In this buying guide we’ve gathered a list of the best cheap Android phones under $100. While smartphones are more expensive than ever before here in 2018, they’re also more affordable. Luckily, $900 phones aren’t your only option. If you’re on a tight budget but still want a good experience, these cheap Android phones are for you.
In the past, we’ve detailed cheap Android smartphones, but none of them cost under $100. We have a few great options from Motorola, Nokia, and other budget phones for shoppers. We’ll continuously update this list throughout 2018 and into 2019.
Not all buyers need a premium flagship smartphone, want to sign a 2-year contract or fork out $35 a month on a phone. Let alone spend $800-$1,000. You’ll be happy to know some Android phones come in under $100, and they aren’t terrible Chinese devices either. These are capable phones that still deliver a well-rounded and enjoyable experience.
Over the past few years, a lot of cheap Android smartphones have arrived. It’s a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. Motorola continues to lead the market with some of the best price/performance phones, but the competition is getting better and better. Especially from Nokia. As a result, you have options under $65. Check out our recommendations list, then read on for more details and links to buy these phones in the slideshow below.
Best Android Phones Under $100
- Moto E5 Play
- ZTE ZMax Pro
- Nokia 2
- Alcatel 1X
- LG Harmony
- Samsung Galaxy J7
- ZTE Tempo X or Go
- LG Tribute Dynasty
Many budget Android phones sold by select small carriers or unlocked on Amazon (or from China) don’t offer a good experience. They run outdated software or are typically awful devices. And while our list doesn’t guarantee a Galaxy S9 or Google Pixel 2 type experience, it’s more than enough for most. These are newer phones with up-to-date software and security.
Considering the budget, these smartphones have plenty to offer. They are cheap devices that are actually worth the money. Of course, everyone has different needs, wants, and preferences. Not to mention you might be tied to a certain network, which is why we’ll cover as many options as possible. These are the best phones available that come in at or under $100.
Moto E5 Play
The Moto G is an icon in the budget category and continues to top our lists. However, when you're looking to spend less than $100, the Moto E-series is perfect. Originally we had the Moto E4 here, but the newest Moto E5 Play is your best bang for the buck. And yes, it works on all carriers including Verizon.
The Moto E5 Play is an impressive device for the price. You get a nice 5.2-inch HD screen, a fast fingerprint scanner, splash-resistance, expandable storage and stock Android 8 Oreo. Inside there's a quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD slot for expansion up to 128GB.
You'll also enjoy a decent 8MP camera, 2,800 mAh battery with fast charging and just an overall good experience. It's like a cheaper Moto G5.
You can even get the E5 Plus from MetroPCS for $49.
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