Last year, we saw quite a few flagship smartphones hit the market, including Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the HTC U11, LG G6, and Apple's iPhone X. Most of these flagships cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000.
It's possible to buy a great smartphone under $300 on the market. Most inexpensive smartphones come with essential features — including great performance, long-lasting battery life, and a camera that can take decent photos.
Buying a cheaper phone outright also means users don't have to worry about signing up for a contract.
We've compiled a list of the best phones to buy for under $300.
Best Phones Under $300
BlackBerry Classic Phone: Do you remember wanting to buy a Blackberry before the iPhone? The BlackBerry Classic is great for staying on top of business, downloading Android apps, and taking photos to share on Instagram. The classic sports a 3.5-inch display with 720 x 720 pixels and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The BlackBerry Classic can be purchased through Amazon, where it costs around $240.
OPPO F1: Called the "selfie expert," the OPPO F1 has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a wide f/2.0 aperture lens. The Oppo F1 sports a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, HDR support, a Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core 64-bit processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a 2,500 mAh battery. The OPPO F1 phone is available to buy for under $300.
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G: Huawei's Ascend Mate 2 is one of the biggest smartphones on our list. It features a 6.1-inch IPS display with 720 x 1,280 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, 2GB of RAM, and a long-lasting 4,050 mAh battery. There's also a 5 MP front-facing camera and a 13 MP camera in the back. The Ascend Mate 2 is available at Walmart for about $140.
Moto G5 Plus: The Moto G5 Plus is a great option for anyone who wants to spend $300 on a phone. It has a big 5.2-inch screen, a Snapdragon 625 processor, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The Moto G5 Plus isn't waterproof, but it can handle a little water, as it's splash-resistant. The Moto G5 Plus is available on Amazon for $229.99.
Honor 6X: The Honor 6X is great for photo fanatics looking for a budget smartphone. It's equipped with a dual lens — 12 MP and 2 MP rear camera, a 3,100 mAh battery, and powered by a Kirin 655 octa-core CPU and 4 GB of RAM. The Honor 6X is a phone that's perfect for gaming, browsing, and listening to music all the same time. Honor 6X on sale for $179.99.