Best value for money smartphones (ex-flagships)

Every year we see a new flagship made by each big name in the smartpones industry (some even release as much as two flagships per year). At the same time the old one (flagship) steps out, so it can be replaced by its successor. Although the new one is better this doesn’t mean that for example you will actually feel the difference between Snapdragon 800 and 801 in your everyday routines. The old flagships are good deals in terms of value for money. You pay less and you still get a decent phone. Let us remind you about some of the ex-flagships, which worth the purchase.

Lenovo K900

Specifications:

  • 5.5 inches FHD (1920×1080) screen
  • dual-core Intel 2.0GHz processor
  • 16/32 GB memory, no microSD card slot
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP back camera and 2MP front camera
  • 2500mAh non-removable battery
Build:9 Stars (9 / 10)
Screen:8 Stars (8 / 10)
Performance:6 Stars (6 / 10)
Camera:8 Stars (8 / 10)
Storage:6 Stars (6 / 10)
Battery:5.5 Stars (5.5 / 10)
Price:8 Stars (8 / 10)

Image of Lenovo K900A device with a great build and excellent design, although 5.5 inches may be too big for some people. The big screen and the high-resolution give super user experience. Intel Atom Z2580 has enough power in theory, however it’s not well optimized with Lenovo K900. The phone gets easily hot and sluggish despite of the potent processor and the 2 gigs of ram. The camera is more than decent, however having a big screen device with high-resolution display and powerful processor needs more than 2500mAh battery. But for about $200 this is a bargain deal.

Xiaomi Mi3

Specifications: 

  • 5 inches FHD (1920×1080) screen
  • quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800
  • 16/64 GB memory, no microSD card slot
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP back camera and 2MP front camera
  • 3050mAh non-removable battery
Build:6.5 Stars (6.5 / 10)
Screen:7 Stars (7 / 10)
Performance:8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)
Camera:7 Stars (7 / 10)
Storage:7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)
Battery:7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)
Price:8 Stars (8 / 10)

Image of Xiaomi Mi3Xiaomi Mi3 is still a great phone despite of being one year old. Although it’s almost two generations old (by the time writing this article Xiaomi Mi5 is on its way) without any doubt it’s still a perfect companion. The smartphone is a little bit bulky with sharp edge and not so comfortable in the hands and the top and bottom bezels are more than noticeable. The screen has the right resolution. The camera does some good shots most of the time, but it’s not always so good, when there’s lack of light. There’s a nice storage 64GB version, which you don’t see with lots of phones, but it cost more. The Snapdragon 800 does the job more than well and the 3050mAh battery backpack is good enough to serve you for a day with heavy use. The price a about $230 for the 16GB version and about $300 for the 64GB one.

Xiaomi Mi2S

Specifications: 

  • 4.3 inches HD (720×1280) screen
  • quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600
  • 16/32 GB memory, no microSD card slot
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP/13MP back camera and 2MP front camera
  • 2000mAh non-removable battery
Build:6 Stars (6 / 10)
Screen:6.5 Stars (6.5 / 10)
Performance:7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)
Camera:6 Stars (6 / 10)
Storage:6 Stars (6 / 10)
Battery:7 Stars (7 / 10)
Price:8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)

Image of Xiaomi Mi2SIf you are looking for powerful little phone cheaper than Xperia Compact series, then Xiaomi Mi2S is your choice. HD resolution is enough for the small screen and its performance is equal to Samsung Galaxy S4. However, if you are looking for more megapixels in your camera, then you need to purchase the 32GB version. The 2000mAh is enough for small size device, but considering, that the phone is more than centimeter thick, we would expect more power juice. The 16GB can be purchased even for less than $200, while the 32GB cost $20-$40 more.

Huawei Ascend P6

Specifications: 

  • 4.7 inches HD (720×1280) screen
  • quad-core 1.5GHz Huawei K3V2
  • 8 GB memory, microSD card slot
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP back camera and 2MP front camera
  • 2000mAh non-removable battery
Build:7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)
Screen:6 Stars (6 / 10)
Performance:6 Stars (6 / 10)
Camera:5.5 Stars (5.5 / 10)
Storage:5 Stars (5 / 10)
Battery:6 Stars (6 / 10)
Price:8 Stars (8 / 10)

Huawei-Ascend-P6Not as powerful as the other devices, Huawei Ascend P6 remains a beautiful jewel suitable most like for your lady. It’s light and thin with mediocre processor and camera. The screen doesn’t impress with anything, neither the lack of in-build storage. The battery life is not impressive either. However it still remains one really beautiful device, which can do the daily job, if you are not a heavy user. For about $200 it might be the first choice smartphone for someone.

 Nexus 5

Specifications: 

  • 5 inches FHD (1920×1080) screen
  • quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800
  • 16/32 GB memory, no microSD card slot
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP back camera and 1.3MP front camera
  • 2300mAh non-removable battery
Build:8 Stars (8 / 10)
Screen:8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)
Performance:9 Stars (9 / 10)
Camera:7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)
Storage:6 Stars (6 / 10)
Battery:6 Stars (6 / 10)
Price:5 Stars (5 / 10)

Image of Nexus 5Great price for such a great device. This sentence is enough for Nexus 5. The phone has the newest Android updates and performs smoothly. It’s light with decent screen to body ration. The camera is above the average and you have 32GB available. The battery life is the weak point of this device, but the price compensates this. Nexus 5 is more expensive than the other devices we’ve listed so far, but for this price you receive the newest Android any no performance compromises. The 16GB is set at $349, while the 32GB costs $50 more.

ZTE Nubia 5S Mini

Specifications:

  • 4.7 inches HD (720×1280) screen
  • quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600
  • 16 GB memory, microSD card slot
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP back camera and 5MP front camera
  • 2000mAh non-removable battery
Build:7 Stars (7 / 10)
Screen:7 Stars (7 / 10)
Performance:7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)
Camera:7 Stars (7 / 10)
Storage:7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)
Battery:6 Stars (6 / 10)
Price:7 Stars (7 / 10)

Image of Nubia 5S MiniIt’s the mini version of the ZTE’s flagship Nubia 5, but it’s still a great deal. Nubia 5S Mini support LTE and works with almost all worldwide frequencies. You are not limited to just 16GB internal memory, but you can extend it via microSD card. The price is about $230-$240, which is almost as much as Xiaomi Mi3 16GB version, but you receive LTE, expandable storage and more compact size. Though choice, isn’t it ?

 

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