KEY POINTS

  • Apple recently launched the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
  • Both devices cost upward of $699 per unit
  • Consumers who can't afford that price can choose from other great alternatives

Apple just recently launched the new iPhone 12 series of smartphones and will be shipping the first two models, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro, to customers soon. While the two new devices have the best that the Cupertino tech giant has to offer, they might be too expensive for some consumers, especially in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That said, consumers looking to get a new smartphone won't need to spend as much as $699 just to purchase one. Listed below are some great alternatives that won't break the bank.

For those looking for an iOS device

  • iPhone SE (2020)

Those who are looking for a new iOS device but can't or don't want to spend top dollar on an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro should opt to get the 2020 iPhone SE. The device, which starts at $399, is powered by the formidable A13 Bionic chip and runs on the latest versions of iOS. It might not have the same features as the new iPhone 12 series, but it's not as expensive either.

For those who don't need an iOS device

Those who don't need an iOS device can choose from a slew of Android devices in the market. Here's a quick look at some great choices:

  • Samsung Galaxy A51

South Korean tech giant Samsung also has a cheap offering in the Galaxy A51, a device that boasts of a 6.5-inch AMOLED display. It has a quad-camera setup comprised of a 48MP main, a 12MP ultrawide sensor, a 5MP depth camera and a 5MP macro lens, plus a huge 4,000 mAh battery.

There's also the Galaxy A51 5G, a version of the device that offers support for 5G. This has a bigger battery and starts at $324.99 (unlocked).

  • Motorola Moto G Fast

Those looking for a very cheap smartphone for day-to-day use won't go wrong with the Moto G Fast from Motorola. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 665, has 3GB of RAM and has 32GB of internal storage (expandable to 512GB via microSD). This device has a triple-camera setup at the back and has a sizeable 4,000 mAh battery. The device currently sells for $169.99.

iPhone 12 2 The iPhone 12 Pro Photo: Cullen Paradis