The mid-range smartphone market is better than ever. We show you how to get last year's flagships at the best prices. By Chris Martin | 27 Nov 2018. What is the best mid-range phone you can buy? Not everyone can afford a flagship phone like the Samsung Galaxy S9 or iPhone X, but the good news is that plenty of cheaper devices offer an excellent experience. Some are half the price or even less, so don't panic if you're on a bit of budget Mid-range smartphones can wonderfully combine flagship-level features in hardware of great value. You may to compromise slightly on camera and build quality, but it is often totally worth it to save hundreds. Phones from the likes of Honor, Xiaomi and Motorola are prime choices, and we've listed our current 10 favourites below.
If there’s one area where smartphones are continuously evolving by leaps and bounds, it has to be the optics department. Manufacturers are going up to great extents with smarter Artificial Intelligence algorithms and triple camera setups to push the competition even further.
Some of them have even achieved impressive results, threatening the existence of DSLR cameras. Therefore, you have got a lot of choices and it becomes confusing as to which one to go for. Since the age-old question of ‘which is the best’ still exists, we pick up the top 10 smartphones that have achieved the highest DxOMark score over the past year. Huawei P20 Pro: Currently dominating the list with a score of 109, A 40MP primary sensor with a huge 1/1.73-inch RGB sensor and f/1.8 aperture + 20MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 aperture + 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and OIS — all held together by AI ensures excellent low-light performance, class-leading dynamic range, best zoom performance and low noise levels.
The P20 Pro achieves incredible levels of details through Pixel Binning in 10MP mode. It can also shoot 960fps video at 720p resolution. The 24MP selfie camera is also good enough. The P20 Pro is powered by a Kirin 970 SoC chip with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and sports a 6.1-inch AMOLED full HD+ display. It runs on EMUI 8 based on Android Oreo. The phone is kept alive by a 4000mAh battery.
It costs Rs 64,900 in India. Also read: Samsung Galaxy Note 9: The Note 9 shines with a score of 103 — thanks to its 12MP primary sensor with a variable aperture of f/1.5-f/2/4 and a secondary 12MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture.
With OIS enabled on both the sensors, it scores high for balancing detail retention and noise reduction, zoom quality, and realistic bokeh effects. Samsung’s AI can notify if the image is blurry or imperfect. The S Pen now also acts as a remote shutter controller. Powered by a liquid-cooled Exynos 9810 with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB/512GB of storage (expandable up to 512GB) paired with a 6.4-inch 2K AMOLED display, it’s also a great performer.
A 4000mAh battery ensures a day’s easily life under heavy usage. The Note 9 starts at Rs 67,900 in India. Also read: Samsung Galaxy S9+: The S9+ uses the same camera as the Note 9, but scores a slightly lower 99 — largely due to the lack of Samsung’s Scene Optimiser.
However, the photography performance is close to the Note 9 in the real world. The S9+ loses out on the S Pen and sports a smaller 6.2-inch AMOLED display.
The battery is smaller too at 3500mAh, but it starts at Rs 64,900 for the base 64GB variant. Also read: Google Pixel 2 XL: The Pixel 2 set a record of 98 last year with a single 12MP rear camera OIS, dual pixel PDAF and laser AF, and f/1.8 aperture. Relying heavily on Google’s machine learning algorithms, the Pixel 2 still rules with good details, excellent colour rendering, and a very impressive dynamic range. The 8MP selfie camera relies on ML too for great portrait scenes.
The Pixel 2 is the only Android smartphone to get the latest updates before anyone else. Powered by a Snapdragon 835 along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage, and kept alive by a 3540mAh battery, it comes still comes across as a highly recommendable flagship, starting at Rs 60,000.
Also read: Apple iPhone X: The iPhone X finished with a score of 97, but is highly acclaimed for its 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup for impressing with its zoom performance, good exposure management and HDR performance, accurate colour rendering, good details with low noise, as well as a natural-looking bokeh effect in Portrait mode. The 7MP front camera with 3D facial recognition system helps with portrait mode and decent selfies as well. Built around the benchmarking A11 Bionic chip and kept alive by a 2716mAh battery, the iPhone X runs on iOS and offers one of the best user experiences.
The iPhone X starts at Rs 81,200. Also read: OnePlus 6: The OP6 scored 96 — thanks to a cleverly optimised 16MP + 20MP rear setup with an aperture of f/1.7 on both lenses and OIS on the primary one.
It impressed with its autofocus, colour, and exposure, while also maintaining a well-balanced approach to detail retention and noise levels. The 16MP selfie camera also takes good-looking selfies and helps with a fast Face Unlock system. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC with 6GB/8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage, with Oxygen OS based on Android Oreo to look after the errands.
The 3300mAh battery uses Fast Charge to provide a day’s power in 30 minutes. It starts at Rs 34,990. Also read: Apple iPhone 8 Plus: With a score of 94, the iPhone 8 Plus with its 12MP + 12MP OIS-enabled dual camera setup impresses with an outstanding image quality and zoom.
The Portrait mode is great as well and the advanced algorithms allow it to capture HDR scenes and images. A 7MP front camera also takes good-looking selfies. Except for a large 5.5-inch LCD display with thick bezels all around, it’s almost identical to the iPhone X — powered by the A11 Bionic chip with the latest version of iOS. The 8 Plus starts at Rs 64,399. Also read: Click on Deccan Chronicle and for the latest and . Follow us on , .
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Smartphone manufacturers are trying frantically to add extra CPU cores and RAM to their new phones. There was a time when there were only numbered smartphones with 3GB RAM, but at present it seems to have come a deluge of Android devices boasting 3GB RAM.
Now that this amount of RAM is almost a common feature, ingenious mobile makers taking a step ahead have had their eyes on a whopping 4GB RAM. Undoubtedly a phone with 4GB RAM sounds to be a phone with incredible gaming and multi-tasking capabilities, and it is bound to attract folks who like high end specification mobile phones.Currently phones with 4GB RAM are few, but the number of such phones is likely to increase exponentially by the end of 2015. Proving all speculations right, Galaxy Note 5 entered in Smartphone world with mirror cracking features, including but not limited to 4GB RAM and the most powerful to the date CPU Exynos 7420.
Galaxy Note 5 debuts with Galaxy S6 Edge Plus which is another piece of excellence from Samsung. It appears that Samsung has moved heaven and earth making these wonderful Smartphones. At present, there is no one who could take on these devices when it comes to the features. If we take a brief look upon tech specs of both phones, we find no difference in RAM, Screen Size, camera, etc. The main distinctions between two devices are design, stylus and software.
Like always Note 5 comes with its unique Stylus S penthat let's you write exactly like on a physical notebook. Note 5 Stylus is now better than ever.
On the other hand, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comes with elegant curved edges and compact design. It is the phone with extreme specifications by far.
No other phone can compete it when it comes to hardware configuration. Blowing out all other phones, this beast comes with octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor ( 4X1.5GHz + 4X2GHz), 4GB of RAM, 5.7 inches 2K display and 64GB memory. If you think extreme and don’t tolerate limitations, this phones is made for you. Mi Note Pro Salient features Display – Quad HD, 5.7 inches IPS LCD protected with Corning Gorilla glass 3 Processor – Snapdragon 810 (1.5 GHz quad-core and 2GHz quad-core) GPU – Adreno 430 RAM – 4GB Storage – 32 GB internal Camera – 13 MP primary and 4MP secondary, 4K video recording First thing is ZenFone 2 is not a predecessor of ZenFone 5- you may of course wonder why Asus would name its next phone ZenFone 2 when it had already ZenPhone5.
Asus launched 2 variants of ZenFone 2; one with 2GB RAM and 1.8GHz quad-core processor and other with 4GB RAM and 2.3GHz quad-core processor. Definitely ZenFone 2 4GB is a powerful smartphone powered by hyper threading enabled quad-core Intel atom processor. Buying a phone with 4GB RAM, powerful processor, full HD display, 5.5 inches screen, 13MP camera and 3000 mAh battery is not a bad choice if you can grab it only for $300 ZenFone 2, 4GB variant Salient features Display – FHD, 5.5 inches IPS LCD protected with Corning Gorilla glass 3 Processor – Intel Atom Quad-core 2.3 GHz GPU – PowerVR G6430 RAM – 4GB Storage – 32/64GB GB internal, up to 64GB expandable Camera – 13 MP primary and 5MP secondary, FHD video recording Battery – 3000 mAh 4.Huawei Honor 7 Huawei has released Honor 7 handset in a number of regions all over the world thus far.
This smartphone is available in China, Europe and India at the moment, and it’s a really compelling device considering its build, specs and price point. The Honor 7 is made out of metal, and it ships with 3GB of RAM, while a fingerprint scanner is also a part of this package. This smartphone definitely deserves a place on this list. 5.ZTE Nubia Z9 Exclusive Edition Nubia Z9 Exclusive Edition is an expensive phone that comes with 4Gb RAM in addition to a Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU (1.5GHzX4 + 2GHzX4) and Adreno 430 GPU.
It is too much awkward when a reputed company builds a blatant copy stealing designs from others. Nubia Z9 seems to be a ditto copy of iPhone 6 in terms of design and form factors. However, the phone looks better than iPhone 6 as it has curved screen edges somewhat borrowed from Galaxy S6 Edge. The phone has a heavy 64GB ROM, but no expandable storage lot.
Elephone is in the vanguard. It offered its high-end P7000 ( fingerprint scanner, full HD, octacore, 3GB RAM and 13 MP camera) only for $220. Besides, Elephone is soon all set to dazzle everybody by offering a phone with 4GB RAM, 2.2 GHz MedtaTek octacore processor that beats Snapdragon 810 in Geekbench test. ELEPHONE VOWNEY is a phone running on Android 5.1 Lollipop and it has 20 MP primary camera accompanied by a 8MP front camera. Additionally, like most other Elephone flagship phones, this phone also features biometric fingerprint sensor.
Salient Features of ELEPHONE VOWNEY Display – Quad HD, 5.5 inches IPS LCD protected with Corning Gorilla glass 3 Processor – MT6795 Octa Core 2.2GHz GPU – IMG G6200 700MHz RAM – 4GB Storage – 32 GB internal and up to 64 GB expandable memory Camera – 20.7 MP primary and 8MP secondary, 4K video recording Battery – 3800 mAh Multi ROM support Fingerprint sensor 7.Lenovo K80 Lenovo is another company that is continuously making new innovations in high-end smartphones segment.
Some powerful phones like Vibe Z2 Pro with 2K display and 3GB RAM back it. And this time, taking a dig over other manufacturers that are trying to grab the buyer segment that loves high-end phones, Lenovo launched a phone with 4GB RAM and powerful Intel atom quad-core processor phone. Besides having 13 MP main camera, FHD display, this phone employs a massive 4000 mAh battery that can keep your phone up for a very long time. Salient Features of Lenovo K80 4GB Display – FHD, 5.5 inches IPS LCD protected with Corning Gorilla glass 3 Processor – Intel Atom, 1.83 GHz quadcore GPU – unknown RAM – 4GB Storage – 64 GB internal and up to 32 GB expandable memory Camera – 13 MP primary and 5MP secondary, 4K video recording Battery – 4000 mAh 8.OnePlus 2 OnePlus 2 has been launched with a lovely specs sheet that includes Snapdragon 810 processor, 3/4 GB RAM ( two variants with 16/64GB memory) and a fingerprint scanner placed upon home button on front panel.
If sources are to be believed, OnePlus 2 is going to be the cheapest phone with such a great combination of high-end features. Salient Features of Lenovo K80 4GB Display – FHD, 5.5 inches LTPS LCD protected with Corning Gorilla glass 4 Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (Quad-core 1.x & Quad-core 1.8 GHz) GPU –Adreno 430 RAM – 3Gb /4GB Storage – 16 GB/ 64 GB internal Camera – 13 MP primary and 5MP secondary, up to 4K video recording Battery – 3300 mAh 9.Xiaomi Mi 4c Xiaomi has announced the Mi 4c handset back in September.
This handset is extremely affordable, and yet it packs Snapdragon 808 and 2/3GB of RAM on the inside. The device’s pricing starts at $204, and goes up to $235 in China. The Mi 4c is a higher-end variant of the Mi 4i smartphone which was announced in India earlier this year.
The Mi 4c can even be considered a high-end device, especially its more expensive variant, but it’s definitely a mid to high-end phone. 10. ZTE Axon Lux Huawei has unveiled their long-rumored Mate S handset during IFA in Berlin last month. This smartphone is a successor to the company’s Mate7 phablet which was announced back in 2014, well, at least until they announce the Mate 8. Anyhow, the Mate S is made out of metal, and sports a 5.5-inch FullHD AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM and a fingerprint scanner.
Letv has managed to surprise a lot of people when they announced their first three devices back in April. The Letv Le Max is the biggest one out of the bunch, and it packs premiums specs as well.
This phablet sports a 6.3-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM and a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera on the back. It sports a metallic trim around the device, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. The Nubia Z9 is one of ZTE’s flagships for 2015. This smartphone was announced back in June, and it’s surely an interesting device. This phone has no bezels on the sides, and its display is slightly curved.
The phone sports some interesting software features, and a very sleek design. The metal trim goes around the phone, and you get high-end specs as well, especially in the 4GB RAM variant of the device. Motorola Moto X Style is one of three ‘Moto’ devices Motorola has released a couple of months ago.
This is also the highest-end device the company has showcased. The Moto X Style features a 5.7-inch QHD display, 3GB of RAM and is powered by the Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core SoC. The device sports a 21-megapixel camera on its back, and ships with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box. This is also one of the more cheaper flagships around, at least as far as well-known brands go.
Meizu has announced two flagships in the last couple of months, and the PRO 5 is the more current, and the more powerful one. This smartphone sports a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, 3/4GB of RAM and is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core processor. The 21-megapixel camera is available on the back of the PRO 5, and a 5-megapixel snapper can be found up front. This phone packs in a 3,050, a fingerprint scanner, and fast charging capabilities as well.
Vote for the phone which is your favourite and you feel the best a in the poll below. 1.Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus 10.58% (20) 2.Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 49.21% (93) 3.Asus ZenFone 2 2.65% (5) 4.Huawei Honor 7 3.17% (6) 5.ZTE Nubia Z9 Exclusive Edition 0.00% (0) 6.ELEPHONE VOWNEY 1.06% (2) 7.Lenovo K80 0.53% (1) 8.OnePlus 2 6.35% (12) 9.Xiaomi Mi 4c 21.69% (41) 10.ZTE Axon Lux 0.00% (0) 11.Huawei Mate S 1.06% (2) 12.Letv Le Max 1.06% (2) 13.ZTE Nubia Z9 1.06% (2) 14.Motorola Moto X Style 0.00% (0) 15.Meizu PRO 5 1.59% (3) Please to vote in the poll
NEW DELHI: Various smartphone companies are reportedly working on their respective foldable smartphones. Recently, Huawei and had got patents for the same and has been working on one for quite sometime now. A new report about Samsung’s foldable smartphone has surfaced online. It is expected that Samsung’s foldable smartphone might be the most expensive smartphone launched till date. The smartphone is said to cost around $2,000 at the time of its launch next year.
According to a report by Korean Times, analysts from Shinhan Financial and Golden Bridge Investment is of the opinion that the part suppliers will start initial production keeping in mind the launch of 2019 and is expected to cost around 2 million Won (approximately Rs 135,000). If this is true then Samsung Galaxy X would be the most expensive smartphone till date. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community.
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