What is the cheapest Android smartphone?

The ultra-budget segment of smartphones is becoming more saturated every year, technologies are developing

at a crazy pace, at the same paceare becoming more accessible. Inexpensive Android phone — today it is primarily a set of compromises. The manufacturer faces a difficult task: to create a low-cost product that is functional and will satisfy the basic requirements of customers.

INOI Lite 1

Today we are reviewing the most affordable smartphonein the line of the Russian company INOI. Model Lite 1 — an incredibly compact device that runs Android 8.1 GO (a special version of the OS for low-power devices). Among the distinctive features, it is worth noting support for 3G, 2 SIM cards, the ability to expand memory using microSD memory cards, as well as support for the Hi-Res audio codec (the smartphone can comfortably be used as a music player).


  • MediaTek MT6580 processor (1.2 GHz). Cortex-A7 cores, Mali-400 MP2 graphics
  • display with a diagonal of 4» (10.2 cm), resolution 480 x 854 px, TFT matrix type
  • RAM 512 MB, built-in 4 GB with the possibility of expansion
  • 5 MP camera
  • Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz), Bluetooth, GPS, Dual Sim, 3.5 mm
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition


In format and appearance, INOI Lite 1 resembledI need an iPhone 3G/3GS. This smartphone was about the same dimensions. Thanks to its small size, the device fits comfortably in your hand. It's incredibly comfortable to use with one hand. In the era of phablets, it’s not even common. Housing — matte soft touch plastic. I didn't like the location of the volume rocker and on/off switch. For some reason, engineers placed them on the left side of the case, when all manufacturers have been installing them on the right for a long time. Of course, you can get used to it, but why complicate it?


Continue the review of INOI Lite 1, then we will focus ondisplay. Here it is as simple as possible, the viewing angles are minimal. Information is read in the sun, but with difficulty. There is nothing surprising here, all state employees are cut down on the display and it’s not worth waiting for something supernatural from them. Basic information is read comfortably, including when using the browser.


To be honest, I expected the worst. It shoots at the level of the same iPhone 3G. The detailing is satisfactory, it can be used as a scanner, but in good light conditions. For more camera INOI Lite 1 and is not suitable.


The latest version is installed on board the smartphoneoperating system from Google — Android 8.1 GO with standard pre-installed proprietary applications (Maps, Chrome Browser, FM radio, YouTube), which in turn are optimized for budget employees with low technical specifications. I rate the performance of the system at 4. Sometimes the system freezes and slows down, not critical, of course. 512 MB of RAM has an effect. But for an inexpensive smartphone for 2000 rubles, this fact should be taken as a feature.

For whom?

This smartphone is a bright representativeultra budgetary. Such devices are often purchased for use as a second / work phone, where the main tasks: calls, instant messengers and occasionally a browser. Also, this model can be recommended as the first smartphone. I must say, for games it does not fit, maximum Tetris and simple 2D games.


Here it is, the cheapest Android smartphone in2019 Calls, gives access to the Internet, great for instant messengers. And what else to wait for 2000 rubles? True, the best will not be for sure! Adequate and balanced budget. The official page of the smartphone.