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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 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.

Update from Niantic (June 15, 2020): Niantic is now postponing the Discontinued Support for 32-Bit Android Devices to a (TBD) future date. 

Pokemon Go

 

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 5 or above
  • 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 5s or above
  • iOS 10 or above
  • 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 (Niantic recommends 2GB or more), it is still best to have a 2GB to 3GB 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.

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).

Last Updated: July 1, 2020

IMPORTANT

While waiting for Niantic’s final decision, avoid Android devices that do not support arm64-v8a because it indicates that it cannot run 64-bit ARM applications and will most probably be unsupported by Niantic in the future.

You can find the list of Android devices that support arm64-v8a here as reported by the manufacturers. This list was extracted from Google Play console by Reddit user/App developer pkmn_throwaway_pst.

I also obtained confirmation from a manufacturer for some of the phones below.

 

#1 – BLU Studio Mini (Released: Sept. 2019) (64-bit OS; supports arm64-v8a)


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: $79.99

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 BLU Studio Mini is also called BLU G5 in other regions.

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.

Below is the confirmation e-mail below from the manufacturer that this phone has a 64-bit OS. (Note: I inquired about BLU Studio Mini and BLU Studio Mega 2019)

Also, below is the result of the 64-Bit Checker app from Google Play.

#2 – BLU Studio Mega 2019 (Released: Sept. 2019) (64-bit OS; supports arm64-v8a)


BLU Studio Mega 2019

Display: 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: $79.99

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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 BLU Studio Mega 2019 is also called BLU G5 Plus in other regions.

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.

Also, see confirmation e-mail above from the manufacturer that this product has a 64-bit OS. (Note: I inquired about BLU Studio Mini and BLU Studio Mega 2019)

Also, below is the result of the 64-Bit Checker app from Google Play.

#3 – BLU VIVO X5 (Released: Sept. 2019) (64-bit OS; supports arm64-v8a)


BLU VIVO X5

Display: 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. The BLU VIVO X5 is also called BLU G6 in other regions.

Also, below is the confirmation e-mail from the manufacturer that this product has a 64-bit OS.

Below is the result of the 64-Bit Checker app from Google Play.

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 (64-bit)


Iphone SE

Display: 4.0 inches (640 x 1136 pixels)
OS: iOS 9.3.2, upgradable to iOS 13.5
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: $139.99 (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. The A9 chip of this phone has a 64-bit architecture and the OS is upgradable to iOS 13.5 (June 2020).

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 – Samsung Galaxy A20s (Released: Oct. 2019) (64-bit OS; supports arm64-v8a)


Display: 6.5 inches (720 x 1560 pixels)
OS: ndroid 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10, One UI 2.0
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
Hardware: Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53, 32 GB Internal Storage, 3 GB RAM
Battery: 4000 mAh
3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 (Version: SM-A207M/DS)
4G Network: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66 (Version: SM-A207M/DS)
Gyro: Yes

Price: $169.99

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This smartphone has a big screen, a decent processor, and a BIG battery capacity. On top of playing Pokemon Go smoothly, at a very low price, it comes with an excellent display, great camera quality, and awesome design.

The sharpness of the screen (264 PPI density) is decent for the price. You will definitely love the long battery life.

It also has a 64-bit processor and a 64-bit OS according to the AnTuTu Benchmark app.

 

#6 – Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Released: Sept. 2019) (64-bit OS; supports arm64-v8a)


Display: 6.3 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 11
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Hardware: Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm); Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver), 64GB Internal Storage, 4GB RAM
Battery: 4,000 mAh
3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G Network: B1 (2100) B2 (1900 PCS) B3 (1800 +) B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1) B5 (850) B7 (2600) B8 (900) B20 (800 DD) B28 (700 APT) B38 (TD 2600) B40 (TD 2300)
Gyro: Yes

Price: $169.99

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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.

It has a 64-bit processor and a 64-bit OS according to the AnTuTu Benchmark app.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 has a very high pixel density (409 PPI), thus, it has a sharper screen resolution compared to the iPhone 11 (326 PPI). You can also play other games that rely heavily on fast touch responsiveness like PUBG and Mobile Legends.

 

#7 – Xiaomi Redmi 7 (Released: March 2019) (64-bit OS; Supports arm64-v8a)


Xiaomi Redmi 7

Display: 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: $154.99

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Another very worth the price smartphone. What you will love about this smartphone is the huge screen display that 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.

Based on the AnTuTu Benchmark app, the OS of this phone is 64-bit.

 

#8- Samsung Galaxy A20 (Released: April 2019) (Supports arm64-v8a)


Samsung Galaxy A20

Display: 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: $189.99

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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 2019

Display: 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 (supports arm64-v8a)


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Display: 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: $175.50

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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. 😃

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

  1. 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. 🙂

    2. Jilly did you try the phone for your daughter? I’m looking for a smaller phone as well to just tether to my iPhone. I’m worried the SE is close to being’outdated’ and (knowing Apple) no longer getting updates.

      On that note Chris, since I’m just looking to tether the phone does it matter that I’m on AT&T ?

      1. Hi Mrs, happy new year! It has been a long holiday so I was only able to respond today. 🙁
        Yes, if you are on AT&T, you must know first if your existing plan includes tethering. If you don’t know the complete details of your plan, you have to inquire to AT&T first.

  2. thanks mate.. am looking for budget phones to play 2nd, maybe 3rd account on 😉
    was afraid cheap ones using low end processor like sd439 might be unable to run pogo smoothly..

    now that uve listed few of them, i could consider some peacefully 🙂 but deffo will consider 3gb of ram a must.

    when was this written, would you consider to update the list?

    thanks again ya.. +9999

  3. Superb & Mind Blowing insight ! Can I buy the latest iPhone SE for playing POGO ? I believe the screen is very small but cost is reasonable.Also my friends recommended Samsung M30 phone for pogo.Please advise me whether M30 Samsung is worth buying as the price is very attractive compared to apple iPhone SE.

    1. Hey Sam, iPhone SE (2020) with its 4.7″ screen is still great for Pokemon Go.

      Even the old iPhone SE with 4″ screen size got good feedback from Pokemon Go players. Both the new and old versions can use the AR mode.

      Samsung Galaxy M30 has three versions: (1)32GB ROM (3GB RAM), (2)64GB (4GB RAM), and (3)128GB (6GB RAM). Even if you choose the 3GB RAM version, the RAM is still more than enough. This phone has an Exynos 7904 processor. It’s a mid-range processor which is fantastic because even low-range processors (plus 3GB RAM) can run Pokemon go smoothly. It also has 5,000 mAh battery capacity which is very big so you can play longer outside. It also has gyro to let you play with AR mode. The GPS specs are also very accurate. This is also a great choice.

      Just remember, as much as possible, charge your phone using the official Samsung charger/adapter. Using Powerbanks to charge your phone often while playing outside will mess up the battery. This is based on my experience. I played too much and charge my old Galaxy phone around 4-5 times a day using a power bank.

  4. I’m looking for another phone to play pogo on my alt account but wanna know do I need to find an unlocked phone to play, can I use my hotspot to play instead of getting any sort of data plan. Also I saw something that Niantic is discontinuing 32 bit android devices. What to do.

    1. Hey Jamie, your second phone for your alt account can be a locked or an unlocked phone. It can still connect to your main phone whether your main phone is on a data plan (see note below) or not (prepaid only) because your second phone will use Wifi as the mode of connection to connect to your main phone’s hotspot.

      Note that if your main phone is using a data plan, you have to know if your plan allows you to use your main phone as a hotspot. For example, if you are with an AT&T plan, you have to know if it’s capable of hotspot.

      Yes, the list here is still being updated (depending on Niantic’s final decision – TBD). It’s a bit tricky because there are phones with 64-bit CPUs (processors) that have 32-bit OS. Niantic’s list from their official page does not contain all the phones that will be continued. For now, just look for phones with 64-bit processors with confirmed 64-bit OS.

    1. Hey Peravinkuamr, the Huawei Y6S 2019 is not on the list that was extracted from Google Play console by an app developer from Reddit. See link here for the list: https://gofile.io/d/xzE3vM This list contains phones that can support arm64-v8a which means, if the phone is not on this list, it MAY NOT be able to support the 64-bit version of Pokemon Go when Niantic implements the restriction to 64-bit in the future.

      Also, there’s an argument that sometimes, phones with a 64-bit processor can still have a 32-bit OS. So to be sure, if you are going to get a phone for Pokemon Go, buy one with a 64-bit processor and 64-bit OS.

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