Editor’s Note: This list of the best phones under 500 pounds will be updated regularly as new mid-range devices are released.
There are a lot of great phones on U.K. store shelves today, but many either cost 700 pounds (or more) to buy outright or are tied to expensive two-year contracts. That might be a way to get hold of the latest and greatest, but it’s certainly not for everyone.
These days you don’t have to spend a fortune to pick up a great handset. So if you’re looking for a more reasonably priced phone under 500 pounds, this guide has you covered.
Here are the best phones under 500 pounds in the U.K..
OnePlus introduced an all-new, all-glass design with the OnePlus 6. The back is sleek — almost resembling the Galaxy S9 — and the front houses the 6.28-inch AMOLED display. Yes, there’s a notch, but you can basically turn it off in the settings menu.
This phone also has the latest and greatest specs available: a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. The cameras have been improved this time around too. It comes with dual 16 and 20MP sensors around back with f/1.7 apertures, along with a 19-percent larger pixel size than the 5T. There are also slow-motion video modes that allow for 720p footage at 480fps and 1080p at 240fps. You can also shoot 4K video at 60fps.
Also, this is probably one of the first devices that will receive Android P when it launches. For all you folks who aren’t a fan of the Pixel but still want quick updates, the OnePlus 6 may be just for you. UK residents can purchase it for the starting price of £469
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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
The successor to the Xperia XZ1 Compact is Sony’s latest phone to squeeze in high-end smartphone features in a small form factor. It may only have a 5-inch display, but the Xperia XZ2 Compact still has the most powerful mobile chip you can currently get, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.
It also has 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage, along with a 2,870 mAh battery. In addition, it has IP68 dust and water resistance and a 19 MP rear camera with Sony’s Motion Eye technology which is supposed to capture photos a couple of seconds before the user actually takes the photo for better visuals. Slow motion video at 960fps is still available but now has been upgraded to 1080p resolution and the camera natively supports HDR video recording for richer colors and more details. The 3D Creator app Sony implemented last year for creating 3D model scans has also been improved to support this phone’s 5MP front-facing camera.
Although it’s normally priced at £529, you can find the Xperia XZ1 Compact in the UK on eBay for as low as £400.
The Honor 10 is the latest high-end flagship phone for the Honor brand. It has a 5.84-inch FullView LCD display with a 2,280 x 1080 resolution, a 19:9 aspect ratio, and a notch which holds it a 24MP selfie camera (the notch can be hidden in the phone’s settings. The Honor 10 also has 2.5D glass on both its front and rear sides over an aluminum frame, along with a fingerprint sensor on the front, at the bottom of the display.
The Honor 10 also features an “AI Camera” suite made possible by the Kirin 970 SoC’s NPU capabilities and the 24MP and 16MP dual-camera on the rear. According to Honor, this “AI 2.0” technology enables better portrait selfies, enhanced face detection and other camera features.
The phone is being sold with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and a model with the same amount of RAM but 128GB of storage will be sold in China. Both models are outfitted with a non-removable 3,400mAh battery with quick charge support and run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with the latest EMUI skin on top. It also sports a USB Type-C port and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s available in the UK for around £399.
Nokia 7 Plus
The successor to 2017’s Nokia 7 is also the first phone in the rebooted brand’s portfolio that sports an elongated 18:9 aspect ratio display with a Full HD+ 6-inch IPS LCD panel. Inside there’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 SoC with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The cameras on this phone are boosted by Carl Zeiss optics. Unlike its predecessor’s single-sensor module, the 7 Plus sports a dual-camera on the rear with a 12 MP standard and a 13 MP telephoto sensor combo. The front-facing camera, meanwhile, clocks in at 16 MP. It’s available at Clove for £349.00.
Moto G6 Plus
The Moto G6 Plus is the high-end phone in the G6 family, which includes the Moto G6 Play and the standard Moto G6. The Plus edition has a large 5.93-inch IPS LCD display, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor. Its available for 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage in the UK, along with a dual 12MP and 5MP rear camera setup, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 3,200mAh battery. It’s available exclusively via Carphone Warehouse in the UK SIM free for £269.
The Honor 7x is the latest of the cheap phones from Huawei’s Honor brand, and its high-end features make it an attractive phone for any buyer looking for the best phones under 500 pounds.
One of its standout features is its 5.93-inch display, which has minimal bezels, an 18:9 aspect ratio, and a 1080p resolution. Inside, it has Huawei’s in-house Kirin 659 octa-core processor, which runs four cores at 2.36GHz and four at 1.7GHz, with a Mali T830 GPU. It’s not a top-tier chipset, but it is very efficient, and that means good battery life.
The 7X comes runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 interface on top. Depending on the market, it comes with 3GB or 4GB of RAM inside, along with either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, and a microSD card slot to expand it up to 256GB. The rear camera setup has a 16MP primary sensor and a secondary 2MP sensor that can handle features like portrait mode. It also has an 8MP front-facing camera. The phone also sports a 3,340mAh battery, which should last a day with regular phone use.
Samsung Galaxy S8
The 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 may not be the flagship smartphone from Samsung, but it is still an excellent phone with a price that’s now lower than £500 in the UK. Inside there’s Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chip, along with 64GB of onboard storage and 4GB of RAM. It also has a 12MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s available now unlocked on Amazon UK at just under our price range at £497.
If you’re looking for the best phones under 500 pounds, these are some of the best options you will find in the UK. Did we miss anything? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.