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

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.

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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 6T

OnePlus 6T - best UK phones under £500

The OnePlus 6 built on the solid foundations of the OnePlus 5T to deliver the Chinese brand’s best affordable flagship yet. The OnePlus 6T takes that refinement even further with killer specs, a smaller, waterdrop-style notch, a larger battery, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Elsewhere, the OnePlus 6T has an almost identical specs sheet to its T-less predecessor: a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a dual-lens camera with 16MP and 20MP sensors around back with f/1.7 apertures.

Aside from a little extra bulk to accommodate the larger battery and fingerprint sensor, the only other diversion is the missing 3.5mm headphone jack. The controversial decision to ditch the port may turn some buyers off, but the OnePlus 6T is easily one of the best value phones in the U.K.

The OnePlus 6T in Mirror Black comes in just under our 500 pounds mark at 499 pounds for the base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

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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’ll want to check out the Honor View 20 — the latest flagship from the Huawei sub-brand.

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.

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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.

Available for 499 pounds with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM, the Honor View 20 joins the OnePlus 6T in offering flagship specs at a shade under 500 pounds.

If you want in even cheaper Honor phone be sure to give the Honor 10, Honor 10 Lite, or Honor Play a look.

Buy at Amazon

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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 pound 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.

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 biggest advantage the Mi 9 has over other phones on this list, though, is its Snapdragon 855 processor. The Mi 9 is one of the first phones to pack Qualcomm’s latest silicon and it’s already smashing speed tests and delivering an immediately noticeable performance boost over Snapdragon 845 phones.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 would easily top this list were it not for the simple fact the Chinese brand has yet to confirm U.K. pricing. The 64GB model costs €449 in Europe, so we’ve got our fingers crossed for a sub-500 pound price here too.

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Huawei P20

Huawei P20 - best UK phones under £500

Huawei’s 2018 P-series phones for 2018 still hold up against 2019’s competition. The vanilla P20 offers great battery life and a superb, Leica-branded dual-camera, all powered by Huawei’s top-end hardware.

The Mate 20 may offer a slightly better package overall, but the Huawei P20 now goes for a disgustingly low price at most retailers. We’ve seen it go as low as 350 pounds in the sales, so keep an eye out for an absolute bargain.

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Nokia 8.1

The Nokia 8.1 - best UK phones under £500

There are plenty of Nokia phones going for under 500 pounds, 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.

Buy at Amazon

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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 on Android’s elite for a ridiculously low asking price of just 329 pounds.

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 pounds which just makes it even more of a steal.

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Moto G7 Plus/Power

Moto G7 Plus/Power - best UK phones under £500

The Moto G series has always delivered fantastic phones at low prices and the G7 family continues that tradition.

The Moto G7 Plus is the high-end option with a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, along with a dual 16MP and 5MP rear camera setup, a 12MP front-facing camera, and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s available exclusively via Carphone Warehouse in the UK SIM free for 269 pounds.

The G7 Power, meanwhile, is for buyers who are willing to sacrifice a slight drop in performance for a huge leap in battery life. The G7 Power packs a whopping 6,000mAh battery and Motorola claims you’ll get up to 63 hours talk time on a single charge.

The G7 Power can also be purchased from Carphone Warehouse for 179 pounds.

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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.

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