10 Best Budget Phones To Buy In 2019

It is possible to buy a cheap smartphone without losing quality and good performance. In this article, we offer you our selection of the best (cheap) budget smartphones.

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High-end phones such as the Samsung S10 or the iPhone XS are increasingly expensive, surpassing even €1,000 (400k naira). However, this price increase in flagship phones makes budget phones better and better.

Currently, it is possible to buy a mobile phone for less than $300 (about 100k naira) and still get a device with excellent specifications.

So if your priority when buying a new mobile is the value for money, read on because in this article we collect the best budget phones you can buy right now.

We have personally tested and classified the best budget phones from brands like Nokia, Motorola or Honor (among others) to help you decide if a cheap phone is really the bargain that seems to be or hides some inconvenience after its low price.

All phones in this article cost less than $300, this is almost up to a quarter less than what you would pay for a flagship. (You can check out this other article to find out what are the best high-end phones this year).

And if you can afford to spend a little more money, you may be interested in reading our article in which we collect the best mid-range phones, these are halfway between the high-end and those we collect in this article.

However, if you’re looking for something even cheaper than the phones you have below, there is already an article collating the best, latest and cheapest smartphones to buy.

Now, let’s delve into it…

List of the best budget phones this year | Affordable smartphones under $200, $300, $400

1. Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite (₦75,000)

Xiaomi budget phone with premium design

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

You will not find a cheap Android smartphone better than this one. The Mi A2 Lite has a premium design with a 19:9-inch screen, two rear cameras and decent performance.

Storage is generous, and we like the fact that you can reinforce the 64 GB internal space with microSD cards of up to 256 GB capacity without sacrificing dual SIM compatibility. A great purchase, for very little money.

Here are the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite key specifications…

KEY SPECS
Display5.8-inch IPS LCD display, 1080 X 2280 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
ProcessorOcta-core 2.0GHz Processor
Storage32GB / 64GB ROM + 3GB / 4GB RAM (MicroSD card up to 256GB)
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear / 5MP Front (With LED light)
Battery4,000mAh
Price₦70,000 – ₦75,000

2. Honor 10 Lite (₦75,000)

Huawei Honor budget phone with Kirin 710 processor

Huawei Honor 10 Lite

Honor has done it again, with the 10 Lite, we bring one of the best budget smartphones you can buy. For a little more than N70,000 naira you get the best battery life of a phone in its price range, a large screen and dual cameras.

Although the cameras are not very good when there is little light, the phone’s performance is excellent. Along with the phones of the Moto G range, it is one of the best cheap phones in the world.

Here are the Huawei Honor 10 Lite key specifications…

KEY SPECS
Display6.2-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2340 pixels
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie OS (EMUI 9.0)
ProcessorOcta-core 2.2GHz Kirin Processor
Storage64GB / 128GB ROM + 4GB / 6GB RAM
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear/24MP Front (With LED light)
Battery3,400mAh
PriceN70,000 – N75,000

3. Moto G7 Power (₦90,000)

Motorola budget phone with 5000mAh battery

Motorola Moto G7 Power

With an almost pure Android interface, the G7 Power is a decent alternative (within the same price range) to the Huawei and Honor offerings.

Its large battery offers a comfortable duration of two days that can even stretch up to three days if necessary.

Here are Motorola Moto G7 Power key specifications…

KEY SPECS
Display6.2-inch LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 720 x 1570 pixels
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie)
ProcessorOcta-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Processor
Storage64GB ROM + 4GB RAM (MicroSD card up to 256GB)
Camera12MP Rear/8MP Front (With LED light)
Battery5000mAh
Price₦85,000 – ₦90,000

4. Moto G7 Play (₦65,000)

Motorola budget phone under 70000 naira

Motorola Moto G7 Play

The G7 Play is a solid smartphone that, despite not having high-end internal features, can provide a smooth and solid mobile experience, even when playing demanding games such as PUBG Mobile, which is impressive.

The build quality is excellent despite the plastic on the back, it has fine details that give the G7 Play a more premium look.

Of course, there must be concessions in such a cheap smartphone, and in the case of the G7 Play, those are the cameras. Although the images are usually well lit, the lack of a decent autofocus system means that most of the photos will come out looking a little soft.

Still, if cameras are not your priority, the Moto G7 Play is an impressive kit and it will cost you to find something better at this price.

Here are Motorola Moto G7 Play key specifications…

KEY SPECS
Display5.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 720 x 1512 pixels
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie)
ProcessorOcta-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Processor
Storage32GB ROM + 2GB RAM (MicroSD card up to 512GB)
Camera13MP Rear/8MP Front (With LED light)
Battery3000mAh
Price₦60,000 – ₦65,000

5. Moto E5 (₦55,000)

Motorola budget phone under 60000 naira

Motorola Moto E5

The Moto E5 launched in 2018 is one of the best budget phones on the market right now. Of course, if you spend a little more you can get something better, but if you are looking for the cheapest phone (which works well), then this is your option.

We were impressed by the quality of the design and build, along with a host of features including the screen, the camera, the fingerprint scanner and the battery life.

Keep in mind that you will give up several of the features of somewhat more expensive models, it is worth analyzing their specifications thoroughly before buying.

Here are the Motorola Moto E5 key specifications…

KEY SPECS
Display5.7-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 720 X 1440 pixels
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo
ProcessorQuad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Processor
Storage16GB ROM + 2GB RAM (MicroSD card up to 256GB)
Camera13MP Rear/5MP Front (With LED light)
Battery4000mAh
PriceN45,000 – N55,000

6. UMIDIGI One Pro (₦70,000)

UMIDIGI budget phone under 70000 naira with premium features

UMIDIGI One Pro

On paper, the specifications of the UMIDIGI One Pro seem too good to be true. Fast wireless charging, NFC, IPS 19:9 screens, double cameras, fingerprint sensors mounted on the side and an attractive design are not elements that we normally expect in mobiles with this price.

Obviously, despite all the specifications that the One Pro promises, it is noted that it is a low-cost phone: the screen has an HD resolution, the fingerprint sensor can be somewhat inaccurate and the cameras can leave something to be desired.

In general, however, a large budget purchase, and maybe if you are not very fussy with your smartphone, you do not get to notice that it is a cheap phone.

You may be interested in reading our article with the best Chinese phones of 2019, many of them offer premium specifications for very good prices, it is worth taking them into account.

Here are the UMIDIGI One Pro key specifications…

KEY SPECS
Display5.9-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 720 x 1520 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo OS
ProcessorOcta-core 2.0GHz MediaTek Processor
Storage64GB ROM + 4GB RAM (MicroSD card up to 256GB)
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear/16MP Front (With LED light)
Battery3250mAh
PriceN65,000 – N70,000

7. Huawei P Smart 2019 (₦80,000)

Huawei budget phone under 80000 naira

As the P Smart 2019 and the Honor 10 Lite cost the same and are basically clones of each other, it is better to choose the second for its higher resolution front camera and its case.

Even so, you can also take a look at the specifications of Huawei p Smart 2019.

Here are the Huawei P Smart key specifications…

KEY SPECS
Display6.21-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2340 pixels
OSAndroid 9.0 Oreo with EMUI 9.0.1
ProcessorOcta-core 2.2GHz Kirin 710 Processor
Storage64GB ROM + 3GB RAM (microSD cards up to 512 GB)
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear / 24MP Front (With LED light)
Battery3,400mAh
PriceN75,000 – N80,000

8. Moto G6 Play (₦80,000)

Motorola budget phone under 80000 naira with 4000mAh battery

Motorola Moto G6 Play

The Moto G6 Play is a great surprise. It stays next to the other two G6 phones and has better battery life (and a better fingerprint sensor).

The 18:9 screen and premium design (but plastic) mean it feels as good as phones that double the price but do not compromise performance to do so. It has input for a headphone jack. We can recommend the G6 Play as one of the best budget phones of the year.

Here are the Motorola Moto G6 Play key specifications…

KEY SPECS
Display5.7-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 720 X 1440 pixels
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo OS
ProcessorOcta-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Processor
Storage16GB / 32GB ROM + 2GB / 3GB RAM (MicroSD card up to 256GB)
Camera13MP Rear/8MP Front (With LED light)
Battery4,000mAh
PriceN70,000 – N80,000

9. Sony Xperia L3 (₦85,000)

Sony budget phone under 90000 naira 

Sony Xperia L3

In several ways, the Xperia L3 is a very attractive economic smartphone. It certainly looks good and has some pretty decent features, like a large screen, two rear cameras, but if we go deeper and do not find much to get excited about.

Although the L3 itself is not a bad phone, strong competition from brands like Motorola or Xiaomi makes it look poor in comparison. A 720p screen and mediocre performance are no longer enough, even at this low price

Unless you’re a Sony fan, the Mi A2 Lite has a lot more to offer and the Moto G7 Play is also a great choice and costs even less.

Here are the Xperia L3 key specifications…

KEY SPECS
Display5.7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, 720 X 1440 pixels
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo OS
ProcessorMediaTek MT6762 (Helio P22)
Storage32GB ROM + 3GB RAM (MicroSD card up to 512GB)
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear/8MP Front (With LED light)
Battery3,300mAh
PriceN80,000 – N85,000

10. Nokia 7.1 Plus (₦90,000)

Nokia budget phone under 90k naira

Nokia X7 (Nokia 7.1 Plus)

The Nokia 7.1 Plus is the international name of the Nokia X7 launched in China. For the rest, it is an Android smartphone that retains the same features that include Full HD + screen of 6.18 inches, Snapdragon 710 chip with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage, dual Zeiss camera of 12 MP + 13 MP with OIS, 20 MP front camera, USB-C port, fingerprint reader, 3500mAh battery and Android 8.1 Oreo provided by Android One.

Here are the Nokia X7 (Nokia 7.1 Plus) key specifications…

KEY SPECS
Display6.18-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2280 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo OS; Android One
ProcessorOcta-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 710 Processor
Storage64GB / 128GB ROM + 4GB / 6GB RAM (MicroSD card up to 400GB)
Camera12MP + 13MP Rear/20MP Front (With LED light)
Battery3,500mAh
PriceN80,000 – N90,000

Well, there’s the best budget phones and prices in Nigeria from Naijaknowhow. Any other list branded with Naijaknowhow on another blog is a counterfeit *winks*.

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