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Pixel Wars how much does your money get you?

As camera technology has advanced the war of the the megapixel has grown drastically. How much you need to spend based on your camera requirements can help you save money. We've pulled together the best priced camera phones in each price band to help you make a choice.
Mega Pixels
For the artistic photographers the size of the megapixel count on your camera is not only a bragging right, it heavily affects the quality of the shots. Most mobile phone owners know which phones have great camera's but how much do you need to spend to get that mega pixel count. We've compared the market to help you make a choice and save money on your mega pixels!

Cheapest Smartphones with 108 Mega Pixels


Handset
Sim Free Price
Cost Per Megapixel
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G£1194£11.05
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro£320£2.96
Xiaomi Mi 10 5G£584£5.40
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro£471£4.36
Xiaomi Mi Note 10£374£3.46
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra£1287£11.91
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro£321£2.97
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha (Released Q2 2020)£2194£20.31

Software can vary on each phone but its clear Xiaomi are bringing their big guns to the smartphone pixel war. In fact, you can purchase three leading Xiaomi device's for less than one Samsung device. The cheapest phone with a 108 megapixel camera is £320, with a cost per megapixel of £2.96

Cheapest Smartphones with 64 Megapixels


Handset
Sim Free Price
Cost Per Megapixel
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro£186£2.90
Realme 6 Pro£249£3.89
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max£180£2.81
Realme 6£189£2.95
Samsung Galaxy M31£210£3.28
Xiaomi Poco X2£255£3.98
Realme XT£205£3.20
Oppo K5£275£4.79
Xiaomi Redmi K30£214£3.34

64 mega pixel cameras are considered to be a very high quality camera. If we jump out of our comfort zones and look away from leading brands like Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Honor you can seriously save some money.

Cheapest Smartphones with 48 Megapixels


HandsetSim Free PriceCost Per Megapixel
Huawei Enjoy 10£132£2.75
Realme Q£114£2.38
alcatel 3L (2020)£123£2.56
Honor Play 3£114£2.38
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S£125£2.60
Realme 5s£165£3.44
Huawei Y7p£125£2.60
TECNO Camon 15£114£2.38

Some brands on this list might you may have never heard off. Focusing on the specifications on the phone and comparing your requirements will save you money. As techology companies level the playing field leading manufacturers will be dropping the cost quickly.

The Verdict


Focusing on brands you know may bring comfort but the research shows us the specs on leading brands, in comparison to emerging brands is not all that different. Emerging brands like Xiamo, Oppo and even older brands like Alcatel are changing the face of the mobile phone industry.

Dont be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone and check out emerging brands. Choosing an emerging brand can often have an effect on the total phone cost. This is calcualted by how much your contract costs and how much you pay up front, if anything.

Often, buying the sim free and buying a sim only deal can effectively save you hundreds of pounds over the duration of a 24 month contract.

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