Selection updated on 03/06/2020. You want to buy a new phone but your budget is limited? It is now possible to benefit from a premium data sheet on a “cheap” smartphone. We have selected for you the best smartphones at less than 200 euros for this month of June 2020.
Selection updated on June 3, 2020 – Xiaomi recently posted a Redmi Note 9 at 199.90 euros. On paper, the new proposal of the Chinese firm seems very engaging. At the end of our test, there is therefore a strong chance that the Note 9 will be awarded the place of the Redmi Note 8T. If you’re looking for a “cheap” phone with a simpler interface, we recommend the Xiaomi Mi A3 which is the best smartphone for less than 200 euros under Android One. On the Samsung side, we continue to recommend the Galaxy A40. At Huawei, the P30 Lite has gone under 200 euros and therefore takes the place of the P Smart 2019 thanks to its more complete photo part. With its quality 90 Hz screen and excellent autonomy, the Realme 6 replaces the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite and becomes the best smartphone for less than 250 euros. Finally, the Xiaomi Mi 9T retains its crown in the phone segment for less than 300 euros.
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1.Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T: the best “cheap” smartphone for less than 200 euros
Xiaomi incorporates some new features in the recipe that made the Redmi Note 7 a successful smartphone. The Redmi Note 8T is the new reference in the entry-level segment with a solid technical configuration, an ultra versatile photo part and a great autonomy.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T allows the Chinese firm to propose one more reference in its catalogue. A worthy replacement for the Redmi Note 7, it ticks all the boxes and shows great versatility. However, it is criticized for its lack of visible originality, especially in terms of its design, almost unchanged compared to the previous generation. Its interface is also far from being pleasant to navigate since it’s too complicated.
2. Xiaomi Mi A3: the best under Android One (with an AMOLED screen in addition)
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is one of the best-selling Android One smartphones in the world and the Xiaomi Mi A3 has everything it takes to meet the same fate. The European version of the CC9e, the Chinese brand’s smartphone has the luxury of an AMOLED screen, a rare occurrence in this price category.
Xiaomi Mi A3
With the Mi A3, Xiaomi still manages to tiptoe over the competition in the entry-level segment. It will delight users looking for a durable smartphone that can last up to two days in mixed use. As well as those looking for a smartphone capable of taking great pictures in broad daylight for an affordable price. And who don’t want their pictures to be distorted by an overly interventionist artificial intelligence.
3. Samsung Galaxy A40: the best Samsung smartphone for less than 200 euros
The mobile phone industry has caught up with the entry-level and mid-range smartphones with some very interesting Galaxy A models this year. Sold at around 200 euros, the Samsung Galaxy A40 is a relevant proposition that can count on its Super AMOLED panel and its triple photo sensor to seduce consumers.
Samsung Galaxy A40
With the Galaxy A40 Samsung manages to create the surprise. While Chinese manufacturers were battling it out in the smartphone market for less than 300 euros, the Korean managed to outperform them with its compact model. Apart from its average performance, the A40 proves to be ultra-complete: its Super Amoled display, excellent audio quality and very good camera are among its main assets. Its long battery life, fast charging and One UI experience are convincing. Behind its discreet appearance, the Galaxy A40 is one of the best entry-level smartphones. Small, but strong!
4. Huawei P30 Lite: the best Huawei smartphone for less than 200 euros
The Huawei P30 Lite has recently become available for less than 200 euros and is now one of the best “cheap” smartphones thanks to its balanced technical specifications based on a Kirin 710 chip and its versatile photo section with a 48-megapixel sensor.
Huawei P30 Lite
Huawei has established itself fairly well in the entry-level sector. The P30 Lite is there to show that the Chinese manufacturer is still very interested in this market. This smartphone integrates some of its big brothers’ features for a much more contained price. Generally speaking, it’s not bad, but it doesn’t excel in most sectors. It only stands out for its premium design, good screen and performance. Launched at €369, its price repositioning tempers its shortcomings and makes it a nice proposition for a smartphone under €250.
5. Realme 6: the best smartphone for less than 250 euros
The Realme 6 is the most advanced smartphone for less than 250 euros. It is the only one to offer a 90 Hz panel in this price segment. Its MediaTek Helio G90T processor is powerful enough to ensure smooth multitasking and a quality gaming experience. Finally, the Realme 6 has a very long battery life thanks to its 4300 mAh battery compatible with 30W fast charge.
With a neat design, an excellent 90 Hz screen, very solid performance, a high flight autonomy, a fast 30W charge, the Realme 6 has everything it takes to impose itself on the entry-level market and compete with the Redmi Note from Xiaomi. The only shadow in the picture is its unbalanced photo part that completely loses its balance in low light.
6. Xiaomi Mi 9T: the best smartphone for less than 300 euros
And we end up with another smartphone from Xiaomi, the Mi 9T, which features a borderless AMOLED screen with a retractable front camera. It also relies on its Snapdragon 730 chip and its 4000 mAh battery, which ensures a very comfortable battery life.
Xiaomi Mi 9T
Once again, Xiaomi (Redmi) is launching a smartphone gravedigger that is none other than the European version of the Redmi K20. For less than 350 euros, the Xiaomi Mi 9T boasts an excellent technical specification and guarantees a top-of-the-range experience. Its large AMOLED full borderless screen allows you to enjoy a great immersion experience. Immersion that could have been improved if Xiaomi had worked a little more on the sound part. Its technical configuration led by the Snapdragon 730 holds its own and allows you to navigate smoothly on a clear and dynamic interface. Thanks to its 4000 mAh battery, it is one of the most enduring smartphones in its category. On the photo side, the Xiaomi Mi 9T can do better. Victim of digital noise in low light, it struggles to compete with the excellent Google Pixel 3a.
The key points to buy well
No more cheap smartphones with undignified data sheets or disappointing user experience! If the challenge was impossible not long ago, it is now possible to find a high-performance smartphone for less than €200. The “cheap” smartphone segment has matured and there are now balanced devices that can adequately cover most uses in this price range. Competition between manufacturers has stimulated this particularly competitive market, with logically many references available, more or less successful.
Also, faced with the avalanche of smartphones marketed in this price range, the choice is not easy. Definition and quality of the display, suitability for photography, battery life and performance or even finish and perceived quality, many are the points to be taken into account to make the right choice. Here are the tips to follow to get your hands on the smartphone for less than 200 euros that will meet all your expectations.
Which operating system?
It’s difficult, if not impossible, to get your hands on an iPhone for less than 200 euros. If you really want to buy an iOS smartphone, you’ll have to settle for a model that’s several years old, often second-hand or reconditioned. On Android, the choice is much more varied and you can easily afford a new smartphone from this year. It’s easy to switch from one OS to another.
Which brand to choose for a cheap phone?
Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi and Honor dominate the entry-level market with smartphones that offer excellent value for money, but recently, mobile phone giants such as Samsung have been invading the sector with coherent proposals. If you’ve been with the same brand for several years, we advise you to test what’s next because the market has evolved considerably.
Which format and design should you choose for your entry-level smartphone?
In the entry-level segment, there is much more choice than before as the market has evolved considerably. Gone are the monolithic blocks with thick borders, the vast majority of manufacturers have moved to the notch. Some go even further and opt for glassrather than plastic. On the format side, we’re looking at 5.5 or even 6 inches. It’s up to you whether you need a compact smartphone like the iPhone SE or a phonebook like the Huawei P Smart 2019.
Which technical configuration for less than 200 euros?
While an entry-level smartphone can’t match the performance of a high-end phone, many inexpensive phones have a solid technical configuration that allows for a seamless experience even when multitasking. Choose models with at least 3 GB of RAM.
Which is the best cheap smartphone to take pictures?
Manufacturers are vying with each other in ingenuity to offer a more than correct photo experience in the entry-level segment. Be aware that the number of pixels alone does not define the quality of a photo sensor. Also consider the lens aperture and the type of stabilization. Some phones offer a greater variety of shots by integrating an ultra-wide-angle and/or telephoto lens.
How much battery life for your phone for less than 200 euros?
Charging your smartphone every 5 minutes doesn’t plug you in? Take a closer look at the battery capacity of the models you’re interested in. This is expressed in mAh and to be free for at least one day, we recommend that you opt for a battery with a minimum capacity of 3500 mAh.
Which tariff to go with your new smartphone?
To make the most of your savings, it’s important to choose the right plan that will allow you to get the most out of your new phone. We recommend that you consult our comparison of the best mobile plans, which is updated regularly with the most interesting offers and promotions on the market.