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The best intermediate smartphones between R $ 1,000 and 1,800

You may even dream of a high-end smartphone, but it is true that today countless models that cost up to $ 1,800 deliver a very satisfying experience for most users. But of course we are not talking about "drip money": before investing in a device that costs almost two minimum wages I need to research and compare.

note: were considered only smartphones officially marketed in Brazil and released between 2018 and 2019. The handsets are listed in alphabetical order, so their position on the list does not indicate that one model is better or worse than the other. Prices are as of the date of publication of this article.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1)

The Zenfone Max Pro M1, which costs $ 1,530 on the manufacturer's website, features metal trim and is positioned above the Selfie line, competing head-to-head with devices like the Moto G7 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy M30. Equipped with a Snapdragon 636 processor, it has versions with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage or 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage.

In both models the 5,000 mAh battery draws attention. It is the first smartphone from ASUS suitable for those who like the experience offered by "pure" Android.

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Zenfone Max Pro M1 / ​​AndroidPIT

LG K12 +

The K12 + was LG's first release in 2019 here in Brazil. Looking at the specs, it may seem a bit "outdated" compared to the other gadgets on this list. But in compensation it is the most affordable model, with a price suggested by the manufacturer of $ 1,200.

Based on a 2.0 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 processor, the K12 + has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. The 5.7 "screen has HD + resolution (720 x 1440 pixels), and the battery has a capacity of 3,000 mAh. You won't find multiple cameras here: it has only one 16 MP sensor at the rear, and another 8 MP at the front. .

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LG K12 + / AndroidPIT

LG promises "artificial intelligence" features in cameras, and DTS: X 3D sound in headphones, and also includes a button exclusive to Google Assistant. Features that can serve to differentiate the K12 + amid a sea of ​​smartphones in its price range.

Motorola Moto G6 Plus

You may ask yourself, "G6 Plus? What is an" old "model doing here?" But despite being a "last year" model, it has advantages over the Moto G7 like a slightly larger battery (3,200 mAh) and the internal aluminum rather than plastic structure.

Equivalent performance, as well as the camera system: a dual set with 12/5 MP at the rear and an 8 MP front camera. The software is also equivalent, since both run Android 9.0 "Pie": the G6 Plus has received the update, and the G7 comes standard.

But the main advantage of the G6 Plus is the price: it can be found for about $ 1,300 on average, a saving of about $ 200 over its younger brother. And if you care about a golden smartphone, the G6 Plus is your only option.

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Moto G6 Plus / AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Samsung Galaxy M30

With a suggested price of $ 1,499, the newly announced Samsung Galaxy M30 is the best option of the South Korean manufacturer for those who want to spend less than $ 1,800. Based on the Exynos 7904 processor (a 1.8 GHz Octa-Core) it comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, with a huge 6.4 "Full HD + screen that occupies almost the entire front of the device except by a little drop notch on top.

Photo enthusiasts will be happy to hear that he has three cameras at the rear: a 13 MP main sensor, a 5 MP ultra-wide-lens secondary camera and a third 5 MP sensor for depth detection in scenes. And the 16 MP front camera guarantees selfies. But the M30's main highlight is the immense 5,000 mAh battery, which promises many hours away from the socket and puts it in direct confrontation with the Zenfone Max Pro (M1).

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Samsung Galaxy M30: Big Screen and Minimal Notch Gives It a Modern Look / AndroidPIT by Stella Dauer

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