Here Are the Best Price/Performance Smartphones You Can Buy Right Now [July 2018]

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Jul 21, 2018
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With a ton of devices launched this year and some great devices still being sold from last year, the smartphone industry is littered with premium handsets that are oozing with terrific value. Some of these phones were released this year, while some of them are offered for a massively reduced price to provide more value to customers. Here are the best price/performance smartphones you can buy right now for the month of July.

OnePlus 6

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It was undeniable that we would end up including the OnePlus 6 in our roundup. Though it is costlier than its predecessors at launch, at $529 for the base model, which features a Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable storage, not to mention a premium build that rivals the more expensive flagships, OnePlus 6 has been done right all the way.

The only gripes you will find about this phone is that it does not support wireless charging, features the same battery capacity as its predecessor the OnePlus 5T, and features a camera that produces less impressive photos and videos in comparison to let’s say, the iPhone X or the Pixel 2 XL or even the Galaxy S9+, but that was expected. We forgot to mention that there is also a red variant being sold on the website, so that’s a plus too.

Buy the OnePlus 6 from the company’s official website

Xiaomi Mi 8

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The Xiaomi Mi 8 is the first Android flagship to feature a 3D facial recognition system, and apart from supporting wireless charging, it sports the best possible Android flagship hardware that you can find right now. In fact, we also compared the Xiaomi Mi 8 and the OnePlus 6, making them two of the most affordable Android flagships available in the market right now.

The internals of the Xiaomi Mi 8 include a Snapdragon 845, with 64GB of non-expandable storage along with 6GB RAM, a 6.21-inch Super AMOLED screen, no headphone jack, and a 3,400mAh battery. If you visit GearBest right now, the phone carries a price of $479.99.

Buy the Xiaomi Mi 8 from GearBest

ASUS Zenfone 5Z

Another device to join the affordable Snapdragon 845 flagship club is the ASUS Zenfone 5Z. The phone is covered in a premium shell that costs less than the overly expensive competition, giving customers more value in return for their money. The base model features a Snapdragon 845 paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable onboard storage that can be increased to 512GB using a microSD card (this will take up the second SIM card slot, however).

The highest configured model offers the customer up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The phone also features a notch, but it does not house a 3D facial recognition camera. Fortunately, the ASUS Zenfone 5Z sports a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3,300mAh battery that supports fast-charging up to 18 watts and a respectable dual-camera at the back and a single 8MP front camera. On GearBest, the phone costs $499.99.

Buy the ASUS Zenfone 5Z from GearBest

Huawei Honor 10

Featuring flagship hardware at a non-flagship price tag, the Honor 10 is one of the best devices available in the market right now. Think of it as a toned down version of the P20 Pro, but it sports several attributes that give it that ‘flagship-like’ status, ranging from the Kirin 970 chipset, paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of non-expandable internal storage.

What is even more important to know about the Honor 10 is that it is going to be upgraded using Huawei’s proprietary GPU Turbo technology, giving it up to a 60 percent graphical performance boost and increased energy efficiency for better battery life endurance. It might not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, but its starting price is just $399.99, making it a terrific smartphone for those who don’t want to splurge money on a flagship.

Here’s another thing you should know; Honor 10 was responsible for a 150 percent increase in shipments for Huawei’s sub-brand, and that is very impressive, to say the least. The manufacturer also introduced the Honor 10 GT, which sports 8GB of RAM and it too will get GPU Turbo support when it officially launches.

Buy the Honor 10 from GearBest

Buy the Honor 10 unlocked from eBay for $449.99

Essential Phone PH-1

The Essential Phone PH-1 might not have made its mark in the industry thanks to its high price tag, even though it came with a very attractive design, it has become a lot cheaper now, meaning that it features better value for money for the average consumer. Coming at a price of just $414.44, the phone offers 128GB of internal storage and is armed with a Snapdragon 835 coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone also sports minimal bezels, with a hole-type notch at the top. Needless to say, this is one phone that you should get right now because it is well made and its hardware will make it last for at least a couple of years.

Buy the Essential Phone PH-1 from Amazon

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 also stands in the same league as the Essential Phone and features a ceramic back that increases its overall aesthetics. It is armed with a Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable onboard storage. The bezels at the top are non-existent, and the phone features a chin at the bottom. This model is an unlocked variant, meaning that such devices are compatible with GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint. This version costs $398, making it a terrific smartphone for a handset that is not even a year old.

Buy the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 unlocked from Amazon

iPhone SE

It is strange that we decided to include a model that was released way back in 2016 and there does not seem to be a successor in sight. The smartphone might have a 4-inch screen, but the fact that it is armed with an A9 chipset make it a terrific performer when you want to tackle medium to high-end tasks. The smartphone will be a godsend for those who demand decent performance from compact devices and the iPhone SE is going to get the job done just fine. If this was not enough for you, perhaps you could check out the iPhone 6s, or even the iPhone 6s Plus.

Buy the iPhone SE from Best Buy

So there you have it; these were the smartphones that provide the best value for your money. Some of these phones were released last year, but that is the beauty of the competitive smartphone industry. Some people want excellent value and very capable devices that were released in the previous year come with such attractive pricing, that it is tough to ignore what they offer at the table.

Do you think there was a device that we missed? Do let us know down in the comments.

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