5 Best Android One Phones For Every Affordable Budget

By | April 29, 2022

If you are tired of dealing with the fragmentation of the Android operating system, and are looking for an affordable smartphone, the Android One phone might be for you.

But what is Android One? Are Android One devices available in Our Country? And which are the best Android One phones on the market right now?

What is Android One

Almost from the start, the Android OS has been grappling with the problem of device manufacturers running their own highly modified versions of Android on their devices.

First, modified versions are often worse than stock Android. Second, and perhaps more importantly, manufacturers are often slow to release OS updates.

In response to this problem, Google launched Android One in 2014. Benefits of Android One phones include:

  • The phone ships with the stock version of Android.
  • Google controls the update cycle.
  • Android operating system updates are guaranteed for two years.
  • Security updates are guaranteed for three years.

The project was initially targeted at developing countries and low-end devices. However, in 2017, Android One phones became available in the US and Germany, and the number of options grew.

Currently, there are more than 100 phones in the Android One lineup. Many of them are available worldwide.

Nokia 9 PureView

Since the creation of the Android One program, Nokia has been committed to offering Android One on almost all of its handsets.

The current flagship device is the Nokia 9 PureView. It launched at Mobile World Congress in February 2019 and is currently on sale in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The main feature of this phone is its array of five rear cameras. They combine images into one photo when you take the shot.

Under the hood, things are a little less impressive. Actually, this is a 2018 device. It uses a Snapdragon 845 processor instead of the newer 2019 Snapdragon 855.

There’s also a 5.99 P-OLED display, 6GB RAM, and an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. The Nokia 9 PureView ships with Android Pie 9.0.

LG G7 Fit

If you’re looking for a mid-range Android One phone, you should check out the LG G7 Fit.

Along with the LG G7 One, which was only launched in Canada, the LG G7 Fit is a derivative of the flagship LG G7 ThinQ. LG released the ThinQ in May 2018.

Indeed, the LG G7 Fit looks almost identical to the G7 ThinQ. However, dig deeper, and the more the differences appear. For example, The G7 Fit only has a Snapdragon 821 processor — that’s a long way from 2016!

The G7 Fit also features a 6.1-inch QHD+ display, 563 ppi, 16MP rear camera, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. And impressively for less than $300, it has an IP68 water resistance rating; can survive in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Motorola Moto One

Motorola’s first Android One phone in the US was the 2017 Moto X4. The Motorola Moto One is the successor to that model.

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Motorola announced the phone at IFA 2018 in Berlin, with worldwide availability starting in October 2018.

The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Other notable features include a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, a 5.9-inch 2160×1440 display in a 21:9 ratio, and 4K video capture.

The variant of the Moto One Moto One Power is only available in India. It has a 5,000 mAh battery; bigger than the 3,000 mAh battery on the US model

Xiaomi Mi A2

If you want an inexpensive Android One phone, the Xiaomi Mi A2 should be near the top of your list. The phone was renamed Xiaomi Mi 6X. It is the successor to Mi A1 and was released in July 2018.

Considering the budget price of the device, the hardware specs are impressive. There’s a Snapdragon 660 processor, and Adreno 512 GPU, and eight Kryo 260 cores.

The phone comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM versions. Storage options are 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB. Like the LG G7 Fit, the Mi A2 also supports expandable storage.

Elsewhere, you’ll find a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display, 20MP rear camera, 3,000mAh battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo. The battery cannot be removed.

Nokia 7.1

We end with what is arguably the best mid-range Android One phone on the market: the Nokia 7.1. It was unveiled in October 2018 and is now available in all major markets.

The Nokia 7.1 has a Snapdragon 636 processor and eight Kryo 260 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. A 3GB or 4GB RAM version is offered, and you can choose from 32GB or 64GB storage. The phone also has a 12MP rear camera, a 5.84-inch display, and a 1080×2280 resolution. Although it launched with Android 8.1, it now ships with Android Pie 9.0.

Actually, this phone is not as good as Nokia 8.1. 8.1 was released in December 2018 and is available everywhere except the US and Australia. Sure, it’s not a true upgrade from the popular Nokia 8 (the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor isn’t the latest version, and there’s no water and dust resistance), but there’s still a 6.18-inch display with 408ppi and a resolution of 2280×1080 RAM capped at 4GB, and non-expandable storage is 64GB.

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