The best cheap smartphones - reviewed

Looking for the best low-cost smartphone under £150? The Sony Xperia E5 joins our list of budget bargains

Don’t fancy shelling out more on a phone than you paid for your first car? The iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 aren’t the only phones out there, you know.

There’s a whole class of great phones you won’t see on billboards; the best of them get you 90 per cent of the smarts you'll find in an expensive model for a quarter of the price, and they don’t have to look and feel cheap, either. Now that’s the kind of maths we can get behind.

Pick up the right handset from a brand you may have never heard of, and you could save hundreds of pounds in phone charges over a couple of years. That means you’ll be able to snag a bargain contract, or even roam free on a Pay as You Go deal.

So what’s the catch? Well, you won’t find all the best budget phones on the high street. A bit more research is required, lest you end up with the smartphone equivalent of a stay in Fawlty Towers. Naturally, we’ve gone and done all this hard work for you, and bagged the latest Moto G4 to see how it stacks up against some fierce budget-minded competition.

With even the likes of Vodafone and EE making a great cheap phones nowadays, there’s no telling where the best bargain blower might be found. Well, unless you read our pick of the finest handsets for thrifty folk. Then you’ll be all sorted.

Tech Specs

Moto 4G in figures Operating system: Android 6.0.1 • Screen: 5.5in 1920x1080 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core • RAM: 2GB • Camera: 16MP rear, 5MP front • Storage: 16GB plus microSD

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Oppo F1 in figures Operating system: Android 5.1 • Screen: 5in 1280x720 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 16GB

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Tech Specs

Honor 5C in figures Operating system: Android 6.0.1 • Screen: 5.2in 1920x1080 LCD • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 650 octa-core • RAM: 2GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 16GB

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Vodafone Smart Prime 7 in figures Operating system: Android 6.0.1 • Screen: 5in 1280x720 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front • Storage: 8GB

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Honor 5x in figures Operating system: Android 5.1.1 • Screen: 5.5in 1920x1080 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core • RAM: 2GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 5MP front • Storage: 16GB

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Moto E (2015) in figures Operating system: Android Lollipop • Screen: 4.5in 960x540  • Processor: Snapdragon 410 @ 1.2GHz • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 5MP rear, VGA front • Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 • Storage: 8GB (with microSD) • Battery: 2390mAh • Dimensions/weight: 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3mm / 145g

Tech specs

Wileyfox Swift in figures Operating system: Cyanogen 12.1 • Screen: 5in 1280x720 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 @ 1.2GHz; RAM: 2GB • Camera: 13MP rear • Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 • Storage: 16GB (with microSD) • Battery: 2500mAh • Dimensions/weight: 141.15 x 71 x 9.37mm / 135g

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Alcatel Pop 4+ in figures Operating system: Android 6.0.1 • Screen: 5.5in 1280x720 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core• RAM: 1.5GB • Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front • Storage: 16GB plus microSD

Tech specs

EE Harrier Mini in figures Operating system: Android 5.1 • Screen: 4.7in 1280x720 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 8MP rear, 2MP front • Storage: 4GB

Tech specs

Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 in figures Operating system: Android 6.0.1 • Screen: 5.5in 1920x1080 • Processor: MediaTek MT6755M octa-core • RAM: 2GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 5MP front • Storage: 16GB plus microSD

Tech specs

EE Rook in figures Operating system: Android 5.1 • Screen: 4in 800x480 • Processor: MediaTek MT6735M quad-core • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 5MP rear, VGA front • Storage: 8GB

TECH SPECS

Sony Xperia E5 in figures Operating system: Android 6.0.1 • Screen: 5in 1280x720 • Processor: Mediatek MT6735 quad-core • RAM: 1.5GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 5MP front • Storage: 16GB + microSD card slot

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Tech specs

Wileyfox Spark in features Operating system: Android 6.0.1 • Screen: 5in 1280x720 • Processor: MediaTek MT6735 quad-core • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 8MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 8GB plus microSD

Tech specs

HTC Desire 530 in figures Operating system: Android 6.0 • Screen: 5in 1280x720 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core • RAM: 1.5GB • Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front • Storage: 16GB

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