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Best phones for under £100

Buying a smartphone doesn’t have to break the bank - in fact, it doesn’t even have to break £100! We’ve put together a list of the best phones for £100 (or less), proving that you don’t need to use up all your savings on buying your next device. 

Of course, not all of these models will have the high-end, tech-savvy features of recent releases, but you might be surprised by what you can get for the price. If you can afford a slightly higher budget, why not check out the best phones for under £200

Best Xiaomi phones for under £100

Xiaomi are a popular manufacturing company, the fourth largest globally. They are known for producing impressive smartphones with big batteries for a fraction of the price of iPhones or Samsungs. You could shell out £600 or so for a top end Xiaomi phone, but they do have one to offer for under £100.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 9AT

Xiaomi Redmi 9AT

Release date: September 2020

Buy for: £98.99 

6.53 inch screen is ideal for gaming and watching films 

13MP rear and 5MP front cameras

Huge 5,000mAh battery capacity means the device can last for days with fair use before needing to be charged up again

Battery is non-removable (which can have its disadvantages, but also provides extra security in the event of theft) 

32GB in-built storage is expandable with the use of a microSD card

Compatible with a Nano SIM, the smallest and newest SIM card used in most modern smartphones 

Has Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack for wired or wireless audio

 

Best Motorola phones for under £100 

Motorola has been in the telecommunications industry for a long time. They invented the first mobile phone, as well as the first flip phone of the 2000s, which has eventually led to the production of foldable phones. 

Motorola Moto G5

Release date: March 2017

Price: £99

5 inch screen makes this phone portable and pocket-friendly, while not being too small to watch videos on 

13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, with video recording available at 1080p

2,800mAh battery life could last a day before needing to be recharged 

Compatible with a Nano SIM

Comes with 16GB of storage, but can be expanded by using a microSD card

Bluetooth 4.2 and a 3.5mm headphone jack allow you to switch between wired and wireless audio 


Motorola Moto E7

Release date: February 2021

Price: £79

Large 6.5 inch screen for a clear and vivid picture 

48MP dual rear cameras will produce high-quality and detailed photos, and the 5MP front camera lets you take stable selfies 

Big 4,000mAh battery

Water-repellent coating protects the phone against water damage

Compatible with a Nano SIM

Built-in microSD card slot lets you expand the internal memory up to 64GB

Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack

 

Best Doro phones for under £100

For some of the most affordable and user-friendly phones on the market, Doro is your go-to manufacturer. Many of their phones include simple interfaces and senior-friendly features, most suitable for minimal users.

Doro 1360

Release date: September 2017

Price: £20

Small 2.4 inch screen makes this phone portable and lightweight

Big buttons for texting and navigation aid those with dexterity issues or visual impairments 

The phone is installed with multiple helpful features, such as an Assistance button to alert contacts that you need help, and an In Case of Emergency (ICE) feature which stores the user’s medical details for professionals to access in an emergency 

800mAh battery offers up to eight hours of talk time

Includes a headphone socket for people who don’t want to listen to their media out loud

Loud speaker can reach 83 decibels

Though the 0.08MP camera is weak, you still have the option of taking photos 

If you’re interested in this model, you can read our full review on it. 

Doro 6040

Doro 6040

Release date: December 2019

Buy for: £59.99 

Small and lightweight device with a 2.8 inch screen

Big buttons for texting 

Compatible with hearing aids for people who may suffer from hearing loss or hearing impairments

Features an Assistance button that users can press to alert specific contacts if they need help (linked to GPS location services so everyone can find you)

3MP rear camera

Bluetooth 3.0 for wireless listening 

Battery can support six hours of talk time and standby for 420 hours

 

Doro 7010

Doro 7010

Release date: September 2019

Buy for: £98.99 

2.8 inch screen splits phone between display and buttons

3MP rear camera with LED flash to assist the user in taking photos in daytime and night

VGA selfie camera

Comes with an Assistance button for emergencies and ICE feature for storing medical information 

Has Bluetooth for the option to play audio wirelessly, or a 3.5mm headphone jack for plugging in wired headphones 

4GB in-built storage with a microSD card to expand memory

1,600mAh battery

4G

For even more Doro recommendations under £100 and £200, check out our full list of the best Doro phones on the market.

 

Best Alcatel phones for under £100 

Alcatel, alongside Doro, are renowned for producing affordable phones, so you’re spoilt for choice. You can view all the best budget-friendly Alcatel phones in our handy masterlist, or check out the under £100s we’ve picked here.

 

 Alcatel 1S 2020

Alcatel 1S (2020)

Release date: Spring 2020

Buy for: £98.99 

Large 6.22 inch screen for easy viewing

Triple rear cameras at 13MP, 2MP, and 5MP, with a 5MP front camera

Implemented with smart AI technology in the camera to create more impressive photos

4,000mAh battery is capable of lasting all day and more depending on usage 

Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack

4G

 

Alcatel 1B

Alcatel 1B

Release date: September 2020

Buy for: £69.99 

Portable 5.5 inch screen will allow some people to be able to use the phone one-handed

3,000mAh battery capacity

8MP rear camera and 5MP selfie camera with image stabilisation feature ensuring blur-free photos, and the added ability to record video footage 

32GB in-built storage with a microSD card slot for expansion 

Bluetooth 4.2 and 3.5mm headphone jack

Google Assistant for making verbal commands

 

Best Nokia phones for under £100 

Nokia has been around for an incredibly long time, founded way back in 1865. It dominated the 2000s with the 3310 and its iconic flip phones, but recently they’ve strayed away from nostalgia in favour of more rectangular smartphones. 

 

Nokia 2.4

Nokia 2.4

Release date: September 2020

Buy for: £98.99 

6.5 inch screen is as large as regular high-end smartphones, proving that Nokia have transformed their style from the small mobile display

Dual rear cameras at 13MP and 2MP, with a 5MP front camera

Huge 4,500mAh battery life is comparable to many other smartphones on the market that cost £1000

Has 512GB of storage available, which is usually more than enough for the vast majority of users to download and stream everything they need 

Has Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio

Compatible with 4G

For more Nokia recommendations, check out our masterlist on the brand. 

 

Best Oppo phones for under £100

Oppo is a relatively new brand in comparison to some of the older establishments on this list, but since their creation, they have strived to appeal to young consumers with their modern designs and impressive cameras. 

Oppo A15

Release date: November 2020

Price: £89

Big 6.5 inch display screen

Triple rear cameras: 13MP, 2MP, 2MP, and a 5MP selfie camera, with video recording at 1080p

4,320mAh battery with 10W charging capability 

Comes with 32GB built-in storage that is expandable using the microSD card slot 

Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack 

4G technology 

 

Best Hammer phones for under £100

Hammer designs strong, durable, and rugged handsets. They should be your go-to manufacturer if you need a water-resistant and drop-resistant device for long days at work. 

 

Hammer 5 Smart

Hammer 5 Smart

Release date: December 2019

Buy for: £89.99 

Portable and lightweight device with a small 2.4 inch display screen

Big buttons 

2MP rear camera

2,500mAh removable battery allows users to change the battery themselves if it dies or starts performing badly, rather than having to purchase a new phone altogether or go to a manufacturer

IP68 water-resistant rating means the phone can survive being submerged underwater up to one metre for a maximum of 30 minutes 

Survived a 1.2m drop test and features protective backing to prevent damage from drops 

Closed USB and jacket sockets allow for ultimate protection underwater

Storage is expandable up to 32GB

Bluetooth 4.2 and 3.5mm headphone jack 

4G 

Interested in this brand? Discover more Hammer phones

 

These models go to show that you don’t always need to spend loads of money on your next smartphone. 

Regardless of which phone you pick next, why not pair your new device with an Asda mobile SIM-only deal to get the most out of saving money?

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