The budget class of phones is dominated by OEMs from China and Asia in general. The likes of Lenovo, Xiaomi, Huawei, and LeEco are all companies from China.
While you will still find the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony and even Huawei with products in the current market with specs that are worthy calling them budget phones, the spec combination these devices offer in relation to what Chinese OEMs offer is miles apart, leave alone the price.
The fact that there are lots of phones out there that fall in this category can make choosing the best one seem as hell. But we are here for you with a list of the top 5 Android phones you can buy now for $250 without feeling a pinch when compared to the spec sheet you get.
Moto G4 Plus
This is the latest phone from Lenovo-owned Motorola. The Moto G4 Plus is the high-end variant of the four phones announced by the company this year.
The phone happens to be Motorola’s first to come with a fingerprint sensor. Lenovo did quite an amazing job with slimming down the interface to an almost stock-Android experience, something that many may love about this Moto G4 Plus. As the pricing, you will need about $205 for the 16GB variant that comes with 2GB RAM and $220 for the 32GB variant that packs 3GB RAM.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The Redmi Note 3 is the first Xiaomi phone in the Redmi series to feature a full metal design. This means the phone has a premium feel and finish that is magnified with the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner. You also get a decent 16MP snapper on the rear with f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone LED flash. You will be delighted to know that there are two variants of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, a 16GB variant that has 2GB RAM and a 32GB variant with 3GB RAM. For the former, you will pay about $150 whereas the latter will set you back about $180.
Lenovo ZUK Z1
Unlike Motorola that is owned by Lenovo, ZUK is simply a subsidiary of the Chinese company. The two have come in with a magnificent device in the shape of the ZUK Z1. One of the major highlights of this phone is the huge onboard storage it offers – 64GB.
Of course, it is not the first phone to offer such huge space, but for a budget phone of its kind, it is kind of a big deal. The huge memory, though, comes at a price – there is no room for microSD card, unlike what you get with the likes of Moto G4 Plus and Redmi Note 3. You still get a fingerprint scanner on the phone and similarly huge battery as what you get with the Remi Note 3.
The Lenovo ZUK Z1 is valued at about $205.
Huawei Honor 5X
The Huawei Honor 5X is one of the best devices you can find on the market for just $200. For this you get a device that is fast in performance, has a great camera, roomy display, and the latest hardware. While the phone comes with only one storage variant of 16GB, which is expandable via a microSD card, there are two RAM options – 2GB and 3GB.
LeEco Le 1s
LeEco has also been making headlines with its impressive devices of late, and one of them is the LeEco Le 1s. Like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, the Le 1s comes with a full metal unibody design and a premium finish. You will not be disappointed with the camera and performance quality you get on the phone either. You can grab a new Le 1s for just $165.