The 6 Best Flagship Underdogs

They aren’t Samsung or Apple, but they are flagships all the same

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These handsets hardly they get the credit they deserve. They all pack some serious specs, but come from lesser-known competitors.

6. Motorola Moto X 2014 

This device is from 2014, but that won’t slow it down. With a 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel screen (which reads a 424 pixels per inch density), it has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. Water resistant, it also packs a 13 megapixel back shooter and a 2 megapixel front shooter. On deck is a quality quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor that speeds along at 2.5Ghz. It runs Android 4.4 out of the box. 


5. ASUS ZenFone 2

Released January 2015, the 5.5-inch screen has the same amount of pixels, so a reduced pixel density of 403 ppi. This bad boy has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and is expandable by microSD. It runs a quad-core Intel Atom chip that hits 2.3Ghz.Also on deck is a 13 megapixel rear camera, and a 5 megapixel front camera. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. 


4. Xiaomi Mi 4

Also released in 2014, it became a fast favorite. It has a 5-inch screen (also 1080 x 1920) which means it has an even larger pixel density of 441 ppi. It has 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and is also powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 running at 2.5GHz. It also features a 13 megapixel back shooter, but an amazing selfie camera - 8 megapixels! It also runs Android 4.4 out of the box.



3. OnePlus One

From 2014, it has a large 5.5-inch screen with the standard 1080 x 1920 pixel count, so a 401 ppi. More importantly, it has 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, as well as a quad-core Snapdragon 801 that hits (you guessed it) 2.5Ghz. It also has a 13 megapixel back snapper, paired with a 5 megapixel front snapper. Runs Android 4.4 out of the box.




 2. Huawei P8

Brand new, from April, this bad boy is featuring 5.2-inch screen with 424 ppi. It has 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and an intense quad-core Cortex chip that speeds along a 2GHz. It has 13 megapixels in the back and 8 megapixels in the front. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.



 1. ZTE Nubia Z9

Announced in May, this bad boy is the cool new kid on the block. 5.2-inch screen with 424 ppi, alongside 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, it will have THE Snapdragon 810 processor that speeds along at 1.5GHz. Outfitted with a 16 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel selfie camera, it has Android 5.0 out of the box.