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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, Huawei and the upstart OnePlus.

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OnePlus X

OnePlus X


The rankings for OnePlus X in the top cell phone with price under $250 list was generated based on cell phone reviews from sites like PhoneArena.com, TechRadar.com and GsmArena.com. 17 such reviews were considered in all.

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OnePlus X
Huawei Honor 5X
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Oppo F1
Samsung Galaxy J5
OnePlus X
Huawei Honor 5X
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Oppo F1
Samsung Galaxy J5
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Release Date
Oct 2015
Feb 2016
Dec 2015
Feb 2016
Sep 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
16.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
3.0 GB
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
1.5 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.0 inch
5.5 inch
5.5 inch
5.0 inch
5.0 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Quad-core 2.3 GHz, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Battery Capacity
2525.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
4000.0 mAh
2500.0 mAh
2600.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
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)

  • 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 strategy is simple with this one. Essentially, honor is the first out of the gate to set the bar for what we expect out of phones in the mid-range category this year – and the honor 5X surely raises some brows in the process. Combing over the phone specs, while also being mindful about its full retail cost of $200, there’s certainly a lot going for this phone.

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    Honor has taken a lot of what's great about the Huawei Mate 8 and wrapped it in a more wallet-friendly package, delivering what, on first impressions, looks to be one of the best budget phablets around.

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    The Honor 5X offers flagship level features like a 1080p display, a 3000mAh battery, fingerprint scanner, and metal bodied-design in exchange for just a few shortcomings like the performance, lack of NFC and 5GHz Wi-Fi, and average camera performance. For $200, the Honor 5X is a steal, and the Chinese company has a large potential to pursue the midrange smartphone market in the US. The Honor 5X is a perfect example of ?No Nonsense? that the company has promised.


  • There's no denying that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a great deal in its homeland. For a phone costing the equivalent of $150 to $180, it delivers plenty of value for its money. Importing one to Europe or the U.S. makes less sense, however, and this is the standpoint from which I'll draw my conclusion. In this case, a buyer is likely to end up spending between $250 and $300 due to shipping fees and taxes.

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    Build quality is top-notch, the metal shell is a welcome change.
    The display is decent: it isn't among the brightest we've seen, but offers deep blacks, very good viewing angles and contrast. The sunlight legibility however is only average.
    Battery life is very good with an endurance rating of 72h.
    Rich wireless and wired connectivity options.
    MIUI 7 is a clean and light Android Lollipop launcher but with rich customization options. Unfortunately the bootloader is locked and will require an official Xiaomi tool for unlocking, thus preventing the user from installing custom ROMs.


  • The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 may not be best suited to UK users out of the box, but with some simple setup tweaks it is an excellent budget Android phone with a fantastic design and performance for the price.


  • 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.


Top 5 cell phone under $250 - 2016:

  1. OnePlus X
  2. Huawei Honor 5X
  3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
  4. Oppo F1
  5. Samsung Galaxy J5