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In a world where high-end Android smartphones can cost $1,000 or more, lots of people out there want something that won’t break their wallet. Luckily, there are lots of cheap Android phones out there that cost nearly half that — and some even a lot less.

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The great thing about today’s cheap phones is that they aren’t cheap in quality, sporting many of the same features and updates as considerably more expensive flagships. We have selected our picks of the best cheap Android phones currently on the market at various price points, along with a runner-up selection for each price level.

We will update this post regularly, as other cheap Android phones release.


Best Android phone under $550: OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple 6

Phones priced at $550 are certainly not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. However, when the $550 smartphone provides everything you get from an $800+ device, it definitely feels quite affordable in comparison. Leading the pack in the “affordable flagship” race is once again a smartphone from OnePlus, the OnePlus 6T.

The “T” line usually represents an incremental upgrade, but OnePlus has managed to pack in quite a few new features, design changes, and upgrade this time around. There are a few changes on the design front. The 6T is slightly thicker and with more of a curve. Apart from the feel, this change allowed OnePlus to pack a larger battery into the phone.

The rear fingerprint sensor is now gone. Instead, you get an in-display scanner that works pretty well. The more minimalistic teardrop notch is definitely the better option if you have to go the notch route. Another key change that has been quite controversial is the removal of the headphone jack. Finally, while the rear camera setup is the same as on the OnePlus 6, a slew of software features significantly enhance the camera experience.

The OnePlus 6T starts at $549 for the version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The launch of the OnePlus 7 will likely result in a price drop that will make one of the best cheap phones of 2019 an even more enticing option.

OnePlus 6T specs

  • 6.4-inch AMOLED display with 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128GB built-in storage, not expandable
  • 16MP and 20MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera
  • 3,700mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm, 185 grams

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Runner-up: Asus Zenfone 5Z

The Asus Zenfone 5Z also has a Snapdragon 845 chip inside, a large 6.2-inch Full HD+ display, comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and features the same starting price of $550 as the OnePlus 6T. If you are looking for an excellent, but quite similar alternative to the OnePlus flagship, the Asus Zenfone 5Z is worth considering.


Best Android phone under $350: Motorola Moto G7

Moto G7 and Moto G7 Power back glass

Motorola may have stumbled while attempting to keep up with its flagship competition. However, the company that can be credited with being the first to blur the lines between price and quality continues to excel in the affordable smartphone segment in the U.S. The latest addition to Motorola’s popular G series – the Moto G7 – is one of the best cheap phones you can buy under $300.

The Moto G7 retains a lot of the design elements of previous versions, like a circular camera module at the back. However, in an expected shift, you now get an 18:9 aspect ratio display up front with a waterdrop notch. To keep the near-bezel less look, Motorola has also opted to move the fingerprint scanner to back.

Under the hood is the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, which is much faster compared to the 450 chipset on the older Moto G6. The Moto G7 also has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. You still get a dual rear camera set up, with a 12MP primary sensor, and a 5MP secondary depth sensor. Finally, you get an 8MP front-facing camera and a 3,000mAh battery.

The Moto G7 is priced at a very reasonable $299.99, providing an excellent option for those who don’t want to break the bank to get a new smartphone.

Specs

  • 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with 2,270 x 1,080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 128GB
  • Dual 12MP + 5MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157 x 75.3 x 8mm, 172 grams

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Runner-up: Nokia 7.1

The Nokia 7.1 has a slightly smaller 5.84-inch screen that allows for a more manageable experience. It also comes with NFC support and is an Android One phone, which uses a near-stock version of Android. Motorola is not the worst when it comes to software updates, but nothing beats how fast you’ll receive an update with an Android One device.


Best Android phone under $200: Motorola Moto G7 Play

hands on with the Moto G7 Play

If you are looking for an even more affordable option, the Moto G7 Play is a great way to go. However, despite being a part of the Moto G7 family, this device is a lot more similar to the Moto E5 Plus than the Moto G7.

The Moto G7 Play has the same 5.7-inch display as the older Moto G6 Play, though the resolution has been bumped up a bit to 1,512 x 720. You also get the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor found on all of the new Moto G7 phones, but backed by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage in this case.

You also get a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 3,000mAh battery, which should last a full day on a single charge. One nice addition to the Moto G7 Play is the availability of a USB-C port, which is definitely a rarity in the budget category. The Mogo G7 Play will set you back just $199.99. If you have a budget of around $200, the Moto G7 Play is one of the best cheap phones you can buy.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1,512 x 720 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 148.71 x 71.5 x 8.19mm, 151grams

Runner-up: Blu Vivo XI

The Blu Vivo XI is a worthy and slightly cheaper alternative to the Moto G7 Play. You get a slightly larger display, more RAM (3GB), the MediaTek Helio P22 processor, and a 16MP rear shooter. Priced at $169, the Blu Vivo XI is another excellent device under $200. 


These are our picks for the best cheap phones rocking Android. Do you agree with our list, or want to see some of them removed and replaced with others, and why? Let us know in the comments!

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