The best budget smartphones for under £300

The best budget smartphones for under £300

In this selection, we've picked the Android smartphones that we found to give the most bang for your buck. Specifically, bang for under 300 bucks. Among them are some excellent mid-range devices that provide a good everyday user experience.

Note: Keep in mind that this article is a work in progress. To be more clear, this means that the list of smartphones will change and/or evolve over time. We will be updating the list periodically as we get the chance to review more options on the market.

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Moto G 5G Plus


Rating Motorola Moto G 5G Plus


  • Fast performance with 5G-SoC
  • Great display with 90Hz refresh rate and HDR 10
  • One of the best executions of Android
  • Good camera performance under good lighting conditions
  • Large battery capacity


  • Plastic housing without IP certification
  • Image quality decreases sharply without light
  • Poor audio with built-in loudspeaker

Released in September 2020, the new Moto G 5G Plus is among the newest handsets in this updated list of smartphones to buy for under £300 bucks. Motorola sells two variants of this 5G enabled mid-range smartphone in the UK and the rest of Europe - a base variant in the 4GB/64GB combo - and a top variant in the 6GB/128GB option. The base variant of the phone is available via Amazon UK for £275. This makes the Moto G 5G Plus among the most affordable 5G enabled handsets currently on sale. You will need to shell out more than £300 for the pricier variant, though. 

The Moto G 5G Plus gets the 5G ready Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G chipset. With its quad rear camera setup, the phone also seems to do well as far as photography is concerned. The Moto G5 5G Plus is quite a large device and gets a gigantic 6.7-inch FHD+ IPS LCD panel. The large size also let Motorola use a large 5,000mAh battery

NextPit Motorola Moto G 5G Plus back
The best affordable 5G phone? / © NextPit

Moto G 5G Plus technical specifications

Dimensions: 168 x 74 x 9 mm
Weight: 207 g
Battery size: 5000 mAh
Screen size: 6.7 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 2520 x 1080 pixels (409 ppi)
Front camera: 48 megapixels
Rear camera: 16 megapixels
Android version: 10 - Q
Internal storage: 128 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Connectivity: LTE, NFC, Bluetooth

Realme 7 Pro


Rating Motorola Moto G 5G Plus


  • Slimmer design
  • Solid performance
  • Superfast charging
  • 3.5mm headphone jack


  • No 90Hz display this time
  • Big display bezels
  • Weak display brightness

The Realme 7 Pro and its predecessors have been raging successes in emerging markets like India and China. The company which was spun-off from OPPO nearly two years ago now operates as an independent entity and has been very aggressive with its product launches. Among Realme’s newest offerings, the Realme 7 Pro which recently launched in Europe is a very competent mid-range smartphone. It gets the Snapdragon 720G processor (which is also used on the Google Pixel 4a). For someone seeking a good-looking, powerful smartphone with some added bells and whistles (65W fast charging, very good cameras to name a few), the Realme 7 Pro surely makes sense.

realme 7 Pro Mirror Silver 3
The Realme 7 Pro/ © Realme

At the time of drafting this article, the Realme 7 Pro is available for 279 on Amazon UK.

Realme 7 Pro technical specifications

Dimensions: 160.9 x 74.3 x 8.7 mm
Weight: 182 g
Battery size: 4500 mAh
Screen size: 6.4 in
Display technology: AMOLED
Screen: 2400 x 1080 pixels (411 ppi)
Front camera: 32 megapixels
Rear camera: 64 megapixels
Android version: 10 - Q
User interface: Not available
Internal storage: 128 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Connectivity: LTE, NFC, Bluetooth

Redmi Note 9 Pro


Rating Motorola Moto G 5G Plus


  • Great price-to-performance ratio
  • Huge battery
  • Good camera with useful functionality
  • Good performance


  • Poor LCD display performance
  • Poor speaker performance
  • No IP certification
  • Annoying advertising in the operating system

The Redmi Note lineup of affordable smartphones has played an important role in the evolution of Xiaomi as a powerful technology brand. In its 9th generation now, the Redmi Note 9 Pro offers a compelling set of features for less than £300. The phone uses the same processor (Snapdragon 720G) as its archrival – the Realme 7 Pro. The phone comes in two storage options (128GB and 64GB) and offers 6GB of RAM. Prices start at 249 for the base variant - going up to 269 for the 128GB option. 

AndroidPIT Redmi Note 9 Pro front
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro / © AndroidPIT

Realme X50 5G


Rating Motorola Moto G 5G Plus


  • Neat design
  • Beautiful 120 Hz LCD screen
  • Snapdragon 765G chipset
  • Solid battery life
  • Decent audio performance


  • Average performing cameras
  • Boring form factor

Yet another Realme smartphone makes it to our sub 300 bucks smartphones – and for good reason! The Realme X50 5G is perhaps the most powerful smartphone on this list. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G which is typically used on devices well above the £300 mark. In the UK, this phone comes in a single 6GB/128GB variant. The phone gets a competent camera, and the IPS LCD display supports 120Hz refresh rate. At the price it is being sold for, there is very little to complain about the Realme X50 5G. 

AndroidPIT realme x50 pro 5g front
The Realme X50 5G/ © AndroidPIT


Realme X50 5G technical specifications

Battery size: 4200 mAh
Screen size: 6.57 in
Display technology: LCD
Front camera: 16 megapixels
Rear camera: 48 megapixels
Android version: 10 - Q
Internal storage: 128 GB

Poco X3 NFC

Another sub-brand owned by Xiaomi, the POCO X3 NFC is Pocophone’s latest budget smartphone that has been only around for a few weeks at the time of drafting this list. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip, this phone offers slightly better performance compared to other 730G-based devices. Like the Realme X50 Pro, the POCO X3 NFC also features a 120Hz display and gets quad cameras at the rear.  The massive 5160mAh battery supports 33W fast charging as well. As evident from the name, the phone also supports NFC and also happens to be water-resistant. In the UK, the phone is sold in two variants, a 4GB/64GB variant for £199 and a 6GB/128GB option for £249.

poco x3
The Pocophone X3 NFC / © POCO

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If you have other good deals to propose to us for less than $300, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments! We will be pleased to review your proposals, and perhaps add them to the article in the future. 

In the meantime, we hope that this top list will help you to find a great smartphone at a low price!

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  • Nice article...!!

  • The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro is the best smartphone for me because has Infrared port , IR blaster to use it as Universal Remote Control for TV or Climate or Sound systems .

  • I have to say the Honor 8x rocks my world. I'm in love with it. She's like a beautiful woman, I can't stop checking her out.

  • Awesome. I will suggest to buy Huawei Honor 8x

  • Very nice list!

  • Roy124 Dec 23, 2019 Link to comment

    Love this!

  • Ken Dec 21, 2019 Link to comment

    I'm upgrading from my already pretty snappy Moto G5+ to the G7 for $150 brand new with warranty! Need a solid 4GB of memory and and evetually Q. Could get ~$70 for my old phone as it's in A grade condition...spent it's entire life in a case with a tempered glass screen protector. Battery never charged above 80%, so plenty life left.'d be stupid to sell it for $ it's now my backup and/or Magisk rootin' toy!

  • I can honestly say the LG V40 is #1
    And it's less than $200! It's a steal!

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  • storm Aug 16, 2019 Link to comment

    This is probably the most interesting segment of the Android market giving the most bang for the buck

  • I like the Nokia 8.1, the very downside is: there is no way to root it :-(

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  • marco sarli
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    Aug 15, 2019 Link to comment

    Very nice list. And when it comes to essential features they have them all same as phones that cost 4 or 5 times more

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  • Thanks Nicholas for sharing such an informative blog with us :)
    Well, I am soon gonna buy 7X as in my opinion its the best budget device with exciting features

  • I think the honor 7x is the best budget phone. It offers flagship features & priced at 199.00 here in the US. Display, camera & battery better than average. The first 18.9 display in the budget category. For consumer's who cannot afford a flagship this may well be the ticket. At this price I can forgive the lack of NFC!

  • Interesting list - I'm in this market segment, and will be looking to replace a ZTE Android L phone probably next year. I'd like to see a standard spec for full implementation of the Camera2 API in these reviews - it can be taken for granted in premium phones but has been extremely spotty at the lower end and because the press and enthusiast forums focus on the high end it's difficult to find out if Camera2 is on board. The stock camera apps for cheaper phones are generally junk, and the best third-party camera apps are full of caveats about models that can't be supported for all features, and in experience they are hit and miss on specific devices. I've been lucky to find apps that greatly improve my ZTE's camera performance, but would be shopping for a new phone with full Camera2 API next time.

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