The best phones under $300 in 2024

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The best phones under $300
Nowadays, phones are expensive. Yes, they do offer a lot for the price, but a high-end smartphone can easily tank your bank account. Fortunately for us, budget phones have also advanced through the years, just like the top-tier and mid-range ones, allowing you to get a decent handset that does the job for under $300.

Of course, expect a phone under $300 to have some limitations, given the price tag, which is why you will need to take into account your specific needs and priorities. However, there are so many budget phones that you are bound to find one that suits you.

To make it even easier for you to find a nice phone for cheap, we have compiled the best phones under $300 you can currently buy in this very article. So, let's get right to it.



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Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)


Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2021)
7.9

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2021)


The Good

  • Attractive, lightweight design
  • Decent camera setup
  • Ergonomic stylus
  • Excellent battery life

The Bad

  • Dated 60Hz display
  • Rudimentary speakers
  • No NFC
  • Not the greatest value

Starting off our list of best phones under 300 is the Motorola G Stylus, which currently retails for $299. In comparison with the OnePlus Nord N20 5G, the Moto G Stylus is a newer and fresher take on the budget phone. It has a 6.8-inch LCD screen with FHD+ resolution.

The processor is a MediaTek Helio G88, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. With a spec sheet like that, this cheap phone has enough power to meet the needs of most average users.
 
The Moto G Stylus… of course has one – a stylus I mean, and it also has a 16MP punch-hole selfie shooter located in the left corner of the screen. One thing that is worth noting is the camera performance. On the back, there is a quad-camera system with a 50MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide shooter, and a 2MP macro and a depth sensor.

The Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022) has kept the headphone jack and micros card slot. Battery-wise, the phone has a 5,000mAh battery, which is pretty big. Android 11 is present on the Moto G Stylus (2022) out of the box, with more major os updates expected down the line. In short, this is a great budget smartphone overall.

TCL 20S


TCL 20S

TCL 20S


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The TCL 20S is the newest phone on the list and currently retails at $249 and offers a big, 6.7-inch LCD display with FHD+ resolution and a punch-hole 16MP selfie camera located in the middle.

The 20S has a Snapdragon 665 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for the base variant. On the back, there is a module consisting of four cameras - a 64MP main shooter, 8MP ultrawide camera, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor.

Just like with the previous phones on the list, this one has a headphone jack and expandable storage as well. Another strong point the TCL 20S has going for itself is that it has a large 5,000mAh battery. The TCL 20S runs Android 11 out of the box.

OnePlus Nord N200 5G


OnePlus Nord N200 5G
8.2

OnePlus Nord N200 5G


The Good

  • Gorgeous, lightweight design
  • Large, clear 90Hz display
  • Excellent battery life
  • 5G on a budget

The Bad

  • Mediocre cameras
  • Occasional performance hiccups
  • No mute switch like on more expensive OnePlus phones

The newly released Nord N200 phone has a pretty good design, a nice 6.5-inch display with FHD+ resolution, and a chunky 5,000mAh battery. This phone retails for $239, making it very affordable.

The Nord N200 also comes with 5G connectivity, a rare feature in this price segment. Its processor is a not to be underestimated Snapdragon 480 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Its only downside is its camera setup. This phone has a 13MP main shooter, which isn’t bad but isn’t great either. A MicroSD card slot and a headphone jack are present on the phone. We recommend the Nord N200 to anyone who prefers 5G and design over camera quality.


OnePlus Nord N30 5G


OnePlus Nord N30

OnePlus Nord N30


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This is another great choice if you are hunting for a phone on a budget. Equipped with 8GB of RAM and the reasonably powerful Snapdragon 695 chipset, the OnePlus Nord N30 5G offers a pretty decent performance. The phone also comes with 128GB of built-in storage and even features a slot for microSD cards, which lets you expand the storage capacity even further. Oh, and this is a 5G-capable smartphone, which means you should have faster data speeds.

There is a 108 MP main camera and a 16 MP selfie shooter on deck. Both cameras can shoot videos at up to 1080p@30fps. The phone also features a 6.72-inch LCD display with 1080 x 2400 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, which makes the handset feel faster.

OnePlus Nord N30 5G is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery and supports impressive 50W Fast Charging.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G


Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
9.0

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G


The Good

  • Huge leap in display quality over predecessor
  • Much more appealing design
  • Solid battery life
  • Lightweight
  • 4 years of software updates

The Bad

  • A bit pricey
  • Middling performance
  • No headphone jack
  • Plastic build
 

This budget offering from Samsung retails for $275 (but is regularly discounted) and has a 6.4-inch 90Hz display. While the resolution of the Galaxy A33’s screen is a bit disappointing, it helps make this phone one of the best in terms of battery life, with its chunky 5,000mAh battery.

A quad-camera system is located on the back of the A33 5G, consisting of a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. The front teardrop-style selfie shooter is a 13MP unit.

The Galaxy A33’s 5G capabilities are a strong point when considering which phone on this list to buy. The phone is powered by Samsung's Exynos 1280 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for the base version. Surprise, surprise, this phone still rocks a memory card slot. The A33 5G runs Android 12 out of the box, but is upgradable to Android 13. This makes this phone from 2022 still pretty up to date.

Motorola Moto G Power (2022)


Motorola Moto G Power (2022)
6.0

Motorola Moto G Power (2022)


The Good

  • Dirt cheap price
  • Great battery life
  • Solid 128GB of on-board storage
  • Fast and accurate fingerprint scanner

The Bad

  • LCD screen with bleak colors and low resolution
  • Feels stuttery
  • Runs older Android 11 at launch
  • Average camera quality
  • Poor haptics

Last but not least, the Moto G Power retails for $199 for the 128GB version, which is pretty affordable for such big storage. The Moto G Power features a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD display with an 8MP punch-hole selfie camera and a 90Hz refresh rate.

A triple-camera system is located on the back, with a 50MP main shooter, a 2MP macro, and a depth sensor. The Moto G Power’s power (see what I did there?) comes from a MediaTek Helio G37 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. This processor isn't very powerful, so if you're after performance, you better consider some of the other options on this list.

Just like the other phones here, this one has a headphone jack and expandable storage. A 5,000mAh battery keeps the lights on. The large battery unit and efficient processor of the Motorola Moto G Power make it one of the longest-lasting phones on this list. Android 11 is present on the Moto G Power (2022).

How to Choose the Best Phone Under $300


While it is entirely possible to find an excellent phone at this price point, you need to know that even the best budget phones lack a number of mainstream high-end features, like wireless charging and a good IP rating. Another notable drawback is the oftentimes inferior build quality. When navigating across the best cheap phones, pay close attention to:

The Display

Most budget phones usually do not feature panels of the best quality. Lower pixel density, and a 60Hz refresh rate are the norm in this segment. You won't be finding an OLED screen here as well.

Battery Life

Funnily enough, subpart displays tend to be more energy-efficient, which translates to excellent battery life. In fact, some of the best phones under 300 can last up to three days on a single charge. Not bad for a budget phone.

Camera Quality

Another thing you are unlikely to find at a lower price, is excellent cameras. Fortunately, a great phone does not really need a triple camera setup to take the occasional photo. The shooters on these phones are fine, but just that - don't expect breathtaking low light performance.

Storage

When buying any smartphone, you need to keep in mind how much storage you are going to need. It should be noted that many of the devices on this list feature an SD card slot, which is a nice perk, given how many of the best Android phones don't have one.

Performance

You want to make sure you are buying a powerful phone that will last you longer. However, unless you are buying a much older phone, most of the devices on the market come with sufficiently powerful chipsets to handle most everyday tasks.

Operating System

Unfortunately, all phones under 300 are Android phones. You will simply not find a phone running iOS at this price point.

Conclusion


These were the best phones for less than $300. Of course, some compromises have to be made for a phone to fit in this price range, but nowadays, you compromise on a lot less than you used to in this price category. The best overall is definitely the Moto G Stylus (2022), with its great performance, cameras, screen, and battery life. TCL's new offering should also be on your shortlist, while OnePlus and Samsung offer excellent value. Keep in mind that there are lots of upcoming budget models and we will update this pick regularly, so stay tuned!

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