If you’re looking for a phone on a budget, check out our top picks for 2022 so far. You can get a lot of phones for a modest price these days, and to prove it, we’ve rounded up a list of the best Android phones under $300 for your consideration. The best phones overall mostly come down to network compatibility and confidence that your software won’t be out of date as soon as you activate it.
To have a cheap phone no longer comes with big trade-offs. That’s because phone brands have been competing in the entry-level segment as hard as they do with flagships, and everyone wants to make the phone with the best value ever.
Best Phones Under 300 Unlocked
1. TCL 20S Unlocked
You may be familiar with TCL for its low-cost televisions, but did you know the company also makes Android phones? The TCL 20S is part of the company’s second-generation of U.S.-bound handsets. It’s also one of the most well-rounded devices you can get in this price range.
Speaking of TVs, one of the best parts of the TCL 20S is its display. It features a 6.67-inch LCD panel with Full HD+ resolution, and thanks to TCL’s custom NXTVISION technology, you’re treated to increased sharpness, more vibrant images, and true-to-life colors. We also appreciate the slim bezels and hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera.
Under the hood, the TCL 20S has a Snapdragon 665 processor and 6GB of RAM, one of the most impressive setups on this list. The 5,000 mAh battery allows for outstanding endurance, you get an NFC chip for Google Pay support, and TCL’s software is clean and fun to use. There are also four cameras on the back for you to play with. Of course, there are tradeoffs with any phone at this price point. The most notable exemptions on the 20S are the lack of 5G support and any official IP rating for water or dust protection.
2. Motorola Moto G Stylus
If you’re looking for a cell phone that serves as a cheaper Note 20 alternative, the Moto G Stylus device features a stylus that you can store inside the phone along with a built-in Notes app to help with productivity. The Android phone also has a triple-rear camera, 128GB of internal storage and a robust 4,000-mAh battery.
3. OnePlus Nord N200 5G
The newly released Nord N200 phone has a pretty good design, a nice 6.5-inch display with FHD+ resolution, and a chunky 5,000mAh battery. This phone retails for $239, making it very affordable.
The Nord N200 also comes with 5G connectivity, a rare feature in this price segment. Its processor is a not to be underestimated Snapdragon 480 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Its only downside is its camera setup. This phone has a 13MP main shooter, which isn’t bad but isn’t great either. A MicroSD card slot and a headphone jack are present on the phone. We recommend the Nord N200 to anyone who prefers 5G and design over camera quality.
4. Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
With the Galaxy A32 5G, Samsung brings 5G connectivity and a smooth 90Hz refresh rate to the affordable price bracket — both real differentiators in the sub-$300 market. And while the A32’s performance isn’t as flawless as Samsung’s higher-end smartphones, it has plenty to offer in terms of value-added features, like an impressive 64-megapixel rear camera and a support lifespan that puts most other cheap Android phones to shame. The phone launched on Android 11 in 2021, with the promise of three years of platform updates.
The Galaxy A32 features a minimalist design that draws inspiration from the top-tier Galaxy S models, though with polycarbonate construction as opposed to more premium materials. And on the inside it’s powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 720 5G processor, meaning you’ve got a decent amount of power at your disposal for everyday tasks and even light gaming. And even if you are pushing this phone harder, the internal 5,000mAh battery can keep this phone going for more than a day with ease.
5. Samsung Galaxy A50
Although the Galaxy A50 came out last year (and is the predecessor to the Galaxy A51), it’s still a great phone. The phone has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen, an in-screen fingerprint reader and a headphone jack. On the back, the triple rear camera includes a wide angle lens as well as a “depth lens,” which is used to take portrait shots with blurry, dramatic backgrounds. The phone also has a 25-megapixel selfie camera.
6. TCL 20 SE 6.82-inch
The TCL 20 SE is an interesting device, sitting a step below the better equipped TCL 20S. Apart from some minor differences, it’s actually similar to the TCL 20S in more ways than one, but it makes a few cuts to reach an even lower price.
You get a lot of screen real estate with the 6.82-inch display powered by NXVISION, but the resolution is dropped from Full HD+ to just HD+. This means the TCL 20 SE’s screen isn’t as sharp or pretty to look at, but it still gets the job done. You also have the same 5,000mAh battery and fast charging support. Pop the hood, and you will find a Snapdragon 460 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. There’s a microSD slot for easy expansion if you still need more room.
You get a 3.5mm headphone jack and Android 11 out of the box, along with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor built into the power button. What’s cool is that you get reverse charge capabilities via an OTG cable. Somehow, they’ve thrown a 48MP primary sensor in the triple camera setup and still kept the price below $200.
7. Moto G Stylus (2021)
Note series is super popular for making the most of a stylus-touting phone, but if you don’t have the cash for a flagship Note, the Moto G Stylus (2021) is worth a look. Just like the Note, it has an included stylus that you can hide inside the phone when you aren’t using it. However, unlike the Note, the Moto G Stylus (2021) is very affordable.
With the Moto G Stylus (2021), you can draw, take notes, and navigate the UI — something that’s quite handy when trying to tap small buttons on the screen. You also get a 6.8-inch Full HD+ LCD, Android 10, and 128GB of storage that can be expanded by another 512GB. There’s also a 4,000 mAh battery, which should last you all day and then some on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 SOC.
8. Nokia G50
Nokia has established itself as one of the market leaders for affordable Android phones, and one of its most compelling handsets is the Nokia G50. The Nokia G50 stands out for a few different reasons, but its strongest aspect is its software above all else.
The Nokia G50 ships with Android 11 right out of the box, and like all Nokia phones, it offers a clean and Pixel-esque user interface that’s fast and smooth thanks to its Android One implementation. What’s even better is that the Nokia G50 is backed by two years of major OS updates and three years of monthly security patches, offering a level of software support that’s far too rare in this price range.
As for the hardware side of things, the Nokia G50 gives you a 6.39-inch HD+ display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 480 5G processor, a generous 5,000 mAh battery, 18W fast charging, and it even has NFC for Google Pay. Plus, it maintains the excellent cameras of the preceding Nokia 5.4, with a 48MP primary shooter, a 5MP ultra-wide, and a 2MP depth sensor.