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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2016: Editor's Choice - Part 1

By Team HardwareZone - 20 Feb 2016

Best Mainstream Smartphone

Best Mainstream Smartphone

Many of the latest flagship smartphones can cost upwards of S$1,000. If you don’t feel like paying that premium, there’s great value to be found in lower-priced mainstream smartphones, many of which now boast flagship features like Full HD displays and 64-bit octa-core processors. For this category we were looking for phones that punch above their weight, offering features that aren’t normally found at this price level (no more than S$350) like a metal build, powerful processor or Full HD display.

Nominees: 

 

  • ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML 2GB
  • Lenovo A7000
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
  • Oppo Mirror 3
  • Phicomm P660
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
  • ZTE Blade S6
     

 

And the winner is...

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML 2GB

The winner of this category is the ASUS ZenFone 2. The ZenFone 2’s Intel Atom Z3560 quad-core processor easily beat the rest of the field, with performance on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801. We also loved its beautiful 5.5-inch Full HD display, and great rear and front camera. While the phone is entirely plastic, its brushed metallic finish is quite convincing, and we liked its ergonomic curved shape, rear volume buttons and quick launch features. At this price, the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML can’t be beat.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML 2GB Lenovo A7000 Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Oppo Mirror 3 Phicomm P660 Xiaomi Mi 4i ZTE Blade S6
Design 8.0 6.5 7.5 7.0 8.5 8.0 7.5
Features 8.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.5 8.0 7.5
User-Friendliness 8.0 7.5 7.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 7.5
Performance 8.5 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.0
Value 9.0 8.0 7.0 7.5 8.5 9.0 7.5
Overall 8.5 7.0 7.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 7.5
Price S$349 S$229 S$300 S$349 S$318 S$279 S$349

*Note: Prices and ratings listed are accurate at the time of individual product evaluation.

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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