Best Mobile Phones under 1000 USD

Gone are the days that Samsung and Apple were the only companies competing for the best smartphone throne. Nowadays, it’s a battle royale for brands like Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo, Sony, and other smartphone brands. It’s a technological nightmare for the research and development teams of these companies, but it’s a consumer’s heaven.

Best Phones under 1000 USD

And with a constantly changing market, the less tech-savvy would easily get lost. That’s why I’m here. I will be listing the best phones this year and possibly upcoming ones under 1000 USD. A thousand dollars will probably get you the best of the best. However, there are still some factors that you might need to take into account.

Factors like the form factor and battery size are important for today’s fast-paced world. There’s also the matter of being “future-proof”. That is, your phone will not be obsolete in the next 2-3 years. Usually, phones at the 1000 USD mark can handily do this. But if you’re looking for future proofing a phone under 1000 USD, it’s a combination of technical know-how and a little bit of luck.

And today might be your lucky day. Let’s begin!

Google Pixel 3


The Google Pixel 3 is one of the most raved smartphones this year. Releasing in October 2018, it’s been met with good reviews that praise its camera and form factor. Google has definitely been going all in on the tech inside of its Pixel series. If you’re looking for a phone that won’t get old any time soon, this is definitely the best choice.

Price: 799-899 USD depending on capacity

Screen Size: 5.5 inches

Battery Capacity: 2915 mAh

Future Proof Level: ★★★★★

iPhone XS


Who can go wrong with an iPhone? A departure from the usual iPhone form factor, the iPhone XS continues the legacy left by the iPhone X. The problem with these phones is that it might become obsolete quickly as Apple constantly releases new iPhones year after year. Another future proofing measure that Apple could have done is give it a better camera. However, for a daily driver and foolproof phone choice, the iPhone definitely tops the list.

Price: 999 USD (64 GB Capacity)

Screen Size: 5.8 inches

Battery Capacity: 2658 mAh

Future Proof Level: ★★★★☆

Buy it from Amazon here: http://a.co/d/5pQxCII

Razer Phone 2

The Razer Phone might possibly be the phone with the best specs in this list. Posing as a gaming phone, it definitely packs a punch. It can run any game that you desire, from the low requirement of Temple Run to MOBAs like Mobile Legends to heavy games like Asphalt games. In addition to having a very good processor under the hood, it has a 4000 mAh battery so you can have extended gaming sessions. If you want to game on your phone, this would be top in your list.

Price: 799 USD

Screen Size: 5.7 inches

Battery Capacity: 4000 mAh

Future Proof Level: ★★★★★

Buy it from Amazon here: http://a.co/d/gwxS4Hh

Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony was one of the pioneers of the waterproof and dustproof smartphones when they released the Xperia Z a few years ago. And they’re continuing that trend with the Sony Xperia XZ3 with more gadgets and gizmos added. You can record in crisp 4K HDR video and a “motion eye” system. This phone definitely is one of the leaders nowadays, especially if you love taking videos. Take this phone to vacations so you can relive moments in 4K.

Price: 899 USD

Screen Size: 6.0 inches

Battery Capacity: 3300 mAh

Future Proof Level: ★★★★☆

Buy it from Amazon here: http://a.co/d/i8QX90O

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei has definitely been stepping up its game for the past couple of years. Now you won’t associate the brand with poorly made Chinese phones. It’s definitely a phone of high quality that you won’t regret buying. It has a powerhouse camera, sporting a massive 40MP main sensor, with 3X optical zoom. And that’s just one of its 3 cameras. You’ll be shooting pictures that will beat entry-level DSLR cameras with this phone. Having a high battery capacity will let you shoot videos and pictures throughout a single day without any issues. A perfect phone to bring to a tour around the world.

Price: About 750 USD

Screen Size: 6.1 inches

Battery Capacity: 4000 mAh

Future Proof Level: ★★★★☆

Buy it from Amazon here: http://a.co/d/bDLPGs0

OnePlus 6

The OnePlus 6 is possibly the cheapest phone in this list. While the other phones are close to the 1000 USD mark, this phone is closer to 500 USD. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s the worst phone here. On the contrary, it makes this list because it perfectly balances a cheap price with features that rival those at higher price points. It sports a 16 MP Rear Camera but it does have an Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 so it’s definitely not lacking in the power department. Get this phone if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, but it will absolutely not disappoint you.

Price: About 600 USD

Screen Size: 6.28 inches

Battery Capacity: 3300 mAh

Future Proof Level: ★★★☆☆

Buy it from Amazon here: http://a.co/d/aHFv1SW

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus


Of course, a ‘best phone’ list will not be complete without a Samsung in it. And with the most recent release of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, it definitely doesn’t disappoint. It has an Iris scanner among other features. But the best feature on this phone has got to be the headphone jack. Every year, fewer and fewer manufacturers are offering headphone jacks on their phone and the one on the S9 Plus is definitely most welcome. It has that well known curved glass form factor that will definitely wow your friends when you bring your phone out.

Price: 840 USD depending on capacity

Screen Size: 6.2 inches

Battery Capacity: 3500 mAh

Future Proof Level: ★★★★☆

Buy it from Amazon here: http://a.co/d/701cvGc

In Brief

To summarize, there are many choices and each of them is competitive with each other. Depending on what kind of user you are. Are you a gamer? Then get the Razer phone. Do you want a daily driver? Maybe the iPhone might be your next phone. You have good choices for cameras and video recording in the Huawei P20 Pro and Xperia XZ2, respectively. Whatever your desires, you just need to find the best price and I’m pretty sure that you will enjoy using these phones for the next couple of years.

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