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Top 5 powerful smartphones under $400| March 2017

17 March 2017 5

As the end of the first quarter of the year is around the corner, everyone is keen to know about best choices available in the market. To help out our readers in past few days, we enlisted the top 5 Android flagships available in the market as well as best bezel-less smartphones up for sale in the market. Not just that we also compiled the list of best LG smartphones, Samsung dual-SIM smartphones available for purchase.

Well, purchasing a high-end smartphone is a dream of most of the techies but not all of them are willing to pay bucks more than $400. There is another category of buyers who would like to have smartphones with better than mid-ranger hardware and still cost pocket friendly and provides best value for money. To help out our those readers, Today we are going to enlist top 5 affordable smartphones which are available under or around $400.

In past few months, we have seen the interesting lineup of upper mid-rangers are announced for an affordable price tag that’s why this year we have a number of new options which make it hard to decide which smartphone should be enlisted as best affordable device yet have top tier hardware.

This year we have seen the rapid drop in price tags of smartphone that’s why this year a $50 Android smartphone was listed on Amazon which was not likely even a year ago. Thanks to the drop, now everyone can purchase a top notch smartphone at a price tag of $400.

Checkout out the list of top 5 smartphones available in the market under $400 mark.
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OnePlus 3:

This year OnePlus released flagship OnePlus 3 under $400. Without any doubt, it is one of the best Android running smartphone available in this range. The device is packed with top notch hardware and in other words, we can say that buyers’ will be enjoying Samsung’s flagship-level performance at nearly half price tag.

Like all the latest flagship available in the market, the OnePlus 3 is packed with the top end Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 Soc. The chipset is accompanied with 6GB RAM. The display of OnePlus 3 is 5.5-inch with full HD screen resolution. A high performing 16MP camera sensor is mounted on the rear side with OIS and single LED flash. Up front, the camera sensor is 8MP for selfies. A 3,000mAh battery keeping the OnePlus 3 lights on.

Attractive designStellar performanceCustomizable software
Lack of regular security updates Average front facing camera

It’s important to mention despite being an affordable smartphone, it is packed with aluminum chassis that looks quite luxurious. The OxygenOS is based on Android Marshmallow. The company promises the device will be updated to Android Nougat pretty soon. As it’s not being sold locked variant that’s why it is only compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T network. The OnePlus 3 is the worthy choice and offers the best value for money under $400.

Honor 8:

The Huawei Honor 8 is one the latest Honor branded flagship smartphone which is widely appreciated by buyers across the globe. The device chassis is made up of metal and glass and on top of that, it has pretty attractive curves which makes it quite luring while holding it.

Without any doubt, the Honor 8 provides the best design and looks in this price range. The key selling aspect of Honor 8 is its dual rear camera of 12MP. The Honor 8 metal/glass chassis is very shinny and for sure looks pretty gorgeous especially the blue variant.

The gorgeous Honor 8 was the company’s second attempt to enter in one of the biggest smartphone market US. The device is featuring 5.2-inch full HD display with 1080 pixels. The company’s first flagship in home produced Soc of this year Kirin 950 is powering the device under the hood alongside 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The device storage can be expanded up to 128GB using external MicroSD card.

Best hardware specs in 5.2-inch display Carrier unlocked Terrific rear camera
EMUI is a sluggish Shinny rear is not attractive for everyone

The rear primary snapper is the duo 12MP sensor, both the sensors produce results jointly and we have to admit results are pretty great. The device has one of the best primary cameras. One of the sensors produces monochrome images in black and white. As far as the primary camera is a concern, it is 8MP module which is now standard in almost every other smartphones available in the market.

The only thing which is not good in Honor 8 is its OS which is Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 with EMUI layer. The OS version is comprised of a number of bloat wares and also the device OS doesn’t provide app drawer. Despite having bloatware good thing is users’ can uninstall as well.

If you looking for a standard upper mid-range smartphone with last year flagship specs then Honor 8 could become your choice as it is one of the best options in the 5.2-inch category. The good thing is Honor 8 is also not available as carrier bound variant that’s why users can only use it with T-Mobile and AT&T network.

ZTE Axon 7:

Those buyers who are looking for something new should take a look at ZTE’s latest offering Axon 7. Though its price tag is below $400 but it’s being packed with way better hardware for a smartphone under $500. This device metal chassis is confined by famous German car maker BMW’s design mechanism alongside the top tier hardware which makes it capable of competing against best smartphones available in the market.

I am sure, many Android smartphone fans are unaware that Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE is one of the major players not only in China but also in the US market as well. The Axon 7 provides high-end specs with relatively heavy Android UI as the company provides a number of features which makes the UI quite hefty.

High-end flagship hardwareHi-res Audio quality Quad HD display
Heavy User Interface Average results of rear camera in low-light conditions

In terms of hardware specs, the Axon 7 is packed with a 5.5-inch display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset is powering the device with Adreno 530 as GPU. The quad-core Soc is accompanied with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Its rear primary camera snapper is 20MP but the front-facing module is 8MP. Though rear snapper is of higher MP but still it doesn’t perform extraordinarily in low-light conditions. To keep the aforementioned machinery running, a 3,250mAh battery is part of the package.

One of the best aspects of Axon 7 is its sound quality, so if you are the music lover, for sure Axon 7 will be your choice as it provides one of the best sound experience amongst all smartphones under $400. Those customers who bought different brands and never used a ZTE smartphone, they should give Axon 7 a try and we are hopeful it won’t dishonor you. Though the device supports Verizon network bands but it works equally well on T-Mobile and AT&T network.

Moto G5 Plus:
The Moto G5 Plus is the latest best smartphone of G-lineup from Motorola. For the US customers, only G5 Plus will be announced but it won't have NFC support. The solid metal design with round edges makes it a perfect mid-ranger choice. The rear camera sensor design is a bummer much similar like we have seen on Moto Z lineup. Like always, Moto G5 Plus comes with clean customized OS version which is pretty near to the stock version of Android OS.

The G5 Plus brings a number of software perks for those users who love to customize their smartphones. The G5 Plus can bear splash of water like Pixel smartphones. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the front facing side below the display under a separate button which isn't home button. The Moto G5 Plus is so well built and every aspect jointly makes it one of the best choice. In simple words, we can claim the Moto G5 Plus is one of the beautifully designed mid-ranger which will be receiving latest Android OS updates frequently and way faster as compared to other Android devices. Despite being a plus variant, displays is of 5.2-inches.

Gorgeous design and built-qualityLatest updates regularly for at least couple of yearsHigh quality cameras
Large camera module is not attractive
The G5 Plus display is of 5.2-inches with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 SoC is powering the device at 2.0GHz clocking speed. There are three variants based on the RAM including 2G,3GB, and 4GB. Same is the case with internal storage 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. However, its internal storage can be expanded up to 128GB using external MicroSD card.

The rear primary snapper is 12MP with fast autofocus and Lenovo claims this sensor is best amongst this category of smartphones. Up front, the selfie-centric camera lens is 5MP with auto-HDR. A 3,000mAh battery cell is on board to keep its light on and it can be quickly charged using Turbocharging tech. As OS, the device is running on Android Nougat 7.0 straight out of the box. The G5 Plus base variant with 2GB RAM can be grabbed for $229.
Galaxy A5 2017:
The Galaxy A5 2017 was unveiled back at MWC 2017. So far it is the best mid-ranger smartphone available in the market. With the Galaxy, A series, Samsung brought premium smartphones class to mid-rangers and like its predecessor the A5 2017 is packed with a metallic chassis with premium looks.

The best thing about A5 2017 is its water and dust resistance capabilities. This means now users of A5 will not have to worry about water and dust anymore. The A5 2017 is packed with a 5.2-inch full HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels screen resolution. The Samsung's Exynos 7870 SoC is on board to run the device at clocking speed of 1.9GHz with 3GB RAM. The device built-in internal memory is 32GB and it can be expanded up to 256GB using external MicroSD card.
Premium metal body IP68 certification top-notch camera sensors
Slightly old Android OS version
The Galaxy A5 2017 both rear and front facing camera sensors are of 16MP which showcase Samsung's focus is to bring top-notch camera sensors on mid-ranger smartphones as well. As OS, the device is running on Android Marshmallow 6.0. A 3,000mAh non-removable battery cell is on board. The A5 2017 measurements are 146.10 x 71.40 x 7.90mm. It supports Dual nano-SIM cards. The A5 2017 can be grabbed below $400.


All these aforementioned smartphones are the best affordable flagship options available in the market, we have different devices of different niches as well as different OS. The top of the listed device OnePlus 3 is without any doubt one of the Android smartphone option available under $400 price range but it’s slightly larger display device but on the other hand Honor 8 becomes one of the best standard Android smartphones with the top notch camera sensors.

The ZTE Axon 7 despite the lack in UI but it beats all others in sound quality as it is featuring a dedicated DAC chipset which makes it one of the best smartphones in the market with high-quality audio capabilities. The Galaxy A5 is all-rounder package, it doesn’t bring something exclusive but it brings an overall high-end Android smartphone experience with the Stock version of Android OS.

At the end, we would like to know our reader's views regarding the aforementioned best smartphones available in the market under $400 price range. Also, mentions which device you would like to purchase in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we are also bringing the list of top 5 smartphones available in the market under $200 price range.

(last update 24 April 2017 @ 00:32)



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  • How can you even think of any other device when you can see the iPhone there? It answers all the questions.

      • I am happy to see the OnePlus in this list. I knew that it would be able to find a place in such a list because, I think the combination of SD820, 6GB RAM 5.5-inch full HD and 16MP camera make it the best and most powerful.

          • And don't underestimate ZTE as well. For the specs provided for the Axon 7, it's one of the best high-end flagships from the company available today. And guess, it's offering much more than just the $400 pricing.

            • How is the phone termed as "powerful"? I mean what's "powerful" as it is a subjective term. But anyway, I did like smartphones included in this list. I could have suggested a couple of others. But, I don't want to mention anything else here.

                • As soon as I saw the price that these devices are priced under $400, I was doubtful if any iPhone might be seen in this list. But I was surprised to see the iPhone SE. Does that indeed cost so less?

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