Best Cheap Android Smartphones

As 2018 continues buyers now have more choices than ever before in terms of cheap Android smartphones. Devices like the Moto G5 Plus, ZTE Axon 7 mini, OnePlus 5T and others. Cheap phones that can easily rival the best of the best. And we’re expecting even more during the next few months of 2018.

Those who don’t need a high-end Android phone, want to sign a 2-year contract, or pay over $700 for a smartphone do have other options. Millions of users are looking for a cheaper route, and below we’ve rounded up exactly that.

Read: 5 Best Android Smartphones Under $200

The past few years have been all about cheap Android smartphones, a trend that continued after 2015 really shook things up. Great devices for $299, $399, or even $439. Manufacturers like Motorola, ASUS, LG, Huawei, and others come to mind. With that said, these are some of the outright best cheap Android smartphones you can buy today.

Buying a premium smartphone like the Galaxy S8 or the Pixel 2 XL is nice, but they’re also well over $700 and out of reach for many. That’s why Motorola and others have pushed back hard in the budget category. The result is more choices than any year prior.

While there are a lot of cheap phones available, you need to know that many of them aren’t worth your money. Cheap carrier phones or some you’ll find on Amazon like BLU-branded smartphones. They are typically outdated and don’t offer a good experience. We’ll avoid those and show you a better option.

The devices outlined below are cheap, but still excellent smartphones. They’re actually worth the money, and not junk devices from China that won’t ever see updates. Everyone is different, and each buyer has different needs or wants. That’s why our roundup below has a little of everything for potential buyers. 

Best Cheap Android Smartphones

  • Moto G5 Plus (2017)
  • ASUS ZenFone 3
  • OnePlus 3
  • Huawei P9 Lite
  • Honor 6X and 7X
  • Moto E4
  • ZTE Axon 7
  • OnePlus 3T
  • Moto Z Play

Above and below are a few the editors here at Gotta Be Mobile agreed were good enough to make the list, in no particular order. Our list informs you of the choices available. Then the slideshow below has all the details you’ll need before making a purchase. Get a great Android phone today without breaking the bank.

Moto G5 Plus

Moto G5 Plus

Motorola's most popular smartphone ever arrived in 2013 and was the Moto G. This phone is still the most successful Motorola smartphone to date. It was only $179 and offered an excellent Android experience everyone could afford. The last few years they've continued that trend and in 2017 really delivered with the Moto G5 Plus. For those on a tight budget, the G4 or G4 Plus are still great choices. 

Read: Moto G 2015 Review: The Best Budget Phone

The 2015 Moto G was on this list for a long time, but now the G5 tops it. Basically, because it's the same great idea but with 2017 specs and features, a premium metal design, and a good camera. Oh, and the battery life is better too. 

The Moto G4 has a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, plenty of customization and a powerful 8-core processor. You can choose between 2 or 4GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage and use the microSD slot to add up to 256GB. The entire design is now metal, so it looks and feels like a $600 phone. They added an improved fingerprint scanner, a fast 13 Megapixel camera that takes surprisingly great photos and a 3,000 mAh battery. All running Android 7.0 Nougat. 

You can grab the G5 Plus starting at $229, or even the bigger G4 for a little less. Alternatively, for those REALLY on a budget get the Moto G4 Play for $85.

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  1. Jon Cryer

    01/01/2016 at 11:36 am

    Did you ever do a research? It’s ZenFone, not ZenPhone. And it’s not 1920 x 1200. It’s 1920 x 1080. Do you really know what you’re about?


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  4. Michael Bryner

    07/10/2016 at 8:41 pm

    Do people know what cheap is? Anything under a hundred dollars is cheap. Not over a hundred dollars. Especially, if someone is only making $10 an hour. No way a phone over a hundred is cheap. I know it isn’t no 500+ but still, not everyone in this world is rick either.


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    11/22/2016 at 5:30 am

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