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Best 5 smartphones available for purchase under $200 | February 2019

18 February 2019 13

In last few years we have seen affordable Android smartphones are gaining market share and a number of Chinese smartphone manufacturers joined the race of producing affordable smartphones which allow everyone to enjoy the luxury of using great Android devices without being bound in two years contract or spending above $500. In the past, we have seen cheap phones were those devices with poor build quality, entry-level specs, and display but that's not the case now because the market is flooded with affordable devices in last couple of years or so.

Customers have tons of options now before making any purchase. Here is the list of the best affordable mid-range phones of 2018 available below $200. This enlisting will help you find the great affordable device ahead of the holiday season, we have amazing options for our readers below $200. A few days ago, we lined up the best 5 option in different categories including Android flagships, phablets, smartphones with the best audio experience, bezel-less, and dual-cameras. Today we will help out those readers who are looking for a good Android-powered companion below price tag of $200.

Well, we have to accept that buying a good smartphone is an easy task but if you are planning to grab a great device at the cheap price tag, it won't be that much easy. In the budget-friendly category, you will find dozens of smartphones with average processing power, battery, and display. Another important aspect which buyers have to compromise is the lack of the latest version of Android OS. Without any further ado, let's start with the best smartphones you can buy below $200.

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75.3 x 156.5 x 7.6 mm
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Nokia 6.1 (2018)

Nokia phones are back in the business since HMD started producing Android running Nokia phones. So if you are looking for a solid mid-range phone with superb build quality the Nokia 6.1 is certainly a pretty good option. It features an IPS display of 5.5-inches. The Corning Gorilla Glass is protecting the display.

Apart from having the Snapdragon 630 chipset under the hood, the Nokia 6.1 has pretty awesome cameras setup. Although its a mid-range phone but it comes with 16MP Zeiss sensor on the rear with f/2.0 aperture. Up front the selfie snapper is 8MP. All HMD phones are running on the stock version of Android OS, same is the case with the Nokia 6.1.

It was announced with Android Oreo 8.1, recently the company upgraded it to Android Pie. Unlike the other phones in this segment, the Nokia 6.1 has a moderate battery cell of 3,000mAh. It has a hybrid slot for memory expansion or second SIM card. To provide great audio experience it has dual speakers with Dolby Atmos support.

Grab the Nokia 6.1 at $179

Full HD displayLatest version of OSGood cameras
Average batteryThick bezels design

Nokia 6.1 specs in tabular form

Specifications

Nokia 6.1

Display

5.5-inches

Screen resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels

Chipset

Snapdragon 630

RAM

4GB

Storage

64GB Expandable via MicroSD

Rear cameras

16MP

Front camera

8MP

Dimensions

148.8 x 75.8 x 8.15mm

OS

Android Pie (Android One)

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Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot

Battery 3,000mAh
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

The Mi A2 Lite is one of the most impressive mid-range phone in the market below $200. Apart from having solid mid-range hardware, the Mi A2 Lite is an Android One phone which means it will be receiving a stock version of new updates from Google regularly. Those who don't like Xiaomi's MIUI version or long delays for update rollout, the Mi A2 Lite is certainly a pretty good option.

It shares look with the iPhone X as it has dual cameras aligned vertically on the top left corner. Up front, you will find a notch with a thin bezel at the bottom. Despite having dual rear cameras it is still pretty affordable below $200.

Unfortunately, it isn't sold officially by Xiaomi in the US that's why the US buyers need to find a high rated seller. It supports GSM networks in the US including T-Mobiles, AT&T and MetroPCS. So if you are looking for the best option the Mi A2 is a pretty great choice with the stock version of OS, solid hardware and a mammoth 4,000mAh battery.

Another important aspect is if you want a better option, you need to spend $30 more the standard Mi A2 is available at $215 which is certainly the best option right now at this price tag.

Purchase Xiaomi MI A2 Lite at $185

Top-notch build qualityGigantic batteryStock Android OS
Xiaomi not officially selling it

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite specs in tabular form

Specifications

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

Display

5.84-inches

Chipset

Snapdragon 625

RAM

3,4GB

Storage

32,64 GB expandable via MicroSD

Operating system

Android Pie

Front camera

5MP

Rear camera

12MP+5MP

Battery

4,000mAh

COMM

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot

3.5mm headphone Yes
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus

If the mid-rangers from Huawei, Xiaomi, and Moto doesn't suit you, we have a solid mid-range phone from Samsung. The Galaxy J6 Plus is the latest budget-friendly option from Samsung which is currently available just below $200.

In terms of the display, the J6+ is featuring a 6.0-inches Super AMOLED panel. Despite having 2:1 display it still has significant bezels at the and bottom of the display. The bottom bezel has a physical home button with a fingerprint scanner embedded under it.

Like Xiaomi and Huawei mid-rangers it also has dual cameras on the rear side. The dual sensors are placed vertically in the center with LED flashlight right next to it. Under the hood, it has the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 425 chipset with 4 Gigs of RAM.

The dual rear cameras on the J6 Plus are amongst the best in the niche. The primary sensor has f/1.9 aperture whereas the second sensor has a f/2.2 aperture. A 3,300mAh battery is on board to keep its lights for one day on a single charge. Last but not the least it has 3.5mm headphone jack.

Galaxy J6 Plus via Amazon at $187

Solid mid-range hardwarePhysical home buttonDual rear cameras
Thick bezels design

Galaxy J6 Plus specs in tabular form

Specifications

Galaxy J6 Plus

Display

6-inch Full HD+

Chipset

Snapdragon 425

RAM

4GB

Storage

64GB expandable

Operating system

Android Oreo 8/1

Front camera

8MP

Rear camera

13+5MP

Fingerprint scanner

Yes

Battery

3,300mAh

COMM

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot


Moto G7 Play

The Moto G7 Play is recently announced by Motorola as the cheapest variant of the latest G7 series. Despite being a budget-friendly phone the G7 Play is packed with solid hardware and offering great value for the money with a solid design and latest Android Pie. The best thing is G7 Play doesn't lag behind in the performance department like its predecessor. It is packed with the same chipsasike the other models of G7 series. Unfortunately it isn't packed with as gigantic battery as its predecessor.

Unlike its premium models, it comes with a plastic body with micro resin texture coating. On the front-facing side, you will get a traditional notch at the top of the display and thin bezel at the bottom of the display. It has a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack at the top of the display. Like the G7 power, its rear camera setup is enclosed in a circle with LED flashlight. It has a dedicated slot for memory expansion and also has a fingerprint scanner. You don't have to worry about carrier support as Moto G6 Play support all major carriers.

Grab Moto G7 Play at $199

Latest Android PieStylish design3.5mm headphone jack
Plastic body

Moto G6 Play specs in tabular form

Specifications

Moto G7 Play

Display

5.7-inches

Chipset

Snapdragon 632

RAM

2GB

Storage

32GB Expandable via MicroSD

Operating system

Android Pie

Front camera

8MP

Rear camera

13MP

Fingerprint scanner

Yes

Battery

3,000mAh

COMM

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot

Dimensions

147.3 x 71.5 x 7.99 mm

3.5mm headphone jack Yes

Honor 7X

Unlike other mid-rangers, it features unibody metal design with 2:1 display. Thanks to its metal body it can easily bear accidental drops. On the front side, you will get a fairly large display of 5.93-inches with Full HD+ screen resolution. Usually, the mid-range phones either lag in the hardware department or in the camera section but that's not the case with the Honor 7X.

It is running on the Huawei's own Kirin 659 chipset and solid dual rear cameras. For connectivity, it has 3.5mm headphone jack and Micro-USB port. It was announced with Android Nougat straight out of the box, recently it was updated to Android Oreo. Honor 7X is currently the best option from Huawei below $200.

Grab Honor 7X at $169

Metal bodySupport GSM based carriersMemory expandable
LCD display

Honor 7X Specs in tabular form

Specifications

Honor 7X

Display

5.93-inches

Chipset

Kirin 659

RAM

3GB

Storage

32GB expandable via MicroSD

Operating system

Android Oreo

Front camera

8MP

Rear camera

16MP+2MP

Fingerprint scanner

Yes

Battery

3,340mAh

COMM

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot

Dimensions

156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm

Weight 165g
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