Why stick to the big brands
If all you wan't is a decent phone with limited bloat, there's plenty of other (direct from China) brands available for much lower prices.
Recently bought a Doogee Mix (which is a blatant rip-off of the Xioami Mix), which at €150,- was cheaper than most "entry level" crap available in stores here from the usual suspects. If it goes TITSUP getting any sort of warranty will probably be difficult, but we'll see when we get to that. I've factored the lack of support into the gamble of just trying it out. So far it's a fast responsive phone, with a good quality screen, decent battery life (2 days of light use), and MUCH better camera than my 3 year old Samsung gt-i8730.