November 1, 2016

You have to get your hands on these 8 mid-range smartphones

Deciding to get a mid-range phone is one thing, but selecting the best one for you is another. In this digital age, many of us can’t function without smartphones. While getting top notch tech would be best, the mid-range ones are often the better choice as they allow users to have a variety of functions at a much lower cost than their high-end counterparts.

This means evaluating features, functions, and costs to find the best mid-tier smartphone for you. In this post, we’ll tackle the 8 best mid-range smartphones in terms of their size, OS, CPU, resolution, camera, and battery life.

Motorola Moto G4

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The Motorola Moto G4 packs a lot within a cheap package. At 744 AED, the phone measures 6.02 x 3.02 x 0.39 in with a 5.5-in LCD display at 1080 x 1920p resolution, protected by a reliable Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It features an octa-core processor running on Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow and Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 chipset. Depending on your budget, you can choose between 3 internal specs: 16 GB/2 GB RAM or 32 GB/3 GB RAM or 64 GB/4 GB RAM. It also has a microSD slot for expandable memory of up to 256 GB.

It has a decent 16 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection and laser autofocus, and dual tone flash. It can record 1080p video at 30fps, HDR. It also has a 5MP front camera and fingerprint scanner.

The Moto G4 is a giant among budget phones with its features.

OnePlus X

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The OnePlus X is a 898-AED phone in a nicely designed 5.51 x 2.72 x 0.27 in body, with a bright AMOLED 1080 x 1920p display. It runs on Android v5.1.1 Lollipop (but can be upgradable to Marshmallow), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 graphics processor. It has a 16GB internal memory, 3GB RAM, and a microSD slot for memory expansion of up to 256 GB.

It has a decent enough rear camera at 13 MP with f.2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, 1/3” sensor size, 1.14 µm pixel size, and all the usual camera features. Its front camera though is better than most mid-range phones, at 8MP. The rear camera can record 1080p video at 30 fps and 720p at 120 fps.

The OnePlus X’s battery has an endurance rating of 54 hours. It comes in 3 unique colors, Onyx, Ceramic and Champagne.

Oppo F1

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The Oppo F1 is a stylish phone with a decent camera at 845AED. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Though it still runs on Android Lollipop, the Oppo F1 is still a good choice. The CPU is an Octa-core (4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53), paired with an Adreno 405 GPU.

It has a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, the usual video recording performance of 1080p at 30fps, and other essential camera pictures. It has a cool 8MP front camera for a good selfie game, with a sensitive f/2.0 aperture, ¼” sensor size, and 1080p resolution.

LG X Screen

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The LG X Screen promises to be a phone with a solid build for 660 AED. The budget phone comes with a secondary, always-on display above the main screen for easy access to your favorite or most important applications.

Its multi-touch main screen has a 720 x 1280p resolution. It runs on Android v6.0 Marshmallow, with a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, and Adreno 306 GPU. It has a microSD slot for memory expansion of up to 256 GB, an internal memory of 16GB and 2GB RAM.

It has a decent pair of cameras, a 13MP rear one (f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash, geotagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, 1080p at 30fps) and an 8MP front one.

It runs on a non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery, with a standby time of up to 120 hours in 2G and 3G, and a talk time of up to 9 hours in 2G and 14 hours in 3G.

LG Nexus 5X

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The LG Nexus 5X distances itself from its predecessor by giving off a vibe that’s more Google than LG. If anything, it looks like Google trying to dip its toe into the production before it went ahead with its Pixel line, so it functions a little like a proto-Pixel at 848 AED.

It has a fingerprint sensor on the back, enables mobile payments via Android Pay, and includes a USB Type-C port and connector. It sports a sizably rich 1080 x 1920p resolution for a budget smartphone. It runs on Android v6.0 Marshmallow that’s upgradable to v7/0 Nougat, a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset, a Hexa-core (4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A57) CPU, and Adreno 418 GPU. It has no card slot but as a more Google-y Pixel prototype, it encourages you to upload your photos and videos on Google Photos cloud. It has an internal memory of 16/32GB and 2GB RAM.

It has a 12.3 MP primary camera that’s sensitive in low light owing to its f/2.0 aperture. It has laser autofocus, dual tone flash, 1/2.3′ sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama. In spite of the 12.3 megapixels, it has a wide array of recording resolutions: 2160p at 30fps, 1080p at 30fps, and 720p at 120fps, all in HDR. It has a pretty normal 5 MP front camera that’s also light sensitive with an f/2.0 aperture.

Microsoft Lumia 650

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The Microsoft Lumia 650 sports a decent 720 x 1080 screen and a 5.59×2.79×0.27-inch body for 494 AED. It comes with Microsoft Windows 10 driven by a Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7. It has an internal memory of up to 16 GB with a micro SD slot for expandable memory.

The Lumia 650 has an 8 MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing one. It can record 720p videos at 30fps. Its camera is also equipped with f/2.2 aperture, 28mm lens, autofocus, LED flash, and 1/4″ sensor size.

Its battery life has a 16-hour call time and 624 hours on standby.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3


Chinese brands are represented in this list by the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. It currently retails for 789 AED, measuring 5.91 x 2.99 x 0.34 inches with a 1080 x 1920-pixel screen and powered by Hexa-core 4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72. The unit uses Android OS v5.1.1 (Lollipop) with 16 and 32 GB internal memory, expandable to 256 GB.

For a mid-range phone, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 boasts a 16 MP rear camera, and the conventional 5 MP front camera. It can record 1080p video at 30fps.

The Redmi Note 3’s battery life has a cool 32-hour talk time, 15 hours of web use, and 17 hours of video playback.

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)


Last but definitely not the least is the Samsung Galaxy J7. Released last March, the Samsung Galaxy J7 measures 5.97 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches with a 720 x 1280p screen, and operates with Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow powered by Octa-core 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 or Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 depending on the model.

Its 13 MP rear camera has f/1.9 aperture, 28mm, autofocus, and LED. Selfies can be lit by the 5MP front camera’s LED flash. Like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, it can record 1080p videos at 30 fps in 720 x 1080 resolution.

Its battery life has 23 hours of call time and 96 hours of just pure audio. All of these Samsung Galaxy J7 features are only 838 AED.