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There are so many great phones you can buy in the UK, but £1,000+ phones aren’t likely to appeal to savvy buyers looking for a bargain. Nowadays you can get a “flagship killer” for half that price, but what if you wanted to save even more money and still walk away with a top phone? In this list we’ll be running through the best phones under £300 in the UK!

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Best phones under £300:

  1. Samsung Galaxy A51
  2. Redmi Note 8 Pro
  3. Honor 9X
  4. Realme X2
  5. Motorola One Vision

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best phones under £300 regularly as new cheap phones launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy A51

Samsung Galaxy A51 screen in hand

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Samsung has historically had a spotty record in the budget phone sector, but its still recent overhaul of the A series has led to some of the South Korean giant’s best affordable phones ever made. Case in point: the Samsung Galaxy A51.

The A51 is one of Samsung's best ever mid-range phones.

The Galaxy A50 combines style and features in the way you’d expect from any Samsung phone, with a top-quality 6.5-inch AMOLED display, a quad-camera setup (main, zoom, ultra-wide, macro), and a large 4,000mAh battery. It may not have the most powerful chipset on the market, but the Exynos 9611 is more than capable of handling everyday use and even 3D gaming.

The Galaxy A51 is priced at £329 as standard, but regularly falls below that at a variety of retailers both online and on the high street.


Samsung Galaxy A51 specs:

  • Display: 654-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9611
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro back glass against wood - one of the best phones under 300 pounds in uk

Want an affordable phone with a killer main camera? The Redmi Note 8 Pro from the Xiaomi sub-brand has you covered with a crazy 64MP shooter that delivers some gorgeous results.

The other three lenses (wide-angle, macro, and depth) aren’t quite as impressive, but luckily the Redmi Note 8 Pro is great in other areas too.

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These include a huge 4,500mAh battery, a headphone jack, a crisp, waterdrop-notched display protected by Gorilla Glass 5, and a very capable MediaTek Helio G90T SoC that’s surprisingly solid for casual mobile gaming.

Like the Mi 9T, MIUI is still an acquired taste, but the Redmi Note 8 Pro is yet another phone from Xiaomi that’s far better than it has any right to be for just under £250.

While there’s no UK release date for the Redmi Note 9 or Note 9 Pro just yet, there’s the Redmi Note 9S to consider if you want to save a little more cash.


Redmi Note 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G90T
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear camera: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. Honor 9X

Honor 9X back - - one of the best phones under 300 pounds in uk

There are plenty of great Honor phones available in the UK, but the Honor 9X is the best you can get on a low budget. it’s not quite on par with the Honor 20 or Honor 20 Pro, but the Huawei sub-brand hasn’t skimped on features here.

That’s especially true in the camera department, where Honor has included a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and a depth sensor for bokeh-style shots.

The selfie camera is also a pop-up shooter which leaves the 6.59-inch display uninterrupted by notches or punch holes. There’s also a microSD slot, a USB-C port, and a headphone jack, as well as a sizeable 4,000mAh battery.

The Kirin 710F SoC won’t be topping any benchmarks and the wide-angle camera is a little underwhelming, but you can’t argue with great value, and the Honor 9X is definitely that.

There’s technically an upgraded version available in the form of the Honor 9X Pro, though the only changes are the shift from plastic to glass, a physical fingerprint sensor, and a slightly more powerful chipset. However, the Pro variant lacks Google Mobile Services and so doesn’t officially support the Play Store or Google apps.


Honor 9X specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 710F
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

4. Realme X2

realme x2 - one of the best phones under 300 pounds in ukRealme

Not satisfied with losing ground to Xiaomi, the Realme X2 is another phone for under £300 with a 64MP primary camera and an almost top-tier specs sheet.

The only real letdown for the Realme X2 is ColorOS, which is an ugly, cluttered take on Android (grab a launcher). Otherwise, it’s a challenge to find anything to grumble about.

The battery is massive and charges rapidly at 30W, the processor is plenty speedy backed by a whopping 8GB RAM, and the display is a punchy AMOLED panel. For just over £250 the Realme X2 is a steal.

Another sub-£300 option is the Realme 6 Pro, though the X2 is a better package overall in our opinion.


Realme X2 specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear camera: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. Motorola One Vision

Motorola One Vision rear in hand - one of the best phones under 300 pounds in uk

Motorola has a reputation for delivering quality mid-range phones thanks to its G series, but if you want something a little more experimental then look no further than the Motorola One Vision.

The One Vision’s two hallmark features are its elongated 21:9 aspect ratio display and dual camera. The latter is the real star of the show, as the 48MP main shooter produces some amazing results considering the phone’s price tag.

Read more: Motorola One Vision specs

The Samsung-made Exynos 9609 also performs surprisingly well and the Android One software is the purest OS experience outside of buying a Google Pixel phone.

The battery life is a bit of a letdown and the punch hole is far too large, but the Motorola One Vision is a fun, experimental phone for a great price.

As for the more popular Motorola G series, the Moto G8 Plus falls a little behind its predecessors in offering a complete killer package but is still an excellent choice if you want a robust phone in your pocket.


Motorola One Vision specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9609
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP and 5MP
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Those are the best phones under £300 in the UK! If your budget can stretch a little further be sure to check out the best phones under £500. We’ll add more great, affordable phones as they hit the market.

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