Why it is no longer so interesting to spend more than 500 euros on a smartphone in 2022

The year 2022 has been rich in very good smartphones under 500 euros. Proof that this price segment is called upon to play the leading roles in the market.

Google Pixel 6a // Source: Chloé Pertuis – Frandroid

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus, Samsung Galaxy A53, Nothing phone (1), Google Pixel 6a, Oppo Reno 8, Honor 70, eet cetera, etc. We must not lie to each other, the year 2022 was generous with good smartphones for under 500 euros. This segment is quite special as it is paradoxical. It’s still a bit too expensive – even out of reach – for many people who don’t want or can invest that kind of money in a phone, yet it’s packed with really good value for money products.

At the top of the middle class? At the gates to the high end? Smartphones launched between 400 and 500 euros have a strange status. But despite this positioning with blurred boundaries, they are on their way to being at the heart of a merciless battle between the 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-advanced sector

We already talked about it in another article, but smartphone innovation is relentlessly running out of steam. The market has consolidated, and the most expensive mobile phones today are so sophisticated that with each generation we are more entitled to adjustments rather than real upheavals. These devices have reached such a level of sophistication that the differences are mainly played on small details here and there or on software assets specific to each manufacturer.

Samsung Galaxy A53 // Source: Frandroid – 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 plenty of room to bring significant innovations. In 2022, this was especially 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 shone with its complete and balanced experience. The Nothing telephone (1) marked the spirits with its eccentricity. Google Pixel 6a is amazing with its high-flying photo quality. All launched from a price between 400 and 500 euros, these smartphones naturally compromise, some more than others, but they lend beautiful qualities that could have been preserved in the high-end sector for longer. For a reasonable sum, we can therefore allow ourselves the luxury of having the choice between a nice range of really good smartphones.

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The Nothing Phone (1) // Source: Frandroid – Robin Wycke

OLED screen, refresh rate at 90 or 120 Hz, good photo quality, chip capable of running 3D games well, very fast charging, extended software monitoring… These types of characteristics are more and more often found for less than 500 euros. If we have to wait a few more years a priori until you find a device at this price that ticks absolutely all the boxes, it’s clear that these datasheet elements are no longer out of the ordinary in this price segment.

A ruthless market

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

Nevertheless, products under 500 euros show that it is no longer necessarily necessary to wait very long before seeing the most advanced technologies offered at reasonable prices. Good news for consumers’ wallets.

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

Though. As we said at the beginning of this article, investing more than 350 euros in a smartphone is always a budgetary and/or psychological block. At the same time, in light of all the built-in technologies, these are not outliers either. In addition, a smartphone released at 450 euros can be 100 euros cheaper a few months after launch. Information to keep in mind for the tightest of budgets.

For all these reasons, we could almost talk about a golden age for the middle class in 2022. And if we already see how competitive and ruthless the entry level could be at less than 300 euros, the segment under 500 euros could well follow the same path. 2023 promises beautiful tough matches.

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