Previously if you were getting a budget phone, it meant that you had to compromise on things like a bigger display, decent cameras, and most importantly, a good performance rating. But that is no more the case as phones that come for a budget price have raised their standard as to what it was before.
And the best examples of that are the Poco C3 and Poco M2 that are currently available for Rs. 15,000 and Rs, 20,000 in the Nepali market respectively. These offerings are the best you can get in their price segments. The Poco C3 is available for Rs. 15,000 for the 4GB+ 64 GB variant while the Poco M2 comes for either Rs. 19,000 (for 4+64GB variant) or Rs. 20,000 ( for 6+128GB model). Both phones are available for purchase via offline and online stores.
The Poco C3 offers you a huge 6.5-inches HD+ display that has decent color reproduction and brightness levels. It also offers you a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 13MP primary, 2MP depth, and a 2MP macro sensor along with a 5MP shooter at the front.
Even performance-wise, you get modest performance with the Helio G35 chipset. However, the best thing about it remains the fact that it comes with a total of 4GB RAM that no other company provides at this price range, making it stand out in the competition.
The Poco C3 does share a good resemblance to the Redmi 9C that was launched a couple of months back. If you have to nitpick, there are only 2 clear differences among which is the fact that the Poco C3 misses a fingerprint sensor that the Redmi 9C has and the phone offers a GB extra RAM than the Redmi 9C. Design-wise, both the phones are very similar in looks and feel. Both have a plastic back with plastic frames and a sturdy build. And the best part is that the design of it does not feel cheap. In fact, it has good heft and the available color options are vivid and good looking.
Back to the Poco C3, it comes bearing a massive 5,000 mAh battery that can go on for more than one day. For casual users, the battery can even last for 2 days depending upon their usage. Charging can be done with the 10- watt charger that it has that takes more than 2 hours to fully juice up the device.
Talking of its competitors, Samsung and Realme have phones like the Galaxy M01 and Realme C11 that only offer subpar specs at this price range making the Poco C3 the best option for Rs. 15,000 in Nepal. The key aspects that make it stand out are the massive screen it has and the 5,000 mAh battery capacity that can easily power the device for a very long time.
Similarly, Poco M2 is another star in the budget smartphone market. If you have a budget of around 20,000 Nepali rupees, the Poco M2 is one of the best choices there is in Nepal. Like how the Poco C3 offers the best in its price segment, the Poco M2 is also ahead of the competition in the sub- 20,000 price category.
First of all, you get a Full HD screen in it that no other brand offers for Rs. 20,000. It is a 6.4 inches IPS LCD screen with good colors and viewing angles. Even in the case of performance, this one does not disappoint with its MediaTek Helio G80 budget gaming chipset that is coupled with a whopping 6GB of RAM. Other brands like Realme and Samsung have offerings with a total of 4 or 3Gb RAM only. This means that the Poco M2 has better multitasking capabilities than any other phone at this price range. Even the gaming performance of it is decent enough with games like PUBG running in smooth graphics and Medium to High frame rates. Less demanding games run like a breeze on the phone without any stutter or lags.
The design of it is also really sturdy considering its price. Unlike some budget phones, this one does not creek or bend, meaning that the phone is sturdy enough to handle regular usage. You get a fingerprint sensor at the back and a dedicated micro SD slot too. You get to choose between 64 or 128GB storage variants with the Poco M2 and if it is not good enough, you can always put in extra storage from the additional room in the micro SD slot.
Down below, you have a US Type C port to help juice up the big 5,000 mAh battery there is on the Poco M2. Likewise, it also supports 18- watt fast charging which is impressive for a budget phone. What’s also impressive is that the phone comes bearing a total of 4 cameras at the back and an 8MP selfie camera at the front. The cameras of it are noting extra but do a decent job nonetheless. In good lighting conditions, these cameras do not disappoint as the images are fairly detailed and sharp.
Overall, it is evident that budget phones are no longer what they used to be. As mentioned earlier, budget phones of yesterday had compromising specs while these days, companies are focussing on providing better and better. For instance traits like FHD screens, fast charging, etc would be reserved for mid-range and upper mid-range phones only but now, budget phones like the Poco M2 have that quality as well. This way, with the growing demands and needs of people, companies have stopped holding back and are moving forward to provide the most value for the price customers pay.