Of late, we have seen many new and innovative technologies hit the floor with budget smartphones. Budget phones these days aim to bring the best of design and performance of costlier phones at affordable prices. Today, we take a look at some popular phones in the category - Honor 10 lite, Samsung Galaxy M20 and Realme U1 and tell you which one gives the best bang for your buck.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is one of the newest budget smartphone by the company and it has a completely revamped design. On the other hand, the Realme U1 and the Honor 10 Lite were both released last year.
Up front, the three smartphones look very similar due to the similar waterdrop style notch that all of them feature. If one looks very closely, a few minor differences in the shape and size of the notches can be seen, but nothing that sets the three apart. All of the three phones also have similar sized bottom bezels, due to which, telling the phones apart becomes rather difficult.
At the back, the Samsung Galaxy M20 has a rather ordinary looking polycarbonate back which doesn't turn any heads. The Honor 10 Lite perhaps has the most appealing back of the lot, with a glossy back panel that radiates different shades of colours depending on how you look at it. The Realme U1 also has a similar glossy back panel that does not give off a variety of colours, but manages to set it apart from the competition.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 has a 6.30-inch FHD+ PLS TFT display. The Realme U1 also has a screen with the same resolution and size with an IPS LCD display. The Honor 10 Lite, on the other hand has a slightly smaller 6.21-inch FHD+ display.
The difference in screen sizes is not massive, and all three phones have a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Additionally, each of the three phones have taller, 19.5:9 aspect ratio displays. Of the three phones, the Realme U1 is the only smartphone that comes with Gorilla Glass protection.
In terms of processor and RAM, this is where most of the differences in these three phones can be seen. The Samsung Galaxy M20 has the lowest amount of RAM and clock speed of the three phones. It has 3GB RAM and an Exynos 7904 chipset that is clocked at 1.6GHz.
The Realme U1 on the other hand has 4GB RAM paired with the MediaTek Helio P70 chipset which is clocked at a higher speed of 2.1GHz. Going by these specifications, the phone should perform well in most of the situations.
As for the Honor 10 Lite, it comes with 4GB RAM as well, but differs from the Realme U1 in terms of clock speed and processor. It has a Kirin 710 chipset with clock speeds of 2.2GHz, just a tad higher than the Realme U1.
As for internal storage, the Samsung Galaxy M20 has 32GB which can be expanded via a microSD card. The other two phones have 64GB storage options. The Honor 10 Lite does not have a dedicated memory card slot meaning that you'll only be able to use one SIM with a microSD card.
All three phones have dual camera set ups with rear mounted fingerprint sensors. Additionally, all three phones have a primary 13-megapixel camera. The M20 has a secondary 5-megapixel camera.
The U1 has a secondary 2-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and a Sony Exmor sensor. The Honor 10 Lite also has a secondary 2-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a CMOS sensor. Up front and in the notches of the phones, the Samsung M20 packs in an 8-megapixel front facing camera, the U1 has a higher 25-megapixel selfie camera and the Honor 10 Lite, a 24-megapixel camera.
This is yet another major area of difference between the two phones. The Samsung Galaxy M20 has the largest battery of the lot, coming in at 5,000mAh. The Realme U1 has a 3,500mAh battery and the Honor 10 Lite has a 3,400mAh battery.
Both the M20 and the U1 run on Android 8.1 Oreo. The M20 comes with the Samsung Experience 9.5 skin on top, while the Realme U1 has Color OS 5.2 on top. The Honor 10 Lite has the latest Android 9.0 Pie update with EMUI 9.0.1 skin.
All three phones compete in the budget smartphone segment. The Galaxy M20 will soon be available for ₹10,990, the Realme U1 can be purchased at a starting price of ₹10,999 and the Honor 10 Lite comes at a higher price of ₹13,999.
The phones are rather similar in terms of their specifications and designs. However, they will definitely differ in terms of real world usage. Overall, it is too close to call, but the Honor 10 Lite is slightly more powerful of the lot, while the Realme U1 and the Galaxy M20 follow next. At the end of the day, your personal preferences are the bigger deciding factor instead of the specs of these three smartphones.