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The best budget phones you can currently buy

Why break the bank? You can get a great phone on the cheap.
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June 1, 2022
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Ryan Haines / Android Authority

In a world where high-end Android smartphones can cost $1,000 or more, many prefer something that won’t break the bank. Luckily, there are many cheap Android phones to choose from, which are more suitable for average users.

“Cheap” is a relative term, though. It means something different to each person, depending on their income and spending habits. For this reason, we have rounded up the best cheap Android phones currently on the market at various price points, starting at around $450 and going all the way down to as low as $140. That way, most people will find something that fits their budget.

Keep in mind that this list only includes phones that were officially released in the US and backed by a warranty, but we did add a few international models at the end to give you more options.

The best cheap Android phones

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


Google Pixel 5a ($449)

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The Pixel 5a is among the most expensive phones on this list, but it’s also one of the best mid-rangers you can get. The handset has enough power under the hood to keep the average user happy, supports 5G networks, and offers a bloat-free software experience. Thanks to Google’s software smarts, it also has one of the best cameras you can get on a smartphone.

The battery comes in at 4,680mAh. Charging is capped at 18W, which is far from market-leading, but we have to keep in mind that this is a cheap phone. You also get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner with the Pixel 5a, a headphone jack, and an IP67 rating.

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Google had to cut corners somewhere, so the phone doesn’t have wireless charging. It also doesn’t have a premium metal or glass design, with Google opting for plastic instead. Despite its shortcomings, the Pixel 5a is still one of the best, if not the best, phones in its price range.

Just keep in mind that the Pixel 6a has already been announced, but it’s not available yet. Pre-orders kick off starting July 21.


Google Pixel 5a specs

  • Display: 6.34-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,680mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy A53 ($449)

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Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Along with the Pixel 5a, the Samsung Galaxy A53 represents just how good a cheap Android phone can be. It’s at the higher end of our price range at $449, but it offers a well-rounded experience. The large 6.5-inch display comes with a Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.

You can choose between 4GB and 8GB of RAM with up to 256GB of expandable storage, too. Samsung’s in-house Exynos 1280 processor might not be the most powerful around, but it doesn’t hold back the experience. Once you move to the camera setup, things get even better. The 64MP main camera captures good results in almost any lighting, and the 5MP macro lens adds a little more flexibility. You even get a 32MP selfie lens, which is significantly above most on this list.

Samsung packed a solid 5,000mAh battery into its budget-friendly offering, and 25W charging matches what you get with the Galaxy S22. The under-display fingerprint reader is surprisingly low on the Galaxy A53, but it shouldn’t be hard to reach.


Samsung Galaxy A53 specs

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 1280
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Moto G Stylus 2022 ($299)

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Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The Moto G Stylus 5G is a great budget phone with 5G connectivity, but there’s a newer alternative for those who don’t care for 5G. The Moto G Stylus 2022 is still a great device and costs slightly less than the iteration listed above.

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It comes with a large 6.8-inch 1080p display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Other specs aren’t half bad either. The phone sports 6GB of RAM, a triple camera setup, and a massive 5,000mAh battery.

This is not the best phone on this list, as it has its faults. But if you’re looking for a device with a stylus on a budget, it’s more or less your only option.


Motorola Moto G Stylus 2022 specs

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G88
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Nokia G50 ($299)

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Nokia doesn’t fall behind in the world of budget devices. It offers fantastic features for a balanced price, and its specs are pretty good. You get a Snapdragon 480, which offers excellent performance for casual usage. It also has up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

You’ll get to enjoy impressive battery life, thanks to its 5,000mAh battery. This amount of juice will go a long way, considering the specs aren’t too demanding.


Nokia G50 specs

  • Display: 6.82-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy A13 5G ($249)

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Ryan Haines / Android Authority

If you want to get 5G in a Samsung phone, the Galaxy A13 5G is one of the best ways to get it at a reasonable price. It’s only a bit more expensive than the A12, but it has plenty of advantages. It has a new 50MP main camera, a MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.

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Unfortunately, Samsung made a few other changes to the Galaxy A13 that hold it back. The ultrawide camera is gone, but the macro camera stuck around for another year. Samsung’s 5,000mAh battery also charges at just 15W, so you can expect to stay at an outlet for a while.


Samsung Galaxy A13 5G specs

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 700
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 50, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus Nord N200 ($239)

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Eric Zeman / Android Authority

There’s a lot to like about the OnePlus Nord N200 as a cheap way to put 5G in your pocket. The handset packs an impressive battery, and the screen is remarkable for just how little you have to fork over.

You also get three rear cameras, a headphone jack, and dual-SIM standby support. Unlike OnePlus’ flagship phones, the Nord N200 comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone runs Android 11 out of the box and will get updated to Android 12 sometime this year. However, that will be the first and only Android OS update it will receive.


OnePlus Nord N200 specs

  • Display: 6.49-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy A03s ($159)

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Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy A03s may not be the best budget device, but it brings great value under $200. It comes with a fingerprint reader, which is surprising for such an affordable handset. It’s also a significant improvement over the software-only security in the A02s.

The screen is large, at 6.5 inches, with HD+ resolution. The three cameras on the back get the job done, even if the 13MP primary shooter is the only one worth using in most situations. Other specs and features include 32 or 64GB of expandable storage, a 5,000mAh battery, and Android 11. All these things considered, the Galaxy A03s is one of the best cheap phones around.


Samsung Galaxy A03s specs

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P35
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Motorola Moto G Pure ($139)

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Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The Moto G Pure is a budget phone’s budget phone. It covers all of the basics but doesn’t have one particular spec that stands above the rest. However, it comes in at just $159, so it’s easily affordable.

Motorola’s budget offering kicks off with a sizeable 6.5-inch display, complete with a modest HD Plus resolution. You’ll also get MediaTek’s Helio G25 processor to keep the lights on — a common move for Motorola since late 2021. There’s only one storage configuration to check out, so you can expect 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage no matter where you shop. The Moto G Pure doesn’t have the biggest battery at 4,000mAh, but the lack of 5G means it should last a while.

Finally, you get Android 11 out of the box, and Motorola offers one Android update with two years of security patches for its most affordable options.


Motorola Moto G Pure specs

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G25
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

The best international versions of cheap phones

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Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

This list of the best budget phones includes available devices in the US with a local warranty. However, suppose you’re willing to take a chance on international versions of handsets that haven’t been officially released in the US but can still be purchased on Amazon. In that case, you can often get far more impressive phones at similar prices.

Of course, it’s important to remember that you won’t get any warranty with these phones, and you’ll have to make sure that network compatibility won’t be an issue.

  • OnePlus Nord CE 2: A great primary camera, fast charging, and solid performance are what make this budget phone worth a look. It’s not without faults, though, as it lacks stereo speakers and fails to impress us with its secondary cameras.
  • Poco M4 Pro: Poco devices usually offer a lot of phone for not so much money, and the Poco M4 Pro is no exception. It comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 810 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, a 6.6-inch screen with a Full HD screen, and a massive 5,000mAh battery.
  • Poco X4 Pro: This phone offers more than the Poco M4 Pro. It sports a larger display with a higher refresh rate, a faster chipset, better cameras, and quicker wired charging. However, it also costs more.
  • Redmi Note 11: The cheapest phone in the Redmi Note 11 series is also the one that stands out the most. This is because if offers a lot for the money, even though it’s a budget phone. You get an excellent screen, great battery life, and unexpectedly good performance. But on the flip side, the cameras are nothing to write home about.