HDR content is now relatively easier to come by and manufacturers are now including HDR compliant screens on affordable phones as well. Here are a few best options to consider.
Mobile displays are now fast, high resolution and, in many cases, even HDR enabled. This is beneficial when viewing movies, shows, text, data and all sorts of other content. An HDR screen panel can render a scene with different objects at different brightness levels, resulting in an amazing dynamic range. For instance, a sun-set view that could simultaneously include the sun at 500 nits and shadow details at 10 nits. HDR content is now widely available on Netflix, YouTube and other streaming platforms, meaning it is a future proof bet to opt for a phone with an HDR compliant screen. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot to get one.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 is a great value-for-money smartphone. It has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, it also happens to be an HDR certified screen panel. The 6.5-inch screen is large enough to help you enjoy video content in a high dynamic range, making for richer colours and visual presentation. The smartphone is backed by 8GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 720G processor, which makes for a really good all-round performance when it comes to multitasking and playing games. The 4500mAh battery should comfortably last for an entire day of use for most people, even if you view a lot of HDR content.
If you’re looking for a phone which nets you great software, long term updates, 5G support and an HDR screen, the Nord CE is the right pick for you. It is a future-proof budget-friendly smartphone that packs in a punch in terms of performance. Under the hood, it features a Snapdragon 750G 5G mobile platform, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Combined, the RAM and chipset make for really good multitasking. It is quite good to see that even at such an affordable price, you get a 6.4-inch AMOLED display along with HDR support.
Here’s a phone with a large 6.67-inch screen that’s also fast, HDR-capable and vivid. The X3 Pro boasts of a good set of features under the hood- a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 Processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The processor is pretty good for the price and offers really good performance. The 6GB of RAM ensures that the phone will run without hitches for a few years before showing its age. The phone comes in a stylish blue colour finish, along with a quad-camera setup at the back.
This budget-friendly phone from Redmi is one of the few HDR-enabled phones at this price. The display isn’t just HDR certified, it is also fast - with a 120Hz refresh rate panel which makes animations and scrolling appear smooth. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G that is a great performer in terms of everyday usage, gaming and heavy workloads. Pair this with the 6GB of RAM, and you’ve got a smartphone that provides a reliable, lag-free user experience.