After the festive season and the gift of giving gifts to others, it is important to treat yourself to a little something. So with the turn of the new year, what is better than to start 2022 off with a brand new smartphone?

So, let us take a look at 10 budget-friendly phones you can quickly get with your leftover 2021 money.

1. Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC

You may be unfamiliar with the mobile manufacturer Xiaomi, but the Asian tech brand is a goldmine for budget-friendly smartphones. Look no further than the Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC – a smooth and sharp operating smartphone that will have you wondering how you managed to get such a good phone at such an affordable price.

Its 120Hz HDR10-supporting screen is a particular selling point, as this is a very rare feature for a smartphone at this price point. Not only this, but the Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC has a fantastic battery life – lasting up to around two days without being plugged into the mains.

2. Google Pixel 4a

The Google Pixel 4a is easily one of the best inexpensive Android phones available, and Google has certainly done a fantastic job with it. Google phones can often be hit or miss, but the Pixel 4a is an excellent addition from Google, especially considering its budget-friendly price tag. It comes with improved specs from the 3a and has kept the same spectacular camera.

The Pixel 4a starts from a price of around just £300.

3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

Another entry from the Asian brand, opt for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro if you’re searching for a budget-friendly smartphone with many features. However, before looking in detail at the amazing specs, it is worth noting that this Xiaomi model starts at only £209.

This low-cost handset boasts a stunning display that could easily be mistaken for a higher-end smartphone with cutting-edge features. The 1080p AMOLED screen display is magnificent and modern for a phone with such a low price, and the camera specifications are just as impressive.

4. Motorola Moto G9 Power

Motorola has regularly produced some of the greatest low-budget smartphones for quite some time. However, its Moto G9 Power model is one of the best low-cost devices the American communication company has made. This owes in large part to its enormous 6,000mAh battery, which is far larger than the batteries in most phones of any price range, and it corresponds to nearly two days of usage in normal using conditions.

You can pick up this super affordable phone for as low as £149.99

5. iPhone SE 2nd Gen

Mentioning the Apple brand in a list about budget-friendly phones may seem crazy. Still, the iPhone SE is ideal for anyone looking for a low-cost Apple phone without having to fork out a hefty sum of money for the additional advanced and stylish features seen on the company’s more premium devices.

The iPhone SE has almost everything the high-end iPhone models include, excluding some advanced features such as 5G, Face ID authentication, and larger screen space. The iPhone SE comes in at just £389.

6. Samsung Galaxy A21s

The Galaxy A21s is a budget-friendly smartphone with a stylish appearance, a large 6.5-inch screen, and a long battery life. An impressive feature of the A21s is its four back cameras, one of which has a large 48MP sensor. This Samsung device is a top-notch smartphone shooter for the price, capturing detail-rich shots with plenty of colors.
You can get your hands on the Galaxy A21 at a bargain price of just £180.

7. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T

Yet another Xiaomi phone on our list, the Redmi Note 9T, is substantially better than its price tag suggests. As for a phone that costs less than £250 has so much to offer and now even supports the 5G network, which adds to its allure. The triple camera array, which includes a large 48MP sensor, is extremely impressive for the budget price.

8. Realme 8 5G

If you don’t want to compromise on signal strength, you should consider the Realme 8 5G, another one of these budget smartphones that support 5G connectivity. However, this phone might not be the right phone for you if you are an avid photographer. Its 48MP + 2MP + 2MP triple rear camera and 16MP front camera leave a lot to be desired, making the camera quality frankly average.

Despite this, the Realme 8 5G is a well-rounded phone for users who like a large screen and fast connectivity. This makes it particularly great for buyers who want a smartphone that only does its job as a phone but does it well.

9. Motorola G50

The Motorola G50 is an incredibly reliable phone, especially its budget price. Boasting a triple rear camera with 48MP + 5MP +2MP quality, this fairs a little better than some of its competitors. However, this being said, the front-facing camera is only 13MP, making it unsuitable for high-quality selfies!

However, the Motorola G50 does have great battery life and a fast processor, making it quick and smooth to operate.

10. Oppo A5 2020

This brand is highly undervalued in the UK, but they make some great phones for those looking for a handset on a budget. The top pick is the Oppa A5 2020, which includes a 5,000mAh battery, 720 x 1600 screen, and is operated by a reliable Snapdragon 665 processor.

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