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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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- The Honor 8 is available at Amazon for $ 338. The price/quality is good and this is the best device in this price range.
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