What are the best budget-friendly smartphones in 2019 that cost under £200 or $200? I’ve reviewed most of the cheaper mobiles to hit the UK and here’s a run-through of my favourites with a price tag that won’t give your bank manager a stroke.

We begin with the Moto G7 Power, a fantastic blower boasting incredible battery life, smooth performance (good enough for gaming) and a respectable 13MP camera that can shoot 4K video. Frankly, the value for money is insane.

Next up is Sony’s Xperia L3, its fresh new budget phone for 2019. That Mediatek chipset isn’t exactly a powerhouse, yet the specs are decent for the sub-£200 cost. We love the crisp, colourful display and smart design, two traits also shared by the Nokia 6.1. Although HMD’s mobile rocks some stock Android, just like the G7 Power.

Rounding off my review of the greatest budget phones is the Honor 10 Lite and Huawei P Smart 2019. This pair are almost identical, from the dual lens camera tech to the rest of the specs.

What are your own favourite cheap handsets? Let us know in the comments below!

35 Comments

  1. James

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Should have added the Nokia 7.1, it's £190 now and probably better than most if not all of these phones listed.

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  2. Anthony scott

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Would like to know how the new UMidigi f1 stacks up ??? I need help🤔 which phone to get for under£250 either new or reconditioned , honour 9lite honour play, Honour 10x , Moto G7 range , or reconditioned Samsung galaxy s7 edge , iPhone 7plus ??? Which is best for camera video gaming battery ect what would you get for around £250 thanks appreciate it👍

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  3. definitely not clickbait

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    xz1c is for 200€

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  4. WiFi Next Door

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Spend $20 more and get the Honor 8X

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  5. mohammad miruka

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    you forgot xiaomi smartphones

    Reply

  6. Triple Gamer

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Iphone 6s 32 gb for $179

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  7. Dxmus

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Where the fuck is the iphone 6s

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  8. TheImagine91

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Um what about the umidigi brand. I have the one pro 64gb quick charge plus wireless charging looks like a mix between iPhone X on the front and a Huawei on the back with the twilight color also comes with a case. It was 179.00 on Amazon, got it for 161.00

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  9. Niniboss

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Umidigi F1 Play.Best phone in this Price Category

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  10. Anthony Oodie

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you for your review.

    Reply

  11. Dust TO

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Honor play

    Reply

  12. Eugene Sayers

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Latest tasty pie…… get out

    Reply

  13. Elvis LP

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    I'll buy S8 used for 200$

    Reply

  14. Pepe

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    iPhone 7

    Reply

  15. Alsin Browny

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Garbage phones under $200

    Reply

  16. SBVCP

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Are you mad? those are probably your worst choices…

    Reply

  17. Chitransh Patel

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Redmi note 7 pro?

    Reply

  18. Yeamin Al Arafat

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    4:23 he just got 8x scope

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  19. Ruel Marquez

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    I think Huawei y9 2019 and Huawei y7 prime 2019 are one of the best budget phone out there. Add these to your choices in this video.

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  20. TheGA02 Standoff 2&More

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    The Huawei and nokia were the best

    Reply

  21. Kekistani Freedom Fighter

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    I got my Nokia 6 for $160 & it runs like a mid-range device. It runs PUBG & the camera is pretty good with the Google Camera APK

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  22. Ammar

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Is the pocophone f1 64gb worth it for £192 brand new?

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  23. Samuel Maier

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    "Polymerglas", so in other words crap plastic made to look like glass (for the first 2 weeks after which it'll look horrible). I'd far prefer just "anapologetically plastic". Really though, as Nokia was showing during the windows phone times, good unibody plastic cases can be amazing, there's no reason to go for that cheap crap phone makers do nowadays.

    That little detail perfect to describe most new phones nowadays. Only looking after cheap bling like "no bezels" etc and then crap out where it matters. Like i.e. It has a fucking 720p screen, what is it, 2009?

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  24. 97MRALIG

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Getting a s8 plus for about £60 it's got a cracked front camera but the rest of the phone is good

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  25. Ultra Instinct Goku

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Redmi Note 7 Pro is the only correct answer

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  26. Pupsius Pupuliukas

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Honor 8x?

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  27. Mr Corndog

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Ugh just get a phone on contract, not that crap.

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  28. Dominic Rivers

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 plus, dusts all of these, 4/64, snapdragon 660, usb-c, Gorilla glass 5, 48mp camera (forget that bit but it's 12mp mode is up there with the iPhone x), decent speaker with some bass, 6.5" 432ppi HD+, 4000mah with fastcharge 4
    Absolutely canes everything suggested here for £189

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  29. Jason Hutt

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    HAVE YOU DONE A huawei y9 2019

    Reply

  30. Bimal Palamakumbura

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Redmi Note 7?

    Reply

  31. NamelessYoutuber

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    3:18 "Another bloody Iphone"

    XD

    Reply

  32. FireofFear

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Can you do budget galaxy phones

    Reply

  33. GeeGne

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Baaaad list

    Reply

  34. GeeGne

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Xperia l3 really? Nope not best list

    Reply

  35. ut bo

    March 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Which one is your favourite ?

    Reply

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