Best Phones Under $300
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6 Best Android Phones Under $300 – April 2021

Best Android Phones Under $300: Getting a good cell phone at a modest price is pretty much easy these days. And to prove that, we’ve together a list of best Android Phones under $300 for you. This list features popular brands such as Samsung, Motorola etc. but also feature such unpopular brands like TCL.

To help you understand this list, here is a quick guide. The list is not in top to bottom or best to worst. We’ve picked the best device in each category ranging from the best rugged phone under the $300 mark to the best value cell phone under $300.

Each mobile phone listed here has its category in bracket, with its price and where to buy. Without much ado, let’s get started.

Best Android Phones Under $300

1. OnePlus Nord N10 5G

OnePlus Nord N10 5G

Starting at $299 on Best Buy and eBay, the OnePlus Nord N10 5G is likely the overall best phone you can buy under $300 currently. It has a decent 6.49 inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate. The display is also FULLHD+ that is protected by corning gorilla glass 3.

Things get a little more juiced up with the Snapdragon 690 5G chipset from Qualcomm. Coupled with the 2.0GHz octa-core processor and Adreno 619L GPU, a smooth and fair gaming experience is guaranteed.

It also come with a 64MP quad rear camera system. The 8MP ultawide is decent while the 2MP and 2MP depth sensor does their job well. Sadly, there is no OIS but who was expecting that in phone in this price range anyway.

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Upfront is a 16MP selfie camera that can record 1080 video and both back and front cameras has gyro-EIS to compensate for the lack of OIS.

You also get to enjoy a 6GB RAM + 128GB of storage along with space for storage expansion via microSD card. It runs Android 10 out of the Box with promised upgrade to Android 11.

OnePlus Nord N10 5G Key Specifications
  • 6.49-inch FullHD+ IPS LCD with 90Hz
  • 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP quad rear cameras
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • Qualcomm SM6350 Snapdragon 690 5G (8 nm)
  • 4300mAh battery
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • Android 10 (upgradable to Android 11)
  • Dual speakers, 3.5mm jack
ProsCons
Compatible with major US carriersNot so bright display under the Sun
Good camera systemPoor battery capacity
Nice chipsetDelayed software update
There is 3.5mm jack

2. Samsung Galaxy A51

Galaxy A51

The Samsung best seller is still one of the best mobile phone to buy even after a year. Starting at $299 on Best Buy, you can enjoy the all-round device. It’s Super AMOLED display and in-display fingerprint is easily noticeable.

Then the Samsung Exynos 9611 chipset combined with the 2.3 octa-core CPU and Mali-G72 MP3 GPU offers you some really nice gaming experience. But the most interesting features of the phone is its cameras.

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There is a 48MP main camera, a 12MP ultrawide, and a 5MP macro and 5MP depth sensor. While upfront is a 32MP selfie camera. Both the back and front cameras can record 4K videos and have steady video feature.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Key Specifications
  • 6.5-inch FullHD+ Super AMOLED
  • 48MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP quad rear cameras
  • 32MP selfie camera
  • Exynos 9611 (10nm)
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 6GB or 8GB RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB UFS 2.0 storage
  • Android 10 (upgradable to Android 11)
  • Fingerprint (under display, optical), 3.5mm jack
ProsCons
Nice colorful displayNot the best performing chipset
Good photo and video qualityPoor battery capacity
Compatible with major US carriers
Major software updates available
Consistent monthly security patch update

3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S

Redmi Note 9S

Redmi Note 9S is the global version of the Redmi Note 9 series and over one year after its release, it’s still one of the best phones to buy under $300. Starting at about $150 on eBay, the Note 9S still offers good value for money.

It uses a Snapdragon 720G chipset which is a gaming centric SoC from Qualcomm. The 2.3 GHz octa-core CPU and Adreno 618 GPU speeds things up when processing data. Then there is a 6.67 IPS LCD FULLHD+ display with HDR10 and a 450nits of peak brightness.

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It’s also the first device in this list so far with a display that is protected by the higher Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Camera wise, the phone has 48MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. The main camera can record 4k videos with steady video feature via gyro-EIS.

For selfie is a 16MP camera that can record video @1080 and also capture decent selfies. Worthy of mention is the 5020mAh battery which is big and also makes the phone kinda heavy.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S Key Specifications
  • 6.67-inch FullHD+ IPS LCD with HDR10, 450 nits
  • 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP quad rear cameras
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)
  • 5020mAh battery
  • 4GB, 6GB RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • Android 10 (upgradable to Android 11)
  • Fingerprint (side-mounted), 3.5mm jack
ProsCons
Decent chipset and battery sizeIt weighs about (209 g (7.37 oz))
Good camera systemNot the best display quality
Major software updates availableIt’s a heavy device
Consistent monthly security patch update
Quality build material

4. TCL 10L

TCL 10L

Aside from making low cost TV’s, TCL also makes pocket friendly smartphones. And the TCL 10L is one of such phones. For a phone with a starting price of about $260, the specifications of the TCL 10L is quite impressive.

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset onboard, along with a 2.0GHz octa-core processor and Adreno 610 GPU. Aside from the impressive 6GB of RAM, you also enjoy NFC chip for Google Pay support, 3.mm jack, FM Radio etc.

TCL 10L has 6.53 IPS LCD display and is powered by a 4000mAh battery. It also runs Android 10 out of the box with planned upgrade to Android 11. Things are also very interesting in its camera.

You enjoy a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. The back camera can record 4K video but there is no OIS or steady video feature available. Then there is a 16MP front camera for selfies that record 1080 video.

TCL 10L Key Specifications
  • 6.53-inch HD+ IPS LCD with HDR
  • 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP quad rear cameras
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • Qualcomm SM6125 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • Android 10 (upgradable to Android 11)
  • Fingerprint (rear-mounted), 3.5mm jack
ProsCons
Decent chipsetDoesn’t work with Sprint
Customizable Smart KeyNot the best display quality
Google Pay with NFCLimited camera features
Decent software experience

5. Moto G Power 2021

Best Android Phones Under $300

Might not sound like it but Motorola is still very much in the smartphone making business. And the Moto G Power 2021 is very worthy to be among the best android phones under $300. The starting price of the Moto G Power 2021 is about $250 but you can save up to $120 when you buy from best buy.

Buying a 2021 phone with 48MP triple rear cameras for about $130 is a good way to spend your money. It gets even more interesting as you can buy the 32GB model of the Moto G Power 2021 for just $89 on Best Buy.

Let’s look at the details of the G Power 2021. There is a Snapdragon 662 chipset installed, 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage with space for storage expansion via microSD card.

You also get a 5000mAh battery and enjoy some basic sensor features such as; Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and barometer. The build material of the phone is water repellent while the display size is 6.6 inch and its IPS LCD panel.

Moto G Power 2021 Key Specifications
  • 6.6-inch HD IPS LCD
  • 48MP + 2MP + 2MP triple rear cameras
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB eMMC 5.1 storage
  • Android 10
  • Fingerprint (side-mounted), 3.5mm jack
ProsCons
Its affordablePromised short time software update
Compatible with all U.S. carriersPoor display quality with IPS LCD and HD
Good battery lifeLimited camera features
Decent software experience

6. Nokia 5.4

Best Android Phones Under $300

The Nokia 5.4 is the perfect combination of software and hardware. Nokia 5.4 starting price on Best Buy is about $250 and its price goes as high as $289 on eBay. There are lots of things we like about this phone.

First, the IPS LCD display has its peak brightness up to 400 nits which is impressive for a 6.39 inch display size. Although it’s not the first time of seen a phone powered by the Snapdragon 662 on this list but it’s also part of what we like about the device.

You also enjoy a 48MP main camera that can record 4k videos, then a 5MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor. Upfront is the 16MP selfie camera that can record 1080p videos. Nokia 5.4 runs Android 10 out of the box and it’s upgradable to Android 11. Uses a 4000mAh battery with rear mounted fingerprint scanner.

While there are lots of things you might not like about this phone, there are also lots of things to like about the phone. Check out the pros and cons below.

Nokia 5.4 Key Specifications
  • 6.39-inch HD IPS LCD with 400 nits brightness
  • 48MP + 5MP + 2MP +2MP Quad rear cameras
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 4GB, 6GB RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB storage
  • Android 10
  • Fingerprint (rear-mounted), 3.5mm jack
ProsCons
Guaranteed software updatesPoor display quality with IPS LCD and HD
Has NFC for Google PaySmall display not so good for gamers and movie
Good battery lifeLimited camera features
Nice software experiencePoor display when streaming

These are our top 6 best Android Phones under $300. Is there any phone you feel should have made this list? Please use the comment section below or send us a mail at [email protected].

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