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Most phone makers add a custom UI on top of Android — such as OnePlus’ OxygenOS or Samsung’s One UI — with extra features and a different design. However, these so-called “skins” often come with pre-installed apps that worsen the overall user experience. That’s why there’s a strong demand for phones with stock Android, which hasn’t been modified by another manufacturer. 

If you’re in the market for a phone running stock Android, keep reading: you’ll find the best ones below that should fit any budget.

Best phones with stock Android:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the best stock Android phones regularly as new devices launch.

1. Google Pixel 5

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The Pixel line-up has been known for sporting the best specs, including the latest processors and all the features you could need. The Google Pixel 5 takes another approach by cutting some corners and making the phone more affordable.

The most notable difference is that this phone doesn’t come with the latest and greatest Snapdragon chipset available. Instead, the search giant has opted to go with the Snapdragon 765G, which still performs very well. In our tests, we found that this chipset is comparable to the Snapdragon 845.

Other specs are as good as you would expect. You get 8GB of RAM, an amazing dual-camera setup, a large OLED display, and a nice 4,080mAh battery. It’s probably the very best option in terms of stock Android phones overall.

Google Pixel 5 specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,080mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Google Pixel 4a and 4a 5G

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Google has set the standards yet again with the Pixel 4a. This phone succeeds and surpasses the Pixel 3a with better performance, an amazing camera performance, and a lower price point. It even has some of our Pixel 4 XL owners amongst our staff jumping across to it. This phone costs a mere $349, which is a surprising price for a phone that can take such nice photos, and of course, runs stock Android.

Google’s clean Android experience is smooth and enjoyable on the Pixel 4a, and you get all the bells and whistles of computational photography and features from the Pixel 4 series, such as Astrophotography Mode, Night Sight, and the dual exposure sliders.

There’s also a 5G version of the Pixel 4a available, which costs $150 more. In addition to sporting 5G support thanks to its Snapdragon 765G chipset, it also comes with a larger display than the regular Pixel 4, as well as a bigger battery. Additionally, it features two rear cameras instead of one.

Google Pixel 4a specs:

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

Google Pixel 4a 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,885mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Google Pixel 4 and 4XL

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If you’re looking for a high-end phone with stock Android, look no further than the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Despite all of its flaws, Google’s Pixel 4 lineup provides one of the best Android experiences, at least until the battery dies.

The Pixel 4 devices add a 2x telephoto lens to the mix, and you can still expect best-in-class performance from the main camera. The fancy Astrophotography mode also lets you capture pictures of the stars, which is a neat feature that widens the camera software gap even further.

Apart from the camera, both Pixel 4 phones now come with Soli radar technology. This makes face unlock near-instant from a variety of angles (which is good because there’s no fingerprint reader) and enables some admittedly gimmicky gesture controls.

But the real upgrade is the screen. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL both have 90Hz displays that remain among the best we’ve tested so far. The high refresh rate screen combined with software that’s perfectly optimized for the hardware makes for a phone that any Android fan will love.

The problem? Google has officially stopped selling the Pixel 4 series, so picking one up may be trickier than you might have expected. Retailers like Amazon still have it in stock, but you’ll have to hurry up before it runs out.

Google Pixel 4 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Nokia 8.3

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This is the first 5G phone from Nokia. Like a lot of other phones from the brand, it’s part of the Android One family, meaning it runs stock Android. It’s also guaranteed to get two years of OS and three years of security updates.

The Nokia 8.3 isn’t the most powerful phone on this list, but it’s still quite capable. It packs the Snapdragon 765G under the hood, which is the same chipset you’ll find in the Google Pixel 4a 5G. The screen comes in at 6.81 inches, while the battery has a capacity of 4,500mAh.

You’ll find four cameras on the back, including a 64MP main sensor. The phone also sports a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. You don’t get flagship-level features like wireless charging and an IP rating, though.

Nokia 8.3 specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Moto One 5G

Motorola One 5G Ace back of device in hand

The Moto One 5G is a mid-range device that comes with the Snapdragon 765 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and four rear cameras. Even better, Motorola placed camera performance and speed on equal pedestals for an altogether well-rounded experience. You’ll also be able to snap away to your heart’s content thanks to the massive 5,000mAh battery.

Just like most Nokia phones, the Moto G Pro is part of the Android One family. That means it runs a clean version of Android without any bloatware. It also means it will get at least two major Android OS updates.

The Moto One 5G is the most powerful member of the One family, and you can grab yours on either AT&T or Verizon right now.

Moto One 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 765
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16 and 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. Nokia 5.3

Nokia 5.3 rear profile shot

The Nokia 5.3 is one of the lowest cost devices from the maker and gets you a stock Android experience for an affordable price. It has a big screen, a quad camera, and a long battery life. You’ll get by with what this has to offer on a big screen. Plus, there’s a headphone jack, notification LED, dedicated Google Assitant button, and USB-C 10W charging.

But that just about ends the good stuff. The bad stuff is that it’s pretty slow, the camera isn’t amazing, and the low resolution of the screen means it doesn’t look great.

Those things may not worry you given it’s a no-nonsense stock device with a long-lasting battery and comes with Android 10 out of the box. As part of Android One, Nokia is promising two years of major updates as well as security patches.

Nokia 5.3 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 665
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 5, and 2MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Xiaomi Mi A3

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This Android One phone from Xiaomi is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a cheap phone with stock Android. The Xiaomi Mi A3 packs a 6-inch HD+ display, the Snapdragon 665 chipset, and 4GB of RAM. Its display represents a notable dip in resolution compared to its Mi A2 predecessor, which features a Full HD+ display, but you’re due a marked improvement in battery life; the Mi A3 sports a 4,030mAh battery, which is roughly 1,000mAh larger than its predecessor.

The phone features an impressive triple rear camera setup with 48MP, 8MP, and 2MP sensors, a 32MP front shooter, and up to 128GB of storage. It also supports expandable storage, has a headphone jack, and comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Though the Mi A3 makes concessions on its predecessor in the display resolution department, it more than makes up for it in other areas. It’s worth considering, even if it is a bit older at this point.

Xiaomi Mi A3 specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 665
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,030mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

8. Motorola One Action

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In 2019, Motorola released a trio of devices (the Motorola One Action, One Macro, and One Zoom) that focused on unique camera features instead of powerful specs. Of the three, the Motorola One Action is the only stock Android phone, but it’s also the most interesting.

The Motorola One Action is a budget device featuring a GoPro-like “Action camera” that captures Full HD video at 60fps with a 117-degree field of view. It also has impressive image stabilization, so you don’t have to worry about shaky hands ruining your shots.

In an unusual move, the Action camera module has been rotated 90 degrees, so you can capture widescreen video without having to turn the phone into landscape mode. This means that the viewfinder is significantly smaller, but it’s easier to film with one-hand.

Unfortunately, the Action camera is only used for video, and the rest of the cameras on the phone are mediocre at best. Still, at just $250, or even less on a deal, it’s a great stock Android phone that won’t break the bank.

Motorola One Action specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9609
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 5, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

9. Nokia 2.4

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This is the third — and last — Nokia device on this list of the best stock Android phones. Its specs and features won’t blow your socks off, but it’s still a great handset for those who aren’t power users and prefer something that’s more affordable.

Like the rest of the Nokia phones listed in this post, the Nokia 2.4 is an Android One device. It sports a 6.5-inch HD+ display, the Mediatek Helio P22 chipset, and two rear cameras. The battery is quite generous as well with its capacity of 4,500mAh.

The Nokia 2.4 costs less than $150 but looks way more expensive, especially since it features thin bezels around the display and even has a fingerprint scanner on board. If you’re on a tight budget, this is the stock Android phone to buy.

Nokia 2.4 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P22
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Cameras: 13 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

These are the best phones with stock Android in our opinion, although there are a few other great ones out there as well. We’ll be sure to update this list with new models once they are released.