Trust me, I am a big fan of Google pixel smartphones, and I always want to have one to experience it closely. But my one and the only problem is my budget.
I am an engineering student, and I just can’t afford to purchase $799 ( starting price ) Android smartphone. But do you know what, I really don’t need to spend such a huge amount when I can get almost all comparable features in dozens of Android Smartphones Under $300 available on the market?
10 handpicked Android phones under $300
Today is an era of technology boom and head to head competition. Especially after entry of companies of Xiaomi, Oneplus, Moto G series, every single mobile brand wants to offer the best features in affordable price.
But their’s a big problem. Not all mobiles available on the market can be considered as good or value for money. And there are various online portals where you will find that the worst phones in a pricing segments have highest rated reviews, because they just want to make the profit by fooling you.
And so, here I am presenting you this in-depth, truly unbiased list of 10 value for money android phones under 300 dollars. If at any point you feel that there is a problem with my review, feel free to share it in the comment section.
1. Honor 6X Dual Camera
There are a lot of great looking phones available on the market, but none are as sleek and stunning to look at as the Honor 6x. This smartphone is one of the most successful smartphones in the Chinese technology. It’s ergonomic design, smooth curves, and 8.2mm slim body with frosted metal material and 2.5 D curved glass with premium texture design is just as impressive as its overall performance. The honor 6x is a truly a smartphone made for the youngsters.
The phone equipped with all necessities, including 5.5 inches 1080 Full HD touchscreen display. It is fueled by a 1.7Ghz Octa-Core Kirin 655 Processor coupled with 3 GB of RAM. Plus, the Smart Filesystem makes Honor 6x powerful that will seamlessly allow for gaming, browsing, listening to music and running multiple application at the same time. The phone comes with 32 Gb of internal storage that can be expandable up to 128 GB via MicroSD card.
The Honor 6x sports dual-lens 12MP front and 2MP primary camera. It’s quite a unique feature, and the picture quality is truly excellent. This phone also comes with an inbuilt application which allows you to customize and beautify your photos. On the front, it has an 8MP camera with a 77 degree wide angles lens and a Prime ISP. It also includes a third-generation fingerprint scanner which allows you to unlock your phone at the touch of your finger in merely 0.3 seconds.
The Device runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system which supports 4G LTE network. It is a dual SIM smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM in both slots. It is powered by a massive 3340mAh non-removable battery that can last up to two days or one and a half day of heavy usage.
- Nice sturdy build quality.
- Good battery life and can easily withstand 24hours of heavy usage.
- Bright, sharp display offers ultimate gaming experience.
- Accurate and fast fingerprint sensor.
- No Wi-Fi auto connect feature or USB Type-C support.
- Average low-light front facing camera performance.
- Hybrid SIM slot is something which I hate the most.
2. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
The new Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime comes with the full metal body, which is elegantly curved on its edges. Furthermore implementing the latest trend, it provides you with a strong 2.5D Gorilla Glass display which definitely gives this smartphone a premium feel. Thanks to its 5.5inches display which makes this phone more immersive and also gives a more sturdy look.
Samsung considering all its latest competitors is currently offering this powerful and premium smartphone at an affordable price. I can assure you that this device will impress all its user with its performance, looks, and features.
For Samsung Galaxy, J series has been a turning point. The Galaxy J7 features 5.5-inch 1920×1080 TFT-LCD screen which comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Unfortunately, the top glass panel is rather reflective in bright light, and you are hardly able to see the app drawer. Though you can easily overcome this problem by enabling the ambient light sensor. As far as assessability is concerned, on the left part of the smartphone, you’ll find two distinct volume buttons as well as the SIM and microSD card slots.
The device is boosted by an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7870 processor clocked at 1.6 GHZ coupled with 3GB of RAM. It also includes 16GB inbuilt storage that can be expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card. The additional feature of the Galaxy J7 Prime is fingerprint sensor which focuses on security and privacy.
The Samsung Galaxy j7 is a dual-SIM smartphone and comes with support for two Nano-SIM with 4G connectivity on both. If we talk about the camera, it sports a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with f/1.9 aperture and LED flash. There is also an 8-megapixel front selfie camera which provides good quality images and videos. The phone has a non-removable 3300mAh battery which can run up to a day. The highlights feature of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is ultra-saving mode and S bike mode. Connectivity option on the Galaxy J7 Prime includes GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth and 4G LTE network. Like other high-end Samsung smartphones, the J7 Prime also comes with preloaded Microsoft apps and some default apps like S Health, Galaxy Apps, and S Planner.
- Well designed and well built as expected from Samsung.
- Superb screen with latest trendy 2.5 display.
- S Power Planning feature.
- The super power saving mode is actually remarkable.
- Decent battery life and goo connectivity features.
- Low light camera performance could be better.
- Lots of preloaded apps which makes your device slow.
- The fingerprint scanner can be tricky at times.
3. Moto X Play
The Moto X Play, a flagship Android smartphone under $300 from Motorola. This new model comes with a high end, stylish design and offers more battery power and a better display.
Currently, it is available in two different variants with two different internal storage options: 16GB and 32GB. The phone cost $228 for the 16 GB option, and £319 for the 32 GB version.
This phone features a large and bright 5.5 inch, 1080p LCD panel with a 403ppi. It’s hard to see the screen while you are outside especially in daylight. The device is very comfortable to hold thanks to its rubberized rear panel. As far as thickness is concerned, it has a thickness of 8.9mm on its edges and 10.9mm in the middle.
The Moto X Play utilizes the power of Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor and comes along with Adreno 405 GPU which enables you to play all the latest high-end games without any lag. The hardware set-up is certainly capable of handling basic to mid-level tasks, but it does lag when you try to run multiple applications and games at the same time.
There’s only a 2 GB of RAM on the phone, which should be okay for basic usage. But this device does feel non-responsive when you try to handle multiple browsers with multiple open tabs. It comes with 16GB and 64GB internal storage options that can be expanded up to 128GB through MicroSD card.
Now for all those camera fans, the Moto X Play sports 21 MP primary sensor which is loaded with extra features like f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, Dual-LED(dual tone) flash. The rear camera of this device is best for high-resolution pictures. On the front, it comes with 5 MP front camera which offers a decent image quality and is good enough for video calling. The device is packed with a massive 3630mAh cell which lasts up to a day of heavy usage. Thanks to Turbo Power Technology, it helps to juice up 8 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging.
- Great camera quality with lots of advanced features.
- Superb screen with high sensitivity.
- Stock Android but you are always free to Root your device.
- Decent battery life.
- Not fully waterproof
- There is no USB Type-C port.
- You don’t get turbo power charger, and you will need to purchase it.
4. Lenovo Z2 Plus
Lenovo Z2 is another mid-range phone with high-end features and display. The smartphone strikes the perfect balance between style and performance. It features a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touch with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixel at a density of 441 pixels per inch. Furthermore, it’s screen comes protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which makes your display scratch resistant. To further enhance the display quality, it comes with anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protection.
The phone comes in a light and sleek metallic body that weighs about 140 grams even with a powerful 3500mAh battery power. Under the hood, it is powered by a 2.15 GHz Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, and it comes with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB onboard storage. The high processor and RAM ensure the phone runs smoothly even when you are running multiple applications simultaneously. The phone also packs an Adreno 530 GPU for handling high graphic demanding games and multitasking.
Coming to the optics, Lenovo Z2 Plus sports a 13MP rear sensor with f/2.2 aperture and includes features like phase detection autofocus, electronic image stabilization and LED Flash, which allow you to capture stunning photographs in any light condition. Furthermore, with its 8-megapixel front facing camera, you can snap amazing wide-angle selfies.
This device also comes with the latest fingerprint sensor. This sensor is not only fast with response time less than 0.3 seconds, but it also very accurate. It acts as the first layer of security on your device and allows only the appropriate owner to unlock the device with the tap of a finger.
The surprising feature of the smartphone is its six professional mobile sensors, which are compatible with fitness trackers like heart rate monitors, cadence sensors, and power meters. The Dual SIM phone comes with a wide range of connectivity option like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio, 4G LTE network. The device packs with a 3500mAh high-density lithium-polymer battery which last up to all day long. It also includes the Quick charging facility refuel the battery rapidly. The phone is available in two color options (White or Black).
Unfortunately, the phone lack only concerning expandable storage.
- Convenient size and good build quality.
- Excellent performance.
- Superb price.
- Decent battery life.
- Interesting home button tweaks.
- Sub-par camera.
- 960fps shooting is just a gimmick.
- No expandable storage.
- Fast charge capable charger not bundled.
5. HTC One A9
The HTC One A9 is one of the most pocketable smartphones available today. The phone fits perfectly in hand thanks to its 5.74 x 2.79 x 0.29 inches dimension. It looks and feels a lot like an iPhone 6 though it doesn’t come with the iOS operating system. As far as the body is concerned, it is covered with black metal and unibody design with curved corners. The phone has a full metal body that looks more impressive, and it proves that handset is meant to be a little more premium.
The HTC One A9 comes with 5-inch AMOLED capacitive HD 1080-pixel touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It’s a pretty good screen for a phone of this size- it looks great with real clarity in the colors. Bit it’s one among the areas where more improvements could be surely made.
Now let’s talk about the performance. This device is powered by a 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 + Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Processor coupled with 3 GB of RAM. It supports Quick Charge 3.0, which charge the phone rapidly. Apart from that, HTC One A9 has a 32 GB storage that can be expanded up to 200 GB using MicroSD cards.
After the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the HTC One A9 was one of the first smartphones to launch with Android v6.0 Marshmallow OS. The front of the phone has the selfie camera, proximity sensors at the top and the fingerprint sensor at the bottom. The fingerprint scanner will quickly unlock your phone with a response time of less than a second. The Phone sports a 13 MP back camera including optical image stabilization, auto focus, and Dual LED Flash. It is also capable of shooting high definition videos at 30fps, and on the front, it has a 4MP camera shooter.
Thanks to the HTC BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers and Dolby Audio surround enhancement, which makes watching videos and playing high definition games more enjoyable. The phone also provides a good quality headset which you can utilize to listen to your favorite music. On the back, the device packs a non-removable Li-Ion 2150 mAh battery which lasts up to 432Hrs Standby and talks time up to 16 hrs. Now, this is one another area where more improvements could be made. I mean for a mid-range smartphone you are getting a way too low battery power.
- Good performance
- Impeccable build quality
- Decent cameras
- Display size is small as compares to its competitors.
- Battery power is too low.
- The quick Charge-compatible charger is not included.
6. LG Google Nexus 5X
For those who are true followers of Google and their latest innovation, it is the device which you must have to show your true love for this brand. The LG Google Nexus 5x is the pure form of Android, and it is one of the first smartphones to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It comes with a 5.2-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 423 pixels per inch. The device is light and sleek build with advanced features. It weighs a comfortable 136g and is 7.9mm thick. The Nexus 5X price is currently available on Amazon at just $297.
The Snapdragon 808 is the processor which powers this amazing device. You will also find the same processor on flagship LG G4, which was top-ot-the-line Android smartphone when Nexus 5X arrived. It means the Nexus 5X is boosted by a hexacore Snapdragon 808 processor which comes with four A53 cores which provide 1.4GHz processing speed and two A57 cores which provide processing speed of 1.8GHz. There’s also an Adreno 418 graphical processing unit which makes this device capable of handling all latest HD games. Overall you can say that this smartphone offers a world-class performance at a really affordable price. Currently, it is being shipped with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM. It does not offer expandable memory, but I don’t think it would be any problem.
Now let us talk about the picture quality. It has a good camera that offers decent picture quality in almost every light condition. The device’s camera is not only high resolution-12.3 MP- but also has a Dual-tone LED flash, an IR laser focusing system and can even shoot videos in 4K. The rear camera of this device capture more light even in the dimmest conditions to produce stunning details and sharp images.
It also includes 5MP front shooter for selfies. With a faster Google Camera app, you’ll never miss a moment, and with the smart Google Photos app, all your memories are saved securely on Google’s server and can be downloaded at your fingertips.
The LG Google Nexus 5X is a single SIM smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM card. It comes with additional features such as the fingerprint scanner. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G LTE network. The phone comes with a 2700mAh non-removable battery. And there’s support for fast charging using the included charger, giving up to 7hrs of use from 10 minutes’ charging- according to Google.
- Pure Android 6.0 with no extra skins or themes.
- The fingerprint sensor is fast and very responsive.
- Good camera quality in low light.
- Good overall performance.
- Limited storage as there is no support for external SD card.
- USB Type-C adapters required.
- Ditches wireless charging
- Battery power is too low as compared to its competitors at this price range.
- Overall expensive.
7. ZTE Axon 7 Mini
The ZTE Axon 7 Mini is another Mid-range Android phone from the Chinese company ZTE. This mobile has lots of useful features. It comes with a slim, sleek, and smooth metal unibody with curves at the corners that conform pleasingly, subtly, and symmetrically to its components. The design will fool everyone into thinking it costs more than it does.
The ZTE Axon 7 Mini sports a 5.2-inch QHD AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 pixels. It has a powerful 1.5GHZ quad-core Snapdragon processor integrated with Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU. Furthermore, it is equipped with 3 GB of RAM and comes with 32 GB and 64 GB option- but boasts a MicroSD Card slot capable of recognizing cards up to 128 GB in size. It has a 16-megapixel ISO-cell sensor camera with optical image stabilization and sports a max video resolution of 1080p. Additionally, this phone includes an 8MP front-facing camera which is perfect for selfie fans.
It has a Hi-Fi audio chip with impressively loud stereo speakers bit at top volume it’s an ear-serrating mess. It is one of the first smartphones to support Google’s virtual reality Daydream platform. With Dolby Atoms Surround sound, the audio experience is simply amazing, especially with earbuds. It includes an additional security feature that is fingerprint sensors. The Mini’s fingerprint sensor is on the back and remains a quick way to unlock the phone.
Axon 7 Mini packs Bluetooth 4.1 and a radio with support for myriad LTE bands, and it’s not only compatible with AT & T-Mobile, but Sprint and Verizon too. It comes with 2,700mAh cell which offers 15 hours of talk time and 270 hours of standby time. With Quick Charge 3.0, battery juice up 50% charge within a 30 minute.
- Beautiful, sleek and responsive display.
- Incredible audio thanks to its stereo speakers.
- Snappy performance.
- Aluminum unibody design.
- Great value for money device.
- Mid-range processor. Sometimes during multitasking device hangs.
- The small battery which is not adequate for this device.
8. Sony Xperia X Compact
The Sony Xperia X compact is the latest Sony smartphone which excels in the design department. It is a slim, solid smartphone with compact 4.6-inch HD display and a Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It has a rounded design that fits comfortably in your hand. The phone is available in three colors (mist blue, white and black). The display features sharp and behaves great under the direct sunlight.
The device is boosted by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The surprising things about this device are its 32GB Flash memory which is an advantage feature at this price, and also it can be expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The additional characteristics of this device are its Hi-Res Audio, and you can enjoy your favorite music and play high definition game with an excellent sound quality.
As far as the camera is concerned, the device sports 23-megapixel rear camera with new triple image sensing technology (Predictive Hybrid Autofocus for motion, Laser Autofocus Sensor for distance, RGBC-IR sensor for color). On the front, it has a 5MP front-facing camera with ISO 6400 which performs superbly even in the low light surrounding.
The Z compact 4G support phone runs v6.0 Marshmallow OS and packs with 2700mAh battery including quick charging facility. The battery of this device is durable and long lasting because of its adaptive charging features. Data exchange and charging happen via micro-USB, and with the bundled charger you can take advantage of fast charging, which is excellent for the price point.
- Gorilla glass protection on the top of an ultra sensitive display.
- Good performance thanks to 3GB ram and robust processor.
- 23-megapixel camera offers superb picture quality.
- Small in size.
- Average looks.
- Battery backup is not good at all.
9. Lenovo P2
The Lenovo P2 is one the best mid-range Android smartphones available around $300. It comes with the premium design and good build quality that delivers tremendous value for money. It may not boast flagship performance, but it manages a full three-day battery life from a single charge and furthermore comes loaded with lots of features.
First and foremost lets discuss about the display quality. The Lenovo P2 features a 5.5-inch AMOLED HD display, feels generous without making the phone uncomfortably large, and there are relatively slim bezels at the side of the screen. On the front side of the phone, you will find speakers and camera at the top, and a fingerprint sensor button at the bottom. The device is not so thick as well, as it comes with the weight of 177g which is fair for a phone with a metal body.
Getting beyond the design, the phone uses a power-friendly 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with the 4 GB of RAM. It means you will have non-lagging, ultra smooth experience Playing high-resolution games and can multitasking without any hiccups. You also get Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, Wi-Fi 902.11 b/g/n and 4G LTE network support. As for storage, you get 32 GB inbuilt storage that can be expandable up to 128 GB through microSD card.
The two cameras of this mid-range Android device offers good picture quality. The primary or the read camera comes with a 13MP sensor and is assisted with LED flash. The front sensor is of 5MP. There is also a quick snap feature that let you take a photo when the phone is asleep by double tapping either volume button.
The P2 comes with Android v6.0 Marshmallow OS and some pre-installed apps like Three in Touch and Lenovo’s SHAREit and SYNCit, but these apps are easy to uninstall if you don’t want them.
The Lenovo P2 headline feature is no doubt its massive 5100mAh battery, which is among the biggest we’ve seen on a smartphone yet. It boasts a three-day battery life, and you can even use it as a power bank to charge your other devices. And also it equipped with fast charging via Micro-USB with a compatible charger.
- Massive, long-lasting 5100mAh battery with 24W Charger.
- Dedicated Power Saver Key to turn on Battery Saving mode
- Full-metal unibody design with rounded corners.
- Lots of RAM and inbuilt storage..
- Good gaming experience.
- Good quality shots with Sony primary camera sensor.
- Decent selfies with front camera.
- Dual SIM 4G LTE Support.
- Big Full HD Super AMOLED Display.
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
- Faster unlock with front-mounted fingerprint scanner.
- Good Octa-core Processor for Flawless performance.
- Hybrid SIM 2 slot.
- A bit bulky because of massive battery size.
- The battery is not user replaceable.
- No Gorilla Glass screen protection.
- Minor Software bugs.
10. Motorola Moto G Play (4th Generation)
Motorola’s Moto G comes with high-end specification at a budget price. The design of the phone is simple and built quality is quite good. The Moto G is probably the best all-around budget smartphone on the market. The latest version of Moto G was released in May 2016.
It packs surprisingly 5-inch HD 1080-pixel display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood, it has a 1.2GHz oct-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor coupled with 2 GB of RAM. This high-performance smartphone ensures you to watch movies, play high definition games smoothly, and run multiple apps at the same time without slowing down. The phone comes with 16GB inbuilt onboard storage which can be expandable up to 128 GB with a microSD card.
The camera quality is quite impressive on this 4G support device. The device’s camera capture brilliant photo in any light with 8-megapixel primary camera with LED flash module and 5-megapixel front facing camera. There are onscreen buttons for Android UI and fingerprint sensor just below the screen. The phone is compatible with Moto Mods to extend its functionality. Thanks to advanced Nano-coating technology, which creates a water repellent barrier to help protect against moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes, or light rain.
The bigger battery is another surprising feature of Moto G plus. Moto’s Turbo Power juice up 6 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging.
- Very affordable price.
- Dual sim.
- Latest Android OS.
- Good real time performance.
- Water repellant coating and good build quality.
- No expandable memory.
- Average camera quality.
- Average battery life.
- No NFC.
After reviewing all these smartphones and after considering all their features and pricing, we have no doubt Lenovo P2 is the best android phone under 300 budget.