The best smartphones up to 600 euros gameandnews

If you want to dig a little deeper into your pocket for your new smartphone, you can find mobile phones for less than 600 euros that impress with powerful features. Models from Xiaomi and Realme as well as Apple are interesting.

In smartphones up to 600 euros from Samsung, Apple and Co. there is technology that sets a good pace – be it with the camera, the intuitive operation or features like Fast charging and inductive charging. We have decided on 4 models with a strong inner workings and a fair price, which we would like to recommend to you.

The best smartphones up to 600 euros at a glance

  • GIGA tip Im handy iPhone SE (2022) (580 euros at Otto) are the usual strengths of Apple – but you have to make some compromises.
  • price tip The Xiaomi 12 (540 euros at convinces with its rapid charging.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S22 (590 euros on eBay) is a strong smartphone. You only have to turn a blind eye to the battery.
  • With the chic and sustainable design that falls Realme GT 2 Pro (600 euros at Amazon) immediately catches the eye.

iPhone SE (2022): Handy cell phone with compromises

GIGA tip Let’s start with Apple: You can get this for less than 600 euros iPhone SE (2022) (look at Otto). As with the predecessors, it fits comfortably in your pocket with a screen diagonal of 4.7 inches, but you have to make do with a rather weak LC display – strong contrasts and high brightness are missing, as is a modern refresh rate (60 Hertz). Likewise, not much was screwed on the camera and you get a lens with 12 MP – but you can’t generally complain about iPhone photos (especially not in daylight). The single main camera has an optical image stabilizerwhich doesn’t mind small shaking during recording and videos are recorded in 4K and up to 60 frames per second.

A hand holds a smartphone against a red background.  The model is an iPhone SE 2022.
The iPhone SE 2022 is visually reminiscent of its predecessors (Image source: GIGA)

Clocking in on the smartphone A15 Bionic, which also hits in the iPhone 13. And although the 4 GB RAM seems a bit meager, the software, which is tailored to the hardware, makes up for a lot and ensures good performance. Likewise Battery with a capacity of 2,018 mAh quite small, but still lasts through the day. However, charging takes the usual long time: the cell phone is only fully charged again after almost 100 minutes.

You have to make some compromises with the iPhone SE 2022. But if you want to enjoy an Apple smartphone without digging too deep into your pocket, this model is a good choice. In addition, one becomes with the usual long-term update supply rewards, which makes the mobile phone future-proof and is allowed to have a strong protection against water and dust happy – certified according to IP67.

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  • powerful processor
  • Battery with staying power
  • perennial update supply
  • high protection against water and dust


  • Display with weaknesses
  • Battery charging takes too long
screen 4.7 inch with 60Hz
Operating System & SoC iOS 15 with A15 Bionic Chip
Storage 64-256GB ROM, 4GB RAM

Xiaomi 12: Super fast battery charging

price tip Of course, a smartphone from the Chinese high-flyer Xiaomi should not be missing from our list. While the manufacturer is best known for its affordable yet well-equipped smartphones, it has itself with the 12 series ventured into higher price ranges. With the Xiaomi 12 (view at the manufacturer has done a lot right: As with the Realme above, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor provides a lot of power, which, together with the color-intensive display and the high refresh rate, invites you to gamble. With a display diagonal of almost 6.3 inches, the smartphone is also very handy.

Thanks to its handy size, the Xiaomi 12 fits in any trouser pocket (Image source: GIGA)

Users benefit from good camera performance, with above all the optical image stabilizer stands out in the main camera. Xiaomi is also ahead in the fast charging competition: The capacity of 4,500 mAh is enough for a day and a half and the battery is fully charged in less than 30 minutes. However, you have to do without a few things with this smartphone up to 600 euros: There is no certified water resistance and the memory cannot be expanded either.


  • handy design
  • Camera with OIS
  • Battery is charged quickly


  • no certified protection against water and dust
To the offer at
screen 6.28 inch with 120Hz
Operating System & SoC OxygenOS 12 (Android 12) with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Storage 128-256GB ROM, 8GB RAM

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Samsung Galaxy S22: An almost perfect smartphone

Although the Samsung Galaxy S23 is already in the starting blocks, its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S22 (view on eBay) still not to be despised. My colleague Peter had tested the Galaxy S22 and, among other things, the handiness praised: thanks to the 6-inch display diagonal, the smartphone feels good in the hand (but of course not as well as the iPhone above) and is not too heavy at 167 grams.

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Samsung did a lot of things right with the Galaxy S22 (Image source: GIGA)

That is also convincing AMOLED display: Content is displayed sharply and brightly, and the 120 Hertz refresh rate ensures that animations are displayed smoothly. In the Galaxy S22, the system-on-a-chip is the Exynos 2200, supported by 8 GB of memory. The smartphone therefore works very quickly – you hardly notice any delays. The camera also shows few weaknesses and snaps in high quality.

However, a problem child with the smartphone up to 600 euros is the battery: With one Capacity of only 3,700 mAh you can barely get through a day. Even if you pay attention to the screen time, the Galaxy S22 has to be plugged in every day. More capacity is desirable at this point. In turn, the long supply of updates speaks for the robustness: Overall, the smartphone should up to Android 16 are supplied, security updates are guaranteed even longer. In addition, the device has a high protection against water and dust according to IP68.


  • handy design
  • convincing camera quality
  • very good performance
  • high protection against water and dust


screen 6.1 inch with 120Hz
Operating System & SoC OneUI 4.1 (Android 12) with Exynos 2200
Storage 128GB ROM, 8GB RAM

Realme GT 2 Pro: sustainability as design

Realme is known for bringing affordable cell phones with strong performance onto the market – the manufacturer was able to make this promise with the Realme GT 2 Pro (view at Amazon) (to our test report). The powerful processor Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 indicates a decent speed, which not only makes video streaming possible, but also gaming. If you activate the GT mode, this provides even more power, but it also eats away at the battery.

The Realme GT 2 Pro smartphone is standing on a table with the back facing the camera.  It is illuminated with green light.
The Realme GT 2 Pro combines strong technology with an affordable price (Image source: GIGA)

Speaking of the battery: With a capacity of 5,000mAh you can (unlike the Samsung above) easily last for two days on one charge. If the battery is running out, it is fully charged again within a good 35 minutes. However, the Realme is the only model in our selection that can not wirelessly charged become.

The camera has some weaknesses, especially in low light. But you get good pictures during the day. But BBK Electronics (the mother of Realme, Oppo, Vivo and Co.) even has the formerly popular one fisheye lens brought back to experiment with a bit. Another feature of the Realme GT 2 Pro is the chic and sustainable design. Not only does the roughened back have a pleasant feel, according to the manufacturer, the CO2-Emissions reduced by 35.5 percent become.

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  • powerful processor
  • fast battery charging
  • chic design


  • no certified protection against water and dust
  • no inductive charging
screen 6.7 inch with 120Hz
Operating System & SoC Android 12 with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Storage 128-256GB ROM, 8-12GB RAM

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Smartphones up to 600 euros: This is how the selection was made

Many mobile phone models compete with each other for smartphones up to 600 euros. Certain characteristics were an exclusion criterion for us, such as being too old. We based our tests partly on our own tests, but also on the results of other test sites. User ratings also influenced the selection. The latter were helpful because they didn’t judge based on benchmark numbers and other laboratory values ​​that didn’t say much, but instead emphasized individual impressions.

With our research we want to recommend you suitable products and avoid bad purchases. Your trust is important to us – that’s why you can rely on us.

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I myself have been dealing with mobile phones and smartphones for years. All generations have fascinated me, from the Nokia classics to the first clamshell and sliding cell phones to smartphones. Personally, not only technical innovations are important to me, but also sustainability.

Finally, a note on the prices: Strong price fluctuations are always to be expected for smartphones. As soon as a new generation appears, the previous series can quickly suffer a price drop, which means that models that were previously too expensive suddenly fit into your personal budget. Deal events such as Black Friday or Cyber ​​Monday also have a strong impact on prices. We keep you up to date on current offers in our deal overview, it’s worth checking out the daily offers regularly!

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