The Android world is so competitive that it has become very easy to get a decent-performing phone for less than $50.
This is satisfying for those who care less about expressing their personal lifestyle, something that smartphones have become synonymous with in the present day. Of course, the aforementioned sub-$50 smartphones will serve you with everything you need, be it messaging, calling, browsing, camera and even video recording. There will always be slight differences in the way each of these devices performs, however, it is not easy to put most of these devices apart, especially for the novice users.
Most smartphones carry the same specs, but this depends on the target market. For instance, 2016 flagships have the same specs under the hood. A look further down the line will reveal that mid-range and low-end devices also offer the same range of specs. This is what makes it even harder for users to choose devices based on specs these days. As a result, some will want more than just specs. This is where new and cooler features come into play, the visual style, and even the material design, among other things.
With this in mind, we have lined up for you a list of the top 5 slim, stylish, light and most affordable high-performing Android smartphones available today.
Xiaomi Mi 5
Dubbed the Apple of China, Xiaomi Mi 5 marked the Chinese maker’s debut at this year’s MWC event. The company earned the tag courtesy of its stylish designs that resemble Apple’s iPhone. Although not available in the U.S., Xiaomi Mi 5 can be shipped. You won’t be disappointed with your choice as the phone rocks a well-refined design that gives the phone a 7.25mm thickness and a weight of just 139g. The phone has a stylish finish and rocks 2016 flagship features under the hood, including a very capable camera and runs on the latest Android software.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 base model costs just $305.
OnePlus is another Chinese maker that has been hitting headlines with its devices. The OnePlus X came to life towards the end of last year and it has been making waves in the handset industry thanks to its extremely thin body of 6.9mm and lightweight nature that sees it weigh a mere 138g. The stylish body of the phone gives it a premium status, but it is priced at just $250.
HTC One A9
If you love Apple, it is easy to say that HTC One A9 is an iPhone doppelganger. A look closer will reveal that this is an Android smartphone that comes in a sleek, slim (7.26mm) and very light (143g) design that has been stylishly finished for a phone classified as a mid-level device. Although originally priced at around $500, the One A9 is now available for just $350. Given that this device packs some of the latest hardware in the shape of a fingerprint sensor and a very high-quality camera, there is no denying that it deserves a place on this list.
Huawei Mate S
Weighing just 153g with a thickness of 7.2mm, the Huawei Mate S promises plenty of display with its 5.5-inch screen size. The rear is tapered to ensure that it rests comfortably in your hand while the metallic body gives it a more than premium finish. The Huawei Mate S is very thin and regardless of the metallic body and size, it is also very light. There is no doubt that this phone has style and even though there are no pricing details, the phone’s release is imminent as it is already available on the company’s official website.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
The 2016 edition of Samsung Galaxy A5 was announced towards the end of last year. With this device, you will have a well-crafted phone that takes into account the beauty of metal and glass. Priced at just $400, the Galaxy A5 (2016) edition is a killer phone with its 7.33mm of thickness and weight of just 155g.
The phone has impressive looks and seems more expensive than its actual price. However, it is not the best performer out there, but as said earlier, this article is for the people that care less about specs and more about style.