The first guitar I had was a red Encore strat copy.  It was awful.  It weighed a tonne and the high action meant that the strings were about half a mile off the fretboard which made it very difficult to hold the strings down.  That’s the problem with cheap beginner guitars, they make learning much harder than it needs to be.  I’m not suggesting buying a custom shop fender USA strat or something like that, but you do need something you can at least play fairly easily and stays in tune for more than 10 seconds.