Best Smartphones under $200 (4G)

2019 is over and it saw the launch of cheaper Smartphones with better performances, attractive features, and stunning looks. It surely was a year in which advanced technology was made more available to a larger part of the population. Of course, that’s going to pass fairly well to 2020, promising a happy new year. Here, I’m going to count down and list a down some of the most affordable yet the best android phones you might be buying for 2020.

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So here we are, now with ample knowledge of the good affordable Smartphones under 200 dollars. Already in love with Motorola? Moto G8 Play won’t disappoint you with that big ugly notch again. In the same way, there’s something for Samsung and Nokia lover too this time. And if you just want a super-cheap phone with all the packed features, Redmi 8A needs one more read, scroll up. However, Xiaomi Mi A3 delivers flagship performance and beats them all, which might interest you.

Samsung Galaxy A10

The goodness of Samsung galaxy under $200.

Do you need a phone with rich features, a gorgeous look, and a wide display? If so, you might want to check this model out.

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Samsung is known for its big displays and A10 features a widescreen too. 6.2” HD+ display is topped by a v-shaped notch delivering the Infinity V display.

The phone camera is 13MP and is equipped with LED flash and modes like ultra-wide and slow-motion that allows recording up to 1080p resolution.

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The selfie camera is 5 MP.

Samsung A10 features a snappy Exynos 7884B processor and has 2 GB of randomly accessible memory(RAM). Android 9(Pie) is the operating system and the user interface is Samsung’s own UI. Samsung is known for designing UI with rich user experiences so that’s probably a good thing.

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Smartphones bear a battery of 3400mAh and that’s good enough for good android experience. However, there is no fingerprint unlock in the handset which is replaced by a face unlock. Meaning you’ll have to enter a password for unlocking the phone in the dark.

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Bottom line is, Samsung Galaxy A10 is a cheap standard android mobile phone.

Redmi 8A

A Smartphone with many attractive features at an attractive cheap price.

Redmi 8A might be the cheapest on our list and it’s surprising it’s still made it. Sounds interesting, right? Well, stick to the story.

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The front of the phone is covered by a 6.2” dot notch HD+ display. Mi provides its own user interface and the phone runs on OS Android Pie. While 2GB RAM, 32 GB isn’t the best, it’s quite sufficient if you consider Qualcomm Snapdragon 439.

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The rear houses a 12MP AI camera and LED flash while the front camera is 8MP. AI face unlock is another feature of this cheap phone, but its goodness drowns out cause it replaces a Fingerprint sensor. Yeah, the fingerprint sensor is one compromise you make here.

5000mAh means there’s enough battery to last for days and USB C type charger refills it fast enough with a power of 10W.

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Some of the perks are splash-proof body and Wireless FM radio.

Please note that this is a GSM-only phone meaning it only supports GSM network carriers like AT&T, T mobiles and wouldn’t work with Verizon and Sprint which uses CDMA.

Special Features

  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Attractive Price at $110
  • USB C fast charging

Consider These

  • No Fingerprint Sensor
  • 2GB RAM

Nokia 3.1 Plus for Cricket

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Nokia 3.1 Plus is really a phone that has the power to stop in your tracks and do research on it if you’re searching for a good phone under $200. While it’s no flagship, the less bloat experience and clean interface with a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chip and octa-core processor in the Cricket version is something you might not expect in a Smartphone costing $160.

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The model has 2GB of random access memory and allows up to 32GB of internal storage while it’s expandable and has a dedicated micro SD slot.

Although the handset has extra spaces above and below the screen, the 5.99 inch IPS display is big enough to watch videos or play games and since the edges are curved in corners, it doesn’t look too bulky or too dated. Colour seems slightly washed and brighter when you compare it to its competitors such as Moto G7 and Samsung A10e who give more realistic video experiences. The model boasts of an 18:9 cinematic HD+ display.

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If you ask me about the camera, I’ll have to say it’s not the best in this range. While there are a 13MP and 5MP rear cameras, and bokeh (portrait) mode is a bonus, there are other phones with better camera performances at the same price.

Another thing you should consider is that Nokia 3.1 Plus is not built for heavy games while it can easily run the light ones. USB type C charging slot means it’s always up and the slot and charging pin are stronger and durable.

Nokia 3.1 Plus comes with a 3500mAh battery built to last for 2 days without the internet and an attractive polycarbonate with the aluminum frame back, which can be removed to find the Micro SD slots and SIM slots though the battery is user non-removable. Global versions outside of the USA have the metal back.

Though the model lacks any flashy features, it’s one of those phones you wanna buy for everyday use and smooth user experience with a cool look. Also, the phone is going to get probably two major software updates and security patches for the coming years and it makes it a good choice if you want to keep your phone for some time.

Please Note that Nokia 3.1 Plus for Cricket only supports AT&T’s network carriers in the US and is brought exclusively by HMD for Cricket. The global version is a little different and has MediaTek instead of Qualcomm and there are 3GB RAM variants available.

Nokia 3.1 Plus is placed at a relatively low price of &160.

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Pros

  • 3500mAh Lasting Battery
  • USB C Charging
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 439

Consider These

  • 2GB
  • Supports Only AT&T’s Carriers
  • Speaker is on back

Please note that this is a GSM-only phone meaning it only supports GSM network carriers like AT&T, T mobiles and wouldn’t work with Verizon and Sprint which uses CDMA.

Moto G8 Play

A gorgeous body finally added to the consistent budget king.

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While its friends Iphone and Samsung rule the flagship section, Motorola relentlessly tops the market of budget phones. After delivering high performing Smartphones with the goodness of Android One and clean experience, Moto is back with a gorgeous body at the same price.

Motorola users say hello to beautiful notches. Moto G8 Play is covered by a 6.2-inch HD+, AMOLED display and the aspect ratio is 19:9.

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Picture quality is one of the best things about this fun package deal. It features a triple camera! A 13 MP primary camera is complemented by a 117-degree ultra-wide 8 MP secondary camera, a depth sensor of 2 megapixels and an 8MP selfie camera. Capture better!

The highlight, however, is 4000mAh battery, now play for longer.

The operating system is Android 9 Pie and it comes with 32 GB internal storage, expandable of course. Your temporary memory is 2 GB.

Have a Look

  • 4000mAh Li-ion battery
  • Triple Rear Camera
  • Rear Mounted Fingerprint Sensor

Consider These

  • 32 GB ROM
  • 2 GB RAM

Xiaomi Mi A3

If you had been disappointed by limited battery performance in some budget phones, while the camera or RAM in others, search no more.

Here’s finally a phone, and not very surprisingly from Xiaomi, that you can just buy without doing any research. This is the best phone to buy in 2020. It’s in your budget, it has all the features you might need and expect and I must say many which you didn’t anticipate, for sure.

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Rear packs triple camera, 48MP primary camera with Sony IMX586 for crystal clear capture, 8 MP secondary 118-degree FOV ultra-wide camera, and 2MP depth camera, which enables recording up to 4K resolution. The AI-powered rear camera goes good along with an AI-powered 32MP front camera that promises to capture stunning selfies. Worry not, if you’re wondering where to watch these high-resolution videos, the display is Super AMOLED.

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The phone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 and has 4GB of random access memory, which is expected to deliver quite fast performance and if you couple it with Android One that’s pretty amazing. Performance could have been easily a special feature of this model but the story doesn’t end yet.

4030mAh battery is rechargeable by 10W fast charging and can last days. Security goes up to the next level with 7th generation in-screen fingerprint sensor. You wouldn’t be using that one much though, there’s an AI face unlock!

Apart from the regular features, there are a few perks included like IR blaster, smart power amplifier and splash-proof body. The internal memory is 128GB and expandable by 256GB. There’s also a little costlier 6GB RAM version available in the market.

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If you’re of the opinion that Smartphone with such flashy features doesn’t last long, I hope Mi A3 proves you wrong. The goodness of Android One, rest assured to get security patches and updates for two or three years and two major software updates.

Please note that this is a GSM-only phone meaning it only supports GSM network carriers like AT&T, T mobiles and wouldn’t work with Verizon and Sprint which uses CDMA.

Some Features

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4K Triple Camera AI
  • 32 MP AI Selfie Camera
  • Android One
  • 4030mAh Battery
  • 4G Connectivity
  • Super AMOLED display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • USB Type C Charging
  • 4GB + 128GB

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Xiaomi Mi A3 is easily the best android phone for 2020 in a budget of $200. It is available on Amazon and eBay at cheaper rates if you know how to strike a deal!

Redmi Note 8

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One more from the Chinese innovators, Redmi Note 8 could be the one for you. Price gets lower and the performance gets better and better. Man! These gadgets wars are quite interesting.

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6.3 inches wide display pushes the chin to the far end while Quad camera set makes the rear attractive. Yes, you heard it right, Quad Camera at a price far below $ 200.

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The handset features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip and an Octa-Core processor.

There is an internal storage of 64 GB and can be further extended. The phone runs on 3GB RAM.

A 4000mAh battery keeps the device powered for days.

In simple words, capture better, enjoy the wider display and for a longer time all in lesser bucks now!

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