Top 5 best smartphones for under $500 — May 2022


Our top 5 May picks are here. This list is intended for those with a budget below $500. You might be in this group? Keep reading to learn which phones are the best for you!

Best Smartphones for Under $500

Realme GT 2 is a great smartphone for less than $500. It features the Snapdragon 888 chipset and 8GB RAM. 128GB internal storage. The handset also brings a premium 6.62-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and DisplayMate A+ rating. There is also a 50MP main camera with a super wide-angle lens of 8MP and a macro lens of 2MP. At the front there’s a 16MP selfie snapper. Realme 2 has a large 5000mAh lithium battery that supports fast charging of 65W and NFC.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 has been a fantastic option for those in this price bracket, as its price dropped below $500. The Snapdragon 888 chipet powers the smartphone, along with 8GB of RAM (and 128GB) of internal storage. The smartphone features a 6.81 inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and 480Hz touch sampling. The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a 108MP main sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide lens, and a 5MP macro cam. A 20MP snapper is available for selfies. The Mi 11 also includes a 46000mAh lithium battery that can be charged via a cable or wirelessly. It supports a maximum of 55W and 50W, respectively.

We have another flagship SoC, this time from MediaTek: the Redmi K50. It features a MediaTek Dimensity8100 chipset and a minimum of 8GB RAM. The smartphone doesn’t disappoint in other fields either as it boasts a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel sporting a refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 480Hz. The Redmi K50 camera package includes three cameras, including a 48MP main sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide lens. There is also a 2MP macro camera. We also have a 20MP snapper for selfies. Finally, the handset has a 5500mAh capacity battery and supports 67W fast charging. There’s NFC and an infrared emitter.

Next we have a very interesting device coming from South Korean phone maker Samsung — the Galaxy S21 FE 5G. It features the Snapdragon 888 processor and 128GB internal storage. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G smartphone is the smallest on the list. It packs a compact 6.4 inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, and a 120Hz refresh speed. The handset has a 12MP main sensor and a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens. It also features an 8MP telephoto lens. For selfies there’s a 32MP snapper at the front. Samsung Galaxy S21FE5G comes with a battery capacity of 4500mAh. This is an average-sized battery that supports fast charging at 25W, wireless charging at 15W, and reverse wireless charging at 4.5W..

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The Nubia Red Magic 6R is a great option for gamers. This gaming phone features the powerful Snapdragon 8888+ SoC, along with 8GB RAM and 128Gb storage. The Nubia Red magic 6R has a 6.67 inch display that offers Full HD+ resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. It also features a 360Hz touch sampling rate. The smartphone’s camera features include a 64MP main camera, an 8MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. At the front there’s a single 16MP snapper. Red Magic 6R by Nubia comes with a 4200mAh lithium-ion battery that can be charged at 30W.




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