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April 1, 2019

Best Android Phones under $500

While the prices of a high-quality smartphone, such as Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Apple iPhone XS Max, continue to increase, the value of a smartphone at less than $500 is actually easier than ever. Certainly, when it comes to camera and processing power, you must be prepared to compromise. Nevertheless, with regard to the overall experiences, it is much easier to purchase a smartphone of medium size and budget (which doesn't suck). In order to help find the Android device that's right for you, we have rounded up the Best Android Phones under $500 Australia 2020 in the operating system, evaluating the performance of each hardware, the OS's potential for upgrading, and of course how shiny and nice they are to work colleagues. So, let’s keep going!

1: Honor 7X (Price $299-399)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 5.93-inches IPS (1080 x 2160 Pixels)
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat (Upgradable)
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659
  • RAM & ROM: 3GB/4GB with 32GB/64GB
  • Cameras: 16MP + 2MP rear and 8MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (rear-mounted)
  • Battery: 3340mAh

The first and foremost Mobile Phone under $500 is indeed Honor 7X. Go over the specs of the Honor 7X and you would be surprised that it's available at unmatched rates. You won't only get an excellent combo of rear cameras, but also a display which stretches with slim bezels from one end of the phone to the next — a design limited to expensive flagships, but more common since the 7X release. Besides lifetime, thanks to a Kirin 659 processor, that is built to hold its own most tasks, you won't need to make too much compromise for such a cost-efficient phone.

2: Motorola Moto G7 (Price $337-399)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 6.2-inches IPS (1080 x 2270 Pixels)
  • OS: Android Pie 9.0
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  • RAM & ROM: 4GB with 64GB
  • Cameras: 12MP + 5MP rear and 8MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (rear-mounted)
  • Battery: 3000mAh

The price for this Moto G smartphone in this year has gone up, but you're going to see where Motorola put money on the 6.2-inch LCD screen on the Moto G7. This is a sharp, consistent display that displays a captivating image regardless of the angle. The Snapdragon 632 Midrange delivers strong phone performance in this price range, and everyone still loves Motorola's weakest Android approach, with a clean, personalized interface. Most important of all, Motorola Moto G7 works on CDMA and GSM networks so that you can operate this unlocked smartphone on any carrier.

3: Nokia 7.1 (Price $382-499)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 5.84-inches IPS (1080 x 2280 Pixels)
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo (Upgradable)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • RAM & ROM: 3GB/4GB with 32GB/64GB
  • Cameras: 12MP + 5MP rear and 8MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (rear-mounted)
  • Battery: 3060mAh

You can't do better for $382 than the superb and all-around Nokia 7.1. Short of the Snapdragon 636 device — which is quite able to do it itself — there are very few budget buyers can be challenged with the latest Nokia Android One-backed midrange offering. You get a beautiful 5.84" HDR-supported LCD display that even converts SDR content to the wider range of panel colours, something you don't frequently see on so low-cost devices. The Nokia 7.1 also features a premium layout that mixes matte aluminum, glass and metal accents elegantly, which make it look more expensive than it is, together with dual-use cameras, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard memory. If you are looking for a Cheap Smartphone under $500 while compromising only a little, Nokia 7.1 is the handset you have been waiting for.

4: Huawei Nova 3i (Price $346-448)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 6.3-inches IPS (1080 x 2340 Pixels)
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo (Upgradable)
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • RAM & ROM: 4GB with 128GB
  • Cameras: 16MP + 2MP rear and 24MP + 2MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (rear-mounted)
  • Battery: 3340mAh

The new Huawei 3i is holding its position between its premium P20 and P20 Pro, but above Nova 3e, which is budget-friendly. The Nova Smart Phones series has always played an important role in incorporating flagship characteristics into an affordable device. It is equipped with a KI-processor, Huawei's Kirin 710, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of built-in storage and a dual-lens camera set. The Nova 3i was already a decent instrument at its baseline RRP. But factor in a few discounts for resellers and even better.

5: Motorola Moto Z (Price $355)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 5.5-inches AMOLED (1440 x 2560 Pixels)
  • OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Upgradable)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • RAM & ROM: 4GB with 32GB/64GB
  • Cameras: 13MP rear and 5MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (front-mounted)
  • Battery: 2600mAh

Undoubtedly, Motorola Moto Z is the Best Phone under $500 and interestingly it was the first effort of Motorola to offer an Android smartphone flagship that links the Moto Mod ecosystem with its complementary accessories. There are some inconveniences, like the absence of a headphone jack. There is still much here to like, however - and twice that at the cost. The Moto X has never been a very fantastic line of smartphones, however. The Moto Z, on the other hand, is the Lexus for the Moto X's Toyota: a sturdy trusted and luxury appliance. In the case of Moto Z, the Moto Mods are the promises of luxury.

6: LG V20 (Price $440-449)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 5.7-inches AMOLED (1440 x 2560 Pixels)
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat (Upgradable)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • RAM & ROM: 4GB with 32GB/64GB
  • Cameras: 16MP + 8MP rear and 5MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (front-mounted)
  • Battery: 3200mAh

While the LG V20 is not as successful as the LG V30 and LG V30 + 2018, it's still a sophisticated smartphone that can hold its own. The LG V20 features a Qualcomm 820, 4GB RAM, and 64GB built-in storage Snapdragon processor. A unique secondary screen is also featured. Meanwhile, LG V20's main screen QHD 5.7-inches one covered in Gorilla Glass. Since it released back in 2016, smartphones have definitely improved but not really improved. The LG V20 is absolutely viable to those who are willing to give a chance if he/she avoids the shortcomings of the camera, which is rendered mediocre by the standards of today.

7: Oppo R11s (Price $448-499)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 6.01-inches AMOLED (1080 x 2160 Pixels)
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Upgradable)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • RAM & ROM: 4GB with 64GB
  • Cameras: 16MP + 20MP rear and 20MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (front-mounted)
  • Battery: 3200mAh

If you love all about the latest iPhones of Apple, but the cost, then the best smartphone under $500 named Oppo R11s might be for you. Oppo has created its brand to create an experience that combines the open-ended Android ecosystem while also providing Apple with intuitive interfaces. The Oppo R11s is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and 4GB of RAM and is equipped with an ultra-wide 18:9 6-inches AMOLED FHD+ display. The R11s is an alternative for Apple's iPhone 8 - the performance is good, the camera control system is nice, the build quality is compelling and the sensation is slick.

There you have it – are that listed above smartphone more than enough for you to make your mind for one? Or, is there any budget-friendly smartphone you know about but we don’t? Tell us in the comments section below.

8: Oppo Reno Z (Price $399-499)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 6.4-inches AMOLED (1080 x 2340 Pixels)
  • OS: Android 9 Pie (Upgradable to Android 10)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P90
  • RAM & ROM: up to 6GB RAM with up to 256GB ROM
  • Cameras: 48MP + 5MP Rear and 32MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (in-display)
  • Battery: 4035mAh

The most appealing smartphone series by Oppo is its Reno, comprising state-of-the-art features with mind-boggling onboard configurations. Very much like other Reno smartphones, Reno Z is equipped with many premium perks such as water resistance, and a powerful processor to go through all day long without any glitch.

Without having to spend more than AU$500, you get cutting-edge features such as amazingly solid performance, on-screen fingerprint scanner the highest quality rear camera configuration. According to different online sources, Reno Z is an excellent piece of technology which leads to its series. It manages to carve out of convincing balance between being good and smooth enough and nailing the essentials.

9: Motorola One Vision (Price $315)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 6.3-inches IPS LCD (1080 x 2520 Pixels)
  • OS: Android 9 Pie (Upgradable to Android 10)
  • Chipset: Exynos 9609
  • RAM & ROM: 4GB with 128GB
  • Cameras: 48MP + 5MP Rear and 25MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (rear-mounted)
  • Battery: 3500mAh

Although Motorola is known for its affordable smartphones with almost everything, onboard one would need. However, we’ve seen some premium looking smartphones that bring much more inside without leaving a dent on your wallet. The Motorola One Vision is a sleeker as well as a slimmer vision of what the future of the company would look like.

It sports an awesome battery that lasts longer than average and smooth and silky software experience without any lag or glitch. The reason why Motorola One Vision holds its position in this list is its premium design. One Vision is a phone of Motorola that you’re going to show off – thanks to its strong contrast to the recent detour into a convenient yet traditional one.

10: Realme 6 Pro (Price $469)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 6.6-inches IPS LCD (1080 x 2400 Pixels)
  • OS: Android 10 Realme UI
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM & ROM: 6GB with 64GB/128GB and 8GB with 128GB
  • Cameras: 64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear and 16MP + 8MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (side-mounted)
  • Battery: 4300mAh

Realme 6 Pro seems to be a successor of Realme XT with more premium features without an eye-watering price tag. Sporting an Android 10 operating system out of the box and it’s great in overall performance – thanks to its gigantic 8GB RAM which is quite hard to expect in AU$449 smartphone.

It’s an as impressive smartphone as its inner components like the inclusion of a display with 90Hz refresh rate to give you vivid and punchy colours that will take your enjoyment to the next level. Moreover, scrolling on Realme 6 Pro becomes very much smooth – thanks to its 90Hz refresh rate. Taking a look at its security, it’s offering a side-mounted fingerprint scanner with many great and premium features at unmatched rates.

11: Realme 6 (Price $449)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 6.5-inches IPS LCD (1080 x 2400 Pixels)
  • OS: Android 10 Realme UI
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G90T
  • RAM & ROM: Up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB Storage
  • Cameras: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear and 16MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (side-mounted)
  • Battery: 4300mAh

$500 or less is actually a price point where most of the users start to tap into exquisite bells and whistles – for instance, Realme 6 which is also known as Realme C6 in some parts of the world. This gorgeously designed Realme 6 comprises a gigantic 6.5-inches display with 1080p screen resolution alongside 90Hz refresh rate that actually makes it stand out from a crowd. The display with 90Hz refresh rate means watching movies, reading or switching between apps incredibly smooth and silky.

Besides, higher screen refresh rate means it’s harder in battery life. However, you can charge its battery from 0% to 100% in less than an hour. The Realme 6 also comprises a huge 128GB of onboard memory alongside an option to expand it further, a single 16MP camera on the front for selfies and powerful 64MP quad-camera configuration on its back.

12: iPhone 7 (Price $345-499)

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Key Specs

  • Display Size: 4.7-inches Retina IPS LCD (750 x 1334 Pixels)
  • OS: iOS 10.0.1 (Upgradable to iOS 14)
  • Chipset: Apple A10 Fusion (16mm)
  • RAM & ROM: 2GB with up to 256GB
  • Cameras: 12MP Rear and 7MP Front
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (front-mounted)
  • Battery: 1960mAh

Obviously, it’s not the latest and greatest smartphone around, but it’s still holding a solid position on stores and enticing users. Moreover, it has become the cheapest iPhone which is also a reason, making it an ideal option for those who always want to have an iPhone experience. On paper, Apple iPhone is a marvellous piece of technology and giving a tough competition to the latest Android smartphones in terms of performance and camera.

It’s loaded with an Apple’s A10 Fusion Chip which offer users unmatched performance and maintained an unquestioned sense of consistency and quality in hand despite its age. Although it has been replaced by different iPhone generations as of now – but with a lower price point and the latest iOS 13 software, it’s very much a viable option.  

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