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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


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 PhoneArena.com, PCMag.com and TechRadar.com. 21 such reviews were considered in all.

Comparison of the Top 5 Cell Phones Under $400 - 2016

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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)

  • This year alone, we’ve seen several smartphones that redefined the value of what a smartphone should offer. From the super affordable ones priced below the $200 mark, such as the Moto G (2015) and Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 4.7-inch, to the ‘low-cost premium’ phones in the $350 to $450 range, we really have to think about what the $379-priced Google Nexus 5X has to offer over the competition.Firstly, it’s a Nexus device, which means that it offers the purest interpretation of what an Android phone should be.


  • The unlocked Google Nexus 5X is an affordable plastic alternative to the larger Nexus 6P that trades its premium for better one-handed use.


  • You can operate Google's compact Nexus 5X with one hand – and it has a smaller price, too, compared with the metal Nexus 6P. Its fingerprint sensor and USB-C port take some getting used to, but it's ultimately a future-proofed phone everywhere but its memory.


  • For the upcoming holiday season, Samsung has two phablets in its roster to compete against the competition – the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+. After reviewing the Note5, it’s still the ultimate productivity tool that’s unrivaled in the space. So where does that leave the “other” phablet in Sammy’s stable?

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    The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ is the best-looking phablet around, but the Galaxy Note 5 is much more functional.


  • A superb phone for those in love with phablets - this is aesethetics combined with stellar performance at a decent price... just a shame the battery still suffers.


  • 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.


  • The OnePlus X is the best-looking phone for $250, but lacks solid LTE support in the U.S.