Should we wait for 5G smartphones or update now?
By GB Blog Official 2018-10-23 1843 1
We've all seen the "5G coming soon" signs in numerous articles, YouTube videos and tech reviews. And, the truth is, we are in the wake of a big network change. While some operators promise the arrival of the new wireless connection as early as the end of 2018 — realistically, we still have a few years to wait before we see the first full functional 5G smartphone. But what do we do in the meantime? Some of us may choose to hold out for the new line of 5G phones and hold on to the phones we have now, others may prefer to get something new to tie them over until then. So, today, we take a look at 4 modern smartphones under $200 that could just be the perfect choice while you wait (and save) for the next 5G smartphone.
All the phones in this list offer the next best type of connection — 4G. They come with large screens, nice modern designs, fast processing power and the latest Android interfaces. What we are saying is that you won't be missing out on a quality smartphone experience at all. And, you will be saving money.
1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro - $179.99
Famous for its value for money attributes, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is a 4G phablet with a 6.26 inch FHD screen. The phone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core processor speeding up to 1.8Ghz sports a nice memory and storage combo: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM expandable on an SD card to up to 256 GB.
The phone has been strongly praised for its camera performance as well: you get 12.0MP + 5.0MP cam on the back plus a 20.0MP + 2.0MP selfie combo on the front. The Note Pro 6 comes with a surprisingly large battery — 4,000mAh — which should easily give you a full day of active use without the need for a recharge.
2. Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite - $159.99
Going even lower in price, we have the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite. You get a 5.84 inch screen with 2280 x 1080 resolution. You have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core running in the background paired with 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM combo. The rear cam on the Mi A2 Lite is the same as on the Redmi Note 6 Pro — 12.0MP + 5.0MP. However, there is a downgrade on the selfie front — a simple 5.0MP front camera. The good news is that you get the same large 4,000mAh battery — perfect for heavy media users.
3. Nokia X6 4G Phablet - $199.99
Nokia phones started the trend of affordable quality back in the day — and the new generation of Nokia smartphones proudly continues that tradition. The Nokia X6 sports a 5.8 inch screen with 2280 x 1080 resolution and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core processor for a smooth lag-free performance. On top of that, you get an even better memory and storage combo than on the Note 6: 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM. The camera offering on the Nokia X6 is not bad either: you get a 16.0MP front camera and 5.0MP + 16.0MP dual back cameras. The battery, however, is smaller than with the Xiaomi models — 3060mAh. This should still be enough to get you through the day — but you will need to watch your media and photo taking.
4. UMIDIGI One Pro - $169.99
The UMIDIGI One Pro, priced the same as the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, features a similarly sized 5.86 inch screen but with a more modest resolution of 1520 x 720. You get the MT6763 Octa Core processor and the same memory and storage offer as with the Nokia X6 — 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM. Cameras are also similar to the ones on the Nokia X6 model — 12.0MP + 5.0MP rear camera + a 16.0MP selfie shooter. Even the battery capacity is very close on these two models: 3250mAh.
So, what's the takeaway from this?
We know that 5G is coming soon but we can't be sure exactly when it will arrive. In the meantime, there is a lot of temptation around: new iPhones, high-end Huaweis and fancy camera phones like the Vivo NEX and the Oppo Find X are arriving every month. However, in this particular case, waiting for your next expensive smartphone purchase may be the safer bet. If you save now and hold out for "the next big thing", you may just score the first ever phone to come with 5G connectivity. And, while you wait, the options we've listed above can easily cover all your phone needs with their 4G support, large screens, good cameras and big batteries.
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