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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Powered by a deca-core engine clocked at 2.1GHz and a generous 4100mAh battery, the Redmi Note 4 is a sure-fire high-end contender from Chinese brand Xiaomi. Its high-caliber CPU is aided by a Mali T880 graphics chip running at 700MHz and 3GB/2GB of RAM, while a passable (for Androids in this class) pair of 13- and 5-megapixel cameras are in charge of imaging. Specs like a 5.5-inch Full HD 401ppi display, a fingerprint sensor, and a 64GB/16GB memory extendable by up to 128GB are on board as well. This Redmi Note edition merges Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Xiaomi's signature MIUI (version 8) and is offered in gold, grey, and silver.

Samsung Z2

The 2016 Z2 is the first Tizen-running -- an open-source OS tailored to mobile developers -- Samsung smartphone that reels in 4G LTE speeds of up to 150Mbps (its Z1 and Z3 predecessors only support 3G bands), and, consequently, supports the VoLTE call audio technology. Its entry-level specs, centered around entertainment with the Jio multimedia suite (90 free days offered), include the S bike mode for rider safety, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, and an 8GB memory expandable by up to 128GB. It also offers a 5-megapixel main camera with an LED flash, an archaic VGA (0.3-megapixel) selfie camera, and only 1500mAh of battery power. This cheap Tizen phone is available in black, white, and red.

Huawei G9 Plus

A flagship-caliber Marshmallow-running Android (with EMUI 4.1) under Huawei's G-series, the G9 Plus boasts a 16-megapixel 4K-video (3840 x 2160) main camera, a 2GHz eight-core Qualcomm MSM8953 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM, and a 5.5-inch 2.5D-glass-covered Full HD display. Also joining in are specs like an 8-megapixel fixed-focus selfie camera, a fingerprint reader for security/mobile payments, and 32GB of internal storage expandable by up to 128GB. It is powered by a 3340mAh battery promising up to 22 hours of talk time and an up-to-800-hour standby time, while its color options include gold as well as silver.

LG X max

The LG X max is a 7.2mm-thin member of LG's mass-tier X-series that focuses on imaging more than other specs, rocking a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel selfie cam spruced up by a selfie flash as well as Auto/Gesture Selfie modes. Its 5.5-inch HD-720p In-Cell (TFT) screen is loaded onto a 1.3GHz quad-core system accompanied by 1.5GB of RAM, with a 2800mAh taking charge of its power supply. It comes with 16GB of preloaded storage expandable by up to 32GB and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

Huawei Note 8

Rocking one of the largest (and highest-specked) smartphone screens as of 2016, the Huawei Note 8 is home to a bevy of flagship hardware components as well. Its 6.6-inch AMOLED 1440p display, which is enabled for split-screen operation, is loaded onto an eight-core Kirin 955 (2.5GHz + 1.8GHz) system aided by 4GB of RAM and Mali T880 MP4 graphics. Probably in anticipation of its power-hungry screen, Huawei loaded the Note 8 with 4500mAh of power and 128GB of internal memory (64GB/32GB variants are also offered) expandable by up to 128GB.

While it does not capture 4K-2160p footage, its 13-megapixel OIS-equipped color-temperature-flash main camera levels with those of many other 2016 flagships notwithstanding. Additionally, its specs list includes an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, fingerprint identification, and 4G LTE Cat 4/6 connectivity. Its heavy (219g), but slim (7.18mm) body is available in Light Platinum Gold, Silver Ice, and Titanium Silver.

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser

As you may have guessed from its name, the Zenfone 3 Laser banks on Asus's signature TriTech autofocus and electronic image stabilization (EIS), which are ferried by its 13-megapixel FHD-video primary camera. Tagging along its classy main cam are several high-end specs, including a 1.4GHz octa-core CPU with 4GB of RAM, a 5-magnet SonicMaster 3.0 speaker, and a fingerprint reader. Its 3000mAh battery power and 64GB/32GB memory that can be expanded by up to 128GB sound adequate for a 2016 release as well. Topping it off are an 8-megapixel front-facing sub-camera, a 5.5-inch Full HD Gorilla Glass 3 display, and a 7.9mm-thin diamond-cut metal finish.

Meizu M3E

The metal-clad (aluminum-magnesium alloy) Meizu M3E shares most of the M3s's high-caliber specifications, except it replaces the 5-inch HD display with a more-appealing 5.5-inch Full HD interface. Behind its screen revs a 1.8GHz + 1GHz split-eight-core Helio P10 processor, a 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, and a 3100mAh battery rigged with Meizu's mCharge technology. Speaking of Meizu-proprietary technologies, it also delivers an mTouch 2.1 fingerprint scanner, while a 13-megapixel camera with a dual-tone LED flash and phase-detection autofocus leads its imaging department. Lastly, it comes with a 5-megapixel selfie camera and 32GB of memory expandable by up to 128GB.

Asus Zenfone Go ZB450KL

Added to Asus's lineup of budget-friendly Zenfone Go modelsin August of 2016, the Zenfone Go ZB450KL features the brand's signature ergonomic arc concept (11.2-3.6mm curved shell) alongside rear control keys and an 8GB memory that can be expanded by up to 128GB. Its less-engaging specs include an 8-megapixel f/2.0 Asus PixelMaster primary camera, a 2-megapixel selfie cam, and a Snapdragon 410 1.2GHz quad-core CPU with only 1GB. Wrapping up its middling feature set are a 4.5-inch FWVGA-480p display and a sub-average 2070mAh battery capacity.

BLU Diamond M

The BLU Diamond M is not exactly the glimmering gem that its name may suggest, since its diamond-like back pattern and sand-blasted framing house entry-level specs only. These include a 5-inch FWVGA screen, a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU with a basic Mali-400 graphics chip and only 512MB of RAM, and a 4GB internal memory expandable by up to 64GB. It sports nothing but 5- and 2-megapixel cameras and is powered by a near-average 2200mAh battery, while a modest 3G-only adapter is in charge of the connectivity department. It is offered in colors like pink, blue, and gold.

BLU Studio C 8 Plus 8

The 5-inch HD (curved touch panel) Studio C 8+8 is a budget Android that gets its name from a dual (front-and-back) 8-megapixel camera setup, which is accompanied by a highly-generous (relative to most other entry-level smartphones) 3000mAh battery, boasting a 72-hour maximum standard usage time. That said, its remaining specs, which include a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, an 8GB memory extendable by up to 64GB, and 3G-only connectivity are not as striking. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and is offered in Bronze, Pink, and Dark Blue.

Coolpad Mega

Initially released as an Amazon Exclusive budget Android, Coolpad's Mega boasts a 3GB RAM, which works with a modest 1GHz quad-core CPU, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. A 5.5-inch HD screen with a 2.5D-arched glass finish, an 8-megapixel rear-facing primary camera, and a 2500mAh battery join its specs as well. The Mega also features 4G LTE connectivity, and, consequently, the VoLTE (voice over LTE) technology that promises to enhance overall in-call audio quality. It is loaded with 16GB of storage and dons a gold, white, or black finish.

LG X5

The relatively-slim (It has a 7.2mm body depth) LG X5 is a 5.5-inch HD Marshmallow-sporting Android made up of middle-class specs, which include a 2800mAh battery promising a 460-hour standby time, a 13-megapixel primary camera, and NFC support. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, while a 16GB eMMC memory, which can be expanded by up to 32GB, is in charge of storage. This X-series model also offers a 5-megapixel frontal camera for selfies alongside 4G LTE connectivity. It comes in a finish of either white or indigo black.

LG X Skin

LG's 2016 X Skin is a mass-tier smartphone that comes in a favorably-thin (6.9mm) shell of either gold or titan black. Its technical specifications include a 5-inch HD display, NFC support (for mobile payments), and 16GB of memory expandable by a maximum of 32GB. Its preloaded Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS sits on the shoulders of an elementary 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, with a 1.5GB LPDDR3 RAM tagging along. It also offers a duo of 8- and 5-megapixel cameras, 4G LTE-A connectivity, and a middling 2100mAh battery capacity.

Samsung Galaxy Note7

Tailored to users looking for a top-quality multimedia Android smartphone, the Galaxy Note7 brags about a 5.7-inch QHD-1440p dual-edge Super AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 820 CPU (2.15GHz + 1.6GHz) coupled with 4GB of RAM, and LTE Cat 12/10/9 connectivity of up to 620Mbps. A couple more of its high-tech specs include a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel camera that captures 4K (3840 x 2160) videos at 30fps and an iris scanner, which, in conjunction with its fingerprint sensor, gives it one of the most-promising phone security profiles on the market.

Also on board this S-Pen-equipped Samsung flagship are a 64GB UFS 2.0 memory expandable by a gigantic 256GB, Gear VR compatibility, and a 3500mAh battery that supports PMA/WPC wireless charging. Apart from Samsung's premier (as of its release) camera sitting on the rear end, the Note7 sports a 5-megapixel f/1.7-aperture selfie cam up front, while an IP68-certified (waterproof) casing, finished in chic colors like Blue Coral and Gold Platinum, encases its jam-packed feature set.

Oppo F1s

The 5.5-inch HD F1s, although not packing the F1 Plus's 4GB RAM (It has 3GB of RAM) and Full HD screen, brings back its direct predecessor's promising 16-megapixel 1/3.1-inch-sensor Beauty 4.0 selfie camera, adding another entry into the best selfie smartphones list for Oppo as a result.

Making up the rest of its specs are a 64-bit two-cluster (1.5GHz + 1GHz) eight-core processor, fingerprint recognition, and a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 cover glass. Additionally, it offers a 3075mAh battery, a 32GB extendable memory (128GB maximum), and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera that is obviously overshadowed by its premium-caliber selfie shooter. It is offered in Gold, Grey, and Rose Gold.

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