Best Budget Phones Under $400 That Won’t Burn Your Pocket

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We aren’t kidding when we say budget phones in Singapore have never been in a better place! Gone are the days of devices that cut corners and have sluggish performance — the budget phones of today feature alluring aesthetics and spectacular specifications. Keen on owning these gems in the rough? Here are our top picks (all under $400) that stand up to the industry’s flagship giants!

Phone Model Average Price On Shopee What We Like About It
Samsung Galaxy A11 ~$198 Affordable price point
Oppo A5 2020 ~$289 Solid all-rounder
Huawei P30 Lite ~$289 Gorgeous photos on a budget
Realme X2 ~$309 AMOLED display
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 ~$229 Unbelievable value
Samsung Galaxy A51 ~$385 Excellent gaming performance
Moto One Macro ~$299 Detailed macro photography
Realme 5 ~$259 Battery lasts > 2 days
Pocophone F1 ~$360 High specifications-to-price ratio

Best budget phones for bargain hunters

1. Samsung Galaxy A11 – Unmatched price point

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If you’re on an ultra tight budget, you’ll certainly want to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for the best budget Android phones in Singapore. For under $200, the Samsung Galaxy A11 (available on Samsung Official Store) offers many essential features that are crucial for today’s smartphones.

Whether you’re attempting to stream your favourite movies or getting everyone into a group photo, the Galaxy A11 has you covered! This is because the phone includes a noteworthy 6.4-inch LCD display to an ultrawide lens. There is even a USB-C port that allows for faster charging and data transferring.

2. Oppo A5 2020 – Jack of all trades

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With a solid battery life and camera setup, the Oppo A5 2020 (available on DV Tech) checks all the boxes to earn a place on this list of best budget Android phones in Singapore. At less than $300, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a smartphone that offers a better value-for-money proposition.

Featuring a sleek gorilla glass front and waterdrop notched display, the A5 2020 effortlessly conceals its budget price tag by giving off a premium vibe. Add to this its 6.5-inch LCD screen and stereo speakers and you have a media-friendly device that holds its own against more costly phones!

3. Huawei P30 Lite – Triple lens goodness

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While some of the best budget phones offer tremendous performance, they usually compromise on features like camera quality to keep costs low. If you’re a shutterbug, the Huawei P30 Lite (available on Flower Mobile) has you covered! Featuring a 24MP primary lens, an 8MP lens for super wide-angle shots and a 2MP sensor for depth-sensing, the triple camera setup solidifies the P30 Lite’s position as one of the best budget phones in Singapore for photography.

The P30 Lite’s design is also worth praising — in particular, its slim design, premium glass finish and full HD display! Although it can’t compare with its mightier P30 Pro cousin, this is a must-own device if you’re big on aesthetics and appreciate the camera’s versatility. Be sure to put the phone to test at these Instagram-worthy places in Singapore!

4. Realme X2 – AMOLED on a budget

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Dazzled by gorgeous AMOLED displays but can’t bear to spend extra for it? Compared to basic LCD screens, AMOLED displays allow you to experience more varied colours and full-screen brightness as images come to life. Although they usually cost a premium, the Realme X2 (available on monmartechnology) offers a sleek AMOLED display without breaking the bank. Watching HD videos on the Realme X2 is truly an experience to behold and competes even with the most premium smart TVs!

The Realme X2 is definitely more than just a pretty phone to look at. Throw in a fast-charging 4000 mAh battery, 64MP main camera lens and in-display fingerprint sensor and you have a device that’s poised to challenge some of the best smartphones in Singapore!

5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 – The value champion

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We can’t round up our list on the best budget Android phones in Singapore without mentioning Xiaomi! At sub-$200, the Redmi Note 9 (available on Xiaomi Global Official Store) offers unparalleled value for deal chasers. Renowned for manufacturing some of the best budget phones this generation, it’s safe to say few expected Xiaomi to double down on its budget roots with the Redmi Note 9.

Incredible price aside, there’s plenty to love about the Redmi Note 9. Its MediaTek Helio G85 processor trumps similarly priced competitors, the glossy aesthetic betrays its budget price tag and the 48MP camera is certainly nothing to write off ! All of these additions help the device deliver a midrange-level experience at a fraction of what it would normally cost.

6. Samsung Galaxy A51 – For the gamers

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Put off by premium prices for dedicated gaming phones? Pegged as one of the best budget phones in Singapore for mobile gamers, Samsung’s Galaxy A51 (available on MobileHub.SG) boasts a slim design that packs plenty of processing power under the hood. Besides including a Exynos 9611 chipset to handle graphically intensive games like Call Of Duty Mobile, users will also appreciate the A51’s Game and Frame Booster features. These combine to help deliver stable frame rates and chug-free performance!

Even if you don’t game, the A51 offers impressive performance! With up to 8GB RAM and a 6.5-inch AMOLED display, you can multitask while watching your favourite content with rich colours. For what you’re paying, you’re getting great value that’s hard to come by for mid-range phones!

7. Moto One Macro – Quality photos up close

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With the best budget phones in Singapore nowadays running on quad camera setups, it’s definitely a breath of fresh air to see the Moto One Macro (available on Motorola Official Store) specialise in one aspect! With the dedicated 2MP Macro Vision camera, you’re able to capture the smallest of details as you snap photos up close. From capturing individual hair fibres to tiny outdoor wildlife, the macro camera excels in capturing the finer specifics while guaranteeing a clean and crisp image.

Besides focusing on stellar macro photography, the Moto One Macro is a well-balanced phone that focuses on delivering a decent display and battery life. It also runs a stock android operating system so you won’t have to worry about sluggish interactions or bloatware!

8. Realme 5 – Huge 5000mAh battery

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Battery running flat within hours of charging your phone? With the Realme 5 (available on ), you can say goodbye to daily charging or worrying about conserving battery charge. The Realme 5 packs a whopping 5000mAh battery, high-intensity games and HD video streams. It pretty much blows past other budget phones in Singapore. 

If you’re a light user, the Realme 5 can theoretically last up to a week without charging — simply take advantage of the phone’s AI cooling and power saving measures. One battery experiment even showed that streaming videos for an hour only drained 8% of battery! This is a plus for those trying to catch up on your favourite Netflix Asian dramas on public transport.

9. Pocophone F1 – Unparalleled performance-to-price ratio

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While Xiaomi devices are often associated with smooth performance at rock-bottom prices, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (available on Paramount Mobile) takes this to a whole new level. Simply put — if you’re hunting for the best budget Android phones in Singapore under $400, you need to buy the Pocophone F1!

Featuring a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB RAM and 4000 mAh battery, it’s remarkable to see Xiaomi cram so much powerful technology into such an affordable device. While detractors might nitpick the phone’s overall build and camera, these are worthy trade-offs in exchange for an incredible performing and value-for-money phone!

Get the best budget phones on without compromising on quality

With official stores like Vivo and Asus, Shopee has all kinds of brands to suit your budget phone needs! Looking to own a phone that can snap the best photos possible? Read our guide to the best camera phones on the market. Alternatively, check out this essential guide to non-camera smartphones if you require one for work or while serving NS! Lastly, visit the Electronics Zone to find all the best tech deals in one place.


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