If you only have a limit of US $ 400 to spend on a new phone, you cannot buy an iPhone XS, Pixel 3 or Galaxy S10. Even the Galaxy S10E and the iPhone XR, the cheapest phones from Apple and Samsung, will cost you $ 750. You can buy the excellent Motorola Moto G7, which costs only US $ 300, but it lacks some advanced features such as a large camera, premium screen and wireless charging.
But don't worry, you can buy a new high-end phone from the last two years at a fraction of its original price. I found three phones sold as new that offer premium features and each costs less than US $ 400.
These are the criteria for my choices:
- A phone that, at its launch, had high-end specifications
- Sold as new
- Not recycled or "reconditioned"
- That costs less than US $ 400 on Amazon
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Samsung Galaxy S8
When the Galaxy S8 went on sale in March 2017, CNET editors described it as "the most beautiful cell phone in the world." It is currently available on Amazon for $ 396, which is an absolute bargain for all the features you get.
This particular Galaxy S8 comes with 64GB of storage. It is unlocked and works on GSM operators such as AT&T or T-Mobile. Out of the box, run Android Nougat 7.0, but it can be upgraded to Android 9 Pie. Keep in mind that if you expect to update it to Android Q later this year, Samsung tends to update its phone software quite slowly.
Original price of 2017: US $ 750
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It was only last summer when LG launched the, a fast cell phone. It is the newest phone on this list and also has the most premium specifications. If you are trying to choose between this and the V30, the V35 is worth the additional cost (US $ 34) for a newer and much faster processor.
This version of the V35 comes with 64GB of storage with an option to expand it through a microSD card. It is unlocked and works on AT&T. It comes with Android Oreo 8.0 installed, but LG is expected to update Android 9 Pie soon. However, like Samsung, LG is not the fastest when it comes to software updates.
Original price in 2018: US $ 900
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HeIt was launched in November 2017 as an opponent worthy of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, especially in the camera department. While it lacks the artificial intelligence found in the new LG V35, it's still a tremendous value, especially because you can buy a version of T-Mobile for $ 270. But if you are looking for an unlocked GSM V30 for US $ 326 to use in AT&T, I would recommend paying US $ 34 ms to buy the newest and most powerful LG V35.
Both the T-Mobile version and the unlocked GSM version of the V30 come with 64GB of storage and run Android Nougat 7.1.2, but can be upgraded to Android Oreo 8.0. Again, LG is not terribly fast when it comes to software updates, but it is expected to make an Android 9 Pie update soon.
Original price in 2017: US $ 830
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