Guide to Buying New Fancy Phones for Less Than $500

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If you want the latest phone that has all of the available bells and whistle, you are no longer locked into having to buy $650+ smart phones from Apple, Samsung, LG, or HTC. There is a new line of smartphones that have come on the scene that will redefine powerful and affordable. Let us introduce the flagship killers: the $400 ZTE Axon 7 and $400 OnePlus 3.

These new flagship phones have the same spec sheet as the LG G5, HTC 10, and Galaxy S7, yet the cost is nearly half the price. Both the OnePlus 3 and Axon 7 and both have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 32/64GB of storage, with the latest version of Android, killer cameras, and fast charging, like the Galaxy S7 and its peers. Sometimes these specs are still improved beyond this. For example, the Axon 7 is the only smartphone on the market supporting Google Daydream VR standard.

Best of all – there’s no catch!

Axon 7

Both the OnePlus 3 and Axon 7 are stunning aluminum sleek design smartphones with fingerprint sensors. They have the same RAM, chips, screens, cameras, etc. that are found on flagship phones costing $200 or more. Software and battery life are also on equal footing. Both phones run an almost pure version of Android and the norm is 1-2 days of battery life.

The only hold back might be availability: You can buy either of these two phones online and they are unlocked so they work on every major US network with the exception of Verizon, but none of the carriers are selling them, perhaps because the price is so cheap. But then again there’s no need for a carrier. The Axon 7 can be paid for in monthly installments from ZTE, in the same way you would if you bought it from a carrier.

The OnePlus 3 costs $400 and needs to be paid for as one payment. It is by far a much better deal than the iPhone 6S, HTC 10, Galaxy S7, or LG G5. When you pay for your phone up front means you will have lower monthly service bills over the next two years.

Why can you buy these phones for cheap?

OnePlus 3

Why do OnePlus and ZTE sell their best phones so cheap? Because they’re hungry. Samsung, Apple, LG, and — to a lesser extent — HTC have the U.S. smartphone market in a stranglehold, so they can charge whatever they want. These companies know you’ll pay. ZTE and OnePlus are trying to make a name for themselves and disrupt the smartphone market. The only way they can compete with all that brand power is by making cuts to the price tag without compromising a single spec.

The OnePlus 3 and Axon 7 prove it does not have to be like this. There is no need to be $650 or more for a quality smartphone. It is time to end supporting these greedy multi-million-dollar companies. Stop paying ridiculous prices for our smartphones. The era is here that will kill these trends.

So, don’t go out and pay $650+ for a new Android phone, unless you have taken the time to look seriously at what the competition has to offer. These days there is no need to pay any more than $400 for a high quality phone, and if you are okay with second best, then you can pay around $250 for the Moto G4 Plus. And for just $100 the ZMax Pro is available on budget carrier MetroPCS, which has the same specs as the Moto G4 Plus.

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