A few years back, smartphone users would give some unimaginable things to own an iPhone or Samsung.
A guy in China exchanged his kidney for an iPhone 4 phone; do you know why?
It’s because there was a massive gulf in quality and specifications between high-end devices and budget, entry-level smartphones.
Tech giants like Apple, Samsung, LG, and others had a tight hold on the choices available to consumers.
In 2019 I’m glad to say things have changed.
More and more tech companies are rolling out devices with amazing specs for unbelievably low prices. It’s incredible how far technology has come, and much progress that we can enjoy.
Gone are the days when users had to get into crazy contracts with ISPs or pay through the nose to get a quality smartphone.
We don’t all want the same things, and I’m sure many will agree with me that they don’t feel the need to spend thousands of dollars on the phone to survive.
There are whole arrays of great phones in every price range these days, especially for people on a budget. With a couple of hundred dollars, you can get an excellent and reliable smartphone that will satisfy you and give you a taste of premium quality.
This article is going to recommend some devices that are undoubtedly the best within the $100 range.
Best Phones I Would Recommend
Basically, in 2019, it is safe to expect that every phone in the $100 price range has at least 2GB RAM and some 16GB ROM, 5-inch screen, quad-core processors, coupled with high-end sensors like fingerprint scanners and decent cameras.
They are not going to be as high-end as Samsung galaxy S10, but there are cheap and worth every penny of their prices.
Some of the phones that fit these specifications include:
CUBOT Quest with a fingerprint scanner, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM;
CUBOT Quest Lite also with fingerprint scanner and the standard 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM;
Coolpad Legacy with 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM, even with fingerprint scanner;
ZTE ZMax Pro with 2GB RAM + 32GB ROM and a fingerprint scanner;
LG Harmony, Moto E5 and more, you get the picture?
However, of all these fantastic phones, the ones I can boldly recommend are CUBOT Quest and CUBOT Quest Lite.
That’s simple; I’ll choose them because CUBOT Quest and Quest Lite are the best sports phones around $100 in 2019.
Both phones also have the added appeal of dual cameras, which is a rare thing to see on phones within that price range.
Why CUBOT Quest?
This phone is indeed a unique and quality smartphone with a price of just a little more than $100.
Announced in May 2019, it is touted as the “world’s first sports phone.” This claim is not just a title but supported by the features available on the phone.
The phone company; CUBOT decided to focus its research and development process on Resistance, Endurance, and Performance; the qualities of modern-day athletes.
That’s what makes CUBOT Quest such a great device.
For such a low price, CUBOT has done well to deliver a waterproof, dustproof, harder to break smartphone that’s as rugged as the spirit of any athlete today.
The key specs of the phone include:
A 5.5-inch LCD IPS screen. The screen resolution stands at 720 x 1440, giving it a decent 290ppi. It does not have a notch; a plus if you ask me.
The screen-to-body ratio is 67%. It’s also the world’s thinnest rugged smartphone with its body dimensions; 73.7 x 157.0 x 8.8mm.
The camera setup features dual cameras on the rear of the phone pegged at 12MP + 2MP, capable of taking Full HD pictures as well as 1080P HD videos at 30fps.
The selfie camera has an 8MP lens also capable of taking clear and HD photos. The back camera has a flash, but there’s no flash for the front camera.
The phone has a powerful MTK Helio P22 MT6762 64-bits octa-core processor running at a comfortable 2GHz.
In terms of RAM, it has a whopping 4GB RAM under the hood to ensure a seamless transition between apps and uninterrupted, flawless gameplay on the device.
Storage capacity on the device is 64GB, which also houses the phone software that runs the phone.
If 64GB of storage space doesn’t sound great to you, the phone gives you the option of extending the memory by using an external SD card up to 128GB.
For $100, that’s a steal.
You get all the sensors present on a premium smartphone on CUBOT Quest.
including fingerprint sensor, NFC, accelerator, gyroscope sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, and magnetometer.
You get 4G support on both sim ports with support for voice calls through its VoLTE technology.
You also get notification alerts with the LED notifications light on the phone.
It comes with a massive 4000mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery that can last for up to 2 days with fair usage.
The phone supports fast charging, so, there won’t be any reason to wait for long periods when recharging the battery.
CUBOT Quest is powered by Android 9.0 pie version, meaning it’s up to date and power-efficient as well as secure.
It’s also pretty rugged and harder to break with its Corning Gorilla Glass 6th generation body and screen.
Being waterproof and dustproof means the phone can be used anywhere and in any sport.
Prices for CUBOT Quest range from $119 to around $149 depending on from which store you’re getting it.
All of these specs on a $100 phone?
It’s going to be hard to find another phone that offers so much at such a low price. That is why we recommend it as the best phone to get on a $100 budget.
Why CUBOT Quest Lite?
Considering specs and price, the second-best smartphone I would recommend is CUBOT Quest Lite.
As the name implies, it offers a little less than its counterpart in terms of RAM and ROM.
Since it’s the lite version of CUBOT Quest, it runs on a quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bits MTK Helio A22 MT6761 processor. The processor is also fast and capable of running multiple operations smoothly.
You also get 4G support on the device with VoLTE technology as well.
It has just 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, making it a bit lesser than its predecessor.
Just like Quest, it runs on android 9.0 pie as well, ensuring that it’s up to date and secure.
It has all the sensors present in the main version: including NFC, GPS, Proximity sensor, Fingerprint sensor and more.
The camera is the same as in the Cubot Quest, but Quest Lite has a better 13MP + 2MP rear camera and the same 8MP selfie camera as Quest.
Like CUBOT Quest, this device is also waterproof, dustproof, and harder to break.
Invariably, Cubot designed these two devices with athletes in mind; they are also perfect for people who are always on the go: hiking, rock climbing, or work in the construction industry.
You can rest assured that your phone can cope with the harsh environments in which you continuously find yourself.
We see more phones loaded with premium features for such low prices that I can’t wait to see more cheap phones from CUBOT in the future.
I love the future already.