Best smartphones under $500: TOP 5

1 place - Xiaomi Mi 8

Xiaomi Mi 8
  • Released: june, 2018
  • Android 8.1, up to 9.0
  • Body: Gorilla Glass 5 + aluminum frame, 175 gr, 7.6 mm
  • Display: Super AMOLED, 6.21", 2248x1080, HDR10, DCI-P3
  • Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6/8 Gb RAM, drive 64/128/256 Gb
  • Battery: 3400 mAh
  • Main camera: 12 f/1.8, 1/2.55'', OIS + 12 Mp telephoto
  • Selfie camera: 20 Mp, f/2
  • Comm: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, Quick Charge 4.0+ support, infrared face scanner
Display parameters (backlight 100%):
  • Black brightness: 0.0 cd / m2; 0.02 cd/m2 in Max Auto mode.
  • White brightness: 458 cd / m2; 624 cd/m2 in Max Auto mode
  • Contrast: /312000
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 1.8
Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):
  • Communication 3G: 22:37 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 11:09 h
  • Video playback: 14:03 h
Performance (test results):
  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 2431
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 8494
  • AnTuTu 7 – 217298

Camera samples

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Bad light:

Selfies

Pros and cons

  • Cool screen with minimal color accuracy.
  • Fast charging + autonomy.
  • High-quality sound.
  • Good cameras.
  • Face recognition in the dark with an infrared camera.
  • No output for headphones and slots for microSD-card.
  • A bad cooling system does not allow the processor to work at full power.
  • No stabilization during 4K record.
  • No stereo speakers and wireless charging.

2 place - OnePlus 6

oneplus 6
  • Released: may, 2018
  • Android 8.1 up to Android 9 Pie
  • Body: glass + aluminum, 177 g, 7.8 mm
  • Display: Optic Amoled, 6.28", Full HD+, Gorilla Glass 5, DCI-P3
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6/8 Gb RAM, drive 64/128/256 Gb
  • Battery: 3300 mAh
  • Main camera: 16/20, f/1.7, 1.22 um, OIS
  • Selfie camera: 16 Mp, f/2, 1 um
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, fast charging

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 456 cd / m2
  • Contrast: – 
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 2.3

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 27:42 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 09:19 h
  • Video playback: 14:27 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 2450
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 9011
  • AnTuTu 7 – 264200

Camera samples

Good light

Bad light

Selfies

Bokeh mode

Pros and cons

  • Low price for Top Smartphone.
  • Fast charging + autonomy.
  • A good Sony main camera IMX519 + useful second module, that improves the quality of shooting in the dark.
  • Protection against water is claimed, but there is no certification and compliance with the standard.
    No slot for microSD card.
  • Wireless charging is missing.
  • DASH fast charging, lack of compatibility with Qualcomm Quick Charge, so you need it’s native charger.
  • Face recognition does not work in the dark, on Xiaomi Mi8 it works.
  • No headset in the box.

3 place – Pocophone F1

  • Released: august, 2018
  • Android 8.1, up to 9.0
  • Body: plastic, 182 g, 8.8 mm
  • Display: IPS, 6.18", Full HD+, Gorilla Glass
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6/8 GB RAM, 64/128 Gb disk
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Main camera: 12/5 Mp, f/1.9, 1.4 um, Dual Pixel
  • Selfie camera: 20 Mp, f/2
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 AC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: Fast Charging QC 3.0, infrared scanner for FaceUnlock

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.314 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 461 cd / m2.
  • Contrast Ratio: 1468
  • Average color error (Delta E) – 0.9

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 25:31 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 13:51 h
  • Video playback: 12:11 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 4238
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multicore) – 9003
  • AnTuTu 7 – 265314

Camera samples

Good light

Bad light:

Bokeh mode:

Selfies:

Pros and cons

  • Good body without backlash and squeaks.
  • The best processor in this price segment.
  • Infrared face scan.
  • Headphone jack 3.5 mm and flash drive.
  • Plastic cover.
  • No NFC and water protection.
  • Hybrid tray for microSD card.
  • Thick bottom frame.
  • Complaints from users about the firmware.

4 place - Honor 10

honor 10
  • Released: may, 2018
  • Android 8.1 up to Android 9 Pie
  • Body: glass + aluminum, 153 g, 7.7 mm
  • Display: IPS, 5.84", Full HD+, Gorilla Glass
  • SoC: Hisilicon Kirin 970
  • Memory: 4/6 Gb RAM, drive 64/128 Gb
  • Battery: 3400 mAh
  • Main camera: color sensor 16 MP, f/1.8 + monochrome 24 MP, f/1.8
  • Selfie camera: 24Mp, f/2.0
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, fast charging 22.5 W

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.32 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 449 cd / m2
  • Contrast: 1403
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 3.5

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 21:14 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 11:50 h
  • Video playback: 11:37 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 1894
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 6591
  • AnTuTu 7 – 200440

Camera samples

Good light

Bad light

Selfies

Bokeh mode

Pros and cons

  • Low price for Top Smartphone.
  • Fast charging + autonomy.
  • A good Sony main camera IMX519 + useful second module, that improves the quality of shooting in the dark.
  • Protection against water is claimed, but there is no certification and compliance with the standard.
    No slot for microSD card.
  • Wireless charging is missing.
  • DASH fast charging, lack of compatibility with Qualcomm Quick Charge, so you need it’s native charger.
  • Face recognition does not work in the dark, on Xiaomi Mi8 it works.
  • No headset in the box.

5 place - Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Released: April, 2017
  • Android 7.0 up to Android 9 Pie
  • Body: Gorilla Glass 5 + aluminum, 155 g, 8 mm
  • Display: Super AMOLED, 5.8", 2960x1440, HDR10, Always-on display
  • SoC: Exynos 8895
  • Memory: 4 Gb RAM, drive 64 Gb
  • Battery: 3000 mAh
  • Main camera: 12 MP, f/1.7, 1/2.55", 1.4 µm, OIS, dual pixel
  • Selfie camera: 8 MP, f/1.7, 1/3.6", 1.22µm
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, fast charging, wireless charging, Iris scanner, IP68 water protection

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.0 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 618 cd / m2
  • Contrast: ∞
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 2

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 24:30 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 10:05 h
  • Video playback: 14:32 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 1945
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 6175
  • AnTuTu 6 – 174435

Camera samples

Good light

Bad light

Selfies

Bokeh mode

Pros and cons

  • Water protection – the phone works under water.
  • Headphone jack + slot for a flash drive.
  • The world’s best screen + Always-on function.
  • Personalization features.
  • Eye iris scanner.
  • Cool AKG headphones included.
  • Low price due to Galaxy S9 + and Note9 released.
  • Slippery body, easily scratched and slips.
  • Face unlcok works worse than on the same OnePlus 6 and even on Xiaomi Mi 8.
  • Separate and unnecessary Bixby button.
  • Android 7.0 out of the box. Now there are smartphones with Android 9 Pie.

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