Cheap and Best 4 GB RAM Android phones
Random Access Memory (or RAM as it is popularly called) is synonymous with the speed of a computer/smartphone. In simple words more RAM means a fast, fluid and lag-free phone. Currently RAM is capped at 6 GB in mobile phones (which was 4 GB when this article was first published in late 2015). First introduced with Asus Zenfone 2 in early 2015, 4 GB RAM is still very much a high-end specification found mostly in expensive premium phones. Even now most phone makers have one or two devices which have this much of RAM. However some exceptions to this rule have popped up off late. Thanks to some Chinese and other regional mobile companies some devices with 4 GB RAM have been launched recently with an affordable price-tag. Here are some cheap and best 4 GB RAM Android phones available in the market right now –
Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (4 GB RAM)
Lenovo recently launched it’s most affordable 4 GB RAM phone – Vibe K5 Note in selected markets across the world. The 4 GB RAM variant of Vibe K5 Note is a stylish droid with high-mid range specs. It looks quite similar to Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 but then almost every other phone now sports this “iPhone-ish” design language. Here is a snapshot of it’s specifications –
1.8 GHz 64-bit, Octa-core, MediaTek Helio P10 CPU
4 GB RAM
32 GB internal memory (upto 128 GB microSd card support)
5.5 inches, Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, 441 ppi) IPS display
13 Megapixels, PDAF main camera with 5-element lens, LED flash
8 MP front camera with large pixels
Android 6.0 MM Lollipop with Vibe UI
3500mAh battery, dual SIM (4G + 4G), full Aluminum alloy metallic body, Dolby ATMOS support, TheaterMax technology for AntVR headsets
Price – $201 (Rs.13,499 in India)
Lenovo Z2 Plus
Launched in September 2016, Lenovo Z2 Plus is a powerful Android phone with an affordable price tag. It is one of the cheapest phone right now packing the high-end Snapdragon 820 processor. Other specs – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal memory, 5 inches full HD display, 13 MP PDAF primary camera, 8 MP front camera, dual SIM (4G+4G & VoLTE support), 3500mAh battery, Android 6.0.1 MM. Price – $299 (Rs.19,999 in India)
Vivo V3 Max
Vivo (a Chinese mobile maker) recently launched a number of mid to high end Android phones in China, India and some other markets. V3 Max is an affordable high-end phone from Vivo with stylish design and impressive specs. Besides 4 GB RAM V3 Max packs a 1.8 GHz Octacore Snapdragon 652 CPU, 5.5 inches Full HD AMOLED display, 13 MP PDAF camera, 3000mAh battery, finger print scanner, full metallic body, Hi-Fi Audio sound support. Price – Rs.19,980 ($299 approx.) in India
Coolpad Note 5
The recently launched (October 2016) Coolpad Note 5 is the cheapest 4 GB RAM Android phone right now. Coolpad is known for making quality devices at a very affordable price. Coolpad Note 5 continues the legacy of it’s predecessor – the Coolpad Note 3, which was also launched as the cheapest 3 GB RAM phone last year. Besides RAM, Coolpad Note 5 also improves upon the design (with metallic body, looks just like Redmi Note 3) and other specs. Here is an overview of it’s specifications –
Octa-core Snapdragon 617 CPU
4 GB RAM
5.5 inches, full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) IPS LCD display
32 GB internal memory
13 MP primary camera
8 MP front camera
Android 6.0 MM
4010 mAh battery
Price – Rs.10,999 ($165 approx.) in India
YU announced its latest mid-range Android phone, the YU Yunicorn on May 30, 2016. It went on sale on June 14, 2016 at Flipkart in India. The most striking point about YU Yunicorn is that it further brings down the 4 GB RAM (and other premium) phone specification to the affordable mid-range segment. At the launch price of Rs.12,999 ($195 approx.) it is the cheapest 4 GB RAM high-end phone in Indian market (leaving behind Micromax Canvas 6 Pro). Read more about detailed specs of Yunicorn in this post.
Micromax Canvas 6 Pro
Indian manufacturer Micromax is known for making ultra-affordable phones. They have lowered the price bar multiple times in the past and have done it again. With Canvas 6 Pro MMX has dragged the 4 GB RAM specification inside the mid-range price segment. Canvas 6 Pro is their flagship phone for 2016 with a desi price tag of Rs.13,999 (US$ 212 approx.). Specs of Canvas 6 Pro are – 2.0 GHz Octa core Helio X10 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 5.5 inches full HD display, 13 MP PDAF camera, 3000mAh battery. Cons – no finger print sensor and metallic body, only available in India right now (buy here online).
UMi (a well-known Chinese phone maker) have launched their new Android flagship recently for just $250. It is a 4 GB RAM phone with 2.0 GHz octa-core, Helio P10 CPU (MT6755), 5.5 inches full HD display, 13 MP+5 MP camera, full metal body, 3D finger-print sensor, 4000mAh battery. UMi Super is currently available for pre-order at various international shipping sites like AliExpress, Banggood, Geekbuying etc. If you order right now you can get it for just $180 (by using $70 off coupons). Buy UMi Super at Banggood (use coupon bg70$super to get $70 discount, hurry it is a limited time offer).
Asus Zenfone 2 (4 GB RAM variant)
Zenfone 2 was the first ever phone to sport 4 Gigs of RAM and it was also the most affordable at the launch in March 2015 (right now selling at $240 approx.). Overall it is an amazing value for money Android phone with high-end specs – quad-core 2.3 GHz Intel Atom CPU, 4 GB RAM, full HD display, 13 MP cam etc.
ZTE Axon Pro
ZTE is a renowned telecom equipment maker from China with a global presence. Axon Pro is their flagship Android phone, launched in 2015 in the United States. It’s a wonderful phone and an overall superb package with 2 years warranty and premium JBL earphones bundled. Specs – Snapdragon 810 CPU, 4GB RAM, QuadHD display, premium metallic design, 3000mAh battery. It is currently available for $300 (approximate price for unlocked variant) at ebay.com and mobile retail stores.
ZOPO Speed 8
Zopo Speed 8 is the world’s first phone with a deca-core Helio X20 (MT6797) processor. Not just CPU it has all the bells and whistles expected from a current Android flagship – 4GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, 5.5″ full HD IPS display, 21 MP PDAF main camera with dual tone LED flash, 8MP front camera with flash, finger-print scanner, USB Type-C port, 3600mAh battery with fast charging, brushed metal finish. ZOPO Speed 8 is available for $300 at Banggood and many other leading online stores.
LeEco Le Max 2
LeEco (formerly known as LeTv) launched their flagship Android phone Le Max 2 in some Asian markets recently. It is perhaps the cheapest phone right now sporting the mighty Snapdragon 820 CPU. Other specs are – 4 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, 5.7″ Quad HD IPS display, 21 MP OIS & PDAF main camera, 8 MP front camera, finger-print scanner, USB Type-C port, world’s first phone with Type-C CDLA earphones support, 3100mAh battery with Quick charging, dual SIM (4G+4G). Price – $270 (Rs.17,999 in India)
Some older 4 GB RAM phones
Vernee Apollo Lite
Vernee is one of the several Chinese mobile makers which have sprouted over the past few years. Founded in 2015, Vernee has launched only 2 phones so far. Vernee Apollo Lite is a trimmed-down version of the soon-to-be-launched flagship Vernee Apollo (which has 6 GB RAM). Other wise Apollo Light is a powerful phone having
deca-core Helio X20 CPU
4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory (expandable upto 128 GB)
5.5 inches full HD 2.5D arched display (Gorilla Glass 3 protection)
16 MP PDAF Samsung camera
Stock Android 6.0 MM (with open kernel source code)
3180mAh battery with Pump Express quick charging technology, USB Type-C, metal Uni-body design, finger print sensor, dual SIM 4G support etc
To know more about and to buy Vernee Apollo Lite, log on to the official site here. Price – $230 (as a pre-sale offer you can also get a $30-off coupon at the link).
Many Chinese phone companies have mushroomed over the past two years. Ulefone is one such phone manufacturer limited to Chinese market as of now. But thanks to some Chinese online stores, you can get their phones outside China too. Ulefone have made quite a few head-turner droids in recent times. Ulefone Future is one such phone with impressive specs – Octa-core Helio P10 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, 5.5″ full HD Bezel-less display, metal Unibody, 16 MP main and 5 MP front camera, USB Type-C support, finger-print scanner at the side, 3000mAh battery with Quick charging, Android 6.0 MM. Ulefone Future is available for $240-270 at Banggood and some other sites (which offer worldwide shipping).
LeTV Le 1 Pro (X800)
LeTV (now known as LeEco) is known for launching high-end Android phones at unbelievably low prices. Le1 Pro was launched last year (2015) with flagship specs – 5.5 inches QuadHD display, Snapdragon 810 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, 3000 mAh battery, USB Type-C port, dual SIM, 13 MP main and 4 MP front camera. It is available for just $180 at Banggood and some other online stores.
Xiaomi Note Pro
Xiaomi’s first 4 GB RAM phablet was their flagship for 2015. Specs – Snapdragon 810 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal memory, 5.7″ QuadHD (2K) display, 13 MP OIS rear and 4MP UltraPixel front camera, 3000mAh battery. But there is no finger print sensor and expandable memory. Buy Note Pro at Banggood for $340.
Lenovo K80 (4GB RAM/ 64GB ROM variant)
Launched in early 2015, K80 was Lenovo’s first 4 GB RAM phone. Unfortunately it remained a China-exclusive device not officially launched anywhere else. Lenovo K80 has almost matching specs as Zenfone 2 – Quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, 5.5″ full HD display, Android 4.4 KitKat upgraded to Lollipop, 4000mAh battery, 13MP OIS rear and 5 MP front camera. Buy Lenovo K80 at Banggood for $203
So what’s your pick out of these cheap and best 4 GB RAM Android phones?
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