Can you spend more than $600 on a smartphone that will maybe get old in a few months’ time or a year if all is well?
In the present world, phones in the $600+ price category are what are defined as flagships. These devices come with high-end performances as well as top features on board. However, not all markets are the same, even though the tastes remain the same in most of them. People want to take the best selfies and capture other live memories in the best quality possible. The same people want to have as many memories stored on their devices as possible.
The world is driven by the Internet and every person wants to be able to access fast internet and do so conveniently. It is only devices with high-end specs that can offer the best. There are game players who enjoy playing games on the go and carrying around a tablet for gaming alongside their phones has become a cumbersome thing. Instead, they want phones that are powerful enough to be used for gaming.
As mentioned earlier, it is only devices that lie in the $600+ price tag that can guarantee these capabilities to the fullest. But if you can’t make it up the scale as far as the pricing is concerned?
We have a way out for you. The following are the 5 best affordable smartphones we know of so far.
LG G Flex 2
Costing between $200 and $250, the LG G Flex 2 is with no doubt a phone you will love to have. Posing as a top-tier smartphone from 2015, the G Flex 2’s price has dropped drastically. One thing you will enjoy about this device is the fact that it runs on last year’s flagship chipset – an octa-core Snapdragon 810. With this, you will be sure of decent performance, strong battery life, an excellent camera and an experience that is generally outstanding.
Other specs include a 5.5-inch P-OLED 1080p display screen, a scratch-resistant glass, a 13MP rear camera and 3GB RAM. The default onboard storage is 32GB, but it can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.
The Chinese maker OnePlus has it when it comes to design. However, the annoying invitation system it uses to sell its devices may be a huge factor in its limited popularity. Nonetheless, the OnePlus X is a $250 smartphone that will give you all you can get from a flagship smartphone.
Boasting a 5.0-inch AMOLED 1080p display screen and a decent pixel density of 441ppi, you will be sure of the best display quality from this device. Performance-wise, the OnePlus X is there among the best, coming in with a slightly older but still powerful quad-core Snapdragon 801 that is backed by a RAM of 3GB. When combined with the 13MP snapper on the rear, you will have yourself one of the most powerful devices in this price category.
Moto G (2015)
Lenovo’s Moto G (2015) is the phone’s 3rd generation model and for sure, it is a huge step from previous versions. Priced at between $180 and $220, the Moto G 3rd gen offers top ingredients and performance that is consistently at the top.
The 2015 model has a 5.0-inch IPS LCD 720p display screen, a quad-core Qualcomm-based Snapdragon 410 and is supported by a capable RAM of 2GB. As far as photography matters are concerned, you will get a 13MP snapper that captures some of the best photos at good speeds.
Huawei Honor 5X
Huawei has become a top brand in the handset industry, standing in as the third leading seller of smartphones behind Samsung and Apple. Even though there is quite a number of Huawei smartphones on offer, you will want to consider the Huawei Honor 5X. Yet to be available in the U.S. market, the Honor 5X boasts a 5.5-inch IPS LCD 1080p screen, a metallic body and a fingerprint scanner – features that are common with high-end phones.
Under the hood the mid-range smartphone stores an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor that is supported by a decent RAM of 3GB. On the rear of the device there is a 13MP snapper that promises the best shots from a phone priced at just $200. Running on Android 5.1 Lollipop and a battery unit of 3,000mAh, this phone promises one of the most superior performances you can get for such a price tag.
Huawei P8 Lite
Still on Huawei, there is another decent low-cost smartphone with the name Huawei P8 Lite. The phone boasts a 5-inch IPS LCD screen with 720p resolution. Under the hood is a HiSilicon octa-core Kirin 620 chipset that is supported by a RAM of 2GB. Even though the phone runs on the older Android 4.4 KitKat, the performance you get from the Kirin processor is more than decent. The phone also homes an excellent camera of 13MP on the rear, which should be enough for capturing some decent moments.
What makes the Huawei P8 Lite an even sweeter deal is the fact that it only costs a mere $170.