Buying a cheap smartphone no longer means losing out on all of the latest features and performance. We review and rank the best budget phones you can buy right now.
What is the best budget phone you can buy?
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
- Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
- Honor 10 Lite
- Moto G7 Power
- Nokia 7.2
- Xiaomi Mi 9T
- Elephone U2
- Moto G7 Play
- Moto E6 Plus
- Moto E5
Best budget phone 2019
Y6 (2019, 32GB)
With its deluxe screen, excellent sound and a face unlock function, there’s certainly lots to love about this great value smartphone. The Y6 2019 is also just 8 mm thin, which means it feels incredibly comfortable in your hand, with a curved rear cover in leather-like Amber Brown.
1.Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
A mid-range phone with a budget price, it’s difficult to argue with the incredible value offered by Redmi Note 7 – nothing even comes close to it in the UK budget phone market.
Looking more like the Mi flagship line than ever, it has a gorgeous all-glass design and rocks an impressive dual-camera with 48Mp lens.
With a big screen and all-day battery life, we love Redmi Note 7’s headphone jack and IR blaster, dual-SIM functionality and microSD storage expansion, and given the low price can turn a blind eye to the lack of NFC and premium features such as an in-display fingerprint sensor, wireless charging and waterproofing.
General performance is decent, up there with other Snapdragon 660 phones costing around Xiaomi’s own Mi 9 SE, making this a great all-rounder.
2. Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
Budget Android phones don’t come better than this. The Mi A2 Lite has a premium design with 19:9 notch display, dual rear cameras and decent performance. Storage is generous, and we like the fact you can bolster the 64GB internal space with microSD cards up to 256GB in capacity without sacrificing dual-SIM support. A great budget buy.
3. Honor 10 Lite
Honor has done it again with the 10 Lite, one of the best budget smartphones you can buy. it has the best battery life of a phone in its price range, a large screen and dual cameras.
Those cameras fall down in low light and it’s a very clearly a plastic phone but the performance is excellent. It’s up there alongside the Moto G range as the best cheap phone about.
4.Moto G7 Power
With a near-pure Android interface, the G7 Power is a decent alternative to Huawei and Honor’s offerings around this price, and its huge battery means a comfortable two-day battery life that can easily be made to stretch to three if needed.
The Nokia 7.2 is a mid-range phone focused on design, offering a rather unique build when compared to the smooth, rounded smartphones on the market. With much more prominent angles, the Nokia 7.2 stands out, and the light refracting glass on the rear does a good job at providing the premium look the brand is going after.
The internals are fairly standard for the price, boasting a Snapdragon 660 alongside either 4- or 6GB of RAM, and the performance reflects this. Nokia wanted the Zeiss-manufactured lenses to be the star of the show but we’ve found the camera setup to be hit-and-miss, with great performance from the 48Mp sensor but disappointing performance from the wide-angle camera.
Still, a great design, impressive display and two years of guaranteed OS upgrades should be enough to tempt some consumers – especially at this affordable price.
6.Xiaomi Mi 9T
The Mi 9T is the most balanced Xiaomi phone we’ve seen so far, combining some of the best features of the Mi 9 series to create an affordable and strong all-rounder. The large notch-less display, its huge battery and a triple-display camera promise to revolutionise the mid-range phone market.
A very strong contender at the sub-£250 price point, Elephone’s U2 is a good-looking phone with a cool pop-up selfie camera and conveniently located fingerprint sensor. Under close scrutiny some corners have been cut, including the lack of support for NFC and personal audio, relatively slow charging and a disappointing camera app.
8.Moto G7 Play
The G7 Play is a solid smartphone that despite not having high-end internals can provide a smooth, lag-free mobile experience – even when playing demanding games like PUBG Mobile, and that’s impressive. The build quality is great despite the use of plastic on the rear, with fine detailing giving the G7 Play a more premium look.
Of course, there have to be concessions made in a sub-£150 smartphone, and in the case of the G7 Play, that’s the cameras. While images are generally well-lit, the lack of a decent autofocus system means that most of your pictures will come out looking a little bit soft.
Still, if you’re not a photographer in-the-making, the Moto G7 Play is an impressive bit of kit and you’ll struggle to find something better at this price point.
9.Moto E6 Plus
Motorola hasn’t quite knocked it out the park here but there’s not much we can complain about considering the sub-£100 asking price.
This is a stylish phone that looks and feels more expensive than it really is. You get a large screen, solid battery like along with features such as a removable battery and fingerprint scanner.
It doesn’t have very impressive specs but this phone will cope with the basics just fine and there’s a microSD card slot to avoid running out of storage in a matter of weeks. Photography isn’t outstanding, but is perfectly acceptable for a device that’s so cheap.
The Moto E5 is one of the best budget phones around. Of course, you can spend a bit more and get something better but if you’re looking for the cheapest phone around that won’t make you want to throw it in the bin after a few days then this is it.
We’re very impressed by the design and build quality along with a number of features including the screen, camera, fingerprint scanner and battery life.
Just bear in mind that you don’t get some of the features available from more expensive