The market for smartphone is raging with competition in all regards. It is no longer a a few sleazy features that people are interested with. Value for money referring to what you are getting against what you pay is actually dictating the smartphone market now. Naturally, buyers like to compare the best available options within every price bracket. There are several great smartphones you can buy well within a budget of $500. Here we mention some of them.
1. OnePlus 5T ($499)
This is a brand known for its affordable flagship phones. But, after offering almost similar standard of phones for years at last it came with something superior and thus we got OnePlus 5T. OnePlus 5T flaunts a bigger 6-inch, almost bezel-free screen with an awesome 18:9 aspect ratio just like the expensive variants of other brands. It offers a lightning fast face-recognition system for unlocking the phone and for other authentication purposes. It also offers a great dual-camera system besides being powered by the premium Snapdragon 835 chipset. In overall measure it is one of the leading smartphone with really ahead-of-competition features while maintaining a highly affordable price tag.
2. Moto Z2 Play ($499)
Motorola flagships always deliver great performance handsets with a budget price tag. With the Z2 Play it is no longer different. It has a razor-thin design and it enjoys the flexibility of being used in connection with the Motorola’s “Moto Mods” line of accessories. With these accessories connected on to the Z2 Play you can run a whole range of devices such as a JBL speaker, a projector or an Google Home speaker, etc. It has a powerful octa-core Snapdragon 626 chipset and it offers awesome 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-pixel focus technology. Just like all other Motorola flagships, the Z2 Play offers customized software additions like Moto Display that helps you to see notifications without waking up the phone. This Motorola phone is also protected from splashes of water or light rain. In overall measure it is a fairly competitive device in under USD 500 category.
3. Essential PH-1 ($450)
It remained unheard-of to many people but just by the sheer brilliance of what it offers it deserves to be among the top budget smartphones. As a debut product, the Essential PH-1 is ahead of many of its competitors. It offers a Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled up with 128GB of storage. It has a quad HD smart crisp display put into a slim and tough body. The PH-1 offers an all-screen front with a little notch that houses its frontal camera. It has dual 13-megapixel camera that work great both in optimal light and dark situations. It only supports wireless headphone and does not come with any audio jack. The best thing is obviously the price tag which is far more less than most other comparable flagships in the market.
4. Moto X4 ($400)
The Moto X4 is another affordable smartphone option in this range that offers dual cameras, landmark recognition and inbuilt Alexa support. By Alexa which as a digital assistant can identify you by voice and can answer questions in sleeping mode, makes you use the phone for all sorts of instructions. X4 is equipped with an awesome 12-megapixel camera which along with taking crisp images can also support you with landmark-detection feature while at travel. The device comes with IP68 standard water resistance allowing you to take dip under water for 30 minutes. It has Snapdragon 630 processor and offers a 5.2-inch full HD display.
5. Xiaomi Mi 4i 32GB [$299]
Xiaomi Mi is a really inexpensive but feature rich phone donning the smartphone market. It comes with a 3120mAh battery which is capable to last entire day in spite of heavy usage. The it offers awesome value for money as another Octa Core processor-based smartphone in the market that has been made by a Chinese brand.
It is loaded with 2GB of RAM along with 1.7GHz Octa Core CPU which makes it one of the most powerful phones equipped for multitasking. As far as battery life of the Mi 4i is concerned, it has 3120mAh battery and along with a power-saving configuration it can run the phone for a full day in spite of heavy use. The display is sharp with the 5-inch screen offering 1080p display with 441ppi. Mi 4i comes loaded with 32GB of in-built storage as well. It has 13MP Sony f2.0 rear camera capable to shoot sharp and crisp images even in low-light conditions. The 5MP front camera along with Beauty Lens helps you snap great selfies.
6. iPhone SE ($349)
iPhone SE which unlike other latest iPhones kept loyal to the original small screen iPhone design is still waiting for its next update. But as a below-$500 iPhone it is one of the best budget choices for Apple loyalists. It still gives unmatched performance compared to many other smartphones in the market with its A9 processor. People who like using a smaller phone the compact 4-inch size of the iPhone SE display would suit the best. Apple has also doubled the storage of the iPhone SE adding to it something extra and lucrative. It comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera, capable to deliver very precise colors and crisp and clear details. But as for capturing selfies, the 1.2-MP front camera seems a bit disappointing compared to other options.
7. Asus Zenfone 2 [$388]
ASUS Zenfone 2 is the only smartphone in this list that delivers Intel CPUs and GPUs instead of Qualcomm chips that are already prevalent in the smartphone market. The phone comes loaded with the Intel Atom 2.3GHz Quad Core CPU and a quite larger 4GB of RAM. The phone runs smoother than many smartphones in the market without any performance glitches. Battery life of the phone is not bad with its 3000mAh battery though there are several better options available in the market. The screen is 5.5-inch with 1080p display that delivers 401ppi pixel density which is dimmer compared to other smartphones in this list. The sound quality is also very average and not really worth mentioning. Zenfone 2 offers 32GB on board storage besides offering a microSD slot to expand the memory. It offers a 13MP camera that captures crisp sharp images in various light conditions.
If you look at the above smartphone options under $500, you are bound to realise our focus to be the value for money. Instead of choosing some smartphones that meet this price criterion we rather tried to bring smartphones that offer best in class features and performance compared to the competitors within the same price cap.