[Guide] The best smartphones under 300 €

Even with a budget of less than 300 euros, it is possible to have fun in the smartphone market. The proof, with this buying guide, which lists the models offering a foolproof quality-price ratio.

After offering you our guide to smartphones under 200 €, we suggest you move upmarket this week, with four very good terminals offered for less than € 300. Obviously, at this price do not expect to achieve the excellence of a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or a iPhone 12. On the other hand, you can find very good models, efficient in terms of power and autonomy, which are even starting to benefit from some targeted improvements, allowing them to specialize in photography, gaming, or to gain autonomy.

Xiaomi Redmi note 9 Pro : tourné gaming

Redmi Note 9 Pro
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Launched last June, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 operates a nice upgrade from the very popular Redmi Note 9, offering several features resolutely geared towards gaming, as revealed by our test carried out at the time of its release. Equipped with a screen Full HD + IPS 1080 x 2340p in 6.67 inch format, the smartphone takes the design of its predecessor, this time sporting an elegant glass back with more than correct finishes considering its price. A biometric sensor located on the side of the terminal and a USB-C charging port complete the whole.

As we have already said, the main asset of the Redmi Note 9 Pro lies in its performances, definitely geared towards gaming. Equipped with a 720G Snapdragon SoC and 6 or 8 GB of RAM (and 64 GB or 128 GB of storage) depending on the version, the smartphone will notably allow you to enjoy the latest mobile titles without suffering ingame slowdowns. With her 5200 mAh battery, it will also provide its user with some great gaming sessions in prospect, since it can largely last a day and a half in intensive use conditions.

As often with Xiaomi, it is on the photography side that the Redmi Note 9 Pro finds its weaknesses, with a 64 Mpx main sensor placed on its back, and accompanied by an 8 Mpx ultra wide-angle module, d ‘a 2 Mpx depth of field sensor, as well as a 5 Mpx macro. At the front, the terminal has a single 16 Mpx (F / 2.5) sensor, housed in a discreet punch in the center of the screen. A very correct photo block for its price, but which, let’s face it, won’t do wonders in low light.

Price: € 219.99


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Samsung Galaxy A51: simple and efficient

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Released last year, the Samsung Galaxy A51 marks a successful move upmarket compared to the A50, offering clear improvements, both software and hardware. Equipped with a beautiful 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen and an Exynos 9611 processor boosted by 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, the mid-range smartphone of the Korean giant offers here a nice quality / price ratio, with a device with very good performance. While the phone does not excel in any particular area, which is not shocking given its price, it remains efficient and fairly balanced, without any notable weaknesses. Only disappointing point noted in our test of the Samsung Galaxy A51, the precision of fingerprint sensor. Yet located under the screen, like many more high-end models, the latter was indeed rather tedious to configure, and seemed relatively long thereafter when it came to unlocking the phone.

Without being really excellent in photography, the Samsung Galaxy A51 nevertheless has a nice photo module, with a rectangular block equipped with four lenses at the back. We thus find a main sensor of 48 Mpx, a depth of field sensor of 5 Mpx, a wide-angle of 12 Mpx and a macro of 5 Mpx. Provided you have good ambient light, the smartphone turns out to be better than what one could have imagined from a model at this price, especially in the macro mode, which allows sharp and detailed shots.

Equipped with a battery of 4000 mAh, the Samsung Galaxy A51 also offers decent battery life, and can last a full day in intensive use (series, networks, social, messages, photos, etc.). Note that the phone is compatible with the 15W fast charge, which allows it to be fully loaded in 1.5 hours.

Price: € 259.99


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Vivo Y70: the innovative mid-range

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Released October 30, 2020, I live Y70 positions itself as a relatively classic mid-range, while sporting some of the latest innovations currently available on the market. We thus find a 6.44-inch AMOLED display clocked at 60Hz, a Snapdragon 665 processor coupled with 8 GB of RAM, as well as a storage memory of 128 GB, expandable up to 1TB additional via microSD card. Our Vivo Y70 test is underway and we don’t want to jump to any conclusions. The smartphone nevertheless promises more than adequate autonomy, with a Li-Po battery of 4100 mAh compatible with 33W fast charge.

Regarding its camera, the Vivo Y70 does slightly worse than the competition, with a triple 48 + 2 + 2 MP sensor at the rear (while the other models tested offer 4). On the front, the unique 16MP camera is housed in a discreet central notch. Again, this is a bit below the competition, which increasingly easily adopts the punch for its mid-range models. On the other hand, we will note the presence of a fingerprint sensor located directly under the screen. A good point at a time when many similar models are content to place it on the back of the smartphone, or sometimes on its edge.

Price: 279 €

Realme 7 Pro: foolproof autonomy

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Barely 6 months after the release of the Realme 6 Pro, the Chinese manufacturer presented this fall its new mid-range iteration, the Realme 7 Pro. In the same vein as its predecessors, the smartphone succeeds in betting on one solid price / quality ratio, by offering a complete terminal with multiple advantages, despite a low price, and regularly in promotion at various online resellers. We thus find a beautiful AMOLED screen with the correct refresh rate of 60 Hz, a Snapdragon 720G processor, capable of fulfilling the majority of daily tasks (games, multimedia, social networks …) without weakening, as well as 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage (expandable via its MicroSD port). Despite its relatively simple design, the terminal pays itself the luxury of incorporating not only a fingerprint reader under the screen, but also a discreet front sensor housed in a punch to the left of the screen.

A big asset inherited from its predecessor, the Realme 7 Pro carries with it an impressive battery of 4500 mAh (a slight improvement compared to the Realme 6 Pro and its 4300 mAh). In addition to providing its user with a long day of autonomy, the terminal is also compatible with ultra-fast wired charging. SuperDart 65W, which allows the smartphone to refuel in just half an hour. Finally on the photography side, the Realme 7 Pro continues its momentum, with clear software improvements intended to support its quadruple back sensor from 64 + 8 (UGA) + 2 (Macro) + 2 (depth of field) Mpx. Unsurprisingly for a device of this range, rendering quickly reaches its limits, especially in terms of smoothing faces in portrait mode, but remains very correct for taking photos on a daily basis.

Price: € 229.99


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