The best smartphones you can buy for under R5,000

Last year’s flagship smartphones will soon cede to the new round of devices from Samsung and Huawei, which are set to arrive soon.

As these new devices launch with impressive features, their older “flagship” specifications move down to mid-range phones.

This means that for those who would rather spend R5,000 on a smartphone than R20,000, the quality of hardware is always improving.

Over the years, biometrics, durability, multi-lens camera systems, high-resolution displays, and much more have made their way to mid-range smartphones in South Africa.

To show you what is on offer, we have listed the best smartphones you can buy in South Africa for under R5,000 – using pricing information from Takealot.


Huawei P Smart 2019 – R4,999

The latest version of the P Smart boasts an impressive screen-to-body ratio paired with AI features and support for Android 9.0.

Huawei P Smart 2019

Huawei P Smart 2019
Display 6.21-inch 2,340 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 710
RAM 3GB
Storage 64GB, microSD up to 512GB
Rear Camera 13MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP
OS Android 9.0
Battery 3,400mAh
Price R4,999

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 – R4,999

Samsung’s Galaxy A7 2017 boasts a high-quality AMOLED display, a high-capacity battery, and a flagship-grade processor for under R5,000.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017
Display 5.7-inch 1,920 x 1,080 AMOLED
Chipset Samsung Exynos 7880 Octa
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB, micro SD up to 256GB
Rear Camera 16MP
Front Camera 16MP
OS Android 8.0
Battery 3,600mAh
Price R4,999

Huawei P20 Lite – R4,789

Huawei’s P20 Lite is an inexpensive flagship, retaining some of the P20 and P20 Pro’s best features while coming in at an attractive price.

Huawei P20 Lite

Huawei P20 Lite
Display 5.84-inch 2,280 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 659
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB, microSD up to 256GB
Rear Camera 16MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP + 24MP
OS Android 8.0
Battery 3,000mAh
Price R4,789

Samsung Galaxy J8 – R4,499

Samsung’s Galaxy J8 is a great mid-range offering with excellent battery life, a good rear camera, and an attractive price.

Samsung Galaxy J8

Samsung Galaxy J8
Display 6.0-inch 1,480 x 720 AMOLED
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB, microSD up to 256GB
Rear Camera 16MP + 5MP
Front Camera 16MP
OS Android 8.0
Battery 3,500mAh
Price R4,499

Nokia 8 – R4,399

The Nokia 8 remains one of the best smartphones on the market thanks to its great specifications and Snapdragon 835 processor.

Nokia 8

Nokia 8
Display 5.3-inch 2,560 x 1,440 IPS LCD
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB, microSD up to 512GB
Rear Camera 13MP + 13MP
Front Camera 13MP
OS Android 9.0
Battery 3,090mAh
Price R4,399

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra – R3,599

The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra boasts a great-looking display and a high-resolution rear camera with decent storage and memory specifications.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
Display 6.0-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Chipset MediaTek Helio P20
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB, microSD up to 256GB
Rear Camera 23MP
Front Camera 16MP
OS Android 8.0
Battery 2,700mAh
Price R3,599

Xiaomi Redmi S2 – R2,849

Xiaomi’s Redmi S2 comes in at just under R3,000, despite its decent battery capacity, Snapdragon 625 chip, and dual-lens rear camera system.

Xiaomi Redmi S2
Display 5.99-inch 1,440 x 720 IPS LCD
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Rear Camera 12MP + 5MP
Front Camera 16MP
OS Android 8.1
Battery 3,080mAh
Price R2,849

Nokia 1 – R1,099

The Nokia 1 is the perfect entry-level smartphone, offering LTE capabilities and Android 8.1 Go to provide a usable software suite for the limited hardware of the device.

Nokia 1

Nokia 1
Display 4.5-inch 854 x 480 IPS LCD
Chipset MediaTek MT6737M
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB, microSD
Rear Camera 5MP
Front Camera 2MP
OS Android 8.1 Go
Battery 2,150mAh
Price R1,099

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