantic 20.7 primary camera sensor with a 5 megapixel selfie sensor, 3GB of RAM and a power-packed 2.1 GHz Octa-Core processor.

Infinix Zero 3

Huawei Y6 II

Price: ~Rs. 18,000

Features: 5.5 inches 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 13 megapixel plus 8 megapixel cameras and a large 3000 mAh battery.

Huawei Y6 II

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

Price: ~Rs. 18,500

Features: 5.0 inches 1080p display, 13 megapixel primary and 5 megapixel secondary cameras, 2GB of RAM and metal unibody design.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

Huawei P9 Lite

Price: ~Rs. 25,000

Features: 5.2 inches 1080p display, 2/3 GB of RAM, 13 megapixel primary and an 8 megapixel selfie sensor plus metal body.

P9 Lite

Infinix Zero 4

Price: ~Rs. 23,000

Features: 5.5 inches 1080p display, 16 megapixel primary plus 8 megapixel selfie sensor with front facing flash, 3GB of RAM, 32 gigs of internal storage and a 3200 mAh battery.

Infinix Zero 4

Lenovo ZUK Z1

Price: ~Rs. 23, 000

Features: 5.5 inches 1080p display, 64 gigs of internal storage, 13 megapixel primary plus 8 megapixel selfie sensor, fingerprint scanner, fast charging and a 4100 mAh battery.

Lenovo ZUK Z1

Had we not stopped, the list would’ve gone on and on. The rise of a number of these companies has undoubtedly pushed the competition within the smartphone world to newer heights. Not only are these companies pushing each other, they’ve led the big boys such as Apple, Samsung, Sony etc. to reconsider their options and strategy.

When you consider the other available smartphones in these price brackets, (all the Samsung Grand Primes and Sony Xperias) there’s an undoubted gulf of features and price between them. Our job was to solely provide our viewers with the knowledge about the wealth of options now at their disposal and to advise them to put their faith in these excellent smartphones albeit purchasing them from trusted retailers.

Some like Huawei have already made their name while others such as Infinix, Xiaomi etc. are slowly and steadily hitting their stride. The future looks certainly bright for all of these in Pakistan and also for those who aspire to own brilliant smartphones within affordable prices.

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