Smartphones have come a long way. Even though premium brands are still selling their smartphones at premium prices, there are tons of upcoming brands that are selling their smartphones at extremely cheap prices. A cheap price tag doesn’t always mean bad quality.
These smartphones have top-notch hardware from the best manufacturers which include SHARP, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony and more. Are you thinking of buying your next smartphone? Read this article before you buy, because you’ll definitely change your decision once you’ve gone through these bestselling and affordable smartphones that you can get on Amazon.
BLU Advance 5.0
BLU is a smartphone brand that has a huge range of smartphones from budget phones to premium flagship phones that don’t cost too much. The BLU Advance 5.0 comes for just $59.99 and it packs in more than you can imagine. It comes with a quad-core MediaTek chipset clocked at 1.3GHz with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. The 5-inch display uses an IPS panel that is viewable from almost all angles. There is a 5MP camera at the rear and a 2MP camera on the front for selfies and video calls. Don’t expect flagship performance from a $60 device. It is extremely capable and bang for your buck.
LG Stylo 2
LG Stylo series came out as a cheap replacement for those who wanted to use a stylus on their phones. There is the Samsung Note series that is extremely expensive, but the LG Stylo 2 lets you use a stylus in a similar form factor for just $90. It comes with a 5.7-inch HD IPS display and an inbuilt stylus. The chipset is the Snapdragon 410 which is found a lot of budget devices. There is also 2GB of RAM and a modest 16 gigs of onboard storage. The rear camera is a 13MP shooter while the front camera is a decent 5MP shooter.
Alcatel is slowly gaining momentum with their Idol and Flash series, but the A30 is in a totally different league coming at just $99. The cheap budget smartphone comes with the Snapdragon 210 chipset along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. The 5-inch display is protected with Asahi glass and there is a duo of 8MP and 5MP rear and front cameras.
Asus ZenFone 3 Max
Asus’s ZenFone series have evolved a lot over time and the latest addition looks really fresh with a brand new design. The Max series is all about large batteries and the ZenFone 3 Max comes with a whopping 4,100mAh battery that can also double up as a power bank. It is also a decent performer with a quad core MediaTek chipset along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Unlike the phones we’ve seen above, this one comes with a fingerprint scanner at the rear. There is also a 13MP PixelMaster rear camera and a 5MP selfie shooter.
The Nextbit Robin is touted as the world’s most secure smartphone. It was initially going for nearly $400, but the phone has now come down to nearly $150. At this price point, it offers a lot that other phones cannot even think about. For starters, it comes with the Snapdragon 808 chipset that has a 6-core processor and 3GB of RAM. If that didn’t get you excited, then this surely will. The 5.2-inch FullHD display and dual front facing stereo speakers along with the 13MP and 5MP cameras make it an extremely lucrative deal. Apart from all this, it features a very secure ecosystem that has the cloud at the heart of it.
Moto G Play 4th Gen
There is not a lot of explanation needed for the Moto G series. Apart from the major iterations, the Play series offers value for money without a lot of compromises. The Moto G Play 4th Gen offers a 5-inch HD display and a pure Android experience. There is an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Powering the phone is the Snapdragon 410 chipset along with 2GB of RAM 16GB of inbuilt storage. What sets this phone apart from the rest of the other phones on this list is that it uses a splash proof design. This means that the occasional spills on the phone will not affect it.
Huawei P8 Lite
The Huawei P9 is extremely popular thanks to the dual-cameras co-engineered with Leica and top-notch hardware. Even though you won’t get that sort of hardware and performance at this price point, you do get a solid smartphone with the Huawei P8 Lite. It has the mid-range Snapdragon 615 chipset along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. There is 5-inch HD display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass III and the system runs on EMUI v3.0. Even though the phone comes for just $150, it looks more like a flagship.
Honor 5X is one of the most popular budget smartphones in the US thanks to the superb value for money that it offers. It comes with a full metal body and a lightning fast fingerprint scanner. The 5.5-inch FullHD display is gorgeous and has a 72.5% screen-to-body ratio. Honor 5X has the newer Snapdragon 616 chipset under the hood along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The phone also features a unique three slot design with 2 sim card slots as well as a microSD card slot.
Sony Xperia XA
This phone was going for much higher prices earlier but has significantly come down. For just about $175, you get a phone with killer looks and premium built quality. The Xperia XA has a nearly borderless display that will hold your breath. In terms of performance, it comes with the MediaTek Helio P10 chipset and 2GB of RAM along with 16GB of expandable storage. The 13MP rear camera uses Sony’s very own Exmore lens and has a Hybrid AF system. The 8MP front camera uses an Exmor sensor as well and takes mesmerizing selfies.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini
The ZTE Axon 7 took the US smartphone market by storm when it came out. Nobody thought that a lesser known brand would be able to bring about such a well-built device with premium features. The Axon 7 Mini carries over a lot of things from its elder sibling in terms of design. It borrows the front-facing speakers that we all loved from the Axon 7. The rear camera is cut down from 20MP to 16MP but the front camera remains the same at 8MP. The major change is the chipset which is now a Snapdragon 617 instead of the Snapdragon 820. There is a decent 3GB of RAM and a whopping 32GB of onboard storage. My favorite part about this phone apart from the rear mounted fingerprint scanner, awesome cameras and front facing speakers, is the 5.2-inch FullHD display. This phone retails for exactly $200 and is the strongest contender for someone looking to get a phone under $200.