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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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
$250 - $300
$200 - $300
$222
$250 - $356
$250 - $320
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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)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Average Rating
 3.7 stars
 3.4 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.0 stars
 5.0 stars
Look and Feel
75% Positive
25% Negative
63% Positive
37% Negative
87% Positive
13% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
Display
73% Positive
27% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
Camera
9% Positive
91% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
Connectivity
18% Positive
82% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
Battery
71% Positive
29% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive

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