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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
Huawei Nexus 6P
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
OnePlus 2
Moto X Style (Pure Edition)
Apple iPhone SE
Huawei Nexus 6P
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
OnePlus 2
Moto X Style (Pure Edition)
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Release Date
Apr 2016
Sep 2015
Aug 2015
Aug 2015
Sep 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.3 MP
16.0 MP
13.0 MP
21.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
4.0 GB
3.0 GB
3.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.0 inch
5.7 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
5.7 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
1.2 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister, A9
Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
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
Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53
Battery Capacity
1624.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
3300.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
Operating System
iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3.2
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.2 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.0 stars
Camera
68% Positive
32% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative
57% Positive
43% Negative
Look and Feel
54% Positive
46% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
Display
30% Positive
70% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
84% Positive
16% Negative
100% Positive
Storage
100% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Negative
100% Positive
Performance
100% Positive
83% Positive
17% Negative
100% Positive
92% Positive
8% Negative
100% Positive