Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 6S, LG G5…they’re all great phones, but not everyone can afford one. Here are some of the Best cheap smartphones, as of mid 2016.
Best cheap smartphones – OnePlus Three
This is probably the most expensive phone on this list, since it costs $399. But, when you consider what you get, it is cheap. You can click here to read about it, but for the price of $400, you get all the top-notch specs (only thing you’re missing on is a QHD screen).
If you prefer Windows Phone over Android like I do, then the Lumia 650 is definitely worth checking out. One of the advantages of Windows Phone is that it can happily run on low-end hardware. The Lumia 650 packs decent hardware, which is a quad-core 1.3 GHz CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 5″ 720p screen and a 8MP/5MP camera. Oh, it is fully compatible with Windows Phone 10. And did I mention it’s around 130-150 dollars? You can also check the Lumia 640 XL, which packs a bigger screen (5.7″) and a 13MP/5MP camera.
A phone around $200, the Huawei Honor 5X is a great all-round phone. You get a Snapgradon 616, 2 GB of RAM coupled with 16 GB of internal storage, which IS expandable. The camera combo is 13MP/5MP, which will take some really decent pictures. Another great feature is the premium design, which looks awesome. Oh, and it runs Android 6.
Best cheap smartphones – Motorola Moto E 2nd gen.
A phone that you can get for under $100. The Motorola Moto E 2nd gen delivers decent specs with decent performance. You get a quad-core CPU coupled with 1 GB of RAM. For the cameras, you have a 5MP/VGA combo. The screen is a decent 4.5″ screen with a resolution of 540 x 960. You can’t expect much from this phone, but it’s hard to beat it’s price.
A waterproof phone for around $250. The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a great all-round smartphone from Sony with really decent specs. For $250, you get a Snapdragon 615 coupled with 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage. The cameras are also quite decent from this price, with 13 MP at the back and 5 MP for selfies. The screen is a standard 5″ panel with a 720p resolution. Oh, and the battery life on this thing is awesome.
For about $270, you can get a phone with 4 GB of RAM, a quad-core Intel chip, and a lovely 5.5″ Full HD display. For taking pictures, you have the standard 13 MP/5 MP combo, which is really decent for taking pictures. If you wanna go really cheap, you can go under 200$, but you will get a slower CPU and only 2 GB of RAM.
Another phone under $200, the BLU Life One X packs quite a punch. For 150$, you get a 5.2″ Full HD display, 2 GB of RAM, and an octa-core MediaTek CPU clocked at 1.3 GHz. With all this, you get 16 GB of expandable storage. And, like most of the phones here, it comes with a 13MP/5MP camera combo. For 150$, this phone is a serious competitor.
Best cheap smartphones – Huawei P7
This phone may not be the newest, but it definitely falls under this list. When it was new, it was one of the best phones Huawei had to offer. Today, however, it falls in the mid-range category. A quad-core chip at 1.8 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage and a 5″ Full HD screen is what you’ll get for around 180$. The camera combo is 13MP/8MP. But the phone is super thin, 6.5mm thin, and still packs a reasonable sized battery, 2500 mAh, which can get you through a whole day.