The COVID-19 pandemic has tightened purse-strings and instilled a budget-conscious nature in many. Whilst flagship smartphones are pretty, sometimes they’re not ‘life-practical.’
Here’s our round-up of a few excellent smartphones that fall under the US$500 mark.
Thankfully, technology has come a long way and whilst we’re in trying times, it doesn’t mean we have to compromise on quality.
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Google Pixel 4a 5G
This uber compact device seems to be tick most categories, what’s wonderful is that’s it’s futureproofed with 5G connectivity too. Tech commentators called the Pixel 4a a ground-breaking device for its ability to put significant pressure on other phone makers, putting so much great tech into this price point. The 5G version takes this even further.
- – 6.2” OLED screen
- – Android 11
- – Snapdragon 765G
- – 3885mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
A couple of years ago Samsung revealed it was going to start deploying some of its flagship phone features onto mid-range devices, noting that consumer behaviour had changed. Good on them, the strategy has definitely reaped benefits – not just for the company, but buyers too.
With 5G connectivity this phone does what most people crave. A good camera, Samsung reliability and an in-screen fingerprint reader.
- – 6.5” Super AMOLED screen
- – Android 11
- – 120Hz display refresh rate (great for a non-flagship phone!)
- – Snapdragon 750G 5G
- – 4,500 mAh battery
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite Dual SIM 5G
Xiaomi has many international fans and the company has a reputation for breaking barriers and getting the job done. This device has left many pleased, especially for its display screen refresh rate.
- – 6.67” LCD screen
- – 120Hz display refresh rate
- – 4820 mAh battery
- – Snapdragon 750 5G
- – Android 10, MIUI 12
A brand that is continuing to grow in popularity… OnePlus 8 is not the latest device in the company’s stable, however, it doesn’t negate from the value proposition this excellent device offers. In fact, the price reduction stemming from its succession series could be a great coup for consumers.
- – 6.55” AMOLED
- – Snapdragon 865 processor
- – 90Hz display refresh rate
- – OxygenOS based on Android 11
- – 4500 mAh battery
Moto G Power (2021)
Motorola is more than its resurrected Razr smartphone, with the Moto G Power offering a pretty great value proposition. With a whopping 5,000 mAh battery, this phone certainly makes for a very reliable device – especially being at the lower end of the price bracket. It may not have plenty of frills (e.g. the brightest, crispest display) bit it does offer a brilliant budget device.
- – 6.6” LCD
- – 5,000 mAh battery
- – Great camera for the price (48MP)
- – Android 10
- – Snapdragon 662