BLU Vivo 6 is the newest entrant in the under-£300 smartphone genre and a look at it's capabilities will make you think that there won't be many in the same price range to compete with it in terms of specifications or features.
Featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD display, BLU VIVO 6 is quite like the OnePlus 3 on the outside, albeit at a lower price. It's specification chart includes a an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which offer enough power and space required for multi-tasking and media consumption. The phone also packs a fingerprint sensor for added security, 13-MP and 8-MP cameras, a strong aircraft grade aluminium unibody for durability and a powerful 3,130 mAh battery to support day-long usage. Honestly, we wouldn't have been surprised had BLU quoted in excess of £400 for the Vivo 6.
The phone's Helio P10 processor can clock up to 1.8GHz of speed and the Mali-T860 GPU is the latest in it's class, supporting graphics content in apps and other programmes. What makes the phone more enticing is that it is available today at a special price of just £184.99 on Amazon.co.uk, letting you save as much as £56 if you go for it. The phone's listed price as of now is £239.99.
There's reason why thousands of our readers voted the Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 smartphones as the Best Value Phone (under £300) of the year. While it's storage and RAM specification isn't as good as that of the Vivo 6, it still holds enough charm to entice the mid-range phone buyer to pull out the cash in no time.
Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 comes with a 5.5-inch 2K AMOLED display, 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, a fingerprint sensor, a 128GB MicroSD slot, a 3,000 mAh battery boosted by Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 and 16-MP and 8-MP cameras. The phone supports 4G+ speeds but the downside is that it is locked to the Vodafone network which may not suit many users.
ZTE's Axon 7 is another powerful entrant in the under-£300 smartphone genre and even though it is priced much lesser than current flagships, you may, at first look, think that it could be much more expensive than it's present price tag.
Like the Vivo 6 and Smart Platinum 7, it features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display but which packs the ultimate resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. On the inside, it features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of inbuilt storage, 20-MP and 8-MP cameras and a 128GB MicroSD slot. The main camera is a 20MP one and features optical image stabilization and a f/1.8 aperture while the front cam is an 8MP one and is capable of shooting videos in 4K as well as slow motion videos in 720p resolution.
While the new Honor 8 is priced at £369.99, you can still go for it's predecessor which costs less than £300. Honor 7 comes with a grip-worthy 5.2-inch Full HD display, a Hisilicon Kirin 935 pocessor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 20-MP and 8-MP cameras and Android 5.1 Lollipop to boot.
Weighing at 157g, Honor 7 also has a dual-SIM variant as well as a 64GB variant. The phone also supports NFC for contactless transactions and it's screen to body ratio of 72.39% is among the highest compared to other phones which launched around the same time.
Presently priced at just £149.99 on Amazon, IDOL 3 comes with an iPhone-esque 4.7-inch IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, an Adreno 306 GPU, a 256GB MicroSD slot, internal storage options of 8GB and 16GB, 1.5GB of RAM, 13-MP and 5-MP cameras and a 2,000 mAh battery.
The phone also comes with FM Radio support, stereo speakers and a dual-SIM variant and it is upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow from Lollipop.