Which is the best phone under £300? (May 2020)

by Rob Duke | May 29, 2020
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Looking for a bargain smartphone with cutting-edge features? Here’s our list of all the best deals for phones under £300 in May 2020.*

Google pixel 3a (£279.00 at Currys PC World)

It’d be easy to dismiss the Pixel 3a as a stripped-down version of the Pixel 3, but now the price has been slashed - you actually get more bang for your buck with this model.

The camera is unbeatable for a smartphone under £300, and (as we’ve come to expect from Google) it’s fast, good looking and super-easy to use. It’s definitely worth a look if you’re after a value phone with premium features. 

Samsung Galaxy A51 (£295.00 at Amazon)

The display on the A51 is probably the best available in this price range, and it renders 3D graphics exceptionally well, so it’s a great option if you’re into mobile gaming but you don’t want to break the bank.

In terms of general usage, it’s not as fast as the Pixel 3a, but it’s still a powerful and feature-laden handset that can handle almost anything you can throw at it. 

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Honor 9x (£199.95 at Argos)

A strong all-rounder with long battery life. While it doesn’t beat the Pixel 3a or the Galaxy A51 in terms of performance or display detail, it is significantly cheaper (and, notably, the only phone under £200 to make this list).

Honor also managed to avoid the need for a notch or punch-hole on the screen by including a nifty little pop-up camera – so you can view videos with a clear, unimpeded view. A great option for people who regularly watch shows and films on their mobiles.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G (£269.00 at Laptops Direct)

If you want a future-proof handset for under £300, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G is definitely the pick of the bunch.

It’s great to look at, it’s got a simple and well-designed user interface and, in terms of 5G connection speeds, it competes with some top of the range mobiles. Of course, the ultra-fast network won’t be available to everyone for a while, so connectivity might not be a dealbreaker for most people yet. Still, it pays to think ahead sometimes! 

Motorola G8 Power (£219.95 at John Lewis)

Motorola weren’t kidding when they named this. Thanks to an absolutely monstrous battery (5000mAh, no less), it’s one of the longest lasting phones money can buy.

With such an attention-grabbing standout feature, you might think there’d be a bunch of compromises in terms of features and performance, but actually, it’s one of the more capable phones in this price range. Sure, it’s a little bulkier than the alternatives, but it’s not unwieldy enough to detract from the benefits. A real bargain. 

Haven’t found a phone you like here?

Fear not, dear reader! You can keep an eye on the best deals on mid-range smartphones (including the ones in this list) by visiting deal-aggregator sites like hotukdeals.com and popping the name of the handset into the search bar, or by checking the lowest prices on comparison sites like PriceSpy or Pricerunner.

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*All prices listed were found through independent desk research and were correct at time of writing. We do not earn any commission through these links. Prices and deals are subject to change and stock availability. Please check discounts are still active on any external website before attempting to make a purchase.

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