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Budget Smartphone of the Year 2018

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Woop-woop! That’s the sound of da police! The rozzers are after us because the Max Pro M2 is an absolute steal of a smartphone. You might be tempted to run a mile when you see the word ‘budget,’ but don’t be fooled by the Asus’ tiny price tag, because this bad boy packs a helluva punch. Compared to rivals like the Xiaomi Note 6 Pro and Nokia 7.1, the Asus is streets ahead, sporting a gorgeous screen (6.25in), a Snapdragon 660 processor with noticeably more power, a beefier battery (5000mAh) and the beauty of the stock Android Oreo UI. We love getting more for less, and that’s precisely why we adore the Max Pro M2.

The runners-up

Nokia knows it can’t really compete with the big boys anymore but with its notched screen, Zeiss-branded dual camera setup, and metal and glass build, the 7.1 certainly does a decent impression of one.

Moto G6 Plus

Motorola had a fairly firm grip on the budget phone throne for some time and despite losing out to Honor, the G6 Plus’s big screen and great battery life mean it still offers plenty of bang for comparatively little buck.

A big display, decent snappers and an improved UI with a snappy processor all at a crazy budget. Oh, and it looks good too.

If you don’t mind spending a bit more, the Note brings quite a lot to the table for its price