As the premium smartphones get even more premium for slightly less than they were a year before, we’ve noticed that so do the smartphones within a lower price bracket. You can easily find a capable mobile phone for just under £200.
Cheaper these days doesn’t mean worse as the models we’ve listed below offer a lot for the price, and make it even more attractive delivering superb performance for a considerably lower cost than the headline-grabbing Galaxy S21 Ultra or the iPhone 12. Are you ready for our top 5 phones under £200? These are the very best budget smartphones £200 can buy:
The A9 by Oppo has modern looks and a large 5,000 mAh battery that might be difficult to find in flagship smartphones of this world. This budget phone excels with its rear camera as well featuring four lenses. The main one is 48MP, and the night mode photos look great. At a price of less than £200, you won’t have fast charging with the Oppo A9, and you might find the screen brightness to be slightly lower than the phones on the high-end, especially on a sunny day. There’s also a 6.5-inch display which might be tricky to use in one hand. Other than these small flaws, the Oppo A9 is a great all-rounder with a long battery life and a good camera that offers great value for money.
For those on a tight budget, finding a fantastic mobile phone might sound impossible, but this is not the case with the Redmi Note 9. This smartphone has great specs on the list that many moderate users will find sufficient. Some sacrifices have been made in the Redmi Note 9 such as the budget MTK Helio G85 processor in the UK and the plastic build, but it comes with up to 30W fast charging and has a headphone jack. The AI-powered quad camera ticks all the necessary boxes to deliver great-looking snaps, and overall, the Redmi Note 9 proves that budget phones are getting incredibly good now and there's no need to spend more than £200 on a phone.
If you didn’t know that Samsung’s portofolio doesn’t only include the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note series, then you’ll be surprised to learn that Samsung has an extensive range of budget phones, and the Galaxy A21 is one of them. The A21s stands out with its well-made design, the rear camera equipped with four lenses and an impressive battery. It’s known that Oppo and Xiaomi dominate the budget space, but the Galaxy A21s is a great choice with a vibrant and bright screen for under £200.
Another great phone from Xiaomi considering how much it costs made this list, and the Redmi 9 has a lot going for a price tag of around £150. This smartphone has a large 6.53-inch FHD+ display protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. You will also find a 3.5mm headphone jack if this is something that you’re looking for in your next phone. On top of that, the battery cell is 5020mAh and can be charged with up to 18W fast charging. Moreover, you can wirelessly reverse charge someone else’s phone with up to 9W charging. In terms of cameras, you can find a better pick higher up this list, but Redmi 9’s rear cameras are good enough for daily snaps.
Yet again, Motorola delivered a bargain phone. The Moto G9 Play produces very good photos with a 48MP triple camera for the price and the battery is fantastic. With medium to light usage, you will get close to over 15 hours of screen time. The internal storage of 128GB paired with 4GB RAM means that this phone is future proof, and it has been confirmed that Android 11 is coming to the Moto G9 Play. The display is HDR10 certified so the viewing experience won’t let you down, although you might find the scrolling to not be buttery-smooth. Our verdict though is that the Moto G9 Play is worth every penny.
Apple has announced the launch of the Self Service Repair program which is rolling out from 2022 in the US and expanding into other countries later that year. Is the long fought battle over Right to Repair coming to an end? That’s definitely something every repair advocate is thinking right now, but while it’s a bit early to celebrate victory, it is undoubtedly a fantastic first step from Apple and it is going to be a brilliant initiative if Apple do it right.
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