The best Android phones at $200 and below

The Best Android phones below $200

It’s amazing how much high-end Android phones cost these days, but you can be surprised at how much premium you get by spending just $200 or even less on a smartphone. However, this definitely requires smart buying, more so because of the many options available in this price range coupled with their dotted availability in various markets across the globe.

Speaking of availability, the U.S. market is kind of starved in this price range, but with the likes of Amazon, you can still grab one of these $200 phones outright and you won’t feel hard done. The big question is which one should you buy?

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Here’re some great options for you to pick from.

Device USA UK India
Xiaomi Mi A2 $230 £199 INR 16,999
Huawei Honor 8X Coming soon £230 INR 14,999
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 $220 £163 INR 10,999
Nokia 6.1 $230 £229 INR 12,824
Samsung Galaxy J6 $180 £142 INR 12,490
Motorola Moto One Power NA NA INR 15,999
Moto G6 $230 £199 INR 13,999
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro $205 £190 INR 14,999

Depending on how good of a smartphone shopper you are, any of these options can set you back anywhere between $170 and $230, but most of them are in the $200 region.

Xiaomi Mi A2

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Xiaomi Mi A1 was, to say the least, a success. The Xiaomi Mi A2, as you’d expect, is the successor to a highly impressive phone and indeed, it is equally impressive, especially from a specs versus value point of view compared to the competition.

Specs
  • 5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB or 128GB non-expandable storage
  • Dual 12MP + 20MP main camera
  • 20MP front camera
  • 3010mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie

The Mi A2 has a sleek design that features a 2.5D curved glass on top of the massive 5.99-inch 18:9 notch-less LCD display screen and has a powerful Snapdragon 660 processor under the hood. The cameras are massive and with regular software updates, they should get even better. At this price point, though, you only get to buy the base model of 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage, but there are other options of 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage.

The lack of a microSD card isn’t the only downside of the Mi A2, but you also miss out on the 3.5mm audio jack in favor of a USB-C port for charging and audio connectivity. Also, Xiaomi could have done better with the battery capacity.

Related: Xiaomi Mi A2 Android 9 Pie update news

Huawei Honor 8X

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Huawei Honor 7X was one of the best sub-$200 smartphones from last year and in the Honor 8X, you have a worthy successor. Bigger screen, more powerful processor, more RAM, bigger battery, twice the storage on its predecessor and an even more promising camera, both on the front and back.

Specs
  • 6.5-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ LCD screen
  • Kirin 710 chipset
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB expandable storage
  • Dual 20MP + 2MP main camera
  • 16MP front camera
  • 3750mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie

Unlike Xiaomi Mi A2, you get a notched display screen alongside a skinned version of Android based on EMUI 8.2, but an update to EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie is expected somewhere in Q1 or maybe Q2 2019. Also, the Honor 8X has expandable storage, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a 3.5mm audio jack, but unfortunately, you still get to deal with the aged microUSB port.

RelatedHonor 8X Android Pie update news 

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1

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Android One has expanded the number of devices available with a clean interface, but with Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, you get an equally clean version of Android Oreo that has nothing to do with Android One. The device also rocks powerful specs, a very big battery, great cameras, and Asus has been busy keeping it up to date with regular software updates.

Specs
  • 6-inch 18:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
  • 3GB or 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB expandable storage
  • Dual 13MP + 5MP back camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie

Besides the clean version of Android 8.1 Oreo, another major highlight of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is the massive 5000mAh battery, unfortunately, though, you still have to charge it via a microUSB port. On the brighter side, you get a 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 5.0, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a big display screen with no notch, and a great build at an affordable price.

Related: Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Android 9 Pie update news

Nokia 6.1

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The Nokia 6 was a great debut phone let down by a mediocre processor. This is the first wrong the Nokia 6.1 was quick to right alongside adding a few design tweaks that resulted in a more compact phone housing the same display size. The Nokia 6 2018, as some prefer to call it, also comes with upgrades like a USB-C port, Bluetooth 5.0, and keeps the much-loved 3.5mm audio jack.

Specs
  • 5.5-inch 16:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor
  • 3GB or 4GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB expandable storage
  • 16MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh
  • Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie

Besides the promise of timely software updates and a promise of at least two major OS upgrades, the Nokia 6.1 also adds perks such as 18W fast battery charging technology, NFC, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and Zeiss optics for better photos, among others. Also, for those who are still amazed at the hype around 18:9 aspect ratios, the Nokia 6.1 is your buddy.

Related: Nokia 6.1 Android 9 Pie update news

Samsung Galaxy J6

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Truth be told, Samsung has a bunch of overpriced phones in the budget segment, but the Galaxy J6 is one good phone if you can find it at the right price of under $200. In this price range, you’ll struggle to find a better screen than the Super AMOLED panel on the Galaxy J6. Samsung is also sticking with its flagship Infinity Display technology that boasts an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, but at just 720p resolution, it is perhaps the lowest on this list.

Also, the plastic design of the Galaxy J6 makes it feel less premium compared to anything else on this list, but if you value the iconic brand that is Samsung, none of these should be a concern for you, especially since the phone packs some good specs under the hood, too.

Specs
  • 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display
  • Exynos 7870 processor
  • 3GB or 4GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB expandable storage
  • 13MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie

Samsung is also throwing in perks like a front and back LED flash, microSD card (up to 256GB), rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, and so on. Yes, the J6 will get an update to Android 9 Pie, but it’ll definitely take ages to arrive.

Related: Samsung Galaxy J6 Android 9 Pie update news

Motorola Moto One Power

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Motorola’s latest addition to its Android One portfolio, the Moto One Power, is a no-brainer for anyone looking for a decent phone with powerful enough specs and features, has the promise of timely software updates and best of all, rocks a big battery that promises a long life even with heavy usage.

Specs
  • 6.2-inch 19:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB expandable storage
  • Dual 16MP + 5MP main camera
  • 12MP front camera
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie

One little problem, though, is that the Moto One Power isn’t available in all markets. In some regions, only the standard Moto One that has a smaller display screen and battery, as well as a weaker camera, is available. Lucky for folks in India!

Related: Motorola Android 9 Pie update news

Motorola Moto G6

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In countries like the U.S. where it can sometimes be hard to come by most budget phones, Motorola has made its name as the go-to vendor when it comes to the sub-$200 category. The latest from the Lenovo-owned company is the Moto G6. The device compares poorly with others on this list in terms of raw power, however, Motorola’s clean software and necessary tweaks make the Moto G6 an irresistible proposition.

Specs
  • 5.7-inch 18:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
  • 3GB or 4GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB expandable storage
  • Dual 12MP + 5MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie

For long-term fans of the Moto G series, the Moto G6 presents a huge design change that is definitely welcome. We are talking things like a huge 18:9 display screen with slimmer bezels, a dual-lens camera, and a USB-C port, among others. The G6 also keeps the traditional 3.5mm audio jack, has NFC support (in Europe), a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, face unlock, and 15W fast charging technology, but unlike the Moto G6 Plus, you still get the older Bluetooth 4.2.

Related: Motorola Moto G6 Android 9 Pie update news

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Redmi Note 5 AI)

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Xiaomi has already launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in China and is expected to launch it globally in November 2018, but it could take months before the phone arrives in your local market. Until then, the Redmi Note 5 Pro (as it is known in India) aka Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera model is a phone you’ll regret nothing about. Now that it has gotten even cheaper now that its successor is lurking, it makes it a much more interesting proposition for anyone looking for a great phone on the budget.

Specs
  • 5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
  • 3GB, 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB expandable storage
  • Dual 12MP + 5MP main camera
  • 20MP front camera (13MP on AI global model)
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat (Android 8.0 on AI global model)

The Redmi Note 5 Pro has a premium-like metallic build, a big display screen, a big battery, powerful specs, great cameras for photography, and one of the best Android skins out there, MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo with an expected update to Android 9 Pie.

It’s worth noting that the Indian Redmi Note 5 Pro got Oreo via an update while the AI global model comes preinstalled with Oreo. Still, we expect both devices to get an update to Android 9 Pie at some point in Q1 2019.

Both variants of the Redmi Note 5 come with extras like Bluetooth 5.0, Quick Charge 2.0/3.0, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, microUSB port, 3.5mm audio jack, IR port, and so on.

Related: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Android 9 Pie update news

Other devices that are worth looking at in this price range are led by the Android One-based Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, last year’s Honor 9 Lite, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, Huawei Honor 9N, and Nokia 5.1 Plus.

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