Cheap Samsung Phones
Samsung is largely considered to be a leader in the smartphone industry but it’s not just for its flagship options. Samsung’s budget phones, such as the Galaxy A50, are still extremely serviceable, and sometimes even great for what you get. These are the best Samsung phones you can get for under $250 in 2019.
Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy A50
If you want a flagship-level experience without paying flagship prices, then the Galaxy A50 is perfect. This handset has 4GB of RAM, a beautiful AMOLED display, and three cameras capable of handling many different shots.
Perhaps even more exciting than the triple-camera setup is the 4,000mAh battery. This huge battery combined with the mid-range Exynos 9610 chipset provides you with up to 14 hours of battery life.
Unfortunately, you may need to do a little bit of editing to your photos as the A50’s camera sensors aren’t the greatest. Plus, you’ll have to keep your wallet with you as there is no Samsung Pay support here either.
- Excellent spec sheet
- 14-hours of battery life
- Compatible with all major carriers
- Three rear-mounted cameras
- No Samsung Pay
- Camera quality is not fantastic
Best Starter Cell Phone: Samsung Galaxy J3
A lot of folks want the latest and greatest specs with an all-new design, but there are other users who don’t want change. That’s where the Galaxy J3 comes into play, as it keeps the same design as Samsung handsets from years ago. That means bezels on the display, along with the traditional home button with the fingerprint scanner. On the bright side, there is a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, allowing for a fantastic viewing experience for your media.
Under the hood, the Samsung J3 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM. This will help with many basic tasks, like scrolling through Facebook or playing something like Candy Crush; just don’t expect to multi-task. The battery life is disappointing as well, with a removable 2,600mAh cell. It should last you through the day, but not much more and you’ll want to keep a charger nearby.
Unfortuantely, since the J3 isn’t a trend-setter or anything, you aren’t getting much on the spec front. There is only an 8-megapixel primary camera which is just OK, and you have to keep a microUSB cable nearby instead of USB Type-C. But on the bright side, you’ll get Android 8.0 Oreo onboard, but we wouldn’t expect to see an update to Android 10 for awhile.
- Traditional design with home button
- Super AMOLED display
- Expandable storage (up to 128GB)
- Fingerprint scanner
- 8-megapixel primary camera
- Battery isn’t the greatest
- MicroUSB charging port
- Android 8.0
Best for International Use: Samsung Galaxy A30
Traveling abroad can be a bit frustrating when it comes to using your cell phone. However, when it comes to the Galaxy A30, there’s no concern to be had as this device offers a dual-SIM card slot. Plus, there is compatibility with just about all GSM network providers.
As for the design, Samsung included its new Super AMOLED Infinity display, for an edge-to-edge design. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, along with Fast Charging thanks to the built-in USB Type-C charging port. Powering the Galaxy A30 is Samsung’s Exynos 7904 Octa-core chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM and Android 9.0 Pie. Samsung also included a 4,000mAh which is rather impressive and will last at least the entire day, if not a lot longer.
On the other side of the table, the Galaxy A30 cannot be used with CDMA carriers, so Verizon and Sprint users will have to look elsewhere. The camera system also is not as great as it could be, even with a dual-camera set up. There is a primary 16-megapixel lens, along with a 5-megapixel Ultrawide lens so that you can get a bit more variety out of your photos and videos, but that could be stronger.
- Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display
- Dual-SIM card slot
- Fast charging with USB Type-C
- Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- Android 9.0 Pie
- Not compatible with CDMA carriers
- Middling camera performance
Best Value: Samsung Galaxy A20
Samsung has been including its new Infinity-U display on many devices, including the Galaxy A20. The 6.4-inch display is big enough to enjoy your favorite media, despite only having an HD+ resolution.
The A20 also includes 15W Fast Charging, so your phone will always be topped off, on top of the included 4,000mAh battery. On the spec sheet, Samsung included 3GB of RAM combined with 32GB of base storage, which can be expanded via microSD to 512GB.
As is the case with other budget options, the Galaxy A20 is limited to only working with GSM carriers. Meaning that Verizon and Sprint users will be out of luck if they were looking at the A20. Additionally, some folks might not exactly like the fact that the A20 is made from plastic, as it’s not a very premium-feeling device.
- 15W Fast Charging
- Super AMOLED Infinity Display
- 123-degree Ultra Wide Camera Lens
- Not compatible with CDMA carriers
- All-plastic build
- Just 3GB of RAM
Best Classic Design: Samsung Galaxy J7
The Galaxy J7 is a step above bottom of the barrel with its 5.5-inch AMOLED HD display. Meanwhile, it retains the classic smartphone design of screen, bezels, and home button. This is something that has been lost in a day where bezels are no longer to be found and the home button is being phased out completely. The Galaxy J7 is something that will appeal to those who don’t want the latest and greatest, but just something that looks familiar from Samsung.
Samsung did make it possible to expand the base storage up to 400GB with the help of a microSD card. There are also 13-megapixel front and rear camera sensors, which aim to provide decent photos while you’re out and about.
16GB of storage in 2019 is rough, even with the ability to use a microSD card. This is especially true when much of that base storage will be taken up by the pre-installed software. Plus, users have to deal with the microUSB charging port instead of the the greatness of USB Type-C.
- Classic design with home button
- 5.5-inch HD display
- MicroSD storage up to 400GB
- 16GB of base storage
- MicroUSB charging port
Flagship looks, budget specs: Samsung Galaxy A10e
Samsung’s Galaxy A10e is one of the latest handsets to hit the market and has a solid spec sheet. The edge-to-edge 5.8-inch display is big enough for your Netflix sessions while looking great in the process.
Samsung shipped the A10e with Android Pie with hopes that Android 10 will be around the corner. There is also a microSD card slot capable of handling a 512GB, making it easy to keep all of your media on your handset without leaving you worrying.
There are a few things that leave us wishing Samsung shot for the moon with the A10e. The device only comes with a 3,000mAh battery which likely won’t last you through the day. 2GB of RAM in 2019 is practically unheard of and will make multi-tasking or mobile gaming a bit difficult. Finally, you’ll only get an 8-megapixel primary camera, which lags behind a lot of its competitors.
- Edge-to-edge Infinity Display
- Android 9.0 Pie onboard
- Expandable storage
- Middling battery life
- Only 8-megapixel primary camera
- Just 2GB of RAM
If you want to live in the Samsung world but don’t want to pay a premium price tag, then the Galaxy A50 is your best bet. This handset sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with an embedded fingerprint scanner.
Under the hood, you’ll get 4GB of RAM, along with 64GB of expandable storage up to 512GB. This phone is also compatible with all major carriers, including GSM and CDMA options, so you can take it wherever.
The inclusion of Android Pie gives you the latest that Android has to offer on the software front. This, paired with Samsung One UI and your mobile software experience will be more than just enjoyable.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Andrew Myrick is a regular freelancer at Android Central and iMore. He has been a tech enthusiast ever since the original iPhone was released and continues to flip-flop between devices. You might as well hook him up to an IV filled with coffee to get him through the day. If you have any questions, you can find him on Twitter, and he’ll get back to you.
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