2017 promises to be a big year for smartphones as companies are preparing to release impressive phones with edgeless displays and amazing specs. Smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 are rumored to be coming in 2017 and while they will probably be some of the best in the market, a number of customers will consider other options. The smartphones with the latest technology will probably cost hundreds of dollars but budget Android smartphones keep getting better and better, so it is not difficult to see why tech fans are now trying the phones.
The smartphones with the latest technology are usually sold at more than $500 or contracts with mobile networks. But there are plenty of great budget smartphones that customers should consider if they don’t want to spend that much on a new phone. In recent years, we’ve seen phones such as the Moto G catch the attention of customers for its low price and good specs. There are plenty of smartphones being sold but if you only want to spend $200, here are some that are available for that price or even less:
ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser
The ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser is part of the company’s 2016 lineup that also offers a Deluxe edition. But the best price is for the ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser, which is currently available for just $199. All of the versions announced by the company last year are currently available in the US, so there are a few options to choose from. But the ZenFone 3 Laser has the lowest price, making it a good option for the customers looking to spend $200.
The phone comes with a 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 430 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. The phone comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The Moto G4 is part of a series of popular smartphones released by Lenovo and Motorola in recent years. The company released three versions of this smartphone, with the Moto G4 offering the second best price of the three. The Moto G4 is available for $199 while the Moto G4 Play is available for $165. The phones are also available for a lower price on Amazon, where the online retailer sells a version with lockscreen offers and ads for $50 less. The Moto G5 is rumored to be coming soon but the current version remains one of the top Android smartphones for under $200.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini
The ZTE Axon 7 was released with good specs and a great price. The $400 phone caught the attention of many tech fans, so the company decided to release a smaller version. The ZTE Axon 7 Mini also comes at a low price and while it is not as good as the big version, the phone is still a decent option. The phone comes with a 5.2-inch display, Snapdragon 616 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. Price? $199.
Huawei Honor 5X
The Huawei Honor 5X remains a good option, despite being released early 2016. The metal body makes the phone look like a premium device. The Honor 5X comes with a 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 616 processor, 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage that can be expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card. Huawei has already released the Honor 6X but the 5X is still a good option as its price is only $159.
The Elephone S7 looks a lot like the Galaxy S7 Edge but the phone is available at a very low price. The phone isn’t as good as the Galaxy S7 Edge but it does have a curved display and good specs. It’s actually a good-looking mid-range phone and its starting price of $139 makes this a good option. The Elephone S7 has received good reviews from many tech sites since its release and the phone is a perfect option for customers looking to spend less than $150. There are also other variants of the phone for customers who want to spend a little more for better specs.
2017 is looking like a great year for smartphones but some of the most talked about will cost hundreds of dollars. Budget smartphones continue to get better, so we’ll probably see more impressive releases in the future.
Which smartphones are you going to buy in 2017? Have you used any of the smartphones on this list? Let us know in the comments.