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