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Reviewing some of the best smartphones for under $200

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A budget smartphone may cost less, but many still offer features that enthusiasts crave, including great front and rear cameras and even an elusive headphone jack. Here are three of CNET’s top picks for great smartphones that won’t drain your bank account.

LG K40

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LG K40 features a 5.7-inch display, a fingerprint sensor and a 13-megapixel camera. (Andrew Hoyle/CNET/TNS)

Available for under $200, the midrange LG K40 Android phone debuted in 2019 and features a 5.7-inch display, a fingerprint sensor and a 13-megapixel camera. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor and a 3,000-mAh battery.

The LG K40 features a high-end display and a focus on artificial intelligence. It incorporates an AI feature called AI Cam, which helps the camera recognize the object that’s in front of it — humans, pets and food, for example — and adjust its settings accordingly.

Samsung Galaxy A01

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Samsung Galaxy A01 offers a fast-charging 3,000-mAh battery for up to 25 hours of battery life. (Angela Lang/CNET/TNS)

As the cheapest of Samsung’s A series of phones, the Galaxy A01 surprisingly offers a lot for a bargain phone price. That includes a fast-charging 3,000-mAh battery for up to 25 hours of battery life, a teardrop camera design and a 5.7-inch display. The handset covers the basics well enough that, for its low price, it should be a decent device to snap photos, check email, watch videos and, of course, make calls.

Motorola Moto E6

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Motorola Moto E6 features a 13-megapixel camera, a headphone jack and a 5.5-inch display. (Lori Grunin/CNET/TNS)

Launched in July 2019, the Moto E6 smartphone is now available for $110. It features a high-quality camera, a headphone jack and a 5.5-inch display. It also has a Micro-USB port for charging (rather than USB-C).

With a plastic body, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset and 2GB of RAM, this phone is the successor to the Moto E5. The Moto E6 also has a 5.5-inch HD display and a removable 3,000-mAh battery that Motorola says should be able to last over a full day. Like other Moto phones, it has a nano-coating for splash and rain protection. A 13-megapixel camera can be found on the rear, with a 5-megapixel sensor around the front for selfies. The modest 16GB of built-in storage can be expanded with a microSD card.

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