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The 6 best Mid-Range smartphones of 2018

So here you are, finally, your old faithful phone is on it’s way out. It happens, there is a time and a place for it. But you aren’t prepared for this, you haven’t really had the time to budget for the next big flagship device as a replacement.

Don’t stress! You can still get a great mid-ranger with most of the features you expect from a flagship at half the price. Our handy guide of mid-range smartphones will help you make a decision. Grab a cup of coffee and dig in, we did the research for you! Below we will look at some of the stand-out features and pricing that make these mid-rangers great replacements for their flagship siblings.

Samsung

A8

Samsung always compliment their annual flagship lineup with a number of mid range options and 2018 is no exception. We have chosen the A8 for this list based on it’s pricing and features. It boasts a 5.60 inch screen with a 1080x2220px resolution as well as a 16MP rear camera. In line with the current trend, Samsung has ensured it looks stylish and current with it’s extra thin bezels and rounded edges.

Key Specs

  • Display 5.60-inch
  • Processor 1.6GHz octa-core
  • Front Camera 16-megapixel
  • Resolution 1080×2220 pixels
  • RAM 4GB
  • OS Android 7.1.1
  • Storage 32GB
  • Rear Camera 16-megapixel
  • Battery Capacity 3000mAh

Price: Around R6999

Xiaomi

MI A2

Xiaomi is one of the most underrated manufacturers on the market, packing powerful performance and impressive features into an affordable alternative to it’s competitors. Their latest mid-ranger, the MI A2 looks and feels like a flagship, an aluminium body and crisp display along with an impressive dual camera set up make this an excellent and stylish choice.

Key Specs

  • Display 5.99-inch
  • Processor octa-core
  • Front Camera 20-megapixel
  • Resolution 1080×2160 pixels
  • RAM 4GB
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Storage 64GB
  • Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel
  • Battery Capacity 3000mAh

Price: Around R2999

Huawei

P20 Lite

Huawei’s P20 Lite packs the same style as it’s more expensive sibling but does so at a fraction of the price. The P20 Lite also boasts USB Type-C charging and a hybrid dual-SIM slot and unlike its siblings, features an analog audio jack too. The only hindrance may be that the Lite is not waterproof.

Key Specs

  • Display 5.84-inch
  • Processor octa-core
  • Front Camera 24-megapixel
  • Resolution 1080×2280 pixels
  • RAM 4GB
  • OS Android 8.0
  • Storage 64GB
  • Rear Camera 16-megapixel
  • Battery Capacity 3000mAh

Price: Around R5999

LG

LG Q6

The Q6 was 2017’s flagship offering from LG, but a year later it is an excellent option for a mid range buyers. An amazing wide angle camera and waterproofing make it a mid ranger with flagship properties. It’s also a stylish and compact device in comparison to its competitors with a large 18:9 display similar to iPhones.

Key Specs

  • Display 5.50-inch
  • Processor 1.4GHz octa-core
  • Front Camera 5-megapixel
  • Resolution 1080×2160 pixels
  • RAM 3GB
  • OS Android 7.1.1
  • Storage 32GB
  • Rear Camera 13-megapixel
  • Battery Capacity 3000mAh

Price: Around R4999

Apple

iPhone XR

We all know how expensive Apple products are, and this can often be a deterring factor for consumers looking to join the party. Apple recognize this however and do have a great (albeit still pricey) mid range offering. The iPhone XR boasts an impressive 6.1-inch screen and a great battery life alongside a 12MP dual-lens camera with a single lens on the back.

Key Specs

  • Display 6.10-inch
  • Processor hexa-core
  • Front Camera 7-megapixel
  • Resolution 828×1792 pixels
  • OS iOS 12
  • Storage 64GB
  • Rear Camera 12-megapixel

Price: Around R14 999

Sony

Xperia XA2

Despite looking a bit too square for today’s curved trend, the Sony Xperia XA2 is a fantastic mid range option for anyone looking for a decent screen size and impressive camera ability. It features a battery life of 3,300mAh and a full HD 1080p screen. The rear camera features a 23MP and a super wide angle front facing camera for super selfies!

Key Specs

  • Display 5.20-inch
  • Processor octa-core
  • Front Camera 8-megapixel
  • Resolution 1080×1920 pixels
  • RAM 3GB
  • OS Android 8.0
  • Storage 32GB
  • Rear Camera 23-megapixel
  • Battery Capacity 3300mAh

Price: Around R5999

So there you go, 6 of our recommendations! Do you own any of these devices? What has your experience with them been? If you have any other alternatives, we would love to know in the comments below or on social media!

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