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The Best Smartphones for Less Than 200 Euros

September 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 %
10/2020
Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5GXiaomi Redmi 10X 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 820
ARM Mali-G57 MP5
8 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
8.99 mm208 g83.5 %6.57"2400x1080Android 10
280 %
05/2021
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 678
Qualcomm Adreno 612
4 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
8.29 mm178.8 g84 %6.43"2400x1080Android 11
380 %
02/2021
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5GXiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 800U
ARM Mali-G57 MP3
4 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
9.05 mm199 g84 %6.53"2340x1080Android 10
480 %
11/2020
realme 7realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95
ARM Mali-G76 MP4
8 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
9.4 mm196.5 g84 %6.50"2400x1080Android 10
580 %
09/2020
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85
ARM Mali-G52 MP2
3 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
8.9 mm199 g83.5 %6.53"2340x1080Android 10
679 %
06/2021
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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
779 %
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
879 %
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
979 %
11/2020
ZTE Blade V2020ZTE Blade V2020
Mediatek Helio P70
ARM Mali-G72 MP3
4 GB Memory, 128 GB eMMC
8.8 mm185 g84 %6.53"2340x1080Android 10
1078 %
01/2021
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

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

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Editors' Comments

After a short interlude the Motorola Moto G20 had to be removed from this top 10 list again with the Oppo A74 taking its place.

1st – Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G

Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G
Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G

The Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G is a mid-range smartphone that has dropped to entry-level price brackets. Its processor offers a very good everyday performance, and with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage it should be well enough equipped for most apps and data. Alternatively, the Redmi 10X 5G can also be purchased with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space.

The Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G offers plenty of performance, fast storage, and fast Wi-Fi.

In addition to its high level of system performance it also offers a great 6.57-inch OLED panel, fast Wi-Fi, a fingerprint reader, a long battery life, a microSD card reader, and even a 3.5-inch headphone jack. Thanks to its high build quality it can easily keep up with much more expensive devices.

Xiaomi smartphones are not officially sold in North America.

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2nd – Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

The Redmi Note 10 is a well-made smartphone with a surprisingly high-tech internal hardware considering its low 200 Euro price tag. Both cameras and system performance are well usable in everyday situations, and the device offers two NanoSIM plus microSD slot. It also features an infrared sensor that can be used to replace remote controls at home.

At its low price we particularly liked the Redmi Note 10’s high-quality case as well as its overall performance.

However, its low price can be noticed in quite a few omissions. For example, it lacks an NFC sensor and comes with just 4 GB of RAM. Its MIUI 12 will also occasionally display ads and limit applications automatically, which can cause major headaches. With that said we should note that this only happens occasionally and not too frequently.

Xiaomi smartphones are not available in North America.

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3rd – Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G

The Redmi Note 9T 5G offers an overall decent package, and it turns out to be one of the most affordable 5G smartphones currently on sale. It also features a large and long-lasting battery with support for fast chargin, a fast MediaTek SoC for smooth performance, and a nice to look at display.

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9T 5G smartphone offers a lot of hardware at a low price.

The camera performed admirably in daylight, and the devices comes with a headphone jack. Unusual for both this price range and Xiaomi it also comes with an IR blaster that can be used as remote control for your TV set at home.

Xiaomi smartphones are not available in North America.

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4th – realme 7

realme 7
realme 7

The realme 7 features a 6.5-inch display running at 90 Hz and a resolution of 2400 x 1080. Its Helio G95 paired with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of microSD-expandable storage ensure decent performance. It also features a headphone jack, fast Wi-Fi 5, and long battery life thanks to its ginormous battery.

The realme 7 offers long battery life and a decent level of performance.

Its main camera features a 48 MP sensor and is supported by an ultra wide-angle as well as a macro lens. In our test we noted a relatively low contrast ratio for the display with a simultaneously very high brightness. Unlike the even cheaper realme 7i the realme 7 supports NFC.

The realme 7 is available among others on Amazon

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5th – Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

According to Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 9 is all the smartphone you will need, and after reviewing it thoroughly we can second that statement. Its processor manages to run the OS smoothly with just 3 GB of RAM. Its 64 GB of internal storage are expandable via microSD card, which does not hamper its DualSIM capabilities to boot.

Design, build quality, and performance at a low price make the Redmi Note 9 an excellent choice.

Its 6.53-inch bright high-contrast display runs in FHD resolution. The device features a fast Wi-Fi chip, a 3.5-mm headphone jack, and a fingerprint reader. Its large battery ensures long battery life, which renders the Redmi Note 9 an ideal contender for the affordable smartphone crown. Should you require more storage you can also opt for the second SKU with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

Xiaomi smartphones are not officially sold in North America and have to be imported individually.

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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 – 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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8th – 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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9th – ZTE Blade V2020

ZTE Blade V2020
ZTE Blade V2020

With its 6.53-inch large display the ZTE Blade V2020 offers a bright high-contrast window to the outside world. Thanks to its MediaTek SoC and 4 GB of RAM it is capable of running the OS smoothly, and a total of 128 GB of microSD expandable storage space are available for storing apps and data.

Price and performance of ZTE’s Blade V2020 are excellent.

In addition to good battery life, Wi-Fi 5, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack the device also features NFC, a fingerprint reader, and face recognition for biometric unlocking. The camera is good enough for occasional snapshots.

ZTE smartphones are not officially sold in North America. A few select imported devices are available on eBay.

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10th – 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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Best Budget Smartphones in Comparison

Size Comparison

164.2 mm / 6.46 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.99 mm / 0.3539 inch 208 g0.4586 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 lbs162.3 mm / 6.39 inch 75.4 mm / 2.97 inch 9.4 mm / 0.3701 inch 196.5 g0.4332 lbs162.7 mm / 6.41 inch 76.3 mm / 3 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs162.3 mm / 6.39 inch 77.2 mm / 3.04 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs161.9 mm / 6.37 inch 77.3 mm / 3.04 inch 9.05 mm / 0.3563 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs160.46 mm / 6.32 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 8.29 mm / 0.3264 inch 178.8 g0.3942 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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