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The Best And Quickest Smartphones For Every Budget (2021)

author Luis Silva (Updated on: July 2021)

The Best And Quickest Smartphones For Every Budget


This is the international top 10 list. Click here to check out the US version.

No one likes to have a smartphone getting in their way when they just want to get things done, right?

Performance does matter, especially if you're a gamer.

One could easily argue that a slow phone only takes an extra second while opening an app or a game. But if you get that extra second, and multiply it by ten (times a day), after three years, we're talking about 3 whole hours staring at a phone, while it opens its apps.

That's how one should look at performance.

You also should consider having as much RAM as possible. Check out the links at the end of this page.

If money isn't an issue, you should be looking for an iPhone 12 (or any of its siblings). If, on the other hand, you're on a tight budget, then Samsung Galaxy S10e is an astounding phone for what it can deliver, especially the Snapdragon variant.

But you should see it for yourself. Check out these top 10 performers or some of the other seven top 10 listings accordingly to your budget. By the way, they are repeatedly updated to reflect price changes and to include other devices.

Each list has ten devices because performance isn't everything, and at a premium price range, the difference between those phones are almost unnoticeable in day-to-day usage. So I believe that you won't regret it if you opt for #2 or #3 instead.

As a side note, iPhones are now usually one step ahead in terms of performance when compared to other premium Android devices. Is Apple future-proofing them? Anyways, even at similar scores, it's worth noting that apps on iOs usually are more optimized, so it will always deliver a more fluid experience.

Tips: Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones. You can also find links to Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, and Walmart (and updated prices) in any comparison article.



Pick your budget:





 Top 10 

  • #9 OnePlusOnePlus 99
    $469    7.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 888
    GeekBench5: 3394
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+50+2Mp
    4500mAh 65+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • oneplus 9 vs oneplus 9 proOnePlus
    9
    vs
    OnePlus
    9 Pro
  • oneplus 9 vs oneplus 9 proOnePlus
    9
    vs
    OnePlus
    9 Pro


 Over $1000 

  • #7 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1399    7.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 855
    GeekBench5: 3108
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD
  • #8 SonySony Xperia 1 IIXperia 1 II
    $1050    6.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 2901
    6.5" 1644x3840
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+12Mp2x
    4000mAh 21+11w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -Price

  • sony xperia 1 vs sony xperia 1 iiSony
    Xperia 1
    vs
    Sony
    Xperia 1 II


 Under $1000 



 Under $700 

  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20+ SD
    $566    7.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 3091
    6.7" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ SD
  • #10 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 SD
    $566    7.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 3076
    6.2" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4000mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 SD


 Under $500 

  • #1 OnePlusOnePlus 99
    $469    7.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 888
    GeekBench5: 3394
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+50+2Mp
    4500mAh 65+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • oneplus 9 vs oneplus 9 proOnePlus
    9
    vs
    OnePlus
    9 Pro
  • oneplus 9 vs oneplus 9 proOnePlus
    9
    vs
    OnePlus
    9 Pro
  • #4 OnePlusOnePlus 8T8T
    $499    7.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 3053
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+16+5+2Mp
    4500mAh 65+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • oneplus 8 vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    8
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T
  • oneplus nord vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    Nord
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T
  • #8 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Exynos)Galaxy S10 EX
    $429    5.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    GeekBench5: 2153
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD


 Under $400 

  • #2 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 5GGal. S20 FE 5G
    $349    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 3296
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    12+8+12Mp3x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s20 fe 4g vs samsung galaxy s20 fe 5gSamsung
    Gal. S20 FE 4G
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. S20 FE 5G
  • #3 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 11 LiteMi 11 Lite
    $349    6.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 780
    GeekBench5: 2909
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    64+8+5Mp
    4250mAh 33+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Cameras
    +Glass Protection
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 11 lite vs xiaomi mi 11Xiaomi
    Mi 11 Lite
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 11
  • #7 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10+ SD
    $379    6.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    GeekBench5: 2476
    6.4" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    4100mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s10 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ SD
  • #8 HuaweiHuawei Mate 20Mate 20
    $379    5.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Hisilicon Kirin 980
    GeekBench5: 2313
    6.5" 1080x2244
    Full Glass 64GB+
    No Glass Prot.
    12+8+16Mp2x
    4000mAh 22+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    -AMOLED
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • huawei mate 20 vs huawei mate 20 proHuawei
    Mate 20
    vs
    Huawei
    Mate 20 Pro


 Under $300 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10 SD
    $249    6.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    GeekBench5: 2523
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD
  • #7 OnePlusOnePlus 66
    $232    5.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    GeekBench5: 2257
    6.2" 1080x2280
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    16+20Mp
    3300mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot

  • oneplus 6 vs oneplus 6tOnePlus
    6
    vs
    OnePlus
    6T
  • #10 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 8Mi 8
    $264    5.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    GeekBench5: 1901
    6.2" 1080x2248
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    12+12Mp2x
    3400mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 8 vs xiaomi mi 9Xiaomi
    Mi 8
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 9


 Under $200 

  • #4 RealmeRealme 5 Pro5 Pro
    $179    4.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    GeekBench5: 1458
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    48+8+2+2Mp
    4035mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • realme 5 pro vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proRealme
    5 Pro
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
  • #7 XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 7Redmi Note 7
    $140    4.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 660
    GeekBench5: 1284
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+5Mp
    4000mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight

  • xiaomi redmi note 7 vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proXiaomi
    Redmi Note 7
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
 Top Performance 



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