The best smartphones up to 400 euros

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The best smartphones up to 400 euros

For smartphones up to 400 euros, manufacturers such as Xiaomi and Motorola offer exciting cell phones with future-proof features. You can find out which models are really worthwhile in our GIGA overview.

Update notice: We last checked the prices and availability of the products mentioned here on 9/19/2022 at 12:55 p.m.

You need a new cell phone that shouldn’t cost too much? And features like 5G, NFC, a fast processor and so on shouldn’t be missing either? Then you no longer have to search in the upper class. Brands like Xiaomi and Motorola have launched smartphones up to 400 euros that are definitely worth a look. We took a closer look at some cell phones and present you with our 4 recommendations.

Smartphones up to 400 euros: everything at a glance

Xiaomi Poco F4: A worthy successor

GIGA tip When it comes to smartphones up to 400 euros, Xiaomi should of course not be missing. Xiaomi has already shown with the Poco F3 that a strong interior not expensive have to be. In the successor Poco F4 (view at Notebooksbilliger.de) there is also a lot of power: The system-on-a-chip (SoC) is like the predecessor, the Snapdragon 870 from Qualcomm and, together with the 8 GB of RAM, ensures a lot of performance.

There is a lot of power in the Xiaomi Poco F4 (Image source: Xiaomi)

In terms of camera performance, the Poco F4 does a little worse than its predecessor, Images in daylight should still succeed. On the other hand, the smartphone scores with a quick charge of less than 50 minutes, which has overtaken the Poco F3 – despite the same battery capacity of 4,500 mAh. The Xiaomi Poco F4 is therefore a worthy successor.

Advantages:

  • brisk processor
  • color-intensive AMOLED display
  • strong battery

Disadvantages:

  • no IP certification
  • Memory not expandable
To the offer at Notebooksbilliger.de
screen 6.67 inch with 120Hz
Operating System & SoC MIUI 13 (Android 12) with Snapdragon 870
Storage 128-256GB ROM, 6-8GB RAM

Realme GT Master Edition: Chic mobile phone at an affordable price

price tip Our next phone sounds like a sports car: Realme has come up with that GT Master Edition launched a smartphone that, despite its strong equipment and its eye-catching case design costs very little. You get a 5G-capable smartphone for up to 400 euros (see Amazon), which shines with a SoC suitable for everyday use – even if there is still room for improvement compared to the Motorola above.

The gray Realme GT Master Edition smartphone is supported by a rock in the sand.
The Realme GT Master Edition definitely catches the eye with its design (Image source: Realme)

The camera of the Realme smartphone makes a good impression on paper. the Battery performance of the GT Master Edition With 4,300 mAh, it is slightly below that of the original Realme GT, whose battery performance our editor Peter praised in his review of the Realme GT. The fact that the processor works efficiently is noticeable in the battery, which has a lot of staying power despite the lower capacity. In the previous GT series, however, you have to do without inductive charging and IP certification with regard to water resistance.

Advantages:

  • extraordinary design
  • decent camera quality
  • strong battery

Disadvantages:

  • no IP certification
  • inductive charging not possible
screen 6.43 inch with 120Hz
Operating System & SoC realme UI 2.0 (Android 11) with Snapdragon 778 5G
memory RAM 128-256GB ROM, 6-8GB RAM

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G: Top phone at a top price

Our editor Peter had already tested the Redmi Note 10 Pro in May 2021 with the conclusion that it a good overall package delivers. With the successor, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (look at Saturn) the impression continues.

Two smartphones with an activated display stand side by side.  The background is purple.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro and Note 11 Pro Plus look confusingly similar (Image source: GIGA)

In contrast to its predecessor, the Redmi Note 11 Pro impresses with a 5G modem and a more up-to-date processor. Although the working memory and display are based on the Redmi Note 10 Pro, the Xiaomi cell phone convinces with a smooth performance, which should also enable one or the other game with adjusted settings. However, Xiaomi does not use the telemacro lens in the Redmi Note 11 Pro – the camera performance only achieves a grade of 2.7 in Stiftung Warentest.

Otherwise you can expect a strong battery, the one sure by a day or two and not without reason was rated “very good” by Stiftung Warentest. In addition, the IP53 certification, i.e. (low) protection against water and dust, rounds off the model.

Advantages:

  • AMOLED display
  • 5G technology
  • IP53 certification

Disadvantages:

  • no inductive charging
  • no optical image stabilizer
screen 6.67 inch with 120Hz
Operating System & SoC MIUI 13 (Android 11) with Snapdragon 695
Storage 64-128GB ROM, 6-8GB RAM

You can find out which products Xiaomi is also known for in the video:

Moto G200 5G: For more entertainment

That Moto G200 cuts a really good figure for a price of less than 400 euros (see at MediaMarkt). Although it an LC display which is only sufficient for a grade of 2.8 in the Stiftung Warentest, it scores in our selection with the strongest processor (Snapdragon 888+). In the GIGA test for the Moto G200, the smartphone responded quickly, which is not only very pleasant in everyday use, but also has its advantages in gaming.

A hand holds a smartphone (model Moto G200).  In the background you can see a table with the packaging for the smartphone.
With the Moto G200 you never get bored (Image source: GIGA)

In terms of robustness, the Moto G200 only received a low IP52 certification, which at least gives it some protection against dust and dripping water, like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G above. As with the other models in our overview, you have to do without a jack connection and wireless charging, and there is also no integrated micro SD slot. And also the camera is in good light conditions reliant.

Advantages:

  • responsive display
  • IP52 certification
  • strong SoC

Disadvantages:

  • mediocre camera
  • no memory expansion
To the offer at MediaMarkt
screen 6.8 inch with 144 Hz
Operating System & SoC Android 11 with Snapdragon 888+
Storage 128GB ROM, 8GB RAM

You can find more smartphones from other price ranges in these overviews:

Smartphones up to 400 euros: That’s how we made our selection

There are many models for smartphones up to 400 euros. Certain characteristics were an exclusion criterion for us, such as being too old. We have partly based ourselves on our own tests, on the other hand on the results of the Stiftung Warentest – reviews are linked below. The results of other test sites and user ratings also influence the selection. The latter are helpful because they don’t judge based on benchmark numbers and other laboratory values ​​that don’t say much, but rather emphasize individual impressions.

Sources used: Stiftung Warentest (Issue 7/2022)

In a separate article you can find out more about how we at GIGA deal with product recommendations and tests:

With our research, we at GIGA want to recommend you suitable products and avoid bad purchases. Your trust is important to us – that’s why you can rely on us.

I myself have been dealing with mobile phones and smartphones for years. All generations have fascinated me, from the Nokia classics to the first clamshell and sliding cell phones to smartphones. Personally, not only technical innovations are important to me, but also sustainability.

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