10 of the Cheapest Smartphones

When it comes to smartphones, people have a wide range of choices to choose from. Many people don’t find it reasonable to spend a whole lot of money on a smartphone knowing its successor will launch within a year, or maybe less in some cases. Alternatively, it all depends on their thinking, whether they need a high-end device to perform power intensive tasks or they can live with a low-end or mid-range device, thus saving their hard earned cash. If you’re one of these people, here’s a list of some of the cheapest smartphones to give you the best bang for your buck.

1. Moto G (2014)

Moto G

When it comes to budget-friendly smartphones, one name which pops up right away is the Moto G (2014). The second generation of the popular Motorola Moto G can’t be left out as it offers an excellent set of specifications at an extremely affordable price. It costs $179.99 off-contract, and gives you specifications which can handle most of the tasks, thanks to a quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. Other features include a 5-inch 720p display, and a 2,070 mAh battery. Android 4.4.4 KitKat is available out of the box, but the good thing is Android 5.0 Lollipop is available for the handset in many regions.

2. Moto E

Moto E

This is yet another ultra-affordable offering from Motorola. It doesn’t come with specifications as good as the Moto G, but the price tag is also very low, making it a decent option for those looking for a cheap smartphone, or a handset for secondary use. It costs $119.99, and features a smaller 4.3-inch qHD display, a dual-core processor and ships with Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Motorola plans to upgrade the handset to Android 5.0 Lollipop as well.

3. Nokia Lumia 530

Lumia 530

In the past few months, Microsoft has released a handful of budget-friendly Windows Phone handsets. It’s one of the cheapest smartphones you’ll find, and costs only $49 at Microsoft’s online store. You may be able to get it for an even lower price at some retailers. So if you’re looking for a spare phone, or just want to give Windows Phone a try, take a look at the Nokia Lumia 530.

4. Nokia Lumia 635/630


If you can spend a few extra bucks, the Lumia 630/635 is yet another budget-friendly offering from the Redmond-based company. The Lumia 630 offers a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and ships with Windows Phone 8.1 as the operating system. The only issue with the Lumia 630 is it doesn’t come with LTE connectivity, but if it matters to you, the Lumia 635 comes with LTE support and costs $179 unlocked at the Microsoft Store.

5. Sony Xperia M2


Sony Xperia M2 is yet another cheap handset, which brings most of the specifications similar to the Moto G. It’s display is not as good as the Moto G, but you get a 4.8-inch qHD display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and Android Jelly Bean as its operating system.

6. Nokia Lumia 535

Lumia 532

If you don’t have any problems using Windows Phone, the Lumia 535 is an excellent device, touted as its “5x5x5” device by Microsoft. It has a 5-inch display sporting a resolution of 540 by 960 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM and ships with Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim. The handset is available in several markets around the globe, and costs around $150, depending on the market.

7. Huawei Ascend G6

Ascend G6

Huawei is slowly rising to the top, especially in emerging markets with its affordable offerings. And their Ascend G6 is one such device, which packs a 4.5-inch display with a 540 by 960 pixels resolution, 1GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 4GB of expandable storage, 8MP camera and comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as its operating system. Its successor is already available in several markets, but it’s not as cheap as other Huawei handsets.

8. Lumia 532

Lumia 532

Not too long ago Microsoft introduced yet another budget-friendly offering in the Lumia 5xx line up: the Lumia 532. It offers a similar set of specifications as the Lumia 535, but with a smaller form factor — it has a 4-inch display sporting a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. It comes in both single and dual-SIM versions, and starts at 79 Euros. The handset is not yet available, but is expected to launch next month in Europe, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa.


9. Moto G (2013) 4G LTE

Moto G

If you’re one of those people who care about high-speed connectivity, you can check out the Motorola Moto G 4G LTE. It’s the first generation Moto G smartphone, and has a similar set of specifications with a 4.5-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 400 processor, 5MP camera and Android 4.4.4 KitKat.  But there’s an additional feature as well: 4G LTE connectivity. It costs $199.99, which is a premium relatively speaking, but at least you get an excellent 4G smartphone.


10. Huawei Ascend Y530

Ascend y530

Last but not the least is the Huawei Ascend Y530, yet another affordable smartphone from the Chinese OEM.  It offers a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels, a dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor paired with 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of expandable storage. It costs around $100 depending on the region.

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Hammad Saleem

Hammad is a full time writer who worked for many popular websites in the past. He loves to write about smartphones and gadgets. When he is not writing, he can be found playing Clash of Clans on his iPhone or looking for a good place to eat.

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