The most affordable 5G phones on the market in 2022

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5G is currently in the present and the future; it is not simply hyped anymore. Even if 4G LTE coverage hasn't yet surpassed 5G network coverage in your location, a growing number of 5G handsets are now available that enable 5G as the network quickly expands globally.

Some of these are pricey flagship models with the most modern features, while others are more reasonably priced handsets with respectable specs and 5G connectivity. We list the top affordable 5G smartphones available right now, including models from popular brands like Apple, Google, Samsung, and more. Be sure to read our post on the best 5G phones if you're willing to shell out a little extra money for a 5G gadget.



1. Apple iPhone 12 Mini

When compared to other Apple iPhones with 5G, the iPhone 12 Mini, which retails for $599 directly from Apple, is economical while not being a typical low-end "cheap" phone.

The smaller, less costly iPhone 13 Mini is a part of Apple's updated 2021 iPhone lineup, and it has many of the same characteristics as the iPhone 12 Mini model, including the same display, camera, and water resistance. Apple's last-generation A14 Bionic CPU and 4GB of RAM are more than sufficient to handle all of your apps and games, even though the phone only has 64GB of internal storage.

2. Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

The quality, camera, and software of the Galaxy A53 5G are excellent values. It's a fantastic option for anybody looking for a cost-effective, dependable, and powerful smartphone. It has an 8.1mm thickness, weighs 189 grams, is composed of plastic, and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.



This phone stands out because of its camera. A 64MP primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization; a 12MP wide-angle camera with a 123-degree field of view; and a pair of 5MP sensors for macro and depth make up the Galaxy A53 5G's four cameras. Night mode, Pro mode, Samsung's Single Take mode, 4K/30fps video recording, integrated Snapchat Lenses, and augmented reality effects are among the features.

3. OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G

The OnePlus Nord CE-2 5G is an excellent smartphone at an affordable price. On the front is a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz and Gorilla Glass 5 on top. OnePlus has cut the price of the Nord CE 2 5G by replacing crucial screen and camera components and giving it a slick new design. It weighs 173 grams, which is light for a phone these days, and its 73mm width and 7.8mm thickness allow it to be used with one hand.

OnePlus employs the MediaTek processor's advancements and software changes to boost the phone's photographic capabilities. It contains a 64MP camera in addition to an 8MP wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field of view and an f/1.7 aperture.

4. Redmi Note 10 5G

Three years ago, Xiaomi began operating in Nigeria, where it has since remained a rival to renowned businesses. One of the many readily accessible 5G smartphones on the market is the Redmi Note 10 5G, which will be made available in Nigeria in June 2021.

A MediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of UFS2. 2GB of storage is all that is included in the Redmi Note 10 5G. It sports an 8MP front-facing camera and a 48MP main rear camera. It has a 5000mAh battery, and 18W quick charging is supported.

5. Google Pixel 6a

A more compact and cost-effective version of the company's flagship smartphones, the Google Pixel A-Series has high-end camera technology and software capabilities, which also set it apart from the Google Pixel 6a. The Google Pixel 6a is manageable and appropriate for one-handed use, measuring 152.5mm in height and weighing 178 grams. The Pixel 6a's compact size is due to its 6.1-inch OLED screen, which has a Full HD+ 1080 x 2400 resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.



With Android 12 out of the box, the Pixel 6a will get three years of OS updates and five years of security patches. New software features and performance capabilities are made possible by Google's Tensor processor, all at an affordable price.

6. TECNO Pova 5G

A 6000 mAh battery is integrated into the TECNO Pova 5G. For capturing those priceless moments, it boasts a 50-megapixel triple AI camera on the rear. The camera has three sensors: a 2-megapixel depth sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 50-megapixel wide-angle sensor. The phone is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek MT6877 Dimensity 900 6 nm processor.



7. Nokia G50

With a 6.82-inch screen, the Nokia G50 has a large screen and is a hefty phone. The body is 220 grams in weight, 174mm tall, and 9mm thick. A circular camera module, a colour palette of ocean blue, and basic branding are all features of the design.

The Nokia G50 lives true to its boast of being an affordable 5G phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 CPU and modem. mmWave is not accessible. However, Sub6 5G is.

A 48MP main camera, a 5MP wide-angle camera, and a 2MP depth camera are included. The main camera produces bright, shareable images. The screen's brightness, resolution, and refresh rate fall short of the standards set by some of the most modern smartphones.

While 5G won't be ready to power the next generation of smart devices for some time, it already offers enough power for the online chats we now have on our smartphones, tablets, and computers.

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