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Best Android smartphones for under $/£100

Best Android smartphones for under $/£100

Is it really possible to buy a decent smartphone for less than 100 bucks? Yes, you can find devices that offer good performance considering the price. Of course, don't expect fluidity to be out of the ordinary or super smart features that offer the top of the range tech, but here are the best smartphones that won't break the bank.

Redmi 7A

The Redmi 7A is an entry-level smartphone that is really not bad! Officially launched at a price of £105, you can easily find online under 100 quid today. With a simple design that goes unnoticed, the Redmi 7A can handle simple everyday tasks without any problem.

It's not a gaming smartphone - the 5.45-inch IPS LCD screen with a 720x1440 pixel resolution would be a limit - but the Snapdragon 439 alongside the Adreno 505 GPU and 2GB of RAM allow you to have fun with titles not too demanding. The 4,000mAh battery provides good battery life and the 13MP rear camera offers good shots in good light conditions sinking in the evening.

Overall, the Redmi 7A is undoubtedly a good device for those who want to use it to communicate and stay connected, without having too many expectations from the multimedia side.

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An entry-level that does its job well / © AndroidPIT

Nokia 2.2

HMD Global is doing a great job with the Nokia brand. The Nokia 2.2, officially available for £99, features a beautiful design and offers a pure Android experience. With a 5.71-inch screen with a resolution of 1520x720 pixels, a MediaTek MT6761 processor and 2GB of RAM, it handles tasks smoothly.

Compared to the Redmi 7A, it offers a more pleasant screen, leaning slightly more favorably towards multimedia content. The rear camera is also, in this case, a 13MP and offers decent quality photos. Thanks to Android One certification, it also guarantees two years of operating system updates and three years of monthly security patches.

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Elegant design and guaranteed updates / © Nokia

Nokia 2.2 technical specifications

Dimensions: 146 x 70.6 x 9.3 mm
Weight: 153 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh
Screen size: 5.71 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1520 x 720 pixels (295 ppi)
Front camera: 5 megapixels
Rear camera: 13 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 9 - Pie
RAM: 3 GB
2 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
16 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Number of cores: 4
Max. clock speed: 2 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

Honor 7A

Among all the various Chinese companies, Honor has been able to build praise and trust with users. We must take into account this is mainly driven by the strength of Huawei, a company that needs no introduction when it comes to convincing its audience.

Although it is possible to buy this phone for less than 100 quid today, the Honor 7A is equipped with hardware not to be taken lightly, especially when it comes to its RAM (2GB) which makes it fluid and responsive for most of your daily tasks.

Both during gaming and app navigation, this smartphone offers a good user experience, is quite fast and moves along without too much hesitation. The downside (and cheap side) of this smartphone is the old-fashioned design, or the total absence of a notification LED. Even the photographic sector is not the best but after all we are still talking about a budget-friendly smartphone, right?

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Honor 7A is good enough for most daily tasks / © Honor

Honor 7A technical specifications

Dimensions: 152.4 x 73 x 7.8 mm
Weight: 150 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh
Screen size: 5.7 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1440 x 720 pixels (282 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 13 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 8.0 - Oreo
User interface: Emotion UI
RAM: 2 GB
3 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 1.5 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

Do you have other smartphones to recommend in this price range?

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  • Must should go with Nokia brand, with budget phone.... its A Really Awesome... 2nd Choice is Redmi7A.... And then Go with Honor brand.... 👍👍👍


  • If you need to make phone calls, send messages and browse these are more than enough


  • Nokia is the only brand in the current version of this list which I trust to a commercially viable degree.


  • S Hale Jan 10, 2016 Link to comment

    I definitely wouldn't recommend any BLU phone. They do not stand behind their products or warranties. Just putting it out there...do your homework before purchasing. They have many poor reviews, and BBB complaints.


  • Moto E and Blu studio 5.0 is not too bad, but Moto E would be king of $50 phone (walmart has it for $54), not $100 category. If I had to choose, it would be BLU energy X, which comes with 4000mah battery. It may not be a flagship, but it's certainly king of battery power! Phones with 1GB of memory tends to lag because of lack of memory. So for phones with 2GB of memory, good options can be found on China etailers. For example, one can get good phones from second tier Chinese manufacturer DooGee. Doogee X5 pro is for $80, yet comes with Android Lollipop, 2GB memory, quad core cpu, 5.0" display, SD card slot, removable battery etc. Camera is a little weak at 8MP/2MP. Another option is $99 DooGee X6 pro, which is 5.5" version with octacore 64bit cpu and 3000mah battery. Even better is Doogee Valencia Y100 Pro, which come with Sony 13MP camera, and Octacore cpu for just over $100. Looks like this is the killer phone in $100 category. If it doesn't have to be new, best option is from ebay, where one can get a good deal for used Galaxy Note 2, often for less than $100. This old flagship is still better than any of the DooGee, and also comes with amoled display and S-pen. So, even for $100, there are some pretty good options out there.


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