The best phones under £200 in the UK (May 2020)

While expensive flagship smartphones grab all the headlines, there’s a booming market for budget phones in the UK, which are great if you want to save some cash. While you won’t receive all the latest bells and whistles, cheap phones still offer competitive performance, camera quality, and extra features without breaking the bank.
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If you’re sick of forking out a small fortune for every phone, or you’re looking for an inexpensive first foray into the world of Android, you’re in luck. Here are some of the best phones under £200 you can buy in the UK.
Best phones under £200:

Realme 5 Pro
Redmi Note 8T
Motorola Moto G8

Honor 9x
Samsung Galaxy A20e
Nokia 6.2

Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best phones under £200 as new phones launch.

1. Realme 5 Pro

Realme is a relatively unknown brand in the UK but the Oppo offshoot has been quietly crafting some of the best budget phones in recent years. That includes the Realme 5 Pro , which is easily one of the best phones under £200 to date.
The Realme 5 Pro runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 712 SoC which puts it ahead of most of the other phones on this list in terms of raw power. It also has a large, near bezel-less 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a waterdrop notch, a meaty 4,035mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging , a rear fingerprint sensor, up to 8GB of RAM, and expandable storage.
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That’s all without mentioning the quad camera (that’s right, four cameras!) on the rear — a 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra wide-angle lens, 2MP macro camera, and 2MP depth sensor.
The only potential deal breaker is the software. Realme’s ColorOS skin leaves a lot to be desired with confusing menus and bloat. If you can put up with it though, the Realme 5 Pro is pound for pound easily the best value phone on this list.
At the time of writing the Realme 5 Pro is retailing for £209 . You could technically import it and pay in Euros or wait for a sale to get it under that magic £200 mark, but honestly, this is one case where I’d suggest bending the rules and just paying the extra £9. It’s worth it.
Check Realme 5 Pro pricing

Realme 5 Pro specs:

Display: 6.3-inch, FHD+

SoC: Snapdragon 712

RAM: 4/8GB

Storage: 128GB

Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP

Front camera: 16MP

Battery: 4,035mAh

Software: Android 9.0 Pie

2. Redmi Note 8T

The Redmi Note 8T is the latest in Xiaomi’s budget Redmi line , and it delivers solid performance at an attractive price point. Coupled with a quad-camera setup, headphone jack, microSD card slot, great battery life, and fast charging, it’s a welcome addition to the...