As high-end phones get more expensive, cheap Android phones are getting better. It’s 2021, and flagship smartphones are all nearly a thousand dollars or more, so why not spend a little less? We’ve researched and ranked all of the best cheap Android phones you can buy, and with our buyer’s guide, you’ll find the perfect phone for you.
Best Cheap Android Phones 2021
- Moto G Power — Best Overall: Very little sacrificed to hit this low price point.
- Google Pixel 4a —Best Upgrade Pick: A better camera for just a little more cash.
- Moto G Fast — Best Value: Cuts a few corners if you need to save even more money.
- OnePlus Nord N10 5G —The best affordable 5G phone in 2021
- Nokia 5.3 — Best Under $200: A decent phone with a clean interface.
Moto G Power
The Moto G Power (2021) is a worthy successor to previous G Power models, as it still offers long battery life in an affordable, attractive package.
Price: $199, $249
Screen size: 6.6 inches (1600 x 720)
CPU: Snapdragon 662
RAM: 3GB, 4GB
Storage: 32GB, 64GB
Rear cameras: 48MP (f/1.7) main; 2MP (f/2.4) macro; 2MP (f/2.4) depth
Front cameras: 8MP (f/2.0)
Battery size: 5,000 mAh
Size: 6.5 x 3 x 0.37 inches
Weight: 7.3 ounces
Google Pixel 4a
The Google Pixel 4a is an unbeatable phone for $350 and the best in its class if camera performance is your primary concern. While it can’t match the iPhone SE’s power, the Pixel 4a is the better handset overall.
OS: Android 10
Display: 5.81-inch OLED (2340×1080)
CPU: Snapdragon 730G
Rear camera: 12.2MP (ƒ/1.7)
Front camera: 8MP (ƒ/2.0)
Battery: 3,140 mAh
Battery life: 8:55
Size: 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches
Weight: 5.04 ounces
Moto G Fast
The Moto G Fast is a great choice for anyone who can’t spend more than $200 on a new smartphone, thanks to strong battery life, a serviceable display and cameras and good enough performance. However, those willing to part with another $50 will want to upgrade to the Moto G Power, which is a better handset all around.
Starting price: $199
Display: 6.4-inch LCD (1560×720)
CPU: Snapdragon 665
Storage: 32GB; expandable up to 512GB
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Rear camera: 16MP main (ƒ/1.7); 8MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2); 2MP macro (ƒ/2.2)
Front camera: 8MP (ƒ/2.0)
Colors: Pearl White
Weight: 6.68 ounces
Dimensions: 6.37 x 2.98 x 0.35 inches
OnePlus Nord N10 5G
The OnePlus Nord N10 5G is a low-cost way to get 5G connectivity as well as other premium features like a fast refresh display. Turn to the Pixel 4a 5G if you want the best cameras, but the OnePlus Nord N10 beats a lot of rivals on price.
Starting price: $299
Screen size: 6.49-inches (2400 x 1080; 90Hz refresh rate)
CPU: Snapdragon 690
Rear cameras: 64MP main (f/1.8); 8MP ultrawide (f/2.25); macro lens; monochrome lens
Front camera: 16MP (f/2.05)
Battery size: 4,300 mAh
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 11:48
Size: 6.4 x 2.9 x 0.35 inches
Weight: 6.7 ounces
The Nokia 8 V 5G offers a nice, big screen and a very good ultrawide angle camera in a phone that works with Verizon’s 5G coverage. But it’s hard to recommend this phone over the iPhone 12 mini, Pixel 5 or other $699 phones.
Starting price: $699
Display: 6.81 inches
CPU: Snapdragon 765G
Expandable: Yes up to 1TB
Rear cameras: 64MP main; 12MP ultrawide; 2MP depth; 2MP macro
Front cameras: 24MP
Battery size: 4,500 mAh
Size: 6.8 x 3.1 x 0.35 inches
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