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The Best Smartphones for Less Than 200 Euros

January 2024 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.

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
182.8 %
05/2023
Motorola Moto G73 5GMotorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930
IMG BXM-8-256
8 GB Memory, 256 GB UFS 2.1
8.29 mm181 g90 %6.50"2400x1080Android 13
281.7 %
06/2023
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5GXiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1
Qualcomm Adreno 619
6 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
8 mm189 g85 %6.67"2400x1080Android 12
381.5 %
11/2021
Motorola Edge 20 LiteMotorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720
ARM Mali-G57 MP3
8 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
8 mm185 g83.2 %6.70"2400x1080Android 11
481.4 %
06/2023
New!
OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5GOnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 619
8 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
8.3 mm195 g87 %6.72"2400x1080Android 13
581.4 %
05/2023
Xiaomi Poco X5Xiaomi Poco X5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 619
6 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
7.98 mm190 g85 %6.67"2400x1080Android 13
681.1 %
06/2022
Samsung Galaxy M23Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 619
4 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
8.4 mm198 g83 %6.60"2408x1080Android 12
781 %
07/2022
Motorola Moto G52Motorola Moto G52
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
Qualcomm Adreno 610
4 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
8 mm169 g86.9 %6.60"2400x1080Android 12
880.9 %
12/2022
Xiaomi Poco M5sXiaomi Poco M5s
Mediatek Helio G95
ARM Mali-G76 MP4
4 GB Memory, 64 GB UFS 2.1
8.3 mm178.8 g83.5 %6.43"2400x1080Android 12
980.8 %
07/2022
Motorola Moto G42Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
Qualcomm Adreno 610
4 GB Memory, 64 GB UFS 2.1
8.3 mm175 g85.8 %6.43"2400x1080Android 12
1080.6 %
04/2022
Motorola Moto G41Motorola Moto G41
Mediatek Helio G85
ARM Mali-G52 MP2
6 GB Memory, 128 GB eMMC
8.3 mm178 g82.7 %6.40"2400x1080Android 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

Due to the generally increased prices, many smartphones have risen to prices of just over 200 Euros. Instead of replacing almost the entire list, only the significantly more expensive Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro (former No. 1) was removed, the new Xiaomi Poco M5s was added at No. 5, and all prices and links were updated. The Motorola Moto G72 is now number 1.

1st – Motorola Moto G73 5G

Motorola Moto G73
Motorola Moto G73

The slim and lightweight Motorola Moto G73 offers very good value for money. It scores with a 120 Hz IPS display, which at 500 cd/m² is only half as bright as its predecessor. The high-quality mid-range phone offers a fairly pure Android, a 3.5 mm jack, very long battery life of 17 hours and a fast and unthrottled performance typical for this class.

With the Moto G73, Motorola delivers an affordable smartphone suitable for everyday use with many advantages, such as the display and runtimes.

The camera also takes more usable photos than similarly priced devices and is therefore well suited for snapshots in between. The GPS is accurate and 5G functionality is on board.

Amazon US lists an international version of Motorola Moto G73 for around $230.

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2nd – Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G

The Redmi Note 12 5G from Xiaomi offers 2400 x 1080 pixels, an AMOLED 120 Hz display and a measured 1,000 cd/m² peak brightness. It also comes with the new Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM, a well-made plastic casing, a microSD card reader and hybrid dual nano-SIM.

You also get NFC and a 3.5 mm jack, as well as USB-C 2.0, HD streaming and good GPS. Stereo sound is missing, while there are also compromises in terms of the cameras.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G is a mature mid-range smartphone with a very good display and plenty of features, with only the battery life showing potential.

Currently, Amazon US lists an unlocked version of the device at $250.

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3rd – Motorola Edge 20 Lite

Motorola Edge 20 Lite
Motorola Edge 20 Lite

Our top list is currently flooded with Motorola smartphones. Thus, the Edge 20 Lite makes it to 3rd place. It offers a 90 Hz OLED display that gets 430 nits bright and uses PWM. The feel of the smartphone is good and the case is sufficiently sturdy with glass and plastic. You get a jack port, very long battery runtimes, a slim Android and you can recharge it quickly.

Motorola's Edge 20 Lite offers a good main camera for the class, although the camera software is a bit flawed. While the inner values are good overall, the plastic casing could have been a bit more valuable.

The WLAN speed leaves something to be desired and the performance of the Dimensity 720 is somewhat limited, but it is supported by a full 8 GB of RAM.

Currently, it's hard to find the Edge 20 Lite in the United States.

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4th – OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite

OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite
OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite

The OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite "only" has an IPS display, but with 120 Hz and a high 401 ppi, paired with a solid mid-range Snapdragon 695 5G SoC, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of main memory, which can be expanded via microSD card if you don't use dual SIM. The plastic casing is sturdy and the mono speaker does not deliver a bad sound and is loud enough at over 84 dB(A).

The Nord CE 3 Lite from OnePlus offers a very long battery life of up to 17 hours, but IP certification, a wide-angle sensor and video recording above 1080p30 must be dispensed with.

In the US, the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite is currently listed for around $320.

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5th – Xiaomi Poco X5

Xiaomi Poco X5
Xiaomi Poco X5

Xiaomi Poco X5 is basically very similar to the Redmi Note 12 5G (2nd place): 2.4K 120 Hz AMOLED display, 1,000 cd/m² peak brightness, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM and a well-made plastic case.

The similarly fast Snapdragon 695 is used as the SoC. The main camera takes quite good pictures in bright light, but the ultra-wide-angle camera is grainy. In addition to NFC, you also get an infrared blaster and 3.5 mm jack.

The features are consistent, as is the display, while the battery life is slightly below the class level. Otherwise, there is not much to complain about with the Poco X5.

The features are consistent, as is the display, while the battery life is slightly below the class level. Otherwise, there is not much to complain about with the Poco X5.

In the US, users can order the Xiaomi Poco X5 via Amazon for about $250.

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6th – Samsung Galaxy M23 5G

Samsung Galaxy M23 5G
Samsung Galaxy M23 5G

The Samsung Galaxy M23 relies on a 6.6-inch PLS display, which offers a Full HD Plus resolution and 120 Hz. The Qualcomm SoC used is no longer brand-new, but it still enables an appealing system speed and can fall back on 4 GB of working memory. An internal storage of 128 GB is available for the user's data, which can be expanded via micro-SD card.

Samsung's Galaxy offers an attractive overall package that only demands little compromise from the user.

The panel is not as bright as in the current models of the A-series, but it does not need pulse width modulation. 5G is also on board, as well as a 5,000 mAh battery that enables long runtimes. However, the device does not have an IP certification and the update supply is probably not as long as in the more expensive models - Samsung does not provide exact details in this regard. 

Seemingly, the Samsung Galaxy M23 cannot easily be found in the US. 

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7th – Motorola Moto G52

Motorola Moto G52
Motorola Moto G52

The Motorola Moto G52 offers a 6.6-inch AMOLED display that works with Full HD+ and up to 90 Hz. It is powered by a Qualcomm SoC from the lower mid-range, which can fall back on 4 GB of RAM. The internal storage has a capacity of 128 GB and can be expanded via microSD. 

Motorola's Moto G52 is a pretty well-equipped LTE smartphone that could have become an insider's tip with a slightly more modern SoC.

Motorola also provides the smartphone with a radio receiver and an audio jack. The 5,000 mAh battery provides very good runtimes in the test. The triple camera consists of a 50 MPixel sensor as well as a macro and an ultra-wide-angle lens. It is only a pity that owners of a G52 have to do without 5G.

The Motorola Moto G52 is available on Amazon for around $194.

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8th – Xiaomi Poco M5s

Poco M5s
Poco M5s

The new Xiaomi Poco M5s has a high-resolution and bright AMOLED display without PWM flickering, but it relies on only 60 Hz. The main memory is 4 GB and the flash memory is 64 GB, which can be expanded via microSD card. A 3.5 mm audio jack is fortunately available.

Xiaomi's Poco M5s offers plenty of features and long battery runtimes, but a rather weak SoC and a poor camera.

Xiaomi also gives the smartphone a radio receiver and an IR blaster. The 5,000 mAh battery provides very good runtimes of almost 17 hours while browsing in the review.

Currently, the device can be ordered via Amazon for $188.

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9th – Motorola Moto G42

Motorola Moto G42
Motorola Moto G42

The Motorola Moto G42 relies on a 700 nits bright OLED display, which however only refreshes at 60 Hz. The case of the inexpensive smartphone is made of plastic and charging is done with only 18 watts. The Snapdragon 680's performance is somewhat below average.

With Motorola's Moto G42, you get a bright OLED display, long battery runtimes, fast Wi-Fi, and a good 50 MP camera for the class, but no 5G.

The speakers are also good and there is dual-SIM and a microSD card reader for memory expansion. The lightweight phone also has a jack, but we measured PWM with a low frequency on the OLED display, which can cause problems for sensitive eyes.

Users can order the international version of the smartphone on Amazon US for $180.

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10th – Motorola Moto G41

Motorola Moto G41
Motorola Moto G41

The Motorola Moto G41 is basically similar to the G42, but relies on the slower Helio G85 SoC and does not have stereo speakers. The OLED display also gets over 700 nits bright here and only refreshes at 60 Hz. The battery runtimes are long, the Android is slim and you also get a 3.5 mm jack in the G41.

With Motorola's Moto G41, you get a bright OLED display for a small price. However, you have to put up with a slow memory and missing 5G.

The included 33-W power adapter charges Motorola's smartphone quickly. The main camera offers good quality including image stabilization, as does the wide-angle lens. However, videos can only be shot in Full HD, unlike the Edge 20.

In the US, the Motorola Moto G41 (GSM-only Single SIM) can be order via Amazon for $170.

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Best Budget Smartphones in Comparison

Size Comparison

166 mm / 6.54 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs165.9 mm / 6.53 inch 76.2 mm / 3 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs165.5 mm / 6.52 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs165.88 mm / 6.53 inch 76.21 mm / 3 inch 7.98 mm / 0.3142 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs165.5 mm / 6.52 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs161.9 mm / 6.37 inch 73.9 mm / 2.91 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 178 g0.3924 lbs161.42 mm / 6.36 inch 73.84 mm / 2.91 inch 8.29 mm / 0.3264 inch 181 g0.399 lbs160.6 mm / 6.32 inch 73.5 mm / 2.89 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 175 g0.3858 lbs160.5 mm / 6.32 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 178.8 g0.3942 lbs160.1 mm / 6.3 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 169 g0.3726 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
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