Samsung Galaxy A51 back face down

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 post, 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 9 Pro
  3. Realme X50 5G
  4. Oppo Reno 2Z
  5. Moto G 5G Plus
  6. Honor 9X

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

Samsung has historically had a spotty record in the budget phone sector, but its 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 A51 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: 6.54-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 9 Pro

Redmi Note 9 Pro close up of camera

Replacing its predecessor on this list, the Redmi Note 9 Pro packs lots of features and specs into its sub-£300 package.

Redmi’s priorities with the Note 9 Pro were design, performance, and battery life. Unsurprisingly then, this device does all three of these things really well. It’s got an eye-catching design that comes in three distinct colors.

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Its main 64MP 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 is unfortunately only 60Hz, but is surrounded by thin bezels and has a center-positioned punch hole for the 16MP selfie camera. 

Top it all off with a 3.5mm headphone port, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, 30W fast charging, and microSD expansion and you’re getting a lot of smartphone for your money.


Redmi Note 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,020mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Realme X50 5G

realme x50

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Realme has been busy in the past 12 months, releasing many smartphones across lots of different price points. One that stands out as being great value for money is the Realme X50 5G. 

It’s the only device on this list to come with a 120Hz display, and this one is in the 6.57-inch Full HD+ IPS flavor that comes surrounded by fairly thin bezels. Accompanying this silky-smooth display is a large 4,200mAh battery, 30W fast charging, and the very capable Snapdragon 765G SoC. 

Finding a 5G-enabled smartphone at this price point is tricky business, but the X50 5G manages to squeeze it in for under £300.

That last part is important because not only does it enable a respectable user experience, but also 5G connectivity. Finding 5G support in a phone under £300 is tricky business, and that’s what makes the Realme X50 5G such a great option.

Realme UI isn’t going to be for everyone, and the device isn’t perfect by any means. However, if you want a solid 5G-capable smartphone on a tight budget, the Realme X50 5G should be on your list.


Realme X50 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.57-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Oppo Reno 2Z

Best phone under £300 -- Oppo Reno 2z

Oppo’s Reno 2Z brings a big, uninterrupted OLED display to the mid-range market thanks to its motorized pop-up selfie camera.

It’s also one of the few devices on this list to come with a glass and metal build as opposed to plastic and… er… plastic. The thin bezels help the display stand out and keep you immersed in whatever you’re doing. 

The cameras aren’t the best on this list. If you’re a shutterbug, you should skip this one for the Motorola One Vision or Honor 9X. On a similar note, ColorOS isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. It massively strays from the stock Android experience and packs in extra apps and features.

The Oppo Reno 2Z is form over function.

However, there is a sizeable 4,000mAh battery and 20W fast charging. Also included is a 3.5mm headphone port and microSD expansion, so it’s not all bad news. 

If you’re more concerned about form and less so about function, the Oppo Reno 2Z is a good budget device whose looks help it stand out from a sea of plastic phones.


Oppo Reno 2Z specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P90
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. Moto G 5G Plus

Motorola Moto G 5G Plusphone under £300

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Motorola has a history of creating quality mid-range smartphones, with its G series being particularly prevalent. The Moto G 5G Plus is no exception to this and is focused squarely on performance.

With a Snapdragon 765G and Android 10, the Moto G 5G Plus is one of the more powerful devices on this list. That said, some will want to skip the 4GB RAM/64GB storage model at £299 and opt for the pricier but more versatile 6GB RAM/128GB storage model, which sits at £349. Both SKUs offer microSD expansion for those with large media libraries.

The device sports a sizable 6.7-inch Full HD+ LTPS display with a 90Hz refresh rate. This means that the phone is handy for watching video content and will feel smoother than a traditional 60Hz display when zipping around the operating system. Oddly, Motorola decided to split its dual selfie cameras into two independent punch holes instead of creating a pill-shaped punch hole. 

The Moto G 5G Plus 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 20W TurboPower fast charger. All these things combined make the Moto G 5G Plus one of the best phones under £300 you can get.

To top it all off, there are six total cameras on the Moto G 5G Plus — two on the front, four on the back. Starting with the former, you get an 8MP standard shooter and a 16MP ultra-wide camera for added versatility. On the back, the quad-camera setup is centered around the 48MP main camera with an f/1.7 aperture. The additional cameras comprise of an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth camera. Those last two are really only there to fluff out the spec sheet.

Overall, the Moto G 5G Plus looks to be a great option for those looking for a powerful mid-range smartphone with a good screen and a huge battery.


Moto G 5G Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16 and 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. Honor 9X

Honor 9X phone under £300

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: 48MP, 8MP, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • 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.