10. Asus ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML)
Asus has introduced their ZenFone 2 handsets back in January last year. The ZenFone 2 with 4GB of RAM was quite a surprise for everyone who attended CES, and this device is still a solid buy. You can get it for around $230 now, and it’s unlocked. You not only get 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch 1080p display here, but a very good looking Intel-powered smartphone. In case you’re looking for a good affordable device, this should be one of your options.
9. Xiaomi Mi 4C
Xiaomi has introduced quite a few devices this year, and the Mi 4C is one of the best ones. Now, keep in mind that this is considered to be a budget smartphone, and for such a device, its specs and price are spot on. The Mi 4C sports a 5-inch 1080p display, 2 / 3GB of RAM and 16 / 32GB of internal storage. The 13-megapixel shooter is available on the back, and the device is fueled by the Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core SoC. The Mi 4C (3GB variant) can be purchased for around $260, no matter where you live.
8. Xiaomi Mi Note (Pro)
The Mi Note Pro is technically still Xiaomi’s flagship. This phablet, as its brother, the Mi Note, have launched back in January 2015. The Mi Note and Mi Note Pro are identical, but the Mi Note Pro offers better specs all round. You get 4GB of RAM here, 64GB of internal storage, handset with a metal frame, a QHD display and this whole package is fueled by the Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor. The Mi Note, on the other hand, sport 3GB of RAM, 5.7-inch 1080p display and a packs in a Snapdraogon 801 SoC.
7. Meizu MX5
The Meizu MX5 might not be the latest and greatest this company has to offer, but is still a great buy. The MX5 features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and it is fueled by the Helio X10 64-bit octa-core SoC, which is still a quite capable SoC from MediaTek. The MX5 is made out of metal (unibody design), and it sports Meizu’s mTouch button which serves as your home key, back key and a fingerprint scanner. You can purchase Meizu MX5 for around $300 (32GB), but a 16 and 64GB variants are also available.
6. ZTE Axon Elite
ZTE has introduced quite a few Axon devices to the market, and the Axon Elite is still amongst the most powerful ones. This 5.5-inch handset comes with 3GB of RAM, great audio capabilities and is fueled by the Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor. The phone offers a unique design, and a dual camera setup is available on the back of it. The fingerprint scanner is also part of this package, and the phone is made out of metal.
5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The Redmi Note 3 is one of the newer Xiaomi-branded devices. This smartphone has been announced back in November, and it is quite affordable considering what it has to offer. It is made out of metal, powered by the Helio X10 SoC. There are 2 and 3GB variants available, and the phone ships with MIUI 7 pre-installed. Fast charging is available here, and the phone ships with a 4,000mAh non-removable battery on the inside. It is also worth mentioning that a fingerprint scanner is a part of this package as well.
4. Huawei Mate S
The Huawei Mate S might not be Huawei’s latest handset, but it sure is a great option. This device was announced back in September, and it sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and is powered by the Kirin 935 64-bit octa-core processor. The device is made out of metal, and it actually comes in a special variant which ships with a Force Touch display. The phone comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed, and Huawei’s Emotion UI is available on top of it.
3. ZTE Nubia Z9
The Nubia Z9 is a handset which sports no bezel on the sides, not even black bars. This smartphone is not that well known globally, yet, but it will be soon thanks to Nubia’s expansion. The Nubia Z9 features a 5.5-inch fullHD panel, 3 / 4GB of RAM and is fueled by the Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor. The Nubia Z9 also offers some unique software features, as part of the Nubia UI which is installed on top of Android.
2. OnePlus 2
OnePlus has introduced two devices this year, and the OnePlus 2 is their new flagship. This smartphone is one of the most affordable true flagship devices out there, and it has lots to offer both in terms of hardware and software. The phone packs in a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. Snapdragon 810 is ticking on the inside, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing shooter is also available here. Android 5.1 Lollipop comes pre-installed with OnePlus’ Oxygen OS on top of it.
1. Meizu PRO 5
Meizu has had a very successful year, they’ve managed to sell 20 million devices in 2015, and grow immensely. The PRO 5 is the most powerful device this company has ever released, and one of the most powerful ones currently available out there. The Exynos 7420 is available on the inside of this device, and paired with either 3 or 4GB of internal storage. The 1080p AMOLED display offers great contrast, and the phone is made out of metal.