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2017 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


LG Nexus 5X: The #1 position 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, Pocket-Lint.com and KnowYourMobile.com. 21 such reviews were considered in all.

Comparison of the Top 5 Cell Phones Under $400 - 2017

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LG Nexus 5X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Motorola Moto X Play
OnePlus 2
OnePlus X
LG Nexus 5X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Motorola Moto X Play
OnePlus 2
OnePlus X
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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)

The Nexus 5X is a great smartphone that showcases the best of what Android Marshmallow has to offer.

The S6 Edge+ is good, but not a great standalone phablet.

The Moto X Play is the balancing act between the Moto G and Moto X Style with a tendency to aim high instead of settle for less.

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The OnePlus 2 is a better value than high-end.

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It is hard to believe that a $250 phone can look so good.

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