Best cheap Android smartphones (July 2020)

In a world where high-end Android smartphones cost astronomical amounts over 70,000 rubles, many users do not want to empty their wallet to the bottom for gadgets. For this reason, cheap phones are always in demand, especially since the concept of "cheap" recently does not mean low-functional.

Since each person individually sets the bar for cheapness and high cost, in this selection we have included devices worth from 30,000 to 8000 rubles, we deliberately omitted smartphones of such brands as Xiaomi, Oppo, Meizu and other Chinese brands to show that in addition to these brands, you can find affordable and high-quality smartphones.

Pixel 3a XL and Pixel 3a

If you are looking for a mid-range smartphone with high performance for optimal money, then the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL may be the result of your search. Both of these models are equipped with the same camera as the Pixel 3, which at one time was included in the lists of the best camera phones. This camera, combined with excellent software, promises excellent shooting results, including at night.

Both devices are similar in characteristics. They are powered by the Snapdragon 670 chipset with 4 GB of RAM. It's not as impressive as having the Snapdragon 845 in the Pixel 3 models, but it provides enough performance. Both smartphones have a headphone jack and an Active Edge feature that activates Google Assistant by squeezing the edges of the smartphone. The main difference between the two models is in the screen size and battery capacity.

What can be considered cons – so it is a simplified plastic case, as well as the lack of wireless charging and IP rating.

Please note that the release of the Pixel 3A series will soon stop, but these devices can still be purchased. The good news is that in the near future, the Pixel 4A series of smartphones will appear, which promise to become relatively budget-friendly.

Samsung Galaxy A51

Galaxy A51 is rightfully considered the best budget employee from Samsung. In addition to the beautiful screen and excellent build quality, you will find it supports two SIM cards and a quad camera – and this justifies its price.

In addition to these advantages, the device has an audio jack and a microSD card slot. A very good 4000 mAh battery capacity promises a full day of battery life. The smartphone runs Android 10 with the Samsung One UI skin and offers 128 GB of internal memory.

If we talk about the disadvantages – the fingerprint scanner is slow, and the performance of the phone leaves much to be desired.

Nokia 7.2 < p>

What makes the Nokia 7.2 one of the best budget smartphones is the combination of decent features with an attractive design and well-polished software. The device is part of the Android One family, which means that there is a stock version of the operating system from Google on board.

This budget car is equipped with a Snapdragon 660 processor and 4 GB of RAM, as well as a triple camera system and a fingerprint scanner located under it. Other device specifications: 6.3-inch Full HD+ screen with "eyebrow", 3500 mAh battery and headphone jack.

The Nokia 7.2 comes with Android Pie on board, but an upgrade to Android 10 is possible.

Moto G8

In some markets, this smartphone is known as the Moto G Power. Its advantage is a large 5000 mAh battery, which provides the phone with up to three days of battery life, 150 hours of music playback or 27 hours of video viewing.

G Power belongs to the mid-range and is equipped with a Snapdragon 665 processor complete with 4 GB of RAM. Its design looks modern with a hole punched in the screen for the front camera and a set of three main cameras. The device supports memory expansion with a microSD slot and offers fans a 3.5 mm audio jack. All of this makes it a great budget choice.

Samsung Galaxy A21

The second Samsung device on our list, which offers more modest specifications than the Galaxy A51, but also costs less. At the same time, its screen is quite large - 6.5 inches, although the resolution is slightly lower – only HD+. The quad camera on board is very good, but it is not as good as the premium devices, so you should not expect a miracle from it in poor light.

Other specifications include 32 GB of expandable memory, a 4000 mAh battery, and Android 10 with Samsung One UI out of the box.

LG Stylo 5

LG Stylo 5 is another great choice for those who are looking for an inexpensive smartphone. As it is easy to understand from the name, the device is equipped with a stylus and is, in fact, a budget alternative to the Galaxy Note series smartphones.

The characteristics of the Stylo 5 are generally standard. It comes with Android 9 Pie on board, offers 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal expandable memory, a Snapdragon 450 processor, and a 3,500 mAh battery. Unlike most budget devices, this one comes with a USB-C port. The presence of a stylus becomes a significant plus for simplifying navigation, taking notes and drawing.

The cameras of this smartphone do not promise users anything special: a single 13 MP lens and a 5 MP selfie camera are unlikely to impress, although they make good pictures. Overall, if you're not a fan of photography, the LG Stylo 5 deserves your attention.

Moto E

If you just need a smartphone to perform basic functions, your choice may well be Moto E.

This smartphone is designed for undemanding users. It features a 6.2-inch HD+ display, a 3,550 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 632 processor. In addition, there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a fingerprint scanner located on the back. 32 GB of internal memory can be expanded with a microSD card slot. Moto E runs Android 10 with a skin from Motorola, which has nothing superfluous. Thus, it is one of the best cheap smartphones on the market.

Nokia 2.3

The latest and cheapest smartphone on our list is the Nokia 2.3, which may not impress you, but its price is quite consistent with its parameters. The device is powered by the MediaTek Helio A22 chipset, complete with 2 GB of RAM. It is equipped with a solid 4000 mAh battery, non-removable, unlike the predecessor model (if you are interested in an inexpensive smartphone with a removable battery, pay attention to the Moto E6).

The advantages of the Nokia 2.3 include a stylish design with a good screen-to-body ratio, a stock Android One on board, a dual main camera and expandable internal memory.