Why spending more than 500 euros on a smartphone in 2022 will no longer be very interesting

The year 2022 is rich in excellent smartphones under 500 euros. Proof that this price segment is called to play leading roles in the market.

The Google Pixel 6a // Source: Chloé Pertuis – Fandroid

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus, Samsung Galaxy A53, No phone (1), Google Pixel 6a, Oppo Reno 8, Honor 70, et others, and so on. We will not lie to each other, the year 2022 will be generous with good smartphones under 500 euros. This part is very special because it is paradoxical. It’s still a bit expensive – even out of reach – for many people who don’t want or can’t invest such an amount in a phone, but nevertheless full of products with excellent value for money.

In the upper middle? At the gates at the top? Smartphones launched between 400 and 500 euros have a strange situation. However, despite this position with blurred boundaries, they are on the way to become the center of a merciless fight between different brands in the market. A battle that should intensify in the coming years for several reasons.

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Breathlessness in the ultra high-end sector

We’ve covered this in another article, but the smartphone innovation is running out of steam. The market is consolidating and the most expensive mobile phones are now so sophisticated that with each generation, we are more entitled to tweaks than real disturbances. These devices have reached such a level of sophistication that the differences are mainly played out in small details here and there, or in software assets specific to each manufacturer.

SAMSUNG A53 (5)
The Samsung Galaxy A53 // Source: Fandroid – Anthony Wonner

To a lesser extent, this observation also applies to price ranges below 900 or 800 euros. On the other hand, below the 500 euro mark, there is still a lot of room to bring significant innovations. In 2022, this is more confirmed.

Better and better for less than 500 euros

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus has fast charging that charges at 120 W. The Samsung Galaxy A53 shines with its complete and balanced experience. The Nothing phone (1) marks the spirits with its eccentricity. Google Pixel 6a is amazing with top flight photo quality. All launched from a price between 400 and 500 euros, these smartphones apparently make compromises, some more than others, but they borrow beautiful qualities that can still be preserved in the high-end sector longer. For a reasonable price, we can afford the luxury of having a choice between a nice slew of excellent smartphones.

No phone 1
The Nothing Phone (1) // Source: Fandroid – Robin Wycke

Oled screen, refresh rate of 90 or 120 Hz, good picture quality, chip that can run 3D games well, very fast charging, long-term monitoring software… These types of characteristics more often found under 500 euros. If we wait a few more years the first before finding a device at this price that fully ticks all the boxes, it is clear that these elements of the data sheet are no longer out of the ordinary in this price segment.

A ruthless market

The market is so made that the most premium smartphones always have arguments to justify their crazy prices of more than 1000 euros.

However, products under 500 euros show that it is not necessary to wait long before seeing the most advanced technologies offered at reasonable prices. Good news for consumers’ wallets.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus camera module
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus 5G // Source: Anthony Wonner – Fandroid

However. As we said at the beginning of this article, investing more than 350 euros in a smartphone always involves a budget and / or psychological barrier. At the same time, due to all the on-board technologies, these are not outliers either. In addition, a smartphone released for 450 euros will be 100 euros cheaper a few months after its launch. Information to keep in mind for the most limited budgets.

For all these reasons, we can almost talk about a golden age for the middle of 2022. And when we see how competitive and fierce the entry level will be below 300 euros, the part that is low for 500 euros can follow the same path. 2023 promises beautiful fierce battles.

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