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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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September 4, 2022
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 11

Redmi Note 11 rear panel against white wall
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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 11 sits comfortably at £200 and comes with a total of five cameras, a Full HD+ display, a massive battery, and Android 11 straight out of the box. The phone can also already be updated to Android 12.

Our verdict: Redmi Note 11 review

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 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 680
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Realme 9i

Realme 9i phones under 200 uk
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

Realme remains one of the fastest-growing brands in the smartphone space, focusing mainly on the budget segment. The Realme 9i is the company’s take on a sub-£200 smartphone and packs a fair few features for the price.

It’s powered by Qualcomm’s 4G-ready Snapdragon 680 processor, which means you’ll miss out on top-end speeds. On the bright side, you can choose from 4GB or 6GB of RAM with up to 128GB of expandable storage onboard. Realme’s 6.6-inch display offers a 90Hz refresh rate and a Full HD Plus resolution, so it should work well to catch up on your favorite shows.

The Realme 9i ditches 5G, but offers an enticing package otherwise.

Realme brought 33W charging back to its 9i, promising a full battery in just 70 minutes. Add in a 50MP main camera and 16MP selfie camera, and there’s not much to complain about. Overall, the Realme 9i is a solid option for those in the market for a sub-£200 with great battery life and dependable performance.


Realme 9i specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 680
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 50, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Motorola Moto G62

Moto G62

Motorola’s G-series phones have been a mainstay of the UK’s mid-range for years now, and the Moto G62 is another winner for the venerable budget family. It launched in June 2022 and comes with very nice specs for the price.

Packed inside, you’ll find the Snapdragon 480 Plus chipset along with 4GB of RAM. The display is of a decent size at 6.5 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.

The phone also sports three rear cameras, a 5,000mAh battery, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. This is a great bundle in the world of phones under £200.


Moto G62 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdrago 480 Plus
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy A13

The first Samsung phone on this list is the Galaxy A13, which won’t blow your socks off in terms of performance but can still handle day-to-day tasks just fine. It also has a great design and comes in at just £150.

The large 6.6-inch display offers Full HD+ resolution, while the camera setup features four lenses. There’s an Exynos 850 chipset under the hood that’s paired with 4GB of RAM. You also get a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a large 5,000mAh battery with 15W charging, and support for expandable storage. 


Samsung Galaxy A13 specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 850
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 50, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy A22

The Galaxy A22 is one of Samsung’s better budget smartphones and offers plenty for its price tag. The large 6.6-inch display offers a small Infinity-V notch at the top with slim side bezels. Samsung’s huge 5,000mAh battery, combined with the Full HD Plus display, makes the Galaxy A22 a great option for streaming on the go.

You’ll get a trio of rear camera lenses, capped off by a 48MP main shooter. There’s an ultrawide option for some extra flexibility, but it only offers 5MP. Powering the Galaxy A22, you’ll find the 5G-ready Mediatek Dimensity 700 processor. It should have no problem keeping up with most of your daily tasks. All these things combined make the Galaxy A22 one of the best phones under £200 you can get.


Samsung Galaxy A22 specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: MT Dimensity 700
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Motorola Moto E40

motorola moto e40 phones under 200 uk
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The Motorola E40 might be a familiar phone for UK and US users alike. In the states, it’s nearly identical to the latest Moto G Power, with a matching display and almost the same selection of cameras. More importantly, it remains a solid budget option on both sides of the pond, coming in well under £200.

For starters, the 6.5-inch display now offers a 90Hz refresh rate with Motorola’s standard HD Plus resolution. You get a Unisoc T700 processor to keep things moving, and 4GB of RAM is the base option, along with 64GB of storage. The Moto E40’s 48MP main camera loses 2MP compared to its US-based cousin, but the 2MP macro and depth lenses remain the same.

Finally, Motorola packed a sizeable 5,000mAh battery under the hood. It may not charge all that quickly — somewhere around 10W, but the lack of 5G means it’ll be tough to drain, too.


Motorola Moto E40 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Unisoc T700
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia G21

HMD Global Nokia G21 phones under 200 uk
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The Nokia G21 sits as one of the newest devices on this list, having made its debut in February 2022. It offers quite a lot for the price, considering it comes in at just £149. For your money, Nokia will hook you up with a solid 6.5-inch display, complete with a 90Hz refresh rate and HD Plus resolution.

Behind that display, you’ll get a budget-friendly Unisoc T606 processor with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. The 50MP main camera is likely the only one worth writing home about, and we’ve seen impressive color recreation on previous affordable Nokia devices.

Nokia is also happy to boast about the three-day battery life you can achieve with the 5,050mAh cell. The lack of 5G probably means you can push it a bit further, and 18W wired charging is faster than we’ve seen on many affordable Nokia devices.


Nokia G21 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Unisoc T606
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 50, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,050mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Poco M4 Pro

The back of the Poco M4 Pro.
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

Poco’s M4 Pro packs plenty of power and versatility for its price tag. It’s amped up with Mediatek’s Helio G96 chip and has a sharp Full HD+ display. The phone also sports an IP53 rating, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot.

There are a few different memory variants available, with the 6GB/128GB being the one retailing under £200. It currently goes for around £180, which is quite the deal.

On the software side, you’re getting Poco’s MIUI 13 based on Android 11, although we expect that the phone should get Android 12 soon. MIUI has seen many tweaks over the past couple of years to streamline the user experience, although it’s still not for everyone.


Poco M4 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Helio G96
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • 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.