6 famous ex-high-end smartphones that you can now buy at discounted prices

6 famous ex-high-end smartphones that you can now buy at discounted prices
One of the not so great things about high-end smartphones is that they can quickly be eclipsed by newer devices that usually offer next-gen components, improved build quality, various software enhancements, and so on.

However, the bright side of this is that most of the handsets released as high-end products become considerably cheaper after newer and better models hit the market. With that in mind, we've selected some famous smartphones that were launched as high-end products, but have been overshadowed by their successors, and can now be bought at discounted prices. Check them out below (in alphabetical order):

The iPhone 5s will soon be 2 years old, and its 4-inch display is considered too small for today's standards. However, some users may still prefer a display of around 4 inches, rather than the large screens that most smartphones of today are offering. Plus, the iPhone 5s remains a well crafted device that features (among other things) a 64-bit processor and a fingerprint scanner. Apple is currently selling the iPhone 5s SIM-free starting at $549. You can also get the handset on contract starting at $99. While these are discounted prices, perhaps they're still too high for what the iPhone 5s represents in 2015.

Released in May 2014 as the world's first widely-available smartphone to offer a Quad HD display (5.5 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels), the LG G3 was succeeded by this year's G4, which comes with an improved screen, a faster processor, and a better camera. The good news is that the G3 can now be bought for around $400 off contract (or even less, if you're lucky to find a great deal), which means you'll get a device that's still impressive without paying an unreasonable price.

Granted, the Motorola Moto X from 2014 lost its charm now that the Moto X Style / Pure Edition is here, but it's still a great buy, offering features like a 5.2-inch 1080p display, and a Snapdragon 801 processor. An unlocked Moto X (2014) can currently be purchased for as low as $299, and this price includes various customizations made via Moto Maker.

Like the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy Note 3 is also almost 2 years old, but that doesn't mean it's a relic. The Note 3 was the world's first smartphone to feature 3 GB of RAM, while also being Samsung's first Note to sport a 5.7-inch display. The newer Note 4 and Note5 have 5.7-inch screens as well, though both are offering Quad HD (1440 x 2560) pixel resolutions, while the Note 3 is only a 1080p device. If you want a Galaxy Note 3, you can currently buy it unlocked for under $500.

Clearly eclipsed by the newer, shinier, and more powerful Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is an ex-flagship smartphone that may still be great for some users. Initially launched in March last year, the Galaxy S5 is dust- and water-resistant, and - unlike the S6 and S6 edge - it features a microSD card support, and a removable battery. Sure, the S5 doesn't have a Quad HD screen or an octa-core processor, but since it can now be bought for as low as around $400 (unlocked), it could find plenty of new buyers.

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Launched in September last year, the Xperia Z3 Compact was praised by many for the fact that, unlike most other compact phones, it didn't compromise on features. Except for the smaller screen (4.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels), the Z3 Compact has all the features that the larger Xperia Z3 is offering, including a Snapdragon 801 processor, a 20.7 MP rear camera, and a water-resistant body. Even more, the Z3 Compact offers fantastic battery life. Right now, an unlocked Sony Xperia Z3 Compact can be bought for around $400.

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1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Z3c And Moto X Are The Best.

2. SnakeBoyVincentLiu

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

No way, iPhone 5s remains the best bet, the rest are for low people :)

5. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

ok isheep

9. MobileNico

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Sure, that's why my wife just sold her 6 to get a Moto X. She said she was tired of living in the past. iOS as a platform is way behind, and to get a nearly 2 year old device that runs that platform is just... Silly? Hate to burst your bubble, but the iPhone isn't quite the status symbol it used to be.

32. obsidyen

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

You mean your imaginary wife... Because no woman would say that. Only geeks. iPhones are much better.

36. Sealblaighter

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

There is no perfect phone, dear obsidyen. Iphones lacks some features too, and it can freeze sometimes, and you can not remove the battery.

10. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

Obviously for you since you bought a 5s a couple of years ago and are stuck with it forever. Just because you cant afford a better phone , dont make crap comments about others calling them low ppl . For piss poor people like you ,the iPhone 5s is still amazing. For the rest of us , no two year old device can match up to the latest devices. Get a job, stop sitting on your arse and crying.

26. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Don't bully him, he could cry.

35. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 885; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Or he might pee in his pants...

12. miketer

Posts: 513; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Guys, snake boy was just being sarcastic

48. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Youre so lame honey.

3. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Note 4 is now @ US$450

4. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Pssh, y'all are crazy. Ten bucks'll get ya a gorgeous, working Palm Pre on eBay.

11. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

I got my NEW (not used) ZTE Zinger from Amazon for $20. It come with Android 4.4.2

40. plantman60

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

+100! :D

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Lg G3 brand new T-mobile version $250 on ebay. Saw it about 4-5 hours ago.

7. Phonebass

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 31, 2015

HTC one m8 refurbished and unlocked for 200 on ebay

8. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

The S5 would be a good option for me. My preferred size, home and capacitive buttons, good processor, good battery life and it being removable is a bonus too. My one concern is that it has only 2GB RAM. My current phone has 1GB and the web browser crashes constantly. I want 3GB minimum in my new phone.

15. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

the Asus Zenfone 2 4GB RAM is another option.

24. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I never have any issues with RAM on my S5. On my iPad though.... That's a whole different story.

13. dimas

Posts: 3345; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

In my country, that 2 year old 64gb iphone 5s is still sold for $715. Unbelievable.

14. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

This makes buying the current midrange devices impractical.

16. AZNHA unregistered

buy z3c or wait for z5c ? guys please give me some opinions :)

17. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

The main thing that will be better about the z5c over the z3c will be the camera in my opinion. They might improve the design and bezel size and maybe they will make the screen have accurate colors. I think it will stick with 720p resolution. It will very likely have the sd810 which will provide better performance until it overheats and then throttles. haha. It will also have lower battery life. But we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out. I'd probably wait until after the z5c comes out to get the z3 compact because the price will drop.

27. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Rrrr..... Sony released an update to fix the overheating issue. But I guess with that 720p display, you'll get good battery life and less throttling

29. AZNHA unregistered

hope so

34. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

I'm hoping battery life won't be compromised much on Z5C, but would like to see a bit more ppi on the screen than 319. Wait for the Z5C and see how it turns out. Afterall it's tomorrow! Can't wait! Anyways I'm hoping for price drop of Z3C as it's not obsolete and should more than enough to use for quite some time.

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

u can get LG G Flex 2 for $350 at ebay

19. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

How could you not include the one m8. Pa recently has not been mentioning htc in present and previous articles

20. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Where are the nokia lumias 1520 and 930? C'mon man!!!!!

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