Best Smartphone Deals this Month

Here is a list of Great Smartphone Deals this Month, and will be updated regularly to bring you the best Deals available.

Hot Deals

Daily Deals – more info on the specs below (lists updated January 11, 2017)

Top Choices or Recommended Smartphones (Editor’s Choice)

  1. Xiaomi Mi5s (SonyIMX378) – $279 (Sale valid until Jan 15)“Must have Flagship”
  2. OnePlus 3T – $449 (Sale valid until Jan 15)
  3. Xiaomi Mi5s Plus – $309 (Sale price valid until Jan 16)
  4. Xiaomi Mi5 – $214 (Sale valid until Jan 15)
  5. Xiaomi Mi Max – $189 (Sale valid until Jan 16) – “Best Pick for Midranger”
  6. Xiaomi Redmi Pro (Dual Cameras) – $179 (Sale valid until Jan 20)
  7. LeTV LeECo Le 2 Max – $209 (Sale valid until Jan 15)
  8. Lenovo Zuk Z2 – $173 (Sale valid until Jan 16)
  9. Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime (Snapdragon 625) – $145 (Sale valid until Jan 16)
  10. LeTV Le 2 Pro X527 (Snapdragon 652)$179 (Sale valid until Jan 14)
  11. Xiaomi Yi 2 Action Camera – $199 (Sale valid until Jan 16)
  12. PIMAX 4K UHD VR Headset – $359

Other Smartphones

  1. Lenovo Moto Z (XT1650-05) – $449 (Sale valid until Jan 16)
  2. Lenovo Moto Z Play – $379 (Sale valid until Jan 16)
  3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – $169 (Sale valid until Jan 16)
  4. Umi Z – $219 (Sale valid until Jan 12)
  5. Vernee Apollo – $259 (Sale valid until Jan 14)
  6. Elephone S7 – $229 (Sale valid until Jan 16)
  7. Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL) – $329 (Sale valid until Jan 12)
  8. Xiaomi Mi Note 2 – $830
  9. Xiaomi Mi Mix – $809

Ultra Budget Low End Smartphones

  1. Bluboo Dual (Bokeh Camera) – $99 (Sale valid until Jan 16)
  2. Yotaphone 2 – $117 (Sale valid until Jan 16)

SMARTPHONE CATEGORIES

Flagships (Late 2016 – 2017)

 

  1. Xiaomi Mi5s (SonyIMX378)
  2. OnePlus 3T
  3. Xiaomi Mi5s Plus
  4. Xiaomi Mi Note 2

Flagships (Early 2016)

  1. Xiaomi Mi5
  2. LeTV LeECo Le 2 Max

Mid-Tier Smartphones

  1. Umi Z
  2. Xiaomi Mi Max
  3. Xiaomi Redmi Pro (Dual Cameras)
  4. LeTV Le 2 Pro X527 (Snapdragon 652)
  5. Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime (Snapdragon 625)
  6. Vernee Apollo
  7. Elephone S7
  8. Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL)

 

More information available below…

 

Lenovo Moto Z (XT1650-05) – $449 (Sale valid until Jan 16)

  • Modular (Moto Mods) – JBL Soundboost Speaker, Moto Insta-Share Projector, Hasselblad True Zoom, Motostyle Shell, Incipio Offgrid Power Pack
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Adreno 530 GPU
  • Supports up to 2 TB TF Card Expansion
  • 5.5 inch IPS Quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 13 MP OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), 4K Video
  • NFC, Dual Band WiFi and USB Type C
  • Netmosa 3.0 Support
  • Ultra thin at just 5.2mm
  • 2600mAh (Quick Charge Support)

 

Lenovo Moto Z Play – $379 (Sale valid until Jan 16)

  • Modular (Moto Mods) – JBL Soundboost Speaker, Moto Insta-Share Projector, Hasselblad True Zoom, Motostyle Shell, Incipio Offgrid Power Pack
  • 5.5 inch IPS AMOLED 1080p Display
  • Supports up to 2 TB Expansion Storage
  • 16 MP PDAF Camera with 4K Video Recording
  • Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (Mid-tier Chipset)
  • Fingerprint Scanner on the Home Button
  • USB Type C
  • 3510mAh (Fast Charging Support)

 

OnePlus 3T – $449 (Sale valid until Jan 15)

  • Turbo Charge version
  • Powered by Snapdragon 821 and Adreno 530
  • 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64 GB UFS 2.0 (storge)
  • 5.5 inch IPS AMOLED, 1080p, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 16 MP SonyIMX298 Sensor PDAF
  • 4K Video with EIS and OIS
  • NFC and Dual Band WiFi, USB Type C
  • 3400mAh with Dash Charging

 

 

Umi Z – $219 (Sale valid until Jan 12)

 

  • First Smartphone to offer the new Mediatek Helio X27 Deca Core Chipset
  • Scores 116K points on Antutu, compared to 80K on the Helio X25 (improved performance?)
  • Benchmark scores are higher than the Snapdragon 820 (is it better in terms of Raw Performance?)
  • 13 MP Samsung Sensor with Quad LED Flash and 4K Video Recording
  • 8.0 MP Samsung Front Camera Sensor with Soft Light Flash for night time selfies
  • Can be upgraded to Android 7.0
  • 5.5″ IPS IGZO 1080p Display
  • Touch ID 2.1 (Fingerprint Recognition)
  • Dual Sim Support (Nano Sims)
  • Dual Band WiFi, USB Type C
  • Sony 3780mAh Battery (Quick Charger Support)

 

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 – $830

  • Dual Curved Display (Front and Rear)
  • Vibrant 5.7″ OLED Pentile 1080p Display, Deep contrast and colors
  • Fast UFS (Universal Flash Storage)
  • Fast and Accurate Front Fingerprint Scanner (Front)
  • Good Quality 22.5 MP Sony IMX318, 4K Video supports EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
  • 8.0 MP Front facing camera with Autofocus function
  • IR Transmitter
  • Premium Build Quality (Glass front and rear)
  • Bluetooth 4.2, Dual Band WiFi and NFC Support
  • Fast and Stable WiFi, 4G LTE Performance
  • Fast and accurate GPS (supports GLONASS)
  • Performance or Benchmarks similar to other Snapdragon 821
  • Good Battery Life (4070mAh) – 6 hours (screen time), 10 hours casual use
  • Good Thermals and Heat Dissipation
  • Quick Charging 3.0 (USB Type C)

 

Xiaomi Mi Mix – $809

  • The phone has a whopping 91.3% Screen to body ratio
  • 6.4 inch, 2K Display (2048 x 1080 pixels)
  • It also uses Ultrasonic Proximity Sensor instead of infrared
  • Uses UFS 2.0 (Universal Flash Storage) instead of the usual eMMC)
  • There are two versions available, the more expensive model (6+256 GB) will come with 18K Gold RIM Camera
  • It is a concept phone, so it will likely not be mass produced, and I think only China will have it
  • Full Ceramic body, frame and buttons
  • Comes with Fingerprint Scanner
  • 16 MP Camera
  • Front Camera placement on the bottom instead of the top
  • Equipped with Snapdragon 821 Chipset and runs MIUI 8.0 OS
  • Offer NFC, Dual Band WiFi, USB Type C
  • No MicroSD Card support
  • 4400mAh with Quick Charge 3.0

 

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LeTV LeECo Le 2 Max – $209 (Sale valid until Jan 15)

  • Snapdragon 820, 4/6 GB RAM, 32/64 GB UFS
  • UFS 2.0 (Universal Flash Storage)
  • Flagship 2016
  • EUI (Ecosystem OS) based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 21 mp SonyIMX230, OIS
  • Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner
  • USB Type C, Dual Band WiFi, Dual SIM
  • 3100mAh (Quick Charge)
  • Premium All Aluminum Finish
  • Top Tier Performance (Stable and good Multitasking Performance)
  • Gaming is smooth despite the ultra high 2K Display
  • Less Bloatwares in the System
  • Powerful 21 megapixel camera (Great Quality Shots)
  • Gorgeous 2K QUAD HD Display
  • Supports Dual Band WiFi
  • Ultrasonic Metal Fingerprint Scanner (10/10 accuracy)
  • Good Call Quality (Clear and Natural Sounds)
  • Fast Connectivity (Dual Band WiFi)
  • Impressive (CDLA) Audio Quality

 

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Xiaomi Mi5s (SonyIMX378) – $279 (Sale valid until Jan 15)“Must have Flagship”

  • No more glass rear housing, it is now all metal alloy
  • New Snapdragon 821 Quad Core Chip (better performance but mostly seen on benchmark scores)
  • 12 megapixel SonyIMX378 Camera sensor (similar to the Google Pixel)
  • NFC is now available
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection on the Display
  • Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner on the Home Button
  • Delivers up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Force Touch or 3D Touch is available but only on the 6 + 128 GB version

 

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Xiaomi Mi5s Plus – $335

  • Bigger Display and Battery compared to the Xiaomi Mi 5s
  • Snapdragon 821 is blistering fast and the Adreno 530 can run the latest games with ease
  • 4 GB RAM and 64 GB UFS 2.0 Storage
  • Dual 13 MP Cameras (Standard RGB and a Monochrome sensor)
  • UFS (Universal Flash Storage) – Much faster than eMMC
  • International ROM (MIUI 8.0) – based on Android 6.0
  • MIUI offers an iOS feel to it
  • 5.7 inch IPS 1080p Display with high brightness and performance
  • Fast Connectivity – 4G LTE, Dual Band WiFi, VoLTE NFC and accurate GPS
  • USB Type C with Fast Charging support
  • Good Loudspeaker performance and
  • Accurate Fingerprint Scanner
  • 8 hours plus battery life or a good 2 days of casual use

 

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Xiaomi Mi5 – $259 (Sale valid until Jan 12)

  • Snapdragon 820, 3/4 GB RAM, 32/64/128 GB UFS
  • UFS 2.0 (Universal Flash Storage)
  • Flagship 2016
  • MIUI 8.0 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
  • 5.15 inch, IPS 1920 x 1080 pixels, Gorilla Glass 4
  • 16 MP SonyIMX298, Sapphire lens, 4K Video with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
  • Dual SIM (Cat 6 LTE)
  • USB Type C
  • Front Fingerprint ID
  • 3000mAh
  • Ceramic Zirconia

 

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Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL) – $329 (Sale valid until Jan 12)

  • Powered by Mid-tier Snapdragon 625 Octa Core and Adreno 506 Graphics
  • 4 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage (support for MicroSD)
  • ZenUI 3.0 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
  • 5.5″ Super IPS+, 1080p Display with Front and Back 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 16 mp SonyIMX298 CMOS BSI Sensor, f/2.0 Aperture, Dual LED Real Tone Flash
  • TriTech Autofocus (Combines Laser AF, PDAF and Continuous AF)
  • 4 Axis OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and 3 Axis EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
  • PixelMaster 3.0 (Shooting modes, 64 MB Super Resolution Mode)
  • DTI (Deep Trench Isolation), Color Correction Sensor (Real Time HDR)
  • True 4K UHD @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 30 fps
  • Dual Band WiFi Support, USB Type C
  • Hybrid Dual SIM Support (Supports MicroSD), Cat6/7 4G LTE
  • 5 Magnetic Speaker System (4x better than CD Quality)
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge Support
  • All Aluminum Finish

 

LeTV Le 2 Pro X527 (Snapdragon 652)$179 (Sale valid until Jan 14)

  • Midrange Performance similar to the Xiaomi Mi Max
  • Good Multitasking Performance
  • Good Quality 1080p Display
  • Solid and Premium Build
  • Supports CDLA (Continuous Digital Lossless Audio) via USB Type C
  • LeTouch (Rear Fingerprint Scanner) – Dual Purpose, can also be used in taking selfies
  • Dual SIM Support
  • VoLTE 4G LTE Support (this is the international version)
  • International version (multiple bands supported worldwide)
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 3000mAh (Quick Charge 3.0 Support)
  • Good 16 MP Camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus feature)
  • Powerful Audio from the CDLA (sounds even better)

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime (Snapdragon 625) – $145 (Sale valid until Jan 16)

  • Powered by Snapdragon 625 Octa Core Chip and Adreno 506 Graphics
  • Good Build Quality (Aluminum Build)
  • 3 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC Storage
  • MIUI 8.0 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow) – Chinese ROM
  • Good 1080p HD Display, Vivid colors and contrast levels
  • Good Camera Performance especially on good lighting
  • Fast and accurate Fingerprint Scanner
  • Hybrid Dual SIM Card Support (supports MicroSD Card Slot)
  • Fast and Stable WiFi Performance (Dual Band WiFi)
  • 4100mAh Battery (Good Battery Life 7-8 hours per use estimated)

 

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Xiaomi Redmi Pro (Dual Cameras) – $179 (Sale valid until Jan 20)

  • Mediatek Helio X20/25, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB eMMC
  • MIUI 8.0 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow) – International ROM
  • 5.5 inch OLED 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Front Fingerprint Scanner
  • Dual Rear Cameras (13 mp SonyIMX 258 + 5mp depth of field)
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (Supports MicroSD)
  • USB Type C
  • 4050mAh

 

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Vernee Apollo – $259 (Sale valid until Jan 14)

  • 2K Retina Display (perfect for VR)
  • Powered by Helio X25 Chipset with Mali-T880 GPU
  • 102233 Antutu Score
  • All Aluminum Build
  • 21 MP SONY IMX230, PDAF, with 4K Video Recording and Dual Imagiq ISP
  • 8.0 MP Sony Front Camera and 84 degrees wide angle
  • Runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (supports Expansion)
  • Dual Band WiFi Support
  • Cat6 LTE (up to 300Mbps)
  • USB Type C (also supports Audio Out via Adapter)
  • Rear Fingerprint Scanner
  • 3180mAh battery with Quick Charging

 

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Elephone S7 – $229 (Sale valid until Jan 16)

  • Powered by Mediatek Helio X20 Deca Core
  • 5.5 inch JDI Fully laminated 1080p Bezel-less Display (sides only)
  • Front Fingerprint Scanner
  • E-Touch 2.0
  • Lookalike of the Galaxy S7
  • Comes with Multiple colors, the green one looks really cool
  • 3000mAh battery with Quick Charging
  • No USB Type C Support

 

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Lenovo Zuk Z2 – $173 (Sale valid until Jan 16)

  • Small and compact size
  • Powered by Snapdragon 820 chipset
  • Equipped with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC Storage
  • Runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 13 megapixel Samsung ISOCELL SENSOR Camera
  • 5.0 inch IPS, 1080p FHD Screen
  • USB Type C Connectivity
  • Utouch technology (Fingerprint Recognition and Multifunctional keys)
  • Supports Multiple International Bands, Dual Band WiFi
  • 3500mAh battery

 

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Xiaomi Mi Max$189 (Sale valid until Jan 16)

  • Powered by Snapdragon 650/652 Chipset, Adreno 510 GPU
  • Great RAW and Gaming Performance
  • 3/4 GB RAM and up to 128 GB eMMC Storage
  • Flagship build quality and balanced weight distribution
  • MIUI 7.4 (based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
  • Nice added features of MIUI and includes Assistive features
  • Gorgeous 6.4″ FHD 1080p Display
  • 16 mp, PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus), 4K video recording, Dual LED Flash
  • Hybrid Dual SIM Support (Sim 2 for TF/MicroSD Card Support)
  • Fast and Strong WiFi Reception, also supports Dual Band 2.4/5GHz WiFi
  • Snappy and Accurate Fingerprint ID Scanner (10/10)
  • 4850mAh battery (14 hours usage time – verified)
  • Ultrathin (only 7.5 mm despite the large battery underneath)

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – $169 (Sale valid until Jan 16)

  • Helio X20 Deca Core out of the box
  • Mali-T880 Graphics Chip
  • 3 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage with support for TF Card Expansion
  • MIUI 8.0 (after OTA update)
  • All Aluminum Premium build
  • Dual Apps Feature (new to MIUI 8.0)
  • Dual Band WiFi Support
  • GPS with GLONASS
  • IR Blaster (Universal Remote)
  • Rear Fingerprint Scanner
  • 4100mAh Battery

 

more deals

pimax-4kPIMAX 4K UHD VR Headset – $359

  • Compatible of Occulus and SteamVR
  • Offers Low Persistence 4K Panel (non smearing)
  • Supports up to 90Hz on Asynchronous mode (gaming mode) or 60 Hz on Synchronous mode
  • 110 degrees FOV Angle
  • 1000Hz Dual Gyroscope (reduces chances of vertigo)
  • Focus Adjustment
  • IPD Adjustment: 58 – 71 mm

 

xiaomi-yi-2-featured-imageXiaomi Yi 2 Action Camera – $199 (Sale valid until Jan 16)

  • 12 mp SonyIMX377 CMOS BSI Sensor (up to 4K video)
  • Dual Microphone System
  • Xiaomi Yi App
  • long battery life (1 hour and 49 minutes battery life)
  • Touch Screen navigation at the back
  • Built in Optical Image Stabilization
  • Robust Accessories and Selfi Stick
About Vincent
I am 27 years old and an avid fan of Phones and tablets. Writing blogs is my hobby and i have taken a keen interest in making Tablet and Phone Reviews.

13 Comments on Best Smartphone Deals this Month

  1. Hello Vincent ! 🙂 Just a note to thank you for having such a great site!!!! Wow Wow Wow!!! You understand what we all need and want in phones. Thank you for your honesty and hard work. I like your presentation and how you help us ALL to get the most bang for the buck!!! 🙂 🙂

  2. Hi man thank you for all this info.
    I love your site.
    Q:From all these cellphones is any that works with North American frequencies?

    • Maybe leeco, once I check for leeco on Puerto Rico and find was compatible, but look on the site, will my phone work. There you can find which phones works on your case.

  3. Hi Vincent! Great website! I am looking for a super affordable phone with a good camera/video and decent storage. What specs shall I look for except MP? Any recommendations on brands? Thank you! Olena

  4. hi Vincent, i recently purchased p9000 even tho i have read the battery life is average.

    The reason I chose this phone is it was the best phone with 1920, nfc & sd imo <$180US

    In hindsight would you have suggested anything else?

    cheers
    adrian
    .au

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