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Best Android phones under $300

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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 OnePlus Nord N20 5G 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.

Namerah Saud Fatmi

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.

At a glance

Best overall

The shiny back of the OnePlus Nord N30 5G

(Image credit: Nicholas Sutrich / Android Central)

Best overall

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

Only one OS update

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