Hello guys, today we are going to talk about the best budget smartphones of 2021. These are comes with 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, 6000 mAh battery, 6.53 inch large LCD display, and Snapdragon 662 processor. If we talk about the camera, it has 48 MP primary, 2 MP depth and 8 MP selfie camera.

Key Specs

Specs Xiaomi Redmi 9T Xiaomi Poco M3
Launched January 18, 2020 February 2, 2020
Display 6.53 inch 6.53 inch
Processor Snapdragon 662 Snapdragon 662
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
Storage 128 GB 128 GB
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 6000 mAh
Rear Camera 48+8+2+2 (MP) 48+2+2 (MP)
Front Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Weight (g) 198 198
Quick Charging 18 W 22.5 W
Fingerprint Side Side

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48 megapixel cameras 6000 milliamp hour battery and decent performance given the price stack $130 versus $160. Which of them is the best choice for a budget smartphone, the Poco M3 versus the Redmi 9T let inspect.

So i'm here to show you today's guest stars first. That's the Poco M3 which is the first contender for best budget smartphone of 2021. It costs only $130 and this is the Redmi 9T and I'm saying it's super slowly because if I say quickly read me 90 and it sounds like 90 kind of confusing but never mind to really fantastic and very good budget smartphones, which are going to offer pretty decent experience with a price point. It's just unbelievable. How good budget smartphones have become in the past couple of years having 6000 milliamp hour battery 48 megapixel camera good software with frequent security patches and updates and okay performance for browsing and social media and apps. It's no longer a privilege for expensive phones only. It is possible to have it right now for as low is $130.

At the moment of making these videos, there's nothing really as good coming from the big brands, with owner being temporarily sidelined Huawei being out of scope and Realme having only the C15, which is their most budget friendly device for 2020. And now we wait you know to see if it's going to get a refresh. I think it's clear for everyone that Redmi is one of Xiaomi brands and a couple of years ago Xiaomi made it very clear me is going to be the more premium brands, while Redmi is supposed to cover the mainstream and budget segments mostly Poco on the other side had a similar faith until recently, when the company started to operate on its own. So we're still seeing a lot of similarities between motors from both companies. But in the future, this will likely change for both hardware and software, I guess it's all going to be something similar to the relationship between one plus Oppo and Realme, which all belong to BBK electronics.

Design and the display

So now I'm going to start with what is common, and we're going to highlight the similarities about hardware and software. And then we're going to take a look at what is different between both. Let's start with the design and the display first, both are made out of plastic large seats built 53 inch drop displays. Inside the drop. There's the front camera Of course, both displays have identical performance and color tuning and have the same peak brightness, which is about 400 nits so it will be visible outdoors if it's not a too bright and shiny day, not as bright as an AMOLED screen. But the big advantage is that if the screen breaks, or replacement LCD is going to cost you no more than $30 resolution is good. It's full HD even more than that. It's identical to most midranges, even some high end phones from this ear, it overs, color temperature adjustment, sunlight modes, reading mode, and the LCD is behind a gorilla glass three. So it's scratch resistant. What makes it different is of course the sharpness and the colors. But for untrained eye, most people would hardly make any difference.

Textures on the backs

We can see two different kinds of textures on the backs. And we'll start with the Poco which has these leather like feeling, but I tend to like it. So you can decide if I like it's really a lot but it's spinning alright. And it's anti slippery. So if your hands are sweaty, it's less likely this thing to be dropped on the ground. And also the Poco logo, which is which is engraved here under now is actually not under the glass, it's on top of the glass. So that's probably going to scratch at some point. Yeah, maybe you better use a case in case you want to keep this for a long time. Now the Redmi there's no chance of this logo disappearing because it's sort of engraved. Probably I should, I should put it like that it's better visible. It's frosted texture. You can hear me doing it with my nails. But it's also pretty nice on the touch and anti slippery. So I think I like both of them quite a lot and probably this feels a little better in the hands.

If we take out the sim holder dual sim support for both phones, as well as external storage up to 512 gigabytes, also infrared blaster headphone jack and dual speaker system. Let me show you the quality of the speakers and I'll play the same thing with a MI 10T pro for a comparison. Both phones arrive with a charge inside the box 22.5 watt charges. And yeah, there is quick charging mode supported, which is important for such a large battery inside. Speaking of which, it has capacity of 6000 milliamp hours. Think about its modern CPU manufacturers and very thin process, not to power hungry display and a huge battery, it can result in too close to 20 hours screen on time.

I guess it's a good idea to share the rest of the specs, Snapdragon 662 chipsets with optical processor and powerful graphics processor oh well optimized for games, 4 gigabytes of RAM for the Poco m3 and option for 6 gigs for Redmi 9t. Certain regions only storage is either 64 or 128 gigs, 48 megapixel main camera 8 megapixel selfie camera alternate its connectivity protocols, including FM radio infrared blaster fingerprint sensors embedded in both phones inside the power button. And both of them do not support NFC. Although looks like for certain regions, the Redmi 90 may have such in the future. So based on all that we can say that performance wise they're almost identical. This is not a gaming phone, nor it is a flagship, it's not great for editing videos or other heavy CPU or GPU intensive tasks. But their performance is definitely not to be ignored. They're almost as capable as a Galaxy S8. That's right look at the benchmarks, the overall performance is going to be about the same running the tests and both didn't show significant difference. Although I made an experiment and deep bloated the Poco and loved the Redmi 9T as it is deep bloating is the process where we're getting rid of the unnecessary apps, which are on the phone. Actually over here we go one step further, we connect the phone to the computer, we run a very special app, which is uninstalling and removing all the unnecessary operating system related services and apps. And after the procedure is done. This releases about half a gigabyte of RAM, which makes the phone feel a lot faster. And you're going to see the implications, I can just show you how much quicker the whole scrolling feels. And if I have to go and open something it's much smoother than what it used to be.

There's a tool that you need to download compatible with almost all new MIUI based smartphones. And the credit is here go to shaki whose development that is you need to enable developer options, simply go to the about section, tap on the MIUI version seven times. And then developer options are unlocked. And you can see that under additional settings. From there, you can enable USB debugging connect the phone to the computer where the app is running, confirm the connection and you can choose which apps will be removed. If left only the calculator the themes engine, few others, including some of the Google services and good thing is that in case something breaks, it can bring it back. You have to be careful but at the same time this tool is rather harmless. And the procedure is not as complicated as for example routing would be after the bloating MIUI, it's all has suddenly become a lot faster. I have seen many reviews saying that the Poco M3 is super slow, especially when it wakes up. This gets better with the latest software update. It was also vastly improved, after the deep loading procedure.

The whole thing feels as if it's fine right now just look at how scrolling works. You can do one more thing in order to speed things up, reduce the animation time again, we go to settings, additional settings developer options, and scroll down until you find the animation tuning and reduce the three values down to 0.5. This is going to make your phone feel almost like flagship when you're switching between tasks in the interface. Just have a look. If you don't trust me yet, just look at how much quicker the camera opens all the bloated and optimized Poco. The experience in both phones is very similar however, the Poco has slightly different launcher code The Poco launcher, while the Redmi 9T still uses the standard MIUI launcher, there are minor things that could be different. There is no way to show the RAM usage in the recent screen for the Poco. And generally a few less entries in the customizations, but most of it is well known MIUI experience based on Android 10.

The only major component that we haven't talked about yet, the cameras, so we have two different kinds of setup over here and the $129 Poco is giving us a triple camera setup. Whereas with the $159, costing Redmi, 9T, we have a quad camera setup. Plane sensors for both is the same 48 megapixel Samsung, which does a great job in daylight. And okay photos in low light thanks to the advanced night mode and the processing in the MIUI camera app. While I may not be a huge fan of MIUI myself, the camera app is in my opinion, the best among the Android devices, offering clean and easy to use interface with tons of customizations filters and additional effects you can apply right away, and also prompt mode for both videos and photos. As you may notice, with some patience, it can deliver results, which are not too far away from what's a $900 flagship can provide videos, however, are less appealing maximum of 1080p for slow motion and lack of civilization. The Redmi 9T has a wide angle camera on top of the main sensor is actually the major difference between both phones, obviously not the best in class, but good come handy for street and landscape photography. As you can notice, from all the tests we have done, these files are almost identical. Yes, a few visual differences since possibility for 6 gigs for the Redmi in some regions, and the only significant hardware advantage of the Redmi 9T is the wide angle camera, the rest of the hardware and the software features are almost the same. That was the most important summed up but there might be a lot more small, cool things to try the FM radio, the infrared blaster, the fingerprint scanner, the themes app and the wallpaper customizations.

So if you wonder whether any of these two smartphones are a great choice for a budget phone, and I would say the answer is Hell yeah. Are they the best of 2021? Probably it's too early to say because I'm pretty sure that in the coming 11 months, there will be a lot more devices presented. But definitely at this very moment there packing probably the most out of the budget sector, 1080p display, huge battery, good software performance, triple or quad camera setup. Which one is better? Well, you see, they're almost identical with the camera compartment being the only notable difference besides the outlook. So if you want to go really budgets, the Poco M3 is great.

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