Updated on 7 January 2016 by

The best cellphones under $250 for 2016 are increasingly coming from a bunch of Chinese startups. 2016 will be the year where these startups which are already very big in China, will start making inroads into the western markets. Prominent among these are Xiaomi and Huawei.


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Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
Huawei P8
Meizu M2 Note
Alcatel Idol 3
Microsoft Lumia 640
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
Huawei P8
Meizu M2 Note
Alcatel Idol 3
Microsoft Lumia 640
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$250 - $740
$154 - $229
$250
$170
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Jun 2015
Aug 2015
May 2015
May 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
8.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.5 inch
5.2 inch
5.5 inch
5.5 inch
5.0 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
1.0 MP
Processor Type
Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53, Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
Battery Capacity
3060.0 mAh
2680.0 mAh
3100.0 mAh
2910.0 mAh
2500.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
Average Rating
 4.1 stars
 3.9 stars
 4.1 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.8 stars
Look and Feel
45% Positive
55% Negative
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
80% Positive
20% Negative
100% Positive
Display
100% Positive
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
81% Positive
19% Negative
Camera
85% Positive
15% Negative
93% Positive
7% Negative
40% Positive
60% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
78% Positive
22% Negative
Battery
57% Positive
43% Negative
40% Positive
60% Negative
100% Positive
60% Positive
40% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
33% Positive
67% Negative
100% Positive

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