(Pocket-lint) - Just because you want a cheap phone doesn't mean you have to totally compromise on the available features. There are plenty of bargain phones under £/€/$200 - often so good it seems bizarre a flagship phone costs at least four times as much. 

Budget phones might not have the sharpest displays or the most pristine designs, but an affordable smartphone can still be good looking, offer decent specs, a good battery life, and solid performance, while saving your wallet at the same time.

Who can argue with that? Here's our guide to the best budget phones around. If you have a little more to spend, check out our sub-400 guide.

Our best budget phone choice

Here's our choice for the best all-round budget handset on the market at the moment...


Moto G8


There are a lot of Moto G series handsets out there, but at this price point you can't do better than the G8.

No, it doesn't have the best cameras going compared to some other models in the range, but for the money you still get a lot: great battery life, smooth software, ample performance - even gaming is no problem - and a refined design compared to earlier equivalents too.

And the best of the rest...


Redmi Note 9


Redmi is the more affordable brand of Chinese company Xiaomi and its Note 9 offers a solid design and build for its price, coupled with enough power to do most things (despite being on a MediaTek platform), and a camera that will take a decent enough photo.

It might have software that's a little less preferable compared to the likes of the Motorola devices on this page, but it does deliver a great battery life and it is a great budget phone that delivers a lot of performance for your money.


Moto G7 Power


The G7 Power delivers a stack more battery life compared to the G8. Sure, there's also a G8 Power - but that doesn't fit into this price bracket.

If you can find a Moto G7 Power at a good price then you've landed a bargain. This handset delivers an outstanding battery life with a genuine two-day life per charge.

The display quality isn't the very best, but the G7 Power offers great value for money if longevity is your main want.


Realme 5


Oppo is certainly onto something with its Realme brand. This phone's battery life is exceptional, with near two-day life; its screen is large; and its processor is ample for tasks and gaming alike.

That said - and while we can forgive the screen for not being the highest resolution at this price point - the so-called 'quad camera' is an oversell that you'll need to take with a pinch of salt.

Where the Realme 5 really excels is in delivering a balanced experience for the money.


Honor 9 Lite


Although the Honor 9 Lite is a bit older than the others on this list, it still delivers striking looks. It has dual cameras on the front and rear, as well as a well-placed fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Battery life isn't amazing, however, and the touchscreen occasionally lacks responsiveness.

But if you want a good-looking and decent performing phone that you can buy outright, without getting locked into a contract, then the Honor 9 Lite is a genuine contender. 

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.