Reviewing the best smartphones of 2021 for a budget under £400 UK, offering slick camera tech, top gaming performance and premium specs. Don’t splash out on a flagship phone, grab one of these value mobiles like the OnePlus Nord 2, Pixel 4a, Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Lite 5G and the Poco F3, or Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G.
Unboxings and reviews of my favourite smartphones can be found here on Tech Spurt. Check them out for an in-depth look at the specs, software and camera tech. Also, my review of the beefed-up Galaxy A52s is coming soon!
We start with Google’s Pixel 4a, which is still one of my favourite phones of 2021 for a price under £400. That camera tech is among the best at any cost, offering good looking photos even in tough conditions, plus stock Android is great.
If you’d prefer, the fresh OnePlus Nord 2 boosts performance thanks to the Dimensity 1200-AI chipset. Or if your budget is a bit tighter, check out the cheaper Core Edition (Nord CE 5G).
Xiaomi is the best smartphone in this round-up for gaming on Genshin and PubG, thanks to the Poco F3’s Snapdragon 870 platform. I also like the Mi 11 Lite 5G, which offers a lot for a respectable asking price.
Last up, Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G will please anyone after that One UI experience, a gorgeous OLED screen and strong audio chops.
Best Smartphones of 2021 Under £400 Chapters:
0:00 – Bald Man Yapping
0:40 – Google Pixel 4a
2:13 – OnePlus Nord 2
3:35 – OnePlus Nord CE 5G
4:34 – Oppo Find X3 Lite
6:12 – Oppo Reno 4 5G
6:46 – Xiaomi Poco F3
8:57 – Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
9:48 – Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
11:55 – Byeeeeee