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The best Android smartphones under $300

Update: new additions from Sony and Samsung!

In this selection, we've picked the Android smartphones that we found to give the most bang for your buck. Specifically, bang for under 300 bucks. Among them are older high-end mobile phones, followed by some excellent mid-range devices that provide a good everyday user experience.

Note: Keep in mind that this article is a work in progress. To be more clear, this means that the list of smartphones will change and/or evolve over time. We will be updating the list periodically as we get the chance to review more options on the market.

Best smartphones under $300 - skip ahead to:

Sony Xperia XA2

The Sony Xperia XA2 is currently enjoying the top spot in this budget category, as the device is available for just under $300 at Amazon and Best Buy. For the price, this mid-range offering from Sony boats great specs and is packed with cool features.

The Xperia XA2 has a 5.2-inch FullHD display that keeps to a classic 16:9 format. The main camera has a 23 MP sensor and one killer feature that is usually missing from the mid-range segment - the ability to record HDR video! With Android Oreo on board and a decent spread of specs, XA2 is a welcome addition to the top of this list.

Sony Xperia XA2 technical specifications

Dimensions: 142 x 70 x 9.7 mm
Weight: 171 g
Battery size: 3300 mAh
Screen size: 5.2 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 23 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 8.0 - Oreo
RAM: 3 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.2 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0

Samsung Galaxy J7 

The Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 9 may be hogging all the attention this year, but the popular Korean manufacturer offers a range of devices at different price points. Every generation, more hi-tech hallmarks of the high-class S-series trickle down into the lower budget range. The Galaxy J7 is Samsung's most complete offering for under $300.

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The J7 range has a classic Samsung style. / © AndroidPIT

Powered by an Octa-core, 1.6 GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, the new J7 can keep up with Android updates (although Samsung still isn't so quick to deliver them). The J7 is also great for video, thanks to a 5.5-inch HD 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display.

The camera department isn’t stellar: 8 MP won't do wonders, but the front-facing 5MP camera is a pretty good selfie-taker for this price range. The 16GB of internal storage can be expanded via microSD, and fans of the removable battery will be delighted to see that the 3,300mAh battery is both long lasting and manually replaceable.

Huawei P9

The Huawei P9 is the 2016 flagship of the up-and-coming brand and is a high-performance, well-designed smartphone. Despite being a year old, the P9 is still a top-of-the-range device. Pleasant to hold in hand, it testifies to the increasing success of the Chinese manufacturer.

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TheHuawei P9 isn't so far behind its successor, the P10. / © AndroidPIT

Under the hood, the Huawei P9 features a HiSilicon Kirin 955 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The camera is high-performance and meets even the needs of hardcore photographers who want to venture beyond the automatic mode (special mention to the excellent black and white mode). 

In terms of battery life, it's a little disappointing since the smartphone often struggles to last through the day. Fortunately, the P9 has been updated to the second-latest version of Android and the new EMUI interface with more customization options.

Huawei P9 technical specifications

Dimensions: 145 x 70.9 x 6.95 mm
Weight: 144 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh
Screen size: 5.2 in
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 6.0 - Marshmallow
User interface: Huawei EMUI
RAM: 3 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 955
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.5 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Honor 7X

A device with a screen 18:9 screen, decent performance and a metal body for less than $200? Honor has just made it possible.

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The Honor 7X has a great price-performance ratio. / © AndroidPIT

The Honor 7X is characterized by a modern design, with a display that covers the entire front of the smartphone, a metal unibody and a dual rear camera. The recent Kirin 659 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of microSD expandable internal memory. The Honor 7X comes with a 3340mAh battery and Android 7.0 Nougat installed (but the update to Oreo is confirmed).

Honor 7X technical specifications

Dimensions: 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm
Weight: 165 g
Battery size: 3340 mAh
Screen size: 5.93 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 2160 x 1080 pixels (407 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 16 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 7.0 - Nougat
User interface: Huawei EMUI
RAM: 4 GB
Internal storage: 64 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.36 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.1

Moto G5S Plus

The phone is an enhanced version of the Moto G5 Plus, which came out earlier this year for $230. At $280, the G5S Plus is still very affordable, considering the extra features.

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An extra 50 bucks nets you some nice advantages. / © AndroidPIT

In exchange for the price bump from the previous model, you get a bigger, better phone: it has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen instead of a 5.2-inch 1080p screen; an 8-megapixel front camera instead of a 5-megapixel front camera; and dual 13-megapixel rear cameras instead of a single 12-megapixel camera.

Motorola Moto G5s Plus technical specifications

Dimensions: 153.5 x 76.2 x 9.5 mm
Weight: 170 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh
Screen size: 5.51 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (400 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 13 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED
Android version: 7.1.1 - Nougat
User interface: Stock Android
RAM: 3 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

LG Q6

LG's mid-range smartphone has fallen significantly down in price since release and is now one of the most attractive purchases in this market range.

With a beautiful 18:9 display, a top-of-the-range look and well equipped software with interesting features, the LG Q6 is easily one of the best phones that can be nabbed for under $300.

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The LG Q6 is a mid-range smartphone with a premium look. / © AndroidPIT

LG Q6 technical specifications

Dimensions: 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 149 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh
Screen size: 5.5 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 2160 x 1080 pixels (442 ppi)
Front camera: 5 megapixels
Rear camera: 13 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 7.1.1 - Nougat
User interface: LG UX
RAM: 3 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 1.4 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

Honor 6X Pro

If the Honor 7X doesn't immediately wow you and you want to save a few extra dollars, the Honor 6X Pro is now available for under $200 and could do it for you, if you're willing to make a few sacrifices in performance.

The Honor 6X Pro comes with a bright 5.5-inch LCD IPS screen with Full HD resolution, a HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor flanked by Mali-T830 GPUs, 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB of expandable memory via microSD.

Everything runs smoothly and will not disappoint in normal daily use. Unfortunately, it still comes with Marshmallow preinstalled, but at the first power up you should already find Nougat waiting for you to update. 

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Honor 6X Pro is aesthetically indistinguishable from the previous 6X. / © AndroidPIT

Honor 6X Pro technical specifications

Dimensions: 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm
Weight: 162 g
Battery size: 3340 mAh
Screen size: 5.5 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 6.0 - Marshmallow
User interface: Huawei EMUI
RAM: 4 GB
Internal storage: 64 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 655
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.1 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.1

If you have other good deals to propose to us for less than $300, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments! We will be pleased to review your proposals, and perhaps add them to the article in the future. 

In the meantime, we hope that this top list will help you to find a great smartphone at a low price!

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  • Thanks Nicholas for sharing such an informative blog with us :)
    Well, I am soon gonna buy 7X as in my opinion its the best budget device with exciting features


  • I think the honor 7x is the best budget phone. It offers flagship features & priced at 199.00 here in the US. Display, camera & battery better than average. The first 18.9 display in the budget category. For consumer's who cannot afford a flagship this may well be the ticket. At this price I can forgive the lack of NFC!


  • Interesting list - I'm in this market segment, and will be looking to replace a ZTE Android L phone probably next year. I'd like to see a standard spec for full implementation of the Camera2 API in these reviews - it can be taken for granted in premium phones but has been extremely spotty at the lower end and because the press and enthusiast forums focus on the high end it's difficult to find out if Camera2 is on board. The stock camera apps for cheaper phones are generally junk, and the best third-party camera apps are full of caveats about models that can't be supported for all features, and in experience they are hit and miss on specific devices. I've been lucky to find apps that greatly improve my ZTE's camera performance, but would be shopping for a new phone with full Camera2 API next time.

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