Cheap mobile phones under £300 reviewed: Realme, Motorola and Honor
Buying a cheap smartphone used to mean sacrificing an enviable array of cameras and a seamless display. But the newest budget launches might make you question whether it’s ever worth spending a fortune on a smartphone again.
If you’re balking at the thought of splashing out hundreds of pounds on features you won’t often use, you’re in luck. Budget-friendly brands like Realme, Motorola and Honor are making that decision even easier to make.
All these phones have at least three rear cameras and a display that’s six inches or larger, which hardly sounds like a compromise.
We put them to test in our lab to see whether these challenger brands are really offering high-quality mobile phones for under £300.
Realme has been launching high-spec smartphones for surprisingly cheap prices since it launched in Europe last year.
The Realme 5 has been hailed as the ‘entry-level king’ by the brand itself, and for under £150 it offers three brilliant headline specs. To start with, it has a mammoth 6.5-inch display, which is the same size as Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max, except it’s seven times cheaper. So if you just want a phone with a big screen, this is a tempting alternative.
On to its cameras, the front lens is a standard 13Mp, but if you turn it on its rear, you’ll find an incredible four-lens line-up: 12Mp main, 8Mp ultra-wide-angle, a 2Mp portrait camera and a 2Mp macro lens. Not bad at all for under £150 ...
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