Top 10 Android smartphones you can buy for under $400

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With the arrival of smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 and Fold3, buying a premium smartphone has become more expensive than ever. 

However, if you’re willing to look past more elaborate features like folding and flipping, it’s not all that hard to find a budget smartphone that’s capable of doing all the things you want and need a modern smartphone to do. 

Here’s our latest list of the top 10 best Android smartphones you can find for under $400.

1. Vivo Y52 5G

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Vivo are a relatively new arrival to the Australian smartphone scene but the Y52 5G suggests they've definitely got something to offer local smartphone shoppers in the entry-level smartphone category.

The Vivo Y52 5G runs on a Dimensity 700 processor, 4GBs of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 5000mAh battery. It's also got a 6.58-inch FHD + LCD (IPS) screen, 5G connectivity, a 48-megapixel camera and a Micro SD slot.

Pros

  • 48-megapixel camera
  • 5000mAh battery
  • MicroSD card slot

Cons

  • Low resolution front-facing camera
  • Only 4GB RAM

Where to buy?

In Australia, you can buy the Vivo Y52 5G outright at the following retailers:

The Vivo Y52 5G isn’t available on any postpaid mobile plans via Telstra, Optus or Vodafone but you can always pair the device up with a SIM-only plan (see below).

2. Huawei P40 Lite

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The Huawei P40 Lite has a 48-megapixel quad camera array and is powered by a Kirin 810 2.27GHz processor and 4GBs RAM. It has 128GBs internal storage and 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with 1080x2310 pixel resolution. 

The Huawei P40 Lite also has a 16-megapixel selfie camera and captures video in 1080p resolution at 30fps. It features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and 4200mAh battery capacity. 

Pros

  • Quad camera array

  • 16-megapixel front-facing camera

Cons

  • No Google services (requires a workaround to install) 

  • No 5G. It has 4G/LTE connectivity 

Where to buy?

In Australia, you can find the Huawei P40 Lite through the following:

The Huawei P40 Lite isn’t available on any postpaid mobile plans via Telstra, Optus or Vodafone but you can always pair the device up with a SIM-only plan (see below).

3. RealMe 6

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The RealMe 6 looks very similar to previous RealMe devices, but it comes with a few nice hardware upgrades. It has a generously-sized 6.6-inch FHD+ LCD display with 90Hz screen refresh rate and quad camera array with 64-megapixel main camera.

Powering the RealMe 6 is a MediaTek Helio G90T processor and 8GBs RAM. It has 128GBs internal storage and 4300mAh battery. We tested the RealMe 6's battery life by streaming video and it lasted for 9 hours and 21 minutes. 

In our review we said "For those keen on a cheap Android handset that lacks flavor but provides plenty of value, the RealMe 6 is the brand's best bet yet."

You can read our full review here

Pros

  • Generous display

  • Headphone jack

Cons

  • Not water-resistant 

  • No wireless charging 

Where to buy?

In Australia, you can buy the RealMe 6 through the following:

The RealMe 6 isn’t available on any postpaid mobile plans via Telstra, Optus or Vodafone but you can always pair the device up with a SIM-only plan (see below).

4. Nokia G20

Credit: HMD Global

HMD Global says the G20's 5000mAh battery lasts for up to three days between charges. It also comes with Spatial Audio Capture that adds directional sound to videos. 

The G20's hardware is average, but adequate, for a low priced smartphone. The device itself runs on a MediaTek Helio G35 processor and 4GBs of RAM and it has a 48-megapixel quad rear-facing camera.  

The Nokia G20's IPS LCD display only displays images and videos in 720x1600 pixels, which may be lower than what you can get for the same price. Still, if you're after longevity in battery life, the Nokia G20 is an affordable option.

Pros

  • Promises long battery life

  • Spatial Audio Capture

Cons

  • Low resolution display

  • Average hardware 

Where to buy?

In Australia, you can buy the Nokia G20 through:

The Nokia G20 isn’t available on any postpaid mobile plans via Telstra, Optus or Vodafone, but you can always pair the device up with a SIM-only plan (see below).

5. TCL 20 R 5G

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TCL's new handset teeters on the bridge between mid-range functionality and entry-level simplicity sporting a MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor, 4500mAh battery capacity and 90Hz screen refresh rate on one hand, while having a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera on the other hand. 

With its 5G functionality and the above features, there's a lot to like about his phone and enough to ensure its continued popularity. 

Pros

  • 90Hz screen refresh rate

  • Large 4500mAh battery capacity 

  • 5G capable 

Cons

  • Only has a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera

Where to buy?

In Australia, you can buy the TCL 20 R 5G through:

The TCL 20 R 5G is available on postpaid mobile plan from Vodafone (see below):


6. Motorola Moto G30 

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The Moto G30 is a relative newcomer in Motorola's line-up, having been released in the first half of 2021. It sports a 64-megapixel quad camera system and a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display (720x1600 pixels) with a 90Hz screen refresh rate. The Moto G30 runs on the Android 11 OS and is powered by a Snapdragon 662 processor. 

It comes with 128GB internal storage options and 6GBs RAM. It also comes with a large 5000mAh battery capacity that Motorola says can last for two days. 

Pros

  • Fast charging

  • Large battery

Cons

  • Low resolution display

  • No 4K video recording 

Where to buy?

In Australia, you can buy the Moto G30 through the following:

The Moto G30 isn’t available on any postpaid mobile plans via Telstra, Optus or Vodafone, but you can always pair the device up with a SIM-only plan (see below).

7. Oppo Find X2 Lite 5G

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The Oppo Find X2 Lite is an affordable downgrade from the popular Oppo Find X2 Pro. It's equipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4025mAh battery, 6.4-inch AMOLED display (1080x2400p), plus a 48-megapixel rear quad camera.

In our review of the Oppo Find X2 Lite 5G, we said that “If you're looking for an affordable phone that feels a cut above the rest of the android crowd, this is an easy option worth considering.”

You can read our full review here

Pros

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor

  • In-display fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • No wireless charging

  • No telephoto lens 

Where to buy?

In Australia, you can buy the Oppo Find X2 Lite 5G through

The Oppo Find X2 Lite 5G isn’t available on any postpaid mobile plans via Telstra, Optus or Vodafone, but you can always pair the device up with a SIM-only plan (see below).

8. Oppo A54 5G

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The Oppo A54 5G is another affordable 5G handest. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ display (1080x2400) and is powered by a Snapdragon 480 processor with 4GB of RAM. It also has 64GBs of on-board storage and a quad-lens camera. 

The Oppo A54 5G's main camera shoots 48-megapixel images. It also has a 16-megapixel front-facing camera discreetly positioned in the phone's top left front corner. Like other phones in Oppo's line-up it runs on Oppo's proprietary ColorOS 11.1 Android skin. 

Pros

  • 5G support

  • 90Hz screen refresh rate

Cons

  • Internal storage a bit small

  • OS is ColorOS 11.1

Where to buy?

In Australia, you can buy the Oppo A54 5G through:

The Oppo A54 5G is available on a postpaid mobile plans through Optus and Woolworths. Check the widget below for more.

9. Nokia 5.4

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The Nokia 5.4 has one major upgrade over its predecessor the Nokia 5.3, that being a 16-megapixel front-facing camera in place of the Nokia 5.3's 13-megapixel camera. On the back it sports a quad camera array with a 48-megapixel main camera. 

The Nokia 5.4 has a 6.39-inch IPS LCD display (720x1560 pixels) and is powered by a Snapdragon 662 processor. It comes with 128GBs internal storage and 4GBs RAM. It also has a 4000mAh capacity battery. 

Pros

  • Sturdy design

  • Dual-SIM and microSD card slot

Cons

  • Low resolution display

  • Battery capacity 4000mAh

Where to buy?

In Australia, you can buy the Nokia 5.4 Pro through:

The Nokia 5.4 isn’t available on any postpaid mobile plans via Telstra, Optus or Vodafone, but you can always pair the device up with a SIM-only plan (see below).

10. TCL 20L+

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The TCL 20L+ has some of the best hardware we've seen in a phone under $400 bar 5G. It runs on a Snapdragon 662 processor and 6GBs of RAM. It has a 6.67-inch FHD+ (1080x2400-pixels) IPS LCD display and a large 5000mAh battery. 

It comes with 256GB internal storage (expandable up to 1TB via its microSD). The 64-megapixel main camera includes an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro camera and 2-megapixel depth camera.There’s also a 16-megapixel selfie camera. 

Pros

  • 64-megapixel rear camera

  • FHD+ display 

Cons

  • No 5G connectivity 

  • Black colour not available 

Where to buy?

In Australia, you can buy the TCL 20L+ through:

  • Amazon - AU $349                                                                                                                               
  • Dick Smith - AU$348                                                                                                                        
  • Office Works - AU$347                                                                                                                     
  • MobileCiti - AU$348

The TCL 20L+ isn’t available on any postpaid mobile plans via Telstra, Optus or Vodafone, but you can always pair the device up with a SIM-only plan (see below).


Related: Top 10 best Android and Apple smartphones for under $600



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