Those who want to pocket the best of technology but do not have a comfortable budget should sharpen the famous “price-quality” ratio. It is that the top-of-the-range mobiles already exceed half a million pesos. It is the case of Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the iPhone 13. And the iPhone 14 OK more than a million pesos.
However, there are several models with similar features that sell for half those prices. They are the high-end entry, a category known as“Entry Premium”. Today they are between 250,000 pesos and just over 400,000 pesos. Some can be purchased in interest-free installments.
In general, they are the younger brothers of the most powerful, with some slightly more modest features, materials with less glamorous finishes, less RAM, but they usually have the same or a similar processor, very good storage capacity, and the same screen.
They have a useful life of between 3 and 4 years (if they are not damaged by breakage), advanced features and are very robust. They are ideal for watching series, participating in long video chats, taking photos and recording quality videos, and following social networks on a very clear screen.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S
It has the best price of this selection. It is highlighted by the numbers of its system of cameras. The main one is from 108MP. And it is completed with a wide angle of 8 MP, a macro of 2 MP and a depth of 2 MP. Another detail that stands out is its huge 5000 mAh battery with 33W fast charging. It comes with an 18W charger.
Its weak side is its MediaTek Helio G96 processor. But add 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
The screen is another of the strengths of this Xiaomi. It is a 6.43-inch AMOLED with curved edges and FullHD+ resolution (2,040 x 1,080 pixels). 90 Hz refresh rate. This figure indicates the number of times the image flashes on and off per second. The higher it is, the better screen experience. $245,999.
Motorola Edge 40
Those with a soft spot for the latter can stop their gaze on the new Edge 40, introduced by Motorola just two months ago. It is one of the thinnest devices in its class (7.58 mm), and integrates a borderless curved glass screen.
It includes IP68 protection that makes it resistant to immersion in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for a maximum of 30 minutes.
Its screen is the highlight. It offers a 6.55” pOLED, with Full HD+ resolution, which provides a very sharp image. It has a fast and smooth refresh rate of 144 Hz.
In the processor, the most important thing about the cell phone, is where it falters a bit for us. It is a MediaTek Dimensity 8020. The cameras are very good: the main one is 50MP. And it comes complete with Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, 256 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM and a 68 W Turbo Power fast battery charger. The battery is 4,400 mAh. $249,999.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Although it bears the number 21, it was presented in January 2022, in Las Vegas. It stands out for its 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen, with Full HD+ resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The panel is worthy of a top of the range. It has brightness, sharpness and outstanding colors.
Its processor is of high quality: a 5nm Snapdragon 888 Octa-Core, the same as the Galaxy S20.
As far as the cameras of this Samsung are concerned, it is equipped with a triple camera setup (12 MP + 8 MP + 12 MP) at the rear, while the front (selfie) is 32-megapixel. It has facial, touch recognition and 128 GB of storage capacity.
On the negative side, the battery: it is 4500 mAh and takes almost two hours to complete the charge. Also, it doesn’t come with a charger. It sells for $274,999.
Its 5000 mAH battery charges to 100% in 36 minutes, according to the brand. Add an AdaptiveSync screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate, flat 6.67-inch AMOLED FHD+ with a resolution of 2,400 by 1,080 pixels and 8 GB of RAM. Its processor is a Media Tek Dimensity 1200-Ultra.
Cameras: The main one is 108 MP, which is added to one of 8 MP and another of 5 MP. Specific dual speakers, which will be responsible for producing a surround sound of up to 360 °, clear, sharp and high quality. $336,900.
Motorola Edge 40 Pro
The most advanced Moto follows the line of its very good predecessor, the Edge 30 Ultra. It has a 6.67-inch OLED screen (FullHD+ resolution) and a 165 Hz refresh rate, the highest on the market. With Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. And 4600 mAh battery with 125 watt fast charge.
In the camera block, it uses a 50 MP main sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 50 MP wide angle. $379,999.
Samsung Galaxy S23
Due to its cameras and screen quality, it is just half a step below its older brother, the S23 Ultra. But we prefer this one: it has a 6.1-inch screen that fits in your pocket (the Ultra is a 6.8-inch “brick”) and costs about 200,000 pesos less.
It has the same processor as the Ultra, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The screen is a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel that reaches 120 Hz refresh rate, with an FHD+ resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels.
256 GB of storage, waterproof, fingerprint reader and facial unlocking. Good camera system, with a 50MP main one. the battery falls short: 3900 mAh. $409,999.