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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

August 2018 Edition

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! 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:

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) ($200)

ASUS has been on a roll with its ZenFone Max series lately. After the well-received ZenFone Max and Max Plus (M1), the company has released the feature-packed ZenFone Max Pro (M1). It has the processor of the much pricier ZenFone 5, a massive 5000mAh battery, and, for the first time in an ASUS phone, a clean version of Android.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1)

OPPO A83 ($195)

Anyone on a tight budget with a hankering for a near-borderless display has to go for the A83. It’s not just OPPO’s most affordable 18:9 (that’s the tall screen ratio) smartphone; it’s also one of the cheapest you can find anywhere. But its real hero feature is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with artificial intelligence built in for smoother selfies.

REVIEW: OPPO A83

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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 200 to US$ 400.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

Huawei P20 Lite (EUR 369)

If you simply must have a new-generation Huawei phone but can’t afford the flagship P20 or P20 Pro, you’ll naturally gravitate toward the less premium P20 Lite. It still has a capable set of cameras and reliable processor, as well as that signature glass design on the rear.

REVIEW: Huawei P20 Lite

ASUS ZenFone 5 ($385)

Finally, a midrange ZenFone that’s priced just right! After losing precious momentum with the premium pricing of the ZenFone 4 lineup, the ZenFone 5 brings order back to ASUS, along with a balanced mix of AI-powered processing and versatile set of cameras.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 5

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Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones from $400 to $600

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best upper-midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 400 to US$ 600.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S ($525)

We’re still amazed by the fact that the Mi Mix 2S is able to match the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Apple iPhone X in imaging quality — well, at least based on DxOMark scores. The new Xiaomi flagship is what the original Mi Mix 2 should have been, with its excellent dual-camera system and wireless charging.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

Nokia 7 Plus (EUR 399)

If you find the Nokia 6 too low-end and the Nokia 8 (or its more premium Sirocco sibling) beyond your budget, then there’s nothing better than the Nokia 7 Plus for fans of great value. Not only does it have dual main cameras with Zeiss optics, it also carries Android One on board, making it pure and free of bloatware.

REVIEW: Nokia 7 Plus

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Best Premium Smartphones above $600

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If you’re looking for the very best high-end smartphones available, you’ve come to the right place! Every month, GadgetMatch updates this list with the finest devices money can buy, no matter how much they cost.

Updated monthly, this list takes every newly launched flagship costing more than US$ 600 into consideration, but doesn’t discount the smartphones that continue to make an impact since their launch last year.

Here they are in no particular order:

Samsung Galaxy S9 ($720)

Not much has changed from the Galaxy S8 to the S9, but that doesn’t matter. Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone is all about refinement and perfecting the design around the Infinity Display. A better fingerprint sensor location and software features like AR Emoji and super slow-motion video are icing on the already delicious cake.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ($929)

Although quite similar to the Galaxy S8 in design and specifications, the Galaxy Note 8 stands out for its signature S Pen and introducing Samsung’s first-ever dual-camera setup. It may be one of the more expensive handsets on our list, but the price is justified thanks to the class-leading display and snappy overall performance.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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