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Flagship phones for less than 20 pounds per month

One way to get a good mobile phone deal in the UK is to opt for a former flagship smartphone. Here we highlight the latest former flagship phones to drop below the £20 per month pricing bracket, during 2017.

BlackBerry DTEK50

BlackBerry DTEK50

First, we highlight the BlackBerry DTEK50, which is priced from £10 per month, making it the cheapest flagship mobile in our list. The DTEK50, touted as the world’s most secure fully Android smartphone, has an impressive set of features.

The 5.2” Full HD display is scratch resistant and is the portal for enjoying an experience that is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The user interface puts Pop-up Widgets onto the home screen, where a swipe over the app’s icon gives a glimpse of the latest info, without having to open the app.

A13MP main camera and a powerful 8MP selfie camera are also built into the BlackBerry DTEK50.

BlackBerry DTEK50 deals

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

When its comes to getting a premium Samsung phone on the cheap, colour is important. Both the white and gold versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 can now be picked up at under £20 per month.

The premium glass and metal build includes a 5.1” Quad HD Super AMOLED display, with improved brightness and pixel density. With ultra-fast charging, just 10 minutes of charge provides enough juice to watch one movie The Samsung Galaxy S6 also has a fingerprint scanner and a 16MP camera.

Samsung Galaxy S6 deals

Huawei P9

Huawei P9

The Huawei P9 gives you the chance to pick up the current flagship phone from Huawei, for under £20 per month, if you don’t mind paying £19.99 at the outset for the phone. This deal is only available on the black model, so choose this to get a bargain.

The Huawei P9 has a Leica 12MP dual-lens camera that captures more light and detail, through the use of RGB and monochrome lenses. If you are trying to get as close as possible to professional photography on a smartphone, then the Huawei P9 is for you.

The design sees the use of an aerospace-class aluminium unibody and 2.5D glass. The 5.2” display has Full HD resolution.

Huawei P9 deals

Google Nexus 5X

Google Nexus 5X

The Google Nexus 5X can now be picked up at less than £20 per month and offers a 5.2” display and hexa-core performance. The phone is powered by Android Marshmallow and the 12.3MP camera can even record video at 4K quality.

Premium features includes a Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C fast charging where four hours use can be gained with just ten minutes charge.

Google Nexus 5X deals

Sony Xperia X

Sony Xperia X

The Sony Xperia X is far from old, yet you can still get hold of one, for less than £20 per month. Premium attributes includes a seamless metal black with glass edges and a 5” display.

The high-resolution 23MP camera has Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, so that it can track moving objects in the scene, at faster speeds than the human eye can perceive. The Sony Xperia X also has a 13MP selfie camera and two days battery, under typical usage scenarios. 

Sony Xperia X deals

Written by: Michael Brown

Still searching for a flagship smartphone at under £20 per month? Check out last year’s best deals below.

Apple iPhone 5s - From £14.99

The Apple iPhone 5s was released before the iPhone 6s, which in turn will be replaced by the iPhone 7 later on this year. 

iPhone 5s deals

The Apple iPhone 5s has a compact form with a 4” display and an integrated fingerprint scanner, for bio-metric security. The iPhone 5s can be upgraded to iOS 9 straight out of the box and owners get to enjoy free apps likes Maps, Numbers and Pages as well as photography on the 8MP camera with True Tone Flash.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini - From £12.50

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini was the last ‘mini smartphone’ from Samsung, who later released the Galaxy S6 and in 2016 the Galaxy S7.

Galaxy S5 Mini deals

The Galaxy S5 Mini isn’t too dissimilar to the iPhone 5s with an 8MP camera, 4.5” display and fingerprint sensor. It could be considered a little more ‘life friendly’ though, being dust and waterproof as well as having a built in heart rate sensor for use with the S Health fitness app.

LG G4 - From £19

The LG G4 was released prior to the 2016 launch of the LG G5.

The LG G4 sets itself apart from the competition with a genuine leather case with stitched highlights. For under £20 there is a big 5.5” display on offer with an extremely high resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. 

LG G4 deals

Not to be outdone by Samsung, LG has included its own Health app, along with a 16MP camera with laser detection autofocus and a high-capacity 3,000mAh battery, which is only just being bettered today.

Huawei P8 - From £17.50

The Huawei P8 will shortly be superseded and you can read about the flagship 2016 Huawei phone in my Huawei P9 review

The Huawei P8 has a supreme design that is perfectly flat, which means that the camera lens doesn’t protrude from the aluminium body and steel back cover. A spill resistant nano-coating has been applied to this phone which has a 5.2” display that can recognise both finger and knuckle gestures. 

Huawei P8 deals

The 13MP camera is loaded with fancy shooting modes such as Light Painting, Time Lapse and Director Mode, where three other Android camera phones can be controlled by the P8.

Sony Xperia Z3 - From £17

The Sony Xperia Z3 was released before the Xperia Z5, which will be superseded by the Sony Xperia X on June 5th 2016.

The Xperia Z3 has an ample 5.2” display and the phone is waterproof to IP68 standards. There are lots of cool tricks on offer, including pairing the phone with your PlayStation 4, over your home Wi-Fi. 

Xperia Z3 deals

The Xperia Z3 wins the megapixels race with its 20.7MP camera that can shoot 4K video. It is also one of the few phones with a battery that exceeds the 3,000mAh mark (3,100mAh), ensuring that under typical usage patterns there is more than a full days use.

If you are really on a tight budget then read my article that highlights mobile phones for less than £10 per month. Or if you don't need a handset and are after a SIM only deal, click here.

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