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While expensive flagship smartphones grab all the headlines, there’s a booming market for budget phones in the UK, which are 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.

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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. Here are some of the best phones under £200 you can buy in the UK.

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 9

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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 great on-paper value for money.

The Redmi Note 9 sits comfortably under £200 and comes with a total of five cameras, a Full HD+ display, a huge battery, and the latest Android operating system. 

Related: Redmi Note 9 Pro review

You get dual-SIM support, microSD expansion, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Gorilla Glass 5 display. Also offered is 18W fast charging and 9W reverse charging which could come in handy if a friend’s phone needs a quick top-up. This shouldn’t be much of a problem for the Note 9 since it comes with a massive 5,020mAh battery.

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Redmi Note 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G85
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 5,020mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Realme 5 Pro

Realme 5 Pro back panel and gradient

Realme is a relatively unknown brand in the UK, but the Oppo offshoot has been quietly crafting some of the best budget phones in recent years. That includes the Realme 5 Pro, which is easily one of the best phones under £200 to date.

The Realme 5 Pro runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 712 SoC that puts it ahead of most of the other phones on this list in terms of raw power. It also has a large, near bezel-less 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a waterdrop notch, a meaty 4,035mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging, a rear fingerprint sensor, up to 8GB of RAM, and expandable storage.

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That’s all without mentioning the quad camera (that’s right, four cameras!) on the rear — a 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra wide-angle lens, 2MP macro camera, and 2MP depth sensor.

The only potential deal breaker is the software. Realme’s ColorOS skin leaves a lot to be desired with confusing menus and bloat. If you can put up with it, though, the Realme 5 Pro is pound for pound easily the best value phone on this list.

At the time of writing the Realme 5 Pro is retailing for £209. You could technically import it and pay in Euros or wait for a sale to get it under that magic £200 mark, but honestly, this is one case where I’d suggest bending the rules and just paying the extra £9. It’s worth it.

Realme 5 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 712
  • RAM: 4/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,035mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. Motorola Moto G8

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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 G8 is another winner for the venerable budget family.

The low-resolution 6.4-inch display isn’t the best out there and the Snapdragon 655 won’t win any speed tests, but the Moto G8 does come with a few unexpected perks like a triple camera (standard, ultra-wide, and macro), a fingerprint sensor, and a clean software experience.

Moto G8 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, HD
  • SoC: Snapdragon 655
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 16, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Xperia L4

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Sony has been flipping the script with smartphone form factors in recent years. The Xperia L4 follows in the footsteps of the Sony flagships.

It’s got a 6.2-inch cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio display with a small water droplet notch situated at the top. The L4 also sports a triple rear camera array and comes in a dual-SIM model. You’ll also be pleased to find the 3.5mm headphone jack at the top.

The L4 is running a clean version of Android 9 Pie with very few bloat apps out of the box. This should aid in keeping the phone responsive for longer.  

It’s not going to knock your socks off. However, you’re getting a good amount of phone for your money. 

Xperia L4 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P22
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,580mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

5. Samsung Galaxy A20e

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Samsung’s entry-level phones have been fairly average for years, but the A series has offered some great devices recently. Case in point: the Galaxy A20e.

The phone’s 5.8-inch display, which is mostly uninterrupted except for a small waterdrop notch, makes it one of the more pocket-friendly options on this list.

On the camera front, you get standard and ultra-wide shooters on the back and an 8MP selfie snapper. It also runs Samsung’s One UI software, which is about as feature-packed as they come. The Samsung Galaxy A20e is not the most powerful option on this list, but it’s definitely one of the best phones under £200 you can get.

Samsung Galaxy A20e specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, HD
  • SoC: Exynos 7884
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

6. Nokia 6.2

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It’s hard to choose just one phone from Nokia‘s increasingly confusing portfolio of mid-range and entry-level phones, but the Nokia 6.2 just about edges out the competition right now.

The Nokia 6.2 may not have the raw power of some other phones under £200, but it looks far more premium thanks to its high-tech polymer build. You also get a Zeiss triple-camera with a 16MP main shooter, 5MP depth sensor, and an 8MP wide-angle camera.

Throw in 64GB of expandable storage, 4GB RAM, and the near-stock Android One software and you’ve got yourself a great phone.

Nokia 6.2 specs:

  • Display: 5.71-inch, HD
  • SoC: Snapdragon 439
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

There you have it, our best picks for phones under £200. If you want to spend a bit more, check out 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.