Best phones under $200 in 2019

Best phones under $200 in 2019
You don't need to spend a thousand dollars on a phone to get a good one!

That's the good news in 2019 as a few companies continue delivering incredible devices in prices as low as $200.

Why exactly $200? First, it's a nice round sum, and second, this is what people used to pay back in the day of 2-year contracts. But in an era when you pay the full price of the phone, this price target is particularly hard to hit. And especially so for a device that will make no big compromises with its performance and camera. Thankfully, we have selected a few devices that meet these expectations and that we think you will love.

Read on to learn all about them!

Best Phones Under $200:

Redmi Note 7

Prices from $150

Best phones under $200 in 2019

Pros

  • Great price/performance ratio
  • 48MP camera is among the best in the class
  • Big, 4000mAh battery, USB-C, QuickCharge 4
  • Fast performance for the class

Cons

  • Limited availability outside of China


The first phone by Redmi as a brand separate from Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 7, sticks to the established fundamentals, namely, incredible price/performance ratio.

Priced way below $200, the Redmi Note 7 delivers a stylish glass body with and a smooth gradient finish on the back, it has a 6.3" LCD display with a tiny notch, it runs on the Snapdragon 660 chip and features a big, 4,000mAh battery. At the same time, the phone also keeps features like the microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, and an IR blaster. It's also the first Redmi phone with a USB-C port instead of the old microUSB one, and it supports QuickCharge 4.0.

Its best feature, however, might actually be the camera: a 48-megapixel Samsung sensor that exceeds expectations and shoots good-looking pictures during the day and at night.


Moto G6

Prices from $199

Best phones under $200 in 2019

Pros

  • Outstanding value offer
  • Stylish design
  • Good battery life
  • Clean interface
  • Bezel-less screen

Cons

  • No real waterproofing (nano-coat only)


The Moto G6 comes in a few different versions, but the regular one starts at under $200 and brings a lot to the table. First, the phone is a looker. It features a slim body, beautiful glass construction, narrow bezels and all the bells and whistles.

The phone sports a 5.7" Full HD+ LCD display and runs on the Snapdragon 450 chip, which is probably its weakest side. You won't notice much of a slow-down in daily use with this processor, but it's definitely not a fast chip by any means. What helps here is the clean interface that makes the most out of the hardware.

With a decent camera and good battery life, the G6 remains one of the best options for those looking for a good budget phone.



Nokia 6.1

Prices from $230 (deals often bring price under $200)

Best phones under $200 in 2019

Pros

  • Good-looking screen, with solid color and detail reproduction
  • Camera sensor pulls in good lighting in low-light and HDR
  • Solid feel
  • Dual speakers with Dolby sound aid video and audio experience
  • App switching is snappy
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint scanner

Cons

  • Somewhat outdated design
  • Questionable selection of colors


The Nokia 6.1 is one tough phone with a solid aluminum construction and a big, 5.5-inch Full HD LCD screen with rather big bezels too. We would not say that the 6.1 is as elegant as other phones in this class, though, so that's one compromise you make. In exchange for that, you get a fast and smooth performance thanks to the Snapdragon 630 chip under the hood and the clean interface. The interface is the part we're most excited about: this is an Android One phone, meaning that it runs a clean Android version and it has been quickly updated to Android 9 Pie, while some Android flagships are still waiting for that update in 2019.

Battery life is good (but not extraordinary) and the phone supports quick charging. The 16-megapixel camera on the back is also quite capable and delivers very decent images, especially for a phone of this price. We were also pleasantly surprised to see support for 4K video recording on board too.



Xiaomi Mi A2

Prices from $220 (deals often bring price under $200)

Best phones under $200 in 2019

Pros

  • Clean and fast Android interface
  • Very good camera
  • Promise for fast software updates in future

Cons

  • Battery life could be better


The Xiaomi Mi A2 is another affordable phone that is a part of the Android One program, meaning that it has the latest updates faster than most other Android phones and that the interface it runs is clean and free of bloatware. Nice!

Xiaomi has also equipped the Mi A2 with a camera that exceeds expectations and performs very well in different conditions, plus you have support for portrait mode, which is useful.

The Mi A2 is also well built, with a metal construction and a slim profile. It sports the Snapdragon 660 chip under the hood, which is great, and performance is solid. All of this makes the Mi A2 one of our top value-for-money suggestions.

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17 Comments

1. BCMWorld

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Most of them even better than the overpriced iJunk

2. applesnapple93

Posts: 272; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

You can get a Google Pixel/XL 1 for under $200 and its better than all of those.

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

No, its not.

4. Vogue1985

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Moto and Nokia all the way

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

WHY?? The Mi A2 is way better and the Zenfone Max Pro M2 is miles better than either of them.

9. Vogue1985

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Availability. The Mi2 and Max Pro M2 are better spec, and more value for money. The Zenfone 2 deluxe was all the rage when it was released

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

When did I even talk about the Zenfone 2??

14. P20prouser

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

They should have a general approach in identifying pros and cons.. If yun point out cons due to water proofing, it should be criteria to all those candidates not just picking out something.. Cons because of unavailability to a certain area? Just color?

17. domfonusr

Posts: 955; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Chances are my next phone will be either a Motorola or a Nokia, haven't completely decided yet. I don't have the disposable cash to spend $200 on any of them, but I have about $100 max that I might dedicate to the venture... so, Moto E series or Nokia 2 series, probably.

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