Android Smartphones Under $300 - Holiday Gift Guide 2015-2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2015-2016: Top 10 Best Android Smartphones under $300

November 6, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Over the past year, we’ve seen more and more smartphones with more and more power coming out with an even lower price tags. There are plenty of smartphones available for under $300 right now, and that is without signing a contract with your carrier. We’ve gathered ten great smartphones that are priced under $300, so let’s check them out.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

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The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a pretty decent offering here from Sony. The Xperia M4 Aqua is priced under $300 and is a GSM device. Which means it will work on AT&T and T-Mobile. As you could probably tell by the name it is also water-resistant. It’s rated at IP65/68, so it can withstand being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes. Sony has also packed in a 2400mAh battery to power the 5-inch 72op display, along with the Snapdragon 615 processor, 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.

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BLU Vivo Air

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The BLU Vivo Air is another great smartphone that is priced under $300. It’s a really thin smartphone from BLU, with a 4.8-inch 720p display, powered by a MediaTek octa-core processor, with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. However it does not support 4G LTE networks, unfortunately. You do get 3G and 4G HSPA+ however. This is a GSM unlocked device, so it will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile here in the States. Available in both black, and white (with a gold frame).

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BLU Energy X Plus

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This is another great offering from BLU. But instead of being super thin. This one is a bit thicker, but has a huge battery inside. It’s packing a 4000mAh battery inside which powers the 5.5-inch HD display, a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There is also a microSD card slot inside in case you need more storage. It is available right now in white, gold and gray.

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HTC Desire 820U

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A great offering here from HTC. The Desire 820U has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor inside powering this smartphone. It also has a 5.5-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of RAM along with a microSD card slot. HTC has a 13MP camera around back with a 8MP front-facing camera for taking selfies here on the Desire 820U. This is a 4G LTE smartphone, unlike a few of the others on this list. And it is a GSM unlocked device, so it will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile.

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LG Leon LTE

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LG can’t be forgotten when it comes to smartphones under $300. The LG Leon is available on a few prepaid carriers here in the States, but you can also pick it up unlocked and switch carriers if you’d like. The LG Leon features a 4.5-inch FWVGA display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, along with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (and a microSD card slot), as well as a 1820mAh battery inside.

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BLU Vivo Air LTE

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This model from BLU is similar to the Vivo Air listed above, but it has one thing different, besides the price. And that is 4G LTE connectivity. So for a slightly higher price you can get 4G LTE with the Vivo Air. We still have a 4.8-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, but the processor has been changed. This time around we’re looking at a Snapdragon 410 processor. It is a GSM device, so again it will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 5.5

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The Idol 3 has been one of our favorite smartphones of the year. It sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Not to mention a microSD card slot inside. We also have front-facing speakers powered by JBL, and the phone is fully reversible. Powering this phone, we have a 2910mAh battery, which should be enough to get you through the entire day.

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Motorola Moto G (2015)

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Motorola started the whole trend to the bottom, and with their third-generation Moto G, they have continued to improve. The Moto G 2015 comes in two models. One has 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM and the other has 16GB and 2GB of RAM. Otherwise, the Moto G sports a 5.2-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor inside along with a 2470mAh battery inside. Motorola has also opted for a microSD card slot this year with the Moto G. The Moto G will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Motorola Moto E (2nd Generation)

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Looking for something even cheaper? The Moto E 2015 is a great option. And it has 4G LTE. It sports a 4.5-inch qHD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processor along with a 2370mAh battery inside. It also launched with Android 5.0 Lollipop. It comes with 8GB of internal storage, however it does have a microSD card slot inside, so you can add even more storage, should you need it.

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ASUS Zenfone 2

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Who would have thought you could get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for under $300? Well ASUS made it happen with the Zenfone 2. The Zenfone 2 has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, powered by the Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, along with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a non-removable 3000mAh battery inside. This is a GSM device, and is not compatible with CDMA networks. Which include Verizon, and Sprint.

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