Best Budget Smartphones to Buy in 2020 – Save Big Money

01/04/2020     Author: Billy Gray

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, then don’t feel like you have to spend tons of money just to get a half decent one. Here are the best budget options.


If you’re looking to buy a new smartphone before 2020, then you might be wondering whether you can get something decent for a cheap price. Absolutely, you can. In fact, you could argue that the big brands aren’t really delivering enough to justify the outrageous prices of their flagship smartphones.

There are plenty of cheaper devices from the likes of Xiaomi, Motorola, and even Samsung and Apple. So, if you’re looking for a great smartphone that is fast, has good storage and lets you take great pictures, then read on and we’ll make sure that you get a stunning deal without breaking the bank.

Best budget smartphones going into 2020

Choosing the right smartphone is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be an expensive one. There are tons of budget smartphones out there. They don’t just come from Samsung, either – a company that typically under delivers in the budget price point.

The best budget smartphones come from Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi and Huawei. These companies make use of their whopping logistics infrastructure and the fact that they already have most of the world’s assembly plants.

This, combined with lower profit margins and emerging economies as markets, have meant that these companies are willing to sell better phones for cheaper prices to compete in countries like Indonesia, China, and India. You can now get these phones in most markets, however, and this can save you big money, while still having the benefits of features like a 48MP camera and a sleek design.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

On the note of affordable Chinese smartphones, the Redmi Note 7 takes center stage. This device is one of the best on the market for less than $250. In fact, it currently costs just $220 and you can find it in many online retailers. Depending on where you live, you might have to import it, but this is generally a smooth process with a Xiaomi product.

The phone has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, plus a dual-lens camera setup with a 48MP main sensor. While the camera mostly shoots 12MP photos, they still look awesome and you have the option to shoot in 48MP if you want.

The phone has a solid glass design all the way around and a 6.5-inch display with a punch-hole selfie camera, making for a great display. If you want something that looks premium, and works like a mid-range device, for a budget price, then this is the phone to go for.

Moto G7 Plus

The budget champion from Motorola has been doing the rounds for some time now in the internet’s ‘best budget phone’ pieces. The reason is simple: it’s a great budget option. It costs around $250 and comes with a dual-lens rear camera setup with a 16MP main sensor, supported by a 5MP supporting one. The phone also has a solid 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. On top of that, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset – which makes it a respectable device with regard to processing power.

The design of this device isn’t cutting-edge, but it’s also not ugly. It comes with a 3000mAh battery cell to keep the lights on and it performs well as a budget device. Highly recommended.

Nokia 7.1

Another top contender in the budget space is the Nokia 7.1. This smartphone is a little more stylish than the Moto G7 Plus, and it comes with the stats to fit. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, as well as a Snapdragon 636 chipset at its core. The screen is smaller than the Moto G7, which is in turn smaller than the Redmi Note 7. Still, the Nokia 7.1 is a great option for people with small hands, or those who just want that extra control over their screen. The phone costs around the same as the G7 Plus, making the screen size and design the deciding factor.

iPhone 5S

We know this is dialing back the clock a bit, but Apple’s iPhone 5S can be got for less than $80 in some retailers nowadays. What the hell were you paying so much for back in the day?! The iPhone 5S won’t wow anyone with its specs, but it is a good way to get an iPhone for an insanely cheap price. If you’re just looking for a cheap throwaway-after-a-year phone, then this is a good contender.


This is another Chinese option for a cheap price. Like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, the design is very much in competition with more premium devices. The device has 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, plus a 13MP and 2MP camera setup and an 8MP front-facing camera, making it great for social media snapping. The display is a respectable 6.2-inches, and there is a punch-hole selfie camera in the front-center.

The device is priced at around $180 and you can buy it from various retailers online if you can’t find it in store. This is a true budget champion from the land of the Dragon’s nest.

The wrap-up

If you’re just looking to use your phone for taking pictures, using social media and other apps, and making the odd call, then there really isn’t any need to have a $1,000+ flagship device. In truth, these devices offer little more than status to those using them and this isn’t a good reason to buy a smartphone. There is more status in having disposable cash than being broke with an expensive smartphone. Save your money for skills, learning and experiences, and buy a budget smartphone in the meantime. Walking into 2020, you’ll see even better deals on these devices as newer models are released and the prices drop even further.

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