Reviewing the top 10 best budget smartphones you can grab for a UK price under £300 in 2022. Here’s my favourite phones when it comes to camera tech, gaming performance, battery life and beyond, for a low-to-mid-range cost. From the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro and Poco X4 to the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G and Realme 9, these handsets offer solid value for your cash.
Best Budget Smartphones Under £300 Chapters:
0:00 – Annoying talky bit
0:56 – Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
2:48 – Poco X4 Pro
3:39 – Poco X3 Pro
4:58 – Poco F3 5G
5:14 – OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
6:45 – OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite
7:06 – Motorola Moto G82
8:09 – Realme 9 (& variants)
9:36 – Nokia G60 5G
10:35 – Honor 50
11:27 – Vivo IQOO Neo 6
12:29 – Byyyeeeee
Recent best budget smartphones for a £300 price or under include the Motorola Moto G82, which may not enjoy timely updates but sports a respectable camera, gaming smarts etc. The Nokia G60 is a great choice for eco-conscious users, while the Honor 50 has now dropped in price here in the UK.
Xiaomi is still one of the best mobile manufacturers in 2022 for budget-friendly prices. The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G has hit the UK and impresses in almost every area for around £300. Some camera quirks aside (like the lack of 4K video shooting), it’s hard to find much to fault. As long as you don’t mind MiUI that is. The Poco X4 Pro is essentially the same phone though, so check pricing before you commit! And don’t forget the X3 Pro if you’re after a cheaper smartphone.
The Realme 9 may lack that 5G connectivity but it makes up for that with strong media chops and impressive battery life. And I’m also a fan of the OnePlus Nord CE 2, as it boasts many of the same advantages, including decent battery life and a reasonably dependable camera. Be warned that the CE 2 Lite model does away with the OLED screen and super-fast charging, however.