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Best phones under £500 in the UK (June 2019)

There are a lot of great phones on U.K. store shelves today, but many either cost £700 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.

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So if you’re looking for a more reasonably priced phone under £500, this guide has you covered. Here are the best phones under £500 in the U.K.!

Best phones under £500:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best phones under £500 regularly as new mid-range devices launch.


1. OnePlus 7

OnePlus 7 - best phones under £500

If you’re reeling over OnePlus’ decision to take on the big boys with the premium OnePlus 7 Pro then take a deep breath and remember we’ve still got the OnePlus 7!

Unlike the U.S. which has to make do with the OnePlus 6T as the “budget” OnePlus phone of choice, here in the U.K. we get all the 7 Pro’s core hardware upgrades on the regular OnePlus 7.

That includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, a 48MP primary camera sensor (backed by a 5MP depth sensor), Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, UFS 3.0, RAM Boost, Zen Mode, and gaming mode improvements.

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Otherwise, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the OnePlus 7 for 2018’s OnePlus 6T as they both feature a near identical waterdrop-notched display, in-display fingerprint sensor, and overall design.

The headphone jack is still missing and waterproofing and wireless charging are nowhere to be found, but for £499 for the 6GB RAM model, it’s hard to argue with what the OnePlus 7 has to offer.


OnePlus 7 specs:

  • Display: 6.41-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

2. Honor View 20

Honor View 20 - best UK phones under £500

Not a fan of OnePlus’ muted design and spartan approach to software? Then you might want to check out the Honor View 20.

The Honor View 20 is an absolute beast with a sizeable 6.4-inch LCD display, Sony-made 48MP rear camera (f/1.8 aperture) with a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor, and a huge 4,000mAh battery, all powered by Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset.

The View 20 also has an attention-grabbing design with its V-pattern on the rear glass and a display punch hole like Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series.

Originally available for £499 with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM and now often found for around the £400 mark, the Honor View 20 joins the OnePlus 7 in offering flagship specs in the under £500 bracket.

Editor’s note: The Honor View 20 launched before the Huawei Android ban so future software updates are expected to be unaffected. That said, you should be aware of the circumstances and potential ramifications of the ban before parting with your money.


Honor View 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48MP and TOF
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9 - best UK phones under £500

Xiaomi’s grand entrance into the U.K. in 2018 shook up the market by introducing a bunch of new high performance phones with surprisingly low price tags.

There are already plenty of Xiaomi phones under the £500 mark that would happily suit different budgets, such as the Mi 8, Mi 8 Lite, and various Redmi phones. We’re here for the best, however, and the Mi 9 is arguably Xiaomi’s best phone to date.

Read more: Xiaomi Mi 9 specs

The Mi 9 is a feature-packed device that can go toe-to-toe with any phone. It features a triple-lens camera which includes an ultra-wide lens, a gorgeous glass design, and speedy 20W charging.

The Mi 9 was one of the first phones to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor and it offers a significant performance boost over Snapdragon 845 phones.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 costs £499, which is an absolute steal on paper. Just be aware that you’re only getting 64GB of storage which can’t be expanded.


Xiaomi Mi 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 48, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

4. Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a XL on Table

What if you could get all of the great features of the Google Pixel 3 in a phone under £500? Say hello to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

These “lite” Pixel 3 phones have an almost identical camera to their premium siblings, which just so happens to be the Pixel 3’s best feature. Not only is the image quality phenomenal for a mid-range phone, you also get Night Sight, Super Res Zoom, Portrait mode, and every other one of the Pixel 3’s acclaimed camera features.

The Pixel 3a and the larger Pixel 3a XL also have headphone jacks, Active Edge for quick Google Assistant access, and a guaranteed three years of updates to Google’s ultra-clean software.

The Pixel 3a is priced at just £399, but if you want a slightly larger screen you can spend a little extra on the Pixel 3a XL for £469.


Google Pixel 3a specs:

  • Display: 5.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear cameras: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Google Pixel 3a XL specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear cameras: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung Galaxy A70 reflective glass back

Samsung has gone all out refreshing its A series and one of the best new entries is the Samsung Galaxy A70.

Aside from that ultra-glossy rainbow finish, the Galaxy A70’s big selling points are its monster 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display and equally huge 4,500mAh battery that make it perfect for video- and social media-hungry shoppers. With 25W fast charging and MicroSD card support, there’s nothing stopping you from watching movies on the Galaxy A70 for hours.

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With an in-display fingerprint sensor and that notched, almost bezel-less display, you might be wondering why the phone retails for £369 as standard. That’s because under the hood, the Galaxy A70 drops down from Qualcomm’s flagship processors to a Snapdragon 675. There’s also no IP rating for waterproofing, but you do get a headphone jack.

The Galaxy A70’s triple-lens camera also leaves a little to be desired, though the ultra-wide sensor is a welcome option for capturing more scenery in your shots.

Alternatively, if you really want a Samsung phone but want can’t live with the downgraded processor, you might be able to find the Samsung Galaxy S9 on a deal for below £500 if you shop around.


Samsung Galaxy A70 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 675
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 32, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

6. Nokia 8.1

Nokia 8.1 - best phones under £500

There are plenty of Nokia phones going for under £500, but the Nokia 8.1 is currently the best you can buy.

The phone comes with a dual-lens rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 SoC backed by 4GB of RAM, and a 6.18-inch LCD display.

This is also the phone for you If you’re a fan of timely updates. HMD Global has done an amazing job of delivering Android updates on time and Android One offers a clean and lean stock software experience.

If you want to save a little more money, the Nokia 7 Plus may be a little older but is still one of the best mid-range phones available.


Nokia 8.1 specs:

  • Display: 6.18-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 710
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

7. Sony Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus

Sony Xperia 10 Plus front back - best phones under 500

The Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus offer something a little different from the other phones under £500 on this list thanks to their “super widescreen” displays.

The 21:9 aspect ratio makes these phones far taller than your average smartphone. With more movies and TV content moving to the wider format Sony wants to be ahead of the curve across all of its phones, including its mid-range duo.

Elsewhere, the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus come with Snapdragon 630 and 636 chipsets, respectively, dual rear cameras, and an impressive audio suite.


Sony Xperia 10 specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 630
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear cameras: 13 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 2,870mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Google Pixel 3a XL specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 636
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 8MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

8. Pocophone F1

Pocophone F1 - best UK phones under £500

How can we talk about great value phones and not talk about the Pocophone F1?

It may not be the prettiest phone or have the best camera, but thanks to its Snapdragon 845 SoC, the Pocophone F1 packs enough raw power to compete with Android’s elite for a ridiculously low asking price of just £329.

Add in a 6.18-inch LCD display, a mighty 4,000mAh battery, and 6GB RAM on top and you’ve got yourself the best value phone in the U.K. by a wide margin. The Pocophone F1 regularly goes on sale for just £279 which just makes it even more of a steal.


Xiaomi Pocophone F1 specs:

  • Display: 6.18-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,00mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

If you’re looking for the best phones under £500, these are some of the best options you will find in the U.K.. Did we miss anything? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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