Top 5 Best Smartphones Under $250 – 2016

Today, we’re going to take a look at the best smartphones under a budget of $250. This year, many of the famous companies have mostly upgraded RAM, internal memory, software and camera specs for their latest handsets. People who are not interested in buying expensive smartphones like the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge can get any one of these according to their budget, because these phones are good performers, considering their price tags.

So, here are the top 5 best smartphones under $250:

Top 5 Best Smartphones Under $250 – 2016

Top 5 Best Smartphones Under $250 - 2016

1. Samsung Galaxy J7 2016:

~ This article was written before the release of the J7 Prime, if you have the budget, then get the Galaxy J7 Prime. 

Top 5 Best Smartphones Under $250 - 2016

The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 initially launched in the markets in April 2016. It has both power and beauty in one budget-friendly package, with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and 1.6GHz Octa-Core processor. It is powered Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 chipset with 2GB RAM. It also has 16GB internal memory which is expandable with a MicroSD card of up to 256GB in size. This phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 is equipped with a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).  Its 5MP front camera also has front LED flash so you don’t need to worry about taking selfies in dark or low light areas. And last but not the least, it also has a 3300mAh battery which is enough to power this phone for a full day on mixed use. You can grab Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 now for around $200-$250. I’ve also seen this at some retailers for less than $200.

2. Huawei P9 Lite:

Top 5 Best Smartphones Under $250 - 2016

Huawei has progressed a lot in recent years with their high-end and mid-end smartphones. There is no doubt that Huawei is becoming a tough challenge for the top dogs.

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The Huawei P9 Lite was released in June 2016 along with its high-end brother, the Huawei P9. It is available in two models with 2GB or 3GB RAM. It comes with a 5.2-inch IPS display and a 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor based on Huawei’s Kirin 750 chipset. Just like the J7 2016, it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it has 16GB internal memory which is expandable with a MicroSD card.

The Huawei P9 Lite has a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP front camera. The best thing of this smartphone is that it has a fast fingerprint sensor at the back. With 3000mAh battery, the battery life of the Huawei P9 Lite is pretty good, I’ve tested it personally. The P9 Lite has solid build quality with sleek looks, especially in black color. You can extend your budget a little bit and get this as it is a great phone. But still, you can find this for about $250, however, most sellers sell this for $270.

3. Lenovo Vibe K5 Note:

Top 5 Best Smartphones Under $250 - 2016

Lenovo is another emerging company just like Huawei. After acquiring Motorola, Lenovo is rising up rapidly in the smartphone market.

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note arrived in the markets earlier this year, in January. It has great specifications and features for the price. The Vibe K5 Note comes with a MediaTek Helio P10 Octa-Core processor. It also has 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory, which is expandable with a MicroSD of up to 256GBs in size. However, if you use a MicroSD card with this, you won’t be able to use dual SIM cards. And yes, it has a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p display. There is also another variant of this phone, which has same specs but 4GB RAM.

As for the camera, the Vibe K5 Note has a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and 8MP front shooter. It comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box but you can easily update it to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It also has a decent 3500mAh battery and a quick fingerprint sensor. You can grab the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note for around $225.

4. UMi Plus:

Top 5 Best Smartphones Under $250 - 2016

UMi is a great company from China that is rapidly expanding into the Asian and the European markets, just like Xiaomi. UMi Plus is another awesome smartphone, with solid build quality, big battery, and great specifications.

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UMi Plus runs the Android Marshmallow OS. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor. The 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras on this thing are decent, with LED flash only on the rear camera. Just like other phones on this list, the UMi Plus also has a 5.5-inch IPS display. It also has a 4,000mAh battery. You can grab UMi Plus for around $225.

5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3:

Top 5 Best Smartphones Under $250 - 2016


The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 reached the markets in February 2016. It is available in two variants. One is a standard version with 16GB ROM and 2GB RAM. The other one is a special version with 32GB ROM and 3GB RAM.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a Hexa-core processor with Snapdragon 650 chipset. It comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop which is upgradable to 6.0 Marshmallow. It also has a 5.5-inch IPS display screen.

Talking about the camera, the Redmi Note 3 has a 16MP rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5MP front camera. It also has a massive 4050 mAh battery. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is available at the price of $200.

Currently, you can grab the Redmi Note 3 for only $140 from here.

So that’s it for this list guys. If you have something better to suggest, let us know in the comment sections below. For more, keep it locked on GeeksULTD.

Afrasiyab Khan

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