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The ReviewGist pick for the best smartphone under $200 is the Huawei Honor 5X. Even though the Huawei Honor 5X has flagship level specs on paper, the real world performance leaves a lot to be desired in almost all fronts. The Honor 5X has garnered an average of 3 star rating from over 13 expert reviewers and has been universally panned for its sluggish performance, poor low light camera, cumbersome interface and a cheap feel to the build. That being said, it has been redeemed by its display which has earned top marks and for $200, it is still the best smartphone out there.

What we found digging through some of the top cellphones under $200:

The best cellphones under $200 on the market include some of the lower end Android and Windows phones. Note that at this price point an Android will probably give you a better performance. This is fundamentally because the latest versions of Android have been specifically optimized to work on cellphones with lower processing power - which will be the norm at a sub-$200 price point. The Windows phones will also suffer from lack of comprehensive app support, but most of the basic utilities should be as good.


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Huawei Honor 5X
Moto G (3rd Gen)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Xolo Era 4K
Huawei Honor 5X
Moto G (3rd gen)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Xolo Era 4K
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Release Date
Feb 2016
Jul 2015
Aug 2015
Apr 2016
Mar 2016
Digital Camera Resolution
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
8.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.5 inch
5.0 inch
5.5 inch
5.0 inch
5.0 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.4GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53, Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
1.2GHz ,Qualcomm Snapdragon 616,Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
1GHz  quad-core, MediaTek MT6735, Quad-core 1.0 GHz
Battery Capacity
3000.0 mAh
2470.0 mAh
3060.0 mAh
2750.0 mAh
4000.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 5.1.1
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Android 5.1, Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Android 5.1, Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Average Rating
 3.4 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.0 stars
 3.4 stars
 3.5 stars
Look and Feel
64% Positive
36% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
45% Positive
55% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
Display
76% Positive
24% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Performance
40% Positive
60% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Camera
66% Positive
34% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
Price
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive

Some more tips to find the top phone under $200:

Below $200, there are some great smart phones which packs some neat features. Some of the features that you can look for in the best cellphones under 200 include 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS positioning and navigation etc along with higher-resolution touchscreen and mobile broadband access.

Also try to optimize on the the resolution and quality of mobile cameras but the cellphones under $200 will typically not give you photo capabilities - you might want to look into the windows phones if you are looking for a decent cameras as they generally outperform the Android ones w.r.t the camera capabilities. Also, companies are releasing models dubbed as feature phones, which have similar but slightly lower feature set and price tags compared to their smart counterparts.