The best smartphones for under R8,000

More people are buying entry-level and mid-price phones, global smartphone sale trends have shown.

Brands like Honor and Xiaomi offer very capable options in the lower tier, priced under R3,000.

If, however, you require a slightly more powerful device that does not break the bank, the mid-range has many options.

A good example of this is how Samsung is increasingly competing against Huawei at the mid-range level with its Galaxy A Series.

To see what some of the best mid-range options cost, we compared several offerings in this category. Prices are taken from Takealot.

Samsung Galaxy A70 128GB – R7,199

For a smartphone at this price-point, the A70 boasts some impressive flagship-like features, like a rear triple-camera system (32MP+8MP+5MP), a 6.7-inch bezel-less AMOLED 2,400 x 1,080 display and a massive 4,500mAh battery.

It also comes with built-in storage of 128GB and supports the use of dual SIMs.

In balancing affordability and capability, Expert Reviews states that the A70 has “the right ingredients”.

Samsung Galaxy A70 128GB
Display 6.7-inch 2,400 x 1,080 AMOLED
Processor Snapdragon 675 octa-core
Storage 128GB, microSD up to 512GB
Rear camera 32MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front camera 32MP
Battery 4,500mAh
OS Android 9.0
Price R7,199

Samsung Galaxy A70

Huawei P30 Lite 128GB Dual SIM – R5,999

TechRadar calls Huawei’s toned-down version of the P30 a “good phone”. It features a 6.15-inch 2,312 x 1,080 IPS screen that puts the pixel density at 415 ppi.

It comes with a massive 48MP rear main camera, supported by an 8MP ultra-wide lens and 2MP depth sensor, as well as a 32MP front camera.

It sports a 3,340mAh battery with Fast Charging capability and supports dual SIMs.

Huawei P30 Lite 128GB Dual SIM
Display 6.15-inch 2,312 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Processor Kirin 710 octa-core
Storage 128GB, microSD up to 512GB
Rear camera 24MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP
Battery 3,340mAh
OS EMUI 9 based on Android 9.0
Price R5,999

Huawei P30 Lite 1

LG G7 ThinQ 64GB – R7,599

LG’s offering sports an impressive 6.1-inch Quad HD+ 3,120 x 1,440 high brightness display, bringing 564 ppi density. It features 16MP wide and 16MP ultra-wide rear cameras and an 8MP front camera. The “Boombox Speaker” makes use of the phone’s inner space to resonate audio, which means the phone can get very loud.

Although the standard price for the G7 ranges between R7,000 and R8,000, at the time of writing Takealot offered the device bundled with a charging stand, headset and 64 GB SD card at R5,749.

LG ThinQ G7 64GB
Display 6.1-inch 3,120 x 1,440 IPS LCD
Processor Snapdragon 845 octa-core
Storage 64GB, microSD up to 2TB
Rear camera 16MP + 16MP
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3,000mAh
OS Android 9.0
Price R7,599

LG G7 ThinQ all angles

Sony Xperia XZ 32GB – R6,999

Sony’s option comes with lower specs than all the devices above in most departments, such as the 2,900mAh battery and less space in the form of 32GB internal storage.

The Xperia XZ’s screen is 5.2-inch 1,920 x 1,080 LCD, which reproduces 99.3% of the sRGB colour gamut and sports a contrast ratio of 1,365:1.

The XZ’s quad-core Snapdragon 820, paired with 3GB of RAM make for a speedy experience in use, according to Expert Reviews.

This phone also holds benefits for PS4 owners, as it can be used alongside the PS4 Remote Play app. This allows you to stream games from your console to your Xperia XZ screen at home.

Sony Xperia XZ 32GB
Display 5.2-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Processor Snapdragon 820 quad-core
Storage 32GB, microSD up to 1TB
Rear camera 23MP
Front Camera 13MP
Battery 2,900mAh
OS Android 9.0
Price R6,999

Sony Xperia XZ1

Nokia 7 Plus 64GB – R6,999

The Nokia 7 Plus was originally released at the beginning of 2018 and has several standout features making it worthy of consideration in this category.

According to Android Central, the device’s solid aluminium build, bright and colour-rich 2,160 x 1,080 display and 3,800mAh battery are just some of the components that make it “one of the best phones of the year”.

The Nokia 7 Plus also boasts a 12MP wide and 13MP telephoto camera with ZEISS optics, allowing for 2x optical zoom. The 16MP front camera also supports shooting in low-light environments.

Nokia 7 Plus 64GB
Display 6.0-inch 2,160 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Processor Snapdragon 660 octa-core
Storage 64GB, microSD up to 256GB
Rear camera 12MP + 13MP
Front camera 16MP
Battery 3,800mAh
OS Android One
Price R6,999

Nokia 7 Plus

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