Conversation starter: What are the absolute lowest phone specs you'd be okay living with?

Conversation starter: What are the absolute lowest phone specs you'd be okay living with?
It's deeply ingrained in our own human nature to never be actually satisfied with what we have and always strive for more. 

That's especially true when it comes to technology and gadgets: we are always on the lookout for the next big thing as soon as we peel off the protective film from our new brand phone and fire it up for the first time. The struggle for more sophisticated technology at our fingertips is a contemporary interpretation of the ancient game of cat and mouse though it's unclear if we, the customers, are the predator or its prey.

While everyone wants a to flaunt a nice flagship in their pants' pockets, the cold truth is that only a small portion of users actually need the latest flagship device. As the market is now saturated with loads of good-enough handsets, the single unifying feature of contemporary flagship devices is ticking that specific box that elevates your social status. Yes, even a way more humble device would run Snapchat or fetch you your emails just as good.

A recent Reddit post inspired us to ask you a rather intriguing question: what are the absolutely lowest phone specs that you'd be willing to live with? Display type and size, built-in storage, processing power, build materials, cameras, software, and everything else you can think of is welcome! 

We are looking forward to reading your replies to our question in the comment section right below!


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1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

1080p amoled screen 5.5 in,16x9 Gorilla glass 3 Plastic built Fingerprint scanner At least android lollipop Fast charging Micro usb Regular speakers 32gb,no sd needed 2,500 mah

25. ah_sukk_it

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 18, 2018

for a daily phone? nothing less then a LG G5 level specs no pos 1080p IR blaster, FPS and swappable batteries are a MUST

36. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

My minimum is no less than a Galaxy S4 spec sheet... Though I can live with 720p display, but at least 1080p is a MUST for me if it's an AMOLED display.

37. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

In other words, A Galaxy Note 3?

2. cmvrgr

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

As minimum: CPU Antutu at 80000 to 85000 Screen 6" 16:9 - 6.5" 18:9 RAM 4GB STORAGE 64GB DUAL SIM BATERY 4000mAh OS ANDROID 7 with upgratability to 8

34. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

4GB RAM and 64GB storage and 4000mAh are minimum requirements for you? You've got very high standards, bruh, I admire you!

41. rawlgnd19

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 08, 2011

that's more like top. most high end phones don't have all the features you are asking. Wrong thread buddy.

3. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Oh that's an interesting take, I do live with a Nokia3310 as my other daily driver alongside Note8 and an iPad Pro. I can live with it a whole week if I have my computer with me(MacBook or the iMac at home/office) sans the iPad or the Note8 and indeed I've tried that too.

4. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

If I can't access the computer then I can't be connected and I will feel I'm living in a cabin in the woods without anything.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4256; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The specs in my note 8

6. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Absolute minimum specs Display: 5" 720p Camera: Any midrange random camera(8 MP, 1.2 micron pixels, no OIS), with a pro mode. CPU: SD625. Battery: 2500 mAh RAM: 2GB Storage: 16GB + microSD Build: Plastic Software: Anything works, with a thriving dev community for root and custom ROM. Beat that!

15. libra89

Posts: 2290; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I agree mostly, but for myself, I'm indifferent about the root, and front camera can be 5 MP at least.

31. Khyron

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

At least ufs 2.0 around $150-250 half the pricetag of a flagship oneplus 5t 3GB ram or above 1080 full Hd Fingerprint scanner Average cameras with decente quality 32GB minimum Snapdragon 820 performance level 2 year of updates 3000mah battery

8. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Nothing lower then my note 8. If I wanted lower I would have keep the note 5.

9. jleslie97

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I've seen the Mi A1 perform spectacularly for the price and would be a prefered but would but as comfortable with something as low as: SD 400 2-3gb of RAM 4.5>6inch 720p>1080p (depending on size) 16gb storage + sd card or 128gb android 6.0 but would prefer a OEM that updates fairly often. As long as there are Bt and location smart lock don't even need a fingerprint reader Interesting to see people comment with really high specs as the lowest they would be comfortable with. Currently on the s8 but was happy paying the price for all the extras but honestly all the extras aren't necessary for what I need from a phone, just something I am happy paying more for

10. Pabliell

Posts: 185; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Absolute minimum for me: Snapdragon 650 - more than enough CPU power and minimum GPU power; Display with minimum of 350 ppi, preferable 5.3" 16:9; Battery capable of 3h of SoT; 3/32 memory version with microSD slot; Plastic build, aluminium frame is really appreciated; Camera with 8 MP, f2.4, 1/2.6" sensor size, good EIS; And a headphone jack, that's a must-have for me.

11. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Minimal bezel 5" 1080p ips lcd Sd 425 2gb ram 32gb storage 2500mah optimized battery Stock android ui 12mp rear camera No front cam, I don't do selfies Price range: $200-220

12. torr310

Posts: 1669; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

16:9 screen ratio/ 5.2" screen/ 720P 3000mAh battery SD650 CPU 32GB Rom/4GB Ram/micro SD card slot Good cameras(front and rear) with at least 5MP

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

What's inside of iPhone 4S but I would appreciate a modern camera

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Snapdragon 6xx (1.5ghz quad) 2GB RAM 5MP cam both rear and front 2500mah Dual sim slot FM radio 3.5mm jack 5inch 720p screen LTE 32GB storage with or w/o sdcard 2amp charger and no Chinese brand

16. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

-xperia like polycarbonate body(Xperia ZR) -fast processor with decent GPU -FullHD display 5.2-5.5 with good colour gamut -awesomeee rear camera (single is okay) and a meh front camera -4gb RAM / 64gb storage - gorilla glass 3( non 2.5d glass) -micro USB -worst loudspeaker but good earphone quality -maybe fingerprint sensor -battery that can give atleast 5hr SOT

18. wesley.

Posts: 216; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

5.5" 1080p screen, Snapdragon 630 (60000 Antutu score and above) , 4gb ram, 32gb storage, fingerprint reader and 3300mah plus battery. Anything less is going to be a pain in the neck in all aspects. If needing a smaller screen of 5.0 - 5.2", a battery of at least 3000mah will suffice. Pretty much close to what these new Android One phones have.

19. Jacksie66 unregistered

A headphone jack and a decent screen for watching Pornhub..

20. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I won't say resolution, as ppi is more important. PPI: about 300ppi minimum if IPS, 400ppi if OLED Screen size: 4.5" in 16:9, 5.5" in 18:9 Stb ratio: 70% or better Battery: minimums of 2600mAh for smaller, 3000mAh for larger SoC: 600-series minimum Camera: it has to be better than mid pack Those are my only requirements. I use Bluetooth audio for the movement freedom, so 3.5mm jack not required. Stereo speakers not required. Battery life, as per gsmarena endurance rating, formerly my minimum was 80hr, but now I have 90hr minimum...I prefer 100hr+. Yes, I am relegated to the mid range. That's perfectly fine with me!

22. erdilmeet unregistered

Minimum specs: Midrange SD65X or SD66x 4 GB RAM 32 GB internal with dedicated SD card slot DUAL SIM 4.7 or 5" 1080p display 18:9 3500 mAH Battery with Quick charge OIS enabled 8 mpx rear camera and 5 mpx autofocus front camera with good quality FM radio, IR transmitter, stereo speakers, removable battery with IP6x rating, USB type C, 4G compatible and all necessary sensors like proximity, compass, finger print scanner, auto brightness, accelerometer, etc. WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3.5 mm jack

23. skips

Posts: 481; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

as long as camera is decent and the ui is mostly fluid im ok, lol.

26. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

So, here is a real scrape through the bottom of the barrel; Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 or 210, or MediaTek 32-bit dual- or quad-core SoC any speed available 1 to 1.5GB RAM 16GB ROM w/ microSD slot supporting minimum of 32GB 3.5" HVGA (480 x 320) LCD capacitive touchscreen 1500 mAh battery 3.2 Mpixel rear camera with LED flash, with brightness and contrast options VGA (0.3 Mpixel) forward-facing camera FM Radio micro-USB connection (USB 2.0 compatible) PC sync or Google sync Ability to get Google Drive, Docs, Sheets apps Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR 3.5mm audio jack WiFi 802.11 b, g, n LTE connectivity on bands 2, 4, 5, and 12 auto display brightness control and sensor accelerometer with auto screen rotate next-to-next-to-newest Android (currently Android Marshmallow) This journey of sorrow brought to you by good, old-fashioned building and molding of character. You're welcome!

27. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

A BlackBerry Priv. I bought one in case something happens to my Samsung Note 8.The Priv tends to run hot and barely make it to bed time battery wise on many days. But I finally had to give up of BB10 OS just like I had to finally give up OS/2 OS on PC. Neither was bad but support for some important applications and features was no longer available.

28. fur0n

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

1440P LCD 5.2" 64GB Internal with MicroSD Card slot. 3GB RAM. 8 Core 2.3GHz processor. Metal frame with Plastic back and sides. 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP Front. Android 8. Duel front facing speakers. 3.5 mm Jack. 802.11AC 3000 mAh battery. For the ideal handset: 2160P 120Hz AMOLED 5.8" 512GB Internal storage with MicroSD Card slot. 16GB RAM. 12 Core 3.4GHz Processor. Ceramic body with a Sapphire coating. 24 MP rear camera, 16 MP front. Android 8.1 Quad front facing speakers. 3.5 mm Jack. 802.11AX. Qi Wireless charging. Fingerprint sensor built into the side power button. USB-C 5000 mAh Swappable battery.

29. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Considering my current phone has a disgusting mtk6580 and 1gb of ram well.... Ideally a Sd625 2gb ram 32gb and a 1080p display. I'll be upgrading this year for sure. Side note: with phones like the honor 7x and Moto e there's no reason to be living with garbage spcs.

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