There are plenty of great smartphones for under R3000, as we found out earlier this year, but what if you've got a bit more cash to spare?
We thought it would be a great idea to look at a few handsets available for under R5000. As usual, we've turned to the Orange online store for pricing, but we've included a few other retailers as well where possible.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (review)
The Mini range of Galaxy phones are arguably the best mid-range smartphone option around right now. However, the S4 Mini just misses our sub-R5000 target, but the S3 Mini is a good option too.
Featuring 1GB of RAM, a dual-core chip and a five-megapixel camera, the S3 Mini is still a capable device.
The Galaxy S3 Mini is available for R3599 from Takealot, while Orange has it listed for R2900.
If you'd like something with a little more oomph, the Galaxy S3 (review) is available at roughly R5000 from several retailers too thanks to the S4 being released.
Huawei Ascend P6 (review)
It's unusual to see a flagship smartphone available at the R5000 mark, but Huawei has done just that with its Ascend P6.
The specifications are nothing to scoff at either, with a quad-core chip, 2GBs of RAM and 4.7-inch 720p display. However, the phone stands out for its design too, being the thinnest device available right now.
The Ascend P6 has a recommended retail price of R4999, Huawei confirmed.
Looking for a phablet instead? Well, Huawei also brought the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate (review) to the country this year, with a recommended price of R4999.
Nokia Lumia 920 (review)
The Finnish giant's first Windows Phone 8 handset was a killer, and is still a phone that comes highly recommended.
Featuring a dual-core chip and a 1280x768 screen, the Lumia 920 is very nippy, but it's the 8.7MP camera that stands out, being one of the best low-light shooters out there.
Thanks to the launch of the Lumia 925 and the impending launch of the 41MP Lumia 1020, the 920 has dropped in price at some retailers. For instance, ExCellular offers the device for R4800, while Orange has it listed for R4300.
The Samsung Ativ S is another Windows Phone worth looking at, featuring an eight-megapixel camera, 720p display and microSD slot.
The Ativ S is being sold at a low price by most retailers, with Orange's price pegged at R3000.
Sony Xperia V
Sony has plenty of decent mid-range offerings, with the Xperia V achieving a great balance between features and price.
Possessing a 13MP camera, water-resistant design and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, the Xperia V isn't a slouch by any means. Although you must be warned, it doesn't have the biggest battery.
The Xperia V can be had for R3999 on ExCellular.
BlackBerry Z10 (review)
Yes yes yes, keep on yammering on about how crappy BlackBerry devices are, but I still maintain that the Z10 is one of the best phones released this year.
The gesture-based UI is a change from other platforms, but once you get used to the system, it's very intuitive. Then there's the virtual keyboard, with its addictive and fast "flicking" mechanic. Of course, it doesn't have as many apps though.
The Z10 has seen a price drop recently, with Orange selling it for R4100 and PriceCheck showing it on sale for under R5000 at other retailers too.