There's never been a better time to buy a low-cost smartphone. With flagship phone sales levelling out, manufacturers have put more effort than ever into making truly competitive low-cost phones that pull in premium features without the high price tag.
As such, we've collated a list of some of the best phones money can buy right now, assuming you're on a tight budget. Using the same £200 price limit as our Best Budget Phones roundup, below you'll find a host of devices that punch above their weight in terms of features, performance and design, considering their price.
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Budget phone buying advice
There are a lot of affordable smartphones out there and although swinging for the lowest price tag can be tempting, it doesn't make sense to skimp on a product you'll likely end up using almost every day for months or years at a time.
Try and buy from an established brand that you know and trust, not only as bigger companies' products are usually held to higher quality standards, but should anything go wrong with your purchase, more established players also typically offer more robust customer support systems.
Don't expect affordable phones such as these to feel like miniature flagships; such phones most obviously sacrifice hardware and/or camera performance to cut costs, while others opt for lesser build quality or less-premium materials - such as polycarbonate instead of glass or metal.
The display and camera used to be two of the most obvious indicators that you were using a budget handset but even these fundamental pieces of phone hardware have improved massively in recent years. Entries like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 highlight this shift perfectly.
There are also devices, like the Motorola Moto G7 Power, which place a focus on excelling in one specific area (in this phone's case, battery longevity) whilst still feeling like a more conventional affordable phone in other respects.
One other advantage of buying a more affordable smartphone is that, if you're after a contract, such devices are more likely to come with zero upfront costs, lower monthly pricing and, potentially, shorter-term plans. As such, they also make great first-time options for those new to smartphones, those who are accident-prone and kids.
1. Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB/128GB)
Xiaomi's Mi A3 is an excellent-value budget phone running Android One rather than MIUI and thanks to this GearBest deal, comes at a tidy discount. Read our Mi A3 review.
2. Xiaomi Redmi 7A (32GB)
Now: £78 (£21 off)
We were surprised to find that the already astoundingly affordable Xiaomi Redmi 7A gets over a £20 discount, thanks to GearBest. One of the best sub-£100 devices on the market made even better.
3. Samsung Galaxy A20e (32GB)
Now: £154.99 (£14.01 off)
One of the most affordable members of Samsung's A-series smartphones, the Galaxy A20e still boasts powerful features, like a dual-sensor main camera that features a 13MP primary sensor with an impressively wide f/1.9 aperture, alongside an ultrawide-angle secondary 5MP snapper, with a 123° field of view. Better still is the discount it's currently enjoying on Amazon.
4. Realme 3 Pro (128GB)
Now: £195 (£78.46 off)
Oppo sub-brand Realme may have only recently officially launched in Europe but you could already buy the excellent Realme 3 Pro and now it's available with a significant £75+ discount.
5. Samsung Galaxy A60 (64GB)
Now: £187.20 (£57.80 off)
Although Samsung doesn't directly sell the Galaxy A60 in the UK, if you're looking for a more affordable alternative to the Galaxy A50, why not consider this GearBest deal, which sees over £50 removed from the phone's original starting price.
6. Samsung Galaxy A40 (64GB)
Now: £194 (£25 off)
The already-affordable Samsung Galaxy A40 is available on Amazon with an even further discount of £25. (Discount varies by colour, check before purchase).
7. Samsung Galaxy A10 (32GB)
Now: £130.80 (£8.20 off)
Samsung's simplest A-series entry in 2019 comes in the form of the Galaxy A10. It may possess only a single rear camera but it does embrace the near-borderless display trend of its pricier siblings. Right now, up for grabs for under £131. (Discount varies by colour - check price differences before purchase).
8. Huawei P Smart 2019 (64GB)
Now: £159.99 (£40 off)
The capable Huawei P Smart benefitted from a complete refresh for 2019 and this new model boasts great specs at an aggressively-low price. This Very.co.uk deal sees £40 knocked off the already competitive RRP.
9. Nokia 1 Plus (8GB)
Now: £79.99 (£10 off)
The Nokia 1 Plus is already one of Nokia's (read: HMD Global's) most affordable Android One smartphones and now it enjoys a £10 discount.
Again, if you'd like to know more about the current affordable phone landscape, give our Best Budget Phones roundup a read.