The best cheap smartphones - reviewed

UPDATED! New entries from TCL and Samsung

Spend £1300 on a phone? In this climate? Are you mad?

The good news: there’s no need to. Cheaper Android phones well below £300, or even £200, are often absolute corkers.

We’re talking big colourful screens, battery life that creams the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, fast day-to-day performance. And the headphone jack you want but never get in a top-end mobile.

Cheap Android phones are among our favourite phones, full stop.

So what don’t you get? Cheap Android phones these days are often pebbledashed with cameras. But you can bet only one is any good. Maybe two if you’re lucky.

Almost all of the best budget Androids these days are plastic too, with not a sniff of the rear glass or aluminium you might have seen a few years ago.

However, stick it in a case and just spend a few mindful minutes thinking about the hundreds of pounds you just saved. Convinced? Here are some of the best cheap phones you can buy in 2020.

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Moto G8 Plus in figures Operating system: Android 9 • Screen: 6.3in 2280x1080 • Processor: Snapdragon 665 octa-core • RAM: 4GB • Camera: 48MP+5MP+16MP rear, 25MP front • Storage: 64GB plus microSD

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Nokia 7.2 in figures Operating system: Android 9 • Screen: 6.3in 2280x1080 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 • RAM: 4GB • Camera: 48MP+8MP+5MP rear, 20MP front • Storage: 64GB plus microSD

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Moto G7 in figures Operating system: Android 9 • Screen: 6.2in 2270x1080 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core • RAM: 4GB • Camera: 12MP+5MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 64GB plus microSD

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Honor 20 Lite in figures Operating system: Android 9 • Screen: 6.21in 2340x1080 • Processor: Kirin 710 octa-core • RAM: 4GB • Camera: 24MP+8MP+2MP rear, 32MP front • Storage: 128GB plus microSD

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Moto G7 Power in figures Operating system: Android 9 • Screen: 6.2in 1570x720 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 12MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 32GB plus microSD

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Motorola Moto G7 Play in figures Operating system: Android 9.0 • Screen: 5.7in 1512x720 • Processor: Snapdragon 632 • RAM: 2GB • Camera: 13MP + 2MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 32GB plus microSD

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Huawei P Smart 2019 in figures Operating system: Android 9.0 • Screen: 6.21in 2340x1080 • Processor: Kirin 710 • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 13MP + 2MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 64GB plus microSD

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Motorola One in figures Operating system: Android 8.1 • Screen: 5.9in 1520x720 • Processor: Snapdragon 625 • RAM: 4GB • Camera: 13MP + 2MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 64GB plus microSD

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Honor 8X in figures Operating system: Android 8 • Screen: 6.5in 2340x1080 • Processor: Kirin 710 • RAM: 4GB • Camera: 20MP + 2MP rear, 16MP front • Storage: 64GB plus microSD

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Honor 7X in figures Operating system: Android 8 • Screen: 5.93in 2160x1080 • Processor: Kirin 659 octa-core • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 16MP + 2MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 32GB plus microSD

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Honor 9 Lite in figures Operating system: Android 8 • Screen: 5.65in 2160x1080 • Processor: Kirin659 octa-core • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 13MP + 2MP rear, 13MP + 2MP front • Storage: 32GB plusmicroSD

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Oppo A5 (2020) in figures Operating system: Android 9 • Screen: 6,5in 1600x720 • Processor: Snapdragon 665 CP • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 12/8/2/2MP rear + 8MP front • Storage: 64GB

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Realme Pro 5 in figures Operating system: Android 9 • Screen: 6.3in 1080x2340 LCD • Processor: Snapdragon 712 • RAM: 4GB • Camera: 48/8/2/2MP rear + 16MP front • Storage: 64GB

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 in figures Operating system: Android 10 • Screen: 6.53in 2340x1080 • Processor: MediaTek Helio G85 • RAM: 4GB • Camera: 48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP rear, 13MP front • Storage: 64GB plus microSD

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TCL 101 in figures Operating system: Android 10 • Screen: 6.4in 2340x1080 • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9611 • RAM: 6GB • Camera: 64MP+8MP+5MP rear+5MP macro, 32MP front • Storage: 64GB plus microSD

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Samsung Galaxy M31 in figures Operating system: Android 10 • Screen: 6.4in 2340x1080 • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9611 • RAM: 6GB • Camera: 64MP+8MP+5MP rear+5MP macro, 32MP front • Storage: 64GB plus microSD