Who says a smartphone has to be expensive? Today there are so many devices on the market that are cheap but robust, functional and capable of offering good performance.
It is not necessary to aim for the best top-of-the-line smartphones, it takes less than 200 euros to get a good phone.
In this price range there are thousands of models on the market and it is not easy to choose the one that best suits your needs. Some are slightly outdated phones that don’t keep up with new technologies, others are very good. How to recognize them?
In this article you will find a selection of cheap smartphones that stand out for their design, display size, processor power and storage capacity. Other elements to consider are the battery life, the connectivity and the potential of the cameras. But what is the best economic smartphone of 2019?
TOP 5 ranking will help you choose the best smartphone for cheap price
Ranking of the 10 best smartphones with a price below 200 euros.
The new Alcatel 1X is a low cost smartphone with excellent workmanship, well finished and with many advantages. Thin and easy to grip the metal chassis, which goes well with the 5.3-inch IPS display, with 480/960 pixel resolution, bright and clearly visible in any light condition.
It features a Mediatek MT6739 Quad Core processor and a PowerVR GE8100 GPU. It has a storage of 1/2 GB of RAM, with 16 GB internal memory (expandable).
The photographic sector is very good, including an 8-megapixel rear camera capable of taking photos with digital stabilizer and Dual LED flash and recording videos in Full HD 1920 × 1080 at 30 fps and a 5-megapixel front, ideal for taking selfies and make video calls.
Connectivity: 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, OTA, microUSB, GPS (A-GPS).
Alcatel 1X comes with Android 8.1 oreo and a very powerful 2460 mAh Li-Ion battery.
Colors: black, blue.
Elected by many as a small low-cost masterpiece from Motorola, the Nokia 2 is one of those devices that brings together all the “palates” of mobile phone enthusiasts and represents the best smartphone cost-effective value for money.
5 inch IPS HD LCD display, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution at 294 ppi with Gorilla Glass 3 coating, offering excellent protection from scratches and accidental bumps. Excellent management of blacks and a quality of the screen that has nothing to envy to higher-end smartphones.
It is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 212 Cortex-A7 Quad-Core 1.2 GHz, Adreno 304 GPU, 1 GB of RAM for the 8 GB storage version (expandable).
8 megapixel camera with a maximum resolution of 2448 x 3264 pixels, capable of recording video at Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 fps. 5 megapixel front camera, great for video calls and self-portraits.
It has IP52 certification which makes it resistant to splashes and short dives in the water and is a Dual SIM.
Connectivity: 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, Micro USB 2.0, GPS, A-GPS / GLONASS, OTA, FM Radio.
It comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system and a 4100 mAh non-removable Lithium battery that guarantees excellent autonomy.
Colors: black and white
Huawei P8 Lite (2017)
The P8 Lite is a cheap Android smartphone, one of the leading devices among Huawei smartphones, among the best low-cost smartphones of the moment. Increasingly widespread in our country, now the Chinese house is synonymous with quality products and cutting-edge devices and in the first months of 2017 it launched a new version.
It has a 5.2 inch LCD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 424 pixels per inch, perfectly integrated into the elegant aluminum and glass alloy body.
It has a powerful Octa-core processor Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 655 at 2.1 GHz, Mali T830.3 / 4 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of storage memory (expandable up to 128 GB).
In the multimedia sector we find a 12 megapixel rear camera with digital stabilization, HDR and LED Flash capable of giving excellent shots. The front camera is 8 megapixel instead, exceptional for the classic use of selfies and video calls.
Connectivity: 3G, LTE 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP, Micro USB 2.0, OTA, NFC, A-GPS with GLONASS and BeiDou.
The Huawei P8 Lite (2017) can be considered the best low-cost smartphone for those looking for a good compromise between performance, price and design.
It comes with Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (EMUI 5.0) and a 3000 mAh Li-Po battery.
Colors: Gold, Black, White and Blue
Meizu M3 Note
The Meizu M3 Note is one of the Dual SIM Android smartphones produced by Meizu. This Chinese smartphone house is now known throughout the world for its beautiful, durable and cheap phones.
This model has a thin metal frame and is equipped with a 5.5 inch IPS multitouch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 24 bits. It features a MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755 Cortex A53 Octa-Core processor (4 x 1.8 GHz + 4x 1 GHz) and an ARM Mali T860 GPU. As for memory, it can store up to 2 or 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB of ROM (expandable via micro-SD).
The photographic sector consists of a 13 megapixel camera with Dual Flash LED capable of taking pictures with 4208x 3120 pixel resolution. Video recording is Full HD at 1080p. The front camera instead is 5 megapixel and can take pictures at a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels.
Connectivity: 3G, LTE (4G), Wifi, Computer Sync, OTA Sync, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS.
The Meizu M2 Note comes with a FlyMe 5.1 operating system, based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and a 4100 mAh Li-Po battery (non-removable).
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)
The Samsung Galaxy A3 is an Android smartphone with a neat design and excellent value for money. Always a leader in the industry, Samsung realizes quality terminals, among the most sold in any price range.
It is an inexpensive model, equipped with a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display, with 1280 x 720 24-bit resolution. On board we find a Samsung Exynos 7 Quad 7578 chipset, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and an Arm Mali T720. The storage is 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, it is not very large but can be expanded via micro-SD.
The main camera is 13 megapixels, equipped with LED flash and capable of taking pictures at 4128 x 3096 pixel resolution. Video recording is Full HD at 1080p at 30 fps. Frontally we find a 5 megapixel camera capable of taking pictures at a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels.
Connectivity: 3G, LTE (4G), Wifi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP, Computer Sync, OTA Sync, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS. The Dual SIM Dual Stand-by function is optional.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system (with possible upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow) and a 2300 mAh Li-Po battery (non-removable).