There’s never been a better time to buy a low-cost smartphone. With flagship phone sales levelling out, manufacturers have put more effort than ever into making truly competitive low-cost phones that pull in premium features without the high price tag.
As such, we’ve collated a list of some of the best phones money can buy right now, assuming you’re on a tight £200 price limit as your budget, below you’ll find a host of devices that punch above their weight in terms of features, performance and design, considering their price.
There are a lot of affordable smartphones out there and although swinging for the lowest price tag can be tempting, it doesn’t make sense to skimp on a product you’ll likely end up using almost every day for months or years at a time.
Don’t expect affordable phones such as these to feel like miniature flagships; such phones most obviously sacrifice hardware and/or camera performance to cut costs, while others opt for lesser build quality or less-premium materials – such as polycarbonate instead of glass or metal.
The display and camera used to be two of the most obvious indicators that you were using a budget handset but even these fundamental pieces of phone hardware have improved massively in recent years. Entries like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 highlight this shift perfectly.
There are also devices, like the Motorola Moto G7 Power, which place a focus on excelling in one specific area (in this phone’s case, battery longevity) whilst still feeling like a more conventional affordable phone in other respects.
See below just a few of the phones we liked on a budget for Christmas 2019:
- Xiaomi Mi A3 (6GB/128GB)
- Xiaomi Redmi 7A (32GB)
- Samsung Galaxy A20e (32GB)
- Samsung Galaxy A40 (64GB)
- Samsung Galaxy A60 (64GB)
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