Best smartphones under 200 euros: which one to choose?

Not everyone has an unlimited budget to buy a smartphone. Manufacturers have understood this and are increasing the number of announcements of cheaper models. Chinese brands are undoubtedly the most prolific, with Xiaomi at the forefront.

Given the duplication of references, it is sometimes difficult to sort them out. For a better overview, we have put together a complete comparison of the best smartphones under 200 euros.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10: the benchmark

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G © Xiaomi

After the Redmi Note 8 and 9, it is the turn of the Redmi Note 10 to establish itself as the best smartphone under 200 euros. Difficult to find such a complete model in this price segment.

In addition to its neat design, the Redmi Note 10 is characterized above all by its IP53 certification, which ensures water and dust resistance.

The manufacturer has equipped it extremely generously with a 6.43 ” Super AMOLED screen, which is accompanied by stereo speakers. A real masterpiece, because almost all smartphones under 200 euros integrate LCD screens.

If the Snapdragon 678 chip (coupled with 4GB of RAM) isn’t the most powerful, it still gives you a daily fluid experience. Some 3D games even run quite well as long as you keep the graphics quality to a minimum.

The Redmi Note 10 is also a very durable smartphone, as it can last for almost two days for versatile use. Xiaomi also offers a 33W charger to fully charge the 5000 mAh battery in around 1 hour 30 minutes.

After all, only the photographic quality will put some off. Without being disastrous, the Redmi Note 10 is not among the best in its class. You can’t have everything for 199 euros.

Redmi Note 10 64 GB at the best price base price: 199 €

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Redmi Note 10 128 GB at the best base price: € 229

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OPPO A72: everything in balance


The OPPO A72 was launched at just over 200 euros and is now available for around 160 euros. A price much more in line with what it offers.

With this model, OPPO strikes the right balance. Although clad in plastic, the A72 is elegant and comfortable to hold. Its 6.5-inch LCD screen shows content in Full HD. Badly calibrated by default (too cold), it can be optimized in the display settings. We then enjoy a very nice screen.

Under the hood, the Snapdragon 665 chip (combined with 4 or 8 GB RAM) does not work miracles, but it is sufficiently powerful for everyday use. Only gamers can get frustrated when they launch the latest 3D games. Nothing dramatic for a smartphone at this price point.

All of this small world is supported by a 5000 mAh battery that guarantees a use of up to two days. The A72 is therefore a very durable smartphone.

After all, the OPPO A72 inherits efficient photography equipment. When he struggles in low light, he remains one of the best at the field.

Oppo A72 at the best base price: € 259

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Poco X3: the good surprise

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Aesthetically, the Poco X3 is not a model for elegance. Its protruding photo module and the huge logo on the back do not speak for it. But as everyone knows, the taste and the colors …

The seductive advantages of the Poco X3 are therefore elsewhere. There are three elements that distinguish it from its competitors. The first is its screen. Poco relies on an LCD panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It is the only one that integrates such a technology in this price segment.

The Poco X3 is also a powerful smartphone. Its Snapdragon 732G chip is optimized for gaming, so that the X3 can run the most demanding licenses with average graphics quality and good fluidity in addition to comfortable everyday operation.

After all, despite the integration of a very energy-intensive panel, the X3 is very durable (up to two days of use). A great achievement.

The only small disadvantage: The photo quality is honorable, nothing more. A classic from Poco that has always focused on performance and autonomy.

Poco X3 NFC 64 GB at the best price base price: 229 €

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Poco X3 NFC 128 GB at the best base price: € 269

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realme 7i: the marathon runner

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The tension does not have to be drawn out: the realme 7i itself is not up to the best models in this selection. Its LCD screen only shows content in HD +, its thickness makes it bulky and its Helio G85 chip from MediaTek (connected to 4 GB of RAM) is not dazzling.

On the other hand, with its 6000 mAh battery, it can position itself as the most enduring smartphone in its category. And if, due to the lack of a quick charger, you have to wait longer than 2h30 to fully charge it, it is easily accommodated.

The Realme 7i scores with honors in photography without reaching the level of the best. But it is available for around 150 euros, which makes it immediately more interesting.

Realme 7i at the best base price: € 169

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Samsung Galaxy A12: the main thing is the essentials

The Samsung Galaxy A12. © Samsung

Samsung doesn’t do any tricks with the Galaxy A12. Offered between 150 and 180 euros, this smartphone (made of plastic) in an imposing and heavy format (205 g on the scales) goes to the essentials.

Not an AMOLED panel, but a very well calibrated 6.5 inch LCD screen that perfectly meets the expectations of multimedia enthusiasts.

No frills under the hood either: The Galaxy A12 runs on the Helio P35 from Mediatek, which, to be honest, isn’t exactly the most efficient. Some traffic jams even invite you to party.

Samsung makes up for this by equipping it with a nice 5000 mAh battery that allows two days of use. The Galaxy A12 in particular does well in terms of photos, one of the weak points of most smartphones under 200 euros.

The Galaxy A12 will therefore be suitable for those on a very small budget.

Galaxy A12 64 GB at the best price base price: 189 €

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Poco M3: the original


By the time it was released, the Poco M3 had caused a sensation. Not because of its autonomy, which is just as incredible as that of the Realme 7i (it also has a 6000 mAh battery), but because of its original design to say the least.

It is characterized by a very pleasantly structured plastic back, but above all by an imposing photo module that extends over the entire width of the smartphone. Its 6.53 ” LCD screen is also one of its strengths.

Under the hood, the Snapdragon 662 chip is not a lightning strike, but ensures a pleasant everyday use. The camera is correct, nothing more.

The great strength of the Poco M3 is its price, because it is offered for only 120 euros!

Poco M3 64 GB for the best price base price: 129 €

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Poco M3 128 GB at the best price base price: 149 €

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(Bonus) Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro: It’s in the old case …

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At the time of writing, the Redmi Note 9 Pro costs a little over 200 euros. For example, it can be found in certain commercial transactions around 230 euros.

But in our opinion, those few extra dollars are worth the detour. The Redmi Note 9 Pro established itself as the best smartphone under 300 euros last year.

First of all for its sleek design and superb Full HD + LCD screen. The performance of the Snapdragon 720G chip ensures comfortable daily use and its battery life is excellent. It is also accompanied by a fast charging system.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro primarily uses Xiaomi’s expertise in photography. This makes it one of the best photophones in its category.

Also note that the Redmi Note 9 Pro was Xiaomi’s best-selling smartphone in 2020. There is no doubt a very good reason for this.

Redmi Note 9 Pro at the best base price: € 299

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This guide to the best smartphones under 200 euros ends here. Like our other guides, this one will be updated as the market develops. In the meantime, you can always tell us which model appeals to you the most.

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