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The best phones under £200 in the UK

Want an amazing phone without breaking the bank? Read on...
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December 21, 2021
Redmi Note 10 review lead image of phone
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While expensive flagship smartphones grab all the headlines, there’s a booming market for budget phones in the UK, which is excellent if you want to save some cash. While you won’t receive all the latest bells and whistles, cheap phones still offer competitive performance, camera quality, and extra features. All without breaking the bank. Here are some of the best phones under £200 you can buy in the UK.

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The best phones under £200:

Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best phones under £200 as new ones launch.


Redmi Note 10

Redmi Note 10 best phones under £200
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It’s easy to get lost in the ever-confusing sea of entry-level smartphones from Redmi. However, this one stands out thanks to its excellent on-paper value for money.

The Redmi Note 10 sits comfortably under £200 and comes with a total of five cameras, a Full HD+ display, a massive battery, and the latest Android operating system.

Related: Redmi Note 10 series buyer’s guide

You get dual-SIM support, microSD expansion, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Gorilla Glass 3 display. Also offered are 33W fast charging and an IP53 rating to keep you safe from dust and water. Battery life overall shouldn’t be much of a problem for the Note 10 since it comes with a massive 5,000mAh cell.


Redmi Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 678
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Realme 8 5G

Realme 8 5G phones under 200 in the UK
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Realme is one of the fastest-growing brands in the smartphone space, focusing mainly on the budget segment. The Realme 8 5G is the company’s take on a sub-£200 smartphone and packs a fair few features for the price.

Powering the Realme 8 5G is Mediatek’s Dimensity 700 chip, which is enough to keep the device running smoothly with solid 5G speeds. Accompanying this is 4 or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. A 6.5-inch 1080p 90Hz display makes for a solid content-consumption experience and a sizeable 5,000mAh battery to keep the phone going well past a day of usage.

The Realme 8 5G has great battery life and solid performance.

Realme included 18W Dart Charge with the Realme 8 5G, a downgrade from the Realme 7. However, it could still be incredibly convenient to top up so quickly in a pinch. Overall, the Realme 8 5G is a solid option for those in the market for a sub-£200 with great battery life and dependable performance.


Realme 8 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Dimensity 700
  • RAM: 4/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Motorola Moto G60s

Motorola Moto G60s

Motorola’s G-series phones have been a mainstay of the UK’s mid-range for years now, and the Moto G60s is another winner for the venerable budget family. It launched in mid-2021 and came with very nice specs for the price.

Packed inside, you’ll find a Mediatek Helio G95 and up to 6GB of RAM. The display is pretty large, too, at 6.8 inches. The 1080p definition is pretty standard these days, but the panel has a 120Hz refresh rate, which is pretty rare at this price range.

Another rare inclusion is the four cameras in the rear, and you won’t be disappointed by the 5,000mAh battery. This is a great bundle in the world of phones under £200.


Moto G60s specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Helio G95
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Oppo A54 5G

Oppo A54 5G

Many of the best phones under £200 come from China, and Oppo is one of the leading smartphone brands in the popular country. One of our favorite options within the set price range is the Oppo A54 5G.

The device comes with a Snapdragon 480 processor and 4GB of RAM, which isn’t impressive, but it makes up for its downsides in other departments.

It has a 6.5-inch display with a 1080p resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The unit also has a very nice 5,000mAh battery size and four cameras for great imaging versatility.


Oppo A54 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy A12

Samsung Galaxy A12 display open to app drawer
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The Galaxy A12 is one of Samsung’s better budget smartphones and offers plenty for its price tag. The large 6.5-inch display is interrupted by a small notch in the top and is flanked by thin side bezels. Along with the included headphone port, this large size makes it great for watching films on the go.

On the back of the phone, there are four cameras. The best of the bunch is the 48MP primary camera, followed by a 5MP ultrawide camera. Combined with the 8MP selfie camera, the setup looks pretty complete for a phone in this price range. The massive 5,000mAh battery offers long-lasting battery life, and Samsung includes a 15W charger in the box. All these things combined make the Galaxy A12 one of the best phones under £200 you can get.

Overall, the Galaxy A12 is an excellent option for those in the market for a cheap and cheerful smartphone for well under budget.


Samsung Galaxy A12 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD
  • SoC: MT Helio P35
  • RAM: 2/3/4/6GB
  • Storage: 32/64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus Nord N100

OnePlus Nord N100 best phone under £200
Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

The OnePlus Nord N100 is the firm’s cheapest smartphone ever, and while its MSRP is under £200, it’s getting harder to find these days. It’s still among the best phones at this price range if you can find it, though.

The front features a 720P 90Hz IPS display, a punch hole camera, and thin-ish bezels. The rear presents three cameras, a capacitive fingerprint-reader, and some OnePlus branding. Unfortunately, the body is made of plastic to keep costs low, so the Nord N100 doesn’t feel incredibly well made.

The camera performance is adequate for the price, though it doesn’t stand out as particularly strong. What does stand out is the battery life. The Nord N100 managed us two days of usage in our review period with some rather heavy usage. Expect three or even four days for those who occasionally check social media and use text messaging. This phone has strong endurance.

OnePlus included comforts like a headphone port, fast fingerprint scanner, and microSD expansion. Overall, the Nord N100 is a decent smartphone for £179. If you don’t mind waiting around, the Nord N200 may make its UK debut in the coming months as a suitable replacement, but it’s expected to cross the £200 threshold.


OnePlus Nord N100 specs:

  • Display: 6.52-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 460
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Nokia X10

Nokia X10

It’s hard to choose just one phone from Nokia’s increasingly confusing portfolio of mid-range and entry-level phones, but the Nokia X10 takes the cake as one of the best options on the market.

The Nokia X10 may not have some other phones’ raw power under £200, but it looks really nice and comes with some nice features for what you pay. You also get a quad-camera with a 48MP primary shooter, a 5MP ultrawide lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera.

The display is also nothing to scoff at, considering the 6.67-inch panel comes with a 1080p resolution. There’s also a nice 4,470mAh battery.


Nokia X10 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,470mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Poco M3 Pro 5G

Poco M3 Pro 5G 3
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

Poco’s mid-range update to the M3 device packs in plenty of power and versatility for its price tag. It’s amped up with the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chip and a sharp Full HD+ display.

There’s a relatively spritely 90Hz refresh rate and up to 128GB of storage with microSD expansion. You can try either 4 or 6GB of RAM for size, and you even get a headphone jack for your money. Also included is a trio of cameras topped off by a 48MP shooter with a macro lens to add to the fun.

On the software side, you’re getting Poco’s MIUI 12 based on Android 11, which is as up-to-date as you can be on such an affordable device. MIUI has seen many tweaks over the past couple of years to streamline the user experience.


Poco M3 Pro 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 700
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

There you have it, our picks for the best phones under £200. If you want to spend a bit more, check our guide to the best phones under £300 and the best phones under £500. We’ll add more great budget phones to this list as more hit the market.