Smartphones have come on leaps and bounds in the last few years and it’s now entirely possible to get a great handset at a thoroughly affordable price. Big screens, stylish builds, quad-core power and more are all attainable for well under what you’d pay for a flagship.
It’s still easy to get stung though, as while there are some great cheap handsets many others are affordable for a reason.
So to save you from buying a clunker here are the best cheap Android phones currently available, from the super cheap Huawei Y3, to the innovative LG Leon and the surprisingly high-spec Honor 5C.
The Huawei Y3 is the weakest phone in this list, but it’s also incredibly cheap, so if you’re on a really tight budget it’s well worth considering.
From around £50 SIM-free you get a phone with a compact 4.0-inch screen, a quad-core processor, a surprisingly solid 5MP camera and a long-lasting 1730mAh battery, which should see you through a day or more of use.
The design is plain and there aren’t any fancy features, but as a basic phone the Huawei Y3 is sturdy, reliable and a great option whether you want a spare handset, a festival phone, or just something cheap.
The LG Leon is an interesting phone, because while it’s basic in some ways it also includes some innovative and surprisingly high-end features.
For example, you can use Knock Code on its 4.5-inch screen, using a series of taps on the display while it’s off to unlock your phone. The LG Leon also has buttons on the back, rather than the sides, giving it a distinctive look.
Other highlights include a respectable quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a design which while plastic gives the impression of brushed metal, for a slightly more premium finish than you might expect. All that and the phone starts at just around £90 SIM-free.
The Sony Xperia XA just squeezes into the budget category, but while it’s pricier than the rest of this list it also has superior specs and features for the most part.
The phone has a slim 7.9mm thick build, giving it a fairly premium appearance, while 2GB of RAM plus a Helio P10 processor (clocked at up to 2.0GHz) ensures there’s plenty of power by budget handset standards.
It also has a high-spec 8MP front-facing camera, making the Xperia XA a great choice for selfie fans, and the 13MP rear camera is decent too.
The 5.0-inch 720 x 1280 screen is fairly average for the money, but not bad at all, and it stretches right across the front of the phone, giving an edge-to-edge appearance with no real bezel at either side. That’s rare to see even on high-end handsets, and leaves the Sony Xperia XA with an eye-catching look.
The Samsung Galaxy J3 is a great all-round handset for the roughly £140 that it costs SIM-free, delivering on almost all fronts.
That starts with its 5.0-inch 720 x 1280 screen, which isn’t just fairly sharp, but also bright and vibrant, thanks to its use of Super AMOLED – the same tech used by high-end Samsung phones like the Galaxy S7.
It’s a solid performer too, with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM, while the 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing one are more than up to scratch for the money.
The design is plain, but it’s well-built, and the 2600mAh battery should easily last you over a day of use. If it wasn’t for the tremendous value of the Honor 5C this would be number one on our list.
At around £150 SIM-free the Honor 5C isn’t as cheap as some phones on this list, but it’s still highly affordable and it easily justifies the extra money.
In fact it doesn’t look like a cheap phone at all, thanks to a stylish brushed metal back, and even once you turn the screen on there are no obvious giveaways, as the Honor 5C has a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 display, coming in at a sharp 424 pixels per inch.
There’s an impressive amount of power too, thanks to 2GB of RAM and an octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2.0GHz and four running at 1.7GHz.
Even the camera is good, with the phone packing a 13MP snapper on the back and an 8MP camera on the front. The Honor 5C is a phone that does all the basics and then some, and is a mid-ranger in every sense except price.
There are plenty of other affordable Android phones available, but these rank among the best. If you’re on a seriously tight budget the Huawei Y3 is tough to beat, but if you have a little more to spend you should consider the LG Leon, which packs in innovative features for under £100.
The Sony Xperia XA comes in third place, held back from the top spot for its relatively high price, but it’s still an affordable and impressive handset.
Then we come to the Samsung Galaxy J3, which is a strong all-rounder, but it can’t quite match up to the Honor 5C, which takes the top spot by combining genuinely mid-range specs with a low-end price.
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