We know how difficult it is to choose the best phones below $200 as the smartphone market is flooded with hundreds of phones in this category. 2017 was a great year for smartphone lovers as many established companies released some feature-rich phones for a competitive price and many new startup companies from China also launched their powerful and best phones below $200.
Some of the established brands are losing their market shares to the new Chinese entrants in the budget and mid-range smartphone category. So, companies like Samsung, Sony, Apple, and HTC are now concentrating only on the mid-range and premium phones. Xiaomi and Oppo have taken over India in a short span of time. Xiaomi’s Redmi series phones have sold millions like hotcakes and they are not showing any sign of slowing down.
In this list, we have included the smartphones that are available in the US, Europe and India. We have made a separate list of best phones below $200 or Rs 12000 in the world that you can order from global stores and are shipped to anywhere in the world.
With that said, let’s jump into The Review TV’s list of best phones below $200 or IRs 12000
Best Phones Below $200
1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is our first choice for the best phones below $200. Redmi Note 5 is the successor of India’s most popular smartphone of the year 2017. No doubt, Redmi Note 5 comes with futuristic design, great build quality, improved camera performance and great battery life. Xiaomi has followed the current trend by shipping Redmi Note 5 with a 5.99 inch 18:9 display with Full HD+ resolution, that is 1080*2160 pixels with 403 ppi density. It is bright enough and is great to watch movies. There is a Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the display from scratches.
It comes with Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9 on top of it. The UI has improved a lot and offers you many customization features. It runs on the same Snapdragon 625 chipset that was used in the previous model, but we all know it is powerful and uses very less battery.
Speaking of the camera department, it is equipped with a 12 MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED dual-tone flash. In our test, it takes good quality images. For selfie lovers, there is a 5 MP camera at the front.
The battery capacity is 4000 mAh. It will give you juice for two days if you are a casual user. The only feature that we felt is missing is USB 3.0.
Great build quality
18:9 display with Full HD+ resolution
Exceptional battery life
Micro USB 2.0
Old Android version
2. Honor 7x
Huawei is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. While Huawei is targeted to the premium market, its sub-brand Honor produces some great midrange smartphones.
Their recent release Honor 7X comes with an updated 2018 design that looks elegant in the crowd. Its predecessor Honor 6X was a big success in the US and now they came up with 7X with improved and better features. And Honor 7X is the only phone in this list that supports Face Unlock
The Honor 7X looks and feels similar to Honor 8 pro. Its aluminum body feels solid and durable. The new Honor 7X comes with a 5.93 inch 2160*1080p 18:9 IPS LCD display with 2.5D curved glass. It has 82.9 percent of screen-to-body ratio, means it has very narrow bezels. There is a Corning Gorilla Glass at the top of the display but the company has not specified the version.
Unlike most other smartphones, Huawei uses its own chipsets in their smartphones. It is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 659 CPU and Mali-T830 M2 GPU. Benchmarks state that it is capable of handling day to day activities without any lag.
Honor 7X comes with 32GB or 64GB storage options with 3 GB or 4GB RAM variants. It uses a hybrid sim-card slot where you can either use two sims or one sim and a memory card. It supports memory expansion of up to 256 GB.
Honor smartphones always came up with good cameras and Honor 7X is no different. Honor 7X comes with a dual camera setup. There are a 16 MP+2 MP cameras at the rear, where the 16 MP focuses on the subject and the 2 MP lens helps to create the Bokeh effect. Image quality in daylight is great. It captures images with good color accuracy and sharpness. You will get different modes in the app that are fun to use. The front camera is an 8 MP lens that takes good selfies with a lot of details.
You will get normal sensors like fingerprint, accelerometer, compass, etc. The battery is a 3340 mAh that can give you power for a full day. With all these futuristic features, Honor 7X made it to the scond spot on our list of Best Phones Below $200.
18:9 display with Full HD+ resolution
Great camera performance
Old Android version
Performance could have been better
Battery could have been better considering the size of the phone
3. Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi began expanding their market in Europe by launching Mi A1, an Android One device. It is a big step for Xiaomi as they were waiting for a long time to decide the right smartphone for the market. Xiaomi instead of choosing its own UI that is MIUI it preferred Google’s vanilla Android to attract Europeans who prefer pure android experience.
Coming to the build quality, it is top notch with all-metal unibody design and some cool color options. It is sure that when using the phone in a group or in a party it will catch eyes as it looks stunning and feels premium.
The display is a 5.5 inch 1080p IPS display with the brightness of 550 nits, means the display will be bright even in bright sunlight. The colors are punchy and offer decent viewing angles. To protect the display from scratches and falls, there is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of the display.
The chipset used in Mi A1 is Snapdragon 625 which is an Octa-core chipset with eight 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 cores. For gaming, there is Adreno 506 GPU that can handle most of the mid-range and high-end games.
It comes with only one memory variant, that is 4 GB RAM with 64GB internal storage. If you want to insert a memory card then you can remove the second sim and use it as a memory card slot.
Speaking of the camera specifications, it has dual 12 MP cameras out of which, one is a f/2.2 26mm lens for portraits and anotherf2.6 50mm telephoto zoom lens. At the front, you will get a 5 MP camera. Camera performance is satisfactory. You can shoot detailed photos both in daylight and low light. You will get the portrait mode that helps you focus on an object and makes the rest out of focus and blur. It also takes good videos. If you shoot videos a lot or if you are a YouTuber and looking for a budget smartphone, then this one is for you.
Considering Xiaomi’s Redmi phones battery, A1’s battery is small at 3080 mAh but unlike Redmi Note 4 you will get fast charging feature that will charge the phone in an hour. The battery is enough to give you 2 day’s charge if you are a casual user.
We believe we have given you enough information to chose the right smartphone for you. Another point to keep in mind is, you may find some flagship phones of 2015 for the same price. Please avoid buying them as companies do not provide any software updates for those phones and new apps may not run smoothly on them.
Gorilla Glass protection
16:9 display is outdated
4. Redmi Note 4
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is
the successor to India’s most sold phone of 2016, Redmi Note 3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was well received by critics and its fans. Since it’s launched at least 20 million of them are already sold and it is a record for the year 2017. Xiaomi is recently expanding its market and is entering the US and European market slowly. There is no doubt, in a year or two it will take over the European markets tooWith this phone, the company has tried to address most of the issues found on their Redmi Note 3.
The display resolution remains the same at full HD,1080p, but it is a tad brighter now, the bezels have become a bit narrow, there is a diamond cutting at the sides and the back is covered with a polished metal that gives it a premium look. The phone runs on Snapdragon 625 chipset, which is more than enough to run almost all day-to-day works and games smoothly. The phone contains all the basic sensors. It features a 13MP primary camera which is capable of taking good shots even in lowlight conditions and at the front, it has a 5MP camera for selfies. The quality you get is good enough for social media sharing.
The price of the phone starts from INR 9999 for the 32 GB2GB RAM. There is a 4100 mAh battery that can give you two days long battery life.
Good day to day performance
It’s one year old
16:9 display is old now
5. Moto G5 Plus
Moto G5 Plus was released in April 2017. Long back when Google-owned Moto, they believed in providing best User Interface for its users. But as Lenovo took over moto, they continued what Google was offering earlier, that is, best User Interface with an addition that is the most powerful camera for the price. These days we do not take a digital camera wherever we go, instead, take our mobile and use the mobile camera.
When Moto announced the G5 plus, everyone’s attention was on the rear camera. It is because for the first time a mobile company used a f/1.7 aperture lens in a mid-range phone. It is a 12 MP f/1.7 lens with Dual Pixel PDAF and dual-tone dual-LED flash. The camera is very capable. You can shoot good daylight shots with color accuracy and sharpness. f/1.7 lens means you can get the bokeh effect. You can not find a better camera in a smartphone for under $200. The front camera also fares well with good amount of details.
Coming to its body, it is made up of aluminum. At the front, you will see a 5.2 inch 1080*1920 FullHD IPS display. There is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the display to protect it from scratches. Also, it is splash and dust resistant.
It is powered by Snapdragon 625 chipset and Adreno 506 GPU, same as on Redmi Note 4. It can run any app you throw at it without a lag. Gaming performance is also good. An added advantage of Moto G5 Plus is that you will get a micro SD card slot means you can insert a memory card while using two sim cards. The card slot supports up to 256 GB. Coming to internal memory specification, you will get 2GB 3GB or a 4GB RAM variants with 32GB or 64 GB options.
It comes with many sensors like fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, etc. moto g5 Plus has a 3000 mAh battery. This may sound small considering Redmi Note 4’s battery but as Snapdragon 625 chipset does not consume a lot of energy, it will give a day’s juice even if you are a heavy user.
Corning Gorilla glass
It is one year old
6. Xiaomi Redmi 4
The last phone to feature on our list of Best Phones Below $200 is Redmi 4. If you cannot afford a Redmi Note 5, don’t worry you can buy it’s younger brother Redmi 4 for around $100 or INR 7000. Just like Redmi Note $, Redmi 4 also has made some records for itself by selling millions within days of its launch. The reason for its success is that there is no competitor for this one. This offers bang for your buck unlike any other. For about $100 you will get a metal build beautiful looking smartphone that feels solid and premium.
It comes with a Snapdragon 435 chipset that can handle all your day to day works easily. The GPU is Adreno 505 which is the newest GPU by Snapdragon and consumes very less power. If you are looking for a smartphone with Snapdragon chipset from companies like Samsung or HTC you will be spending at least three times more than the price of Redmi 4. It has a 5 inch HD display that is bright and gives good viewing angles. Redmi comes with some tools called night display and reading modes with which helps you read for a long time at night without any effect to your eyes.
Coming to the camera department, Redmi 4 has a 13 MP camera at the rear and a 5 MP camera for the selfie lovers. The rear camera takes good photos in the daytime with good color accuracy and details. Low light photography is a mixed bag as a little shake can result in a blurry image and the photos taken at night tend to have grains. The selfie camera is wide enough to fit three to four people in the frame. Just like the rear camera, the front camera also gives grainy images at night.
Xiaomi says the focus point of Redmi 4 is its battery life. The 4100 mAh battery never finishes. Even if you are a gamer, it should last you at least a day and a half. The chipset used in Redmi 4 consumes very less battery and the HD display also does not suck a lot of juice.
A fingerprint sensor is a basic feature in every Xiaomi phones. It works perfectly every time. It comes with different memory configurations like 2GB+16GB 3GB+32GB and a 4GB+64GB. This is the only smartphone with a price tag below $100 that made to our list of best phones below $200 or Rs 12000
Aluminum build quality
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