10 Value for money smartphones that you can purchase in the UAE now

By Rahul R

With smartphones constantly evolving, an increased number of flagship handsets are hitting the markets in the UAE. These are traditionally appealing to the “elite” minority and avid gadget freaks preferring to upgrade their devices often. However, with a majority of smartphone buyers preferring to become owners of devices rather than simple upgrade and dispose, it is only imperative for the former class to seek value-for-money phones that can be purchased without burning a hole in the pocket.

With this being the criteria, we have compiled a list of smartphones currently available for purchase in the Emirates . These devices feature above-average tech-specs, provide intuitive features and can also be considered as alternatives to multiple high-end smartphones that are comparatively expensive and provide multiple similar functionality as that of the value-for-money devices.

Check-out these value-for-money handsets that you can currently buy, even with shoestring budgets:

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra- Starting from  AED 1039


This 6-inch smartphone is available to buy at AED 1039. Key features of the handset is its 13 MP rear camera, 13 MP front camera and its 2,930mAh fixed battery that should easily last for half-a –day when connected to a 3G network.

  • Apple iPhone 5S- Starting from AED 1249


With the iPhone 5S still being popular, in fact picking up momentum in terms of popularity after the launch of iPhone 6 and subsequent iterations, it is clearly an Apple vs. Apple scenario here. The iPhone 5S is available at AED 1,249. USP of the handset is its compatibility with the newer iOS 9.2 operating system.

  • OnePlus X- Starting from AED 999


OnePlus X starts from AED 999. This device features a fixed 2,525mAh battery which should provide above-average talktime and better standby time. There is a 13MP rear camera and a secondary 8MP snapper.

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL- Starting from AED 685


One of the lesser-priced phones, having a price tag of AED 685, the Lumia 640 XL (released in 2015) features a comparatively large 5.7-inch display and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC consisting of a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU; this fact is also a USP of the smartphone.  For photography enthusiasts, there are 13 MP rear and an 8 MP front cameras.

  • Moto G 2nd gen- Starting from AED 549


Like always, a Motorola smartphone finds mention in our listings. The Moto G 2nd gen starts from AED 549. The handset features a 5-inch display, and is even said to be eligible to receive Google’s latest Android 6.0 OS update in due course. The Moto G 2nd gen is driven by a quad-core Coretx-A7 CPU and incorporates a fixed 2,070 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. An 8 MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera adorn the handset.

  • HTC Desire 820- Starting from AED 899


As if to shed the misconception among smartphone buyers, with respect to it selling predominantly “expensive” handsets, HTC has priced the Desire 820 at AED 899. The Desire 820 offers a 5.5-inch screen, 13MP rear & 8 MP front cameras, along with compatibility to support Android 6.0 OS update.

  • Blackberry Leap- Starting from 739


One of the lesser-expensive Blackberry handsets, the Leap is available for purchase at AED 739. The smartphone offers an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary snapper. It is driven by the Blackberry OS 10.3.1; and powered by a fixed 2,800mAh Lithium-Ion battery.

  • Infinix Hot 2- Starting from AED 269


The handset falls into the category of “Android One smartphones” that are pitched as inexpensive devices, and has a price-tag of AED 269. Infinix Hot 2 runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) operating platform and features 8MP rear camera (and 2 MP front camera). A 1.3 GHz quad-core processor drives the phone with power by a 2,200 mAh battery.

  • Wileyfox Swift- Starting from AED 499


Available to purchase from AED 499, the Wileyfox Swift features a 13 MP rear camera. However, USP of this phone is that it runs Cyanogen 12.1 (based on Android 5.1) straight out of the box. Buyers get to use dual-SIM card slots within, and a 2,500mAh removable battery.

  • Injoo 2- Starting from AED 599


This dual-SIM handset has a price-tag of AED 599. USP of the Injoo 2 is its identical 13 MP rear and front cameras and its 3,200mAh battery. The smartphone e is driven by a 3,200mAh battery, and runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) operating system.