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The best entry-level mobiles of 2021

23 mayo, 2021

As we do every year around this time, the time has come to start collecting the best mobiles that this 2021 is leaving us. To do this, we are going to divide the current catalog into different ranges based on an established price range. Here, we are going to focus on the entry range, or what is the same, the terminals that occupy the lowest step -by price and performance- of each manufacturer’s portfolio.

For the selection of models, we have taken into account two factors: on the one hand, that they have reached the market so far in 2021 or, at most, in the last months of 2020, and on the other, that they have a official maximum price of 200 euros. The order of the marks is strictly alphabetical. As more terminals come out, we will update the article, so if you miss a candidate, do not hesitate to leave it in the comments.

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Huawei P Smart 2021

Huawei P Smart 2021

This lower-middle-range phone went on sale in Spain at the end of last year with a launch price of 229 euros, but can currently be found below 200 on various sites, including the Huawei Store. For that figure, the Huawei P Smart 2021 offers us a 6.67-inch Full HD + screen, the Kirin 710A processor with 4 GB of RAM and a 5,000 mAh battery with 22.5W fast charge.

In the photographic section, we have an 8 megapixel front camera and a rear camera composed of a 48 MP main sensor, an 8 MP wide angle and two 2 MP sensors for macro shots and depth reading. It does not lack the fingerprint reader on the side either, but yes, it comes without the Google apps.


HUAWEI P Smart 2021 - 6.67 Inch Full HD Smartphone, 4GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM, 22.5W HUAWEI Supercharge, 5000 mAh battery, Quad camera 48 MP, Green [Versión ES/PT]

HUAWEI P Smart 2021 – 6.67 Inch Full HD Smartphone, 4GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM, 22.5W HUAWEI Supercharge, 5000 mAh battery, Quad camera 48 MP, Green [Versión ES/PT]

LG K42

Lg K42

Another model that has been on the market for a while is this LG K42, a phone with modest specifications and that bets on a different design with a non-slip back, anti-scratch and that protects the device against ultraviolet rays. The front is dominated by a 6.6-inch LCD panel with HD + resolution and a hole where we find the 8 MP front camera.

Inside, we have the Helio P22 processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of available storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. It also boasts MIL-STD810G military certification and a quad rear camera with 13 megapixel (main), 5 megapixel (wide), 2 megapixel (depth) and 2 megapixel (macro) sensors.


LG K42 - Smartphone 64GB, 3GB RAM, Dual Sim, Green

LG K42 – Smartphone 64GB, 3GB RAM, Dual Sim, Green

Motorola Moto G10

Moto G10

The tenth generation of Motorola’s Moto G range has its maximum exponent in the Moto G10. This model incorporates the Snapdragon 460 processor from Qualcomm along with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable internal storage. It also mounts a 6.5-inch HD + screen with a notch to house the front camera (8 MP).

It has a quadruple rear camera, supported by artificial intelligence and formed by a 48 MP main sensor, an 8 MP wide angle and two 2 MP sensors for macro and portrait photography. A fingerprint reader, Android 11, IP52 certification and a 5,000 mAh battery compatible with 10 W fast charging complete its features.


Motorola Moto g10 aurora gray, 4/64 GB

Motorola Moto g10 aurora gray, 4/64 GB

Motorola Moto G30

Moto G30

Among other features, Motorola’s new Moto G30 has a 5,000 mAh battery with 15 W fast charge, a quad camera with a 64 megapixel main sensor and a 13 megapixel front camera.

It also includes a rear fingerprint reader, facial recognition, a button for Google Assistant and a 6.5-inch HD + screen. All with the Snapdragon 662 processor Qualcomm at the controls, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card up to 512 GB.


moto g30 (6.5 screen" 90Hz, Qualcomm Snapdragon, 64MP quad-camera system, 5000 mAH battery, Dual SIM, Android 11), Black [Versión ES/PT]

moto g30 (6.5 “90Hz screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon, 64MP quad-camera system, 5000 mAH battery, Dual SIM, Android 11), Black [Versión ES/PT]

Motorola Moto E7

Moto E7

The last member of the Moto E family, Motorola’s cheapest, arrived at the end of 2020 with a 6.5-inch HD + display, Android 10 as the operating system and the Helio P25 processor from MediaTek. 32 GB of expandable internal storage and 2 GB of RAM are sold.

It also includes a 4,000 mAh battery with a 10W charge, a 5 megapixel f / 2.2 front camera and a dual rear camera with 48 megapixel f / 1.7 main sensor and 2 megapixel f / 2.4 macro sensor. Its most important features are completed with a USB-C port, FM radio and rear fingerprint reader.


Motorola Moto E7 - 6.5 Smartphone" (HD + MAX Vision, 48 MP Dual Camera System, 4000 mAH Battery, Dual SIM, 2 / 32GB, Android 10), Gray [Versión ES/PT]

Motorola Moto E7 – 6.5 “Smartphone (HD + MAX Vision, 48 MP Dual Camera System, 4000 mAH Battery, Dual SIM, 2 / 32GB, Android 10), Gray [Versión ES/PT]

Nokia 5.4

Nokia 5 4

With the generation leap, Nokia has bet on this model for a 6.39-inch HD + display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 662 processor, supported by 4 GB of RAM and over 64 GB of internal storage. This is joined by a 4,000 mAh battery, the FM radio and the rear fingerprint reader.

The Nokia 5.4 also includes a 16 MP front camera and a quad rear camera with a 48 MP main sensor, a 5 MP wide angle, a 2 MP macro sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor. All this combined with Android 11.


Nokia 5.4 - Smartphone 5G 6.39 “HD + (4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, Quad Camera, 48MP + 2MP + 5MP + 2MP, Battery, 4000 mAh, Dual Sim, Android Q), Black

Nokia 5.4 – Smartphone 5G 6.39 “HD + (4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, Quad Camera, 48MP + 2MP + 5MP + 2MP, Battery, 4000 mAh, Dual Sim, Android Q), Black

OnePlus Nord N100

Oneplus Nord N100

The first entry-level model from OnePlus is also the cheapest terminal in the history of the company. The OnePlus Nord N100, which was announced at the end of 2020 together with the Nord 10, arrives powered by a Snapdragon 460 supported by 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.

We also have a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charge, a 6.52-inch HD + screen and an 8-megapixel front camera. The rear consists of a 13-megapixel f / 2.2 main sensor, another 2-megapixel f / 2.4 sensor for macro photography, and a third 2-megapixel f / 2.4 sensor for depth readings. As an operating system, it brings Android 10 after Oxygen OS 10.5.


OnePlus N100 Midnight Frost |  6.52 HD + LCD screen"|  4GB RAM + 64GB Storage |  Triple camera |  5000 mAh battery |  Dual SIM |  4G

OnePlus N100 Midnight Frost | 6.52 “HD + LCD Screen | 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage | Triple Camera | 5000 mAh Battery | Dual SIM | 4G

OPPO A15

Oppo A15

To the 6.52-inch screen with HD + resolution (1,600 x 720 pixels), the OPPO A15 adds MediaTek’s Helio P35 processor and a huge 4,230 mAh battery compatible with 10W charging. Comes with Android 10-based ColorOS 7.2 operating system, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage.

It also highlights its triple rear camera with a 13 megapixel main sensor and two 2 megapixel sensors each for depth reading and macro photography. It does not lack the USB-C port, a 5 megapixel front camera and the rear fingerprint reader.


OPPO A15 - 6.52 screen" (HD + 3GB / 32GB, MT6765, 4,230 mAh, 13MP + 2MP + 2MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, Android 10) Blue [Versión ES/PT]

OPPO A15 – 6.52 “screen (HD + 3GB / 32GB, MT6765, 4,230 mAh, 13MP + 2MP + 2MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, Android 10) Blue [Versión ES/PT]

LITTLE M3

It is the most affordable POCO model that Xiaomi markets in our country. In addition to a 6.53-inch Full HD + screen, the POCO M3 mounts the Snapdragon 662, along with 4 GB of RAM, two internal storage options and MIUI 12 adapted to POCO. Special mention deserves its 6,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charge.

In the photographic section, it has an 8 megapixel front camera and a triple rear camera with 48 megapixel main sensor, a second 2 megapixel macro sensor and a third dedicated to capturing depth. It also includes a headphone jack with an option to FM radio, infrared emitter and dual external speakers, but it lacks NFC.


Poco M3 - Smartphone 4 + 64GB, Screen 6.53" FHD + with Dot Drop, Snapdragon 662, 48 MP Triple Camera with AI, 6000 mAh battery, POCO Yellow

Poco M3 – Smartphone 4 + 64GB, 6.53 “FHD + Screen with Dot Drop, Snapdragon 662, 48 MP Triple Camera with AI, 6000 mAh battery, POCO Yellow

Realme 7

The most modest member of the Realme 7 series is the Realme 7i, but for a little more, we can get hold of the Realme 7, which boasts a technical sheet that it could well be included in the mid-range. It reached the Spanish market with a price of 249 euros, but after launching its 5G variant, the company lowered the 4GB / 64GB and 6GB / 64GB variants below 200.

Among other features, it has a 6.5-inch FullHD + screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate, the Helio G95 processor and a 5,000 mAh battery with 30W fast charge. The front camera has a 16-megapixel f / 2.0 sensor, while the rear camera is quadruple: a 48-megapixel f / 1.8 main sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle, a monochrome sensor and another sensor for macro photography.


realme 7 - 6.5 Smartphone", 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM, LCD FHD +, Helio G95 Gaming, quad Sony 48MP + 16MP Front camera.  Dual SIM + 1 Micro SD.  Fog White [Versión ES/PT]

realme 7 – 6.5 “Smartphone, 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM, LCD FHD +, Helio G95 Gaming, quad camera Sony 48MP + 16MP Front. Dual SIM + 1 Micro SD. Mist White [Versión ES/PT]

Samsung Galaxy A12

Galaxy A12

One of the latest terminals to land in the Samsung Galaxy A range is this Galaxy A12, which boasts a 6.5-inch TFT panel with HD + resolution and a notch to accommodate the front camera, with 8 megapixels of resolution. Inside, it also hides an eight-core processor and a 5,000 mAh battery with fast charging of 15W.

The rear camera is composed of a 48 megapixel main sensor f / 2.0, a 5-megapixel f / 2.2 wide-angle, an f / 2.4 macro camera, and an f / 2.4 depth sensor, the latter two 2-megapixel cameras. It has several RAM and storage options, as well as NFC and Dual SIM function. It is available in four colors.


Samsung Galaxy A12 |  Free Smartphone 4G Ram and 64GB Expandable Internal Capacity |  48MP Main Camera |  5,000 mAh battery and fast charge |  White color [Versión española]

Samsung Galaxy A12 | Free Smartphone 4G Ram and 64GB Expandable Internal Capacity | 48MP Main Camera | 5,000 mAh battery and fast charge | White color [Versión española]

Sony Xperia L4

Sony Xperia L4

This model has been on the market for several months now, but it is still the only proposal within the most economical range of the Japanese manufacturer. Among other novelties, it has a 6.2 inch widescreen with 21: 9 aspect ratio and drop-shaped notch. It also includes a triple rear camera made up of a 13 MP main sensor, a 5 MP ultra wide angle lens and a 2 MP depth sensor.

In addition, the Sony Xperia L4 has a 3,580 mAh battery. fast charge compatible, 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal capacity. I don’t …