There are many smartphones available that won’t break the bank, whilst providing similar core features to the big-budget variants. To help you find the right handset for you, we’ve gathered the best budget smartphones for 2022, according to our expert team.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Best Overall Budget Phone
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 packs in an incredible amount of quality for a budget phone. The fast Snapdragon 680 processor allows quick switching between apps and documents: excellent performance for the price.
Visually, the Redmi Note 11 is no pushover, with a Full HD display running at up to 90Hz refresh rate. This creates a silky-smooth image with minimal stutter. Xiaomi has included a triple camera array and 50MP sensor on the back of the Note 11, an amazing achievement for a budget phone.
Moto G9 Power
Best Budget Phone for Battery Life
The Moto G9 Power is suitably named, boasting the best battery life of the budget smartphones we’ve reviewed. It is powered by a huge 6000mAh battery, providing enough power for almost two days of general usage. 20W charging means you can keep this giant battery powered up reasonably quickly.
Battery life this impressive means you can also watch videos and movies on the huge 6.8-inch display for longer. Whilst the G9 Power is on the bulkier side for smartphones, the feature set here is very impressive if you use your phone a lot and like big breaks between charging.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Best Budget Smartphone Camera
Though your favourite brand’s flagship device may be a go-to for the best specs, there are plenty of high-quality cameras in the budget offerings of top brands. Samsung provides a purse-friendly option for photographers with the Galaxy A53 5G.
The main camera of the A53 captures images at a stunning 64MP and is flanked by a 12MP ultrawide sensor, 5MP macro lens, and 5MP depth sensor. There is great flexibility in how to take your photos with the camera array available, all showcased on the 120Hz Super AMOLED display for silky smooth and vivid images.
There is also plenty on offer for filmmakers. The A53 can shoot with OIS (optical image stabilisation) to produce stable images in great detail, ideal if cycling or on the move.
128GB and 256GB storage options provide plenty of space for your images and videos, alongside your apps and games.
Motorola Moto G50
Best Budget 5G Smartphone
For quality performance alongside 5G readiness, the Moto G50 is an excellent budget option. Backed up by a 6.5-inch display, 48MP camera, and around 26 hours of general use, Motorola has put together a very enticing, low-cost option for someone looking for a 5G smartphone at an affordable price.
Best Budget Phone for Gaming
Gaming on the go does not have to require a dedicated gaming system. The Honor 50 possesses a ton of power at an affordable price, making it a great option for mobile gaming on a budget.
To keep games running smoothly with minimal lag, the Honor 50 has a Snapdragon 778G chipset, flanked by 6-8GB RAM (dependant on the model purchased). The 6.57-inch OLED panel showcases games in vibrant colours, inky blacks, and at a buttery smooth 120Hz refresh rate. 5G connectivity keeps online drop-outs to a minimum and enables fast downloading of games and apps.
With the 4300mAh battery and 66W charging, you can get back to 100% in just under an hour; a superfast recharge if you have been running the latest games and 5G together.
We hope this article has helped to end your search for your perfect smartphone. If not, explore our guides to the best iPhone cameras and the best Samsung cameras and find out more about these leading brands.