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Cheapest Phones for Mobile Legends – 10 Best Cheap Phones

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Today, I have made a list of the best and cheapest phones that you can use to play Mobile Legends so you can already jump into it.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is a free multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) mobile game that is very fun and exciting to play.

I have played this game for years now during my free time. It’s very addictive and the fun and laughter are overwhelming especially if you play with your friends.

But before that, let’s discuss the things you need to consider when choosing your phone.

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Mobile Legends – Things to Consider Before Getting a Phone


No Touch Latency Issues – Also called no “touch lag”. This is probably the most important thing you need to consider when getting a cheaper phone. I have bought a Xiaomi Pocophone F1 for only USD 286 last year, but I was so disappointed that I can’t even cast multiple skills quickly.

The Pocophone F1 hardware is as fast as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and can definitely run heavy graphics games like Marvel Future Fight smoothly. But when it comes to Mobile Legends where you need to be very fast when casting skills at the precise moment, Pocophone F1 is practically frustrating, despite having the latest OS updates.

I sometimes use my old Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (2016) instead of my Pocophone F1 when playing Mobile Legends and doing fast multiple skills casting is flawless.

Below are the phones that you should avoid for having touch latency or joystick issues as reported by several users on Reddit and other online forums. These phones are excellent and cheap, but these are not good for playing Mobile Legends:

  • Huawei Honor Play (Source: Online Forums)
  • Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (Source: personal experience and Reddit)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Source: Reddit)
  • Samsung J7 Prime (joystick issue can be fixed through a workaround, but it’s bothersome Source: Online Forums)

Larger Screen – The ideal screen size is 5.5″ and higher. I used to play on my Huawei P10 with its 5.1″ screen a year ago and it was fine. But I noticed that it’s easier for my fingers to cast skills and navigate the game when I use my other 5.7″ smartphone. Aside from that, you will appreciate more the cool graphics on a larger screen.

Some are using pads like the iPad mini. The disadvantage of using pads is its weight. You can’t hold it very long without feeling the fatigue on your hands. In Mobile Legends, you always need to keep your hands and fingers relaxed to play effectively.

Longer Battery Life – This is very important especially if you are playing outside while waiting for someone, etc. You can play while on the bus or train or at the airport to kill time. But the fun only lasts until you have consumed all your battery life.

Also you have to check if the smartphone is capable of fast charging. Some smartphone takes hours to charge and you don’t want that especially if you are playing very often.

There are also smartphones that have Ultrapower Saving Mode functionality if you are very serious on battery life. These smartphones allows you to select three to six applications that you can run while in the power saving mode.

Other Considerations – Physical Buttons, Gaming Phone Holder, and Use of Voice Chat

Smartphones with physical buttons for <Back>, <Recent Apps>, or <Home> key may extremely bother you during gameplay. You will most likely accidentally press these keys while playing the game because these physical keys are usually near the edge and close to your hands.

Imagine pressing the physical <Back> or <Home> key during an important clash. It will temporarily show a pop-up screen or you will be out of your game and discover that you died when you get back.

I highly discourage you from using Smartphones with physical keys at the bottom. If you still like a smarpthone with physical keys for <Back>, <Recent Apps>, or <Home>, you can try to install an app that can modify or disable the effect of any physical buttons.

You can also buy a gaming phone holder as an alternative. I tried to buy one, but I was so used to using just the smartphone that I have never adapted to using a gaming phone holder. It takes time to adjust when using this accessory.

If you like to play with Voice Chat on so you can discuss strategies faster with your friends, you will need a good head set. Try to get a smartphone with a standard (e.g. 3.5 mm) audio jack so you can easily find a replacement head set.

 

10 Cheapest and Best Phones for Mobile Legends


You should always choose not just the cheapest, but the best and cheapest phone so you can get the best value for every buck. Below are the 10 best and cheapest smartphones (in no particular order) with excellent feedbacks from Mobile Legends players that you can choose from:

 

#1 – ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 (ZB602KL)


ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1Display: 5.99 inches (1080 x 2160 pixels)
OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware: Snapdragon 636, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260, 32GB (3GB RAM), 64GB (4GB RAM), (128GB 6GB RAM)
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Release Date: April 2018
Price: USD 240

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

The best feature of this phone that you will love is the huge battery capacity combined with a very power-efficient processor. It can last up to 12 hours of smooth gaming. You will play a lot more game rounds with this one before you run out of battery life.

You will also be amazed by the huge screen display.

 

#2 – ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 (ZB631KL)


Zenfone max pro m2Display: 6.26 inches (1080 x 2280 pixels)
OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware: Snapdragon 660, Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260), 32GB (3GB RAM), 64GB (4GB RAM), 64GB (6GB RAM)
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Release Date: December 2018
Price: USD 279

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

This phone has a larger screen size compared with the M1 version. Also, the best feature of this smartphone that you will enjoy is the huge battery capacity which can let you play up to 10 hours of smooth gaming.

It also has a slightly faster processor and a better front camera compared to the M1 version.

 

#3 – Motorola Moto G6


Motorola Moto G6Display: 5.7 inches (1080 x 2160 pixels)
OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware: Snapdragon 450, Octa-core (1.8 GHz), 32GB (3GB RAM), 64GB (4GB RAM)
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Release Date: April 2018
Price: $150

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

What you will like about this smartphone is the very low price. If you are really tight on budget, this smartphone will be enough to enjoy playing the game without spending more.

The screen is also huge enough to enjoy Mobile Legends gameplay compared to smaller screens. The battery can be charged very quickly and can also last for many hours.

 

#4 – Samsung Galaxy A30


Samsung Galaxy A30Display: 6.4 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware: Exynos 7904, Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53), 32GB (3GB RAM), 64GB (4GB RAM)
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Release Date: March 2019
Price: $188

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

The best feature of this smartphone that you will like is that it has the second-largest screen on the list. Like the other phones above, you can also play Mobile Legends with a “High” graphics setting using this smartphone.

The huge battery capacity can also last you up to 10 hours of gaming.

 

#5 – Samsung Galaxy A50


Samsung Galaxy A50Display: 6.4 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware: Exynos 9610, Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53), 4GB (4GB RAM), 64GB (6GB RAM), 128GB (4GB RAM), 128GB (6GB RAM)
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Release Date: March 2019
Price: $270

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

This smartphone has the same screen size and battery capacity as the Galaxy A30. The slight difference in price can be attributed to the faster processor and better camera quality.

With a more efficient processor, you can most likely enjoy an extra hour of gaming time compared to the Galaxy A30.

 

#6 – Xiaomi Mi 9T


Xiaomi Mi 9TDisplay: 6.39 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10
Hardware: Snapdragon 730, Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver), 64GB (6GB RAM), 128GB (6GB RAM)
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Release Date: June 2019
Price: $309

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

You will definitely love this smartphone because Xiaomi designed it for the optimal gaming experience. It has a huge screen display and a faster processor compared to the previous smartphones.

The battery life can also last you up to 11 hours of mixed-use. This is because MIUI OS is very aggressive in killing apps that it thinks should not be active. Awesome, isn’t it?

 

#7 – Huawei Honor 8X


Huawei Honor 8XDisplay: 6.5 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.0
Hardware: Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm), Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53), 64GB (4GB RAM), 128GB (4GB RAM), 64GB (6GB RAM), 128GB (6GB RAM)
Battery: 3,750 mAh
Release Date: September 2018
Price: $199

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

This is another very cheap but very impressive smartphone that you can use to play Mobile Legends.

It has the largest screen display on the list so you might expect that the huge display will burn through the 3,750 mAh battery capacity. But let me assure you, that will not be the case. It can last up to 8 to 10 hours of continuous gaming or any intensive workload.

 

#8 – Huawei P30 Lite


Huawei P30 LiteDisplay: 6.15 inches (1080 x 2312 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.1
Hardware: Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm), Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53), 128GB (4GB RAM), 128GB (8GB RAM)
Battery: 3,340 mAh
Release Date: March 2019
Price: $255

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

Released as the affordable version of the premium Huawei P30, this smartphone has a huge screen display and a very fast processor that will let you enjoy playing Mobile Legends.

The battery life is also good enough, although not as impressive as the Huawei Honor 8X above. If you want a striking and premium-looking smartphone with a very nice camera in addition to a smooth gaming experience while playing Mobile Legends, you may like this one.

 

#9 – Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge


Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeDisplay: 5.5 inches (1440 x 2560 pixels)
OS: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Hardware: Snapdragon 820, EQuad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo), 32GB (4GB RAM), 64GB (4GB RAM), 128GB (4GB RAM) – G9350
Battery: 3,600 mAh
Release Date: March 2016
Price: $189 (Renewed)

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

Since Mobile Legends is not heavy on graphics, you can even play it using older Samsung premium phones which are now a lot cheaper!

As I mentioned above, I play the game on my old Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ sometimes and the gameplay experience is very smooth. I may probably have some problems with the poor battery performance of the S6 Edge+, but Samsung fixed that in S7/S7 Edge and later models.

You can get “Renewed” units of this smartphone on Amazon at a very low price. It works and looks like a new phone and also backed by a 90-day Amazon Renewed Guarantee.

 

#10 – Moto G7 Power


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Moto-G7-Power.pngDisplay: 6.2 inches (720 x 1570 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware: Snapdragon 632, Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Kryo Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo Silver), 64GB (4GB RAM)
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Release Date: February 2019
Price: $169

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

This smartphone was just recently release and it’s a power house. It has a very huge battery capacity, a very huge RAM, a very huge screen, and the latest Android OS at a very low price.

This is one of the BEST deals out there that can play Mobile Legends.

 

Enjoy the Game but Play Moderately


I hope this list can help you in finding the smartphone that fits your gaming and budget needs. When you already have one, start playing the game, and have fun with your friends! 😃

Since this is a very addictive game, still try to get enough sleep, socialize, and live healthily.

Have fun playing Mobile Legends!

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What do you think of these best and cheapest phones for Mobile Legends? I would love to hear from you.

Just leave your comment in the comments section below. 😃

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12 thoughts on “Cheapest Phones for Mobile Legends – 10 Best Cheap Phones

  1. Hey Chris, I am currently looking for a new phone and I’m stuck between the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Samsung Galaxy A50, I’ve always loved the ASUS but I’m steering towards the Galaxy for the upgraded OS even though it’s a little more expensive I am willing to pay the extra price. Thanks for all your help.

    1. Hey Brandon,

      Both are excellent smartphones in my opinion. If your only concern is that Zenfone Max Pro M1 does not have the latest OS, you don’t have to worry about it. It comes with Android 8.1 but it can be upgraded to Android 9.0.

      The advantage of Zenforne Max Pro M1 over the Galaxy A50 is that it has a longer battery life and despite that, it’s only 0.8 mm thicker than Galaxy A50. The Galaxy A50, on the other hand, has Super AMOLED display which means it has more vivid display colors. It also has a larger screen size.

      They are both fast enough for Mobile Legends. It’s just up to you what features you want more aside from the latest OS.

  2. Hey thank you for the awesome review!!  This helps me a lot because I have been looking for a good cheap phone with a bigger screen.  My wife has the Galaxy Edge, and she loves it.  I’m thinking about getting the Galaxy 8.  Ever since I have been getting smart phones, I’ve stuck with the Galaxy brand because I have had great experiences with them.

    1. Hi Jessie, premium Galaxy brands from Galaxy 7 and up have improved battery life compared to the older premium Galaxy versions. I guess that will be your starting point when selecting a Galaxy smartphone.

  3. I am currently running an Umidigi A5 Pro which is an octa core Helio P2 23 2.0GHZ with 4gb of Ram and Android 9.0. I do not know if you know this phone but i was wondering if you have tested it out on this game? It is very Cheap at around £100 in the UK. Thanks for a comprehensive list of phones which are of a reasonable price with quite High Spec. I have been a big fan of Motorola for a few years now. I had the G3 and G4 and Now my son has the G7 Power and they are great reliable handsets. Unfortunately I don’t think they get the respect they deserve. The G6 that you recommend would be great for this game and you can pick them up very cheaply over here in England. The CPU’s in most phones nowadays are so powerful that the games are now looking as good as consul games in some instances. Thanks for your post. Mark

    1. Hey Mark, I have not tried Mobile Legends yet, but it will work well in your smartphone with that kind of specs. That would be a great addition to the list if we can test it with Mobile Legends. You can try it in your phone and let me know what you think. E.g. Does it have any touch lag?

      I agree with you Mark, high graphic games that you usually play only in PC years ago can now be played in a smartphone. 🙂

  4. Interesting. I myself have an iPhone so not an Android iOS. I didn’t see any Apple phones listed. Do you know what the differences are there in gaming? Have you compared the iPhone to the Android iOS in the touch lag when it comes to playing Mobile Legends? I know the battery of the iPhone seems to deteriorate over time. In fact, the only thing I find frustrating when gaming is the battery on the iPhone so I’ve been shopping around. I’ve never heard of most of these phones other than Samsung. I really didn’t like the pop-up ads and I thought the security on the device wasn’t great when I had a Samsung. I really like the features on the Xiaomi Mi 9T that you mentioned, especially the battery life. Impressive! I’ll have to check this one out!

    1. Hey Catherine, iPhones are usually more expensive so it’s not easy to find a cheaper iPhone model that can play Mobile Legends. So far, I was able to play in an iPhone 6s Plus and an iPad. It works great even on older models. The only problem with Android phones is that there are a lot of brands and models and if you will get one, you have to be careful not to choose Android phones with touch lag.

      I think you might have experienced security issues with a Samsung phone that has an older Android version. The security of newer Android OS versions are already excellent and they keep sending patches to improve security as well. Also, the security does not depend on the OS alone, it will also depend on the applications and games that you have installed. Some applications can be harmful so you should be also careful when installing applications even from the official stores. I like the Xiaomi Mi 9T too, I’m glad I could help. 🙂

  5. Glad you mentioned screen size and battery life. There is nothing worse than playing a game on your phone and have its battery die within minutes. The Motorola Moto G6 looks like a very great phone especially with its reputation of battery life. The 5.7″ screen looks big enough to navigate through. The Xiaomi feature is really cool. I would love to have a phone that destroys apps that are not needed. I have never played Mobile Legends, time to look into it. Thank you for these recommendations.

    1. Hey Carol5162, when me and my friends get together at my place, we play Mobile Legends for hours until early morning. However, the huge problem which is always happening is that they don’t bring their own phone chargers! Grrr. And we all have to share using my two chargers and it was really difficult because the other friend becomes low on battery at the same time as you are, and we have to ask who will charge first.

      Battery life is one of the most underrated and most important features when playing games. You will enjoy playing this game especially if you have started to master the use of a certain hero that you like. 🙂

  6. Thank you for taking the time to find cheaper phones to play Mobile Legends! I am on a tight budget but my friends keep talking about this game, and my phone is really old so it doesn’t play very well on it. I love Samsung phones, I cannot believe the galaxy s8 is only $255 now, I can pick up a couple extra shifts and get one of those in a couple weeks! I cannot wait to play Mobile Legends with my friends!

    1. That Galaxy S8 is the renewed version that’s why it’s cheaper. The unit has been used before and has been refurbished or the units were unboxed or unused and returned by the customer for various reasons. These renewed units look like and function like new smartphones. When it comes to renewed phones, the most important aspect you should look at is the seller. You should check if they have goods reviews and can be trusted. Buying from Amazon is a good example. They only allow selected sellers that maintain high quality and performance for renewed units. Amazon also provides bet 90 to 120 days of warranty.

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