It may seem like your choices are slim to none if you’re looking for a reliable phone for $200 or less. But there are a few budget smartphone options available that we wholeheartedly recommend — like handsets from Motorola’s Moto G series and one phone from its even more affordable E series. Upcoming and newly announced devices from Samsung and Xiaomi also look compelling not only because these are phones from well-known companies and sport sub-$200 price tags, but also because they have decent specs (hello, good camera) and an elegant design.
To see our picks, check out the list below. A few of them have been fully reviewed by CNET editors, while others we hope to get in our hands soon (and we’ll update this roundup once their respective reviews are up as well). Note that we’ve linked to the unlocked version of each smartphone, and they should run on most of the big four US wireless carriers, unless specified otherwise.
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