Updated on 1 December 2015 by

The best cellphones under $200 on the market include some of the lower end Android and Windows phones. Note that if you are looking for a cellphone under $200 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.

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.


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Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
Meizu M2 Note
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2)
Microsoft Lumia 640
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
Meizu M2 Note
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2)
Microsoft Lumia 640
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
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$199 - $299
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Aug 2015
Mar 2015
May 2015
Apr 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
13.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
4.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.5 inch
5.5 inch
4.5 inch
5.0 inch
5.5 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
1.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53, Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 - 3G model, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 - LTE model
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
Quad-core 2.3 GHz (4 GB RAM model), Quad-core 1.8 GHz (2 GB RAM model)
Battery Capacity
3060.0 mAh
3100.0 mAh
2390.0 mAh
2500.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.0.x (Lollipop), v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1 (Lollipop) - only XT1527
Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Average Rating
 4.1 stars
 4.1 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.7 stars
Look and Feel
45% Positive
55% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
27% Positive
73% Negative
Display
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative
40% Positive
60% Negative
81% Positive
19% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Camera
85% Positive
15% Negative
40% Positive
60% Negative
20% Positive
80% Negative
78% Positive
22% Negative
38% Positive
62% Negative
Battery
57% Positive
43% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative
57% Positive
43% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
100% Positive
40% Positive
60% Negative
100% Positive
90% Positive
10% Negative

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