Most manufactures are now selling their handsets at affordable prices. More so, these handsets have become easier to afford an off-contract handset rather than having to purchase one with a 2-year contract.

The way Android phones prices have changed dramatically, is a good thing. Here is a roundup of the best smartphones for those who like to sacrifice the standard contract and purchase unlocked. The price range varies from over $500, under 500, and under 250.

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1.      Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Lenovo launched three different handsets this year – the Moto G4 Play, Moto G4, and the Moto G Plus. Of these, most quality smartphone is the Moto G4 Plus, and it has a range of notable features. It has a capable processor, a fingerprint sensor, expendable storage and a big 1080p display.

Though this is a slight issue with the power and volume buttons and also the camera in low light, it is one of the best affordable budget handset in 2016.

2.      OnePlus X

The OnePlus features new camera and software features to the tables that are worth giving a shot. The One Plux X is an impressive smartphone with a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB pf RA, microSD card expansion of up to 128GB, two SIM card slot, and a 5.0 inch AMOLED display.

There are few things that you should now. For instance, if you happen to activate the handset using the T-Mobile and AT&T networks, you might not have an incredible 4G LTE coverage, as the handset does not have the appropriate bands.

The device also does not feature an NFC. This means that you will no use great mobile payments like Android Pay.

If you are looking for an affordable device, do not mind spend extra bucks on the OnePlus X.

3.      OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3 is the latest handset by OnePlus. The device fixes many issues that the OnePlus 2 hand. The smartphone also has incredible camera features. OnePlus 3 has an all-metal, thin unibody design,a 16MP rear camera, 6 gigabytes of RAM, a Snapdragon 820 processor and a Dash Charging technology that charges your battery in a supper fast speed.

The devices goes for only $399.

4.      ZTE Axon 7

The ZTE’s Axon Pro was an awesome phone, but if failed to perform in some few key features. For instance, it had no expandable memory, had only one storage option and the dual camera setup was a bit gimmicky.

ZTE Axon 7, the company’s latest flagship, fixes all the problems associated with its predecessor and also brings many more features on the table. The handset runs on the latest Snapdragon processor, has a lot of RAM and storage options and has an expandable memory of 256GB at maximum. It also has top-notch front facing cameras, an incredible camera, a long lasting battery life, and an attractive, sleek design.

Source: Phonedog

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