Best budget smartphones of 2018

These are the 2018 smartphones that offer the best bang for your buck.

If you're looking for a budget smartphone that doesn't suck, you've come to the right place. You'll find the best value for money budget smartphones listed below.

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F1s
4.25

1. ​Oppo F1s review: 2016 has another King of the Best Value phones

At under $350 the F1s is a steal. It has features we'd like to see on top-end phones like fast fingerprint unlocking, free case and a three day battery life. Just beware of the camera performance and processing delay with ...
Review Date: 27th Jan., 2017
RRP: $ 348.00
A73
3.75

2. Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018

As you’d expect out of an Oppo-branded smartphone, the A73 runs gleefully fast, takes generally-good photos and takes well over a day to run out of battery life. However, the difference between this and beefier stuff like the Oppo R11s ...
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RRP: $ 359.00
A57 phone
4.50

3. Oppo A57 phone: full, in-depth review

This is a great mid-range phone and yet it's one of the cheapest we've ever tested.
Review Date: 8th May, 2017
RRP: $ 328.00
U11 Life
3.50

4. HTC U11 Life review: Stock Android with a so-so camera

The U11 Life is a solid stock Android experience that’s easy to recommend if you can’t stand all the other options or are particularly drawn in by the design and waterproofing.
Review Date: 9th April, 2018
RRP: $ 599.00
7 Plus
4.00

5. Nokia 7 Plus review: Predictable and plus-sized

Even if it’s a little predictable, not every purchase needs a twist. Sometimes you want something that works as intended, and the Nokia 7 Plus fits that mold nicely.
Review Date: 4th June, 2018
RRP: $ 649.00
A77
4.50

6. Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review

Oppo has once again redefined the low-end phone by offering a good mid-range model at a very-affordable price.
Review Date: 17th July, 2017
RRP: $ 448.00
Xperia XA2
3.25

7. Sony Xperia XA2: Full, in-depth review

Like most Sony phones. The Xperia XA2 is a good option but it’s not quite the best out there.
Review Date: 25th April, 2018
RRP: $ 549.00
R11s
3.75

8. Oppo R11s: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve

As an alternative to the iPhone 8, the R11s is easy to recommend - the performance is good, the camera rig is nice, it’s got a compelling build quality and slick feel-factor.
Review Date: 1st Feb., 2018
RRP: $ 659.00
6
4.50

9. Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.

This handset is a double-down by HMD on everything that worked in the 2017 model combined with a number of key improvements.
Review Date: 16th May, 2018
RRP: $ 399.00
Redmi Note 5
4.00

10. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: A budget phablet that swings above its weight

Between the solid material design and build-quality, performance that swings above its price-bracket and slick software experience, the Redmi Note 5 is a smartphone that’s very easy to recommend.
Review Date: 2nd July, 2018
RRP: $ 269.00
Nova 2i
4.25

11. Huawei Nova 2i review: Huawei's best flagship features have been successfully smuggled into the mid-tier

With the $499 price-tag in mind, there’s not a lot out there that can match the Huawei Nova 2i.
Review Date: 25th Oct., 2017
RRP: $ 499.00
R15 Pro
4.50

12. Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises

The R15 Pro sees Oppo bring more of that flagship experience to the sub-$800 smartphone space than ever before to generous effect.
Review Date: 11th July, 2018
RRP: $ 779.00
Nova 3e
4.00

13. Huawei Nova 3e: Full, in-depth review

Huawei have packed a ton of value into the Nova 3e. However, they’re not the only brand packing a lot of value into that $200-$400 space anymore - and that leaves the Nova 3e outgunned on a few choice fronts.
Review Date: 20th July, 2018
RRP: $ 399.00
1X
2.00

14. Alcatel 1X: An affordable budget device humbled by ambition

If you’re looking for a throwaway device with all the functionality that modern Android offers, this’ll tick that box - but it won’t look pretty.
Review Date: 30th July, 2018
RRP: $ 129.00
G6
4.00

15. Moto G6: Full, in-depth review

If you’re someone who doesn’t care about more-intensive applications like mobile gaming and photography, it’s difficult to think of an easier standout budget device that the Moto G6.
Review Date: 28th Aug., 2018
RRP: $ 399.00
E5
3.50

16. Moto E5: Full, in-depth, review

Though there’s plenty to like about the Moto E5 on its own merits, it falls short when stacked up against last year’s E4.
Review Date: 31st Aug., 2018
RRP: $ 229.00
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