7 phones under $200: Top budget phones

It might seem to be your selections are slim to none in the event you’re in search of a dependable cellphone for $200 or much less. However there are a couple of price range telephones accessible that we do advocate — like handsets from Samsung and Motorola’s Moto G sequence.

To see our picks, try the record beneath. A couple of of them have been totally reviewed by CNET editors, whereas others are ones we hope to get our palms on quickly. (We’ll replace this roundup as soon as their opinions are up as properly.) Notice that we have linked to the unlocked model of every cellphone, and they need to run on many of the large 4 US wi-fi carriers, until specified in any other case.

Vital: If the value of the cellphone proven right here or on the vendor is greater than $200, it is as a result of stock and pricing (usually from third-party resellers) has shifted since we initially printed this story or the evaluate linked herein.

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Samsung Galaxy A01

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As the cheapest of Samsung’s A series of phones, the Galaxy A01 surprisingly offers a lot for the price. That includes a fast-charging 3,000-mAh battery, a tear-drop camera design and a 5.7-inch display.

Read our Samsung Galaxy A01 review.

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Despite its low 720p screen resolution, the Moto G Fast is still a good value at $200. It has a 6.4-inch hole-punch display, a triple-rear camera setup and a Snapdragon 665 processor.

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The Galaxy A11 features a 6.4-inch display and three cameras: a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel wide-angle shooter and a 2-megapixel depth camera. It also offers a sizable 4,000-mAh battery and expandable storage. It doesn’t have wireless charging, but it does have an oft-coveted headphone jack.

Read our Galaxy A11 first-take.

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Though it’s not as good as the aforementioned Moto G Fast, the Moto E’s even cheaper price tag makes it affordable. Motorola also packaged its 6.2-inch screen, Snapdragon 632 processor and dual-camera setup in a modern, sleek design. And for more information, read CNET’s Moto G Fast vs. Moto E comparison.

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Launched in July 2019, the Moto E6 smartphone is now widely available for under $150. It features a 13-megapixel camera, a headphone jack and a 5.5-inch display. Oddly enough, it also has a Micro-USB port for charging (rather than the newer USB-C). 

Read our Moto E6 first take.

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Available for under $200, the midrange LG K40 Android phone debuted in 2019 and features a 5.7-inch display, a fingerprint sensor and a 13-megapixel camera. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor and a 3,000-mAh battery.

Read our LG K40 hands-on.

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The often discounted Moto G7 Play is a favorite affordable Android smartphone. It has a 5.7-inch display, a water-repellent coating and a single 13-megapixel rear camera. For those who like to take a lot of selfies, on the front of the phone you’ll find a selfie camera flash to brighten up all those memorable moments.

Read more about the Moto G7 Play.

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