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Best phones for under £200

Our phones have changed over the years from luxuries to absolute essentials for keeping in touch, entertaining ourselves, and staying updated with world affairs. 
 
But that doesn’t have to come at a high price. 

If you’re on the lookout for a mobile phone that doesn’t break the bank, here are the best ones you can buy for under £200. 

Alcatel 

Alcatel offer some of the most affordable phones on the market, with most retailing between £20 - £150. These truly are budget-friendly phones, but their low price doesn’t mean you’re losing out on any great features! Check out our number one pick below £200. 

 

Alcatel 3L (2020)

Release date: May 2020

Price: £138.99 

Alcatel 3L (2020)

 Large 6.22 inch screen makes for an easy viewing experience

 Features a 48MP rear camera, embedded with smart AI technology to stabilise and improve the quality of photos you take

 Big 4,000mAh battery offers over a day of average usage before needing to be recharged, perfect for long road trips or multiple hours without access to electricity 

 64GB built-in storage

 5G compatible

 

Alcatel also have a huge range of cheaper phones all under £100.

 

Doro 

Doro is another reliable staple for budget-friendly phones that can be found for under both £200 and £100! If you’re looking for a cheap phone aimed more at older users with specialised features to aid those with visual or hearing impairments, this could be the brand for you. 

 

Doro 7010

Release date: September 2019

Price: £98.99 

Doro 7010

 2.8 inch screen allows the phone to include big buttons for those with dexterity struggles 

 Though the main rear camera is only 3MP, you still have the choice of being able to take photos, as well as record videos (which is not always available on these types of models)

 Includes an assistance button and ICE (In Case of Emergency), which stores your medical information like allergies, whether you’re hard of hearing or visually impaired, and more, so medical professionals know how to treat you 

 Compatible with hearing aids

 Includes a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can listen to music, podcasts, or the radio using headphones 

 

 

Oppo 

For a more high-end option, Oppo has you covered. These phones still remain under the £200 budget, but include a whole host of surprising and impressive features for users who seek a more luxurious smartphone experience. 

 

Oppo A5 (2020)

Release date: September 2019

Price: £150

 Large 6.5 inch screen is perfect for gamers and film fanatics who need the display for optimal viewing 

 Quadruple rear cameras: 12MP, 8MP, 2MP, and 2MP, for the avid photographer who likes to experiment with multiple lenses and focuses

 Huge 5,000mAh battery is capable of lasting for multiple days depending on usage 

 Has Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless audio 

 Functions with 4G data for connectivity worldwide 

Oppo A53

Release date: August 2020

Price: £125

 Large 6.5 inch screen

 Triple rear main cameras: 13MP, 2MP, and 2MP, and an 8MP front camera for both selfies and landscape shots

 Built-in 64GB, with the ability to expand up to 256GB with a microSD card 

 Long-lasting 5,000mAh battery life 

 Has both a 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth 5.0 so the user can decide whether they want to listen to their audio wired or wirelessly 

Oppo A15

Release date: November 2020

Price: £125

 6.5 inch screen is great for people who want a large enough display to video chat friends or family, play games, and watch videos on

 Triple rear cameras at 13MP, 2MP, and 2MP, with video recording available at 1080p

 Nicely sized 4,230mAh battery capacity

 Has Bluetooth for wireless connectivity

 

Motorola 

Motorola, the founders of the first flip phone, are a great choice for affordable phones that still offer many of the same features as bigger manufacturers. 

 

Motorola G9 Power

Release date: November 2020

Price: £142

 Almost tablet-size 6.8 inch screen is ideal for streaming tv apps or games

 Triple rear camera - 64MP, 2MP, and 2MP, for super clear and detailed images with a 16MP selfie camera for stable and well-lit Instagram-worthy snaps. You can also record footage at 1080p

 Whopping 6,000mAh battery life, which is one of the largest capacities in a modern smartphone, lasting up to 60 hours on a single charge

 Has a large 128GB of built-in storage, which some users won’t need to manually expand on, particularly if they use backup cloud storage options

 Water-repellent design means there’s less chance of the device being damaged if you drop your phone in water

Motorola G30

Release date: February 2021 

Price: £158.99 

Motorola G30

 6.5 inch screen

 Quad rear cameras: 64MP, 8MP, 2MP, and 2MP, with a 13MP front camera, and video recording at 1080p. Camera technology also features automatic image stabilisation so photos and videos will be blur-free

 5,000mAh battery

 Operates on Android 11, the most recent OS, so will be implemented with the newest bug fixes and security protocols 

 Comes with 128GB built-in storage and the option to expand using a microSD card if you need more

 

 

Xiaomi

The fourth largest brand for phones worldwide, Xiaomi have a wide range of smartphones with big displays, impressive cameras, and long-lasting battery capacities. Check out our top pick for under £200. 

 

Redmi 9AT

Release date: September 2020

Price: £98.99

Xiaomi Redmi 9AT

Sleek, immersive 6.53 inch display with low blue light to protect your eyes

13MP rear and 5MP front camera

Large 5,000mAh battery offers 34 days of standby time and several days of charge

4G compatible

Decent 32MP storage 

Upgradeable to Android 11, the most recent OS

 

 

Hammer 

A manufacturer of strong, durable, rugged phones with an edgier appearance than the typical sleekness of modern smartphones, Hammer should be on your watchlist if you need a device that’s capable of surviving harsher conditions. 

 

Hammer Energy 2

Release date: April 2020

Price: £178.99 

Hammer Energy

 Portable and pocket-friendly size with a 5.5 inch display screen

 IP68 waterproof rating means the device is protected against submersion up to one metre of water for a maximum of 30 minutes

 IK05 rating against drops from heights of 280mm

 13MP rear camera still allows you to use the phone for photos, with autofocus technology meaning you never miss your mark

 5,000mAh battery life will last all work day and more

 4G compatible

 

 

Nokia 

Nokia were much loved in the early 2000s with the 3310, but they have since strayed from their famous design to adopt a more modern appearance. Check out the models below to see if one of these could be your next buy. 

Nokia 5.4

Release date: December 2020

Price: £150 

Nokia 5.4

 Big 6.39 inch screen that trumps its predecessors, appearing more like a modern high-end smartphone

 Quad rear cameras: 48MP, 2MP, 5MP, and 2MP to capture shots using varying lenses and focuses. Also has a 16MP front camera for strong selfies

 4,000mAh battery life

 Comes with 64GB or 128GB of storage, though you can expand the memory up to 512GB with a microSD card

 Ready to operate on Android 11, the newest system update

 Bluetooth 4.2 and a 3.5mm headphone jack allow the user to choose how to listen to their media 

 4G compatible



Nokia 3.4

Release date: October 2020

Price: £99 

Nokia 3.4

 6.39 inch screen is identical to its successor, the 5.4

 Triple rear cameras with 13MP, 2MP, and 5MP strength, and an 8MP front camera

 4,000mAh battery life with adaptive battery technology that prioritises the phone’s power to your most used apps 

 Up to 512GB of storage, enough to store all of your favourite apps, photos, videos, files, and more

 Bluetooth 4.2 and 3.5mm headphone jack for wired or wireless listening

 4G compatible

 Family Link feature to use parental control software for young phone users

 

 

Samsung 

Samsung is one of the biggest smartphone brands in the world. They typically release more expensive models, so to have Samsung options in our under £200’s list is an absolute steal!

 

Samsung Galaxy A21s

Release date: May 2020

Price: £150

 6.5 inch Infinity-O display screen provides a clear and colourful screen

 Quad rear cameras (48MP, 8MP, 2MP, and 2MP) with a 13MP front camera for detailed photos, and video recording capabilities 

 5,000mAh battery is compatible with 15W Fast Charging technology so when your phone eventually drains, it’ll be back up and running in no time 

 Upgradeable to Android 11 for all the newest features and security measures

 MicroSD card slot allows you to expand internal memory up to 128GB

 Bluetooth 5.0 and 3.5mm headphone jack

Samsung Galaxy A12

Release date: November 2020

Price: £165 

Samsung Galaxy A12

 6.5 inch display screen

 Quad rear camera with 48MP, 5MP, 2MP, and 2MP, and an 8MP front camera with 1080p video recording 

 64GB internal storage with a memory card slot to expand up to a whopping 1TB (terabyte)

 Large and reliable 5,000mAh battery will last you days at a time with fair usage, and is compatible with 15W Fast Charging to get you back up to speed as quickly as possible 

 Upgradeable to Android 11

 Bluetooth 5.0 and 3.5mm headphone port



Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4s

Release date: July 2019

Price: £187

 Portable and pocket-friendly 5 inch screen may be more suitable for users who don’t want or need a huge screen

 16MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, with video recording available at 1080p

 2,800mAh battery isn’t as big as the others on this list, but it does have the advantage of being removable, which could save you money on going to a manufacturer 

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

 IP68 waterproof rating, which means the device is protected against submersion of up to one metre for a maximum of 30 minutes without facing water damage 

 Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack 

Samsung Galaxy A02s

Release date: November 2020

Price: £138.99 

Samsung Galaxy A02s

Large 6.5 inch screen is ideal for gaming and watching videos, and with an Infinity-V display, you’ll feel completely immersed in the virtual world

Triple rear cameras: 13MP, 2MP, and 2MP, with a 5MP front camera and video recording capabilities means you can capture all your memories

Large 5,000mAh battery capacity with Adaptive Fast Charging to get you up and running again in no time

Store photos and videos with 32GB internal storage (with a memory card slot to expand)

4G

Available on Android 11

 

 

Apple

Alongside Samsung, Apple are the leading brand in smartphone manufacturing, with new iPhone families coming out each Autumn. While some of the newer ranges, like the 11 and 12, are more expensive, if you’re desperate for a budget-friendly iPhone, the 6 is your best bet.

iPhone 6

Release date: September 2014

Price: £60 - £70

 4.7 inch screen makes this a dainty little phone that is easy to transport, slip into pockets and bags, and use one-handed

 8MP rear camera is relatively good for the affordability and age of the model

 Includes AI, Siri, who allows you to complete tasks and ask questions hands-free using vocal commands 

 Features the 3.5mm headphone jack that has since been replaced by Lightning cables in models beyond the iPhone 7, so you can still plug any brand of headphones into it

 Bluetooth 4.2 to listen wirelessly using AirPods or other wireless earphones

 

And there you have it - all of our recommendations for the best mobile phones under £200. Some of the huge battery lives, storage options, and large screens go to show that you don’t always need to empty your wallet for a good and reliable smartphone. 

If your budget is a little higher, though, you may be interested in viewing some of our masterlists for the best of each brand:

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