10. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The Redmi Note 3 is one of Xiaomi’s mid-range offerings. This smartphone is actually available in both MediaTek and Snapdragon variants, and it comes in 2GB and 3GB RAM options. The Redmi Note 3 also ships with a fingerprint scanner, and a 5.5-inch fullHD display. Having these specs in mind, the Redmi Note 3 is actually quite an affordable smartphone, and one of the better mid-range offerings out there.
9. Asus ZenFone 2
Asus’ ZenFone 2 handset has been officially introduced back in January last year, but it is still quite a capable smartphone. One of the ZenFone 2 variants actually ships with 4GB of RAM, and Intel’s chip on the inside is able to provide smooth experience in combination with that much RAM. The ZenFone 3 is right around the corner, but the ZenFone 2 is still a great option, and it will be for months to come.
8. Meizu MX5
The Meizu MX5 is one of the higher-end smartphones Meizu has introduced last year. This handset is not as powerful as the PRO 5 phablet, but if you’re looking for a slightly smaller phone (5.5-inches), and are looking to spend a bit less, the Meizu MX5 is more than a solid device. It sports 3GB of RAM, and it is fueled by MediaTek’s Helio X10 SoC. The phone is made out of metal, and it runs Meizu’s snappy Flyme UI on top of Android.
7. ZTE Nubia Z9
The Nubia Z9 is still one of ZTE’s flagships, even though Nubia is technically a separate company. The Nubia Z9 sports a rather interesting design, it is made out of metal, and yet there are no bezel on the sides. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 810 SoC, while it ships in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants.
6. Xiaomi Mi Note (Pro)
Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro phablets aren’t exactly the company’s most current devices, but they’re still amongst the best Xiaomi-branded phones out there. The Mi Note Pro sports a 5.7-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM and it is fueled by the Snapdragon 810 SoC. The Mi Note, on the other hand, also comes with a 5.7-inch display, but a fullHD panel, and it ships with 3GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 SoC.
5. OnePlus X
The OnePlus X is a mid-range handset, but it sure doesn’t look like it. This phone is made out of metal and glass, which makes it both look and feel quite premium. The OnePlus X is also quite affordable, and it ships with a 5-inch fullHD display, 3GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel rear-facing shooter. OnePlus X is an ideal phone for those of you who are not looking to break the bank, and are into smaller phones at the same time.
4. Huawei Mate 8
Huawei Mate 8 is the most powerful Huawei-branded handset to date, next to the Nexus 6P that is. The Mate 8 is actually a phablet, and it ships with a 6-inch 1080p display, in both 3GB and 4GB RAM variants. Huawei’s HISilicon Kirin 950 64-bit octa-core SoC fuels this phablet, and the Mate 8 looks stunning in terms of the design, especially in person. The fingerprint scanner is also available here, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on this phone along with the company’s Emotion UI (EMUI).
3. Meizu PRO 5
The PRO 5 is Meizu’s most powerful handset ever. This phablet is made out of metal, and it sports a 5.7-inch 1080p AMOLED display up front, while it comes in both 3GB and 4GB RAM variants. This is the only non-Samsung device to ship with the Exynos 7420 SoC, and you do get fast charging as part of this package as well. The Meizu PRO 5 ships with Android 5.1 Lollipop, on top of which you’ll find Meizu’s very own Flyme UI.
2. OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2 is OnePlus’ second flagship, and one of the best handset of last year. The OnePlus 2 comes in both 3GB and 4GB RAM options, though you’ll find only 4GB RAM variant available in most countries though. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core SoC fuels this phone, and a 13-megapixel shooter is placed on its back. The OnePlus 2 is also quite affordable, even the 4GB RAM variant, which is yet another reason why is it so high on our list.
1. Xiaomi Mi 5
Xiaomi Mi 5 is the latest flagship from Xiaomi’s workshop. This device was announced last month in 3GB and 4GB variants, and it is available for purchase only in China at the moment. More markets will follow soon though. The Mi 5 sports a 5.15-inch fullHD display, 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB / 128GB of internal storage. This phone is made out of metal and glass, while the ‘Pro’ variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage actually features a special build as well. The most expensive Mi 5 model is made out of ceramic and metal, and it is significantly more affordable than some other flagships out there.