Google has dropped the price of the LG-made Nexus 5X, from the original $379 price for the 16 GB model now down to $349. The price of the 32 GB model, likewise, has been dropped to $399 from $429.
The discount appears to be offered only through the Google Store, with no indications of a sale or any marker that this would be a limited-time offer.
The move places the Nexus 5X firmly in the mid-range bracket for smartphones, making the device a great option for buyers looking for a new smartphone within that price range. For those thinking of purchasing a new mid-range smartphone, here is a list of options for the price of below $350.
With the price of the Google Nexus 5X now down to $349, the smartphone is now firmly a mid-range device. However, its specifications reveal a powerful device and a steal at the new price.
The LG-made smartphone, which was just launched in October of last year, features a 5.2-inch full HD display, a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset with 2 GB of RAM, a 12.3MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The device also ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and is powered by a 2,700 mAh battery.
The Nexus 5X also features a USB Type-C port for faster charging and file transfers and a fingerprint sensor for added convenience and security.
The iPhone 5s, which was the flagship device of Apple in 2013, has long been overshadowed by the company's newer iPhone models. However, the smartphone is still a very capable device for one bearing a price tag of $450 for the 16 GB model.
The smartphone has a 4-inch display, Apple's A7 processor, an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 1.2MP front-facing camera. The smartphone features the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and originally shipped with iOS 7, though the iPhone 5s can be upgraded to the latest version of iOS 9.
LG's flagship smartphone last year, the LG G4 was released in the United States in June 2015. The device boasts of a 5.5-inch display, a front facing 16MP camera and an 8MP front-facing camera.
The smartphone is powered by the hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset and 3 GB of RAM, with features of expandable memory of up to 2 TB and a 3,000 mAh removable battery.
Prices of the smartphone vary among carriers, but unlocked versions of the smartphone can be sourced online with prices of just over $400.
Asus released two unlocked versions of the Zenfone 2 in the United States, with the more powerful one carrying a price tag of only $300 but with specifications that can go toe-to-toe with flagship devices.
The $300 Asus Zenfone 2 is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Intel Atom processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, with a 5.5-inch display.
Samsung's Galaxy S5, similar to Apple's iPhone 5s, has been overshadowed by the company's more recent devices. However, also similar to the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S5 is still a pretty capable device, despite being launched in April 2014.
The Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2 GB of RAM. The smartphone has a 16MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, expandable memory of up to 128 GB and a 2,800 mAh battery.
Listings on Amazon show unlocked Galaxy S5 units being sold for over $300, which is a good price to pay for the smartphone.
Motorola's Moto X Pure Edition features a 5.7-inch quad HD display, a 21MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The smartphone is powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3 GB of RAM and expandable memory of up to 128 GB.
Customers interested in the smartphone can use Motorola's Moto Maker system to customize the device depending on how they want it, including options for colors and premium leather or wooden backs.