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Best smartphones in March 2021: affordable and mid-range smartphones

16 April 2021, Friday By Priyanka Boruah
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In March, in addition to the flagship models, many affordable and mid-range smartphones were shown. Among them, there are extremely interesting ones. For example, the POCO X3 Pro with a powerful configuration, the realme GT Neo with a top-end processor, the Redmi Note 10 Pro with a 120-inch screen, the Galaxy A72 with flagship chips, and the slim Xiaomi Mi11 Lite 5G.

Honor V40 Lite

Sales start time: already on sale

Estimated price: 8 + 128 GB - $460, 8 + 256 GB - $506

Features: 90Hz display, subscreen scanner, 66W charging, 64MP camera, NFC

Honor V40 Lite

The Honor V40 Lite is a more affordable version of the flagship V40. The device received a curved 6.57-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution. The refresh rate of the screen is up to 90 Hz, and the sampling rate of the touch layer is 240 Hz. The new product runs on a MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor with 5G support. The battery does not have the largest capacity (3800 mAh), but this is compensated by 66-watt fast charging. It takes only 35 minutes to fully recharge the battery. The main camera with a resolution of 64-megapixel is complemented by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a pair of auxiliary 2-megapixel sensors. The 32-megapixel front-end camera is responsible for the selfie. The security of the device is provided by a sub-screen fingerprint scanner, and the NFC module allows you to pay for purchases without contact.

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HUAWEI Mate 40e

Sales start time: already on sale

Estimated price: 8 + 128 GB - $706, 8 + 256 GB - $782

Features: 90Hz display, subscreen scanner, 40W charging, 64MP camera, NFC

HUAWEI Mate 40e

HUAWEI Mate 40e is positioned as an intermediate option between the regular Mate 40 and the top-end Mate 40 Pro. The gadget is equipped with a curved 6.5-inch OLED panel with a Full HD+ resolution and a 90 Hz refresh rate. You can interact with the phone not only through the touch screen but also by using hand gestures in front of it. The model received an eight-core 5G processor Kirin 990e. The 4,200 mAh battery supports fast 40-watt wired charging and the same wireless charging. There is also a reversible 5 W, which allows you to power your smartwatch, headphones, and other accessories without a cable. On the backside of the case, there is a triple camera with a 64-megapixel main module, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with a 3x optical zoom. An audio jack for headphones is also available.

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POCO X3 Pro

Sales start time: already on sale

Estimated price: 6 + 128 GB - €249, 8 + 256 GB - €299

Features: display 120 Hz, fingerprint scanner in the power button, capacious battery, charging 33 W, 48-megapixel camera, stereo speakers, NFC, infrared

POCO X3 Pro

The Pro version of the device received more powerful hardware than the standard POCO X3. One of the main differences is the transition to a faster Snapdragon 860 processor. A fast UFS 3.1 drive is also used, which is usually typical for flagships. The mobile phone received a flat 6.67-inch IPS display with Full HD+ resolution, 120 Hz refresh rate, and a 240-Hz touch layer. The liquid cooling system controls the temperature of the chipset during gaming and other resource-intensive tasks. A large battery with a capacity of 5160 mAh provides fast charging with a power of 33 watts. The main camera is represented by a 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Other features of the model include a mini-jack and support for microSD cards.

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realme c21

Sales start time: already on sale

Estimated price: 4 + 64 GB - ₹8,999

Features: capacious battery, triple SIM and microSD slot, NFC

realme c21

The fresh realme c21 is an entry-level representative. The key feature of the device is a 5000 mAh battery with the ability to re-charge other devices. Its 6.5-inch HD+ display has received TUV Rheinland certification, indicating protection against harmful blue radiation to the eyes. The MediaTek Helio G35 processor is responsible for the system performance. The 13 MP main camera supports different shooting modes, including portrait and night. The 3-Card Slot allows you to simultaneously use two SIM cards plus microSD to expand the built-in 64 GB drive. There is also an NFC module for contactless payment of purchases using Google Pay.

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realme 8/realme 8 Pro

Sales start time: already on sale

Realme 8 estimated price: 4 + 128 GB - $207, 6 + 128 GB - $220, 8 + 128 GB - $234

Realme 8 Pro estimated price: 6 + 128GB - $248, 8 + 128GB - $276

Features: sub-screen fingerprint scanner, 108 megapixel camera, capacious battery, 50 W charging, NFC

realme 8

The new realme 8 Pro is the brand's debut phone, equipped with a 108-megapixel camera. In addition, for the first time, it received the function of shooting star timelapse and video recording with perspective control. The display has a diagonal of 6.4 inches and is made using AMOLED technology at Full HD+ resolution. It has a built-in fingerprint scanner. The processor is a Snapdragon 720G, and the battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh with support for fast 50-watt charging is responsible for the autonomy. An interesting feature of the yellow model is the glow-in-the-dark fluorescent coating on the back panel.

The standard realme 8 features a chipset (MediaTek Helio G95), a lower resolution of the main camera (64 MP), and a larger battery (5000 mAh), but with support for 30-watt charging.

Official page [realme 8]

Official page [realme 8 Pro]

realme GT Neo

Sales start time: April 8

Realme GT Neo estimated price: 6 + 128 GB - $264, 8 + 256 GB - $305, 12 + 256 GB - $351

Features: 120Hz display, subscreen scanner, 64MP camera, 50W charging, stereo speakers

realme GT Neo

The vendor positions the realme GT Neo as an inexpensive gaming smartphone. This is a more affordable version of the top-end realme GT. The gadget is built on the flagship MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor, which is comparable in performance to the Snapdragon 870 chip. Almost the entire front panel is occupied by a flat 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate.

The device received fast LPFFR5 RAM and a UFS 3.1 drive. For comfortable gaming, a special preset is provided that limits notifications and increases performance. The 4500mAh battery supports 50W fast charging. The main camera is triple. The resolution of the main module is 64 megapixels, while the width and macro have 5 megapixels each. An audio jack is also available.

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Redmi note 10

Sales start time: already on sale

Estimated price of Redmi Note 10: 4 + 64 GB -  ₹11,999

Features: a fingerprint scanner in the power button, a 48-megapixel camera, a capacious battery, charging 33 W, stereo speakers, an infrared port

Redmi note 10

Redmi Note 10 received a 6.67-inch AMOLED matrix with Full HD+ resolution. The smartphone has a mid-range processor - Snapdragon 678G, and the battery capacity is 5000 mAh. Fast 33-watt charging is supported. The main camera with a resolution of 48 megapixels is complemented by an ultra-wide 8 megapixel and a pair of 2-megapixel sensors. The fingerprint scanner is built into the power button. There is no NFC module and support for contactless payments. But there are stereo speakers and a headphone jack.

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Redmi Note 10 Pro

Sales start time: already on sale

Estimated price of Redmi Note 10 Pro: 8 + 128 GB - ₹15,999

Features: 120 Hz display, fingerprint scanner in the power button, 108-megapixel camera, capacious battery, 33 W charging, stereo speakers, infrared port, NFC

Redmi Note 10 Pro

Redmi Note 10 Pro has adopted many features of expensive devices. It received a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The screen is covered with tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone, build on the Snapdragon 732G platform, is equipped with 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB drive. The 108 MP main camera supports the method of combining nine adjacent pixels into one and Dual Native ISO technology. This increases the detail, brightness, and dynamic range of images. There is also a super-wide and macro sensor. The 5020 mAh battery supports fast 33-watt charging. Other features of the model include stereo speakers, a mini-jack, and NFC.

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Samsung Galaxy A52 / A72

Sales start time: already on sale

Estimated price of Galaxy A52: 6 + 128 GB - ₹23499, 8 + 128 - ₹24999

Estimated price of Galaxy A72: 8 + 128 GB - ₹30999, 8 + 256 - ₹33999

Features: display 90 Hz, sub-screen scanner, 64-megapixel camera, capacious battery, charging 25 W, stereo speakers, NFC, water protection IP67

Samsung Galaxy A72

The Samsung Galaxy A72 pioneered the Galaxy A series in many ways, with a number of features previously only available to the brand's flagships. It has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and an embedded 32MP selfie camera. The screen is covered with a tempered Gorilla Glass 5. The system's performance is provided by the Snapdragon 720G chipset. The 5000mAh battery supports 25W fast charging. The 64-megapixel main camera is equipped with an optical image stabilization system. There is also a telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, ultra-wide and macro module. The stereo speakers support Dolby Atmos surround sound. The housing is protected from water according to IP67 standards.

The Galaxy A52 model almost completely copies the A72. The key differences are more compact dimensions due to the 6.5-inch screen, a 5-megapixel depth sensor instead of a telephoto camera, and a 4500 mAh battery.

Official page [Galaxy A72]

Official page [Galaxy A72]

Xiaomi Mi11 Lite 5G

Sales start time: already on sale

Estimated price of Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G: 8GB + 128GB - 2,299 yuan (roughly $352), 8GB + 265GB - 2,599 yuan (~$398)

Features: 90 Hz display, fingerprint scanner in the power button, 64-megapixel camera, 33 W charging, stereo speakers, NFC

Xiaomi Mi11 Lite

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G is the affordable variant of the flagship Mi 11 and the company's thinnest phone. The thickness of the case is only 6.81 mm, and the weight is 159 g. The gadget was the first on the market to receive the Snapdragon 780G - a new mid-range gaming processor, gaining almost 600 thousand points in AnTuTu. The 6.55-inch AMOLED matrix has Full HD+ resolution and supports refresh rates up to 90 Hz. The 4250mAh battery provides 33W fast charging. In addition to the main 64-megapixel camera, an ultra-wide 8 megapixel and a 5-megapixel macro lens are available. There are stereo speakers to create surround sound. There is also support for contactless payments using NFC.

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vivo S9

Sales start time: already on sale

Estimated price vivo S9: 8 + 128 GB - ¥299, 12 + 256 GB - ¥3299

Features: sub-screen fingerprint scanner, 64-megapixel camera, 44-megapixel front camera, 33 W charging, NFC

vivo S9

The vivo S9 smartphone is made in a design that is unusual by modern standards. The device has a body with flat edges and a small cutout in the screen for the dual selfie cameras (the main selfie module is 44 megapixels, the ultra-wide one is 8 megapixels). The screen has a diagonal of 6.44 inches and is made using AMOLED technology, the declared maximum brightness is 1300 nits. The MediaTek Dimensity 1100 processor, which supports 5G, is made using a 6nm process technology. The battery has a modest capacity of 4000 mAh, but it supports 33-watt fast charging. The main camera is represented by a 64-megapixel module with an optical image stabilization system and an f/1.7 aperture. Additionally, there is an 8 megapixel super wide and a 2-megapixel macro camera.

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