7 smartphones cheaper than the iPhone 12

If the iPhone 12 catches your attention, but it is out of your budget, today we offer you 7 cheaper smartphones with similar characteristics . Before starting to show you other more affordable alternatives, we are going to make a brief summary of what the iPhone 12 offers, one of the latest Apple models.

The iPhone 12 was released in October 2020, becoming the sensation of the season. This smartphone has a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2,532 x 1,170 pixels at 460 ppi, called Super Retina XDR. The processor is the Apple A14 Bionic , one of the fastest, only surpassed by the A15 Bionic.

The current operating system is iOS 15 , the RAM memory is 4 GB and, in terms of connectivity, it has a 5G LTE network , Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC, among other features. It comes with a USB-C to Lightning connector cable, with which you can charge and sync all your Apple devices, but without a charger.

12 MP dual camera system with wide angle and ultra wide angle. The front camera offers 12 MP with TrueDepth technology , which replaces the classic iPhone camera and also serves as an authentication system, since it does not have a fingerprint reader.

It contains a 2,815 mAh battery that can last up to 17 hours of video playback, and also supports fast charging with a 20W or higher adapter that is sold separately. You will find this smartphone in six different colors : green, purple, blue, white, black and red.

Currently, you can buy the iPhone 12 in the official Apple store for €809 (64 GB), €859 (128 GB) or €979 (256 GB) in Europe, or $699 (64 GB), $749 (128 GB ) or $849 (256 GB) in the United States.

Also, if you want to know about the latest iPhone models and compare their features, you will be interested in reading an article about the differences between iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro.

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iPhone 12mini

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We are going to start the list with the iPhone 12 mini smartphone, the small version of this model . It is the ideal option if you are an iPhone 12 lover and do not want to give up its features, but spending so much money is not in your plans.

You can buy it on the official Apple website for €689 (64 GB), €739 (128 GB) or €859 (256 GB). It is also available on Amazon at a lower price: €630 (64 GB), €659 (128 GB) or €789 (256 GB). And in the case of Amazon US, it will be even cheaper: $499 (64 GB), $589 (128 GB) or for the low price of $550 (256 GB), depending on the offer.

  1. Screen: 5.4-inch OLED with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels at 476 ppi, also has Super Retina XDR.
  2. Processor: Apple A14 Bionic.
  3. RAM memory: 4GB.
  4. Internal storage: 64, 128 or 256 GB.
  5. Rear camera: Dual 12 MP + f/1.6 aperture wide angle + f/2.4 aperture ultra wide angle.
  6. Front camera : 12 MP with TrueDepth technology, which replaces the classic iPhone front camera and also serves as an authentication system.
  7. Connectivity: 5G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC.
  8. Ports and sensors: Lightning, facial recognition sensor (Face ID).
  9. Battery: 2,227 mAh, can last up to 15 hours with video playback. Fast charging with a 20W or higher adapter sold separately.
  10. Operating system: iOS.
  11. Color : Green, purple, blue, white, black and red.

Buy: iPhone 12 mini (Amazon)

Buy: iPhone 12 mini (Amazon US)

iPhone 11

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Although there is a tendency to think that the changes between iPhone generations are totally revolutionary, the reality is not so exaggerated. See for yourself by reading the specifications of the iPhone 11, one of the best alternatives .

From the official Apple website you can get this smartphone for €589 (64 GB) or €639 (128 GB), while it is available cheaper on Amazon : €559 (64 GB) or €619 (128 GB) . If you want to buy it from Amazon US , you can do so for $539 (128GB) or wait until the 256GB version is back in stock.

  1. Screen: 6.1-inch Retina with a resolution of 1,792 x 828 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
  2. Processor: Apple A13 Bionic.
  3. RAM memory: 4GB.
  4. Internal storage: 64, 128 or 256 GB.
  5. Rear camera: Dual 12 MP + 26 mm angle + optical stabilization and f/1.8 aperture.
  6. Front camera: 12 MP.
  7. Connectivity: 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 6.
  8. Ports and sensors: Lightning, facial recognition sensor (Face ID).
  9. Battery: 3,110 mAh, supports fast charging and wireless charging.
  10. Operating system: iOS.
  11. Color : Black, green, red, yellow, purple and white fleece.

Buy: iPhone 11 (Amazon)

Buy: iPhone 11 (Amazon US)

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

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We present the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE , one of Samsung’s most recent high-end devices , launched at the beginning of the year in our country. Next, we leave you their prices and we break down the technical specifications of this smartphone.

Enter the official Samsung store and take it for €759 (128 GB), since the option with the highest capacity is currently out of stock. At Amazon you can get it at a much cheaper price: €500 (128 GB) or €653 (256 GB); and on Amazon US for $551 (128 GB) or $669 (256 GB).

  1. Screen: 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED with Full HD resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels and 120 Hz refresh rate.
  2. Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, built on 5 nanometer technology.
  3. RAM memory: 6 or 8 GB.
  4. Internal storage: 128 or 256 GB.
  5. Rear camera: 12 MP main camera + 12 MP wide angle + 8 MP telephoto.
  6. Front camera: 32 MP.
  7. Connectivity: 5G, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth.
  8. Ports and sensors: USB C, fingerprint reader on the screen.
  9. Battery: 4,500 mAh with 25 W fast charging and 15 W wireless.
  10. Operating system: Android.
  11. Color : Graphite, olive green, lavender and white.

Buy: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (Amazon)

Buy: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (Amazon US)

iPhone XR

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The iPhone XR is a high-end smartphone with a premium design, the younger brother of the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, making it one of the best alternatives to the iPhone 12. In addition, it is the cheapest on the list.

It is no longer available in official stores, but you can buy it at authorized distributors or on Amazon. Here you will find it from €250 (64 GB) to €379 (256 GB), going through the average storage capacity for €334 (128 GB).

You can also get it from Amazon US for a significantly cheaper price of $250 (64GB) or $289 (128GB) as the 256GB option is currently unavailable.

  1. Screen: 6.1-inch Retina with a resolution of 1,728 x 828 pixels and 326 ppi.
  2. Processor: Apple A12.
  3. RAM memory: 3 GB.
  4. Internal storage: 64, 128 or 256 GB.
  5. Rear camera: 12 MP + wide angle + LED flash and optical stabilization.
  6. Front camera: 7 MP + 1080p recording.
  7. Connectivity: LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi.
  8. Ports and sensors: Lightning and Face ID facial sensor.
  9. Battery: 2,942mAh.
  10. Operating system: iOS.
  11. Color : Black, blue, tropical rain coral, red, yellow and white.

Buy: iPhone XR (Amazon)

Buy: iPhone XR (Amazon US)

Pixel 6

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The Google Pixel 6 is a smartphone belonging to the Google brand, the first of the brand with its own processor. Without a doubt, one of the most ambitious options on this list.

You can buy it in the Google Store for €649 (128 GB) or on Amazon for €634 (128 GB). You’ll find this smartphone even cheaper on Amazon US, at the tight price of $649 (128 GB).

  1. Screen : 6.4-inch OLED with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels at 90 Hz, made with Gorilla Glass.
  2. Processor : Tensor, Google’s first proprietary processor.
  3. RAM memory : 8 GB.
  4. Internal storage : 128 GB.
  5. Rear camera : 50 MP + 12 MP.
  6. Front camera: 8 MP.
  7. Connectivity : WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, 5G.
  8. Ports and sensors : USB C 3.1, power button and volume controls.
  9. Battery : 4,614 mAh with 30 W fast charge, wireless and reverse.
  10. Operating system : Android.
  11. Color : Black, coral or seafoam green.

Buy: Google Pixel 6 (Amazon)

Buy: Google Pixel 6 (Amazon US)

iPhone SE 3

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The iPhone SE 3 is the third generation of the iPhone SE, Apple’s so-called “cheap smartphone” category . It is one of the most recent models of the brand and is perfect to enter the world.

From the official Apple store, you can buy it for €529 (64 GB), €579 (128 GB) or €699 (256 GB). However, through Amazon you will find it for the same price in the 64 GB and 256 GB option, but slightly cheaper in the 128 GB option: €519. Do not try to search for it on Amazon US, because it is not available.

  1. Screen : 4.7-inch Retina HD with a resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels at 336 ppi.
  2. Processor : Apple A15 Bionic.
  3. RAM memory : 4 GB.
  4. Internal storage : 64, 128 or 256 GB.
  5. Rear camera : 12 MP with wide angle and aperture f / 1.8. It includes automatic stabilization, Deep Fusion technology and Smart HDR.
  6. Front camera: 7 MP.
  7. Connectivity : 5G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC.
  8. Ports and sensors : Lightning, fingerprint sensor integrated in the home button (Touch ID).
  9. Battery : 2,018 mAh with video playback up to 15 hours.
  10. Operating system : iOS.
  11. Color : Red, star white and midnight black.

Purchase: iPhone SE 3 (Amazon)

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G

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We end this list of alternatives to the iPhone 12 with a wonderful Android proposal : the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G, successor to the original Nord. The smartphone is owned by the Chinese company OnePlus.

If you buy it from the official OnePlus store, it can be yours for €359 (128 GB). However, on Amazon you will also find it with a very slight discount: €350 (128 GB) ; and on Amazon US the price varies depending on the color: the most expensive is the blue version for $439 and the cheapest is the gray version for $399.

  1. Screen : 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels at 90 Hz and HDR10+.
  2. Processor : MediaTek Dimension 900.
  3. RAM memory : 8 or 12 GB.
  4. Internal storage : 128 GB. Possibility of expanding by microSD card up to 1 TB.
  5. Rear camera : 64 MP triple camera + 8 MP ultra wide angle + 2 MP macro camera.
  6. Front camera: 16 MP.
  7. Connectivity : 5G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth, GPS.
  8. Ports and sensors : USB C, facial recognition and fingerprint reader on the screen.
  9. Battery : 4,500 mAh with 65 W SuperVOOC fast charge.
  10. Operating system : Android with customization layer Oxygen OS 11.
  11. Color : Mirror gray or Bahamas blue.

Buy: OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G (Amazon)

Buy: OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G (Amazon US)