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Cheapest Phones for Pokémon Go – Top 10 Best Cheap Compatible Phones

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Pokémon Go is a phenomenal free-to-play game that made millions of people roaming around the neighborhood. Like them, I find the game to be immensely enjoyable!

So now, we have made a list of the top 10 cheapest phones for Pokémon Go so that you can easily join the fun. But before we go to the list, let’s take a look at the system requirements of this game.

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Pokémon Go System Requirements


The following are the phone requirements in order for the game to successfully run. (Source: Official Pokémon Go Website)

Android Phones

  • Android 4.4+
  • Preferred resolution of 720×1280 pixels (Not optimized for tablet)
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Rooted Android Devices are not supported by Pokemon Go

iOS Phones

  • iPhone 5+
  • iOS 8+
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Jailbroken devices are not supported

Initially, the app wasn’t compatible with Intel-based smartphones. Niantic Labs and Intel worked together to make the app compatible with Intel x86 smartphones.

Also, although 1GB RAM phones are supported, based on experience, it is still best to have a 2GB RAM for smoother gameplay. Pokemon Go consumes about 135 MB of RAM and combined with your other apps, you may reach 70-80% of RAM usage for a 1GB RAM phone, which is still okay for the modest user.

A Gyroscope sensor is needed for Augmented Reality (AR) mode to work.

Things To Consider Based On the System Requirements


When it comes to a strong internet connection, a 3G connection is sufficient, but LTE connection is faster. So as much as possible, get an LTE-capable phone.

Although signal strength between LTE and 3G connection depends on your location and network provider, it is still better if your phone allows you to switch between these two.

Also, when selecting a network provider, check the 4G/LTE bands of the phone if any of the phone’s available bands match that of the network provider in your location. This is to ensure that your phone can connect to the network’s 4G/LTE signal aside from 3G. Contact your chosen network provider if needed.

When checking the location services feature of the phone, it is always better that the phone can use GPS with A-GPS (US satellites), GLONASS (Russian satellites), and BDS (Chines satellites).

A phone with GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS can provide better location accuracy compared to a phone with GPS with A-GPS only.

Most cheap phones don’t have a gyroscope sensor. Without this sensor, you will not be able to use the AR mode. But you can still play the game.

Personally, I think AR mode is fun at first, but based on experience, it drains more battery life and it’s harder to catch pokémons compared to normal mode. So I stopped using it, because I want to play longer and advance in the game faster.

Top 10 Cheapest and Best Phones for Pokémon Go


You don’t want to just buy the cheapest phone out there. It is always better to buy the best and cheapest so you can get the best value for every buck. Below is the Top 10 list that you can check out (in no particular order).

#1 – BLU Studio Mini (Released: September 2019)


BLU Studio Mini 5.5"Display: 5.5 inches (720 x 1440 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
Hardware: Octa-Core 1.6GHz Processor with ARM Cortex-A55, 32GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM, Micro SD up to 64GB
Battery: 3000 mAh
3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900
4G Network: LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 12(700), 17(700) US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, metro PCS, and others. Not compatible with CDMA networks like Verizon, Sprint and Boost mobile)
Gyro: No
Price: $69.99

Check out the Lowest Price: Amazon.com

This is probably the BEST deal you can get for a smartphone. At a very low price, you can have a 5.5 inches display, the latest Android version, excellent battery life, and a processor that is good enough to run Pokemon Go.

The package also comes with a case and screen protector. If you are an employee on a tight budget or if you need a basic phone for your son or daughter, this smartphone is perfect.

#2 – BLU Studio Mega 2019 (Released: September 2019)


BLU Studio Mega 2019Display: 6.0 inches (720 x 1440 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
Hardware: Octa-Core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A55 Processor, 32GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM, Micro SD up to 64GB
Battery: 3000 mAh
3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900
4G Network: LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 12(700), 17(700) US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, metro PCS, and others. Not compatible with CDMA networks like Verizon, Sprint and Boost mobile)
Gyro: No

Price: $89.99

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This is another excellent budget smartphone. It has a huge screen, the latest Android OS, and excellent battery life for longer gameplay.

The only difference with the BLU Studio Mini is that this smartphone has a larger screen and slightly thinner. All other remaining features are the same. You will love this if you really like a smartphone with a larger screen.

#3 – BLU VIVO X5 (Released: September 2019)


BLU VIVO X5Display: 5.7 inches (720 x 1440 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
Hardware: Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A55, 64GB Internal memory, 3GB RAM, and Micro SD up to 64GB
Battery: 2800 mAh
3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900
4G Network: LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 12(700), 17(700) US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, Metro PCS, and others. Not compatible with CDMA Networks like Verizon, Sprint and Boost Mobile)
Gyro: No

Price: $89.99

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This smartphone has twice the internal storage and higher RAM compared to the first two above. This means that you can store more games and apps and run them simultaneously at a slightly faster speed for a few additional bucks.

If you find the screen size of the BLU Studio Mini slightly small for your taste or the BLU Studio Mega a little huge, then this smartphone is the best fit. All the other remaining features of this smartphone are the same as the first two.

#4 – Apple iPhone SE


Iphone SEDisplay: 4.0 inches (640 x 1136 pixels)
OS: iOS 9.3.2, upgradable to iOS 13.1.2
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Hardware: Apple A9 (14 nm) Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister, 16GB Internal Storage, 2GB RAM
Battery: 1624 mAh
Release Date: March 2016
3G Network: Yes
4G Network: Yes
Gyro: Yes

Price: $109 (Renewed)

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If you are one of those who like smaller phones, the iPhone SE is perfect for you. It can run Pokemon Go smoothly and without a problem. The battery life is also excellent.

What you will love about this smartphone is that it’s very easy to carry in your pocket because of the size and weight. This is perfect for kids as well. You can buy “Renewed” units on Amazon without paying more than USD 250. It’s backed by the 90-day Amazon Renewed Guarantee.

#5 – Xiaomi Mi A2


Xiaomi Mi A2Display: 5.99 inches (1080 x 2160 pixels)
OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Hardware: Snapdragon 660, Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260), 64 GB Internal Storage, 4 GB RAM
Battery: 3000 mAh
Release Date: July 2018
3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – Global version
4G Network: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300) – Global version
Gyro: Yes

Price: $154

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This smartphone has a huge screen, a more powerful processor, and better location services. On top of playing Pokemon Go smoothly, at a very low price, it comes with an excellent display, better camera quality, and awesome design.

The sharpness of the screen (403 ppi density) is even better than the iPhone 11 (only at 326 ppi density). You will also love the long battery life. It also comes with a free silicon case.

#6 – Motorola Moto G6


Motorola Moto G6Display: 5.7 inches (1080 x 2160 pixels)
OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Hardware: Snapdragon 450, Octa-core (1.8 GHz), 32GB Internal Storage, 3GB RAM
Battery: 3,000 mAh
3G Network: Yes
4G Network: Yes
Gyro: Yes
Release Date: April 2018

Price: $129

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In addition to playing Pokemon Go smoothly, it has better location technology, an awesome camera, a very responsive screen. A good balance between quality and price.

Like the Xiaomi Mi A2 above, it has a very high pixel density, thus, sharper screen resolution compared to iPhone 11. You can also play other games that rely heavily on excellent and very fast touch responsiveness like PUBG and Mobile Legends.

#7 – Xiaomi Redmi 7 (Released: March 2019)


Xiaomi Redmi 7Display: 6.26 inches (720 x 1520 pixels)
OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 10; MIUI 11
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
Hardware: Snapdragon 632, Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Silver), 32 GB Internal Storage, 3 GB RAM
Battery: 4000 mAh
3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – Global version
4G Network: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300) – Global version
Gyro: No

Price: $142

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Another very worth the price smartphone. What you will love about this smartphone is the huge screen display which you can use to watch movies or Netflix aside from playing Pokemon Go.  It has an awesome battery life to keep you playing longer.

It is also very sturdy even if you drop it a few times. It is also good for the heavy users who do a lot of stuff on their phones.

#8- Samsung Galaxy A20 (Released: April 2019)


Samsung Galaxy A20Display: 6.4 inches (720 x 1560 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Hardware: Exynos 7884 (14 nm), Octa-core (2×1.6 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.35 GHz Cortex-A53), 32 GB Internal Storage, 3GB RAM
Battery: 4,000 mAh
3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Gyro: Yes

Price: $174

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Another fantastic phone from Samsung. You will love the performance of this phone which is pretty fast for a budget device.

It has a very huge screen display. It has a Super AMOLED screen which makes the display show realistic and more vivid colors compared to other budget phones. The narrow bezels make an excellent design.

#9 – Huawei Y7 (2019) (Released: March 2019)


Huawei Y7 2019Display: 6.26 inches (720 x 1520 pixels)
OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo); EMUI 8.2
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Hardware: Snapdragon 450, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53, 32 GB Internal Storage, 3GB RAM
Battery: 4,000 mAh
3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)
Gyro: No

Price: $169

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You will absolutely love this one. It’s very nice and definitely allows smooth gameplay of Pokemon Go. The battery life is also amazing. It has a great camera at an amazing price. It’s a good substitute for premium and expensive phones.

#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

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I’m recommending this smartphone because of the very long battery life compared to other budget smartphones. You will need that extra-long life because Pokemon Go is played outside where you have very little access to charging stations.

Also, you will absolutely love this one because it is a very powerful smartphone for playing games.

Play Safe and Have Fun!


So now that we have narrowed down our choices, all you need to do is to identify your budget and select your personal preference.

And when you already started playing, always remember to play safe, be alert when playing near the streets, and be sensitive to the privacy of other people around you. Play with your friends and meet and greet other players!

Have fun catching them all!

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What do you think of these cheapest phones for Pokémon Go? I would love to hear from you.

Just leave your comment in the comments section below. 😃

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16 thoughts on “Cheapest Phones for Pokémon Go – Top 10 Best Cheap Compatible Phones

  1. This article is good but could have been better by adding which phones, if any, have a gyroscope to use the AR feature of Pokemon go

  2. Hi Noah,

    Pokemon is a great addictive game and one I’ve been playing since I was 10 years old.

    Pokemon as come a long way since the days of the game boy advance. Nowadays people have come up with a way to get ds emulators on android devices to make playing Pokemon possible.

    Earlier this year I used the ASUS Zenfone 3 Max to play Pokemon and the experience was great on it.

    Cheers

    Josh

    1. Hi Joshua, I’m one of those who used an emulator in my phone to play the old game and I really enjoyed it. 😀 ASUS Zenfone 3 Max is an excellent smartphone when it comes to balance between features and price. The huge battery capacity is great for playing the game.

  3. This is a info packed post on the best Pokemon GO phone. I didn’t realize there was so much to consider like how much RAM you needed and 1 GB of RAM might not be enough. I honestly didn’t get into the Pokemon Go craze but I sure know a lot of folks who did. I wonder if any of them ran into the situation where they didn’t have enough memory or a GPS. All phones have GPS now don’t they? I think I’m showing my age. Great read

    1. Hi Jason, yes, Pokemon Go works on most smartphones, but performance and speed varies depending on the specs. Not all phones have GPS today, but most are. You should try playing in your free time. It’s fun and simple and adds to your daily exercise.

  4. Can I spoof using any of this mobiles?? I need a better one which won’t get disconnected or won’t say “failed to detect location”. Help me plz

    1. Hi Suhel,

      I’m sorry I can’t help you with spoofing. It is unfair to other players and ruins the fun and fair competition in the game. 🙂

  5. Thanks for this article. Giving so much information especially to people like me who know less about these requirements. It narrowed down my choices to the best phone I can get for pokemon go.

  6. I just got my Blu Studio mini, it’s the best budget phone ever! It’s amazing, I can play Pokemon Go now! It has a case and screen protector and the battery life is a lot better than my old phone. I’m so happy! This is fantastic!

  7. My daughter loves to play this game. She’s 8 now and we spend time in the park near our home every weekend. The game encourages her to go outside and play instead of staying at home. I was looking for a cheap smartphone for her and a simple one that can run the game. I think the BLU Studio Mini will do. What do you think?

    1. Hey Jilly, I think the BLU Studio Mini would be perfect for your 8-year old daughter. The screen of BLU Studio Mini is large but not too large that she can’t hold it well while playing in the park. 🙂

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