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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 great 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 without breaking the bank. Here are some of the best phones under £200 you can buy in the UK.

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If you’re sick of forking out a small fortune for every phone, or you’re looking for an inexpensive first foray into the world of Android, you’re in luck.

Best phones under £200:

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

1. 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

2. 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, which is actually a downgrade from the Realme 7. However, in a pinch, it could still be incredibly convenient to top up so quickly. 

The device’s rear presents three total cameras, though the only one you should care about is the 48MP primary sensor. The 16MP selfie camera is capable of capturing 1080p video at 30fps, too.

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 or 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Motorola Moto G9 Play

Motorola Moto G Power rear cameras
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Motorola’s G-series phones have been a mainstay of the UK’s mid-range for years now, and the Moto G9 Play is another winner for the venerable budget family. It launched at the end of 2020 and offered plenty of solid mid-range specs.

Even though the 6.6-inch HD+ display isn’t the best out there, the Snapdragon 662 chip should hold things down nicely. You’ll also get a few pleasant surprises like a triple camera array, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and a headphone jack — all for well under £200.

One last star of the Moto G9 Play’s spec sheet is the 5,000mAh battery. As a result, you should be able to get two or more days of battery life in just about any situation you encounter.

Moto G9 Play specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 662
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

Poco X3 Pro camera
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Xiaomi’s Pocophone or “Poco” line has become synonymous with superb value-for-money. The Poco X3 Pro is no exception to this rule.

For £199, you get a big, bright IPS 120Hz display, solid performance, long-lasting battery life, and decent cameras. However, the cameras are slightly stripped down from the standard Poco X3. Benefiting the multimedia consumption experience are the excellent hybrid stereo speakers and included headphone port.

Poco moved from a Snapdragon 732G chip to an 860 chip, bringing a solid performance boost. With up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, there’s enough to keep the phone feeling fluid through most tasks. Gamers can also pay for the flagship-killer Poco F2 Pro.

The Poco X3 Pro is a powerful phone, even if there are some compromises.

The 5,160mAh battery allows the phone to last well over a day of usage. Backed by 33W fast charging, the X3 NFC does well to keep up with the competition, charging the device from 0% to 100% in 63 minutes.

What allows such a great spec sheet for £199 is the software compromise. Depending on your region, the ads aren’t too bad, but Poco does slap a bit of bloat on the X3 Pro.

Overall, the Poco X3 Pro is a fantastic device for the money as long as you’re all about blistering performance.

Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 860
  • RAM: 6 or 8GB
  • Storage: 128 or 256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,160mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. Samsung Galaxy A12

Samsung Galaxy A12 display open to app drawer
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The Galaxy A12 is one of Samsung’s better budget smartphones and offers plenty for its £169 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 main camera, followed by a 5MP ultra-wide 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, or 6GB
  • Storage: 32, 64, or 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. OnePlus Nord N100

OnePlus Nord N100 best phone under £200
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The OnePlus Nord N100 is the firm’s cheapest smartphone ever, easily under £200. It’s essentially a re-branded Oppo A53 which means that it has a large battery that lasts two days.

The front features a 720P 90Hz IPS display, a punch hole camera, and some 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 four cameras comprise a 13MP main sensor, 2MP macro, 2MP depth sensor, and an 8MP selfie camera. The camera performance is adequate for the price, though it doesn’t stand out as particularly strong. 

The OnePlus Nord N100's sizeable battery has strong endurance.

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. For those who occasionally check social media and use text messaging, expect three or even four days. This phone has strong endurance.

OnePlus included some creature 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

7. Nokia 5.4

nokia 5.4 best phones under £200

It’s hard to choose just one phone from Nokia‘s increasingly confusing portfolio of mid-range and entry-level phones, but the Nokia 5.4 takes the cake as one of the newest options on the market.

The Nokia 5.4 may not have some other phones’ raw power under £200, but it looks far more premium thanks to its high-tech polymer build. You also get a quad-camera with a 48MP main shooter, a 5MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera.

Throw in 64 or 128GB of expandable storage, 4 or 6GB RAM, and the near-stock Android One software, and you’ve got yourself a great phone for under £200.

Nokia 5.4 specs:

  • Display: 5.39-inch, HD
  • SoC: Snapdragon 662
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Poco M3 Pro 5G

Poco M3 Pro 5G 3
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Poco’s mid-range update to the M3 device packs in plenty of power and versatility for its £199 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 or 6GB
  • Storage: 64, or 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.