Ranking – top smartphones for 170-270$

1. place: Xiaomi Mi Note 3

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 660 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 2,2GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3500 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Perfect build quality
  • Brilliant display
  • Thin & light
  • Good and fast performance
  • Great dual-camera
  • Awesome battery life
  • No audio jack
  • Price/performance ratio not as good as of Mi6
  • Mediocre selfie camera

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 Mi5s Plus

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 821 - 2 x 2,35 + 2 x 2,2
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3800 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: MP f/2
  • LTE: Yes - FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B5/B7 TD-LTE: B38/B39/B40/41
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • sharp and bright display
  • fast and big sstorage
  • High-end performance
  • good camera
  • strong reception
  • super battery
  • Dual camera without function
  • build quality not as good as the rest

4. place: Xiaomi Mi Note 2

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 821 - 2 x 2,4 + 2 x 2,0
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 22.5 MP f/2
  • LTE: Yes - B1/B3/B5/B7 TDD/TD-LTE: TD-LTE B38/B39/B40/41
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • perfect build quality with a premium design
  • Fast MIUI V8 system
  • Great battery life
  • Good reception (Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth)
  • Great cameras
  • Display not perfect
  • No expandable storage

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. place: Meizu M6 Note

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8 x 2,0GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.9
  • LTE: Yes - 800/900/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 16 GB or 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • awesome battery life
  • sharp display
  • great dual-cameras
  • good reception (networks, GPS, Wi-Fi)
  • nice and discreet design
  • great performance with Flyme-OS...
  • ...but just a Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Global version not available yet
  • Global ROM not available yet

9. 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

10. place: Ulefone Power 3

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio P23 - 4 x 2,0 + 4 x 1,5GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 6000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 800/900/1800/2100/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Strong reception (network, WiFi, GPS)
  • Top build quality despite plastic
  • Nice 18:9 display
  • Large scope of delivery
  • Awesome battery life
  • Good and stable performance
  • Bad cameras
  • No headphone jack
  • Face-UNLOCK useless

11. place: Maze Alpha X

Technical details

  • CPU: Helio P25 - 4 x 2,5 GHz + 4 x 1,6 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3900 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 800/900/1800/2100/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Fine design
  • Great overall performance
  • Great build quality
  • Nice 6-inch display
  • Screen-to-body ratio
  • 6/64GB or 6/128GB
  • Fast and clean system
  • Heavy weight
  • Very slippery
  • Average camera
  • Position of front camera

12. place: Oukitel Mix 2

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio P20 - 4 x 2,4GHz + 4 x 1,6GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Awesome display
  • Nice design and perfect build quality
  • Good battery life + quick-charge
  • Fast & clean system
  • Good reception (network, Wi-Fi, GPS)
  • 6/64GB of storage
  • Heavy weight (240g)
  • No USB Type-C
  • Average camera without dual-function
  • Very slippery without a cover

13. place: Nubia Z17 Mini

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 652Snapdragon 653 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 1,2GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 2950 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - (800)/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Attractive design
  • Great performance
  • Nice full-HD design
  • Good camera
  • Excellent build quality
  • Mediocre battery life

In this ranking you find the 10 best smartphones at a price of 150-250$. In the price range from 150-200$ 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.

All of the shops listed in our price comparison are respectable and trustworthy online shops, which are mainly rated positively. You can find information and tips concerning many shops for Chinese phones in our section [online shop comparison].

 

* Prices include shipping and customs duties. Intermediate changes of prices, ranking, delivery time and costs possible.