Best phones under $200 in 2019
Redmi Note 7
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.
- Redmi Note 7 specs
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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 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.
Xiaomi Mi A2
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!