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Best Android phones under $200 in 2022

Nokia G20
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Believe it or not, there are plenty of great, inexpensive smartphones you should consider, so we rounded up the best Android phones under $200. Smartphones that cost $1000 and more have quickly become commonplace in the market, and for anyone on a budget, those steep prices can quickly induce a headache. If you need a new handset but only have a couple of hundred bucks to spend, the Nokia G20 is our top favorite with three cameras and a large screen to enjoy all those photos and videos. Today, we're not only talking about the G20, but also some of the best phones that bring tremendous value to the low-end space.

Here are some of the get a great Android phones you can get for under $200

Nokia G20 Review

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Nokia G20

How low can you go?

Reasons to buy

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Clean software with Android One
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IPX2 splash proofing
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Large 5,050mAh battery
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Quad cameras
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128GB Storage, expandable up to 512GB

Reasons to avoid

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No fast charging
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Weak processor
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Doesn't support all U.S. carriers

None of the phones on this list are considered expensive, but if you're trying to spend your money on something reliable, the Nokia G20 is for you. Sitting towards the upper limit of $200, it's the best budget phone in this range at the end of the day. You can get a lot of value from every dollar spent on the G20 instead of the cheaper G10.

The Nokia G20 is equipped with a 6.52-inch IPS LCD, making it larger than its cheaper predecessors. While it costs a bit more, you get an HD+ resolution of 720x1600, a MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, and an impressive 128GB of expandable storage (up to 512GB). Unfortunately, there's no fast charging, but you shouldn't have to mess with it too much, thanks to the generous 5,050 mAh battery.

The Nokia G20 is powered by Android One, which means you'll get two years of Android upgrades and three years of monthly security patches, which should get you through 2023. The phone ships with Android 11, but it's slated to get Android 12 and also 13 in the future. The software experience is delightful as there's no bloatware and Nokia sticks to stock Android.

The phone comes with a lovely textured back available in two colors, with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Nokia G20 sports an IPX2 rating, making it splash-proof in nature. You also get a quad-camera setup, including a 48MP primary camera that is surprisingly decent. Nokia packed just the right features into this value-rich device, making the G20 our top sub-$200 recommendation.

Moto G Play 2021 Lifestyle

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Moto G Play (2021)

Another affordable Moto

Reasons to buy

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Large, bright HD display
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Huge 5,000mAh battery
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3.5mm headphone jack
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Motorola's custom software
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Works with every U.S. carrier

Reasons to avoid

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No NFC or official IP rating
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Only 3GB of RAM
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Ships with Android 10

Moto is the king of the sub-$200 category, and the updated Moto G Play (2021) is its most recent affordable phone under the Play banner. Of course, it makes a few spec compromises to reach this price tag, but it's still a perfectly enjoyable piece of tech.

The display is a 6.5-inch, 720p HD+ LCD, but it does the job. You also benefit from respectable bezels and a small waterdrop notch, making this a pretty good phone for watching videos or playing light games. You'll find more noticeable downgrades with the 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, but they're serviceable for quick uploads to your favorite social media app.

The Moto G Play (2021) has a fingerprint sensor on the rear in the Moto logo, which is every bit as fast and reliable as you could ask for. There's also a headphone jack and support for expandable storage, along with an awesome 5,000mAh battery and support for all U.S. carriers. Unlike cheaper phones like the Moto E (2020), this device thankfully has USB-C charging (but no wireless charging).

Perhaps the biggest downside to the Moto G Play (2021) is that Motorola has all but confirmed that it would only see one major platform update — and that is to Android 11! That's right, this thing ships with an out-of-date version of Android (10). While Motorola's custom take on Android is just as strong here as it is on the Moto G Fast, offering at least one update would've been greatly appreciated.

TCL 20 SE

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TCL 20 SE

Phenomenal display on a budget

Reasons to buy

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Large, beautiful display
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5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging
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Robust internals
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Plenty of onboard storage
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Rear-mounted fingerprint reader

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks NFC
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No IP rating
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No more OS updates

It may not have the most cutting-edge specs, but don't you sleep on the TCL 20 SE. Under $200, you won't find a more captivating display than this phone's 6.82-inch vivid LCD panel. The waterdrop notch looks a little dated, but it's the entire package as a whole that bolsters the worth of this phone.

TCL gives you a nice deal along with all that screen real estate. You get lots of memory, with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage that can be increased up to 256GB. There's also a fingerprint scanner on the aesthetically pleasing backside of the phone. The TCL 20 SE has a generous 5,00mAh cell that tops up quicker than any phone in this category, owing to its 18W fast charging speed.

You get a nice set of quad cameras featuring a 48MP primary lens. On the software side of things, the TCL 20 SE is powered by Android 11. Under the hood, you will find a Snapdragon 460 chipset to keep the entire phone afloat. What prevents this phone from being our number one pick is the lack of any future platform upgrades or any manner of waterproofing. TCL does promise two years of security updates though.

Moto G Stylus 2021

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Moto G Stylus (2021)

Getting every penny's worth

Reasons to buy

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Water repellant build
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Lots of memory with expandable storage
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Stylus is functional and fun
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Excellent battery life
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Snapdragon 678 is fast

Reasons to avoid

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No fast charging
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No more OS updates after Android 11
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Comes with Android 10

The Moto G Stylus (2021) hits the very top of our $200 budget. While not without fault, all things considered, it's one of the best phones you can buy when looking at Android devices this cheap. The one big caveat is that it runs Android 10 out of the box and you can only update it up to Android 11. However, the 2021 iteration of the G Stylus is almost perfect in all other regards.

The Moto G Stylus (2021)'s hardware is built far better than you'd expect for a phone in this price tier. Of course, it is now available at half the launch price, which explains the high-quality construction. It feels substantial when held and there's a mighty useful stylus built-in. The 6.8-inch LCD is also good, giving you a large canvas with minimal bezels, great colors, and good viewing angles. The FHD resolution means that things are quite as sharp considering other options in this list. Overall, it's a fine screen.

You get four cameras on the back, including a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and 2MP macro and depth sensors. That 48MP sensor takes surprisingly detailed and vibrant shots, and while the quality dips with the other sensors, it's still a lot of fun to have them for expanded shooting possibilities. Battery life is another strong point, with the 4,000mAh battery allowing for up to two days of use for some folks. However, there's no fast charging support here.

Making all of this even better is the Moto G Stylus (2021)'s software, which is excellent. The user interface is reminiscent of what you'd find on an older Google Pixel, with Motorola making a few thoughtful changes that only elevate the experience. Moto Display continues to be the best Always-On Display on any Android phone, in addition to Moto Actions allowing you to chop the phone to enable the flashlight and twist it to open the camera app.

Samsung Galaxy A12

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Samsung Galaxy A12

Samsung on the cheap

Reasons to buy

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Modern display with small bezels
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Large 5,000mAh battery
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15W fast charging
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Samsung's One UI software
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Expandable storage

Reasons to avoid

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Android 10
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Cheap plastic back
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No NFC

When you think of the best Samsung phones, your mind probably drifts to devices like the Galaxy S22 and S22 Ultra — big, flashy, and expensive phones that are sure to break the budget. However, if you're eager to own a Samsung phone for yourself but need to keep costs low, the Galaxy A12 is a solid device.

First thing's first, the Galaxy A12 has an impressive display. It's fairly large at 6.5-inches, goes edge-to-edge with the phone's left and right frame, and has a teardrop selfie camera cutout with a small bottom bezel. So if you do a lot of media consumption, the A12 will make your movies and games stand out wonderfully.

Around the back, the A12 boasts a total of four cameras — consisting of a 16MP primary, 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensors. The image quality won't blow you away, but the cameras get the job done for social media and allow some image-taking (especially with the ultra-wide camera). Other highlights of the Galaxy A12 include expandable storage, a very generous 5,000 mAh battery, 15W fast charging, and Samsung's custom One UI software loaded with endless features and settings.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy A12 comes with One UI 3.1/Android 10, though you can upgrade to Android 11 right away. It's slated to receive Android 12 at some point and that will be its last major update.

OnePlus Nord N100

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OnePlus Nord N100

The budget-phone killer

Reasons to buy

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Large, bright display
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Large 5,000mAh battery
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Charges with USB-C
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OnePlus's OxygenOS software
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Expandable storage

Reasons to avoid

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Cheap plastic back
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No official waterproofing
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Ships with Android 10

Even though OnePlus made a name for itself by offering flagship-quality phones at more affordable price points, it wasn't until the Nord introduction series that it really started to produce true budget-level phones. Unfortunately, the original Nord and Nord 2 did not release in North America, though those in the U.S. and Canada can get their hands on the true value phones in the Nord lineup, including the Nord N10 5G and N100.

Coming in at under $200, the OnePlus Nord N100 is a pretty impressive package. It features a 6.52-inch LCD screen, a 5,000mAh battery, and 64GB of on-device storage with the ability to expand up to 512GB via the microSD slot. In addition, there is a triple camera setup on the back along with a fingerprint sensor, and it features dual stereo speakers up front.

Just about the only real downside to the N100 is that it ships with Android 10 and OnePlus's OxygenOS 10.5. You can update to OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 right away but that's the sum total of its platform updates. However, if you've always wanted a OnePlus phone but couldn't afford it, this is a great option. Alternatively, if you can swing a little more, you can pick up the newer OnePlus Nord N200 5G for around $240.

Moto G Power 2021 Lifestyle

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Moto G Power (2021)

Powerhouse phone

Reasons to buy

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Large, bright HD display
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Huge 5,000mAh battery
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3.5mm headphone jack
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Motorola's custom software
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Works with every U.S. carrier

Reasons to avoid

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No NFC or official IP rating
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Slower chipset than 2020 version
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Ships with Android 10

The Moto G Power (2020) was one of our favorite budget phones of 2020, so we were excited when Motorola announced that the device was getting a sequel. However, that excitement dampened once we learned about some of the upgrades (or downgrades) featured in its 2021 model. With the Moto G Power (2022) now available, we can safely say that you're better off with last year's model despite the downgrades.

The Snapdragon 662 processor is much better than 2022's slow Mediatek processor. There's no HD+ display on the 2021 variant, but the 2022 model is the same and also maxes out at 720p so you're not losing out. While Motorola kept the headphone jack in the Moto G Power (2021), it again left NFC, wireless charging, and official IP water resistance off the spec sheet, though you do get a water-repellent coating. Sadly, the 2021 model ships with Android 10 and received only one major platform update (Android 11).

Don't get us wrong — the Moto G Power (2021) is still a solid, capable, and affordable Android smartphone. It's just not the second act we were hoping for. Nonetheless, if you're looking for a three-camera setup, a bright and big screen, and a giant battery, it's hard to beat this offering. In any case, it's much better than the newer 2022 variant that comes chock-full of lags.

Blackview BV4900

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Blackview BV4900

Designed to withstand anything

Reasons to buy

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Military-grade durability rating
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IP68 dust/water protection
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Gigantic 5,580mAh battery
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USB-C and NFC
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Very affordable

Reasons to avoid

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No fingerprint sensor
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Android 10 with no updates
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Chunky and heavy with funky design

Putting a case on the phone is an excellent way to ensure it stays safe throughout your daily use, but some phones were designed to be rugged and durable right out of the box. One such phone is the Blackview BV4900, and if you're prone to clumsiness or work in a physically demanding environment, the BV4900 is a solid choice.

The design of the BV4900 makes its ruggedness unmistakable, and it has durability ratings to back it up. Not only is there an IP68 dust/water resistance rating, but you also get a MIL-STD-810G certification. This means the BV4900 was tested to survive drops of up to five feet.

Moving beyond its design, there are plenty of other highlights for the BV5900. It has a massive 5,580mAh battery, USB-C charging, NFC for contactless Google Pay payments. There's also 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage that can expand to 128GB. You miss out on any platform upgrades past the pre-installed Android 10 and there's no fingerprint sensor.

Blackview's design of the BV4900 certainly isn't for everyone, but if you're someone that knows you'd benefit from a ruggedized handset like this, it's certainly worth a good, hard look. The Blackview BV4900 makes a lot of compromises but its rock-bottom price tag is certainly very attractive.

Bottom line

Just a few years ago, $200 couldn't buy you much in the way of the best Android phones. In 2022, however, it's pretty surprising just how many options you have in such a low price segment. There are plenty of "cheap" Android phones that are pretty great. We think the best Android phone under $200 is the Nokia G20 out of everything currently available. For the average person shopping for a new phone, the Nokia G20 is excellent. The display looks good enough, the performance is great for most apps and light games, the three rear cameras are a bunch of fun to use, and that 5,050mAh battery is a life-saver.

Although there are newer phones out there, the Nokia G20 is yet to be toppled over as the value king of the sub-$200 segment. It all boils down to the 4GB/128GB memory options, the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, quad cameras, and underrated features like face unlock. Let's not forget the sublime stock Android experience with guaranteed upgrades to Android 12 as well as Android 13.

The other phones on this list are certainly worth checking out, too, but if you want to keep things simple, go with the Moto G Play (2021) and continue with your life. We think you'll be pleased with it.

Namerah Saud Fatmi is a freelance writer for Android Central. She has a passion for all things tech & gaming and has been an honorary Goodreads librarian since 2011. When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing stray cats and dogs in the streets of Dhaka or slaying dragons in the land of Skyrim. You can reach her on Twitter @NamerahS.