Best Android phones under $300 in 2024 (2024)

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Best Android phones under $300 in 2024 (1)

1. At a glance
2. Best overall
3. Best runner-up
4. Best design
5. Most rugged
6. Best display
7. Best stylus

Every year, we see more and more Android phones under $300 get released, and the quality seems to improve with every passing generation. Sure, they may lack some of the power and premium features found in the best Android phones, but it's not unusual to find cheap devices that boast the same quality construction, cameras, and battery life as a modern flagship — you just need to know where to look.

The Samsung Galaxy A24 tops the list, thanks to its high-performance hardware that makes it feel more expensive than it is. It works best on T-Mobile's network, but with so many excellent prepaid options using the network, it's easily one of the best cheap phones you'll find.

It's worth noting that many wireless carriers will hook you up with a serious discount on the best Android phones if you're willing to add an eligible line or send in an old or broken device. Sometimes these price drops can make even premium devices $300 or less. To see what I'm talking about, check out our list of the best Samsung Galaxy A54 deals to see just how cheap a brand-new phone can get when you pair it with the right deal.

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At a glance

Best overall

1. Samsung Galaxy A24

Best overall

Backed by a legendary brand, the Galaxy A24 features a vibrant 90Hz Super AMOLED display and great battery life. Plus, you get four OS and five years of security updates.

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Best runner-up

2. OnePlus Nord N30 5G

Best runner-up

Complete with a sleek design, a 5,000mAh battery, 50W SUPERVOOC charging, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 695 processor, the OnePlus Nord N30 feels like it should cost twice as much.

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Best design

3. Moto G 5G (2023)

Best design

The Moto G 5G is further proof that you don't need to spend more than a few hundred bucks to get a premium design with reliable Snapdragon performance.

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Most rugged

4. Blackview N6000

Most rugged

The N6000 from Blackview is so durable that you don't even need to worry about getting a case, plus you'll get a large battery with decent specs all around.

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Best display

5. Nokia G400

Best display

Not only does the Nokia G400 come with a 120Hz refresh rate (a rarity in this price range), but you also get a large battery with 20W charging and Android 12 out of the box.

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Best with a stylus

6. Moto G Stylus (2023)

Best with a stylus

The Moto G Stylus (2023) comes with a lovely 6.5-inch 90Hz display, perfect for jotting down notes with the built-in stylus, plus two-day battery life and some decent camera tech.

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Best overall

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1. Samsung Galaxy A24

Best overall

Specifications

Display: 6.5-inch 90Hz Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2340

CPU: Mediatek Helio G99

RAM: 4GB/6GB/8GB

OS: Android 13, One UI 5.1

Storage: 128GB, up to 1TB via microSD

Battery: 5,000mAh, 25W fast charging

Camera: 50MP wide, 5MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, 13MP front

Reasons to buy

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Large 5,000mAh battery with 25W fast charging

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Responsive 90Hz Super AMOLED display

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Launched with Android 13

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Samsung will provide four OS updates and five years of security updates

Reasons to avoid

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No 5G support

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Some UI lag

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Weak cameras in low light

No matter your price range, Samsung is making one or two phones to fit it and it's no different with the $300 category. The Samsung Galaxy A24 comes in at a penny shy of that price but brings with it plenty of features to make it worth the price. The display is a fairly large 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panel that runs up to 90Hz and has a high resolution of 1080x2340pixels. This panel should be plenty bright for outdoor usage and sharp enough to easily read text.

The battery is large at 5,000mAh and unlike some cheap phones, it can charge at up to 25W wired. That's pretty quick. You also get 128GB of storage to hold your downloaded music and videos with a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 1TB. If you've ever done hard work outside, you know that you don't always have the signal to stream and even if you do, playing downloaded music can help save battery if the signal is exceptionally low.

The phone is powered by a Mediatek Helio G99 which is nothing special but has enough power for most apps and can even do some light gaming if you keep your expectations in check. If you're a photographer though, you should probably go with something else as many users report underwhelming low-light performance.

Finally, unlike many budget phones, Samsung has years of support planned to keep this phone up-to-date and secure. Samsung launched this device with Android 13 and plans to offer four OS updates. Beyond that, the phone will be kept up to date with security patches for five years. This makes it the absolute best $300 Android phone that money can buy.

Best runner-up

Best Android phones under $300 in 2024 (10)

2. OnePlus Nord N30 5G

Best runner-up

Specifications

Display: 6.72-inch 120Hz LCD, 1080 x 2400 (20:9, 391 PPI)

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695

RAM: 8GB LPDDR4x

OS: Android 13, OxygenOS 13.1

Storage: 128GB/256GB UFS 2.2

Battery: 5,000mAh, 50W SUPERVOOC ultra-fast charging

Camera: 108MP wide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth, 16MP front

Reasons to buy

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Great design and build

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Impressive battery life

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Headphone jack & expandable storage

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Great software features

Reasons to avoid

-

Camera isn't amazing

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Only one OS update

OnePlus' aggressive expansion into the budget segment in North America has given us several great Nord handsets in recent years, the latest of which is the Nord N30 5G. The Nord N30 5G slides in under the $300 mark and can even be found on sale much of the time. What's more, it looks the part, with a sharp two-tone design on its back panel. And you get the added peace of mind of IP54 splash resistance, too.

The Nord N30 5G has a reasonably sized 6.72-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution. You also get a huge 5,000mAh battery paired with the superb efficiency of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 CPU, providing all-day battery life without skipping a beat. Once you do run out of juice, however, the 50W SUPERVOOC ultra-fast charging will get you back up to speed in no time at all.

As we note in our One Plus Nord N30 review, the phone delivers consistently solid performance, even when playing graphics-intensive games like The Division Resurgence. On the flip side, it lags behind when compared with phones like the Google Pixel 7a, especially in the camera department. If you enjoy taking pictures and you're willing to spend an additional $50, the latter phone might be a better choice.

Best design

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3. Moto G 5G (2023)

Best design

Specifications

Display: 6.5” HD+ (1600x720), LCD, 120Hz refresh rate

CPU: Snapdragon 480+

RAM: 4GB

OS: Android 13

Storage: 128GB, expandable

Battery: 5,000mAh, 15W wired charging

Camera: 48MP wide, 2MP macro, 8MP front

Reasons to buy

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Vibrant 6.5-inch 120Hz display

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Huge 5,000mAh battery

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Headphone jack & expandable storage

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Great speakers

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Feels premium to hold

Reasons to avoid

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No NFC

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Average cameras

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Slow charging

The first thing you notice about the Moto G 5G (2023) is how it feels to hold in your hands. Despite the plastic construction, the budget phone feels like a solid piece of tech, with a frosted matte finish and a completely flat design.

Things are just as interesting under the hood, as the Snapdragon 480+ processor runs just as well as some flagships when you're tackling basic tasks, especially since it's paired with a butter-smooth 120Hz display. You also get Android 13 straight out of the box and three years of software updates guaranteed, which is pretty generous for a sub-$300 phone.

Like many Motorola phones, the Moto G 5G (2023) boasts the highly sought-after 3.5mm headphone jack, although the stereo speakers here are loud enough on their own. You'll also be pleased to learn that the G 5G comes with a large 5,000mAh battery, some decent cameras, and the clever gesture controls that Motorola has become known for.

Most rugged

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4. Blackview N6000

Most rugged

Specifications

Display: 4.3” 540x1200, LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass 5

CPU: Mediatek Helio G99

RAM: 8GB

OS: Android 13, DokeOS 3.1

Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1

Battery: 3,880mAh, 18W wired charging

Camera: 48MP wide, 16MP front

Reasons to buy

+

Rugged design is super durable

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Meets IP68, IP69K, and MIL-STD-810H durability standards

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Android 13 out of the box

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18W fast charging

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256GB of storage

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks 5G and has weak carrier and band support

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4.3-inch screen might be too small for some

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Not as many guaranteed updates

For the most part, modern smartphones are generic slabs of glass or plastic. There's nothing wrong with that, but it means that buying a case is a must for incredibly clumsy people. But what if there was a phone that was designed to not need a case in the first place? Enter the Blackview N6000.

The Blackview N6000 has decent specs, with a Mediatek Helio G99 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The device has a covered USB-C charging port with 18W fast wired charging support and a 3,880mAh battery. This may not seem like much, but it can keep you running all day with ease because of its tiny 4.3-inch screen. This phone is designed to be tough with IP68 and IP69K water and dust resistance, MIL-STD-810H military-grade durability, and Gorilla Glass 5.

Connectivity is quite limited compared to many others on this list, with only LTE support on GSM carriers — that means no Verizon. It's also worth noting that this phone doesn't support all of either carrier's bands, so you may find yourself with lower or no signal than others on the same carrier. Still, it's hard to find a rugged phone that competes with this one for under $300.

Best display

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5. Nokia G400 5G

Best display

Specifications

Display: 6.58” 1080x2408 FHD+, IPS LCD, 120Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass 3

CPU: Snapdragon 480+

RAM: 4GB

OS: Android 12

Storage: 64GB, up to 1TB via microSD

Battery: 5,000mAh, 20W wired charging

Camera: 48MP wide, 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth, 16MP front

Reasons to buy

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Fast 6.58-inch IPS 120Hz LCD

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Large 5,000mAh battery with 20W charging

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Quick Snapdragon 480+ CPU

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Headphone jack and microSD slot

Reasons to avoid

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Underwhelming default storage (64GB)

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Doesn't work with Verizon-based carriers

Nokia has been working hard to cement its place in Android history by focusing on cheap phones with balanced specs and nice designs. The Nokia G400 5G comes with a Snapdragon 480+ CPU and 4GB of RAM. This CPU is a faster version of the Snapdragon 480 that we saw in phones like the OnePlus Nord N200 5G, which already had snappy performance for the price. It even runs Android 12 out of the box.

Adding to the snappy performance is the 120Hz IPS LCD panel under the G400's 6.58-inch Gorilla Glass 3 screen. This display is one of the best you can get in a phone under $300, making it a good pick for those who like to stream. A large 5,000mAh battery can keep your phone running all day with ease and even charges quickly with support for PD 3.0 and a 20W charger included.

Finally, carrier compatibility is decent, with support for AT&T and T-Mobile carriers though those on Verizon should pick something else. If you're on T-Mobile, you'll also get the best 5G experience thanks to this phone's support for T-Mobile's mid-band Ultra Capacity 5G network.

Best with a stylus

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6. Moto G Stylus (2023)

Best with a stylus

Specifications

Display: 6.5-inch HD+ (1600 X 720), LCD, 90Hz

CPU: MediaTek Helio G85

RAM: 4GB

OS: Android 13

Storage: 64GB, expandable

Battery: 5,000mAh, 15W wired charging

Camera: 50MP wide, 2MP macro, 8MP front

Reasons to buy

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Built-in stylus

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Big display for drawing and note-taking

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50MP camera system

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Large 5,000mAh battery

Reasons to avoid

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No IP water or dust resistance

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No wireless charging or NFC

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No 5G

The Galaxy Note series was, at one point, super popular for making the most of a stylus-touting phone before Samsung discontinued it. If you don't have the cash for a flagship like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, the Moto G Stylus (2023) is worth a look. It has an included stylus that you can hide inside the phone when you aren't using it. However, unlike Samsung's high-end phones, the Moto G Stylus (2023) is very affordable.

With the Moto G Stylus (2023), you can draw, take notes, and navigate the UI — something that's quite handy when trying to tap small buttons on the screen. You also get a 6.5-inch HD+ 90Hz display, Android 13, and 128GB of storage that can be expanded. There's also a 5,000 mAh battery, which should easily last all day and beyond with the MediaTek Helio G85 processor.

There is also now a quadruple-camera system with a 50MP standard shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP macro lens. Unfortunately, you don't get NFC or wireless charging on the downside, nor official IP water or dust resistance.

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Amazingly, plenty of the other best Android phones are available at affordable prices, but when you're looking to save money, there will be compromises. When shopping for these phones, take a close look at the specs to ensure you're not missing a feature you'd like to have. Many inexpensive phones will reduce display size, resolution, extra cameras, or bonuses like stereo speakers. However, when you shop around, you'll be able to get an excellent phone for just a few hundred bucks.

The Samsung Galaxy A24 punches above its weight class, so it comes out ahead of brands like OnePlus and Motorola. This is thanks mostly to Samsung's software. Samsung launched this phone with Android 13 and has four OS and five years of security updates planned for the device. With so many cheap Androids receiving only one or sometimes no updates, it's great to see Samsung supporting this device. We just wish it came with 5G support.

The OnePlus Nord N30 5G is a phenomenal pick for just under $300 and comes with a powerful processor, a solid camera, and a really nice build. It won't get as many updates as Samsung's A24 5G, but it's a better phone so long as you don't need the latest and greatest Android features beyond Android 13.

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Namerah enjoys geeking out over accessories, gadgets, and all sorts of smart tech. She spends her time guzzling coffee, writing, casual gaming, and cuddling with her furry best friends. Find her on Twitter @NamerahS.

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