Best Phones Under 200 Dollars

While we live in a flagship-dominated world, we’re faced with the looming possibility of recognizable dents in our bank accounts, something not all of us can afford really. Fortunately, most smartphone-brands tend to cater to the needs of that certain audience releasing the most affordable phones with specifications paralleling some of the best of flagships today. Here are our Best Phones Under $200USD!

1. Honor 7X ($195.00 USD)

  • Screen: 5.93’’ IPS LCD, 1080 x 2160, Gorilla Glass
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659
  • Processor: 1.7GHz octa-core
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Battery: 3340mAh, Talk time up to 21hrs

It was fairly easy to forget the Honor 6X after the onslaught of inexpensive smartphones with relatively greater specs. Yet with the Honor 7X, the company succeeded in bringing back all of its lost attention while gaining the favor of a fairly large audience. The new phone houses a new processor and an updated design, packing even more value than its predecessor which was already a great budget-smartphone on its own.

Though the pictures can’t really be called realistic, they’re definitely more dramatic and aesthetically pleasing. The battery isn’t the greatest but the impeccable performance and the sleek all-metal design definitely makes up for it. The Honor 7X handles casual as well as demanding games equally well, with little to no lag or stutter coming in the way. The display doesn’t disappoint, the whole phone bringing high-end qualities to a budget-smartphone.

Recommended for:

  • Dependable performance
  • Great ultra-wide display
  • Nice all-around camera experience
  • Solid Build

2. ASUS Zenfone Max Pro ($199.99 USD)

  • Screen: 5.99’’ IPS LCD 1080 x 2160, 2.5D curved glass
  • OS:  Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • Processor: 1.8GHz octa-core
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Internal Storage: 32/64GB
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Battery: 5000mAh, Talk time up to 42hr

The Zenfone Max Pro is fully loaded for a phone of its price range, the flawless finishing touch being the stock Android OS, a feature rarely found in its competitors. With this phone, you’re bound to enjoy the smooth experience, the good quality display, and the incredible battery life on a daily basis. If you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, the phone looks great. It’s quite good looking and definitely doesn’t lack in terms of hardware and software. It features stock Android OS, something a lot of its competitors tend to lack.

The pricing is nothing but convenient. Ignoring its slightly underwhelming camera results, ASUS has managed to pull off a massive achievement.

Recommended for:

  • Great battery life
  • Good processor
  • Vibrant display
  • Stock-Android experience
  • Fast charging

3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro ($175.00 USD)

  • Screen: 5.99’’ IPS LCD 1080 x 2160
  • OS: Android 7.1.1
  • Chipset: 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz octa-core
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Internal Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: Dual lens, 12MP primary, 5MP secondary, 20MP front camera
  • Battery: 4000mAh Li-Po battery

With the Redmi Note 5 Pro (Full Review), you get way more than what you sign up for. You get a taller aspect ratio display, quicker memory, new cameras on the front and back, a powerful new processor and well,  the same huge battery Xiaomi’s widely known for.

Xiaomi definitely doesn’t seem to mess around with the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It jumped to a Snapdragon 636, promoting itself to a league of its own compared to its competition. Xiaomi likes to call this Redmi Note series an ‘all-rounder’ which makes a lot of sense considering how instead of making compromises to achieve such a price, you see minimal sacrifices leading up to a phone that delivers on every count.

Recommended for:

  • Brilliant design and display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • Best-in-class cameras
  • Overheating protection system

4. Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 ($169 USD)

  • Screen: 5.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’ 720 x 1480
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo-based
  • Chipset: Exynos 7870
  • Processor: 1.6GHz octa-core
  • RAM:3/4GB
  • Internal Storage: 32/64GB
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera, 8MP front
  • Battery: 3000mAh Li-Ion

The Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 (Full Review) houses well-equipped features paralleling the best of the world’s flagships at a price that certainly won’t put too much of a dent in your bank account. Samsung gives this phone a new sense of originality and freshness with their new designs. It also comes with a bezel-less display, something we’ve all been waiting for, for quite some time now.

The camera’s pretty impressive, the audio is definitely a delight to listen to, the experience is almost identical to that of the Galaxy S9. The phone also supports casual as well as some hardcore gaming. If you’re looking for a budget phone from a high-end brand like Samsung, then J6 is definitely something you should look into. It provides great attributes at a really low price.

Recommended for:

  • Super AMOLED display
  • Great battery life
  • Compact and sturdy design
  • Wide angle selfie camera

5. Vivo Y71 ($USD 199)

  • Screen: 6-inch IPS LCD 720 x 1440
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • Processor: 1.4GHz quad-core
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal Storage: 16/32GB
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Battery: 3360mAh Li-Ion

Vivo Y71 (Full Review) was released to cater to an audience that demands budget-friendly phones with good specs. And that’s exactly what you get. The phone houses good cameras, average battery life accompanied by a fast face unlock feature which gives it quite an edge for a phone of its price range.

Selfies have good detail, graphically heavy games like PUBG and Tekken work remarkably well with frame dropping just a bit. Though it is a little low in storage and pricey for its class.

Recommended for:

  • Good cameras
  • Fast face unlock
  • Triple card slot
  • Above average battery capacity
  • Sleek design

6. Huawei Y7 (2018) ($USD 181.84)

  • Screen: 5.99-inch 1440 x 720 Display
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • Processor: 1.4GHz Octa-core processor
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: Dual 13MP + 2MP primary camera, 8MP
  • Battery: 3000mAh battery

With its premium build quality, the Huawei Y7 Prime (2018) definitely feels like a flagship phone. It’s super sleek with an amazing display to back it up. Good colors and detail compliment the pictures, this phone experience almost little to no visible lag.

When a phone is judged, it’s judged by the amount of value it provides for its price point. The Huawei Y7 Prime gives you a beautiful display, good performance, excellent dual-setup design accompanied with an impressive design. It’s a phone you should definitely look out for. Though the absence of fast-charging support, as well as the presence of the older micro USB port, certainly prove to be a drawback.

Recommended for:

  • Taller edge-to-edge display
  • Excellent dual-setup
  • Sleek and stylish design
  • Fast face unlock

7. The Honor 9 Lite ($USD 199.99)

  • Screen: 5.65-inch IPS LCD Full HD+ 1080 x 2160
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659
  • Processor: Octa-core 4×2.36 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Internal Storage: 32/64GB
  • Camera:  Dual 13MP+2MP
  • Battery: 3000mAh battery

Huawei’s Honor brand is now slowly starting to regain our attention with its constant occurrence on this list. The Honor 9 Lite brings a premium looking handset at an impressive price point. Despite its few shortcomings, the phone manages to come through with its quad-camera setup, Android Oreo and a good looking 18:9 aspect ratio.

The phone’s battery life is pretty impressive yet it does tend to get sufficiently warm when working heavy games such as Asphalt 8 and the like. The camera manages to capture detail as well as colors expertly with just enough depth. Though it doesn’t get to the point where it shuts down, it still seems like an issue. Some of its drawbacks include poor camera performance in low-lit conditions, app optimizations and well a few minor ones.

Recommended for:

  • Premium design
  • Display quality
  • Android Oreo-based software
  • Quad-camera

8. Huawei P8 Lite ($USD 171.89)

  • Screen: 5.0-inch IPS LCD 720 x 1280
  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 655
  • Processor: 1.2GHz Octa-core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal Storage:  16GB
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera, 5MP front
  • Battery: 3000mAh battery

The Huawei P8 Lite is a decent mid-range smartphone offering superb value at its price. It comes with an attractive build quality and decent battery life making it an excellent choice. As the name hints, this phone seems to be Huawei’s attempt at an affordable yet equally stylish version of the flagship. It’s without a doubt a gorgeous device managing to overcome its shortcomings holding up fairly well against its competitors.

Clocked at 1.2GHz it manages to handle daily tasks as some heavy games with frames dropping just a bit. The display has nice and punchy colors with the clean audio output. A few of its shortcomings include a none-removable battery with neither quick nor wireless charging at its disposal.

Recommended for:

  • The sluggish free gaming experience
  • Decent octa-core processor
  • Attractive build
  • Decent battery life

9. Moto G6 Play ($USD 198.96)

  • Screen: 5.7-inch FHD+ IPS LCD 720 x 1440
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 430
  • Processor: 1.4GHz Octa-core
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal Storage:  32GB
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera, 8MP front
  • Battery: 4000mAh battery

The Moto G6 Play is the most affordable phone in the Moto G series 2018 and well probably just about the best phone you’ll find at such a price point. Lenovo’s managed to stuff a 4000mAh battery inside a 9mm thin handset adding fast charging support to the mix.

Despite the few minor issues experiences, the phone definitely won’t steer you wrong. The display is impeccable with a strong contrast for a budget smartphone.  Moto G6 Play also comes through with its typical clean Android experience, something we really like about it. Though what phone comes without drawbacks, some of the Moto G6 Play being its noticeable performance dips even with regular tasks. Heavy games aren’t ultra-smooth but they’re decent nonetheless.

Recommended for:

  • Good clean audio quality
  • Good photo and video quality
  • Great battery endurance
  • Good display

10. Nokia 3.1 ($USD 159)

  • Screen: 5.2-inch IPS LCD 720 x 1440
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6750
  • Processor: Octa-core (4 x 1.5GHz & 4 x 1.0GHz)
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Internal Storage:  16/32GB
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera, 8MP front
  • Battery: 2990mAh battery

The Nokia 3.1 (Full Review) comes to us packing all of Nokia’s recent hallmarks including its great build quality as well as a compact design, a stock Android experience, and good specifications for the price. It feels like the performance has been doubled from the Nokia 3 which we think is a very welcome update.

Though we did experience a couple of hiccups here and there mixed with a bit of lag, casual gaming proved to be smooth yet the switch over to heavy games took a while to load and frames started dropping. Its camera takes good pictures and its part of the Android One program, these proving to be the reasoning for why this phone should be preferred.

Recommended for:

  • Good screen
  • Android One
  • Good camera
  • Solid build
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