While most high-end smartphones, such as those from Samsung, Apple or Huawei, generally cost around $1,000, some devices are available for half the price. Called “flagship killers,” these smartphones usually make a few small hardware concessions (no stereo speakers, no wireless charging, less versatile cameras, etc.) or limit marketing costs to lower costs, without sacrificing screen power or quality.
1. Honor View 20
The great winner of our top 5, the Honor View 20 is the first smartphone on the market with a punched screen. To avoid the notch, he hides his front camera in the corner of his LCD screen in a very successful way. It also has a pretty V-shaped lighting effect. In addition to these aesthetic features, the mobile offers excellent performance, allows you to take beautiful photos and has a good range. All it needs now is an OLED screen to qualify for the next category.
2. Xiaomi Mi 9
With its Mi 9, Xiaomi offers almost everything top-of-the-range for less than $500. The smartphone has an OLED display, fast wireless charging, ultra-fast wired charging, triple camera module, and a big battery. All in a perfect design that could be that of a mobile sold twice as much, impressive.
3. OnePlus 6T
A time undisputed champion of value for money, OnePlus is gradually letting itself be overtaken by its irrepressible desire to move up the range. Still, even at $559, the OnePlus 6T is one of the best high-end smartphones in all categories at the moment. Its sophisticated design, OLED display, record-breaking navigation fluidity, and excellent range are sure to suit you. All it needs now are stereo speakers and wireless charging to be perfect. Before going to the checkout, we still advise you to wait a little while: the OnePlus 7 is coming.
4. Asus Zenfone 5Z
While not the most exciting smartphone, the Zenfone 5Z had an excellent idea to be among the first to embed an ultra wide-angle camera in a mobile phone, setting the trend. It’s a pity that its autonomy and design don’t sufficiently honor its high performance. Below $500, the Zenfone 5Z is still a great deal.
5. Pocophone F1
Marketed for less than 360 dollars, the Pocophone F1 is a pleasant surprise. At such a price, this is unprecedented for a high-end smartphone. Snapdragon 845 processor, 4000 mAh battery, the Pocophone F1 even manages quite well in pictures. The only significant sacrifices, the smartphone has a plastic back and displays an LCD screen, less expensive than the OLED. It remains unbeatable in terms of value for money. It is the Chinese giant Xiaomi who is hiding behind this brand.