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Top Sub-$200 Phones for 2024: Affordable and High-Performing

Best Smartphones Under 200 Dollars July 2024
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Wondering if you can have a great experience with the best sub-$200 smartphones for 2024? Absolutely! Our curated list of top-rated budget smartphones shows you can get excellent performance without breaking the bank. Discover affordable options from top brands like Samsung, Motorola, and Nokia, offering features that often outperform older mid-range models. Find your perfect budget smartphone today!

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Affordable phones under $200 for 2024

While we only got our hands on one of the recommended picks for direct testing, we're leveraging our extensive experience with other models from the same brands. This allows us to provide insights on software support, camera features, and timely updates.

Since the start of the year, the entry-level smartphone market has seen some significant changes, especially with the surge of 5G models. It means that at least two of the four models on our list boast 5G support, and during sales, you can sometimes snag a 5G version of the runner-up phone for under $200.

Another encouraging trend is the growing focus on long-term software support. Many phones now provide not just Android upgrades, but also vital security patches, keeping your device secure and current.

Samsung Galaxy A15: Superior software support (+ 5G)

Samsung Galaxy A15 5G Display
The Galaxy A15 offers a similar user experience to its more expensive alternatives. / © nextpit

Read the Samsung Galaxy A15 review

The Galaxy A15 5G is Samsung's latest addition to the entry-level 5G market in 2024, following its predecessor, the Galaxy A14 5G. With a sub-$200 price tag, the A15 stands out for its strong software update policy, promising up to five years of security updates, which is exceptional for this price range​.

In terms of hardware, the Galaxy A15 5G features a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and a 90 Hz refresh rate, offering a significant upgrade over the previous model's LCD screen. The device is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ SoC, ensuring decent performance for everyday tasks and moderate gaming​.

Samsung has reconfigured the camera setup on the A15 5G, replacing the less useful 2 MP depth sensor with a more practical 5 MP ultra-wide lens, alongside a 50 MP main camera and a 2 MP macro camera. However, the camera performance, especially in low-light conditions, remains an area where compromises are evident​.

Overall, the Galaxy A15 5G offers a compelling package for those looking for an affordable 5G smartphone with solid software support and a decent display, despite some compromises in camera quality and performance​.

Samsung Galaxy A15 5G


  • High-quality AMOLED display with 90 Hz
  • Solid workmanship
  • Decent performance that is sufficient for mobile games
  • Up to five years of updates


  • Camera quite inflexible overall
  • Mono speaker sounds very tinny
  • Rather low power reserves for the next 5 years
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
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Motorola Moto G 5G (2024): 5G on a budget

Motorola Moto G 5G (2024) press image
The Motorola Moto G 5G (2024) is an ideal 5G phone for budget users. / © Motorola

The Motorola Moto G 5G (2024) brings significant value to the budget smartphone market. Featuring a 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate, it ensures smooth visuals for daily tasks and media consumption. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chipset, the device offers solid performance, supported by 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage​.

The Moto G 5G's camera setup includes a 50MP main sensor and a 2MP macro sensor. While the main camera performs well in good lighting, its low-light performance and lack of optical image stabilization (OIS) are notable drawbacks. The front camera features an 8MP sensor, adequate for basic selfies and video calls​.

Running on Android 14 with Motorola's My UX, the Moto G 5G offers a near-stock Android experience with useful customizations like Moto Actions. The device promises one major OS upgrade and three years of bi-monthly security updates​.

The 5000 mAh battery provides all-day usage, though its 18W charging speed is slower compared to some competitors. Additional features include a 3.5 mm headphone jack, stereo speakers, and support for 5G connectivity, making it a well-rounded choice for budget-conscious consumers​.

Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023): Note for less

Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023) promotional image with the stylus pen
The Moto G Stylus packs a stylus pen for productivity tasks. / © Motorola

The Moto G Stylus (2023) offers plenty of features, despite its complex name. Available in two versions, one with 5G and a more budget-friendly 4G model under $200, it boasts a large 90 Hz screen and an integrated stylus, making it ideal for productivity tasks​.

Historically, the 2021 and 2022 Stylus models saw significant price drops a few months after their release, often falling below $200. This trend suggests keeping an eye on sales if you're looking to future-proof your device​​. However, it's important to note that Motorola's track record for software updates isn't as strong as Samsung's, offering fewer years of security updates and slower Android upgrades compared to top competitors​.

Nokia C210: The bare minimum
It is not the prettiest, but the Nokia C210 promises good resistance. / © HMD Global

The Nokia C210 is a nostalgic nod to the old plastic smartphones, featuring thick bezels and basic specifications. It comes with the Snapdragon 662 processor, which, despite being outdated, powered many mid-range phones not long ago​.

A key advantage of the Nokia C210 is Nokia's recent commitment to software updates, typically providing three years of security updates, similar to Samsung. However, don't expect stellar camera performance. The C210 is equipped with low-resolution sensors, adequate for basic family photos but not much more​.

Alternatives to purchasing a new smartphone

Refurbished, sale units, and used/refurbished phones

If removing the protective film from your new device for the first time does not spark joy, you can pick up more expensive smartphones from the second-hand or refurbished market. It is particularly advisable to use devices that carry a refurbished guarantee. These are used smartphones that have been checked and refurbished by reputable companies to ensure that they are in tip-top condition.

Refurbished devices are particularly interesting to check out when they come with an extended warranty. This is how you protect yourself when picking one up just in case the handset gives up the ghost just a few weeks down the road.

Of course, you do not have this advantage when buying a used smartphone from private owners on platforms such as eBay, Craigslist, or other portals. However, used devices can be found for significantly reduced prices there, as there are no additional costs because the middleman has been cut out. With the so-called 'sale', you also secure older models that online shops still carry in new condition but which are no longer in production.

Promotions and sales

Towards the end of the year, each consumer electronics device that you purchase is accompanied by an even greater risk of stumbling upon a cheaper offer just a few weeks down the road. This can be attributed to sales like Black Friday and its associated Black Week, Amazon Prime Day, Singles Day, and Cyber ​​Monday, all of which are discount days in the months of October and November.

Most of them happen right before the Christmas shopping frenzy begins. Since smartphones are one of the most popular consumer electronics devices in the market, you should keep your eyes open for great deals. You can check out the dates for this year's sales and promotions in the table below:

Sign up for a contract with a service provider or an installment plan 

If your smartphone is completely broken, and you need a replacement fast, consider an installment plan. These plans, usually tied to a phone contract, let you get a new phone with monthly payments. However, you might end up paying more over time than buying the phone outright.

Alternatively, you can opt for a monthly financing plan with 0% interest, spreading the cost over several months without a contract. While popular, these plans have risks. If your new phone is lost or broken, you'll still need to pay the remaining installments for a device you can no longer use.

Are you not satisfied with the selection of our list of sub-$200 smartphones? Do share your recommendations with us in the comments section below.

Article updated on July 2024. Comments before the update were not deleted and refer to older versions of this list.

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Having written about technology since 2008 for a number of websites in Brazil, Spain, Denmark, and Germany, I specialize in the mobile ecosystem, including various models, components, and apps. I tend to not only value performance and specifications, but also things like repairability, durability, and manufacturer support. I tend to prioritize the end-user's point of view whenever possible.

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  • 27
    Sorin Nov 6, 2021 Link to comment

    Personally, I like the Oppo A16s, especially for looks but also for performance. My second choice would be the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T. And that's about it for now. Even for the $200 budget, the performance is very good, the choice of a model is not exactly easy, and even the overall look is now taken much more into consideration. The $300 category raises the bar even higher, and again the choice is not easy.

    Zois Bekios Zannikos

    • Zois Bekios Zannikos 9
      Zois Bekios Zannikos Nov 8, 2021 Link to comment

      Im personally using the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro and its still a very solid device for 200 eur


  • 14
    Davin Peterson Jun 17, 2021 Link to comment

    The disadvantage of the cheaper Motorola phones is that they don't include NFC like Nokia and Samsung do.


    • 49
      storm Nov 5, 2021 Link to comment

      It's not used so much in the US yet. Which is too bad.


  • 2
    Mitchell Nov 14, 2020 Link to comment

    I bought the Redmi 9 for about 100, its a amazing phone after some tweaking with help from youtube and xda forum


  • 12
    harshatecordeon Feb 6, 2020 Link to comment

    huawei was good


    • 49
      storm Feb 6, 2020 Link to comment

      Loving the was. Great verb choice.

      Sorinmarco sarli

  • marco sarli 39
    marco sarli
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    Feb 6, 2020 Link to comment

    I have a Redmi 8 and, for the price, it is great.If it only had a removable battery...but anyway I get 2 days of use with 30% of charge left


  • 10
    Ken Feb 6, 2020 Link to comment

    U can get a full Moto G7, 4GB ram, 64GB storage, New on Ebay $179 all day...Don't settle for the weak 2/32GB Power...get the full on G7! smh...


  • 49
    storm Feb 6, 2020 Link to comment

    Realmi and Xiaomi are not offered with support here to speak of and with mega bloat. Nokia and Huawei don't let you unlock the bootloader.

    Moto wins as everyone else eliminates themselves.


  • Chad_Higgins 15
    Chad_Higgins Nov 22, 2015 Link to comment

    The HTC Desire 816 is a impressive phone with dual front speakers an amazing display which is 5.5 in by the way and a even better camera front and back! Highly recommend this phone!
    oh and its got the lollipop update and is on the list to receive marshmallow update!


  • 10
    Edward Amarille Nov 20, 2015 Link to comment

    Zte grand X max+ through Cricket wireless. $169 for a 6 inch screened beast.

  • Deezul Yusof 9
    Deezul Yusof Nov 20, 2015 Link to comment

    Tsch, tcsh,tcsh you poor Americans only know Samsung, LG,Motorola Asus . Whereas there are uncountable models here in Asia with myriad of combination of specifications but most of them comes with SDCard and sells much much lower than USD 200. The only reason you guys got stung is that you bought without asking if it is ROW ( Rest of the World) version or CN ( China only) version.

  • 2
    Kaleb Nov 18, 2015 Link to comment

    The G3 is awesome just saying..

  • 7
    Arpit Saini Nov 18, 2015 Link to comment

    Great Article

    However the s4 came with 16GB minimum (you wrote 8GB)
    unless you mean the usable storage memory with was about 9GB


    • Chris Marshall 14
      Chris Marshall Nov 25, 2015 Link to comment

      Well spotted, sir!

  • hotspring21 12
    hotspring21 Nov 18, 2015 Link to comment

    Excellent recommendations - it's surprising how good an android phone you can get for $200 or less these days. We are almost to the point where $600 flagships are only really different from $200 phones by cosmetic design and better camera.

  • 4
    Ankur Jain Nov 18, 2015 Link to comment

    Lenovo K3 Note, Honor 4x Meizu M2 Note, Xiaomi Mi 4i also very good option under $200 if you can get one in US of course.

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