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Best phones for under £500

Nowadays, a lot of modern smartphones are being released with price tags exceeding £1,000! 

But you don’t need to empty your pockets for a high-tech smartphone - you could spend under half of that and still get something amazing. 

Here’s our recommendations of the best phones you can buy for under £500.

 

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy A52S

Samsung Galaxy A52s

Release date: August 2021

Price: £407.99

Large 6.5 inch display screen is ideal for watching TV, playing games, and video calling friends and family

Quad rear camera: 64MP, 12MP, 5MP, 2MP

Single impressive 32MP front camera for crystal clear selfies

128GB internal storage with a memory card slot for a microSD card to expand

Long-lasting 4,500mAh battery 

Water resistant

5G 

 

Samsung Galaxy A52

Samsung Galaxy A52

Release date: March 2021

Price: £397.99 

Clear and vivid 6.5 inch display

Quad rear camera: 64MP, 12MP, 5MP, 5MP

Powerful single 32MP front camera

128GB internal storage with a memory card slot to expand

4,500mAh battery capacity

Water resistant

5G

 

Samsung Galaxy A51

Release date: January 2020

Price: £327.99

Big 6.5 inch display

Quad rear camera: 48MP, 12MP, 5MP, 5MP

Single 32MP front camera

128GB internal storage with the option to input a microSD card 

4,000mAh battery life

4G 

 

Samsung Galaxy A71

Release date: December 2019

Price: £417.99

Huge 6.7 inch display is perfect for activities like live-streaming, digital drawing, and vlogging 

Quad rear camera: 64MP, 12MP, 5MP, 5MP

Impressive 32MP single front camera

128GB internal storage with a memory card slot for more

Big 4,500mAh battery

4G

Apple

Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE (2nd gen)

Release date: April 2020

Price: £398.99

Portable and travel-friendly 4.7 inch display

Single 13MP rear and 7MP front camera

Multiple storage options: 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB, with the option to expand using iCloud storage

1,821mAh battery life

Water resistant 

4G

 

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR

Release date: September 2018

Price: £498.99

Clear 6.1 inch display screen

Single 12MP rear camera and 7MP front camera

Comes with 64GB or 128GB built-in storage

2,942mAh battery life with Qi wireless charging capability to remove the need for cables everywhere

Water resistant

4G

Xiaomi

Xiaomi Mi 11T

Release date: October 2021

Price: £495.99

Huge and detailed 6.67 inch display is perfect for lovers of visual media

Quad rear camera with huge 108MP main lens (additional 18MP, 8MP, 5MP)

Decent 16MP front camera

Large 256GB built-in storage, with room for more using a microSD card

Big and long-lasting 5,000mAh battery

Water resistant

5G

 

Nokia

Nokia XR20

Nokia XR20

Release date: August 2021

Price: £395.99

Large and vivid 6.67 inch display

Dual rear camera: 48MP and 13MP

Single 8MP front camera

64GB internal storage with a memory card slot

Reliable 4,630mAh battery capacity 

Water resistant

5G

 

Motorola

Motorola G100

Motorola G100

Release date: April 2021

Price: £445.99

6.7 inch display screen is almost tablet-size

Triple rear camera: 64MP, 16MP, 2MP

Dual front camera: 16MP and 8MP for interesting snapshots or selfies

128GB internal storage with the option to insert a microSD card to expand

Huge 5,000mAh battery life

Water resistant

5G

 

TCL

TCL 20 Pro 5G

TCL 20 Pro 5G

Release date: April 2021

Price: £493.99

Large and clear 6.67 inch display screen

Quad rear camera: 48MP, 16MP, 2MP, 2MP

Single 32MP front camera

Big 256GB internal storage with a memory card slot for more

4,500mAh battery life

5G

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