You are probably here because you already know that you can get most of the features and performance of a $1,000 smartphone in the best $300 phones.
If this is new to you, yes; for a third of the cost of a premium flagship, you can buy a smartphone with great performance and most high-end features, many of which the average mobile subscriber does not use anyway.
The Best $300 Phones of 2021
All the smartphones on this list have high refresh rate displays (90 Hz or 120 Hz), 8 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM (internal storage memory), and at least 33W fast charging. All of them are also powered by capable upper mid-range chipsets. So, as already mentioned, they all deliver solid, near-premium performance.
- Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro. This is a 2021 model, runs Android 11, and has a 6.67-inch LCD with 120 Hz refresh rate and gorilla Glass 6 protection. Under the hood is a powerful Snapdragon 860 processor, and it delivers all the power you can dream of at the price point. You can find the 6/128 GB variant for $249 and the 8/228 GB variant for $299 on Banggood. If you are buying in the United States (USA), the price on eBay is about $340. Don’t ask me why. In the United Kingdom (UK), you can pick a 6/128 GB for £249 and 8/128 GB (which is our focus here) for £299.
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro. Announced just this year as well, this is one of the most value-packed smartphones around in 2021. It runs Android 11, and has a 6.67-inch 120 Hz refresh rate AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The Snapdragon 732G processor delivers near-flagship performance. It has three memory variants, which are available internationally, as follows: 6/64 GB for $279, 6/128 GB for $299, and 8/128 GB (again, our focus here) for $329. In Nigeria, those variants come to ₦116,000, ₦126,500, and ₦135,000 respectively.
- Infinix Zero 8. The Zero 8 has a massive 6.85-inch LCD with 90 Hz refresh rate, runs Android 10, and is powered by a Helio G90T processor and is available in an 8/128 GB trim. It sells for $250 across Asia and €210 in the European Union region. You will find it for ₦123,000 at Slot, Pointek, and other stores in Nigeria as well. In Ghana, it is available for GHS 1,549, while it sells for Ksh. 28,500 in Kenya.
- TECNO Camon 16 Premier. Powered by a Helio G90T processor and running Android 10 out of the box, this TECNO phone model has a 6.85-inch IPS LCD with 90 Hz refresh rate. It is available for 230 euro. In Nigeria, you can pick one up for ₦120,000 at Slot, Pointek, and other stores. It sells for KSh 28,999 in Kenya, and for as low as GH₵ 1,540 in Ghana through online stores like Jumia and others.
All the above smartphones have 33W fast charging technology. As far as I am concerned, 33W fast charging is a very sweet spot you don’t ever want to step down from. Their battery capacities vary from 4500 to 5160 mAh. That is a good range to be in, and you don’t have to worry about battery life.
These smartphones are available in many more countries than I am able to list here, so check at your local retailer or your favourite online store. I hope this list helps you with your budget phone shopping.
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