The best cheap smartphones - reviewed

UPDATED! Honor's 20 Lite and yet more Motos join our list of the best low-cost smartphones

Every year phones get better. But they seem to get more expensive too. Who has £900-1000 to spend on an iPhone XS or Huawei Mate 20 Pro without eating leaves and fluff for the rest of the year?

The good news is cheaper phones are improving too, often at an even faster rate than the big shots.

Nowadays you can spend under £200 (or just over it) and still get an ultra-sharp 18:9 screen, a good dual camera and even a phone made of glass and aluminium instead of plastic. It’s less a question of whether you can afford a pricey model splashed over billboards around town, and more: why would you?

So without further ado, here’s a round-up of our favourite affordable phones available right now.

Tech specs

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

Tech Specs

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

Tech Specs

Motorola Moto G6 in figures Operating system: Android 8 • Screen: 5.7in 1080x2160 • Processor: Snapdragon 450 • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 12MP + 5MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 32GB

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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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Moto G6 Play in figures Operating system: Android 8 • Screen: 5.7in 1440x720 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core • RAM: 2GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 16GB plus microSD