GSMArena Smartphone Buyer's Guide: 2015 Holiday Edition: €300-€400

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€300-€400

Absolutely unintended, this chapter turned out to be a haven for the fans of AMOLED. Also, for the most part it's filled with large phones, screens ranging from 5.5" to 6". The few compact phones that made the list are heavy hitters.

The Meizu MX5 is a powerhouse. It starts gigantic – a 7.6mm metal body housing a 5.5" AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display – and ends gigantic – a large 1/2.3" sensor that shoots 20.7MP stills and 2160p videos. The chipset is well stocked too, though the lack of a microSD slot puts the 16GB option in question. The 32GB and 64GB ones should be okay though.



Meizu MX5

Pros

Cons

  • 5.5" AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display, 1,080 x 1,920px (401ppi)

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop; Flyme 4.5 customization
  • MediaTek Helio X10 chipset
  • 3GB of RAM; 16GB/32GB/64GB storage
  • 20.7MP capturing camera with large sensor; 2160p video; 5MP/1080p selfie
  • Fingerprint reader
  • LTE; dual-SIM
  • 3,150mAh battery
    • Screen not very bright
    • No microSD slot
    • 64GB version hard to find
    • Battery life not great; non-removable battery
    • Operating System (OS) skin departs from the usual Android UI

    Review

    Screen Contrast Sunlight Screen-to-body

    346 nits ∞ 3.416 74.5%

    Battery Talk Web Video

    55h rating 13:15h 9:03h 9:13h

    Performance Central Processing Units (CPU) bench GPU bench Web bench

    1252 10403 1471

    A small less-capable, but more in touch with Android updates – near-stock Android at that – is the Motorola Moto X Play. Its 5.5" 1080p classy screen is an Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and the phone has a plastic exterior. It does have a water-repellant nano-coating (IP52), not as fine as the Moto G, but it reduces the risk of water damage.

    The capturing camera produces high-resolution stills, 21MP, though the video tops out at 1080p. A dual-SIM version is available if you need it. By the way, there are no stereo speakers, this is just Moto's design.


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