The best cheap smartphones - reviewed

Looking for the best low-cost smartphone? We've got you covered

News flash: we’d all like a Samsung Galaxy S8. But when saving up for an underground bunker in the backyard seems a better idea by the day and soon penny sweets may end up costing 50 bucks, maybe it’s a good time to save a few grand.

The good news is you don’t need to spend a fortune to get high-end design, screens or performance anymore.

We’re not here to recommend the ₹3,000 Nokia phone everyone forgot Nokia still makes, but the sort of phones we’d still be happy to use instead of that dream Galaxy S8.

Here’s the best of the budget best.

*Additional words: Kaizad Billimoria


Moto G5 in figures Operating system: Android 7 • Screen: 5in 1920x1080 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core • RAM: 2GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 5MP front • Storage: 16GB plus microSD


Lenovo P2 in figures Operating system: Android 6.0.1 • Screen: 5.5in 1920x1080 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core • RAM: 3GB/4GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 5MP front • Storage: 32GB + microSD


Nubia Z11 Mini S in figures Display 5.2in 1080p Processor 2GHz 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon  RAM 4GB • Storage 64GB (200GB expandable via MicroSD) •  Camera 23MP  Battery 3000mAh OS Nubia UI4



Redmi Note 4 in figures Screen 5.5in Full HD display   Processor 2GHz Snapdragon 625 Octa-core RAM 2GB/3GB/4GB • Storage 32GB/64GB (Up to 128GB expandable microSD) Camera 13MP (rear), 5MP (front)



Honor 6x in figures Operating system: Android 6.0 • Screen: 5.5in 1920x1080 • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 655 octa-core • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 12MP+2MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 32GB/64GB