Tired of the overly expensive phones around nowadays? Me too! If you are under a budget, here are my 5 5 Top Android Phones Under $300 (about N110,000 naira).
1. Moto G6 — $250
Price on Amazon: $250
The Moto G6 was announced April 2018, and it is one of our 5 top android phones under $300. You’re not going to find a better, more premium-looking phone at this price than the Moto G6. It comes with a 5.7-inch IPS LCD covered in Gorilla Glass 3 and Full HD+ resolution (2,160 x 1,080).
SPECS AT A GLANCE: 32GB, Snapdragon 415, 3GB RAM, 3000mAh.
NOT SO GOOD: Weak Battery life, don’t expect OTA software updates, camera is ok – not great, and speakers are well… em, just there.
If you don’t have any high specifics, then this is a really really good phone. There is a 64GB and 4GB of RAM option that’s worth it if you can afford another $50.
2. Nokia 6.1 – $269
Price on Jumia: N80, 000 | Price on Amazon: $269
If just looking for an inexpensive, no-frills device that gets the basics right, the Nokia 6.1 is the phone to buy. You get a metal body, stock Android, a good update policy, USB-C, and a headphone jack. It gets our number 2 pick on our 5 top android phones under $300 list.
The Nokia 6.1 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630—an eight core Cortex A53-based chip build on a 14nm process.
The performance of these cheaper devices is always a concern, and it’s one of the few areas of the Nokia 6.1 where you do feel the lower price tag. It’s just never going to feel as smooth and fast as a flagship phone. Performance can be decent as long as nothing is happening in the background. If the phone is downloading something or installing an app or update, it will slow to a crawl. Multitasking is just not its strong suit. — Android Police
SPECS AT A GLANCE: 32GB, Snapdragon 630, 4GB RAM, 3000mAh, 5.5″ and 16MP Camera.
NOT SO GOOD: Weak speakers and camera.
The real star is its Android One certification. That means it gets operating system updates directly from Google, so it should get Android Pie this year along with all of Google’s monthly security updates—even $800 Android phones often don’t get updates for months, if ever, which makes this Nokia a fantastic investment. — WIRED
3. Honor 8x – $299
Price on Jumia: N105, 000 | Price on Amazon: $299
For under $300 you get a metal-bodied smartphone with an 18:9 aspect ratio screen measuring 5.93-inches and 2,160 x 1,080 pixel resolution, giving you the very desirable large screen and compact body experience.
- 6.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Android 8.1 (Oreo)
- Hisilicon Kirin 710
- Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- (64 GB, 4 GB RAM) , microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
- Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
SPECS AT A GLANCE: See above
With a 3,750mAh battery, the Honor 8X has no problem surviving a full day with even the most demanding user.
NOT SO GOOD: The speakers aren’t great, the camera is so-so at best. I watched Linus review of the Honor 8x and wasn’t impressed. Noteworthy as well is that the microUSB connector with USB 2.0 data speed is dated.
Honestly, asides the fact that it looks really huge, this phone is realllly nice and is yet another tick on our top android phones under $300.
4. Amazing: Pocophone F1 – $300
Price on Jumia: N140, 000 | Price on Amazon: Starts at $300
Xiaomi’s new sub-brand is called “Pocophone” internationally and simply “Poco” in India.
- Snapdragon 845
- 6GB, 64GB, microSD
- 6.18 inches IPS LCD, 1080 x 2246, 403 ppi
- Rear Camera: 12.0+5.0 MP
- Front Camera: 20.0MP
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dualband, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Not only does the Pocophone match OnePlus 6 or Honor 10, it beats phones like the Galaxy S9 or Pixel 2 (and very likely the Pixel 3). On top of this, Xiaomi added a liquid cooling system to help the CPU hum along without overheating. It’s called LiquidCool, and it works by transferring heat from the processor to the other parts of the phone, a bit like an AC unit. — Android Authority
Now that is high praise from the review giants. And it starts at $300!!!!!! (The armored version is like $350)
5. Samsung J7 Pro – $239
Released June 2018.
Price on Jumia: N80, 890 | Price on Amazon: $239
The only difference between the standard J7 2017 and the J7 Pro is that the latter has 64GB storage and the aforementioned Samsung Pay. In all other areas, the J7 Pro is identical to J7.
This J7 phone has a 1080p panel, an all-new metallic chassis, 64GB of internal storage, Samsung Experience 8.1 UX based on Nougat, and Samsung Pay integration.
Samsung nailed everything from the build quality to the execution, and the result is that the J7 Pro feels and looks like a device priced twice as much.
- Screen: 5.5 Inch HD
- Memory: 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM, expandable to 256GB
- Processor: 1.6GHz Octa Core
- Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
- Camera: 13MP Back, 13MP Front
- Battery: 3600mAh
Noteworthy is that the Exynos 7870 that Samsung uses is still quite dated — since 2016! — and makes regular tasks like browsing the web on Chrome cause the phone to stutter.
Still though, it is number 5 on our Android Phones Under $300 list, and not bad at $239.
So to recap, our top 5 Android Phones Under $300 are:
- Moto G6
- Nokia 7.1
- Honor 8x
- Pocophone F1 — Our Pick!
- Samsung J7 Pro
I reallllly came across some nice Android Phones Under $300 but this list is the best of the best I can tell you that. I have been saving for the Pixel 2 for a while, but now I think I have awesome choices above. And all under $300!
Hope this helps.