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ModelNokia 1 $149Nokia 3.1 $249Nokia 6.1 (2018) $399Nokia 7 Plus $649
Screen4.5” 854×4805.2” HD+5.5” 1920 x 1080, 16:96”, 2160 x 1080
Processor4-core 1.1GHz4-core 1.5GHzSnapdragon 630
8-core
Snapdragon 660 8-core
Ram/storage/microSD1/8/microSD2/16/microSD3/32/microSD4/64/microSD
Camera Rear MP5131612/13
Camera Front MP28816
Battery mAh2150 removable299030003800
Android8.1 Go888
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Motorola

Motorola is back under new owners Lenovo. It too is an iconic brand. Motorola was used to talk to astronauts. Its RAZR Flips sold a record 130 million. It deserves to succeed. Knowing Lenovo it is back on track.

Lenovo has the C pre-paid at $129. Then is the e5 at $299. After that is the G6 series from $329 to $499. Then the x4 2017 currently at $399. Then the flagship Z series that uses the innovative Moto Mods. Something for everyone!

GadgetGuy’s pick here is the massive 4,000mAh battery in the G6 Play. But we can’t help but like the G6 Plus. It offers value well above its $400 price.

ModelMoto e5
$229
Moto G6 Play $329Moto G6 $399Moto G6 Plus $499
Screen5.7”
1440 x 720
5.7”
1440 x 720
5.7”
2160 x 1080
5.9”
2160 x 1080
ProcessorSnapdragon 425
4-core
Snapdragon 430
4-core 1.4GHz
Snapdragon 450
4-core
Snapdragon 630
8-core
Ram/storage/microSD2/16/microSD3/32/microSD3/32/microSD4/64/microSD
Camera Rear MP131312/512/5
Camera Front MP581616
Battery mAh4000400030003200
Android8888
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Huawei

Huawei only started branding their phones a few years ago. Before that, they made white-label phones for many Telcos. In a few short years, they have gone from “Who are we” (actually pronounced Wah-Way) to become the world’s second largest smartphone maker behind Samsung. Incredible.

Huawei has a huge range of phones. We don’t see half of them here. It makes its own ARM chips called Hisilicon Kirin and has a range similar to Qualcomm’s four, six and eight series.

Top of the range is the fantastic camera phone P20 Pro (Huawei / Review), but at $1099 it is not part of this overview. Their mid-range is the Nova series and their entry level Y series.

GadgetGuy’s pick here is the value-packed Nova 3i that has AMOLED screen, 4/128GB memory and much more for $599. Last year you would have happily paid $799 for this!

ModelY5 2018
$149
Y6 2018
$229
Nova 3e $399Nova 3i
$599
Screen5.4”
1440 x 720
5.7
1440 x 720
5.84”
2280 x 1080
6.3”
2340 x 1080 AMOLED
ProcessorMT6739Snapdragon 425Kirin 659
8-core
Kirin 710
8-core
Ram/storage/microSD2/16/microSD2/16/microSD4/64/microSD4/128/microSD
Camera Rear MP13131616/2
Camera Front MP551624
Battery mAh3020300030003340
Android8.1888.1
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OPPO

OPPO are also newcomers arriving in Australia in 2014. OPPO (pronounced Oh-Po) is a force to be reckoned with. Its trademark is the ‘cameraphone‘ and what it does for the price is impressive.

It has the entry-level A-series (under $300), mid-range R-series (under $800) and its new Find X (OPPO  GadgetGuy)  flagship with a pop-up camera and nearly 100% screen space. That is $1099 and not part of this overview.

GadgetGuy’s pick here is all about ‘moving goalposts’. OPPO launches new models every six months. One day its R9/Plus, R11s/Plus and now R15 Pro is fantastic value. Offering the best in class camera, generous memory, AMOLED screens the R15 Pro is the pick of the litter. But the A73 at $299 provides way above that value too.

ModelA73
$299
R11s/Plus $699/799R15
$659
R15 Pro
$779
Screen6”
2160 x 1080
6”
2160 x 1080
6.43”
2160 x 1080
sAMOLED
6.28”
2280 x 1080
sAMOLED
6.28”
2280 x 1080
sAMOLED
ProcessorMT6763TSnapdragon 660MT6771Snapdragon 6608-core
Ram/storage/microSD3/32/microSD4/64/microSD
6/64/microSD
6/128/microSD6/128/microSD
Camera Rear MP1320/162020/16 AI
Camera Front MP152020
Battery mAh32003205400034503430
Android7.17.18.1
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LG

LG has some fantastic products that cover from mass market to flagship. Its entry-level includes the pre-paid Leon at $149 and K-series from $249 to $299. Then the Q-series from $399 to $649. Upper-mid-range is the G series. The new G7 Thin Q at $1099 is everything you need in any smartphone but not part of this review.