Huawei Honor 5x
Now for something closer to a premium flagship smartphone, without the high price. Meet the Huawei Honor 5x.
It was announced in January of 2016 and has a fingerprint scanner, metal design and USB Type-C all for $199. This phone is killer for the price. Especially when it goes on sale, which is often.
The Huawei Honor 5x has a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD display and is made almost entirely out of metal. It looks and feels like a premium phone, but only costs $199. It's powered by an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, has 16GB of storage, a 13 megapixel rear and 5MP camera setup, and a fingerprint scanner on the back.
Yes a 1080p HD display, fingerprint scanner, metal design, micro-SD card and a 3,000 mAh battery all for only $199. The only downside this has over the Moto G4 is the Marshmallow software isn't stock Android. That aside, it's excellent and worth the price. It comes in Silver, White and Gold and is available from Amazon, Newegg, Huawei and other retailers. If it's out of stock, look elsewhere.
Buy it Now for $199 (On Sale for $169)
If you can afford $249 get the new Huawei Honor 6x. It's the same, only better in every way. Another good route is picking up an on sale Nexus 5X, the OnePlus 2, or many other high-end phones from the past that are dropping in price. Or, try a LeEco LePro 3, or some devices that aren't meant for the US market but support our carriers.