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The Best Smartphones for Less Than 300 Euros

July 2021 update. The price range of less than 300 Euros, or around $350, is one of the best-selling smartphone segments. Phones in this price bracket tend to offer attractive price-performance ratios. If you are looking for a solid high-quality smartphone on a budget the following list of all smartphones for less than 300 Euros reviewed by us may help.
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Between the frequently mentioned flagship smartphones and the inexpensive entry-level class, there are many mainstream smartphones. This ranking includes devices up to 300 USD/Euros that were reviewed by Notebookcheck over the past few months based on their ratings in our reviews. The following Top 10 rankings might be interesting as well:

The Best Mid-Range Smartphones

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Height
Weight
Screen-Body
Ratio
Size
Resolution
Refresh Rate
OS
185 %
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"2400x1080120 HzAndroid 11
284 %
07/2021
New
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4GXiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
Qualcomm Adreno 618
8 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
6.81 mm157 g85 %6.55"2400x1080090 HzAndroid 11
384 %
04/2021
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
Qualcomm Adreno 618
6 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
8.1 mm193 g86 %6.67"2400x1080120 HzAndroid 11
484 %
08/2020
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5GXiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Qualcomm Adreno 620
6 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
7.9 mm192 g85.1 %6.57"2340x1080060 HzAndroid 10
584 %
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"2400x1080060 HzAndroid 10
683 %
08/2020
New
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 LiteXiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Qualcomm Adreno 618
6 GB Memory, 64 GB UFS 2.0
9.67 mm204 g87.8 %6.47"2340x1080060 HzAndroid 10
782 %
04/2021
realme 8 Prorealme 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
Qualcomm Adreno 618
8 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
8 mm176 g90.8 %6.40"2400x1080060 HzAndroid 11
882 %
12/2020
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5GXiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 619
6 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
9 mm215 g85 %6.67"2400x1080120 HzAndroid 10
982 %
10/2020
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFCXiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
Qualcomm Adreno 618
6 GB Memory, 64 GB UFS 2.0
9.4 mm215 g85 %6.67"2400x1080120 HzAndroid 10
1081 %
05/2021
New
realme 8realme 8
Mediatek Helio G95
ARM Mali-G76 MP4
4 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
8 mm177 g83 %6.40"2400x1080060 HzAndroid 11

The table above contains an overview over the best smartphones for less than 300 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

This month we say hello to three newcomers and simultaneously goodbye to other smartphones that had to be removed. This month’s new entries are the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G, Mi Note 10 Lite, and the realme 8. In return, the Xiaomi Poco F3 and Redmi Note 9 Pro were left by the wayside.

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.

The Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro is not officially sold in North America. 

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2nd – Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G offers a sleek design and a very thin and leightweigt case. Its most affordable SKU comes with 64 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM and is priced affordably enough to make this list. Higher-tier models are available at prices north of 300 Euros.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G is a very thin and well-equipped mid-range smartphone with a sleek design.

You get a smooth 90 Hz AMOLED display with popping colors and a brightness level high enough for outdoor use, a good camera, and fast charging. If you require 5G and are willing to spend more, you can also get the Mi 11 Lite 5G for around 100 Euros extra.

Xiaomi devices are not available in North America.

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3rd – Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is better than its immediate predecessor and manages to storm right past it to the very top of this top 10 list. Features that made this possible include its good display with 120 Hz refresh rate, high brightness, and a good contrast ratio, its good 108 MP camera, and last but not least its long battery life. In return, we would have wished for more performance than the built-in Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G is capable to deliver.

This is also true for its internal storage and Wi-Fi modem, both of which while fast enough for everyday use lagged behind their competitors and could have been faster. As with all other Xiaomi phones the device is not officially sold in North America.

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4th – Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G featuers a 6.67-inch large IPS display running in FHD+ resolution with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It is powered by the Snapdragon 750G with access to 6 GB of RAM and either 64 or 128 GB of internal microSD-expandable storage. It also features a traditional notification LED, a headphone jack, and an IR blaster. Its quad camera’s centerpiece is a 64 MP sensor accompanied by an ultra-wide angle, a macro, and a depth of field lens.

In our test, the Mi 10T Lite 5G turned out to be a well-equipped mid-range smartphone with very long battery life and support for 5G connectivity. Its additional cameras are mostly useless though, and its speakers are rather weak and thin sounding.

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5th – 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 in price into the realm of entry-level devices. Its SoC offers decent everyday performance, and its 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage should offer enough memory and storage for applications and data. Alternatively, the 10X 5G is also available in a higher tier equipped with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

The Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G offers a comparatively high performance, fast storage, and fast Wi-Fi.

Another great feature is its very bright 6.57-inch OLED display. The smartphone offers fast Wi-Fi, a fingerprint reader, and long battery life, a microSD card slot, and last but not least a 3.5-mm headphone jack. Combined with its great build quality this smartphone can easily take it up with much more expensive competitors.

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6th – Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite is a high-end smartphone with a very bright AMOLED display capable of keeping up with much more expensive devices and a camera of decent quality, particularly in bright daylight.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite offers above average performance at a low price.

It comes with a long-lasting battery and fast charging, and its SoC paired with 6 GB of RAM is more than fast enough for everyday applications and capable of running games smoothly. A total of 64 GB of internal storage is available.

Xiaomi devices are not available in North America.

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7th – realme 8 Pro

realme 8 Pro
realme 8 Pro

The realme 8 Pro is another device that superseded its immediate predecessor, both of which can now be found on this list. In our review, we particularly praised its low weight, its slim design, and its fingerprint resistant backside. Its versatile camera supports various modes, and 128 GB of internal storage are comparatively spacious. Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G makes for an overall decent system performance.

In return, it lacks support for 5G and its display is limited to a refresh rate of just 60 Hz, which is not uncommon in this price range. Sensitive users might also face issues caused by the display’s low PWM frequency. The device is not officially sold in North America.

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8th – Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G featuers a 6.67-inch large IPS display running in FHD+ resolution with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It is powered by the Snapdragon 750G with access to 6 GB of RAM and either 64 or 128 GB of internal microSD-expandable storage. It also features a traditional notification LED, a headphone jack, and an IR blaster. Its quad camera’s centerpiece is a 64 MP sensor accompanied by an ultra-wide angle, a macro, and a depth of field lens.

In our test, the Mi 10T Lite 5G turned out to be a well-equipped mid-range smartphone with very long battery life and support for 5G connectivity. Its additional cameras are mostly useless though, and its speakers are rather weak and thin sounding.

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9th – Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC

Poco X3

The Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC offers a lot for its money, most importantly a 120 Hz display and a brand-new SoC. Its camera is also exceptional for its price class even though it did show a few weaknesses during our test. On paper, the X3 NFC’s quad-camera array may look great but in reality, its two extra 2 MP lenses weren’t particularly useful.

With 6 GB of RAM and either 64 or 128 GB of storage the device should suffice most users. Storage can be further expanded via microSD card. Its dual speakers performed very well and so did its analog headphone jack. The latter is also required for the device’s built-in FM radio receiver. And last but not least the device also features an IR blaster.

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10th – realme 8

OPPO Find X2 Lite
OPPO Find X2 Lite

The realme 8 is a powerful smartphone with a long battery life, a bright and colorful high-contrast AMOLED display, an eye-catching design, and a low weight and small size.

The realme 8 offers a decent hardware mix at a very affordable price.

Features include 128 GB of internal storage for apps and data, an SoC well capable to handle everyday applications with access to 4 GB of RAM, a 3.5-mm headphone jack, and last but not least an SD card reader. What it does not support is NFC.

The realme 8 is currently unavailable in North America.

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Best Mainstream 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 lbs165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 76.8 mm / 3.02 inch 9.4 mm / 0.3701 inch 215 g0.474 lbs165.38 mm / 6.51 inch 76.8 mm / 3.02 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 215 g0.474 lbs164.2 mm / 6.46 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.99 mm / 0.3539 inch 208 g0.4586 lbs164 mm / 6.46 inch 76.5 mm / 3.01 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 193 g0.4255 lbs163.7 mm / 6.44 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs161 mm / 6.34 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 176 g0.388 lbs160.6 mm / 6.32 inch 73.9 mm / 2.91 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 177 g0.3902 lbs157.8 mm / 6.21 inch 74.2 mm / 2.92 inch 9.67 mm / 0.3807 inch 204 g0.4497 lbs160.53 mm / 6.32 inch 75.73 mm / 2.98 inch 6.81 mm / 0.2681 inch 157 g0.3461 lbs
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