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might not ex­pect in­clud­ing a ca­pa­ble 13-megapixel cam­era bet­ter than its price sug­gests, oc­ta­core chip, and 2300mAh bat­tery with adap­tive charg­ing. Its built-in mem­ory is lim­ited to just 16GB, it’s not water-re­sis­tant like its big­ger brother, and it lacks a fin­ger­print scan­ner, but the XA is a re­li­able pocket rocket.

$499 / SONY.COM.AU

If Sam­sung and Ap­ple phones mated, the re­sult would look like an Oppo R9. While those com­pa­nies might not like it, po­ten­tial in­vestors might ap­prove of pay­ing just $600 for a metal-bod­ied, 5.5-inch phone with a tiny screen bezel. The hard­ware in this phone is also im­pres­sive, in­clud­ing an octa-core chip and 4GB RAM, while its cam­eras are an un­usual com­bi­na­tion of a 16megapixel snap­per up front for self­ies and a 13-megapixel cam­era at the rear for every­one else. A fin­ger­print scan­ner and 64GB stor­age also fea­ture, as does iOS looka­like soft­ware. That soft­ware doesn’t in­clude an app drawer, how­ever, and it can be slug­gish dur­ing demanding tasks.

$599 / OPPO.COM/AU

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