It seems the price of high-end smartphones just keeps climbing higher and higher. These climbing prices are quickly making some of the top phones out of reach for many budget-conscious consumers. However, due to the rapid improvement of hardware, there are plenty of smartphones out there that balance price with functionality. TechVise has done the research and found the ten best budget smartphones of 2015. Most are Android, naturally, and you won’t see any iPhones on here, but this list will surely help you save some money as well as discover some new brands to keep in mind.
Lumia 640 – $179.99
The great thing about the Lumia series is its focus on affordability. That same idea is ever present in the Lumia 640. With a 5″ screen and 720p resolution, it is sure to please any Windows fan looking for a larger phone. Its Snapdragon 400 processor also makes for decent competition at the price point. Anyone looking for Windows on a budget would be wise to consider the Lumia 640.
ASUS ZenFone 2 – $199
The latest phone from ASUS offers everything you could want at a terrific price. It has a huge 5.5″ full HD display, a 13 MP camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The Intel processor is also competent and easily competes with many other mid-range devices. If you can come to grips with the ZenFone 2’s plastic feel, then this may be one of the best budget smartphones for you. And if you want more RAM and internal storage, you can buy the higher end model for only $100 more. Checkout our full review of the ZenFone 2 for more details.
Meizu M1 Note – $258
This Chinese phone is yet another impressive budget smartphone with powerful specs. The Meizu M1 Note also has a full HD 5.5″ display as well as a 13 MP camera. Combine that with the phone’s incredible 40 hours of talk time, and you have one of the best budget smartphones around. The only downside to this phone is the lack of storage expansion.
Micromax Canvas A1 – $132
Part of the Android One series, the A1 is for anyone looking for a pure Android experience at a low cost. The screen isn’t HD, and the processor isn’t that great, but it has an okay battery. But, honestly, the low price makes the sacrifices worth it. For a stylish, affordable, and simple Android experience, look no further than the Canvas A1.
Elephone P6000 – $140
The Elephone P6000 is also a great Android experience at a low cost. The P6000 has a 5″ display, a 720p resolution, and a solid 2,700 mAh battery. The phone also has a 13 MP camera, which is a surprising inclusion on such an affordable phone. The Elephone P6000 is easily one of the most affordable large-screen budget smartphones around.
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