With practically everyone having a smartphone these days, it's no wonder they've become a basic necessity. That being said, they are usually expensive, especially the newer models that boast impressive cameras and crisp displays. That being said, if you don't mind compromising a little bit on the features, you can bag yourself an excellent budget smartphone.
With the help of our best budget smartphones guide, you can find the ideal smartphone for you whilst staying within a spending limit - most of the devices on our best budget smartphones roundup are under £200. We've also included a range of brands, so if you prefer one brand over another, we've got you covered.
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The best budget smartphones
1. Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC - Smartphone 64GB, 6GB RAM, Dual Sim, Shadow Gray
Without a doubt this is the best budget smartphone out there! For just a little over £200, you're getting a great display superb battery life and a powerful performance due to its Snapdragon 732G chipset.Pros: 120Hz display, good camera systemCons: Slightly heavy - not the most lightweight of devicesSpecs:Camera: rear camera system 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP, front camera 20MPBattery: 5,160mAhStorage: 64GB/128GBResolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
2. Moto G9 Power (6.8" Max Vision HD+, Qualcomm Snapdragon, 64MP Triple Camera System, 6000 mAH Battery, Dual SIM, 4/128GB, Android 10), Metallic Sage
A close contender for the title of the best budget smartphone is the Moto G9 Power. It boasts an impressive battery, a good camera, and 128GB of storage all for under £200!Pros: Impressive long-lasting battery life, good cameraCons: Performance can be a bit slowSpecs:Camera: rear camera 64MP + 2MP + 2MP, front camera 16MPBattery: 6,000mAhStorage: 128GBResolution: 720 x 1640 pixelsCamera
3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S 4G 6GB RAM 128GB DS Interstellar Gray EU
An excellent choice, this smartphone packs a powerful battery and splendid performance. You're also getting quite a bit of storage space. This is ideal for anyone who wants to save some money without much compromise on the camera features. Pros: Remarkable battery life, impressive cameraCons: 60Hz display is averageSpecs:Camera: rear camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP, front camera 16MPBattery: 5,020mAhResolution: 2400 x 1080 pixelsStorage: 64GB / 128GB
4. Motorola Moto G8 (6,4" HD+ zero-notch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon SD665, 16MP main camera, 2MP macro camera, 4000 mAH battery, Dual SIM)
If you're looking for a smartphone that provides a strong performance and boasts a long-lasting battery life then look no further than the Motorola Moto G8. For just a bit over £100 this is one of the best budget smartphones right now. However, it only has a 720p display, meaning it is unable to display in HD.Pros: Superb battery lifeCons: 720p display, average camera systemCamera: rear 16MP + 8MP + 2MP, front 8MPBattery: 4,000mAhResolution: 1560 x 720 pixelsStorage: 64GB
5. OPPO A5 2020 Snapdragon 665 5000 mAh Dual Sim 12 MP Ultra Wide Quad Camera Smartphone, Mirror Black
This smartphone is a great choice for anyone who wants to minimize their spending. The price tag is a little over £100, and this gets you quite a great battery life and decent performance! You're also getting plenty of storage space.Pros: Inexpensive, splendid battery lifeCons: Low camera qualitySpecs:Camera: rear camera 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP, front camera 8MPBattery: 5,000 mAhResolution: 1600 x 720 pixelsStorage: 64GB/128GB
What is the best camera?
The camera quality will depend on how many megapixels or MP the device has. The larger the megapixel count, the sharper and clearer the images will be, so if the camera quality is important to you, make sure you choose a smartphone with a larger megapixel count. If you're specifically looking for a great camera system but want to stay within budget, we advise you to get the Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC.
What is the best resolution?
The screen resolution shows how many pixels are on the screen. The higher the number of pixels, the clearer, sharper and better the images are displayed on the device. If you will be using your smartphone for watching series or videos, we recommend going for a higher screen resolution - such as the Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S.
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Isabel Martins is a Commercial Content Writer for What's The Best, specialising in technology.
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