While modern flagship smartphones can easily cost $500 to as much as $1000, the reality is that you can get away with paying a fraction of this price and yet still end up with a capable handset. In this article, we take a look at some of the best cheap phones on the market.

Now, obviously the idea of “low-cost” is somewhat subjective. For some folks it is anything under $400, for others it might mean devices that are under $200. With this in mind, we’ll bring you nine devices in all: three that are under $200, three that are under $300, and three that are under $400 — this way everyone wins.

As for how we’ll ‘rank’ the phones? Basically we are looking at a number of factors though price/value ratio is probably among one of the highest factors here. It is also worth mentioning that all devices on this list will be full unlocked, and off contract. For those US readers looking for even cheaper phones and don’t mind going with a locked-down handset through a prepaid carrier, you’ll want to check out our Cricket, AT&T, Boost, T-Mobile and Verizon prepaid lists.

Editor’s note – we will be updating this list as more devices hit the market. This article reflects things from a US/EU centric perspective, though many of these devices and pricing will apply to other international markets as well.

Honor 8

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Huawei has brought what many have wanted from an affordable flagship for a while now: a gorgeous design, a smaller size, and a great camera. In addition, the Honor 8’s excellent performance and IR blaster are not always common on an affordable smartphone. The Honor 8’s software might not be for everyone, but we think the impressive camera performance and high-end design really make up for it.

Even better, with the Honor 9 available in some markets already, and eventually coming to North America, now is a great time to find deals on the Honor 8. In fact, we’ve seen it go as low as around $250 for the 32GB model. Of course normal pricing is a good deal higher at $325. At that price, it’s still worth while, but we’d recommend shopping around first to see if you can find it on sale.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch LTPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 423 ppi
  • HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 145.5 x 71 x 7.5 mm, 153 g

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Moto G5 Plus

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If you’re in the market for an affordable, cheap phone for under $250, look no further. Lenovo’s Moto G5 Plus is one of the best cheap Android phones on the market, and for good reason.

The 1080p display is vibrant and perfect for watching YouTube videos and surfing the web, and the big 3,000 mAh battery will help keep you going all day long. Plus, with the Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 2-4 GB of RAM, this thing can basically handle everything you throw at it.

And for those of you interested in a bare-bones software experience, you’ll be happy to hear that the G5 Plus runs a very slimmed-down version of Android 7.0 Nougat.

The Moto G5 Plus is reliable, sleek, and inexpensive.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 424 ppi
  • 2.0 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 2/3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm, 155 g

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Honor 6X

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The Honor 6X isn’t the newest anymore, but it’s still a great option for under $300. The Honor 6X sports a big 5.5-inch 1080p display, a zippy Kirin 655 processor, plenty of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of on-board storage and microSD card expansion up to 256 GB. This device also comes with a feature that we don’t often see on sub-$300 phones – a dual camera setup.

Perhaps our favorite part about this phone is the battery life. While a 3,340 mAh unit doesn’t seem all that big, it allowed our Honor 6X to last well into a second day on a single charge. Not bad at all! This is one of the most competitive phones you’ll find in this price range. Dual cameras, a long-lasting battery, an excellent fingerprint sensor and an asking price of only $250… what more could you want?

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 403 ppi
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 and 2 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,340 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm, 162 g

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Motorola Moto E4

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The newly launched Motorola Moto E4 is the latest cheap phone from Lenovo-owned Motorola, and it continues the Moto tradition of bringing solid performance for as little money as possible. Many people don’t want to spend a lot of money to get a mobile phone, but they also don’t want a feature phone either that’s made mainly for voice and text messages. The Moto E4 is an Android 7.1 Nougat handset that also won’t break the bank.

The 5-inch phone has a plastic body, and inside it has the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz. The display has a 1,280 x 720 resolution, and a decent amount of memory, with 2 GB of RAM. It has 16 GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot for adding up to 128 GB of additional storage. The front-facing camera is pretty good at 5 MP, while the rear camera has 8 MP, with features like autofocus, a four-piece composite lens, and LED flash. The Moto E4 has a removable 2,800 mAh battery that is supposed to offer a full day’s worth of use on a single charge. It even has a fingerprint sensor, which is something most new phones that are priced under $100 don’t have.

Overall, the Moto E4 won’t win any performance or design awards, but it manages to pack in some decent hardware specs in a package with a near rock bottom price tag. In the US, you can purchase the phone from Verizon Wireless for just $69.99 if you sign up for one of its pre-paid plans. If you don’t want to use Verizon, Amazon is also selling the Moto E4 in a version that will work with all four major US carriers  (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon). Amazon Prime members can buy it for $99.99, with lock screen ads, or anyone can get it without any Amazon ads for $129.99.

Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU
  • Adreno 308 GPU
  • Android 7.1 Nougat with Moto experiences
  • 5.0-inch 1,280x 720 HD display
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • microSD card support up to 128 GB
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera with autofocus, 4 piece composite lens, and LED flash
  • 5MP front camera with selfie flash
  • Video Capture 1080p (30fps)
  • 2,800mAh removable battery

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So there you have it – our picks for the best cheap Android phones around. In fact, we could argue these are the best cheap phones period — as Apple tends to not offer much in the way of cheap unless you really want an old phone, and Windows Phone really isn’t a good choice for most consumers these days.

Did we miss anything? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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