Just when you thought Android phones were cheap, they just got a whole lot cheaper again. Here is a look at some of the main players.
Huawei Y5 2017
Just when you thought Android phones were cheap, they just got a whole lot cheaper again.
The $199, five-inch Huawei Y5 2017 has a battery you’d find on much more expensive phones a few years ago. Its capacity is 3000mAh, which Huawei says can deliver 1.5 days on a single charge. The resolution of the Y5 cameras isn’t stellar: 8MP on the back and 5MP for the front.
But the back camera does have a dual flash system, while the front camera has an 84-degree wide angle lens for capturing background and scenery around your selfies.
The Y5 has 16GB of internal memory but with a microSD card you can add another 128GB of storage. It has a 720pHD screen, gesture control, and an entry-level quad core Cortex processor.
If your pockets are a little deeper, you can buy the Y7 from $249. It has an even bigger 4000mAh battery and a more sophisticated 12MP camera with lots of shoot modes.
Motorola’s Z2 Play
More expensive mid-range phones can offer closer to a high- end experience. Motorola’s Z2 Play has battery life that rivals Android’s best. And it has an amazing 5.5-inch display. It’s 1080p resolution is 401 pixels per inch. You get an eight-core Snapdragon 626 processor and the phone shoots 4K video, responds to hand gestures, and has a Motorola voice control system. Price is $699.
Fancy a mid-range phone with two 20MP cameras? Oppo this month launches its R11 handset in Australia, which offers exactly that: 20MP on the front and 16MP and 20MP lenses on the rear.
This phone is no slouch performance wise. It has a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, and Adreno 512 graphics.
Oppo says its flash charge system delivers two hours of talk time from five minutes’ charging. Like the Z2 Play, you get a 5.5-inch 1080p display with 401ppi resolution. Expect to pay about $650.
While it’s not for sale in Australia, many Android users are excited about the powerful, premium-feature OnePlus 5. It can be bought online for less than $700.
You get a 5.5-inch AMOLED HD display, 2.35GHz eight-core processor, Adreno 540 graphics, 23MP and 16MP cameras and a huge 4000mAh battery. The phone doesn’t have band 28, which means no Telstra 4GX support.
It does recognise some common benchmarking software, and deliberately speeds up to improve its performance metrics.
Nokia 3, 5 and 6
The recently announced Nokia 3, 5 and 6 Android phones are due for release later this month. They will cost $249, $329 and $399 and offer value for money. Nokia 6 has an eight-core processor, 32GB of storage expandable with a microSD card, 16 and eight megapixel cameras, and a 5.5-inch IPS display.
Last week, HMD Global, which produces Nokia phones, resumed a decades-old partnership with optics firm Zeiss so expect better screen quality.