These days, a new Android phone can cost as much as a second-hand car and, understandably, not everyone can afford the hefty price tags.
That said, you can get cheap Android phones that don’t compromise on the latest specs and features. We’ve put together a list of the best budget Android phones around this year - take a look:
Best Android phone under £800 - Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Although the Huawei Mate 10 Pro isn’t the cheapest handset on our list, it’s a heck of a lot more affordable than the latest flagships from Samsung and Apple. Best of all, though, it comes with fantastic specs and features, including a slick glass back and alloy-framing that looks gorgeous alongside any iPhone.
With a 6in screen and bright OLED display at 1,080 x 2,160-pixel resolution, you’ll get to enjoy movies and TV shows at the best quality. Plus, the lack of bezel makes the phone as visually impressive as newer phones like the iPhone XS.
Looks aside, the Huawei is no pushover under the hood, either - it has a whopping 4,000mAh battery and up to 128GB worth of storage, this handset certainly offers a heck of a lot for your money.
Key specs and features
- Display - AMOLED
- 4,000mAh battery
- Storage - up to 128GB
Best Android phone Under £500 - OnePlus 6
This large handset from OnePlus will cost you a lot less than newer devices, though with a 6.28in AMOLED display, powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and up to 8GB of RAM, it’s far from second best.
In terms of battery life, the Plus 6 boasts a hefty 3300mAh - bigger than the iPhone X - which should, in theory, last the whole day.
The notch is larger than the iPhone, though both designs are pretty similar, and both have around 84% screen-to-body ratio. Oh, and a welcome feature of the One Plus is that it has a headphone jack, which is more than can be said for the majority of new iPhones out there.
At the back of the phone is a dual 16MP and 20MP camera, with a 16Mp snapper on the front complete with OIS 6 to improve low light shots.
Key specs and features
- 6.28-inch, AMOLED display
- 33000mAh battery
- Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
Best Android phone under £200: Honor 9 Lite
Honor has made great-value handsets since 2013, and for under £200, the Honor 9 Lite is one of their best.
First off, it’s gorgeous to look at, with a 5.6in LCD screen that’s ideal for gamers and film buffs. Then there are the cameras - the Honor 9’s 13MP rear camera, and 2MP selfie cam are kitted out with all the features you’d hope for, including light and proximity sensors, and 4128 x 3096-pixel resolution.
It’s also easy on the eye. In fact, at first glance, the Lite 9 looks like it belongs among premium smartphones - its smooth blue back is made entirely of glass, and the slender build makes it look effortlessly cool.
At 3,000mAh, the battery should last the whole day, and with 32GB of RAM, plus a microSD card, you should have plenty of room for apps and pictures. In short, we’re really, really impressed with this one, and for the price, this Honor 9 Lite is an absolute steal.
Key specs and features
- 3,000mAh battery
- 32GB RAM
- 5.6-inch LCD display
Runner-up: Moto E4
Although the Moto E4 doesn’t come with all the latest bells and whistles, it still has loads of impressive specs and features, including Android Nougat.
At 16GB of free storage, the phone is just a little short on storage, though if you’re not that bothered about having a lot of apps and taking loads of pictures, this won’t be an issue for you.
The Moto offers some pretty impressive specs and features for a budget phone too, including a fingerprint sensor. The cameras leave much to be desired, though considering the price, the E4’s 8MP rear, and front-facing 5MP snappers aren’t half bad.
Key Specs and features
- Android Nougat
- Fingerprint security sensor
- 8MP rear facing, and 5MP facing cameras
Best Android phone under £100: LG K8
Want a phone that keeps things simple ? Look no further than the LG K8.
You can pick one up for well under £100, and we have to say, for the price, the K8 offers some solid specs and features. The design looks sleek and up-to-date, and the camera sports 8MP sensors at the rear - pretty impressive for a budget android phone.
That said, the phone does fall a little short on the performance side and may struggle to deal with high-end apps, but if you don’t tend to use that type of software, we definitely recommend this phone as a low-budget option.
More ways to save money
We hope you find what you’re looking for from some of the handsets listed above. But if you’d like to save even more money, we recommend using a phone you already have and taking out a SIM-only deal. You can take a look at some of the best SIM only deals below: