Why You Don’t Need to Buy the Most Expensive Smartphone

Mid-range smartphones are getting so good that users have little incentive to upgrade to premium models, experts say. 

Google’s new Pixel 5a, which starts at $449, is the latest addition to the budget-conscious “a” line of phones. It’s got a hardly shabby 6.34-inch OLED screen and a Snapdragon 765G chipset. There’s also a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera and a 12-megapixel primary camera.

“Users want to be able to access cloud applications and high-speed data like 5G,” Kevin Ryan, a professor who teaches about network technology at Stevens Institute of Technology, told Lifewire in a phone interview. “If the Google Pixel offers these features at a low price, then it could be a market disruptor.” 

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