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Budget phones – See Top 30 low-cost mobile phones on the market

When looking for a budget mobile phone it is easy to get lost amidst all the crazy special offers and tempting prices. Let’s be clear. A low-cost mobile phone is only of interest if it is good quality and fulfils the actual needs of the user.

My name is Stein Jürgen and I am the mobile phone expert here at SmartphonesRevealed.com. I test and review mobile phones and provides an overview on how to go about finding a good budget mobile phone or smartphone that will suit your needs.

The table below shows the Top 30 low-cost mobile phones on the market right now. Mobile phones are ranked in order of my test results and ratings and by the current price level, so if you are looking for a budget mobile phone, it is a good idea to start your search here.

The Top 30 budget mobile phones are ranked by best price. In addition to current price levels and offers, you can also read my overall assessment of quality.

Doro 5517
Test Score 38/100
Price Level $ 50 / € 40
Nokia 3310 (2017) 16 MB
Test Score 31/100
Price Level $ 60 / € 50
Huawei P20 Lite 32 GB
Test Score 66/100
Price Level $ 90 / € 70
Motorola Moto G7 Play
Test Score 52/100
Price Level $ 100 / € 80
Doro 540X
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 120 / € 100
Doro 7070 4G
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 150 / € 130
Nokia 3 (2018)
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 140 / € 120
Emporia Select
Test Score 46/100
Price Level $ 120 / € 100
Sony Xperia XA2 (Dual SIM)
Test Score 64/100
Price Level $ 190 / € 160
Doro 8040
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 240 / € 200
Samsung Galaxy A20e
Test Score 53/100
Price Level $ 150 / € 120
Huawei P Smart
Test Score 58/100
Price Level $ 250 / € 220
Xiaomi Redmi 6
Test Score 61/100
Price Level $ 190 / € 160
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 16 GB
Test Score 55/100
Price Level $ 270 / € 230
Nokia 6 (2018)
Test Score 58/100
Price Level $ 270 / € 230
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
Test Score 68/100
Price Level $ 270 / € 230
Sony Xperia L3 (2019)
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 230 / € 200
Nokia 5.1 Plus
Test Score 61/100
Price Level $ 230 / € 200
Sony Xperia 10 (2019)
Test Score 64/100
Price Level $ 310 / € 270
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus (2018)
Test Score 77/100
Price Level $ 310 / € 260
Samsung Galaxy A40
Test Score 66/100
Price Level $ 220 / € 190
Huawei P Smart 2019
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 110 / € 100
Samsung Galaxy A5
Test Score 68/100
Price Level $ 270 / € 230
Samsung Galaxy A70
Test Score 76/100
Price Level $ 400 / € 340
Nokia 7 plus
Test Score 72/100
Price Level $ 390 / € 330
Nokia 7.1 (Android)
Test Score 72/100
Price Level $ 410 / € 350
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Test Score 78/100
Price Level $ 320 / € 270
Samsung Galaxy A50
Test Score 77/100
Price Level $ 360 / € 310
Motorola One Vision
Test Score 79/100
Price Level $ 320 / € 270
Samsung Galaxy S9
Test Score 80/100
Price Level $ 750 / € 640
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Test Score 75/100
Price Level $ 440 / € 380
Apple iPhone 7 32 GB
Test Score 52/100
Price Level $ 560 / € 480
Apple iPhone 6S 32 GB
Test Score 50/100
Price Level $ 350 / € 300
Nokia Nokia 8
Test Score 69/100
Price Level $ 390 / € 330
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Test Score 69/100
Price Level $ 440 / € 380
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) - (Dual SIM)
Test Score 77/100
Price Level $ 450 / € 390
Huawei P30 Lite
Test Score 66/100
Price Level $ 360 / € 310
Xiaomi Mi 8 (Android)
Test Score 74/100
Price Level $ 630 / € 540
Samsung Galaxy S8 64 GB
Test Score 79/100
Price Level $ 660 / € 560
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 32 GB
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 410 / € 350
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Test Score 76/100
Price Level $ 580 / € 500
Apple iPhone 6S 128 GB
Test Score 50/100
Price Level $ 620 / € 530
Apple iPhone 7 128GB
Test Score 59/100
Price Level $ 620 / € 530
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
Test Score 71/100
Price Level $ 910 / € 780
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Test Score 89/100
Price Level $ 860 / € 740
Huawei P20 Pro 128 GB
Test Score 79/100
Price Level $ 630 / € 540
Apple iPhone 7 128 GB
Test Score 52/100
Price Level $ 680 / € 580
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Test Score 82/100
Price Level $ 770 / € 660
Huawei P30 (2019)
Test Score 88/100
Price Level $ 710 / € 600
Samsung Galaxy A80
Test Score 82/100
Price Level $ 630 / € 540
OnePlus 6T 128 GB
Test Score 77/100
Price Level $ 670 / € 570
OnePlus 7 (2019)
Test Score 69/100
Price Level $ 610 / € 530
Razer Phone 2
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 750 / € 650
Apple iPhone 8 64 GB
Test Score 61/100
Price Level $ 750 / € 640
OnePlus 6T 256 GB
Test Score 77/100
Price Level $ 740 / € 630
Samsung Galaxy Note9 128 GB
Test Score 87/100
Price Level $ 1010 / € 870
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64 GB
Test Score 70/100
Price Level $ 830 / € 710
Huawei P30 Pro 128 GB
Test Score 88/100
Price Level $ 860 / € 730
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Test Score 85/100
Price Level $ 890 / € 760
Apple iPhone 7 256 GB
Test Score 52/100
Price Level $ 830 / € 710
Sony Xperia XZ3
Test Score 79/100
Price Level $ 800 / € 680
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128 GB
Test Score 54/100
Price Level $ 660 / € 570
OnePlus 7 Pro (2019) 12 GB RAM + 256 GB hukommelse
Test Score 83/100
Price Level $ 910 / € 780
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256 GB
Test Score 54/100
Price Level $ 940 / € 800
Sony Xperia 1 (2019)
Test Score 85/100
Price Level $ 940 / € 800
OnePlus 7 Pro (2019) 8 GB RAM + 256 GB hukommelse
Test Score 83/100
Price Level $ 840 / € 720
Apple iPhone X 64 GB
Test Score 67/100
Price Level $ 1100 / € 940
Apple iPhone XR 64 GB
Test Score 69/100
Price Level $ 950 / € 820
Huawei P30 Pro 256 GB
Test Score 88/100
Price Level $ 920 / € 780
Apple iPhone XR (PRODUCT) RED 64 GB
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 960 / € 820
Samsung Galaxy Note9 512 GB
Test Score 87/100
Price Level $ 1140 / € 970
Apple iPhone 8 256 GB
Test Score 61/100
Price Level $ 920 / € 790
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 128 GB
Test Score 91/100
Price Level $ 1140 / € 970
Samsung Galaxy S10 128 GB
Test Score 86/100
Price Level $ 1010 / € 860
Apple iPhone XR 128 GB
Test Score 69/100
Price Level $ 1010 / € 870
Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 0 / € 0
Apple iPhone XR 256 GB
Test Score 69/100
Price Level $ 1180 / € 1010
Apple iPhone Xs 64 GB
Test Score 73/100
Price Level $ 1320 / € 1130
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 256 GB
Test Score 96/100
Price Level $ 0 / € 0
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 512 GB
Test Score 91/100
Price Level $ 1430 / € 1220
Apple iPhone Xs Max 64 GB
Test Score 75/100
Price Level $ 1460 / € 1250
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 512 GB
Test Score 96/100
Price Level $ 0 / € 0
Apple iPhone Xs 256 GB
Test Score 73/100
Price Level $ 1470 / € 1250
Apple iPhone Xs Max 256 GB
Test Score 75/100
Price Level $ 1590 / € 1360
Apple iPhone Xs 512 GB
Test Score 73/100
Price Level $ 1750 / € 1490
Apple iPhone Xs Max 512 GB
Test Score 75/100
Price Level $ 1960 / € 1670
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 1 TB
Test Score 91/100
Price Level $ 1880 / € 1610

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A good budget phone can be hard to find

Budget phones are not necessarily something that telecommunications companies or the many web shops on the Internet go to a great deal of effort to advertise. You must therefore be a good detective to find a low-cost mobile phone that at the same time is good and that suits your needs, but there are huge benefits if you can find a budget smartphone that actually suits your needs. The most expensive smartphones on the market (i.e. those for which there is typically a lot of heavy advertising) currently cost up to 1.500 USD or 1.300 EUR.

As you can see from the table above, a good low-cost mobile phone need not cost much more than 75 USD or 65 EUR. The only real question is whether the quality and functionality of budget smartphones also matches your needs and what you are willing to pay.

The table lists the 30 cheapest smartphones on the market today. Prices reflect current offerings from telecommunications companies and web shops in the US and EU.

The list of budget smartphones also shows my assessment of the qualities of the various phones. The higher the score, the better quality the phone.

I hope the list will point you in the direction of a budget phone that matches both your needs and what you are willing to pay. A low-cost smartphone can undoubtedly be of high quality.

If you are unsure about which is the best mobile phone for you, you can also compare all phones against each other using our comparison tool – Compare phones 1o1.

Kind regards
Stein Jürgen

Guide to finding a good budget phone

Low-cost mobile phones are often a good, sensible purchase for children and teenagers. There is no good reason to give your kids expensive smartphones that they will soon damage, forget somewhere or lose. A budget smartphone can also be a good purchase for older people who typically only need the security offered by a basic mobile phone on walks, at their summer house or as an alternative to a landline phone.

Many of the cheapest smartphones on the market are also good Internet performers and offer great quality social media interaction. A good budget phone is typically characterised by being a really good Internet mobile which is easy to use. Another thing that good budget phones have in common, however, is that they are not some of the very best camera phones on the market.

Tips to help you find a good budget smartphone

  1. Always base your decision on your needs and quality requirements.
  2. Include the “price” parameter in your search filter.

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When looking for a good budget mobile phone, state your needs and quality requirements and include “price” in the search parameters. 

A good phone for children and young people

There is no reason to spend a fortune on the latest and most popular smartphones when buying phones for children and young people. Budget phones are now of such high quality that buying a low-cost smartphone can be a very sensible purchase, especially when buying mobile phones for children and young people. It is a well-known fact of life that children and very young people often (and with no bad intentions) end up losing, forgetting or breaking their cell phones. Choosing a budget phone for children and very young people can often be a very sensible idea.

When looking for a good phone for children and young people, it can be a good idea to take a look at the SAR value of the phone, which shows its mobile signal emissions. Science does not yet know the long-term effects of daily exposure to mobile phone emissions, so there is no reason to expose children and young people to potentially harmful mobile phone emissions.

A good smartphone for children and young people is therefore a budget phone with a low SAR value.

Mobile phones for the elderly

Older people too can see the benefits of a low-cost cell phone. Older people typically have very different phone requirements to the younger segment of the population. Mobile phones for the elderly should often feature qualities such as good call quality, long battery life and ease of use. These are typically qualities that are features on a good budget cell phone.