Ten years have passed since Apple redefined the mobile phone industry with the release of the first Smartphone as we know it, the iPhone. Since then, smartphones have become bigger, faster, and better at handling the everyday tasks of keeping us informed and entertained away from home. Over the years, the majority of fans and the media has focused on the flagship handsets released by major manufacturers – after all, these are the flashy models that always steal the show. But flagships are not the real superstars of the smartphone industry. The smaller, more affordable models are, and they make up the bulk of the world’s smartphone sales.
The amazing performance of flagship phones sure looks good on paper but it’s not what the average user needs. Instead, a phone has to be reliable, fast enough to play the latest Wild Jack games, with an internet connection that’s quick and reliable, so you can easily check out cool bonuses with All Jackpot wherever you are, and has to have a good battery life. Besides, it has to have a friendly price tag attached to it – after all, you don’t hit a jackpot each day so that you can afford to switch your phone to the latest flagship whenever you might want to. The average smartphone user plays simple games such as casual games, slot machines, puzzles, word games, and their likes, that don’t even need the powerful hardware of a Samsung Galaxy S8, for example.
Samsung is the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world, and it keeps pushing out amazing handsets year after year. It has, in turn, several ranges for those with a smaller budget that are exciting enough for their friendly price. The Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime is, for example, a very decent phone for its price (Amazon sells it for around $80). It has a Spreadtrum SC9830 quad-core System-on-a-Chip with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a memory card, a Mali-400MP2 GPU that handles games pretty well, and a 5-megapixel main camera that takes amazing pictures.
Nokia will return this year in full force to the smartphone market with a powerful handset, the Nokia 9, with hardware to match Samsung’s Galaxy S8. The Finnish company doesn’t forget about those with a tighter budget either, planning to release several more affordable models as well. Nokia 3 has a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU, an 8-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB internal storage. The phone hasn’t been released yet, so there’s no price available, but it is expected to be the cheapest Android phone the Finnish manufacturer will release this year.
Last but not least, let’s take a look at the less dedicated brands’ smartphones for this year. Lenovo’s P2 is for those with bigger pockets and has some very decent specs for its ~$230 price: an octa-core CPU with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 16-megapixel camera. Other Chinese manufacturers, like Huawei, ZTE, and others, all have their own affordable models which are often higher-performance than anything the big brands have to offer for the same price. Huawei is even rumored to release an ultra-affordable smartphone later this year – Maya is said to have a quad-core MediaTek SoC, 2GB of RAM, LTE, and Android 6.0, and will sell for around $100-$150. A bang for your buck, that’s for sure.