Only have $500 to spend on your next smartphones? Don’t you worry because you have got a ton of great options for Best Smartphones under $500?
Today lets find out the variety of best android and apple phone gadgets and you have to be willing to make a few compromises when it comes to camera and processing power. Still, in terms of the overall experience, buying a mid-tier and budget smartphone that doesn’t suck is much easier than it used to be.
If you feel you don’t want to fall for the best Apple and Android smartphones you can find for under $600 and $700 but want standard phones on budget, here’s Hot Tech Gadget’s latest list of the top 10 best Android and Apple phones you can find for under $500 including; Oppo Reno Z, Samsung Galaxy S8, Oppo R15 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9T, RealMeXT, Moto G8 Plus among others.
|Reno Z||Sleek design
In-display fingerprint sensor
|No wireless charging
No water resistance
|Motorola One Vision||Striking design
Great battery life
|The camera falls short of the hype
No water resistance
No wireless charging
|Oppo R15 Pro||Appealing design
VOOC Fast Charging
|The camera is a little dated by today’s standards
Still uses Micro USB for charging
No wireless charging
|Samsung Galaxy S8||Great display
Water-resistance & wireless charging
|The camera hasn’t aged as well as it should have
Kind of small by modern standards
|Xiaomi Mi 9T||No notch
|Only FHD+ resolution
800-series processor lesser
|Nokia 7.2||48-megapixel rear camera
Clean Android software
|No unique features
|Moto G8 Plus||Clean software
Good battery life
|Uneven camera system
|RealMe XT||64-megapixel camera lens
|Lacks a distinct identity
Other cameras aren’t as good as the main one
|Huawei P30 Lite||Above-average battery life
|Oppo R17 Pro||Good camera
|Pricier than competition
ColorOS can be a put-off
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Reno Z successfully emulates most – but not all – of what made the 5G-capable Reno into the Chinese company’s most compelling smartphone.
It doesn’t have as many premium perks like wireless charging, water-resistance, or the Reno’s famed 10x lossless zoom but the Reno Z still manages to get plenty else right. For a mid-tier price, you get cutting-edge features like an in-screen fingerprint sensor, surprisingly-solid performance, and a camera that swings above its weight.
It doesn’t hurt that the Oppo Reno Z has 8GB RAM, which is impressive given its low price tag, and which undoubtedly bolsters performance for everything from loading apps to intensive gaming sessions.
You’re getting an AMOLED display in Oppo Reno Z, which is impressive for a budget phone, and this offers a wide color gamut and good contrast compared to the displays found on many budget phones.
It’s a 6.4-inch display, which is a touch on the large side, so it might be tricky to use if you have smaller hands. The resolution is 1080 x 2340, with 402 pixels per inch, so the resolution and overall quality are as good as you’ll get on the best from Apple or Samsung.
Reno Z has two rear cameras. The first has a 48MP sensor and f/1.7 lens, and the latter is a 5MP f/2.4 depth-sensing camera. If these specs sound familiar, it’s because they’re the same as the Oppo Reno. However, there’s no ultra-wide-angle or telephoto lens, which are both staples of most modern smartphone cameras and you can feel their absence when you use the device.
The Oppo Reno Z has a 4,035mAh battery, which is fairly sizeable for a budget smartphone, and we certainly weren’t disappointed with its performance. With medium to heavy use including gaming, Reno Z can easily last a day, and with light use, it will take you through two full days before the need for recharging. Recharging the Oppo Reno Z is fairly snappy, thanks to Oppo’s 20W VOOC fast charging tech.
Reno Z subtracts much of what makes the mainline Reno such an exceptional device. However, for less than half the price, it manages to carve out a compelling balance between nailing the essentials and being good enough at everything else that you rarely think about what you’re missing out on.
Motorola One Vision
Motorola One Vision is a slimmer, sleeker vision of what the future of Motorola could look like. Like Motorola’s G-series devices, the One Vision delivers great battery life and a smooth-as-all-get-out software experience that’s a sneeze away from stock Android. Where it differentiates itself is its sense of premium design.
Under the hood, Motorola One Vision is powered by Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 9609 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, and a 3500mAh battery that supports 15W Turbo Charging. There’s also an SD card slot if you want to expand the memory on the device, which is always nice to have.
Motorola One Vision is a mid-tier smartphone that swings above its weight when it comes to look and feel. It combines many of Motorola’s more-established strengths with a preference for a design that you might not expect from the brand.
Motorola might be talking a big game about Motorola One Vision’s all-day battery life but the reality is a little more disappointing to behold. In this aspect, the Motorola One Vision falls distinctly short of the high bar set by its biggest competitors.
Sure, it’s possible to get through a day relying on this thing but be sure you have its charger around with you. Motorola One Vision supports 15W fast-charging via USB Type-C but, again, does not offer any form of Qi wireless charging. Motorola claims the device is good to garner seven hours of usage in just fifteen-minutes of charging.
Oppo R15 Pro
The pitch for Oppo R15 Pro is going to sound a little familiar. It’s an Android smartphone with the look and feel of an iPhone.
Powered by the Chinese-brand’s Color OS Android skin, Oppo R15 Pro features a powerful dual-lens camera on the back and a 20-megapixel selfie-shooter on the front. It’s also got 6GB of RAM, IP67 water resistance, a 3430mAh battery, and the headphone jack you will find missing from more modern flagships. Unfortunately, this is one of the areas where the Oppo is at its weakest. While the R15 Pro will get you through a day’s usage fairly comfortably, it will be left with very little in the tank by evening and just won’t cut it on those mornings you forget to leave your phone charging overnight.
R15 Pro sees Oppo bring more of that flagship experience to the sub-$800 smartphone space than ever before to generous effect.
Aside from the notched display, the first thing you’ll notice is just how handsome the chassis looks. R15 Pro handset comes out in a variety of colors Cosmic Purple and Ruby Red, with each offering a different breed of iridescent shimmer that played with the light in subtle and tasteful ways.
The display is rich, bright, and clear with its FHD+ (1,080 x 2,280) resolution and, despite its 6.28-inch dimensions, doesn’t feel oversized thanks to its 19:9 aspect ratio.
Delicate curves and a comfortable weight make the phone a pleasure to hold, and the negligible camera bump can be mitigated with the included gel case, which adds more texture.
Thanks to the stellar facial recognition system, the screen will turn on from face down to firing in roughly 1.3 seconds. It’s near-instantaneous if you use the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor instead.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung’s 2017 flagship has depreciated significantly in the years since and it might not be the king of the jungle anymore but there’s still plenty to like about it.
Galaxy S8 comes in one size, 64GB with 4GB RAM, and there’s also a microSD card slot tucked in with the SIM slot, which can handle 256GB cards. Samsung still doesn’t support Google’s Adoptable Storage mode, so the card will appear as a separate storage device. But you can move apps to the SD card from one of the settings pages. About 10.7GB of the phone’s storage is taken up by the system and non-deletable apps.
Buying a Samsung Galaxy S8 still nets you a powerful Exynos processor, a more-than-decent single-lens rear camera, and a gorgeous Infinity Display. You even get access to the new One UI Android skin that Samsung debuted alongside the Galaxy S10 earlier.
Battery life is far better in real-world practice than it is in our benchmarks. With the same size battery as the S7 (3,000mAh) driving a larger, brighter screen.
With the screen generally at around half brightness, the S8 can last through the day on 2 hours use. The Google Pixel has a 1080p screen, and if you set the S8’s screen to the same resolution, you get about the same usage time. But the Pixel is better at not draining the battery in standby. The iPhone 7 has shorter screen-on usage time, but it’s more efficient in standby and playing audio.
The good news is that the S8’s quick charging feature is very quick. The phone charges from zero to 100 percent in about an hour and a half.
Xiaomi Mi 9T
Xiaomi is one of several newcomers from the Australian smartphone scene but devices like the Xiaomi Mi 9T suggest they are looking a challenge even heavyweights like Huawei and Samsung.
Running Android 9, the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is in a great position from a future-proofing point of view. The phone has access to plenty of apps available in the Google Play Store, and while there’s a fair bit of bloatware onboard, it features less than on past iterations of Xiaomi’s UI.
Xiaomi’s skin, MIUI 10, is a mixed bag. Like iPhones and Huawei devices, Xiaomi doesn’t load up an apps tray on the Mi 9T Pro by default, so forces users to organize apps into folders or install a custom launcher. The nuts and bolts of the interface consist of a variable number of home screens, a Xiaomi ‘Guide’ screen to the left, with shortcuts to apps and a few tools, and a notifications bar that can be pulled down from the top. It’s all very smooth and stable, with no judders or slowdowns insight, and the phone’s default wallpapers and icons look good.
Xiaomi Mi 9T comes packed to the gills with solid specs and fancy features. For an asking price of less than $500, you get a Snapdragon 730 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 6.39-inch AMOLED FHD+ Display with an in-display fingerprint sensor plus triple-lens rear camera “situation” that pairs a 48-megapixel sensor with AI-enhanced image processing tech.
The immersive all–screen display looks great when you are gaming on it, and while the phone only packs a mono speaker, it’s loud and isn’t easy to cover up when holding it in landscape orientation
There’s also a 4000mAh battery and a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie cam that promptly banishes the notch to the shadow realm.
Nokia 7.2 is fair by the improvement of the number on the previous Nokia 7.1. It’s got a smaller notch, a bigger rear camera compared to Nokia 7.1, a larger screen, a faster processor and a bigger battery.
Nokia 7.1 provided a lot of bang for your money and the sequel doesn’t let up in that regard. You get a 6.3-inch IPS PureDisplay, 128GB of onboard storage, 4GB of RAM, and a triple-lens rear camera with a 48-megapixel sensor.
Inside the Nokia 7.2 is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip, which offers decent performance, so long as you’re not doing a lot of gaming. The Snapdragon 660 is an octa-core processor, and in that way, it’s similar to the Snapdragon 670 inside the Pixel 3a. The cores themselves are older, however, they run at a higher clock speed than those inside the 670 – 2.2 GHz versus 2.0 GHz.
On the flip side, the 660 is built on an outdated, larger 14-nanometer process, which means it’s less efficient than the 10nm silicon inside the Pixel 3a. It also incorporates a lower-spec image-signal processor and GPU than the Pixel 3a, which may partially explain the gulf in photography quality and explains the gaming deficit. Overall, Nokia 7.2 holds its own in everyday use and even eclipses the Pixel 3a in some raw benchmarks
Nokia 7.2 wants you to believe the triple-lens camera on the back of the 7.2, headlined by a 48-megapixel, ƒ/1.8 primary lens can capture photos that rival some from leading flagships. With an 8-MP ultrawide lens and 5-MP depth sensor, Nokia aspired to make the 7.2 just as versatile as those pricier handsets, too. That brings us to the 7.2’s 20-MP front-facing camera. Here, preferably, Nokia’s software diminishes the shadows around objects and brightens the image up for clear details.
Moto G8 Plus
Moto G8 Plus takes the advances in aesthetics that the brand made with the Motorola One Vision and applies it to a form-factor that’s more in-line with Motorola have done before. On top of that, you also get a better processor, a bigger screen, and a larger battery. Best of all, you don’t lose out on the clean software that made the One Vision such a treat to use.
Though it’s less of a significant upgrade than it might first appear to be, Moto G8 Plus still more-or-less makes its predecessor obsolete in a big way. All the familiar strengths you’d expect are present and accounted for with a more-likable design and a more flexible camera system rounding out the package nicely.
Moto G8 Plus is powered by a 4,000mAh battery, which is a pretty decent capacity even at the low-price tier of phones, where we usually see very competitive power packs in phones.
On casual use, you can expect a two-day battery life from the G8 Plus but if you like watching videos, being on social media at all times, and playing games on your phone, the phone still easily lasts for a day on a single charge. The battery management system of the phone efficiently saves power by dismissing apps that aren’t in use and helps the phone last longer.
The device supports 15W fast charging with the TurboPower adapter provided in-the-box. The phone takes close to 150 minutes to fully charge from 0-100%, which is a little on the slow side, but at this point, you’re often stuck with micro-USB ports which take even longer, so you will be happy with the USB-C port here.
Moto G8 Plus has a slightly bigger screen than the G7 Plus at 6.3-inches. It is an IPS LCD panel with a Full HD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) resolution and a U-shaped notch up top. The screen has a 19:9 aspect ratio, which is decent for watching videos, as they’re often in that ratio. The screen is topped with a layer of Panda Glass which is similar to the popular Corning glass solution for protection against drops. There are narrow bezels on three sides except for the chin area, which has a more distinct black border. There’s a speaker grill just above the notch, which works in tandem with the bottom speaker, making up the phone’s stereo system.
Motorola has upgraded the G-series to triple camera setup. The cameras on the Moto G8 Plus consist of a primary 48MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture paired with a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens with a 117-degree field of view and a 5MP depth sensor which assists in portrait mode. On the front, there’s a 25MP selfie camera housed within the notch cutout with an f/2.0 aperture.
Originally a spin-off of Oppo, RealMe recently expanded into the Australian market to shake up incumbents like Samsung, Oppo, and Huawei. Their debut flagship, RealMe XT, is an indication of how seriously they’re taking that task.
Realme XT is built with 8GB RAM, which runs Android smoothly without any hiccups yet at a speedy multitasking and app loading. Heavy games can be played very smoothly.
The Realme XT is powered by the Snapdragon 712 SoC and is available in three RAM and storage configurations 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage which is the version we are looking at today. The flash storage uses is UFS 2.1. The Realme XT also has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, dual 4G VoLTE, GPS, FM radio, and the usual suite of sensors.
Representing RealMe’s top tier offering in the market, RealMe XT bundles together a lot of solid features for its price point. It looks to leverage its brawny camera and fast charging to appeal to buyers looking to maximize value or find a point of difference in this competitive price point.
While buyers may have already seen a lot of what was on offer in its competitors, RealMe XT ticks all the boxes and could pleasantly surprise users willing to make friends with the new gadget on the block.
The Realme XT features a 4000mAh battery, which fares very well to last at least for 20 hours and 36 minutes. With actual usage, you can easily manage to go a full day with heavy usage and about a day and a half with medium to light usage.
Huawei P30 Lite
Huawei’s P30 Lite marries accessible size and bold styling. With its 6.15-inch screen, the phone is going to be much better suited to small hands than the likes of the OnePlus 7 and Huawei P30 Pro, but it still delivers a rich, flagship-Esque in-hand feel.
The P30 Lite’s frame may be plastic, but it looks and feels solid, emulating the metal of the rest of the P30 family nicely. The front is flat glass with minimal bezels on the fascia, and the back has a slight, elegant curve to it.
At 6.15 inches, the Huawei P30 Lite’s screen is roughly the same size as that of the vanilla P30, and it sports roughly the same Full HD+ resolution too. What it doesn’t pack is AMOLED screen tech though, with an LTPS LCD panel taking center stage.
The 4GB of RAM under the hood doesn’t set off any alarm bells, though the Kirin 710 chipset has shipped in significantly cheaper smartphones, including the Honor 10 Lite and the Huawei P Smart.
Huawei P30 Lite strips away from the P30 Pro’s premium features but it doesn’t mess too much with the thing that matters the most: the camera.
Huawei P30 Lite is a competent mid-tier offering with a somewhat-powerful triple-lens camera and above-average battery life.
If you’re looking to settle for a pretty cheap phone that can do the basic things you expect a phone to be able to do, it’ll be a good fit. It’s cheaper here
The P30 Lite is also available in three colors: Peacock Blue, Midnight Black, and Pearl White – all with the same glass finish. If subtlety is more your thing though, black is always a safe bet.
As for the fingerprint scanner, it’s in a natural position for an index finger to fumble over. Meanwhile, the right-hand buttons are easy to press, and ultimately, from a design point of view, everything works well.
Oppo R17 Pro
Although the overall design of the Oppo R17 Pro is minimal and elegant, the part where the screen meets the frame is quite sharp along all edges and very noticeable if you like fidgeting with your phone in your hand. At 183g, the Oppo R17 Pro is also a tad bit on the heavier side, though that does make the phone feel more premium.
There’s a power button on the right and volume keys on the left, while the USB Type-C port sits at the bottom with the lone speaker and the dual-SIM tray.
The Oppo R17 Pro does not support microSD expansion and lacks a 3.5mm jack – with no adapter provided in the box. You do get a pair of USB-C earphones bundled in though, so all is not lost.
Another bonus item in the box (for the UK, where it’s called the Oppo RX17 Pro) is a soft-touch rubber case, allowing you to instantly apply a layer of protection to the phone. It’s a good addition too, as the smooth glass finish doesn’t allow for much grip in the hand without the case on.
The back is plain and smooth with three cameras aligned vertically in the center. There is a camera bump, however, but because it’s in the center, the phone doesn’t rock when placed on its back.
Upfront, there’s a large 6.4-inch OLED screen with minimum bezels and a tiny notch similar to the one found on the OnePlus 6T. It boasts a Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2340), giving you a 402ppi pixel density ensuring text and images look sharp. Watching videos on YouTube and Netflix are clear and crisp, however, you’ll have to make do with the black bars on either side when videos are viewed horizontally. You can zoom in slightly to make the video fullscreen, but that just means slight cropping will occur at the top and bottom.
There’s an in-screen fingerprint scanner on the front giving the phone a nice clean look on the back, although it’s not as quick to recognize your print as those not built into displays.
With an integrated fingerprint sensor and a dual-aperture dual-lens rear camera, Oppo R17 Pro sits on the peak of what Oppo used to be and now standard fast becoming smartphones. It’s a smart fusion of what works about Android and what works about iOS and, arguably, a great example of a brand being the best version of itself.
Though not without a few caveats, Oppo R17 Pro still feels like a triumph for Oppo. It’s about $100 more expensive than you would like but it’s got a solid mix of hardware and software that’s easy to recommend to anyone. If you’re looking for the value here – Oppo has made it really easy to find.
Lack of wireless charging, headphone jack, MicroSD slot, or water-resistance might sting some potential-buyers but an improved camera, slick software, Super VOOC charging and in-screen fingerprint sensor make Oppo R17 Pro a pretty stellar option for everyone else.
It’s hard to find much to dislike about the Oppo Reno Z, while some features could be better, as the chipset and camera, they are far from bad. Throw in the impressive design and display and you have got a fantastic phone, particularly given its budget price tag.
Oppo Reno Z is for anyone who wants to feel like they’re using a premium smartphone, without having to pay a premium price money for the privilege. If might not be for you if you want a great camera on your phone though, and it’d be worth spending a bit more on a device that’s more capable in this department.
The performance – both moment-to-moment and in terms of the battery life – needs some fine-tuning but otherwise, this is the best-looking and best-feeling handset that Motorola has put out this year.
Motorola One Vision doesn’t redefine what a handset this cheap gets you in the way that the Pixel 3a does but it still manages to give it a shiny new coat of paint. It’s rare to find a handset that looks and feels this good and, if nothing else, Motorola One Vision articulates a much clearer idea of what a more expensive Motorola phone could look like. It might be more concerned with style than substance but it’s been a while since you could honestly say that about a Motorola phone
It’s got all the usual drawbacks (and then some) but the Motorola One Vision is a compelling-enough mid-tier buy that it makes me wonder what else Motorola might have up their sleeve.
Oppo’s R15 Pro
Oppo’s R15 Pro excels in some of the more significant areas, with an awesome screen, camera and performance, and if you are a fan of the contemporary glass-back design, then a few handsets pull it off as stylishly, thanks to its iridescent gradient.
However, the inclusion of a micro-USB port feels distinctly backward considering the near-unanimous move in the industry to USB Type-C, and while it does support fast-charging, the underwhelming battery life means you’re going to need it.
If a few of the minor details were paid more attention then this would have been much easier to recommend wholeheartedly, but the result is still an incredibly solid and stylish smartphone for this cheaper price.
Thanks to its ColorOS, Apple users looking to move to an Android handset will have a much smoother transition with the likes of Oppo. Anyone looking for an approximation of the iPhone X will find this stellar alternative for a thousand fewer dollars, and you will be getting a snazzier color option to boot.
In short, yes. Oppo was one of the best mid-range handsets and R15 Pro improves upon it almost every way. If you’re not deterred by a micro-USB port or weak battery performance, then there’s little else (if anything) in this price range that compares.
Phones are connected devices. That’s also what they do: connect us, to each other and to the internet. We create things, whether they’re words or pictures, and we share them. The Galaxy S8 is the best phone available for creating things you want to share, sharing them, and experiencing things shared by others. It’s the most connected device possible.
That said, the Google Pixel is less expensive than most S8 carrier models at $649. While the S8 is slightly better in many ways, the Pixel has a cleaner interface, more frequent Android updates, and longer standby battery life. For AT&T and Verizon users, meanwhile, the unlocked ZTE Axon 7 and OnePlus 3T deliver all of the power most people want.
The S8 securely kills the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in our eyes, though. While the iPhone SE is still an excellent value, platform lock-in is pretty much the only reason to get an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus over this device – the idea that you have spent so much time and money learning Apple’s apps and using iMessage that it would be too much of a bear to leave.
But the phone is expensive enough that I would hesitate to upgrade from an S7 unless you think the better modem will help you connect where you couldn’t before. The S8 is better than the S7 in every way except battery life, but it’s a lot of money for incremental improvements.
I prefer Galaxy S8 to its larger sibling the S8+, though. S8 feels very comfortable in one hand, even with a case on. The S8+ adds a bit more battery life and a bigger screen for $100 more but doesn’t add any other functionality, and I don’t think the trade-off for usability is quite worth it. People with large hands, of course, may disagree.
Galaxy S8 is the most luxurious, best-performing phone on the market right now. It’s on fire, and I don’t mean that literally. Maybe it’s more phone than most people need.
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
If you want an excellent phone that combines flagship specs with a mid-range price, it is a toss-up between the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro or the Honor 20.
While Honor’s phone might have a better camera night mode and a more polished UI, Mi 9T Pro wins when it comes to design, screen, power, and, of course – it has a headphone jack.
Anyone who wants flagship power relatively cheaper prices will be well served with Mi 9T Pro. Its camera is very good, it punches above its weight when it comes to its chipset, featuring the same Snapdragon 855 as found in the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, and it packs a big battery as well as a headphone jack.
The Nokia 7.2
However, when you can have the Pixel 3a, and its astonishingly good camera, OLED screen, longer battery life, more powerful chipset, and better software support for only an extra $50, the case for the Nokia 7.2 becomes much harder to make.
There’s also Samsung’s Galaxy A50 to consider, which costs the same as the Nokia 7.2 but boasts the finest screen in the midrange segment, as well as a triple-lens shooter that’s still not quite at the level of Google’s optics, but better than Nokia’s. Or, if you really want to save every dollar you can, you may as well choose the $299 Moto G7 instead for battery life that outshines the 7.2’s, and compatibility with all carriers. There’s nothing egregiously wrong with Nokia 7.2.
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
The Motorola Moto G8 Plus does the basics right and then some. It’s got a versatile camera system that also records wide-angle videos, a big and bright display to view those videos, and a fast processor that provides that performance boost when you need it the most.
Add in a water-repellent design encased in a glittering Cosmic Blue finish and you have an impress phone for budget users that offers a clutter-free Android experience.
However, there are certain caveats with the phone such as camera optimizations and low RAM model such that it is apparent where Motorola has cut costs. So, it’s a viable option for most people who want to watch the content or play games with great audio experience and a battery life that doesn’t give up that easily.
The camera system needs to be better optimized and we need access to create wide-angle pictures from the action cam.
Other than that, the Moto G8 Plus looks solid, packed with the essential features that are used daily.
The Moto G8 Plus is for people who’re looking for a budget smartphone from a tried-and-true brand, who want the reliability of a known name and a phone they’ll get a lot of mileage from.
If you’re looking for a few novels features in your new smartphone, like the action-cam for video recording, and a fantastic audio experience (for this price tag), you can’t go wrong with the Moto G8 Plus.
The Realme XT is yet another solid addition to the company’s smartphone lineup and now, buyers have even more choice in this segment. Choosing between the Realme XT, Realme 5 Pro (Review), and Realme X (Review) depends on what you’re looking for in a smartphone as you can’t go wrong with any of them. The Realme 5 Pro and the Realme XT are very close in terms of specifications and features and between the two, I would be inclined to recommend the Realme XT, if budget permits. With it, you get the newer higher resolution sensor and a glass back, which makes it feel a bit more premium.
The top-end version of the Realme XT, priced this cheap here, sits smack in the middle of the two variants of the Realme X. Between these two, it all boils down to what you’re looking for – style versus cameras. If you detest display notches and want a high-end look, then the Realme X makes sense. If it’s cameras you’re after, then the Realme XT’s versatile set of four cameras will be a lot more useful.
The Realme XT packs in a lot of features for the price. Having said that, it would have been nice to have a more feature-rich camera app considering the phone’s primary focus area and low-light video at 4K needs a bit of work. But other than this, there’s not much to complain about. It’s now Xiaomi’s turn to show us what it’s got with the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which should make things a lot more interesting.
The Huawei P30 Lite is a good-looking phone with a versatile camera and a really good display. It does the basics well, and also delivers some flourishes in the form of fast charging, plenty of storage and a comprehensive UI. What the Huawei P30 Lite isn’t however is a good gaming phone with killer battery life. It doesn’t have as much power as we’d expect from a phone that costs over £300, and you’ll probably need to charge it at least nightly if you’re a moderate user.
As it stands, if you place a serious premium on design and imaging – go for it. If however value for money is your main motivation, you’d be better off opting for the significantly cheaper Realme 3 Pro or Redmi Note 7.
The Huawei P30 Lite is ideally suited to light to moderate users who value aesthetics above all else. It’s a good-looking phone with a great screen and a very capable camera. Provided you’re not a gamer and don’t mind the fact you could get more power for less elsewhere, the P30 Lite could be a great smartphone for you. It has got plenty of storage, as well as an easy to get to grips with interface and a versatile camera. It cost this cheap here.
Oppo R17 Pro
The Oppo R17 Pro is a good phone that’s almost flagship material. It has a great camera, a beautiful design and a large, gorgeous screen with a small notch.
This great handset gadget has no major performance issues either even though it’s not running the highest-end processor. The extra RAM probably makes up for the phone’s snappy performance.