[UPDATE] The 10 Best 5G Phones Under $500 Dollars 2022

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5G is getting rolled out gradually around the world and a lot of people want to enjoy the fast internet speed it offers. You don’t have to break the bank to buy a 5G phone, so today we are sharing the best 5G phones under 500 dollars. The phones listed below also have great hardware and software to match the 5G connectivity.

Several smartphone brands have rolled out 5G phones since early 2021. The phone that has 5G are mostly expensive but nowadays we are seeing them on much more affordable phones. There are people that also have some misconceptions about 5G and that it causes some sickness. Health experts have come out to clear any concerns about 5G making people sick.

If you want a 5G phone for less than $500 then you are at the right place. Sit back relax and enjoy reading as we take on a ride through the best 5G phones within your budget.

Top 10 Best 5G phones Under 500 dollars

1.    Pixel 6a

The Google Pixel 6a is the more affordable device released by Google this year. It is a compact phone at 6.1 inches, and it comes with an OLED display with the standard 60Hz refresh rate which to me isn’t a deal breaker. The phone has a plastic back with aluminum frames. Google used plastic instead of glass at the back to keep the price low. It also has IP67 water and dust resistance rating. The design of the phone is unique, especially the camera bar at the back. it comes with an optical under-display fingerprint scanner.

We have the Google tensor chipset powering the phone and it is already running on Android 13. There will also be two more software updates on the phone. The phone has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage space. There is no SD card slot in case you want to increase the storage space. It has a 4410mAh battery with 18Watts fast charging support. The camera setup is what we have on the Pixel 5 and it is exceptional, especially with post-processing.

Google Pixel 6A Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 6.1 inches (1080 x 2400)
  • Display Type: OLED
  • RAM and Storage: 6GB RAM & 128GB Storage
  • Operating System: Android 12
  • Chipset: Google Tensor
  • Camera: 12MP + 12MP Selfie: 8MP
  • Battery: 4410mAh
  • Price: $449

2.    Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is one of the best 5G phones under 500 dollars. It has a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display is the best of any phone that cost $500, it is also protected by the gorilla glass victus. It also has an optical under-display fingerprint scanner that is fast. The phone has plastic on the back, and Samsung had to cut corners to keep the phone affordable.

It is powered by the Snapdragon 888 5G which is a flagship chipset even by today’s standards. We also have two variants with 6 or 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage space. Performance is not a problem and the phone will handle any task comfortably. It has a 12MP main camera and a 32MP selfie camera. The battery is 4500mAh and it supports 25Watts fast charging. If you want 5G speeds this will be one of the best options.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 6.4 inches (1080 x 2400)
  • Display Type: Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 120Hz
  • RAM and Storage: 6 or 8GB RAM & 128 or 256GB Storage
  • Operating System: Android 12, One UI 4.1
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 888 5G
  • Camera: 12MP + 12MP + 8MP Selfie: 32MP
  • Battery: 4500mAh
  • Price: $469.00

3.    iPhone SE 2022

The iPhone SE 2022 is the best budget iPhone with 5G released by Apple in 2022. It has the look and feels of the iPhone 8 but there are certain features that set it apart. The fact it is powered by the Apple A15 Bionic which is the fastest chipset on a smartphone. It has a premium and compact build with glass and aluminum as the frame. The phone also has IP67 water and dust resistance rating.

If you love the home key then the iPhone SE might be the latest iPhone for you. Some people might not like the size of the phone at 4.7 inches. The display is a Retina IPS LCD and there are other phones with a better display. It has a 12MP main camera and a 7MP selfie camera. The battery is 2018mAh and it supports 20Watts fast charging. It supports 5G bandwidths, and it is one of the best 5G phones under 500 dollars, especially for iPhone lovers.

iPhone SE 2022 Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 4.7 inches (750 x 1334)
  • Display Type: IPS LCD
  • RAM and Storage: 4GB RAM and 64, 128 or 256GB storage
  • Operating System: IOS 15.6 upgradable to IOS 16
  • Chipset: Apple A15 Bionic Chip
  • Camera: 12MP Selfie: 7MP
  • Battery: 2018mAh
  • Price: $380.00

4.    Xiaomi 12 Lite

The Xiaomi 12 Lite has a premium build quality with glass at the front and back. It is protected by the gorilla glass 5, and it is pleasing to hold because of its weight. The phone comes with a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It has a bright display that can hit up to 1000nits outdoors. We also have an under-display fingerprint scanner on the phone and it’s fast.

It runs on Android 12 and MIUI 13 is the user interface. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 778G 5G with 6 or 8GB RAM and 128 or 256GB storage space. We have a 108MP primary camera on the phone and a 32MP selfie shooter. You can shoot 4K videos with the camera at the back, but the front-facing is capped at 1080. The battery is 4300mAh and it supports 67Watts fast charging. It takes a little over 30 minutes to charge the phone from zero to a hundred. The phone also supports a lot of 5G bands for fast internet speeds.

Xiaomi 12 Lite Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 6.55 inches (1080 x 2400)
  • Display Type: AMOLED, 120Hz
  • RAM and Storage: 6 or 8GB RAM & 128 or 256GB Storage
  • Operating System: Android 12, MIUI 13
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 778G 5G
  • Camera: 108MP + 2MP + 8MP Selfie: 32MP
  • Battery: 4300mAh
  • Price: $429.00

5.    Poco F4 GT

The Poco F4 GT is one of the best 5G phones under 500 dollars with some gaming aesthetics and high-end features. It is powered by the snapdragon 8 gen 1 with 8 or 12GB RAM. Performance is excellent and it will open up any app quickly without any lags. The phone also has a large 6.67-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It is large enough for a gaming and viewing experience.

The phone has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and two physical magnetic gaming triggers. There are four speakers for immersive audio while playing games. It is running on Android 12 and MIUI 13 is the user interface. The main camera is 64MP and the selfie camera is 20MP. It comes with a 4700mAh battery with 120Watts fast charging support. The phone charges from zero to a hundred in less than 20 minutes

Poco F4 GT Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 6.67 inches (1080 x 2400)
  • Display Type: AMOLED, 120Hz
  • RAM and Storage: 8 or 12GB RAM & 128 or 256GB Storage
  • Operating System: Android 12, MIUI 13
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 8 gen 1
  • Camera: 108MP + 2MP + 8MP Selfie: 20MP
  • Battery: 4700mAh
  • Price: $480.00

6.    Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is one of the bestselling Android phones of 2022. It comes with a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone has a FullHD+ resolution with an optical under-display fingerprint scanner. It has an excellent design with plastic at the back, and we know it’s shatter resistant and more durable. The phone also has IP67 dust and water resistance.

It is powered by the Exynos 1280 with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage space. The main camera is 64MP and the selfie camera is 32MP. You can shoot 4K video with both the front and back cameras. The battery is 5000mAh and it supports 25Watts fast charging. It balances performance and camera, making it one of the best 5G phones under 500 dollars in 2022.

Samsung Galaxy A53 Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 6.5 inches (1080 x 2400)
  • Display Type: Super AMOLED, 120Hz
  • RAM and Storage: 6GB RAM & 128GB Storage
  • Operating System: Android 12, OneUI 4.1
  • Chipset: Exynos 1280
  • Camera: 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP Selfie: 32MP
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Price: $330.00

7.    Realme 9 Pro+

The Realme 9 Pro+ is another excellent 5G phone under 500 dollars with excellent features. It has a color-changing back that shines depending on how light shines on it. The phone feels premium in the hand because of its glass build. It also has a Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The fingerprint scanner is also under the display. It also has a heart rate monitor which sets it apart from other phones on this list.

It is running on Android 12 and Realme UI 3.0 is the user interface. We have the MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset powering the phone with 6 or 8GB RAM. The main camera is 50MP and the selfie camera is 16MP. We have a 4500mAh battery on board and it supports 60Watts fast charging.

Realme 9 Pro+ Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 6.4 inches (1080 x 2400)
  • Display Type: Super AMOLED, 90Hz
  • RAM and Storage: 6 or 8GB RAM & 128 or 256GB Storage
  • Operating System: Android 12, Realme UI 3.0
  • Chipset: Exynos 1280
  • Camera: 50MP + 2MP + 8MP Selfie: 16MP
  • Battery: 4500mAh
  • Price: $466.99

8.    OnePlus Nord 2T

The OnePlus Nord 2T is more of a flagship killer and it is one of the best 5G phones under 500 dollars. It has a 90Hz refresh rate AMOLED display panel. The fingerprint scanner is also an optical under-display scanner. It has an excellent design that is typically associated with OnePlus.

It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 and it is running Android 12 with Oxygen OS 12.1 as the user interface. The phone has 8 or 12GB RAM with up to 256GB RAM storage space. It has a 50MP main camera and a 32MP selfie shooter. The battery is 4500mAh and it supports 80watts fast charging.

OnePlus Nord 2T Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 6.43 inches (1080 x 2400)
  • Display Type: AMOLED, 90Hz
  • RAM and Storage: 6 or 8GB RAM & 128 or 256GB Storage
  • Operating System: Android 12, Oxygen OS 12.1
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 1300
  • Camera: 50MP + 8MP + 2MP Selfie: 32MP
  • Battery: 4500mAh
  • Price: $387.00

9.    ZTE Axon 40 Pro

The ZTE Axon 40 Pro is a large phone with exciting features and design. It comes with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with an overkill 144Hz refresh rate. It has small bezels around the display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 870 5G with 8 or 12GB RAM and up to 512GB storage space.

It is running on Android 12 and My OS 12 is the user interface. The phone has a 108MP and 16MP selfie camera and both of them can shoot 4K videos. It has a 5000mAh battery with 60Watts fast charging support. It is one of the best 5G phones for under 500 dollars.

ZTE Axon 40 Pro Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 6.67 inches (1080 x 2400)
  • Display Type: AMOLED
  • RAM and Storage: 8 or 12GB RAM & 128, 256, or 512GB Storage
  • Operating System: Android 12, My OS 12
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 870 5G
  • Camera: 108MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Selfie: 16MP
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Price: $475.00

10. Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is one of the best flagship phones available even by 2022 standards. It is compact with a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone is light in the hand and it has premium look. It is also water and dust-resistant and can be submerged in water for over 30 minutes. The phone has an ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner that is fast.

It is running on Android 12, and it is in line to receive the Android 13 and One UI 5.0 updates soon. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 888 5G with 8GB RAM. It has a triple camera set up including a 64MP telephoto lens. The selfie camera is 10MP and the rear camera can shoot 8K videos and the front-facing is capped at 4K. It has a 4000mAh battery with 25Watts fast charging support.

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A Quick Recap:- Top List of Best 5G Phones Under $500:

  • Pixel 6a
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
  • iPhone SE 2022
  • Xiaomi 12 Lite
  • Poco F4 GT
  • Realme 9 Pro+
  • OnePlus Nord 2T
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
  • ZTE Axon 40 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
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