Xiaomi Poco F1 (PocoPhone)
Near the end of 2018 a new phone emerged looking to steal the crown as the king of budget phones. That's the Xiaomi-made Poco-F1, also known as the PocoFone.
For just $300, you get a device that rivals the Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6, iPhone Xr, and any other phone released in late 2018. Yes, for only $300. Some of its specs match $1,000 devices like the Galaxy Note 9 or iPhone Xs Max, too. It's crazy.
You get a big 6.2-inch 1080p HD display, a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor (Same as Note 9, Pixel 3) along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Yes, there is a notch in the screen, but that's ok. Perhaps the best part is the massive 4,000 mAh battery inside. Then, you get a decent dual 12 and 5MP camera setup on the back. Not to mention the 20MP front camera. Obviously, you're not getting a Galaxy S9 or iPhone Xs experience, but for $300, it sure looks, feels, and performs close enough.