While the two giants, Apple and Samsung, in the mobile phone industry fight it out with their new launches of flagship phones, there are a few Android phones that pack great features with smaller price tags. If you are still stuck in a contract with your mobile service provider, getting a new phone can be a hefty sum to fork out for the high-end models. Our picks of mobile phones within an inexpensive range of SGD$560 to below SGD$850 (without a contract!) will give you your money’s worth.
Our picks of 5 inexpensive Android phones
1. Xiaomi Mi 5 (Plus Version)
Xiaomi shook the mobile phone market a few years back with the launch of their affordable mobile phones that were running out of stock constantly due to massive demands. Today the brand boasts of a wider range of phones that fits different budgets and Xiaomi Mi 5 is one that has caught our attention. With a price tag of just SGD$559, the phone packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.35GHz Quad Core. The phone also offers high-speed tri-band 4G carrier aggregation and Quick Charging 3.0 that fills the battery up to 83% in 30mins. It also comes with dual cameras and a state of the art fingerprint recognition technology from Qualcomm’s Sense ID ultrasonic fingerprint sensor which works underneath glass with precision.
Pros: Affordable, Quick Charging, Fast Download/Upload speeds, Dual Camera
Cons: No expandable storage, only 3GB RAM
2. OnePlus 3
OnePlus is a relatively new forerunner in the China mobile market, which focused on providing end users with high-end specifications at mid range pricing. For the launch of OnePlus 3, they are surely proving to give consumers more buck for their money – staying true to their branding “Never Settle”. The metal uni-body smartphone is pleasing to the senses, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor. And here’s the highlight: the phone comes with 6GB RAM to ensure your multi-tasking won’t cause lag on your phone! You will also be impressed with its intuitive fingerprint sensor and dash charging feature that gives you 100% juice under an hour. All of these at a price tag of a mere SGD628.
Pros: Affordable, 6GB RAM, Quick Charging
Cons: No expandable storage
3. Sony Xperia X Performance F8132
Sony had branded their latest phones to be dustproof and water-resistant, this Xperia X Performance is no exception. Packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 23MP rear camera and 13MP front camera, the sleek design phone also comes with expandable storage. It comes with PS4 remote play for the console gamers out there and only costs SGD$770.
Pros: Water resistant & dust proof (weather sealed), expandable storage, 13MP front camera
Cons: Only 3GB RAM, no fingerprint sensor, no fast charging
4. ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra ZU680KL
Just newly launched in August this year, Zenfone 3 Ultra is the shiniest metallic phablet to get your hands on at just SGD778. It stands out with a 6.8-inch display, a 23MP rear camera and a whopping battery of 4600mAh battery capacity with reverse charging capabilities, which means you can charge your other devices with it! It comes with Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 CPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage which is expandable up to 256GB.
Pros: Impressive display, long battery life, expandable storage
Cons: Not the latest chipset, might be too large for petite users, no fast charging
5. Huawei P9
What really impressed us about the Huawei P9 is that it has dual 12MP Leica brand lens with manual settings capabilities. It also has one of the fastest chipset processors for phones in the market today – HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset octa-core CPU. With 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, it is reasonably priced at just SGD$842 for its outstanding specifications and absolutely stunning aluminium body with sand blasting finish.
Pros: Powerful chipset, Great dual camera with brand lens
Cons: User interface comes with bloat software, no fast charging
These are alternatives worth considering when you are purchasing your next phone, with attractive prices and similar specifications with the more expensive phones. Start chatting with us via Facebook Messenger by saying Hi. If you already have your mind set on a particular model, all you need to do it to type in the item name for example “OnePlus 3” and our friendly personal shopping chat bot will display all relevant products for you. Alternatively, you can also choose “Start Shopping” option, and browse by categories in our electronics section to purchase a new mobile phone today with no risk of burns (pun intended)!
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