Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 300! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.
Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.
Here they are in no particular order:
Huawei Nova 2i / Honor 9i / Mate 10 Lite ($290)
Huawei once again confuses us with their elaborate naming scheme, but one thing is for certain: The Nova 2i is easily one of the best smartphones you can find in this price range. A total of four cameras (two in front and two at the back) and a near-borderless display are standout features at this level.
LG Q6 ($250)
How often do we see a near-borderless display on a budget-friendly smartphone? As of now, it’s still uncommon. Thanks to LG, we’re seeing FullVision on the Q6, and it’s stunning at this price point. Along with it comes a power-efficient processor, high-grade aluminum frame, and triple-card slots.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max ($200)
It doesn’t get much more complete than this below $300. The ZenFone 4 Max has everything you’d hope for in a $200 phone, including a dual-camera setup and large 5000mAh battery in a body that’s surprisingly compact. Once its cleaner version of ZenUI arrives, this will be one tough entry to kick out.
Xiaomi Mi A1 ($230)
Putting stock Android on a Xiaomi handset is a match made in heaven. Being the first of its kind, the Mi A1 offers consistent software updates, a surprisingly good dual-camera setup, and the great battery life you’d expect from this brand. This is the phone for Xiaomi fans and Android purists alike!
OPPO A71 ($175)
If you’re on a tight budget and simply want a smartphone that’s fast enough to get everyday tasks done, it doesn’t get much better than the OPPO A71. It gives up OPPO’s signature selfie branding in exchange for a sleek, no-frills design and space for two SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time.
Updates as of November:
- Replaced Huawei GR3 2017 with Nova 2i
- Replaced Xiaomi Mi Max 2 with Mi A1
Updates as of October:
- Replaced Vivo Y53 with OPPO A71
Updates as of September:
- Replaced Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X with Mi Max 2
- Replaced OPPO A57 with the LG Q6
- Replaced ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 with ZenFone 4 Max