Ranking – top smartphones for 170-270$

1. place: Xiaomi Mi A2 / Mi 6X

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 660 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 2,2GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.7
  • LTE: Yes - Mi6X: TDD-LTE B34/B38/39/40/41(100MHz) FDD-LTE B1/3/5/7/8
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Great camera
  • Strong performance
  • Latest connectivity standards
  • Good battery
  • Premium build quality
  • Good portrait & night shots
  • Quick-Charge 3
  • No Micro-SD card slot
  • No headphone jack
  • Camera protrudes
  • Mi6X: No LTE Bd. 20 (LTE in Europe)

2. place: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 636 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 1,6GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.9
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Outstanding build quality
  • Insane battery life + QC
  • Nice photos and good videos
  • Great display with accurate colors
  • Excellent price-performance ratio
  • Fast Snapdragon 636 with MIUI 9
  • Only micro-USB
  • Band 20 only in the global version

3. place: Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8*2,0Ghz.
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 5300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano, micro
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Big full-HD 6.44-inch display
  • Excellent display brightness
  • Fast system performance
  • Extremely strong battery
  • High-end build quality
  • Good camera
  • Camera quality deteriorates in bad light condition

4. place: Honor 7X

Technical details

  • CPU: Kirin 659 - 4x2.36 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display:
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - FDD LTE 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 40(2300)
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Incredible build quality
  • 5.9-inch display with 18:9 ratio
  • Micro-SD slot
  • Good camera for standard photos
  • Not heavy
  • Useless Dual-Camera
  • No Quick-Charge function
  • Average speaker

5. place: Xiaomi Mi A1 (Mi5X)

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8 x 2,0GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 800/900/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • great FHD display
  • excellent build quality
  • good cameras
  • good battery life
  • strong reception (network, WiFi, GPS)
  • awesom performance with MIUI 9 but...
  • ... just a Snapdragon 625 processor!
  • problems with the focus with video recordings

6. place: Ulefone Power 5

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio P23 - 4 x 2,3 / 4 x 1,65
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 13000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 21 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • insanely long battery life
  • good performance
  • decent main camera
  • good display
  • working face-unlock
  • fast charging time (QC 3.0)
  • OTG and wireless charging
  • numerous adapters
  • heavy
  • fake dual-cameras
  • bad image quality at night
  • no headphone connection

7. place: Cubot Power

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio P23 - 4 x 1,65 + 4 x 2,3 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 6000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 20 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 1/3/7/8/20
  • SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Expansion: Yes

Pros / Cons

  • Fast Android 8.1 system
  • Good camera
  • Strong battery life
  • Nice display
  • Strong reception
  • Rear sensitive to scratches
  • EIS does not work
  • Mediocre speakers

8. place: Infinix Zero 5 Pro

Technical details

  • CPU: Helio P25 - 4 x 1,7 4 x 2,4 Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • LTE: Yes - B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28
  • Dual-SIM: micro
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Expansion: Yes

Pros / Cons

  • Good camera
  • Great build quality
  • Big RAM
  • Big storage
  • NO hybrid slot
  • Good battery life
  • Phablet-like

9. place: AllCall Mix 2

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek MT6737 - 4 x 2.0, 4 x 1.5
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2
  • LTE: Yes - 2100, 800, 1800, 2600, 2600, 2300 MHz
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Wireless (quick) charging
  • Fast hardware
  • Stable system
  • Full-screen display
  • Android 8 only on the bigger version
  • No headphone jack

In this ranking you find the 10 best smartphones at a price of 170-270$. In the price range from 170-220$ you find a lot of competition between the Chinese manufacturers, which is why you can get quite a good price/performance ratio here.

The phones listed in this ranking have fast octa-core processors, at least 3GB of RAM, good cameras and a full-HD display. Build quality is great as well and there is no difference in design compared to much more expensive phones. Those looking for a smartphone with high performance at a low price are searching in the right spot. With the devices in this ranking you can use any applications with a high speed and without noticeable load time. You can use several apps simultaneously without slowing down the phone. When using the basic functions, there is no big difference to current top high-end smartphones, which cost twice as much. The smartphones in this ranking are also suitable for gaming, so they’re perfect for gamers.

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