One of my favorite recent sub-$450 smartphones is the ZTE Axon Pro. I gave it a 7.5/10 rating primarily due to the limited storage capacity and some camera concerns. The hardware is fantastic, the rest of the specs are flagship level, and the price is tough to beat.
ZTE listened openly to feedback and quickly responded by launching a new Axon Pro with 64GB of internal storage for the same price that the 32GB model was previously launched with ($449.98) while the 32GB version drops $50 to $399.98.
ZTE also rolled out the ZTE Axon with 32GB of storage, a 1920 x 1080 pixels LCD display, and a 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor for just $329.98. All three models have the same screen size, physical dimensions, Android 5.1.1 OS, 13 megapixel dual lens camera, and Hi-Fi audio technology.
ZTE states, "The unlocked smartphone market in the US is expected to grow more than 43 percent in 2016 and make up 16 percent of the total smartphone volume by 2020." Most of these new mid-range priced devices are available as unlocked devices. Remember too that most of these unlocked devices are void of US carrier bloatware, providing you with more internal storage and a better overall experience.
Don't forget that ZTE also has its Axon Passport 1.0 service that provides you with a 2-year warranty against defects. ZTE USA provides every Axon with premium protection so if you experience accidental damage then you can get your phone replaced for just $79.99 fo each claim.
If the purchase price is too high for a one-time payment, then you may also take advantage of ZTE's new lease-to-own program where you can pay for your device in six to 24 months.