With prices of up to $1000 (iphone x) flagship smartphones have become quite a luxurious piece of tech. However due to its high specifications and price, the sales of these top-end smartphones are not as high as it used to be. People no longer have the need to change their smartphone frequently and may hold to one for 3 to 5 years before they wear it out or if it breaks down. Mid-range smartphones, however, are now capitalizing the market especially in the Chinese smartphone industry. These less expensive smartphones, sometimes called “flagship killers”, are cheaper than their flagship brethren and provide great specifications for its price making them a value for the money especially if you are on a budget. Here are the top 5 mid-range smartphones of 2020 offering a great compromise between great features and a great price.
1. Xiaomi Mi Note 10
Price : $459
The Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is well known for its high specifications smartphones but with a much cheaper price tag. Their affordable smartphones have attracted a lot of praise and the mi note 10 is the best smartphone the company is selling as of now. It is arguably the best smartphone, packing a 108MP camera and 730G Snapdragon processor. For half a price of the iphone, it has a camera quality that puts all other smartphone manufacturers to shame, undercutting the flagship smartphones such as the samsung galaxy s20 by a significant margin. The phone’s performance is to notch especially with its 23-hour battery life which is really impressive considering the price. For only $459, it is truly appealing to those on a budget as it is half the cost of most of the current flagship smartphones.
2. iPhone SE (2020)
Price : $419
If you cannot afford the latest iphone 11 but still want to rock that sweet apple logo, well look no further than the iPhone se (2020). Apple’s best value iphone may look outdated but this mid-range product by apple uses the same processor as their latest flagship phone – the A13 Bionic – and the camera quality is excellent as well. The only underwhelming factor of the iphone se is the battery life, which is quite small by modern standards but the fast charging capabilities is a lifesaver. The small design of the phone might also pique your interest if you like your smartphone with one hand – the small 4.7in screen is perfect for one-handed use. However the iphone se is just that, but if you don’t want to spend a high amount of cash on an iphone eleven, and you don’t mind sacrificing some features, then the iphone se is definitely for you.
3. Samsung Galaxy M31
Price : 245
Looking for a battery that lasts ? Well why not get yourself the samsung galaxy M31. With a massive 6,000mAh battery, it can easily last a whole day if not more. This is an excellent smartphone for those looking for a longer lasting battery life but keep in mind that the performance is not really as good as the others on this list and the camera is decent. Reaching around 30 hours of video playback (tested by expert reviews) it will comfortably last for two days if you forget to charge it overnight. Truly a bang for your bucks, the performance is decent, the camera is great for its price and the screen is lovely, all for almost half the price of the iphone se and a quarter of the iphone 11.
4. Oneplus 8
Price : $612
When the first oneplus came out, people coined the term “flagship killer” as the specifications are on par with flagship phones while having an affordable price tag. The oneplus 8 stays true to its predecessor, the specifications on this phone are high end while maintaining an affordable price. A flawless product by oneplus, the latest iteration fixes the issues that were found in their previous smartphone the oneplus 7T especially the camera where the oneplus 7T had some major problems. Although the price is more expensive than their predecessor, it is understandable as it improves almost every aspect of the oneplus 7T. Packing a snapdragon 865, the fastest chipset that is available in the market right now, an excellent camera, a 90 Hz screen refresh rate the oneplus 8 is a valued smartphone. Furthermore, the excellent battery life that can last you a day while using the screen’s high refresh rate truly makes it a “flagship killer”.
5. Moto G 5G Plus
Price : $300
As 5G networks start to make their way around the world, the phones that utilize this type of connection are pretty expensive. That’s where the Motorola G 5G Plus comes in ! If you turned your backs on 5G supported smartphones because of the expensive price, this will only cost you around $300, the cheapest 5G smartphone that you can get in the market right now. A truly impressive smartphone in all aspects, it packs a snapdragon 765, a large screen with a 90Hz refresh rate which is astonishing considering the price point. You have to keep in mind, however, if your area does not support 5G then you are better off looking for another phone since you won’t be able to fully utilize the 5G connection. If your area does support a 5G connection and you are looking for the cheapest 5G equipped smartphone, then look no further than this Motorola release.