The best phones under $400 - updated September 2022 - PhoneArena

The best phones under $400 - updated September 2022

The best phones under $400 - updated August 2022
What are the best phones under $400? With so many phones on the market, and with the gap between mid-range and high-end narrowing each year, finding the right phone for you is not an easy task. Sure, if you've got $1000 ready to go, getting the best of the best is not a difficult task; you can narrow your choice down to a handful of phones. 

However, when you're on a bit of a budget but are not aiming extremely low, the sprawling mid-range segment has so much to offer, that it can get confusing quickly. There's no need to get a flagship, you can get one of the best phones under $400 instead. 

What do you value the most in a phone? Long-lasting battery life? A great camera? Smooth performance? Perhaps a combination of the three? Whatever it is, you're sure to find an affordable phone that checks most (if not all) of your boxes. To help you in this endeavor, we've compiled a list of the best phones under $400 that you can get right now!

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Best phones under $400, a summarized list:


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Google Pixel 4a


Google Pixel 4a
9.1

Google Pixel 4a


The Good

  • Top-notch still photo quality
  • Polished software and user experience
  • Lightweight design
  • Smooth performance
  • Excellent value

The Bad

  • No wireless charging or 5G support (for now)
  • Plasticky build
  • No waterproofing
With the Pixel 4a, Google has delivered another superb mid-range phones! Compared to its predecessor, Google has improved the performance by choosing a 700-series chip, and the design still looks modern in 2021.

Other than that, we don't think the plastic designs are bad; the phones may not feature wireless charging, but in terms of look and feel, there doesn't seem to be that much of a difference compared to the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

The only obvious difference is the lack of multiple camera sensors, but the Pixel 4a more than makes up for that with the quality of the pictures it takes. Best of all, this year the phone is even cheaper, making it an amazing value if you're a fan of Team Pixel.


Samsung Galaxy A72


Samsung Galaxy A72
9.0

Samsung Galaxy A72


The Good

  • Big OLED display with 90 Hz refresh rate
  • Versatile camera and good quality photos
  • Very well balanced weight for a comfortable hold
  • Big battery

The Bad

  • No 5G support
  • Gaming performance has a few hiccups

The Samsung Galaxy A71 was the king of mid-range smartphones, and for a good reason. That's why the task before its successor, the Galaxy A72, was a tough one. Samsung managed to pull this one off, though. The Galaxy A72 takes everything good about its predecessor and makes it better.

The phone features the same 6.7-inch AMOLED display we're familiar with from the Galaxy A71 but upgrades the refresh rate to 90Hz. Samsung has tweaked the brightness and the panel is 15% brighter than the display of the A71. 

The chipset is also slightly better, and the huge 5,000mAh battery makes this phone an endurance champion. It's price is a little bit over our $400 budget but with proper deals and discounts, and with time, it will fall into this price bracket easily.


Motorola One 5G Ace


Motorola One 5G Ace
8.4

Motorola One 5G Ace


The Good

  • Great value for a 5G phone
  • Snappy performance
  • Good camera quality
  • Excellent battery life

The Bad

  • Macro lens doesn’t add much value
  • Build could be sturdier
Motorola’s affordable One 5G Ace phone is a great choice. This device has a nice 6.7-inch screen with FHD+ resolution and a big 5000mAh battery. As its name suggests, it indeed has 5G connectivity. It is powered by a Snapdragon 750G processor, which is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The Motorola One 5G Ace has some good features from the past, like a 3.5mm headphone jack and a MicroSD card slot. Camera-wise the phone has a triple-camera system, which is able to produce some pretty nice pictures.

A downside to this smartphone is its weight and thickness, which are on the big side. The phone weighs 212g and has a thickness of 9.9mm. The One 5G Ace also has a plastic back, which won’t be to everyone’s taste, but hey, it still packs great specs for under $400.


OnePlus Nord N20 5G


OnePlus Nord N20 5G

OnePlus Nord N20 5G


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We can't talk about sub-$400 phones without mentioning the OnePlus Nord N20. With the Nord OnePlus goes back to its roots of delivering great bang for your buck. An AMOLED display, 5G-capable chip, fast charging and a decent camera system, what more can you want? It also comes with a decent, fast charging battery and a stylish design. The Nord N20 also features a headphone jack and a MicroSD card slot, which is pretty cool.

Read more: OnePlus Nord N20 5G is here

Motorola G Stylus 5G


Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2021)
7.9

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2021)


The Good

  • Attractive, lightweight design
  • Decent camera setup
  • Ergonomic stylus
  • Excellent battery life

The Bad

  • Dated 60Hz display
  • Rudimentary speakers
  • No NFC
  • Not the greatest value
Motorola carved sort of a niche with its G Stylus line of phones. If you suffer from low-battery anxiety (totally a real thing), this is the phone for you. With its 5,000mAh battery and energy efficient chipset, this phone can easily last more than a day. Its display is also very good.

The Moto G Stylus 5G sports a pretty solid for the category octa-core Snapdragon 480 processor paired with 4 or 6GB RAM count and 128 or 256GB of internal storage space. In the camera department the phone also does well, with a 48MP main camera and the addition of 8MP ultrawide, as well as 5MP macro and 2MP depth sensors. Last but not least, let's not forget this phone comes with a stylus, which might be useful to people that love taking notes. 



Samsung Galaxy A42 5G


Samsung Galaxy A42

Samsung Galaxy A42


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This budget Samsung phone offers excellent value-for-money with its solid specs for just $399. It is powered by the fast Snapdragon 750G processor, coupled with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This is one of the last Galaxy phones to have a microSD card slot for memory expansion. It also has a nice 48MP quad-camera setup. The Galaxy A42 5G can shoot a video in 4K 30fps, which is great considering this phone's price point. The front camera is a good 20MP punch-hole shooter capable of capturing some great-looking selfies. 

This phone's shortcoming is its display. It is a nice-looking 6.6-inch AMOLED panel but it is 60Hz and it has a rather low HD+ resolution. But the lower resolution also means longer battery life. This phone has one of the longest lasting batteries thanks to its 5,000mAh battery, very power-efficient processor, and lower resolution display. If you're all about having the best battery life, this phone is definitely one you should consider. 


Sony Xperia 10 III

Sony Xperia 10 III
8.5

Sony Xperia 10 III


The Good

  • 6-inch HDR10 OLED 21:9 display
  • Battery life is stellar
  • Adequate camera system
  • 5G-capable
  • Gorilla Glass 6 front and back
  • IP65/IP68 rating
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Pleasant design (subjective)
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microSD card slot (shared)

The Bad

  • 60Hz display refresh rate
  • Hiccups here and there
  • Inadequate bundled charger
  • Slow fingerprint reader
Sony has a great history of making compact phones - the company actually introduced the term with the Xperia Z1 Compact back in 2014. The new affordable Sony Xperia 10 III is a great mid-ranger that offers a 6-inch OLED display, water and dust resistance, a fingerprint scanner, and a triple camera system on the back. 

You won't find a flagship chipset inside, it's powered by a Snapdragon 690 chipset, coupled with 6GB RAM, and 128GB of onboard storage, but it's sufficient, especially at this price point. This phone also comes with a MicroSD card slot and a headphone jack. Its a perfect buy if you don't want a big phone and have a more active lifestyle.


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