In a world where spending $1000 on a smartphone is the new norm, it is rare to consider that you could buy two smartphones for less than that.

When the billboards and commercials only highlight flagship models in a brand’s smartphone range, you may not even know that stellar alternatives exist at a cheaper price. There will be differences — they may not carry the same logo on the back — but their capabilities are not that far apart. A company mostly known for televisions has released a $499 smartphone that ticks most boxes, and it isn’t Samsung.

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