Buying a mid-range smartphone? These are the best ones from the segment

  • The ZenFone 5Z is a device that punches above its weight in terms of specifications
  •  Manufacturers have flooded the market with phones in mid-range segment

The average selling price of smartphones in India has increased over the past year or so. That means consumers are spending a little more money on their phones now, giving the mid-range segment (under 30,000) a much-needed boost. Manufacturers, in turn, have responded by flooding the market with phones in this segment. But making a choice is not that easy. Here is a list that may help you in this task.

Asus ZenFone 5Z

The ZenFone 5Z is a device that punches above its weight in terms of specifications. It runs on the Snapdragon 845 processor, which is the fastest in the market, at least till new phones are introduced at MWC Barcelona later this month. Asus’s software doesn’t always please its users, but the ZenFone 5Z is still the fastest smartphone in this price bracket. It complements the speed with a decent camera, screen and good battery life.

Price starts at 29,999

Samsung Galaxy A7

This phone was among the first to break the dual-camera barrier. The Galaxy A7 has three cameras, with each meant for a separate purpose— wide angle, depth sensing and regular. In terms of performance and design too, the Galaxy A7 fares well. To make the value proposition even better, Samsung has packed in an amorphous optical light emitting diode display that’s possibly the best you can get in this price range.

Price starts at 23,990

Nokia 8.1

Nokia’s smartphones haven’t made the mark in India that they were expected to. However, the company did make some great devices in 2018. Among them, the Nokia 8.1 is a jack of all trades but master of none. You couldn’t point to any one aspect of this phone and say that it’s the best at that. That said, the phone has a nice screen, dependable battery life and is fast enough for most regular use cases. It’s definitely worth considering in the mid range.

Price starts at 26,999

Oppo F9 Pro

The Oppo F9 Pro is aimed at users obsessed about design, and it’s arguably the most attractive smartphone in this segment. It also has a good selfie camera, while the company’s Super VOOC (Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging) charging technology is one of the fastest in the market. It’s definitely worth considering if you’re looking for a mid-range smartphone.

Price starts at 23,990

Honor 8X

Another phone which makes design its key element, the Honor 8X also comes with an artificial intelligence-driven camera. It has a nice and large screen for those who watch a lot of content on their phone, and a dedicated micro-SD card slot.

Price starts at 14,999

Notable mentions

1) Poco F1

2) Nokia 7 Plus

3) Vivo V11 Pro

4) Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus

5) Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

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