Updated on 1 December 2015 by

The best cellphones under 500 dollars are some of the unlocked versions of high-end smartphones. Consider the quad/octa core processor enabled smartphones for their fast multitasking support.

Unlocked phones offer the distinct advantage that you wouldn't be bound to a carrier and can switch connections as and when required. This is recommended for frequently travelling people buying GSM phones.

The latest feature to come in the best smartphones below $500 is the quad/octa core processor capability. Now available in limited number of high end phones, this feature offers four/eight processors to divide the processing task and hence offers very powerful multitasking capabilities. This feature is not required by basic users, but offers faster web browsing and quicker response times with multitasking.


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Apple iPhone SE
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
OnePlus 2
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
Asus ZenFone Zoom
Apple iPhone SE
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
OnePlus 2
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
Asus ZenFone Zoom
$499 - $855
$400 - $1,287
$400
$500 - $653
$450 - $844
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Release Date
Apr 2016
Aug 2015
Aug 2015
Feb 2016
Feb 2016
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
4.0 GB
3.0 GB
2.0 GB
4.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.0 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
5.2 inch
5.5 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
1.2 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister, A9
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
Quad-core 1.56 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53, Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Quad-core 2.3 GHz
Battery Capacity
1624.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
3300.0 mAh
2900.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
Operating System
iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), Android 5.1
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 4.2 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.2 stars
 3.5 stars

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