The Best Smartphones You Can Buy Under $200 (₦70,000)

You are a middle income earner and have a budget of ₦70,000 and want to buy a smartphone that looks and feels really good and that also has some flagship features without you spending on a flagship. Here are your options if you are hunting for the best cell phones under $200.

You have a good job and would be classified as a middle income earner. Or you run your own business and it is doing well enough for you to enjoy some of the finer things of life without scrounging. You have got taste and want a mid-range smartphone – a good balance between performance, utility and good looks.

The Best Cell Phones Under $200
The Best Cell Phones Under $200

In other words, you want the best value for money without having to buy the most expensive smartphones in the market. And honestly, most people do not need a flagship phone.

Most of the phones listed below will deliver solid performance even for the most demanding tasks. Those in the lower half of the spectrum will buck a bit if you push them hard, but for everyday usage, all of them will run fine without hiccups.

The Best Cell Phones Under $200

So, if you have a budget of 70,000 or $200, here are the best options for you to spend your hard earned money.

Lenovo Z6 Youth (aka Lenovo Z6 Lite) 4GB/64GB

Lenovo Youth Edition aka Lenovo Z6 Lite is one of the best cell phones under $200
Lenovo Youth Edition aka Lenovo Z6 Lite is number one on the list of the best cell phones under $200.

Lenovo makes some really solid phones and it is a shame that they are not active here. For 64,000 or $180, you can cop yourself the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant of Lenovo Z6 Youth Edition. And it is the sweetest deal ever. Qualcomm Snapdragon 710: check. 4GB RAM: check. 64GB storage: check. 4050mAh battery with 15W quick charging: check.

And if you aren’t impressed already, it has a rear triple camera, a 6.3″ display, and a ceramic textured back.

The catch is that it isn’t officially available in the country, so you have to order from an online store like Gearbest, AliExpress and the like and have it shipped to you.

Lenovo Z6 Youth Edition specifications.

Redmi Note 7 4GB/64GB

Redmi Note 7 is one of the Best Cell Phones Under $200

If you are not given to the idea of ordering online and having your phone shipped in, your next best option among the best cell phones under $200 is the 4GB/64GB variant of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7, and it will set you back by 66,900.00 (about $188). You will return home with some change (N3,000) and a lovely smartphone that is hard to break or scratch.

The 4000mAh battery will take you through a full day – unless you spend all of your day on the phone Instagraming, Facebooking and Tweeting. There is 18W fast charging on the specs sheet, so if you somehow manage to drain the battery, you can top it up really quickly if a compatible fast charger is available.

Because it has a Snapdragon 660 processor inside, you will have no trouble playing games and using it for more demanding tasks. (14nm). Screen size? A nice 6.3 inches. The user interface is Xiaomi’s custom software, MIUI, which has many useful features but also bloatware. And expect to be annoyed by ads every now and then. Yes; you can disable the ads – run a Google search for a tutorial.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 specifications.

Huawei Y9 2019 4GB/64GB

Huawei Y9 2019

Up next on our list of the best cell phones under $200 is the Y9 2019 from Huawei. Note that I didn’t say Huawei Y9 Prime 2019. This one has no Prime in its name. It costs just 67,500 (about $190) and sports a 6.5″ waterdrop notch display, dual cameras both front and back, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 4000mAh battery with 10W fast charging, and 64GB storage for your files.

It is powered by a Hisilicon Kirin 710 processor, which is quite capable for mid-range phones, though we wish it was a Kirin 970 chip in there instead. But the 710 is a respectable contender to Snapdragon 660 and is close enough in performance. You shouldn’t have any issues with gaming and other intensive activities on the Y9 2019.

Nokia 5.1 Plus 6GB/64GB

Nokia 5.1 Plus

Nokia 5.1 Plus is powered by Mediatek’s MT6771 aka Helio P60 processor. It is about the closest chip to a Snapdragon 660 from Mediatek in terms of performance and will ensure that heavier tasks and gaming aren’t frustrating experiences. Pair that with 6GB of RAM and stock Android OS, and you can expect smooth handling.

The battery is of 3060mAh capacity but there is no fast charging, which is a shame, really. But with a compact 5.86″ display and pure Android OS running, it won’t run out of power in a hurry. You also get 64 GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot.

This phone has also got the classiest design and build on this list. This is premium material fit for the board rooms of Broad Street and Victoria Island. The Nokia 5.1 Plus will set you back by 66,000 only. That is about $185.

Samsung Galaxy A30

Samsung Galaxy A30 2019 cameras

Samsung’s gladiator on our list of best cell phones under $200 is the A30, one of the company’s new models taking on the mid-range market. You will find it in the market for 68,000 (about $191). What do you get in return? A 6.4″ Super AMOLED display. It isn’t every day that you get to see a Super AMOLED display at this price point, so that is a huge plus.

Under the hood is an Exynos 7904 processor. It isn’t quite up to par with a Snapdragon 660 power house, but it is a valid contender. As such, heavy tasks and gameplay on the A30 shouldn’t be a pain.

To keep the lights on is a 4000mAh paired with15W quick charge technology. Not bad at all.

The Best Cell Phones Under $200: The Reserve List

If you select from any of the above smartphones, you would have gotten for yourself one of the best cell phones under $200. However, there are a number of other smartphones under $200, though they are not as capable or as feature-packed as those already itemised above.

TECNO Camon 11 Pro

TECNO Camon 11 Pro all sides

For 67,000 ($188), the CAMON 11 Pro from TECNO Mobile offers you a fairly beefy 3750mAh battery, Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and 64 GB internal storage. There is no fast charging though.

The long notched display is 6.2 inches in size and there is a rear dual camera.

OPPO A5s 4GB/64GB

OPPO A5s

OPPO Mobile wants you to return home with 4,000 change and offers you the A5s. It has a beefy 4230mAh battery too, which you will find hard to drain. It is unfortunate though that there is no fast charging technology built in, so quick top ups can be painful.

Still, it has a respectable 6.2″ display and underneath that is a Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 processor.

The A5s costs 65,000 (about $183).

OPPO A5s specifications.

Infinix Note 6

Infinix Note 6

For the same 65,000 ($183), Infinix Note 6 offers you a stylus experience – something that will draw creative people like flies to a nightlight. It has a triple camera at the back, a fingerprint scanner, and a 4000mAh battery. Again, there is no fast charging in the picture here.

The display is 6.01″ in size. Internal storage is 64GB, and there is 4GB RAM for app switching.

Infinix Note 6 specifications.

Infinix S4

Infinix S4

Wrapping up this list of the best cell phones under $200 (or ₦70,000) is the 4GB/64GB variant of the Infinix S4. It is powered by a Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 processor, has a triple camera setup at the back, and has a 4000mAh battery. There is no fast charging.

The S4 package goes for 64,500, or $181, only.

Infinix S4 specifications.

The Best Cell Phones Under $200: Wrap up

All of the smartphones listed on this page have 64GB internal storage. All of them have a fingerprint reader. And all of them have a minimum of 4GB of RAM.

The great advantage of buying a smartphone that costs $200 or less is that you can put some of the cash you would have spent on a premium smartphone away in mutal funds or stocks or some other investments. If you are a young person, you might think that you need spending money now. What you don’t want to find out in your old age is how much more you need moeny then.

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7 comments

  1. I will like to point out that you also check out the Lenovo Z6 Lite. It is pure value for money. It’s beats redmi note 7 because it sports a snapdragon 710 processor and it is also packed with a 4050Mah battery. It also has triple rear camera setup. 6.4 inch full HD screen.

    1. Tayor,

      You are spot on. The Lenovo Z6 Lite is superb value for money! I left it out nbecause the list was focused on phones that are officially available in the country.

      But perhaps I should include it, afterall abyone can place an order on Gearbest and have it shipped in.

  2. This article really make a lot of sense, very useful. This is the kind of article to read before purchasing any kind of budget phone in Nigeria. Job well done Mister MO

  3. Thank you very much Mr. MO for this great review. This writeup will definitely help people who need phones within this range to choose their best choice. Left for me I will definitely go for Nokia 5.1 Plus. That’s my best choice.

  4. Thanks Mr. Mo. Great writeup to point people in the right direction. Might just be picking one of the above soon even though I’m leaning towards a 128gb ROM device.

  5. Reading through this list makes me keep salivating and wishing I’m a “middle-class earner”. But, if things were to go my way, I’ll definitely pick Infinix Note 6. I don’t know about any other person, but Infinix has never failed me. And this is not to say others aren’t good. I just like phones with stylus pens because I love drawing and Painting. Using such devices would aid my skill.

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