ZTE Axon 7
Another solid choice is the ZTE Axon 7. This phone takes the idea of OnePlus 5 or some of those cheaper brands and takes it up a notch. The company is known for cheaper phones on regional carriers, but in 2016-17 ZTE really delivered some high-end smartphones that are better than anything from LG or HTC.
The ZTE Axon 7 was one of the first Google Daydream VR ready devices on the market. Meaning it's fast and powerful enough to push a virtual reality experience.
It features a beautiful all-metal design, huge and loud dual front-facing speakers with Dolby technology, a fingerprint scanner on the back, and some top-tier specs for $399.
Like a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a microSD slot. You'll also get a 20 megapixel rear and 8MP front camera, a large 3,250 mAh battery with Quick Charging, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a few other goodies. It's as jam-packed as you can get. It might have a custom skin over Android that isn't the best, but this is some serious bang for your buck. Just use NOVA or the Pixel Launcher, change some settings, and you're set.