When it comes to smartphones, you have so many choices that choosing the one for you can be a puzzling task. There are so many chipsets to consider, the number of cameras to count, and Software that gives more bloatware and ads than usefulness, choosing a smartphone sure needs some sitting and researching. So in this post, we did the research and handpicked the Best unlocked Smartphones under $300 that worth your money.
In the USA, there’s one more thing to consider in a smartphone, The Network bands support. First, there are only two networks that are GSM: AT&T and T-Mobile. Second, some Chinese smartphones, that produce good budget devices, do not come with LTE bands that support these two carriers. So this limits the choice of brands to Motorola, Samsung, Google, and several other local brands, because their LTE band support is good in the USA.
Poco X3 NFC is rocking a Snapdragon 732G chipset, one of the fastest you can get under $300. OnePlus N10 also has a powerful budget chipset: Snapdragon 690 and the device has good network bands support in the USA.
Although the OnePlus Nord N10 5G will cost you around $300 while Poco X3 NFC hovers around $230 (grey market), it brings good LTE band support, 5G support which Poco X3 lacks.
Budget cameras are mostly the same, good in daylight and not so good in low light. They all will work for Social media posts but if you need something stellar, then I would recommend going for a $350 Pixel 4A, otherwise, the OnePlus N10 and Poco X3 NFC are both good.
Best Build Quality and Design
Design is subjective, so I will not pick the “best design”.
But build quality matters, and all the phone on the list offers aluminum frame with a polycarbonate back.
Best for Multimedia Consumption
Samsung Galaxy A51 has the best display: Super AMOLED 6.4 inches panel with ink blacks and good colors.
Poco X3 NFC has the highest refresh rate at 120 Hz, the display is LCD which does not compete with superior AMOLED panels in terms of picture quality.
Moto G Power is best when it comes to a balanced device for daily usage. The battery life is excellent, the performance is good and the price is only $220, which dips to $180 every now and then.
OnePlus Nord N10 is another good choice if the Moto G Power is not powerful enough for you. It costs $100 more but you get 5G and the best performance in the segment. Also, the network support is good in the USA.