The best smartphones you can buy for under R5,000

As high-end smartphones continue to push the envelope of mobile technology, these features trickle down to mid-range devices.

Many more-affordable smartphones now offer impressive features as a result, including dual-camera systems and high-resolution displays.

To see which devices give you the best value for money, we reviewed data from various reviews and rankings around the web – and compiled a list below.

The devices listed below are all available in South Africa and are priced below R5,000.

All pricing information was sourced from Takealot.


Huawei P Smart

The Huawei P Smart offers a fingerprint sensor, high-resolution display, and dual-lens camera system at an attractive price.

Huawei p smart header

Huawei P Smart
Display 5.65-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 659
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB internal, microSD
Rear Camera 13MP, 2MP
Front Camera 8MP
OS Android 8.0
Battery 3,000mAh
Price R4,279

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 boasts an impressive battery and display, encased in a bevelled, modern frame.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Display 5.5-inch 1,080 x 1,920 IPS LCD
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB internal, microSD
Rear Camera 13MP
Front Camera 5MP
OS Android 6.0
Battery 4,100mAh
Price R3,199

Honor 7X

The Honor 7X sports a FullView display, which is rare on a mid-range device. It also has an impressive 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Honor 7X
Display 5.93-inch 2,160 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 659
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB internal, microSD
Rear Camera 16MP, 2MP
Front Camera 8MP
OS Android 7.0
Battery 3,340mAh
Price R4,799

Sony Xperia XA1

The camera on the Sony Xperia XA1 is the major focus of the device, featuring a 23MP sensor which can take high-quality pictures.

Sony Xperia XA1

Sony Xperia XA1
Display 5-inch 1,280 x 720 IPS LCD
Chipset Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB internal, microSD
Rear Camera 23MP
Front Camera 8MP
OS Android 7.0
Battery 2,300mAh
Price R3,999

Nokia 6

Nokia’s new mid-range devices include the Nokia 6, which is great for Android enthusiasts.

Nokia 6

Nokia 6
Display 5.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB internal, microSD
Rear Camera 13MP, 5MP
Front Camera 8MP
OS Android 8.0
Battery 3,000mAh
Price R4,179

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

Samsung’s Galaxy J7 Pro sports a similar design to the manufacturer’s flagship devices, while boasting a full HD display and great specifications.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
Display 5.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 AMOLED
Chipset Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB internal, microSD
Rear Camera 13MP
Front Camera 13MP
OS Android 7.0
Battery 3,600mAh
Price R4,699

Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro

Samsung’s Galaxy J5 Pro sports a smaller display than the J7 Pro, but retains an impressive set of specifications.

Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro
Display 5.5-inch 1,280 x 720 AMOLED
Chipset Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB internal, microSD
Rear Camera 13MP
Front Camera 13MP
OS Android 7.0
Battery 3,000mAh
Price R4,299

Nokia 1

By far the cheapest on this list, the Nokia 1 has an impressive number of features for a R999 device.

Nokia 1

Nokia 1
Display 4.5-inch 854 x 480 IPS LCD
Chipset MediaTek MT6737M
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB internal, microSD
Rear Camera 5MP primary
Front Camera 2MP
OS Android 8.1 Go
Battery 2,150mAh
Price R999

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