Smartphone prices have crept higher with the release of each new generation and with the typical price of a new flagship exceeding $1000, buying a new Android device can be a substantial investment. Even the likes of OnePlus that previously would be considered in the affordable bracket have pushed the budget upwards with the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, a new Android smartphone doesn’t have to break the bank and there are a number of devices available on the market to match any budget, so if you have $200 to spend, here are some of the best options right now. You may notice a distinct lack of options from Huawei but, given the recent developments and until it is clear what this means for the future of Huawei devices, we can’t confidently recommend them.
At just over a year old, the Moto G6 is a strong contender at $149.99 and is a good size for those who want a device on the smaller side. With a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen, the Moto G6 is powered by a Snapdragon 450 with either 4GB or 3GB of RAM depending on storage configuration, and a 3000mAh battery. The camera is decent too, with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 lens and 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth-sensor.
If you’re looking for something even smaller, the LG Q6 has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display and is powered by a Snapdragon 435 so is a little on the older side having been released in August 2017. You’ll get a 13-megapixel f/2.2 lens and a 3000mAh battery all for $153.98 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
The reinvigoration of the Nokia branding under HMD Global has seen a number of budget handsets launch, one of which is the Nokia 6. At $159.99, the device has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display and is powered by a Snapdragon 430 with either 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage or 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage. You’ll get a 16-megapixel f/2.0 shooter on the rear and it’s powered by . a similar 3000mAh battery. The Nokia 6 also supports Android 9.0 Pie and has a front-mounted fingerprint sensor if that’s something you prefer.
One of the newest devices on the list, the Samsung Galaxy A10 was released in March 2019 and has a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display but a lower 1520 x 720 resolution. It runs on Samsung’s Exynos 7884 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage but does feature a full-screen display with a notch for $134.99. On the camera front, you’ll get a 13-megapixel f/1.9 lens with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, all powered by a generous 3400mAh battery.
Released in October 2018, the Motorola One is also known as the P30 Play in China and features a 5.9-inch IPS LCD display at 1520 x 720 resolution complete with a notch for just $184.99. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 625 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and a 3000mAh battery. The Moto One has a dual rear-camera for those who consider photography important with a 13-megapixel f/2.0 lens and 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth-sensor.
Xiaomi as a company has a great reputation for bringing high specs to the lower end price bracket and the Mi A2 Lite with its 5.84-inch IPS LCD 1080 x 2280 display powered by a Snapdragon 625 is a great example of this. With a massive 4000mAh battery and either 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage or 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, the Mi A2 Lite starts at just $169.99. With a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a dual front-facing camera with a 12-megapixel f/2.2 lens paired with a 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth-sensor, the Mi A2 Lite is an excellent option.
Samsung’s strategy of offering a device for every market bracket offers a wide selection depending on your requirements. At just $119.99, the Galaxy M10 has a full-screen 6.22-inch 720 x 1520 display with minimal waterdrop notch powered by an Exynos 7870 processor and either 2GB or 3GB of RAM depending on storage configuration. For the photo enthusiasts, the M10 offers an ultrawide 5-megapixel lens paired with a 13-megapixel f/1.9 lens on the rear, all powered by a 3400mAh battery.
There are a number of options for a $200 budget with some excellent devices that can cater to buyers who prefer either a full-screen display all the way to a front-mounted fingerprint sensor. As one of the newest devices released, the Galaxy A10 is a very compelling option for the price but there are certainly a number of options available.