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2016 should see some of the hottest smartphones getting released under the $400 price point. The fundamental reason behind this trend is the emergence of a new breed of Chinese smartphone vendors which are combining the Android OS (or versions of it) with cutting edge hardware. The company which brought this trend home is OnePlus, which raised the bar with its OnePlus One flagship and followed that with the OnePlus 2.

The OnePlus One boasts of some top-of-the line specs which were till now limited only to the super-$700 price point but will now see emergence in the sub-$400 price point throughout 2015. The specs to look out for are super-5 inch display, class leading HD resolutions in excess of 400 PPI, quad core processors with atleast 2.5 GHz speeds, super-10 MP cameras and atleast 3000 mAH batteries.


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LG Nexus 5X

LG Nexus 5X


The rankings for LG Nexus 5X in the top cell phone with price under $400 list was generated based on cell phone reviews from sites like TrustedReviews.com, DigitalTrends.com and Wired.com. 21 such reviews were considered in all.

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LG Nexus 5X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Motorola Moto X Play
OnePlus 2
OnePlus X
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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Motorola Moto X Play
OnePlus 2
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Release Date
Oct 2015
Aug 2015
Sep 2015
Aug 2015
Oct 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
12.3 MP
16.0 MP
21.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
3.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.2 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
5.5 inch
5.0 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
Processor Type
Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.56 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57
Quad-core 2.3 GHz, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Battery Capacity
2700.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
3630.0 mAh
3300.0 mAh
2525.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)

  • - With real world use, the Nexus 5X’s performance is pretty good.
    - Android Marshmallow is one of the best mobile operating systems around and is a massive improvement on Google’s 2015 Lollipop version.
    - Benchmarking the Nexus 5X’s scores are reasonably impressive, though.
    - Shots taken in regular light are far more impressive.


  • There’s a lot to love about the Nexus 5X, but poor battery life bars the affordable phone from our recommended list.


  • - The phone is exceedingly light.
    - Fingerprint sensor on the back is accurate and fast.


  • The Galaxy S6 Edge+ shows some of Samsung's best, and worst, tendencies. It's a gorgeous phone with some of the finest hardware available right now, but its key feature is relatively useless, and still somewhat experimental. 


  • - It comes down to this: The Note 5 and Edge+ are great phones.
    - With about 10 minutes of customization—downloading the right theme and hiding the right apps—they’re exceptional phones.
    - The camera bumps out of the back in such a way that the phone wobbles every time I touch it while it’s resting on a flat surface, and the glassy back feels pretty slippery.


  • A year ago, the conversation about Samsung revolved around design. Or more specifically, the lack of it. Devices such as the Galaxy S5 were technically solid and performed well, but were just plain ugly. Samsung’s insistence on sticking with plastic materials didn’t help either — nothing makes an ugly phone worse than when it feels as cheap as it looks. A year later, the conversation is completely different.


  • 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.


  • We can't help but feel disappointed with OnePlus over their new flagship, which honestly feels like an inferior product when compared with its predecessor. Sure, the OnePlus One also had its problems, but at the time of its release it proved a respectable choice, if only because of its dirt cheap asking price.With the 2, however, OnePlus raised the price, and though we're treated to supposedly better specs, the user experience overall is just not up to snuff.


  • The OnePlus 2 offers unbeatable unlocked smartphone value, delivering top-end performance and features at a fraction of the cost of competitors—as long as you can get an invite to buy one.


  • . It's managed to conquer the tricky second album with a smartphone which builds on its predecessor in a number of ways without losing its core appeal.


  • 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.


Top 5 cell phone under $400 - 2016:

  1. LG Nexus 5X
  2. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
  3. Motorola Moto X Play
  4. OnePlus 2
  5. OnePlus X