Best Cheap 5G Phones Android Central 2021

5G is all the rage and nearly every flagship brand is making sure to have a 5G phone available. With T-Mobile and AT&T's evolving and growing networks, some older phones are no longer available. Still, even with top-end specs and modern chipsets, many of these phones are quickly coming down from their launch prices. In some cases, if you're willing to spread your payment out with financing at a carrier, you can save even more.

Best Value: OnePlus 8 5G

Staff Pick

The OnePlus 8 5G brings superb performance and an elegant design to T-Mobile's entire sub-6 5G network. With a Snapdragon 865 chip and 4,300mAh battery driving a 90Hz 6.55-inch display, this phone is one of the best values on T-Mobile. The box also includes a super-fast 30-watt charger so you can top up with minimal downtime.

$700 at T-Mobile

5G on any carrier: Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

The Galaxy S20 has some of the best specs anywhere with a 120Hz display and the blazing Snapdragon 865 powering it. If you're willing to sign up for monthly payments with a new line, you can get a great deal. It's also got a big 4,000mAh battery and a massive 64MP camera. The base price for this phone isn't cheap but with some promotions and financing discounts, you can save a lot of money on a great phone.

From $850 at Samsung

OnePlus Ultra Wideband: OnePlus 8 5G UW

Many 5G phones are skipping millimeter-wave 5G support. Luckily, a few are willing to provide for Verizon's customers. The OnePlus 8 5G UW brings its robust spec sheet and sleek design to Verizon's Ultra Wideband 5G network. It keeps its great features like the 4,300mAh battery and Snapdragon 865 chipset that can be charged in a hurry with an included 30- watt charger.

$800 at Verizon

Flagship discounts: LG V60 ThinQ 5G

LG ticks all of the boxes and delivers an impressive spec list with the B60 ThinQ 5G. With support for T-Mobile's range of sub-6 networks including the spectrum acquired from Sprint, this phone has all of the hardware needed to deliver a great experience. A massive 5,000mAh battery alongside a large 6.8-inch display can let you stream to your heart's content.

$700 at T-Mobile

5G Mod: 5G Moto Mod

If you have a Moto Z2 Force, Z3, or Z4 phone, you're just a Moto Mod away from 5G connectivity on Verizon. Verizon's Ultra Wideband network maintains compatibility with all of its 5G phones launched to date including the Moto Mod. This mod even adds a 2,000mAh battery making it a great way to extend the life of your Moto phone as long as you don't mind adding another .28 inches to your phone.

$350 at Verizon

Which should you go with?

5G networks are growing fast but many people still lack coverage one AT&T and T-Mobile's networks with Verizon still relying on LTE for the majority of its customers so be sure to stop by your carrier's coverage map to check your current coverage. Current coverage is key because some early 5G phones don't even work with AT&T or T-Mobile's full network today. One of the best bets for coverage on either network is the Galaxy S20 5G thanks to its great hardware and fast updates to allow for improved coverage on T-Mobile and Sprint.

While many of these phone's are some of the best 5G phones available, even newer 5G phones are more affordable than ever. When it comes down to it, T-Mobile's sub-6 5G network has some of the best potentials for expansion thanks to its low-band and mid-band sub-6 spectrum. The OnePlus 8 5G has great hardware that supports the vast majority of T-Mobile's coverage area including the increased capacity offered by Sprint's 2.5GHz covered cities. Its big battery and fast charger allow you to stream more than ever without slowing down.

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