The SEE is one of the major milestones in life, albeit a small one compared to future hurdles you’ll face in life. But nevertheless, it has a big importance in the Nepali society. And by many, it is treated as a milestone to start doing many things afterwards. One of them, is getting a new smartphone (if you didn’t have that privilege already). But choosing a smartphone is not as easy as it looks. Sure, you may have a rough idea of what you want, but we’re here to make things easier for you. Here’s a list of smartphones to get after your SEE.
Here are the smartphones to get after your SEE in ascending order of price:
If your budget is below Rs.10000, fret not. Because we still get a usable smartphone for that money these days. Nothing fancy, but these will work.
Samsung Galaxy A2 Core | Price: Rs.9390
Samsung’s core lineup focuses on their entry level phones. And these lineup consist of phones like the A2 Core and the J2 Core. Among the two, the A2 Core is the better one. So, that’s what you should get.
This phone doesn’t have the best aesthetics, but which one does for this price, anyway? Plus, the display is only qHD, meaning 540 x 960 pixels of resolution. However, its processor is the one that makes it a great buy, especially in this price range. The Exynos 7870 is a processor found even on the Galaxy M10. Only, you get 1 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, but there’s a microSD card slot too.
Xiaomi Redmi Go | Price: Rs.8,999
Xiaomi Redmi Go is another good contender when it comes to entry level phones. And this is a phone I used as my daily driver for a while. But it didn’t really disappoint me all that much.
This phone is better than the A2 Core in terms of aesthetics, display and cameras. With an HD display, it has an advantage over the A2 Core, and it’s 8 MP cameras are better as well. But its Snapdragon 425 processor cannot keep up with the A2Core’s 7870. So, it’s like a choice you make between performance or aesthetics. Besides that, it’s got the same kind of specs: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage with expandable option, etc.
If you decide to move your budget up by a few 1000 bucks, you can actually get quite better phones than the ones above.
Samsung Galaxy M10 | Price: Rs.13,290
Samsung’s earlier budget phone lineups were not that good, to say the least. Alright…they sucked. But with the debut of the M-series, especially the Galaxy M10 and M20, they seemed to have done budget phones just right. The M10 does a lot of things great, for instance, a dual camera with a wide-angle lens for the price!
Besides that, the Galaxy M10 runs on the Exynos 7870 processor, with 2 GB RAM. It features an HD+ IPS LCD display, and has 16 GB storage (expandable) and 3400 mAh battery. Plus, they’re getting Android Pie updates soon! What’s not to like, at least, in this price?
Xiaomi Redmi 7 | Price: Rs.14,999
Xiaomi’s Redmi lineup have always been the go-to value for money devices, especially for budget phones. The Redmi 6, when it came out, was deemed as the king of budget phones. However, with the likes of Samsung’s M-series, it’s difficult to really give that title to it, now. But still, the Redmi 7 is, undoubtedly, one of the best budget phones out there.
The Xiaomi Redmi 7 is available in two variants: a 2 + 16 GB variant and a 3 + 32 GB variant. And here, it’s the 2 / 16 GB variant we’ll be talking about, because that is the one you can get for under Rs.15000. For that price, you get a dual camera setup (with a depth sensor), a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a large HD+ display, and a large 4000 mAh battery running on the Snapdragon 632 processor. That’s a pretty sweet deal for that price.
Below Rs.20000 | Price: Rs.17,910
These are actually the most popular smartphone price segment.
Samsung Galaxy M20
This is the third Samsung’s phone to be on this list. The Galaxy M20 was the first Samsung phone to follow the notch trend – doing what it said it wouldn’t do. But still, if we can move part that hypocrisy, we have a good phone in our hands. But this was one of the phones that changed the game for budget phones.
What the Galaxy M20 does great in this price segment, is a Full-HD+ display, and a huge 5000 battery! It packs the same kind of dual camera as the M10, and packs 3 GB RAM with 32 GB storage. True, the choice of the chipset could’ve been better, but for what it is, it’s still a good phone.
Realme 3 | Price: Rs.19,690
The Realme 3 is the fastest phone you can get for the price of Rs.2000. Because, the choice of chipset in it is fantastic! I mean, it packs the same chipset which is actually employed by some other mid-range phone, the Helio P60! And you can’t get that kind of power for this kind of price!
Besides that, the Realme 3 has other good things going for it as well. It has a 13 MP camera both front and back, and Realme devices actually have good cameras. It packs 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB storage. But it’s actually one of the latest phones in Nepal, so why not simply get it?
Before we move on to the mid-range segment, let’s take a look at the pre-mid-ranger as well. But this is the one with the most options available out there.
Samsung Galaxy A50 | Price: Rs.31,490 (available for Rs.30000)
Samsung’s on a roll! At least in this list. Because, well, this is the 4th time a Samsung phone has appeared on the list. And the Galaxy A50, with its features, is almost a benchmark for the phones in this price range. For instance, a set of triple cameras, a Super AMOLED display and in-display fingerprint scanner are enough examples.
However, that in-display fingerprint sensor is nothing to go on about. It’s really slow…and the triple cameras are also not as good as expected. It still has its Super AMOLED screen and Exynos 9610 chipset going for it. And with a recent price decrease, this is surely and appealing phone.
Redmi Note 7 | Price: Rs.24,999
When Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro, they said something about not releasing the Pro variant in most markets. But they’re actually going to do that, soon. Anyway, the Redmi Note 7, is, right now, still one of the best phones there is in this price range.
With a 48 MP primary camera, it makes a good case for itself. In addition, the Note 7 is made a good phone by the Snapdragon 660 processor. Also, you get 4 GB RAM, a big 4000 mAh battery with Fast Charging, a big Full-HD screen, etc. So, you’ll not really go wrong with this phone.
Realme 2 Pro | Price: Rs.24,999
The Realme 2 Pro was a much sought after phone when it came out. And for good reason. It had a perfectly balanced price to performance ratio, even in Nepal, where it usually is not so. Of course, the Realme 2 Pro arrived late, but nevertheless, it did. But it also launched a higher 8 GB RAM variant with 128 GB storage, which was another great marketing strategy on its part.
The new Realme 2 Pro has the same aspects and specs as the previous one, save the RAM and storage. With a Snapdragon 660, it’s performance is the same as the Redmi Note 7, but the larger RAM does help. And if you talk camera, Realme phones rarely disappoint. So, this is another great option for you to look at!
Price: Rs.24,999 (4 GB variant) / Rs.31,999 (Daraz Exclusive, available in discount in Daraz Mobile Week via Debit / Credit card purchase)
Right. So, you probably have to have obtained flying colors results to get a phone like this right after your SEE. But if you do want options, here they are:
Samsung Galaxy M40 | Price: Rs.36,190
Yup…there it is, again. Another Samsung phone in the list. Looks to me like Samsung is doing so well, it appears on the radar of all price segments now. Anyways, the Galaxy M40 is the latest addition to Samsung’s M-series, here, even though the Galaxy M30 didn’t make it. But since it’s here, we’re glad that it is.
The Galaxy M40 packs an impressive set of specs. Running on the Snapdragon 675 processor, which falls shy of only the SD 730 and very slightly below the 710, it’s a great processor to have in mid-range phones. Besides that, you get a punch-hole 6.3″ PLS display. Also, you get a triple camera setup and a 16 MP selfie camera. With that, its price looks great, to me.
Pocophone F1 | Price: Rs.31,999
Here’s a phone that needs no introduction. From getting a lot of hype since it’s launch, it has actually launched three times in Nepal, including the most recent launch. But even before that, people were purchasing the Pocophone F1 through grey channels (which we don’t recommend). Why? Well, flagship specs at a mid-range price…isn’t that enough?
But this phone is pretty elusive. It didn’t last long after its first launch. And similar was the case the second time. But right now, you can get it on Daraz. Maybe it’s there because its a year old phone now. Still, with a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 GB RAM, 64 GB storage and a big 4000 mAh battery with Fast Charging, and a price of just over Rs.30000, it is compelling! So, if you want something flagship level for a lesser price, it’s still a good way to go.
So, there you have it guys. If you ever were confused about which phones to get after your SEE results. And congratulations to those who passed, by the way!