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The listing of best Android phones under $350 offers you some of the full-fledged smartphones: few of them are the high-end models on contract and the others are the unlocked above mid-range Android smartphones.

Features:
The latest generation of Android smartphones have Jelly Bean OS version installed on them - including the lower end models. But under $350 price, you could really expect some hardware advancements. The available unlocked Android devices mostly have the power of dual-core processors which are perfectly apt for moderate gaming and all your app handling.

With the camera resolution of over 5 Megapixel, these touchscreen phones allow you to capture pretty good photos. Most of the sub-$350 smartphones offer memory expandability and battery removability options too along with ample internal storage memory and RAM.

The under $350 price range for Android smartphones is the direct competition to the series of Lumia smartphones. Samsung offers many of the Galaxy smartphones at this price range followed by some noteworthy models from HTC and Sony (the Xperia series). Also, check out the best cellphone deals from the carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile under this specified price range.

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Motorola Moto X Play

Motorola Moto X Play


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Motorola Moto X Play
OnePlus X
Oppo F1
Samsung Galaxy J5
Lenovo ZUK Z1
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OnePlus X
Oppo F1
Samsung Galaxy J5
Lenovo  ZUK Z1
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Oct 2015
Feb 2016
Sep 2015
Oct 2015
Operating System
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 5.1.1
Digital Camera Resolution
21.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
3.0 GB
1.5 GB
3.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.5 inch
5.0 inch
5.0 inch
5.0 inch
5.5 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
Processor Type
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 2.3 GHz, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400, 2.5GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Battery Capacity
3630.0 mAh
2525.0 mAh
2500.0 mAh
2600.0 mAh
4100.0 mAh

  • The Moto X Play does a lot right with an impressive camera, superb battery life and attractive price, but there's a frustrating number of missing features and options.


  • Overall, the Moto X Play is a decent mid-range phone. But, it's not the great upgrade which Moto X owners were looking for. The camera is good, as is the screen, but performance could be better - as could battery life. Had Motorola offered the dual-SIM version in the UK and made the phone waterproof, it would have had enough to be a decent alternative to the OnePlus 2. For many, this more powerful rival will be more appealing. It's also cheaper and has optical stabilisation and the option to shoot 4K video.


  • The Moto X Play is a headset that appears to have one primary focus: long-lasting battery life. If you want an endurance champion, then the Moto X Play could well be the handset for you. There are other positives too. The design can be personalised, the camera experience is improved over the last generation, and the minimal bloatware on board makes for a solid handset with slick performance as mid-range handsets go.


  • Prior to having the chance to use the OnePlus X as a daily driver, we were genuinely excited about this phone. It seemed like a killer mid-range offering – one with great design, decent specs, no-nonsense UI, and, above all, a very tempting price tag. Perhaps we had our expectations set too high as we're now convinced that the OnePlus X is not the ultimate mid-ranger. But it is not a bad phone either. It is a good-looking handset with very responsive software and a fitting price.We did run into a number of issues, however.


  • OnePlus have just done it for a third time and created a good phone for those on a budget. It doesn't have as many fancy features as the OnePlus 2, but for the price it's an impressive set up.

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    Build quality is top-notch, the metal frame looks good and provides great grip, while the onyx glass/ceramic rear are what makes the OnePlus X look stunning, we do wish the navigation keys were backlit;
    The display is excellent: it isn't among the brightest AMOLED displays we've seen, but offers very deep blacks, excellent viewing angles and chart-topping sunlight legibility.


  • The Oppo F1 is a top phone for those after a budget handset that most people won't be familiar with, especially as it can pass for something a lot more expensive. Its software may take a while to get used to though.

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    - The camera app looks fairly simplistic on the surface, with a hassle-free default auto interface, but hidden away is a vast array of powerful advanced features.


  • A great SIM-free buy affordable phone that could pass for something pricier at a glance.

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    - The autofocus can also be quite slow and unreliable at times, especially while shooting macros.
    - Video recording quality is average.
    - The buttons are easy to access and provide good feedback.
    - Despite the overwhelming plasticky feel of it, the phone seems solidly built with no audible creaking of the body when pressed.
    - The flash at the back works well with decent brightness and coverage.


  • The camera on the Galaxy J5 is really the phone's only issue, though, as the rest of it is great value. Its excellent screen and amazing battery life far exceed anything else in this price range, and it's certainly got enough speed to get you through most of your daily smartphone tasks. The only other slight downside is that it's unlikely to receive an upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is something new 3rd Gen Moto G owners can download right now without delay.


  • The Samsung Galaxy J5 is a real surprise package, giving the mighty Moto G a run for its money.

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    - We measured the screen at 396 nits and a contrast of about 1,000:1, which is average.
    - At 401ppi the screen is sharp and doesn't tax the chipset or the battery like QHD would have.
    - Basemark OS 2.0 gives it good marks for overall performance - below the OnePlus 2 and Meizu MX5, which have four powerful A57 cores and four A53s - but above the all-A53 crowd.
    - The AOSP keyboard is very flexible and has most features you may need.


  • The Z1 is a good first attempt from ZUK. It's not a super-cheap budget phone, but we think the price is about right given the hardware inside. Standout features include the 5.5in full-HD screen, large battery, 64GB of built-in storage and USB-C port. Although there's no removable battery or microSD card support, you could argue that you need neither.


  • Lenovo has an excellent device on its hands with the Zuk Z1. The phone is well built, runs excellent software, has a good display, comes with plenty of storage, and has excellent connectivity and good battery life as well. There's also a great screen which is sharp and can be tweaked and customised to your preferences.


Top 5 android phone under $350 of 2016:

  1. Motorola Moto X Play
  2. OnePlus X
  3. Oppo F1
  4. Samsung Galaxy J5
  5. Lenovo ZUK Z1