There's no doubting that the weak rand is wreaking havoc on mobile prices. But the prices for Samsung and LG's latest phones are still a bitter pill to swallow.
You don't need to spend all that cash on a smartphone though, because here are five recent high-end phones for you.
LG/Google Nexus 5X
The smaller Nexus phone is a great performer in its own right, offering a Snapdragon 808 processor, 2GBs of RAM and a 12.3MP/5MP camera pairing.
The phone also stands out thanks to its fast, accurate fingerprint scanner on the back, complete with native fingerprint support.
Best of all, the phone is currently going for R5100 on the Orange Store - if only the 32GB model were much cheaper...
Motorola Moto X Play
Another (mostly) high-end smartphone available on Orange (for R5910), the Moto X Play continues the Motorola tradition of offering good value for money.
The Play delivers a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GBs of RAM, 16GBs of expandable storage and a much-lauded 21-megapixel main camera.
Need an endurance king? Then the Moto X Play fits the bill, thanks to a large 3600mAh battery - Moto claims two days of usage.
Yes yes, the G5 hits South African shores next month, but the predecessor is still one of our favourite smartphones.
Available for less than half the cost of the G5, the G4 packs a punch thanks to its Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GBs of RAM. The addition of a sharp 5.5-inch 2560x1440 display only sweetens the deal.
The G4's killer feature is its camera though, packing a 16-megapixel main shooter with a large F1.8 aperture. In English, this means it's one of the best smartphones for low-light photography. Toss in the 8MP selfie camera and you've got a phone well worth R6400.
Read our LG G4 review here.
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Yes, the phone has heating issues when recording a video for longer than five minutes. Yes, it was prone to touchscreen glitches in our review as well. Yet those looking for a small-screen flagship don't have much else to choose from.
The Z5 Compact makes up for its unpolished nature by having a mostly great camera (heating and occasionally fuzzy images aside), snappy performance and a long-lasting battery.
At R7140, the Z5 Compact is one of the cheapest current flagships on the market. But try one before committing to a purchase first.
Microsoft/Nokia Lumia 930
The previous Lumia flagship is still a fantastic device, owing to its Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GBs of RAM and full HD 5-inch display.
The phone also stands out thanks to its 20-megapixel main camera, offering a number of innovative features. In fact, we went so far to call the Lumia 930 the "new camera king" when testing its Denim firmware.
The only real area where it hasn't progressed is in the selfie camera department, still packing a 1.2-megapixel shooter. The 2420mAh battery is also on the small side, so don't expect two days of usage.
You can find the 32GB Lumia 930 (no microSD support, unfortunately) for R4499 on Takealot - great mobile cameras are hard to find at this price-point.
Update: Xiaomi's Mi 5 is also coming to South Africa soon, complete with a R7999 price tag for the 32GB model. Read all about it here.