Best Phones Priced Under $500 (Latest)

This year, many big-time phone makers launched affordable phones, like the iPhone SE, the Pixel 4A, and the Galaxy A51. Now more than before, phone buyers on a tight budget have more options to choose from.

In addition to those new phones, there are plenty of reliable handsets from 2019 as well -- and all of them cost about $500 or less.

Despite their low prices, budget smartphones are getting more advanced and even pack features akin to a premium phone, like amazing cameras, fast processors, and modern-day software features.


Apple iPhone SE (2020)


Apple iPhone SE (2020)


With a four-year gap between the 2020 iPhone SE and the previous one, Apple packed its latest budget phone with a bunch of upgrades. That includes wireless charging, better camera specs, and water resistance.

(Unfortunately, for wired headphone users, it doesn't have a headphone jack.) If you're looking for a new iPhone but want to save as much money as possible, the $399 (£419, AU$749) iPhone SE is your best bet.


Google Pixel 4A


Google Pixel 4A


Google's Pixel 4A costs $349 (£349, AU$599). The 5.81-inch phone only comes in one color (black) and one size (as in there's no Pixel 4A XL unlike past years).

It features a headphone jack, a slightly larger screen and a bigger battery than the Pixel 4 and 128GB of storage right off the bat.


Samsung Galaxy A51


Samsung Galaxy A51


In addition to its main Galaxy S20 phones, Samsung has a more cost-conscious A-series line of phones. This year it launched the Galaxy A51, another phone that costs $399, though we've seen it go on sale for as low as $230. (There is also a 5G variant that costs $499). The device has four cameras, an in-screen fingerprint reader, and expandable memory.


Motorola Moto G Stylus


Moto G Stylus


If you're looking for a cheaper Note 20 alternative, the $300 Moto G Stylus features a stylus that you can store inside the phone along with a built-in Notes app to help with productivity. The phone also features triple-rear cameras, 128GB of storage, and a robust 4,000-mAh battery.


Samsung Galaxy A50


Samsung Galaxy A50


Although the Galaxy A50 came out last year (and is the predecessor to the A51 phone mentioned above), it's still a great phone that has been heavily discounted as low as $180. This Samsung phone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, an in-screen fingerprint reader, and a headphone jack.


Samsung Galaxy S9


Samsung Galaxy S9


It's been two years since its launch, but the Galaxy S9 is still worthy of consideration. Discounted at about $400 to $500 from Samsung and other retailers, the phone is water-resistant, has wireless charging, expandable storage, and a headphone jack. Plus, its curved OLED display screen lends the phone a modern-day look that still endures.

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