Top 5 cheapest 5G phones

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As the Indian government works towards bringing 5G to the country, smartphone manufacturers have long been ready. However, 5G phones were a bit expensive if we talk about situations pertaining even a year ago. But now, things have changed and the market is filled with 5G phones ranging from cheapest to the priciest. We’ll be taking a look at the top 5 cheapest 5G phones today that you can buy right now:

Redmi Note 10T 5G

Redmi Note 10T 5G

Xiaomi makes an appearance in almost every price segment and it is no different this time. The Redmi Note 10T 5G is priced at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB+64GB variant, Rs 15,999 for 6GB+128GB. It is the most affordable among the top 5 cheapest 5G phones you can get in India right now. Hence, exists in our top 5 list.

It features a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1080×2400 pixel) LCD panel with a 90Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, the display has 500 nits peak brightness and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Note 10T is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC. It comes in two variants: 4+64 GB and 6+128 GB.

Moving on, the device runs on MIUI 12 based on Android 11, with MIUI 12.0.5 running on top of it. For battery, there is a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.

In terms of cameras, the phone comes loaded with a triple camera setup. There is a combination of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. In addition, it features an 8MP front camera inside the hole-punch cutout.

Last update was on: 27th November 2021 5:49 am

Further, for security, the Redmi phone features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Also, the connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 5G, 4G, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and more.

Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G

Realme Narzo 30 Pro

The Realme Narzo 30 Pro costs Rs 15,999 for the 6GB + 64GB variant and Rs 18,999 for the 8GB + 128GB variant. Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G features 6.5-inch (2400 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ LCD screen with 120Hz refresh rate, 405 ppi, 180Hz Touch Sampling Rate, 20:9 aspect ratio, 90.5% screen-to-body ratio, 600 nits peak brightness.

The phone is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset which will be assisted by up to 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. Narzo 30 Pro is also equipped with 3-card slots for two SIM cards and one SD card (up to 256GB).

Realme Narzo 30 Pro packs a massive 5,000mAh battery with 30W Dart Charge fast charging. The battery can be charged to 100% in 65 mins. And only in 25 mins, it can charge nearly 50%. Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G also supports 15W PD charge.

In the camera department, the Realme Narzo 30 Pro comes with a triple-camera system with a 48 megapixels primary shooter with f/1.8 aperture, 6P lens, PDAF alongside an 8 megapixels 119° ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.3 aperture, 5P lens and 2 megapixels 4cm macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture. For the front, there is a 16 megapixels selfie camera with f/2.1 aperture, 5P lens.

Poco M3 Pro 5G

Poco M3 Pro 5G

This device by Poco is also one of the cheapest 5G phones available in India at the moment. It is priced at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant and Rs 15,999 for the 6GB + 128GB variant. This pricing lets the phone make it to our top 5 list of cheapest 5G phones in India.

Poco M3 Pro 5G features a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1080×2400 pixel) LCD panel with a 90Hz refresh rate panel and DynamicSwitch feature capable of automatically adjusting to content (30Hz/50Hz/60Hz/90Hz). Powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, the phone has up to 6 GB of RAM and with up to 128 GB of UFS 2.2 storage.

Poco M3 Pro 5G runs MIUI 12 based on Android 11 and packs a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. There is a side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the Poco M3 Pro 5G and AI Face Unlock support.

In the camera department, the phone comes loaded with a triple rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel main camera with an f/1.79 aperture, a 2-megapixel macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. In addition, it features a front camera of 8-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture.

Connectivity options include 5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, IR blaster, NFC, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone is 8.92mm thin and weigh 190 grams.

iQOO Z3 5G

iQOO Z3 Ace Black

iQOO Z3 5G comes in three variants – 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and 8GB RAM and 256GB storage priced at Rs 19,990, Rs 20,990 and Rs 22,990 respectively. We have reviewed the device earlier and it has been a great performer in almost every aspect. It is worth considering and is one of the most difficult competitors to beat in our top 5 cheapest 5G phones list.

The iQOO Z3 5G is loaded with a 6.58-inch full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2408 pixels along with 20:9 aspect ratio, 180Hz touch sampling rate, 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 768G processor along with up to 8GB of RAM. The iQOO Z3 comes with up to 256GB of onboard storage.

The iQOO Z3 5G packs a 4400mAh battery with 55W fast charging support. It can charge the phone up to 50% in 19 minutes and 100% in less than an hour. There’s a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and facial recognition support as well.

In terms of cameras, it comes with a triple-camera setup at the back panel with a combination of a 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GW3 sensor, f/1.79 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The iQoo Z3 has a 16-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front with f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video chats.

Oppo A74 5G

Oppo A74

The Oppo A74 5G costs Rs 17,990 for the single 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. During our testing of the Oppo phones, we have found most of them to be reliable and value for money. Oppo A74 5G features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio and 90Hz refresh rate.

For security, there is a side-facing fingerprint scanner. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 chipset powers it. It is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB onboard storage. The storage is further expandable through a microSD card. The Oppo A74 5G runs Android 11 and is backed up by a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.

The phone has a triple-camera setup with a combination of a 48-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel portrait lens, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. For the front, there will be an 8-megapixels camera for selfie and video-calling.

Some More 5G Phones

While the above mentioned Top 5 cheapest 5G phones are available in the market, the ones mentioned below are a bit higher on the budget but provide you with even more value.

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G

Launched very recently, the Samsung Galaxy A22 is the first 5G phone in Samsung’s A-series phones. Galaxy A22 5G is priced at Rs 19,999 for 6GB + 128GB variant and Rs 21,999 for 8GB + 128GB variant. The phone features a Full HD+ 6.6-inch IPS LCD 90Hz Infinity-V display with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels resolution. Under the hood, the phone is powered by 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek’s Dimensity 700 processor.

In addition, it comes with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage which can be expanded up to 1TB via a microSD card. Further, a 5,000mAh battery backs the smartphone with support for 15W fast charging. As for software, it runs OneUI Core 3.1 based on Android 11.

Last update was on: 22nd November 2021 10:42 am

For photos and videos, the phone comes with a triple rear camera setup. It has a 48MP primary main camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 5MP ultrawide lens with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. In addition, it has a front camera of 8-megapixel for selfies.

Moving on, the connectivity options include dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE, 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS. Moreover, there is a 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type C port as well. Also, there’s also a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for security. The phone also has face recognition as well.

Poco F3 GT

Poco F3 GT

Launched on July 23rd, the Poco F3 GT has one of the lowest price tags when it comes to mid-premium smartphones. In addition, Poco has launched this smartphone with a unique pricing structure.

The 6GB + 128GB variant of the phone is priced at Rs 25,999. The 8GB + 128GB variant of the phone is priced at Rs 27,999. The 8GB + 256GB version is priced at Rs 29,999. This price will exist till one week after launch i.e August 2 at 11:59 AM.

The variants will be priced at Rs 26,499, Rs 28,499 and Rs 30,499 respectively, till two weeks after launch, i.e. August 9, 11:59 AM. After that, the prices will be Rs 26,999, Rs 28,999 and Rs 30,999 respectively.

The phone features a 6.67-inch AMOLED display FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) display. Further, the display comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 480Hz touch sampling rate, 500-nits peak brightness, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Additionally, there is HDR 10+ and DC Dimming. Poco F3 GT packs the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC with up to 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The storage is expandable via a microSD card.

As for software, the handset runs Android 11 based on MIUI 12.5. There’s also a 5,065mAh battery with 67W fast wired charging support. In addition, it includes a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for security. The phone also has face recognition as well.

For photos and videos, the phone comes with a triple rear camera setup. It has a 64-megapixel /1.65 aperture primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, 119° FoV and a 2MP macro camera. For selfies and video calls, the device uses a 16-megapixel shooter.

The phone supports SA/NSA 5G, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, A-GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS on the connectivity front. Additionally, the phone has a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack as well. It measures 163.8 x 75.6 x 8.4mm in dimensions and weighs 190g. Additional features include dual stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, IP53 dust resistance and more.

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is priced at Rs 21,999 and Rs 23,999 for the 6GB and 8GB RAM variants respectively. Samsung Galaxy M42 5G features a 6.6-inchesHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display. It carries support for an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC that has a maximum clock speed of 2.2GHz. The chipset is coupled with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. In addition, the storage is expandable up to 1TB via micro SD card.

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G is fuelled by a 5000mAh non-removable battery with 15W maximum charging technology. It runs Android 11 with One UI 3.1.

On the camera front, the phone has quad cameras at the back with a combination of a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 lens and a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 macro lens. There is a 20 megapixels selfie camera at the front with f/2.2 aperture.

Connectivity features are 5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C and 3.5mm audio jack. The phone measures 164.4×75.9×8.6mm and weighs 190 grams.

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