It’s never been easier to buy a 5G smartphone on a budget thanks to significant discounts, fierce rivalry between carriers and Android device makers, but there are some drawbacks.

Which is the cheapest budget 5G phone?

The sweet spot for 5G smartphones has historically been between $400 and $700, although there are few instances when you can purchase a good gadget for less than $250. Are there any compromises? While the cameras on most mid-range devices are a significant downgrade from more costly alternatives, the majority of devices in this price range can take decent images. Recent releases from RealMe, Xiaomi, and OnePlus demonstrate how the price-camera disparity is narrowing.

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Here are some of the best budget 5G phones you can buy in 2022:

OnePlus Nord CE 5G

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  • Screen size: 6.67-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400
  • Processor: Snapdragon 732G
  • RAM: 6GB/8GB
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB
  • OS: Android 11
  • Rear camera: 108MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,020mAh
  • Weight: 170g
  • Dimensions: 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9mm
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While OnePlus has a few Nord phones that offer affordable 5G, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G is the company’s only truly affordable option, at a price that undercuts most of the competition.

This one looks and feels fantastic, whether you’re simply admiring its vibrant back or swiping through its menu. Additionally, we found its battery life to be quite outstanding, which is not something you can say about many 5G phones, and a number of its features are quite competitive for the price.

This isn’t the perfect phone – particularly in the camera department – but given the price, it’s a logical choice.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

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  • Screen size: 6.5-inch
  • Resolution: 720 x 1600
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 720 5G
  • RAM: 4GB/6GB/8GB
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB
  • OS: Android 11
  • Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Weight: 205g
  • Dimensions: 164.2 x 76.1 x 9.1mm
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The Galaxy A32 5G is a hefty phone that works with any carrier that supports sub-6GHz. The Galaxy A32 is available through AT&T and T-Mobile, or you may bring an unlocked model to Verizon. With a price tag of $280, you could be tempted.

If we had to criticize the Galaxy A32 in any way, it would be for its mediocre 720p LCD screen. That is a poor pixel density for a display of 6.5 inches, and you’ll notice it if you look closely. However, the two primary cameras perform admirably for a device at this price level, far exceeding the A32’s closest rival, the OnePlus Nord N200 5G.

If you’re looking for the best value-for-money 5G phone available, consider the Galaxy A32. It will not dazzle you, but it will get the job done.

Honor 50

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  • Screen size: 6.57-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2340
  • Processor: Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G 5G
  • RAM: 6GB/8GB/12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • OS: Android 11
  • Rear camera: 108MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Weight: 175g
  • Dimensions: 160 x 73.8 x 7.8mm
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Honor has withstood the challenges and emerged victorious, launching the first of its devices to once again have Google Play Services (and hence support for Google apps and the Play Store).

This is the company’s first worldwide release since going independent.  The design and display are the Honor 50’s strongest assets – it looks and feels fantastic, and it’s both slim (7.8mm) and light (175g). Additionally, the curved 120Hz OLED display is one of the nicest available in a phone at this price point.

While the 108MP rear camera is quite capable, the other rear lenses fall short. The selfie camera, on the other hand, is still rather good, and at 32Mp is one of the highest-resolution front-facing cameras available.

Poco F3

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  • Screen size: 6.67-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400
  • Processor: Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G
  • RAM: 6GB/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • OS: Android 11
  • Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,520mAh
  • Weight: 196g
  • Dimensions: 163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8mm
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Poco is one of the best smartphones for value-for-money by a long shot.

Poco F3’s key selling point is its flagship-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 CPU, coupled with an astonishingly low asking price, considering the performance it offers.

Additionally, the F3 features 33W quick charging and a huge, super-smooth 120Hz AMOLED Full HD+ display, making it ideal for content consumption and gaming.

Realme GT

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  • Screen size: 6.43-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400
  • Processor: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • OS: Android 11
  • Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Weight: 186g
  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 73.3 x 8.4mm
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The Realme GT effectively offers flagship specs – a Snapdragon 888 processor, 65W charging, and a 120Hz AMOLED display – for a fraction of the price of competing models.

The value is practically unbeatable here, boosted by a beautiful leather finish on the yellow model that makes the phone feel even more expensive. At this price,  there are obvious drawbacks to be expected, including a pretty standard camera configuration and the absence of wireless charging or water resistance.

Nokia 8.3 5G

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  • Screen size: 6.81-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400
  • Processor: Qualcomm SM7250 Snapdragon 765G 5G
  • RAM: 6GB/8GB
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB
  • OS: Android 10, upgradable to Android 11
  • Rear camera: 64MP + 12MP + 2MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Weight: 220g
  • Dimensions: 171.9 x 78.6 x 9mm
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The Nokia 8.3 5G has proven itself to be worth the wait. It has better 5G band support than any other phone at its launch, as well as a good video camera, all at a decent price.

Although rivals such as Xiaomi enable you to get more for your money in terms of hardware, HMD Global’s clean take on Android, combined with multiple years of software and security updates, makes the Nokia 8.3 a great long-term mid-range 5G offer.

Realme GT Neo 2

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  • Screen size: 6.62-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400
  • Processor: Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • OS: Android 11
  • Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Weight: 200g
  • Dimensions: 162.9 x 75.8 x 9mm
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The Realme GT practically offers flagship specs – a Snapdragon 888 processor, 65W charging, and a 120Hz AMOLED display – for a fraction of the price of competing models.

The value is virtually unbeatable here, boosted by a beautiful leather finish on the yellow model that makes the phone feel even more expensive. At this price,  there are obvious drawbacks to be expected, including a pretty basic camera configuration and the absence of wireless charging or water resistance.

Realme 8 5G

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  • Screen size: 6.5-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400
  • Processor: Dimensity 700 5G
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • OS: Android 11
  • Rear camera: 48MP + 2MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Weight: 185g
  • Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.5mm
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The Realme 8 5G is part of the Chinese manufacturer Realme’s eighth generation of affordable smartphones.

This smartphone epitomizes cheap and cheerful – while the design and cameras aren’t revolutionary, the screen is large, the processor is adequate for the price, and the battery lasts a long time.

If you’re in the market for a 5G phone but don’t require all the bells and whistles of top camera features, quick charging, and loads of processing power, this is an excellent option.

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