Have you been looking for a low-cost phone that running on the latest Android 9 Pie?
Last year I created Android phone running Android 8 Oreo as, quite frankly, the smartphone manufacturers were being lazy arses! Six months after the release of Android 8, they were still releasing shiny new Android 7 smartphones. #ShameShameShame!
With Android 9 Pie now out in the wild, I decided it was time to put together this list of budget phones that are Android 9 ready.
Does anyone really care about Android updates? And what are the benefits of Android 9 Pie?
Yes I care, it does matter, and there are plenty of benefits to be had; the main one being security. Android 9 Pie comes with the latest security updates making it the most secure Android OS to date. That means even stronger malware defence for your mobile. Since budget smartphones are often left high & dry when it comes to updates, you want to get the best start you can.
Although in fairness, with the adoption of Android Go, it’s been easier than ever for smartphone manufacturers to keep the wallet-friendly smartphones up to date and running smoothly.
Android 9 Pie is also a lot more efficient when it comes to performance and battery life when compared to Oreo. If you’re looking to get the most ‘oomph’ from your phone, then Android Pie is going to help you get it.
And to use 2018’s top buzzword, Android 9 will also be implementing AI… or artificial intelligence, aka the robots are coming. Using AI, phones running on Pie will predict your common routines to supply you with more useful information faster. As well as stealing your job, marrying your wife and taking over the world…
And finally, if you feel like you spend too much time on your phone? Android Pie has some cool new features that let you track your phone use, limit the time spent on apps and also implement private do not disturb times more easily.
So now that we know the new Android OS is awesome, which budget smartphones come with Android 9 Pie?
Nokia 6.1 Plus (Nokia X6)
Nokia has proven that it’s once again a top player when it comes to smartphones. Before the likes of Samsung, Huawei & OnePlus, it’s Nokia that has pushed out Android 9 Pie updates to it’s Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus phones.
Out of the box you it comes with Android 8, but you’ll quickly get an Android Update alert telling you to upgrade to Android 9 Pie. While the update is big at 1.3GB, it’s very quick and takes less than 5 minutes to complete.
Nokia is also promising updates to the 5.1 and 7.1 phones very soon. They’re currently in beta testing for these models with the update expected in the next few weeks.
Motorola is also hot on Google in updating their smartphones to Android 9 Pie. They have plans to update almost all of their phones to the latest operating system with the Motorola One being the first.
Currently, on Android 8.1 at the time of launch, the Motorola One has been confirmed to be getting the update to Pie in the next few weeks.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
Xiaomi’s Mi A2 Lite is also in line to get the Android Pie 9 update in the next few weeks. The final beta version of Android 9 Pie is already out in the wild being tested right now.
Since the Mi A2 Lite runs on the AndroidOne platform, it doesn’t have to contend with optimising Xiaomi’s custom MIUI software like we see on the rest of the Mi smartphone range.
In terms of value Vs performance, the Mi A2 Lite has a lot to offer with Snapdragon processors, full HD display, a large 4000mAh battery plus 4GB RAM & 64GB storage. You can also opt for the 3GB + 32GB version for further savings. If you haven’t already, then check out the ‘Top 5 Xiaomi Smartphones’ here.
Blu VIVO Go
Sorry U.K, but the Blu VIVO Go has been made for the U.S with full carrier support all the major network; missing our much needed 4G band 20.
Pre-installed with Android 9 Go Edition, it’s well equipped to get the most out of the 1GB of RAM and entry-level quad-core MediaTek CPU. Normally this level of hardware would cripple a smartphone, but not so with Android Go advanced optimisations and lean app suite.
While the specs won’t get you excited, the premium curved metal frame design might. The high gloss mirror shine on the back is on trend, and we even get a front-facing selfie flash paired up with 5MP lens.
Finally, let’s get to this phone ultimate selling point… the price! Shipping at $80 USD this is a phone that’s going to make it onto a lot of wish lists in early 2019.
Why aren’t there more phones running on Pie?
It has a lot to do with the viscosity of shortcrust pastry when combines with lithium-ion battery cells… I couldn’t resist.
As Android 9 was officially released alongside the Google Pixel 3 on the November 9th, it’s still early days for Android 9. It’s positive to see manufacturers having already upgraded their phones to Pie this early on.
Over the coming months, we’ll start to see more budget devices get the Android 9 update and also new phone coming shipped with Pie already.
Which Android 9 Pie phone are you most anticipating? Comment below.
Thanks for reading, comment if you know of more budget options that have received the Android 9 OTA update.