While we all love the idea of owning eye-wateringly expensive Apple iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S10/+/Note and other bright shiny toys, the facts are that there are many top phones under $500.
Top phones under $500 – don’t be surprised to learn that >$1000 flagship phones only account for about 10% of global sales. Over 55% of phone sales are below <$500 and the value there is killing the $500-1000 sales.
For example, the cheapest Qi wireless charging phones were all over $1000 – Samsung Galaxy, Pixel, iPhone, LG and Huawei but cheeky upstart Mintt has it on the $399 Ultramintt Y3 – that is one of the top phones under $500!
Channel Seven Sunrise GadgetGuy Val Quinn reports on the top phones under $500
A 6.4-inch screen was the province of iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.
Now all our contenders have them, and some are AMOLED as well.
Or how about a 48MP snapper? Formerly the domain of high end ‘cameraphones’ there are now several at $499 – OPPO Reno Z, Motorola One Vision and Nokia’s new 7.2. And some of these have a tri-camera setup with ultra-wide and depth as well as a huge 25-32MP selfie camera. No, they may not beat the Huawei P30 Pro camera, but at 30% of the price, they are outstanding.
And the days of cheap meaning slow processors, little memory or storage are long gone – the OPPO Reno Z has a massive 8/128GB (no microSD), and others have microSD slots to add more memory.
About the only thing missing at this price is IP68 waterproofing.
‘Obscene value’ Qi Charging You would pay hundreds more in a store
Vivo (OPPO) quality and very high specifications
Huge battery and good specs
A quality phone that offers the best for the money
The Mintt Y3 stands out for Qi charge and overall
functionality for the price. The vivo models are very well specified and aggressively
GadgetGuy’s take – top phones under $500 – heaps of choice and not a lemon in sight
Later this month another Chinese brand realme will enter the market with four smartphones from $200-500. Watch out – this is OPPO’s little brother, and there will be strong sibling rivalry (vivo is also OPPO’s brother).
The most surprising is the Mintt Y3 – it offers obscene value
via an online sales model only. We are told that soon Mintt phones will have
the option (at extra cost) of a ‘white-glove’ home install to copy all your
data, photos and contacts from your old phone – that is impressive and will
overcome one of the chief pain-points to getting a new phone.
But, hey, any of these are excellent phones and punch well
above their weight proving that you don’t need to mortgage the firstborn to get
a decent daily drive.
Most buyers will eschew Telstra, Optus and Vodafone and buy pre-or-post-paid $20 monthly sims from MVNOs like Woolworths, Boost and Aldi – Telstra’s cheapest plan is $50 per month.