Redmi Note 10 Pro phone under 300 in the UK
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You can buy plenty of great phones in the UK, but £1,000-plus phones aren’t always attainable for everyone. Instead, you can get a “flagship killer” for half that price, but even that can be out of reach for some. what if you wanted to save even more money and still walk away with a top phone? In this post, we’ll be running through the best phones under £300 in the UK!

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Best phones under £300 in the UK:

  1. Poco F3
  2. OnePlus Nord CE
  3. Realme GT Master Edition
  4. Google Pixel 4a
  5. Redmi Note 10 Pro
  6. Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
  7. Motorola Moto G60s
  8. Nokia G20

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


1. Poco F3

We all remember the splash that the original Poco F1 made when it launched a few years back. Then Poco spent some time coming up with exciting spinoffs, if never a proper follow-up. That’s all changed now thanks to the arrival of Poco’s F3, one of the best phones you can buy for under (or around) £300 in the UK.

The F3 is the closest we've come to a true Poco F1 successor.

The Poco F3 combines style and features in the way you’d want from any budget-friendly device, with an impressive Snapdragon 870 SoC for the price point. You’re also looking at a hefty 6.67-inch Full HD Plus display and a 4,520mAh battery. While we thought the battery life could have lasted longer overall, the 33W fast charging won’t leave you at an outlet for long.

The Poco F3 is priced at £329 as standard but should start to dip below that at various retailers both online and on the high street.


Poco F3 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,520mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. OnePlus Nord CE

OnePlus Nord CE showing back placed on box
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The OnePlus Nord CE is a new addition to our list thanks to a timely price cut. Even though you’re not looking at the best update schedule, there’s a lot of other value packed into this phone for under £300 in the UK.

OnePlus kept the design simple for its mid-range device but added an eye-catching finish to tie everything together. It’s not the most powerful Nord by any means, though it blends strong battery life and a sharp display with OnePlus’ great OxygenOS. The Nord CE even keeps the headphone jack onboard for wired listening.

See also: OnePlus Nord buyer’s guide: Everything you need to know

Although the Nord CE has a solid camera array, the setup may take some getting used to. Our reviewers noted some white balance issues but did say that the 64MP primary lens delivers solid shots in most conditions. The images downsample to 12MP by default, but you can utilize the full resolution as needed. OnePlus also delivered on a solid 16MP selfie camera, but the portrait mode was sorely lacking upon our initial experience.

The price drop brings the Nord CE under £300 in the UK, and it’s a good way to grab 5G and solid cameras if you don’t mind a single update.


OnePlus Nord CE specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Realme GT Master Edition

realme gt master edition series
Realme

Realme has been busy in the past 12 months, releasing many smartphones across many different price points. Now, it’s coming back around to launch premium versions of its most popular devices.

It’s one of only a few on this list to come with a 120Hz display, and this one is in the 6.43-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED flavor that comes surrounded by reasonably thin bezels. Accompanying this silky-smooth display is a large 4,300mAh battery, 65W fast charging, and the very capable Snapdragon 778G SoC. 

The Realme GT is all about speed and style, and the Master Edition takes everything up a notch.

That last part is crucial because not only does it enable a good user experience, but also 5G connectivity. Finding 5G support in a phone under £300 in the UK is slowly becoming more accessible, and that’s what makes the Realme GT Master Edition such a great option.


Realme GT Master Edition specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 778G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Google Pixel 4a

Google Pixel 4a phone under 300 in the UK
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The most affordable Pixel device sneaks onto our list of the best phones under £300 in the UK, thanks to a current sale on Amazon. While it usually retails at £349, you can grab your pocket-sized device in Just Black right now for £299.

David Imel went so far as to call the Pixel 4a “Google’s best phone in years” in his review, and the specs pretty much back it up. You get a headphone jack, Google’s powerful cameras, the smooth Pixel UI experience, and more. Whereas OnePlus promised just one major  Nord N10 update, Google will give you three years of updates and feature drops.

Although we love the Pixel 4a’s image processing capabilities, we would have loved to see more than one camera on the back. The lack of wireless charging and an IP rating is disappointing, but you can’t always have it all for this price.


Google Pixel 4a specs:

  • Display: 5.81-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,140mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Redmi Note 10 Pro

Replacing its predecessor on this list, the Redmi Note 10 Pro packs lots of features and specs into its under £300 package.

Redmi’s priorities with the Note 10 Pro were design, performance, and battery life. We found that the device manages at least two of the three quite comfortably, but Redmi’s software can be hit or miss. One thing we can say is that we certainly like all three colors that you can choose from.

Related: Redmi Note 10 series buyer’s guide

Its main 108MP camera takes some solid photos, and the huge 5,020mAh battery will last you all day on a charge. The 6.67-inch Full HD+ IPS display finally moved to 120Hz, and slim bezels still surround it with a 16MP punch hole camera in the center.

Top it all off with a 3.5mm headphone port and 33W fast charging, and there’s not much more you can ask for at this price. Just be ready for a little bit of bloatware.


Redmi Note 10 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 732G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,020mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

Galaxy A32 in hand showing cameras and buttons
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Samsung makes its first appearance on this list of phones under £300 in the UK with an affordable 5G-ready option in the Galaxy A32 5G.

The feature-packed mid-ranger sports MediaTek Dimensity 720 chip, four rear cameras, and more configurations than you can shake a stick at. The 6.5-inch TFT display isn’t the sharpest on the market, but it’s made of tough Gorilla Glass 5. The Infinity-V notch houses a 13MP selfie camera that delivers impressive results in most conditions.

See also: The best Samsung phones

Samsung packed the Galaxy A32 5G with a large 5,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging, which offers well over a single day of usage whether you’re gaming, streaming, or browsing social media. The Galaxy A32 also kicks off with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, but you can reach as high as 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage if you can track down the correct listing.

The Galaxy A42 5G trades a high-resolution screen for 5G connectivity.

The Galaxy A32 isn’t short on cameras. There’s a quad-camera setup on the back, which includes a 48MP main camera and an 8MP ultra-wide with a sizeable 123-degree field of view. There is also a 5MP supplementary macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The pixel-heavy 13MP front camera can shoot 1080p video at 30fps to make for a complete camera setup, especially at this price point.

Last of all, you can choose from four colorful finishes that Samsung has dubbed Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Blue, and Awesome Violet.


Samsung Galaxy A32 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MT Dimensity 720
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. Motorola Moto G60s

motorola moto g60s
Motorola

Motorola has a history of creating quality mid-range smartphones, with its G series being one of the longest-running. The Moto G60s is one of the latest installments, and it offers a well-rounded experience at just £220.

With a Helio G95 and Android 11, the Moto G60s is one of the more powerful non-5G devices on this list. There’s only one configuration to choose from, but the 6GB of RAM is enough for most tasks, and you can always give the 128GB of storage a microSD boost.

The device sports a sizable 6.8-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate. This means that the phone is handy for watching video content and will feel smoother than many affordable displays when zipping around the operating system. Motorola also moved its punch hole selfie camera into the middle of the display, though the 16MP resolution should offer good results in your everyday life.

The Moto G60s is a powerful mid-range handset with a huge battery.

Motorola has packed in a massive 5,000mAh battery that should last you all day, given the power-efficient mid-range chipset. When you need a top-up, there’s an included 50W TurboPower fast charger for 12 hours of power in 12 minutes. All these things combined make the Moto G60s one of the best phones under £300 in the UK.

To top it all off, there are four rear cameras on the Moto G60s, capped off by a 64MP main lens. It offers a wide field of view that you can make even wider with an 8MP ultra-wide lens. Motorola kept its 5MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor in place, but they’re more to fill out the spec sheet than anything else.

Learn more: The best Motorola phones you can get

Overall, the Moto G60s looks like a great option for those looking for a non-5G mid-range smartphone with a good display and a massive battery.


Moto G60s specs:

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

8. Nokia G20

nokia g20
HMD Global

Nokia is one of the masters of rolling out affordable phone after affordable phone, and the G20 is a perfect example. It may not pack the most premium specs, but it’s still an excellent phone for under £300 in the UK.

See also: The best Nokia phones at different price points

It follows a very familiar pattern for Nokia, with a small notch at the top of the display and a circular camera unit on the back panel. Nokia’s 6.52-inch display offers a decent HD+ resolution that’s good enough to stream just about all of your favorite shows.

Under the budget-friendly hood, you’ll find MediaTek’s Helio G35 keeping the lights on. It’s backed by 4GB of RAM in all configurations, but you can choose between 64GB and 128GB of expandable storage. Nokia also jammed a huge 5,050mAh battery into the G20, so you should have no problem pushing well beyond a day or even two days of usage.

The Nokia G20 may not offer fast charging, but good luck wearing down the huge battery.

As for those rear-mounted cameras, Nokia tapped a 48MP main shooter to lead the charge. It’s flanked by a 5MP ultra-wide lens, a 2mP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you’ll get a decent 8MP selfie shooter, too.

Overall, the Nokia G20 is a solid phone under £300 in the UK for those who want to cover all their bases with decent specs and an excellent price.


Nokia G20 specs:

  • Display: 6.52-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G35
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,050mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Those are the best phones under £300! 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.