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The Best Smartphones for Less Than 200 Euros

December 2021 update. Looking for a great affordable smartphone? Below, you will find the best smartphones reviewed by us that cost less than 200 Euros, or around $240. Entry-level smartphones will require quite a few compromises from their users but are more often than not more than sufficient for simple tasks and perfectly adequate at running simple applications.
Mike Wobker (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 🇩🇪 🇪🇸 ...

The flagship smartphones from the established manufacturers always get the most attention. However, not everyone is willing to pay 500 Euros or more. Many people are actually looking for suitable smartphones in the inexpensive entry-level segment, and the price is obviously one major factor.

There is no doubt that on paper the specifications reveal significant differences compared to the super smartphones, especially in terms of performance, display and picture quality of the integrated cameras. However, this does not mean that you cannot be happy with an inexpensive smartphone if you have moderate expectations. We list the best smartphones with a current street price of less than 200 Euros that have been reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last 12 months (assuming the device is still available). The following rankings might be interesting as well:

The Best Cheap Smartphones

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Height
Weight
Screen-Body
Ratio
Size
Resolution
OS
184.6 %
05/2021
Xiaomi Poco X3 ProXiaomi Poco X3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 860
Qualcomm Adreno 640
6 GB Memory, 128 GB 
9.4 mm215 g85 %6.67"2400x1080Android 11
280 %
07/2021
new!
Oppo A54 5GOppo A54 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 619
4 GB Memory, 64 GB UFS 2.1
8.4 mm190 g84 %6.50"2400x1080Android 11
379 %
11/2021
Xiaomi Redmi 10Xiaomi Redmi 10
Mediatek Helio G88
ARM Mali-G52 MP2
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
8.92 mm181 g83 %6.50"2400x1080Android 11
478.9 %
05/2021
Xiaomi Redmi 9TXiaomi Redmi 9T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
Qualcomm Adreno 610
4 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
9.6 mm198 g83.4 %6.53"2340x1080Android 10
578.8 %
01/2021
Gigaset GS4Gigaset GS4
Mediatek Helio P70
ARM Mali-G72 MP3
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
9.8 mm206 g83 %6.30"2340x1080Android 10
678.6 %
06/2021
Oppo A74Oppo A74
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
Qualcomm Adreno 610
6 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
7.95 mm175 g90.8 %6.43"2400x1080Android 11
778.1 %
07/2021
new!
Motorola Moto G20Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tangula T700
ARM Mali-G52 MP1
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
9 mm200 g82 %6.50"1600x720Android 11
878 %
01/2021
new!
Xiaomi Poco M3Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
Qualcomm Adreno 610
4 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
9.6 mm198 g83 %6.53"2340x1080Android 10
977.6 %
04/2021
new!
Motorola Moto G30Motorola Moto G30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
Qualcomm Adreno 610
6 GB Memory, 128 GB eMMC
9 mm197 g82.2 %6.50"1600x720Android 11
1077.3 %
04/2021
new!
Motorola Moto G10Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
Qualcomm Adreno 610
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
9.2 mm200 g82 %6.50"1600x720Android 11

The table above contains an overview over the best smartphones for less than 160 Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: all devices in this class reviewed

Editors' Comments

Increasing prices had the unfortunate effect that some smartphones became too expensive for this list. This includes the Redmi Note 10S, the Poco M3 Pro, the Vivo Y70, and the Motorola Moto G50. The ZTE Blade V2020 had to be removed due to its advanced age.

In their places, we say hello to the Oppo A54 5G, which managed an impressive entrance straight to the top and secured second place, as well as hello again to the Xiaomi Poco M3, the Moto G10Moto G20, and Moto G30.

1st – Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro
Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

The Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro offers high performance at an affordable price. Its high-end SoC ensures smooth system and application performance, and it supports the most important communication standards including NFC, LTE, and Wi-Fi. Additional features include a fingerprint reader and face recognition. Its very bright display offers a well-balanced way to look at its 48 MP camera’s overall good photos.

Xiaomi’s Poco X3 Pro is a well-equipped and very fast mid-range smartphone at a low price.

Battery life is on par with other smartphones in its price range, and the Poco X3 Pro’s case is IP-certified and splash as well as dust proof.

Xiaomi smartphones are not available in North America.

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2nd – Oppo A54 5G

Oppo A54 5G
Oppo A54 5G

The Oppo A54 5G is an affordable smartphone with support for 5G connectivity. It comes with a unique design, a high build quality, and a 90 Hz display with average contrast ratio but a brighter backlight than many of its competitors.

The Oppo A54 5G is an affordable everyday smartphone with support for 5G connectivity.

Performance is slightly better than on many other competing smartphones resulting in a smooth overall system performance. Everyday applications and simple games will run just fine. Its camera quality is acceptable and well suited for occasional snapshots.

The Oppo A54 5G is currently not available in North America.

3rd – Xiaomi Redmi 10

Xiaomi Redmi 10
Xiaomi Redmi 10

The Xiaomi Redmi 10 is a decent budget smartphone with a well-made case that can easily keep up with  more expensive devices. It offers decent performance despite its low price of less than 200 Euros, and comes with a smooth 90 Hz display and an octa-core MediaTek Helio G88 SoC for decent everyday performance. It can even run up-to-date games smoothly without any compromises.

The Xiaomi Redmi 10 is a good-looking well equipped everyday smartphone for customers on a budget.

We also liked the Redmi 10’s connectivity, which includes among others NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, real dual-SIM, a 3.5-mm headphone jack, and an IR blaster. 5G is not supported, and wireless network connectivity is limited to fast and stable Wi-Fi 5. It also comes with a reliable fingerprint reader and decent stereo speakers.

Xiaomi smartphones are not available in North America.

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4th – Xiaomi Redmi 9T

Xiaomi Redmi 9T
Xiaomi Redmi 9T

The Redmi 9T is a well-made entry-level smartphone. Its case is well made and its connectivity very good, especially considering its low price. For example, it comes with an NFC sensor and a dual-sensor camera with additional ultra-wide angle lens. Camera quality is good enough for occasional snapshots with popping colors.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T is a good choice for users on a tight budget.

Battery life is long thanks to its large battery, and the device supports fast charging with the included Quick Charge power supply. It also comes with a protective case in the box. Its SoC ensures smooth system performance and is primarily made for running simpler and less demanding everyday applications.

Xiaomi smartphones are not available in North America.

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5th – Gigaset GS4

Gigaset GS4
Gigaset GS4

If you are looking for a simple everyday smartphone the Gigaset GS4 may just be what you are after. This German smartphone supports wireless charging and offers a long battery life, a user-replaceable battery, a default warranty of 24 months, and free repairs for all damage and water damage within 3 months of purchase.

The Gigaset GS4 is a very usable and sustainable everyday smartphone.

Its camera offers a solid compromise allowing for decent photos. It also supports NFC, a memory card reader, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack. Combined with its colorful 6.3-inch display this smartphone offers a decent overall package.

The Gigaset GS4 is not available in North America.

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6th – Oppo A74 5G

Oppo A74 5G
Oppo A74 5G

The Oppo A74 is a decent mid-range smartphone with a decent battery, camera, and display. Its 5,000 mAh battery ensures long battery life, its 48 MP camera takes decent phones in daylight, and its bright and good AMOLED display is a rare sight in this price range.

The Oppo A74 mid-range smartphone offers a great battery, camera, and display.

Unfortunately, the Oppo A74 comes with a slow and inadequate Snapdragon 662 SoC. It may be fast enough for everyday use but will sometimes slow down and seem somewhat lethargic. This means that future apps will suffer from the Snapdragon 662’s low performance, and due to lack of NFC the device does not support mobile payment systems.

The Oppo A74 is not officially sold in North America. Unlocked international GSM-only versions can be found on Amazon with prices starting at around $330.

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7th – Motorola Moto G20

Motorola Moto G20
Motorola Moto G20

The Motorola Moto G20 is available for less than $200 and offers a 90 Hz display, a rarely seen feature in this price range, thanks to which display contents are buttery smooth when scrolling and navigating the OS is much more pleasant and enjoyable for your eyes. The display also doesn’t flicker, and voice quality is decent overall.

The Motorola Moto G20 offers a 90 Hz display and plenty of performance and is comparatively well equipped for its price range.

In addition to its high performance and its nice to look at display the G20 also features fast Wi-Fi, NFC, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack. Its camera is very versatile and performs very well for occasional snapshots. Its large battery offers long battery life but lacks support for fast charging.

The Motorola Moto G20 is not officially sold in North America. The international unlocked GSM-only version sells among others on Amazon for less than $200.

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8th – Xiaomi Poco M3

Xiaomi Poco M3
Xiaomi Poco M3

The Poco M3 features a 6.53-inch large IPS display running at a native resolution of 2340 x 1080. It is powered by a solid and adequately fast Qualcomm mid-range SoC with access to 4 GB of RAM. The lower-tier model comes with 64 GB of UFS 2.1 storage, the higher-tier with 128 GB of UFS 2.2 storage. Both models can be further expanded via microSD. Other features include an IR blaster, an FM radio tuner, and last but not least a headphone jack.

In our review, its 6,000 mAh battery made for great battery life, and we found no major issues with the M3. With that said its camera was not perfect and the display was as good or bad as expected of its class. The device also lacks support for NFC.

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9th – Motorola Moto G30

Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30

Display aside the Moto G30 is a really good mid-range smartphone. It features 128 GB of eMMC storage, NFC, a radio tuner, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack. In addition, you can install either two SIM cards (Dual SIM) or a single SIM card plus a single SD card, and the overall build quality is very decent.

Motorola’s G30 is an overall decent mid-range smartphone. Unfortunately, its display does not fit the bill despite its high 90 Hz refresh rate.

Battery life was also decent – the battery is quite large and can be charged with up to 20 W thanks to TurboPower charging. Despite the fact that its Qualcomm SoC is unable to keep up with the G30’s competitors the Moto G30 still offers decent overall mid-range performance. If only the display were brighter.

The Motorola Moto G30 is not officially sold in North America. Unlocked international GSM-only models are listed on Amazon starting at $220.

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10th – Motorola Moto G10

Motorola Moto G10
Motorola Moto G10

The Motorola Moto G10 looks very good, and its build quality is very decent overall. It is equipped with entry-level components, such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage. Its camera quality is mediocre at best despite its additional wide-angle lens.

Motorola’s Moto G10 is a good-looking dust- and splash-proof and affordable phone.

If you are looking for an affordable phone without PWM, good location services, and dust as well as splash-proofing the G10 may be worth a closer look.

The Motorola Moto G10 is not officially sold in North America. Unlocked international GSM-only models are listed on Amazon starting at $180.

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Best Budget Smartphones in Comparison

Size Comparison

165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 76.8 mm / 3.02 inch 9.4 mm / 0.3701 inch 215 g0.474 lbs165.2 mm / 6.5 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs165 mm / 6.5 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs165 mm / 6.5 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs162.3 mm / 6.39 inch 77.3 mm / 3.04 inch 9.6 mm / 0.378 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs162.3 mm / 6.39 inch 77.3 mm / 3.04 inch 9.6 mm / 0.378 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs161.95 mm / 6.38 inch 75.53 mm / 2.97 inch 8.92 mm / 0.3512 inch 181 g0.399 lbs160.3 mm / 6.31 inch 73.8 mm / 2.91 inch 7.95 mm / 0.313 inch 175 g0.3858 lbs157 mm / 6.18 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 206 g0.4542 lbs
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